After Propelling It to National Prominence, Left Now Wants ‘Hamilton’ Musical Canceled

The darling of cultured American society — the hip-hop musical “Hamilton” — is under the gun because it places a Founding Father in too good a light.
The criticism and calls to “cancel Hamilton” come as Disney Plus released a filmed version of the play to great success last week.

#Hamilton Drives Up Disney Plus App Downloads 72% Over the Weekend https://t.co/CXUgxzAlwg
— Variety (@Variety) July 6, 2020

Variety reported the “Hamilton” movie features the original cast of the Broadway play, which debuted in 2015.
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The cast is made up of nearly all minority actors and performers.
In the title role of Alexander Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the script and music for the production, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Miranda’s story was based on the bestselling book “Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, who consulted on the play.
The show earned a Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2016.
In other words, you cannot find higher artistic accolades than “Hamilton” received.
That was then; this is now.
CNN reported Tuesday that “‘Hamilton’ has been criticized by those who believe it doesn’t accurately portray the horrors of slavery and glosses over the role in it played by America’s founding fathers.”

The criticism “has broadened with the release of the film in the time of intense focus on the Black Lives Matters movement,” the news outlet added.
A Monday article in The Oprah Magazine described “Hamilton” as “problematic” and said many are calling for it to be “canceled.”
Miranda responded to some of the criticism, which Tracy Clayton, host of the Netflix podcast “Strong Black Legends,” summarized in a series of tweets.
She wrote, “im late w the hamilton criticism stuff & im clearly biased but.. i really like that this conversation is happening. hamilton the play and the movie were given to us in two different worlds & our willingness to interrogate things in this way feels like a clear sign of change.”

“i totally get the frustration about it being a play about slaveholders that is not about slavery. ive felt that in lots of things i watch, but i flex the same muscle i use when i listen to hip hop as a black woman. we enjoy problematic things all the time.”

i totally get the frustration about it being a play about slaveholders that is not about slavery. ive felt that in lots of things i watch, but i flex the same muscle i use when i listen to hip hop as a black woman. we enjoy problematic things all the time
— tracy clayton aka CHUBBA BEEF (@brokeymcpoverty) July 5, 2020

Clayton conceded being a fan (on the record) of both the play and Miranda and went on to note that “navigating history and historical figures is hard and messy. humans are flawed and messy, both the ones who lived then & the ones reading and writing about them now.”

Miranda responded, “Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game.”

Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game. https://t.co/mjhU8sXS1U
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020

It’s a shame that Miranda did not defend his work more forcefully.

One of the wonderful messages that comes from “Hamilton” is that what the Founders accomplished transcends race.
It’s powerful to see people of different backgrounds portraying these heroes, whose central message from the era, contained in the Declaration of Independence, animated and directed the American experiment in liberty for nearly 250 years:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Contrary to what’s being taught in The New York Times’ 1619 Project curriculum in 3,500 classrooms across 50 states, a primary cause of the Revolutionary War was not slavery.

Slavery was introduced in the British colony of Virginia in 1619, over 150 years before the founding of the United States.
The Declaration of Independence, which lists dozens of grievances the colonies had against the king and Parliament, makes just a passing reference to slavery by pointing to England’s efforts to “excite domestic insurrections.”
Also working against The Times’ narrative, almost all the states north of the Mason-Dixon Line had voted to abolish slavery by the end of the war in 1783.
By 1804, all the Northern states had passed legislation ending slavery.

No other governments in the world were taking similar action at that time. In other words, Americans led the way in the abolition movement.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the drafters of the declaration who had owned slaves earlier in his life, became president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society after the Revolutionary War.
Many of the Founders, including John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut, never owned slaves.
While it is true that Virginians Thomas Jefferson — the primary drafter of the declaration — and George Washington were both slaveholders, they came out in opposition to the institution and took action against it.

Hamilton — who served as a military aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War and fought bravely at the decisive Battle of Yorktown — became president of the New York Manumission Society after the war.
The group’s purpose was to end slavery, which New York voted to do in 1799.
Hamilton’s contributions to the founding of the United States also included being a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, authoring some of the Federalist Papers (written in support of the Constitution’s adoption) and serving as the nation’s first treasury secretary.
Pretty major stuff.

His life, however imperfect, is worthy of celebrating.
President Donald Trump described well the problem with the current culture, which dismisses the Founders as “villains,” in his speech at Mount Rushmore on Saturday.
“The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition,” the president said.

‘The radical view of American history is a web of lies; all perspective is removed, every virtue obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, every flaw is magnified, until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition’#MtRushmoreSpeech pic.twitter.com/4D1QOX2njU
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) July 4, 2020

Enough.
The Founders deserve our respect. They risked everything to launch a nation that became the most diverse and prosperous on earth: not by accident either, but by design.
As a wise president once said, the United States at its birth was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
And we continue to reap the blessings of that noble undertaking to this day.

Randy DeSoto is the author of “We Hold These Truths,” which examines the influence of the Declaration of Independence throughout American history.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Don Lemon Ruins Left’s Racial Narrative by Admitting BLM Doesn’t Mean ‘All Black Lives Matter’

Conservatives have often been asked how we could conceivably have a problem with Black Lives Matter. The tacit assumption behind this question is that the organization means exactly what the three words in its name say.
Even the most desultory examination of the decentralized organization that guides the movement and some of the statements made in its name would be proof that this wasn’t true. If you need more, watch Terry Crews’ tense appearance on Don Lemon’s traveling CNN circus on Monday.

Crews was dragged on to CNN due to the backlash from recent tweets in which he criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, which is as close to a public secular religion as we have in these grim days.
“Are all white people bad? No. Are all black people good? No,” Crews said in a tweet Saturday. “Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology. Given the number of threats against this decision – I also decide to die on this hill.”

Are all white people bad?
No.
Are all black people good?
No.
Knowing this reality- I stand on my decision to unite with good people, no matter the race, creed or ideology.
Given the number of threats against this decision-
I also decide to die on this hill.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) July 4, 2020

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“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology,” Crews tweeted earlier in the week. “We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have family of every race, creed and ideology.
We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter
— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 30, 2020

We can’t have that, so Crews was brought onto Lemon’s show for a public shaming. Instead of the usual celebrity response, which closely mimics a hostage video in form and tone, Crews fought back — and managed to draw out an unforced error from Lemon.
Lemon and Crews got in a debate over the meaning of Black Lives Matter — a movement, let’s keep in mind, that began after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
Crews expressed consternation that the movement hadn’t spoken out about black children murdered in cities such as Chicago and Atlanta — a problem that has been foregrounded in recent weeks.
Lemon’s response? Those black lives aren’t what Black Lives Matter is about.

“What does that have to do with equality, though, Terry?” Lemon said. “I don’t understand what that has to do with equality.” Instead, that was all about gun violence and gun culture in the United States, he said.
Lemon went on to say that Black Lives Matter shouldn’t even care about these deaths.
“The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality,” the CNN host said, erroneously. “If you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including black communities, then start that movement with that name. But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about.”

He went on to provide an analogy that was illuminating, if not perhaps in the way that he might have hoped.
“If someone started a movement that said Cancer Matters and then someone comes in and says, ‘Why aren’t you talking about HIV?’ it’s not the same thing,” Lemon said.
“But when you look at their organization, police brutality is not the only thing they’re talking about,” Crews said — something Lemon said he knew.
Did he, though?

For Lemon’s analogy to be totally correct, the organization wouldn’t be called Cancer Matters. It’d be called Diseases Matter. If you come in and talk about HIV — whoa, sorry. This was started because of cancer.
Now, keep in mind, Diseases Matter has started caring about other diseases. In fact, it cares about a lot of things that may be only tangentially related to diseases. But it doesn’t care about HIV right now, nor should it. Got that?
This is the invariable problem that Black Lives Matter runs into when the movement’s supporters try to fall back on the idea that its name is their mission. They care about meticulously curated black lives. If your life doesn’t score a narrative point, it curiously doesn’t matter. This includes the youngest victims of violence — a tragic consequence of recent upticks in crime in America’s cities.

Black Lives Matter is about a specific set of policy goals, all of them progressive in bent. The whole battle over whether you prominently declare that black lives matter or include a hashtag in your social media posts has nothing to do with whether black lives do indeed matter. It’s also not about police brutality or outrage over George Floyd. “Black lives matter” is a truism.
You can loathe police brutality and believe George Floyd was murdered and still believe saying that phrase is weighed down with certain baggage you don’t want to carry. You run a high chance of being “canceled” for it — Crews is going to have a fun time when he returns to “America’s Got Talent” —  but it’s logically consistent.
Meanwhile, in trying to shame Crews’ remarks on Black Lives Matter, Don Lemon managed to admit what it’s about for him. Like so many other supporters of the movement, it’s not black lives.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Prominent Leftist Professor Misrepresents Frederick Douglass’ Speech, Leaving Out Key Lines and Ignoring Context

In order to paint American history as wholly evil, leftist academics are often forced to rewrite history to further their own narratives.
On Saturday, Independence Day, that’s exactly what Ibram X. Kendi did.

Kendi, a far-left academic, the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and the best-selling author of “How To Be an Antiracist,” shared an “abridged” version of one of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ most famous speeches: “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
As it turns out, Kendi’s “abridged” version of the speech made some pretty shocking omissions.
Namely, he left out most of Douglass’ praise for the Founding Fathers.
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Kendi tried to use the sentiments of a free black man talking about slavery in 1852, over ten years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, to help describe the turmoil that America is going through today:

Perhaps the greatest anti-slavery speech ever uttered is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” by Frederick Douglass, in 1852. I wanted to make the speech more accessible. Here’s a thread with an abridged version of the speech we should reread every #FourthofJuly. 1/
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) July 4, 2020

Kendi’s “abridged version of the speech” was criticized by many other Twitter users, including Dr. James Lindsay, a mathematician and political commentator:

The gall of this fraud to compare this nation in 2020 to how it was in 1852 and to use it to compare his own wayward and cynical mission to that of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They do fancy themselves highly, these Critical crusaders, don’t they? https://t.co/cDNSsI8u8U
— James Lindsay, deviant in chief (@ConceptualJames) July 4, 2020

“The gall of this fraud to compare this nation in 2020 to how it was in 1852 and to use it to compare his own wayward and cynical mission to that of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. They do fancy themselves highly, these Critical crusaders, don’t they?” Lindsay wrote, referring to critical race theory, the academic school of thought pushed by Kendi that has played a major role in heightening current racial tensions.
At a time when proponents of the “systemic racism” narrative such as Kendi seem to be hypercritical of the Founding Fathers, it was noticeable that Kendi left out several lines that Douglass had spoken in praise of them.

“The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too — great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men,” Douglass said.
“The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.”
While Kendi did note in his thread that Douglass said he was “not wanting in respect” for the Founding Fathers, his omission of the majority of Douglass’ praise for them is far from surprising.

On May 4, Kendi showed his distaste for the Founding Fathers in an article for The Atlantic titled: “We’re Still Living and Dying in the Slaveholders’ Republic.”
“Narcissism has cursed America long before Donald Trump, long before the red hats, long before the white sheets, long before the gray coats, long before the slaveholding founding fathers of the Confederate States of America and the United States of America,” Kendi wrote.
While the ongoing protests across the country rage on in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement, many of the Founding Fathers have had their statues toppled.
Instead of desiring to build upon the legacy of the men who founded this country, many on the left now want to tear it down.

Maybe if more protesters and rioters on the left had read the words of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent black thinkers of all time, then perhaps they would change their collective tune.
“They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory,” Douglass said in 1852.
They’re words that today’s American left would do well to remember.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Ilhan Omar Busted Funneling Large Amounts of Campaign Cash to Her Husband’s Company

Looks like Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who always rails against the supposed corruption and wickedness of the United States of America, is fairly corrupt herself.
Of course Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Democrat so getting away with blatant political corruption is sadly to be expected I guess.

Turns out more than one third of her campaign cash goes to, wait for it, her new husband Tim Mynett’s political consulting firm to the tune of more than $878,000.
Via Fox News:
When U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar got remarried in March following her divorce, the Minnesota Democrat tied the knot with a man who was a member of her political consulting team.
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Now, campaign data show Omar has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm a total of more than $878,000 since 2018 — including $189,000 just weeks after the couple announced they were husband and wife, the New York Post reported.
In the first quarter of this year, Mynett’s E Street Group has received more than $292,000 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and research services, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in April, citing data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Payments for 2019 totaled more than $500,000, the Star Tribune reported.
Omar’s campaign is her husband’s firm’s biggest client by far, Open Secrets data suggest – with E Street Group receiving about one-third of all the Democrat’s campaign cash, the Washington Examiner reported.
The arrangement is possible because of a 1960s federal anti-nepotism statute that prohibits members of Congress from hiring relatives for government jobs but does not block family members from doing campaign work, a former chief ethics lawyer from the administration of former President George W. Bush told The New York Post.
“It should not be allowed,” attorney Richard Painter said. “I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”
Mr. Painter is absolutely correct, this type of political corruption should not be allowed to ever happen, and must be exposed so every voter in America and in Omar’s district is aware of it.

Rep. Omar, who allegedly married her brother, is a well known liar and cheat so this is not completely surprising or unexpected.
What is surprising and sad, is how her hometown media, the Star Tribune is silent on this issue and any issue involving Rep. Omar’s corruption.
This is exactly why only Republicans should be elected to higher office. When a Republican is in office the media highlights anything and everything he or she says or does.
Just imagine for a moment that Ted Cruz was caught funneling large amounts of campaign cash to his wife. Would the media be silent or scream about it non-stop for many, many news cycles?

So if you want transparency and accountability in government, vote Republican.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Just Called for Completely ‘Dismantling’ the US ‘Economy and Political Systems’

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has called for the complete dismantling of the American way of life, which she described as a “system of oppression.”
When speaking Tuesday in Minnesota alongside the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, Omar ripped into the United States as a predatory entity that targets minorities.

“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality,” the Democrat and “Squad” member said.
“We cannot stop at criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.”

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar says we can’t stop at the criminal justice system and we must dismantle other systems of oppression like the US economy and political system.
pic.twitter.com/FgcNxj7EfH
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 7, 2020

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Omar’s comments apparently advocating for the dismantling of the entire American way of life were immediately pounced on by a number of prominent conservatives.
The Trump campaign also commented on her remarks.

“This is who Joe Biden takes orders from,” the Trump War Room Twitter account said.

This is who Joe Biden takes orders from. https://t.co/sECK5Ae3EA
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) July 7, 2020

The eldest son of President Donald Trump immediately called for former Vice President Joe Biden to respond.
“Does @joebiden agree with his supporter @ilhanmn that we need to dismantle the United States economy and political system?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.

Does @joebiden agree with his supporter @ilhanmn that we need to dismantle the United States economy and political system? 🤔 https://t.co/lxRZftJjNt
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 7, 2020

Others also laid into the Democrat on Twitter.

Is this not a violation of her oath of office? Is anyone in charge here anymore? https://t.co/DA6P6QEz99
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 7, 2020

What is it called when a sitting member of U.S. Congress calls for the “dismantling” of the U.S. economy and the entire system??? pic.twitter.com/JsPwqMinwF
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2020

I reject communism. https://t.co/to0QoJ7SdI
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 7, 2020

Omar supported self-avowed democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic primary. She is now supporting Biden’s candidacy.
While Biden was viewed during the primary as a moderate Democratic alternative to Sanders, he is essentially tied to Omar and others in the party’s more radical wing, and has not yet released a statement condemning or supporting Omar’s Tuesday comments.
The comments from Omar are her latest attack on American institutions.

Since May, when George Floyd died while in police custody in her district in Minneapolis, Omar has been a vocal proponent of defunding the city’s police department.
Omar shunned ideas of reforming the department during an interview on CNN last month, stating, “you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root.”

Ilhan Omar again supports dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department, this time on CNN: pic.twitter.com/QhPoUDhurX
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) June 15, 2020

“A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved homicide — half of the homicides in Minneapolis police departments go unsolved,” she told CNN.
“There have been cases where they’ve destroyed rape kits. And so you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” she said.
Omar did not have any clear answers on what would replace the department, or who would enforce the rule of law in the city.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Washington School Reopening Guide Suggests Returning ‘Students of Color’ to School First

The state of Washington is planning on reopening its schools for face-to-face instruction in the fall but will prioritize “students furthest from educational justice” if all students aren’t able to come back at once.
These students include “students with disabilities, students with 504 plans, English learners, students who are migratory, students experiencing homelessness, students who are in foster care, students of color, students experiencing poverty and students who were not equitably served through continuous remote learning in spring 2020.”

According to the guidelines, these students were impacted the most by the loss of in-person learning.
The guidelines also ask the districts to “attend to students who fit into one or more of these identified populations and then integrate supports.”
A Frequently Asked Questions document associated with the reopening guidelines said that “students furthest from educational justice and those who require in-person services to fulfill their basic education needs should be districts’ highest priority.”
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The school districts do not expect to be able to accommodate all students due to new health and safety requirements.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the guidelines in June, but Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said they may need to reassess the guidelines if there is another coronavirus case spike in the state, KREM-TV reported.

“We cannot guarantee that school will open in fall. But for now, this guidance provides a path that schools, educators and families need to plan for the coming months and the fall,” Inslee said at the time.
“Kids need to be learning but they also need to be safe and healthy.”
The OSPI said that districts should continue to prioritize the identified student populations “furthest from educational justice.”
“The impacts of fear, hatred, and systemic and structural racism within institutions cannot be ignored, and they yield tragic outcomes,” the guidelines read.
“Washington’s public education system must engage in anti-racist capacity building, leadership, and resource allocation.”

The guidelines add that it is the duty of public schools to prepare students for their next education pathways, careers and civic engagement.
“Washington must create the conditions for each student to be educated in racially literate, culturally sustaining, positive, and predictable environments that intentionally prioritize the instruction and development of social-emotional skills, and mental health in addition to our primary focus on academic content,” the guidelines read.
The Washington Education Association, which represents teachers in the state, released a statement expressing concern over some of the new guideline’s safety measures, KREM reported.
“We question if social distancing guidelines can truly be met in many schools across our state, given typical class sizes,” the statement read.

Schools are also considering canceling field trips, staggering arrival and dismissal times, and limiting nonessential visitors.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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ABC Blames ‘Luxury Car’ for Killing White BLM Protester, Excludes Fact That the Driver Was Black

Liberal activists, especially those in the media, are masters at skewing language in order to further their narratives.
Guns, for example, are often the “killers” in homicides where the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators are among race or class groups which are inconvenient in furthering those narratives.

That is especially true if the victims of the crimes are also among the media’s desired demographic — which includes racial or other minorities.
As a former establishment media social media manager, I know the rules.
There is an unspoken general rule for social media managers in newsrooms: If a minority person commits a crime, the reporter more often than not focuses on the weapon that was used in crafting the story.
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If a potentially dangerous criminal is on the lam, omit a description if that suspect happens to be non-white.
In similar crimes, ones where the perpetrators of violence are white, it is the individual, or the individual and the object, who are guilty.

Objects used to hurt other people are personified through subtle language when headlines are crafted, and it is done to tell you a story about how dangerous white Americans, especially white American males, are.
That logic now also applies to cars, or so it seems.
ABC News demonstrated that on Twitter this past weekend.
Two demonstrators, who were participating in a Black Lives Matter protest and who found an interstate in Washington state an appropriate place to demand justice for perceived social and racial inequities, were struck by the driver of a car.
Authorities say 24-year-old Summer Taylor and 32-year-old Diaz Love were struck by 27-year-old Dawit Kelete in the early hours of July 4 while both protesters were standing on I-5 in Seattle, according to The Associated Press.
Taylor later died, and Kelete has been arrested and was being held on bail.

But the apparent problem for ABC News is that Kelete is a black man.
What did the fine people running the far-left legacy network’s Twitter account do?
It looks very much like they improvised.
“A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said,” ABC News tweeted Sunday.

A young protester has died from injuries she suffered when a luxury car plowed into her and another woman during a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday on a Seattle freeway that has been shut down for days due to the civil unrest, police said. https://t.co/4VN3VeDMcK
— ABC News (@ABC) July 5, 2020

The car was described as a “white Jaguar” in an ABC News story linked in the Twitter post.
In the absence of a white driver, or a weapon to sensationalize, the network narrowed in on the car.

Is there anything more privileged than a white Jaguar?

Here are two pictures of the suspect vehicle that struck two protesters on I-5 this morning. Investigation into motive and point of entry in to I-5 are still under investigation. pic.twitter.com/gU1QH6TFTu
— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) July 4, 2020

The social media caption was so blatantly skewed that ABC News was roundly criticized by those who saw right through it.

I guess ABC used “luxury” car because they couldn’t say Black driver hits White BLM protester
— Black, White & Grey (@NBfromLB) July 5, 2020

If the driver was white you can bet they wouldn’t have written “luxury car”. When they can’t use race they use class to add fire to their narrative. So unbelievably biased.
— Kevin Hermes (@bluemangos) July 5, 2020

If you can’t divide through race, divide through class, status, or money.
— Matthew Wilson (@mtwilsonlaw) July 5, 2020

“Black man strikes white protesters who were standing in the middle of an interstate” wouldn’t have helped to shape any opinions in favor of the left’s endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It is difficult to even find an image of Kelete posted online by a verified Twitter account.

ABC News certainly hasn’t posted one, though journalist Andy Ngo did:

Summer Taylor, a non binary Black Lives Matter activist who was hit by a car while protesting on the I-5 freeway in Seattle, has died. Dawit Kelete, who is black, is accused of being the driver & was arrested. pic.twitter.com/Lr6Jp3BkzO
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2020

The social media caption ABC decided on was also more than likely no error.

Maybe the network hoped its followers would associate luxury cars with wealthy white males.
Perhaps the Disney-owned activist news organization hoped those simply skimming the post would make such an assumption.
It isn’t that far-fetched.

The media, broadly speaking, wants to tell you a story.
It’s just not always the real story.
They want to tell you a story that is framed in a way that furthers their narratives and their interests.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘Tell My Family I Loved Them’: Ohio Officer Relays Heartbreaking Message as He Lies Dying

In four words, Toledo, Ohio Police Chief George Kral summed up the sacrifice made by officer Anthony Dia: “He died protecting Toledo.”
Yes, he did. Those words speak powerfully to who he is. It’s Dia’s last words, however, that should tell you just what the loss of another officer means:

“Tell my family I loved them.”
Dia died on the Fourth of July when he was shot while checking on an intoxicated man in a Home Depot parking lot, according to Fox News. He spoke his last words over police radio after he was hit.
When the 26-year-old officer “approached the male to check his safety,” the suspect began walking away, according to witness accounts.
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According to Shalene Houke, who saw the shooting happen, Officer Dia asked the man to stop.
He kept walking, however, and Dia followed him behind the store’s plant racks. Then the suspect turned around, shooting at him. Dia returned fire, but he was hit.

Houke, along with a friend, rushed to help the officer.
“He was young, and he was scared,” Houke told the Toledo Blade.
Dia slipped into unconsciousness while Houke watched.
“He bled out, pretty much. They did what they could with lifesaving measures, but there was nothing they could do,” Jayme Dia, the officer’s wife, said.
Dia left a gut-wrenching message for his family, according to his wife: “The last thing he said over the radio was, ‘Tell my family I love them.’”

“He lived for his family, and he loved, just loved, being a police officer,” she said.
The accused murderer, 57-year-old Edward Henry, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after running into a forest area. He had three bench warrants out for an incident last August in which he allegedly exposed himself to a woman and threatened her to keep her from calling police.

Dia wasn’t just a family man who died for Toledo; he also brought a unique perspective to the Toledo police.

“He had such a passion for it, and he cared. He really cared,” said family friend Barbie Rudess. “With him being Muslim, he experienced some tough times, but he loved all. It did not matter what race, what anything. He just loved all and loved everyone.”
“He was not only therefore one of Toledo’s bravest and best police officers, he’s also someone who contributes to the diversity that makes our country and our city so great,” Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.
The mayor added that “to my dying day, I will never forget the sight of Officer Dia being wheeled out of the hospital on a gurney, his body wrapped in an American flag, flanked by about 30 Toledo police officers saluting and weeping.”
“It is our nation’s birthday,” the mayor said. “And our nation’s motto is, ‘E pluribus unum.’ From many, come one. We live in divided times. We must come together as one. We are one human family, one American family, and one Toledo family. And today our family is in mourning due to the loss of one of our family members.”

Officer Dia is the kind of man you want your children to emulate, allegedly killed by a man who was everything we should condemning.
There were plenty of officeholders willing to sing his praises. But where was the outrage beyond that? Where were the celebrations of a short life well lived, of a man who left behind two young children and a wife?

@GovMikeDeWine starting today’s briefing honoring Toledo Police Officer, Anthony Dia. The 26 year-old, father of 2 was killed in the line of duty July, 4. pic.twitter.com/WKHnMcubMD
— Megan O’Rourke (@Megan247Now) July 7, 2020

Dia is unpopular right now because police are unpopular right now. Nobody particularly hates a dead cop, but they just shrug aimlessly.
A policeman as a hero? The horrors.
But we’re willing to portray them as cold-blooded killers, usually killers who prey upon unarmed minorities for sport.
Yet this is who the police are. We can point to Dia as a man who was an exemplar of what a police officer should be. He was a man who took on a great responsibility and died so that the citizens of Toledo could be safe.

“My son died a hero,” said his father, Younes “Tony” Dia, according to WTOL-TV.
“And if he was given a choice, ‘Hey, do you want to die in bed sick, do you want to die in a car accident, or do you want to die like this — a martyr — Anthony would choose this box. One hundred percent. He wouldn’t want to go out any other way.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘It Makes People Cry’: Watch NYC Official’s Insane Rant After White Colleague Holds Black Baby on Lap

There’s no particularly good conversation that includes the angry exclamation, “Read ‘White Fragility!’”
In case you haven’t read the book, “White Fragility” is Robin DiAngelo’s 2018 bestseller, now given new life by the wave of protests touched off by the death of George Floyd.

It’s basically “Whiteness Theory for Dummies,” a book-long discussion about how fragile white people allegedly are and, among other things, how their “pillars of whiteness” had been erected to protect them from racial stress. If that sounds like academic jargon, that’s because it is, although it’s been dumbed down for public consumption.
However, one of the central messages the book tries to get across is that if you’re white and you get called a racist, you might get angry or challenge the person calling you racist — which is just more evidence you’re a racist insulating yourself from racial stress. I mean, why else would you say something like that?
I mention this just because it’s a good window into the online meeting of New York City’s Community Education Council District 2 on June 29 and how it devolved into an insane shoutfest between several council members that’s going viral a week after it happened.
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I know, that doesn’t sound particularly interesting to begin with. However, while all happy bodies of local governance are alike, all unhappy bodies of local governance are unhappy in their own way. When it comes to the Community Education Council District 2 — hereafter referred to as the CEC D2 for obvious reasons — there seems to be a whole lot of sniping involved. Some of that seems to be because some of the board members have embraced the jargon of the “White Fragility” crowd.
So, a bit of background, as per The Federalist: Council member Thomas Wrocklage, at the previous meeting, had brought along his daughter, who is a toddler, and his friend’s nephew. Wrocklage is white; so is his daughter. His friend is black; so is her son. The topic was school integration. During an argument over the topic, Wrocklage said that “my living room’s integrated right now.”

If Wrocklage wanted comity, that wasn’t the best idea. He faced accusations of racism from members on the council and roughly 100 parents sent a letter to the council president, Maud Maron, with complaints about Wrocklage. There was also sniping on social media.
The next meeting wasn’t a terribly pleasant one. It turns out that by the 40th minute, participants hadn’t been able to yell themselves out of steam. This led to an angry exchange between Council Members Benjamin Morden and Robin Broshi.
Morden asked why they were dealing with this incident when students had come to them complaining about racism in their schools. Instead of dealing with trying to figure out a way to investigate the racist incidents, Morden said, they were instead navel-gazing and wondering if individual council members had done enough anti-racism training to uproot their own prejudices.
Broshi said some parents had even accused her of not doing enough to deal with “racism” among her fellow CEC D2 members.
“‘You don’t call out the racism when it happens!’” Broshi said she’d been told, during a heated response to Morden 41 long minutes into the meeting.

“I spent a full year getting tweets from you people saying, ‘It’s toxic whiteness,’ I’m a white supremacist, I’m racist,” Morden said.
“Ben, it’s not about you and me,” Broshi responded. “We all do racist things. We have to learn … about that. It’s hurtful.”
The argument about racism then leaned into the line everyone’s going to remember from this dumpster conflagration: “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap and they don’t know the context!” Broshi said. “That is harmful! That makes people cry. That makes people log out of our meetings … I’m getting pressure for not being enough of an advocate, and I take that to heart and that hurts me.”

After a bit more shouting, enter Wrocklage:
“I would like to know before this meeting adjourns how having my friend’s nephew on my lap was hurtful to people and was racist,” he said.
“Tom, I’ve explained it to you,” Broshi said. “You can Google, you can read a book. Read a book. Read Ibram Kendi. Read ‘White Fragility.’ Read ‘How to Talk to White People.’ It’s not my job to educate you! You’re an educated white male! You can read a book!”
“My friend is going to educate you, Robin,” Wrocklage responded.

Wrocklage, by the way, isn’t exactly some sort of MAGA-aberration in deep-blue New York City. On his Twitter account, he comes across as a Good Liberal, rarely tweeting but doing so in support of Pete Buttigieg during his run for the presidency — including this retweet of one of Buttigieg’s debate zingers:

Pete Buttigieg: “Let’s not equate age with wisdom. We have the oldest president in American history. How is that working right now?” pic.twitter.com/PNgFokE48T
— The Hill (@thehill) February 19, 2020

This is a case of the left eating its own in the name of the new secular religion of self-flagellation for whites.

There are several things you can take away from this meeting, apart from the obvious fact that social distancing is a good idea for the CEC D2. (Watching their meetings on Zoom is a spectacular byproduct if you’re amused by cultural multi-car pileups, although it’s more than a bit frightening if you think about having a kid their decisions affect.)
I’m sure Broshi and the others on the council didn’t want to become object lessons in a wider cultural debate, but they are now. While no other video on their YouTube account had more than a few hundred views, as of Monday morning, the video of the 85-minute-long Great Whiteness Reckoning had 77,000 views.
It’s a fascinating look-in on a body where everyone in the middle has essentially been steamrolled. Maud Maron, the council president, tried her best to appeal to both sides. Later in the meeting, she was chastised by another council member for not “doing the work” to get appropriately jargonized.
“You can say, ‘Racism is wrong, we’ll denounce it,’” Council Member Shino Tanikawa said.about the 53:20 mark in the meeting. “But the bottom line is how you act. And your actions have not shown to me that you understand what racism is at a structural and institutional level.”

Ah yes — critical theory, the last refuge of a scoundrel. At least Tanikawa was relatively calm and rational about her embrace of the language of “White Fragility.” That approach wasn’t favored by the rest of the meeting.
In this I don’t exempt Wrocklage or Morden, although I’ll say this much: Nobody was able to answer their questions, which were factually sound.
The other side talked past them, telling them the answers were to be found in those foundational texts listed as their secular bibles. The jargonistas weren’t going to educate them. They needed to do the work! You read their opinions for them and then you come back and tell them why they’re right.
Just don’t come back and tell them you disagree. That’s even worse. Remember — in the world of “White Fragility,” it’s all about admitting that you’re in the wrong. If you don’t, then you’re even more wrong.

A horrible fate awaits any individual that volunteers for and gets elected to CEC D2 without watching this first. Apparently, a white person can be racist by holding his friend’s black baby. It’s not just the comment he made. The very sight of it is problematic for the very white Robin Broshis of the world, who apparently are unwilling to learn from the black person who left the baby in the white person’s care.
An even worse fate awaits any student who needs allegations of actual racism addressed by the council when its members can’t stop assuring themselves they’ve read enough Ibram Kendi and worn the hair-shirt of their own making long enough to address those concerns.
Maybe the kids can read “White Fragility” in the meantime.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Wray Details Threat From China, Their Goal is to be “Only Superpower by any Means Necessary”

Watch as FBI Director Christopher Wray spills the beans on the threat from China and what their goals are:

Read the Three things that Every American Needs to Remember About China by FBI Director Christopher Wray::WRAY: “I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party.
To understand this threat and how we must act to respond to it, the American people should remember three things.
First, we need to be clear-eyed about the scope of the Chinese government’s ambition. China, the Chinese Communist Party believes it’s in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership.
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That’s sobering enough, but it’s waging that fight not through legitimate innovation, not through fair and lawful competition, and not by giving their citizens the freedom of thought and speech and creativity that we treasure here in the United States.
Instead, China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.

The second thing the American people need to understand is that China uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques, everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders.
They’ve even engaged in outright physical theft, and they’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors, including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.
To achieve its goals and surpass America, China recognizes it needs to make leaps in cutting-edge technologies, but the sad fact is that instead of engaging in the hard slog of innovation, China often steals American intellectual property and then uses it to compete against the very American companies it victimized, in effect cheating twice over.
They’re targeting research on everything from military equipment to wind turbines, to rice and corn seeds.
Through its talent recruitment programs like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, the Chinese government tries to entice scientists to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating our export controls and conflict of interest rules.”

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Over 100,000 ‘Essential’ Border Crossings Per Day Spiking COVID Numbers in California

The United States and Mexico announced last month they were extending an agreement to halt nonessential border crossings into each country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless, some of the hottest coronavirus hot spots in the U.S. right now are in border counties, and there appears to be a clear reason: Over 100,000 people per day are crossing legally into California alone.

Imperial County is at the top of that state’s list with approximately 3,900 cases per 100,000 residents, which is over three times more than any other county in California.
Imperial, with a population of just 181,000, is located on the border just to the east of San Diego County.
Abutting it to the south is Mexicali, Mexico, population 1.1 million, which has been experiencing a severe COVID-19 outbreak.
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“Now we have a surge [of coronavirus] in the Imperial Valley because the situation is so severe in Mexicali,” Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, told The New York Times.
In an email obtained by The Western Journal, Coyle shared with hospital CEOs around the state that the medical facilities in Mexicali, as of late May, were full and “using crisis standards of care.”

In response, people were coming over the border into the U.S.
Both hospitals in Imperial County — El Centro Regional Medical Center and Pioneers Memorial Hospital — “have been overwhelmed with COVID patients,” Coyle said.
El Centro Regional is a small community hospital with 20 emergency room beds, 20 intensive care unit beds and 161 beds overall.
Pioneers Memorial, about 15 miles to the north of El Centro, has 107 beds total.
Coyle made an appeal to California hospitals to accept patients from the border region.
In a tweet late last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the dire situation and announced he was working to reinstate a shutdown order for Imperial County.

NEW: Yesterday CA conducted over 76k #COVID19 tests.
Positivity rate: 5.7% over 7 days.
That rate in Imperial County, however, is at 23%. Hospitals there are overwhelmed.
So today we’re working with the county to reinstate a stay at home order.
We have to take this seriously.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 26, 2020

What he did not mention in the tweet is the reason COVID-19 cases are spiking in Imperial County is patients coming over the border.
Mediaite columnist John Ziegler responded to Newsom’s tweet with a map of California.

Uh, perhaps King @GavinNewsom and his subjects should look on a map to where Imperial County is, and he should be forced to admit what is clearly actually happening there… https://t.co/cbGRXscOm2 pic.twitter.com/XYoZY8NXDz
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) June 26, 2020

The Western Journal spoke with a doctor working at the El Centro Regional Medical Center who confirmed many of the patients the hospital is treating are believed to be Mexicali residents.
“What’s annoying about it is they’re saying, ‘OK, Imperial County is the highest per capita and shame on you, you haven’t gotten your numbers under control. We need to go back to stage 1, and you guys just need to close everything down again,’” said the physician, who agreed to be interviewed on a condition of anonymity.

“But what they’re not recognizing is that we’re drawing from a population of 1.1 million.”
“According to a nurse who lives in Mexicali, she said on the social media they were basically saying, ‘If you have COVID, don’t even bother going to the hospital in Mexicali. Go across to the U.S.,’” the doctor said.
By California law, hospitals are not permitted to ask questions regarding citizenship, the physician said.
The people El Centro Regional is treating, many of whom speak only Spanish, could have both Mexican and U.S. citizenship, while others are Mexicali residents who have work permits to enter the U.S.

The towns of El Centro and nearby Calexico are big agricultural communities, so many Mexicans cross the border to work in that industry and others deemed essential.
The doctor recounted that Newsom came down to the area last month and made the decision rather than surge medical capacity into the region, patients would be sent all over the state, both by air and land.
Janette Angulo, director of the Imperial County Public Health Department, testified before a California Senate committee June 30 that over 500 patients had been shipped out of the county over the previous two weeks to other hospitals.

“The logical question is what is causing the surge of cases and hospitalizations in our county?” she asked.
“Without a doubt, Imperial County is a highly mobile population. Even with international crossing restrictions, over 20,000 people are still crossing the international border from Mexicali into Calexico on a daily basis for work, health care and other business,” Angulo said.
Susan Fanelli, with the California Department of Public Health, testified that 10 to 15 patients are being transferred daily out of Imperial County.
Fanelli also highlighted that the 1.1 million population of Mexicali is contributing to the COVID-19 spike.

“We have about 25,000 traveling across the border in every day… in their essential workforce has put a big strain on Imperial County,” she said.
Neighboring San Diego County is faring better because of its much larger hospital infrastructure, but it is also seeing a larger influx of 75,000 to 80,000 border crossings per day and many new coronavirus cases, according to Fanelli.
The health expert said 60 to 70 percent of the county’s hospital admissions for COVID-19 in areas close to the border are those who traveled to Mexico or were connected to a family member who went to Mexico.
San Diego County took about half the hospital transfers initially from Imperial County.

“The impact of the border is great in both areas” of Imperial and San Diego counties, Fanelli said.
The doctor from El Centro Regional told The Western Journal that San Diego County has dried up as a place to send the hospital’s COVID-19 patients, and now they are being sent as far away as San Francisco and Sacramento by life flights, costing up to $100,000 each.
“We send them there, but we don’t tell them how they can get back again,” the physician said.
It creates many issues, including potential end-of-life decisions, with no family nearby with whom to confer.

The doctor does not blame Mexicans for seeking treatment in the U.S. but argued that rather than seeding all California with new cases, a better solution would be to surge capacity at the border, as was done in New York City.
Tim Thompson, founding pastor of 412 Murrieta Church in Riverside County (which is adjacent to Imperial), reached out to Samaritan’s Purse to see if the aid organization would be able to set up either in Mexicali or El Centro.
“It’s not that I don’t want these people to get help. People need held, they need help,” he told The Western Journal. “If we’re a position to be able to help them, we should.
“But you don’t help by stripping them away from their family, putting them on a plane or helicopter and saying, ‘We’re going to take you somewhere else,’ and they don’t even know where they are going and how they’re going to get back.”

Samaritan’s Purse confirmed by email to The Western Journal that it sent an assessment team to Mexicali and El Centro, but it said that, per policy, it would not reveal the details of discussions with authorities and why no green light was given to move forward.
Adolphe Edward, CEO of El Centro Regional, told The Western Journal he would be glad to have the Christian aid organization set up a field hospital in the area.
He indicated the state of California is in the process of setting up an alternate care site in the Imperial Valley with an 80-bed capacity to help with overflow from both El Centro and Pioneers hospitals.
“If I were king for a day, I would actually make sure that we have the 80 beds at the alternate care site staffed to keep family members here in the county or close to the Mexicali border, if they live across, and care for them here,” Edward said.

“I don’t really want to transfer anybody out of the county. My preference is to care for the patients closer to home.”
Last week, Thompson interviewed Dr. Jeff Barke for the pastor’s online program, “Our Watch,” during which they discussed the situation at the California-Mexico border and in the Golden State generally.

Thompson argued it is not fair to Imperial County and others, including potentially Riverside, to shut them down, because cases are increasing there, in part, because of border crossings.

“If we have to shut down everything here, then shut the border down, like we were told it’s shut down,” he said.
Imperial County is not alone in experiencing a cross-border COVID-19 influx.
In Arizona, the county with the highest rate of cases per 100,000 residents is Santa Cruz, with more than 4,300.
Like Imperial County, the entire population of Santa Cruz, 46,000, is dwarfed by the Mexican border city immediately to the south, Nogales, Sonora, with 212,000 residents.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Report: Prison Officials Pulling Out All the Stops To Keep Ghislaine Maxwell Alive

Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of convicted sex offender and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is being watched closely in a federal detention center to ensure she stands trial, according to a new report.
Maxwell, now known to the federal Bureau of Prisons as inmate 02879-509, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

She was brought there Monday from New Hampshire, where she had been arrested last Thursday, according to the New York Post.
Last summer, Epstein was charged with sex trafficking, but he was found dead in his cell in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center a month after his arrest. The death was ruled a suicide, although many have expressed doubts about that determination.
After his death, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sought to find Maxwell, who is accused of partnering with Epstein to operate a global network that resulted in the sexual abuse of underage girls.
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Maxwell faces four counts of sex trafficking minors and two counts of perjury.
The Post quoted a law enforcement source as saying officials want to ensure Maxwell does not die in prison.

“They want to make sure she’ll stand trial,” the source said, adding that the federal Bureau of Prisons does not want another “black eye.”
According to the source, Maxwell will have top security every moment of her detention.
Guards will be with her every time she leaves her cell, the source said, and a surveillance camera will be focused on her cell.
Reports that guards did not keep to their rounds and that video equipment malfunctioned emerged after Epstein’s death in the Manhattan facility operated by the Bureau of Prisons.
Maxwell could be arraigned as soon as Thursday. At that time, Judge Alison Nathan will decide if Maxwell will remain locked up or go free on bail.

Homer Venters, a former chief medical officer for New York City’s jails, has said the Brooklyn facility is “ill-equipped” to deal with COVID-19 and did not meet standards for infection control practices, according to Bloomberg.
Venters said he was “concerned about the ongoing health and safety of the population” at the MDC.
Cheryl Pollak, a federal magistrate in Brooklyn, has criticized the prison where Maxwell is being held.
“Some of these conditions wouldn’t surprise me if we were dealing with a prison in Turkey or a Third World Country,” Pollak said in 2017, according to NBC News.

Prosecutors have said Maxwell “poses an extreme risk of flight,” according to WABC-TV.
Maxwell has three passports, is wealthy with lots of international connections, and has “no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence,” they wrote.
According to the charges against Maxwell, she was involved in the sexual abuse of three girls, including one who was 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Here is the fed’s case against Ghislaine Maxwell https://t.co/2zYDUaS0z7 pic.twitter.com/Slr5sl48C6
— New York Post (@nypost) July 4, 2020

In addition to the charges against her, authorities have been seeking Maxwell in order to get a fuller understanding of Epstein’s alleged trafficking network, giving her leverage to strike a deal with prosecutors.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Truth About BLM Democrats and the Media Want to Hide, Summed Up by One Cartoon

The Democrats and the media portray the Black Lives Matter movement as something pure and holy when nothing could be further from the truth.
BLM is nothing more than a far left front group dedicated to the destruction of America as we know it.

In addition BLM is very selective about the black lives they seem to care about.
Here is the truth about the Black Lives Matter movement the Democrats and their media allies want to hide, brutally summed up by one cartoon:

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Does that about sum it up?
BLM only seems to care about black lives if they are taken by white people. Black on black violence? Not so much.

Black men are killing other black people at record rates but the Democrats and their media allies do not care.
Yet while BLM, Antifa, Democrats and the media are calling to defund the police, some are being a bit…hypocritical.
After Calling to Defund Police, Minneapolis City Council Leaders Hire $4,500 a Day Private Security Guards
Over the past two weeks the Minneapolis City Council has been very busy attacking their police department. First they unanimously voted to replace their police department with community-led public safety systems, whatever that means. Then just yesterday they furthered their agenda by unanimously passing an ordinance to replace their police department with a department of community safety and violence prevention.
It turns out that over this same period of time, the city council has hired private security to to protect three of their council members from “threats” at taxpayer expense to the tune of $4,500 per day. According to Fox9 News:

The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd, FOX 9 has learned.
A city spokesperson said the private security details have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks.
The three council members who have the security detail – Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9)– have been outspoken proponents of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.
So the average citizen will have a department of community saftey and violence prevention “prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach” run by a director who “will have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches” for protection while their city council gets personal armed guards.

Apparently in Minneapolis it is security for some, the elite, those in office, but not for the public at large who pays the bill either way.

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Shootings Skyrocket in NYC; So of Course Mayor Bill De Blasio Blames (What Else?) COVID-19

In the most predictable development of the past month, violent crime is on the rise in New York City.
Shootings rose in every borough in the month of June, making for a 130% increase. Independence Day weekend alone saw a whopping 44 “incidents.”

What does Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio have to say about all this? The Gothamist reports:

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Monday to double down on neighborhood policing to reduce the shootings, blaming the uptick on a lack of employment due to the pandemic.
“Everything has been thrown off by the coronavirus,” de Blasio said. “Let’s be clear. People aren’t going to work. People aren’t going to school. Everything’s been disrupted. And most notably our court system is not functioning and it has to, but the message is the same. We are going to fight crime wherever we find it.”

Seriously? COVID-19 lockdowns have wreaked havoc on a lot of communities all across the country. If that alone is enough to make people trigger-happy, then why isn’t gun violence spiking nationwide? (Of course, to be fair, it’s also worth noting that few states’ lockdown policies have been as directly lethal as New York’s.)
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Maybe it’s just slightly possible that other factors are at work in the Big Apple… like, for instance, prosecutors letting “low-level” rioters get off scot-free, thereby emboldening the lawless to see what else they can get away with. Or the fact that de Blasio seems to consider peaceful religious assembly a greater menace than looting, vandalism, and intimidation.
For their part, the New York Police Department has its own theories as to the uptick in violence, from an increase in officers retiring to the “impacts of legislative mandates sending offenders no longer eligible for bail back to the streets where they are being regularly rearrested and contributing to overall crime in the city”:

The NYPD is enduring a round of deep budget cuts that have led to a class of 1,163 recruits being canceled. The department has also seen an increase in retirements. The NYPD’s facilitation of peaceful protest continues to utilize department resources. While the NYPD uses a lighter touch in regard to enforcement, offenders no longer eligible for bail are being rearrested: they have been rearrested for approximately 750 additional major felonies through June 26, compared with the population of those released in the same period a year ago.

All of this was entirely predictable. NYC’s leaders have simultaneously made it materially more difficult for police to do their jobs and emboldened and legitimized the voices demonizing them for trying. How can any community expect law enforcement to keep the peace under those conditions? How can de Blasio and company expect New York’s finest to sit there and take being expected to go out every night with media, politicians, and academia painting targets on their backs?
Answer: they can’t, not indefinitely. Expect things to continue to get much, much worse, which might actually be the only way things can get better in the long run — by forcing those demanding we abolish the police to experience what it’s like living in the world they want.

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Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Ted Cruz for Calling Dems Radical – So He Gives Her a List

Far-left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not appreciate it when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proclaimed that “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.”
According to Ocasio-Cortez, the fact that Joe Biden, a so-called moderate, is the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee proves that her party is not radical.

Yes, that is precisely why the party nominated… Joe Biden https://t.co/ZFx5YAnd9b
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 5, 2020

Cruz made it clear that he was not buying it.
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After referring to Ocasio-Cortez as “the base he’s terrified of,” the senator proceeded to ask her if she supported a series of radical positions including tearing down statues of the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln, destroying Mount Rushmore, “defunding” the police, supporting the development of autonomous zones such as “CHOP,” and “ANTIFA mob violence.”

You’re the base he’s terrified of.
Do you support:
1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln?
2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore.
3) Abolishing the police.
4) Acquiescing to “autonomous” lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP?
5) ANTIFA mob violence? https://t.co/qJCM6Z7yjt
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2020

Cruz definitely came up with a good list but he neglected to mention abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an idea that Ocasio-Cortez enthusiastically supports.
No matter who leads the Democratic ticket, the heart of the modern Democratic Party rests with these radical positions.
The idea of “tearing down statues of George Washington,” once an unthinkable proposal, has already received at least tepid support from mainstream Democratic politicians.
During an appearance on cable news over the weekend, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a vice-presidential contender, said Americans should “listen to the argument” about removing statues honoring America’s first president.

Duckworth also seemed to imply that “destroying Mt. Rushmore” would be justified because it is located “on ground that was stolen from Native Americans.”
The fact that Duckworth expressed a desire to dress up as Mount Rushmore just five years ago indicates just how far left the Democratic Party has moved in that time.

All dressd up as historic figures.I just coverd myself in Stars&Stripes.Next year I’m going as Mt.Rushmore! #Murica http://t.co/81LENocKij
— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) July 4, 2015

As for “abolishing the police,” this nightmare scenario has already become a reality in New York City and Minneapolis, as both cities have decided to slash their police departments and budgets fully or in part.
Thankfully, polling has found the overwhelming majority of Americans reject this radical idea.
AOC’s tweet mocking Cruz for calling the Democrats radical fails to acknowledge that the “moderate” Biden has moved left in an attempt to appease the radical wing of his party.
After all, the Democratic nominee abandoned his support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of abortions, in order to please the rabidly pro-abortion base.

Speaking of abortion, Democrats have made it clear that pro-life voices are not welcome in their party.
Earlier this year, Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress, lost his primary to pro-abortion challenger Marie Newman.
The Democrats’ enthusiastic support of Black Lives Matter indicates that they have no problem with the implementation of radical ideology. Nothing is more radical than working to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”
Black Lives Matter supports doing just that, yet left-wing politicians in New York City and Washington, D.C., have still rushed to name streets after the organization anyway.

If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really wants to prove that the Democratic Party is not radical, she should try answering Cruz’s questions. The fact that she has not speaks volumes.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Student Gets the Boot From Christian University After Posting Videos Critical of BLM

A college student in Texas has become the latest victim of cancel culture. It appears that Academia has absolutely no tolerance for any dissenting opinions on Black Lives Matter, whether among students or faculty members.
Ashleigh Brock, who attended the Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, posted some videos on social media criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. A graphic in a Campus Reform article captured the essence of one of her videos accurately.

In the video, Brock acts out the reactions of people in three different scenarios: where a black person kills a black person, where a black person kills a white person and where a white person kills a black person.
In the first two scenarios, Brock’s facial expressions demonstrated indifference while in the third scenario, Brock put a graphic of fire in the background to reflect the violence that has broken out at Black Lives Matter protests.
In other words, the Black Lives Matter movement is hypocritical because it only seems to care about certain black lives.
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This did not sit well with one of the Black Lives Matter movement’s supporters. In a now-deleted tweet, the Twitter user raged: “There needs to be serious consequences for these actions (in actions I mean racism).”
Sadly, Brock did face “serious consequences” for exercising her First Amendment rights by expressing a politically unpopular position that many Americans agree with but may be too afraid to admit out loud.

As HSU President Eric Bruntmyer acknowledged in a video, “the student associated with this incident is no longer enrolled in Hardin-Simmons University.”
So, Brock was expelled from Hardin-Simmons University for refusing to bow to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the president of her former college so pathetically did in his hostage tape. Apparently, Bruntmyer has no problem tying himself to a movement whose leader wants to “burn down this system” if he does not get his way.

Bruntmyer slammed Brock’s social media post as “deeply disappointing and unacceptable” and “not reflective of the Christian values of our institution or the vast majority of our community.”
Yet, in another one of Brock’s social media posts, which also got the left all bent out of shape, Brock uttered a phrase that serves as the very foundation of Christianity: “All lives matter.” The video she made contrasting the three hypothetical reactions to losses of life was only meant to reinforce that point.

Unfortunately, the fact that Brock received such push back and the potentially life-altering consequence of expulsion should not come as a surprise. Just last month, a principal at a Vermont school lost her job for making social media posts critical of Black Lives Matter.
In the secular hotbed of Vermont and the most conservative parts of Texas, the message remains the same: “Criticize Black Lives Matter at your own risk.” In reality, conservatives in academia or anyone who deviates slightly from liberal orthodoxy, faces enormous risk.
As actor and comedian Rob Schneider told radio host Chris Stigall, “If you do criticize or tend to be not directly along a liberal stand, you can get murdered.” While Schneider’s statement may have been a bit hyperbolic, he was correct to point out that deviating from the left comes with consequences.

The cancel culture phenomenon is not limited to the United States. A high school student in England was expelled for daring to point out a biological fact: there are only two genders. Now, Ashleigh Brock has faced the wrath of the mob for proclaiming an equally true statement: “All Lives Matter.”
With all of the risks that come with holding conservative views on campus, it’s no wonder that Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk described conservative college students as “modern day culture warriors.”
The consequences of allowing liberals to capture academia in their long march through the institutions are more obvious than ever before. Should the cancel culture hawks that dominate college campuses ever obtain power in America, the First Amendment in the United States as we know it could very well be gone for good.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Uh Oh: Portland Riots Force Police to Temporarily Limit Services to Emergencies Only

In the face of violent protests throughout the nation, the rallying cry by many perpetrating the mayhem is for police to be defunded or disbanded.
The people of Portland, Oregon, had a brief glimpse of that reality, as police were forced to ignore all but emergency calls after law enforcement was tied up responding to violent rioting over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Public Information Officer Lt. Tina Jones provided hourly video updates on the situation on the Portland Police Bureau Twitter feed overnight Saturday into early Sunday morning, including announcing that the city would not be able to respond to certain calls for help.
“A riot declaration is still in order in downtown Portland,” Jones said in her 1 a.m. update and described the area of the city shut down by civil unrest.
“Several hundred demonstrators continue to march throughout the downtown area, and several arrests have been made,” she continued. “There are reports of several businesses with broken windows in the area, and several arrests have been made.”
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“It is important for everyone in the area to follow any lawful orders given by any law enforcement officer” she said.
“Those who do not follow lawful orders are subject to arrest, force, or munitions,” she said. “It is inadvisable to come downtown at this time.”

“PPB is handling emergency calls only city-wide at this time,” Jones announced. “Many calls for police service are holding in each precinct.”
“We want the crowd downtown to disperse so we can assist community members who need our assistance.”

1 a.m. Update on riot in Downtown Portland. pic.twitter.com/YO0SH3Yf7W
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 5, 2020

Many replied to Jones’ declaration with support for the police, but detractors shared anti-police rhetoric, blaming and villainizing the police and their tactics.

This is an uprising. You will not divide us with false distinctions between “good” and “bad” tactics. We stand united in tearing down this system. Also, do you honestly think they don’t have undercover cops and informants in the crowd? That’s naive.
— Nom Nom De Guerre and 1312 others (@Spronsenite) July 5, 2020

If you really wanted to respond to those calls instead of gassing and beating your people, you do it. Quit your jobs.
— Lucky Mud ❤️ 🖤🏴‍☠️ (@dreadpiratejene) July 5, 2020

When you make declarations and charge through the streetsThrowing tear gas and whatever else,By your asinine standards you are rioting–So call the damn cops on yourself.
— All Cops Are War Criminals (@Je_suis_proctor) July 5, 2020

“Police attack Americans on Independence Day”
— votebernie2020 (@2020Votebernie) July 5, 2020

According to The Oregonian, Sunday was the 39th straight day of rioting for Portland, which began with the death of a black man, George Floyd, in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer in late May.

The PPB declared the riot at about 11 p.m. on Saturday as throngs of violent protesters hurled projectiles, pointed lasers and aimed fireworks at police, allowing law enforcement to use tear gas to disburse the crowds in accordance with a June court order meant to restrict such tactics to life or safety threats.
It wasn’t until about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday that the mob began to clear out, by then resulting with over 12 arrests, CNN reported.
Portland police had issued a similar restriction to in-person response in March to protect officers from COVID-19, but still were able to take reports via phone for situations which were not life-threatening.

However, for those wishing to report crimes or other non-emergency situations overnight during the holiday weekend, the department was unable to do anything for them as officers were tied up with the vandalism and violence taking place in city streets.
The calls to defund or disband police have only gotten louder as protesters inadvertently demonstrate exactly why a strong police force is necessary.
Many have stated that officers should concentrate on community policing, utilizing outreach and relationship building, but violent anti-police protests destroy that opportunity and demonstrate the necessity of force in one fell swoop.
The PPB was forced to prioritize resources for riots over the weekend, leaving them only with the ability to protect parts of a city under siege from a violent mob and nothing else.

What a pity for a rape victim or a citizen whose home was just burglarized to be left alone and afraid in the middle of the night while police confronted protesters elsewhere, unable to even take their call.
But that was only a small glimpse of the future if anti-police sentiment crystallizes into public policy, leaving citizens fending for themselves in a chaotic, crime-infested city so folks will feel better about race relations (or whatever the supposed goal is).
If those who wish to abolish police completely have their way, it is frightening to imagine what kind of dystopian nightmare cities will become.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NYC Prosecutes Woman for Reporting Altercation After Letting ‘Low-Level’ Rioters Off Scot-Free

New York City is no place for sane Americans who just want to live their lives in peace.
As if the madness of the past month wasn’t enough of a warning sign for non-leftists to get out while they still can, consider the latest display of the Big Apple’s demented priorities, a Central Park altercation between Amy Cooper (who is white) and the unrelated Christian Cooper (who is black).

It seems Christian confronted Amy about her dog not being on a leash, and Amy responded by threatening to call the police and “tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.” The whole sordid incident was caught on video back in May:

Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020

The next day, Amy issued a public apology:
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I want to apologize to Chris Cooper for my actions when I encountered him in Central Park yesterday. I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash.
When Chris began offering treats to my dog and confronted me in an area where there was no one else nearby and said, “You’re not going to like what I’m going to do next,” I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone.

He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required. I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.
I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of forty years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology.
Christian accepted it (albeit while milking the publicity to push the broader “systemic racism” lie):
“I do accept her apology. It’s a first step. I think she’s got to do some reflection on what happened,” Cooper said on “The View” Thursday. “Up until the moment when she made that statement and made that phone call, it was just a conflict between a birder and a dog-walker. And then she took it to a very dark place, and I think she’s got to sort of examine why and how that happened.”
Cooper added that he wanted to “move it a little bit beyond her, because it’s not really about her and her poor judgment in a snap second. It’s about the underlying current of racism and racial perception that has been going on for centuries, and that permeates this city and this country that she tapped into.”

In a rational city (especially one that could muster a smidgen of empathy for the broader racial tensions boiling over at the time) , both parties settling a dispute among themselves like this would be the end of it. Not in New York, though, where over a month later, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is pressing charges.
“Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced Monday. “Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of false reporting to contact our Office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
For those keeping score, this would be the same Cy Vance who announced in June that his office would not be prosecuting “low-level” offenders arrested during the Black Lives Matter riots:
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. released a statement Friday, saying the DA’s Office is revising its policy regarding “arrests on charges of Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct during ongoing demonstrations against the use of excessive force and killing of George Floyd.”

Previously, it was the DA’s policy to “offer individuals charged with these low-level offenses an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, meaning their cases would be dismissed within six months,” according to the statement.
“Under the new policy, the DA’s Office declines to prosecute these arrests in the interest of justice,” the statement continued. “The Office will also continue to evaluate and decline to prosecute other protest-related charges where appropriate.”
That decision rightly angered many of New York’s finest at the time, resulting in the NYPD withdrawing its officers from the DA’s offices of several boroughs:
“It is a dereliction of duty to their oath of office,” Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, told the Times. “More important than undercutting the work of the N.Y.P.D., it is undercutting public safety.”

Amen. It’s time to face facts, and the fact is that New York City is no longer the town Rudy Giuliani cleaned up twenty years ago. Public safety for all is out, and whether you can expect to enjoy the protections of the criminal justice system depends entirely on whether you align with the socio-cultural agenda of the powers that be.
And it’s only going to get worse from here. So to every conservative, Republican, or even moderate or apolitical New Yorkers who still live there, we send a simple question: what are you waiting for?

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Black Georgia Democrat Spills the Beans: Party ‘Associated with Racism, Bigotry,’ Must Be Renamed

Vernon Jones is the kind of problem Democrats can’t afford.
He’s outspoken. He’s independent. And he’s black.

In a sane United States, Jones’ skin color should be the least important part of his politics, but in the hyper-woke world of Democratic ideologues today, where the most intense partisans rival the old South African National Party for their single-minded obsession with race, it’s a skin color that makes Jones’ message fearsome.
And in a tweet on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, Jones proved why.
In a succinct 2 minutes and 19 seconds, the representative deconstructed the past of his own political party, then issued a challenge that its operatives make the “No. 1 platform” issue of the coming Democratic convention in August disbanding and renaming the Democratic Party.
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“It would no longer be called the Democratic Party,” Jones said. “Why? Because it’s associated with racism, bigotry and the Confederacy.”

If the Democrats are looking to eradicate every thing with a “racist history”, when will my party confront and apologize for its own?
If racist relics of the past must come down, shouldn’t we start with the Democrat Party? pic.twitter.com/wG4PgLNhVw
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 3, 2020

Now, Jones is not new to driving Democrats to distraction.
In April, he became Georgia’s first elected Democratic official to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election.
That caused such a storm of controversy that Jones actually resigned his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, declaring “I have left the plantation.”
Within days, Jones had changed his mind about leaving office, instead saying he would “not allow Democrats to bully me into submission.”

Just before reconsidering his resignation, Jones told a radio host he would not leave the Democratic Party because “somebody’s got to be in there to hold them accountable — hold them accountable to how they are treating black people, root out the bigotry.”
In his Friday tweet, Jones put that history of bigotry on full blast.
“What I see happening from the Democrats and the Left: banding together, going throughout this country unlawfully tearing down statues and removing monuments and changing the name of streets and buildings because they feel it’s associated with racism and bigotry and the Confederacy,” he said.
He pointed out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has removed the portraits of four previous House speakers from the 18th century because of their ties to the slavery of the antebellum South.

(It’s worth noting that Pelosi has been in Congress for more than 30 years, including a previous stint as speaker. Taking the portraits down now, just ahead of the death struggle that’s going to be the November election, makes her look even more dishonestly shallow, cynically opportunistic and crassly hypocritical than usual.)
Yet Democrats, Jones said, keep carrying a name stained by a blood-soaked history – the party of slavery became the party of secession, the party of the Confederacy that in defeat became the party of the terrorist group known as the Ku Klux Klan.
Jones then cited the Democratic Party’s infatuation with Margaret Sanger – a founder of what became Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and the organization that literally slaughters tens of thousands of black babies every year while they are still in their mothers’ womb.
According to LifeNews, approximately 20 million black babies have been aborted in the United States since the Supreme Court’s atrocious Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

And Democrats claim to think “black lives matter”?
Finally, he slammed former Vice President Joe Biden’s message to African-American voters that if they’re unsure whether to support Biden or President Donald Trump: “You ain’t black.”
Jones had a response to Biden’s statement:
“Join me and others. Let’s challenge the Democrat Party, to have at their national convention, the No. 1 platform issue that they will disband and change the Democratic Party.”

Americans who are aware of what the Democratic Party has done to the country through its long history – particularly the maliciously virulent strain as it exists today in the form of Pelosi and the likes of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar – cheered Jones’ post.

Wow. @RepVernonJones just made the mic drop statement of 2020! If he survives this one, he will go down in history as the “the Moses of modern times!” Live free, people! Break the chains of the past! @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #shadesofcourage #freestateofjones @TuckerCarlson
— Uncommon Velour (@joaneanna) July 3, 2020

Real question: Is there any current institution in America that has done more damage to the Black Community than the Democrat Party?
Dems have effectively destroyed the black family, they’re working on reversing integration and destroying black businesses now.
— Lance ‘Doc’ Pearson 🅙 (@DocLanceP) July 3, 2020

Wow. I can’t honestly say I have ever admired a Democrat until seeing this video. I knew they couldn’t all be so clueless. Thank you for proving it to me, Representative Jones!
— D Pappala (@dpappala) July 3, 2020

This one had a useful suggestion:

I think they have moved on to the Communist Party, all that remains of is the name
— Penny Deplorable ❌ (@PennyDeplorable) July 3, 2020

But this exchange probably sums it up best:

I agree…for white liberals.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) July 3, 2020

“You are a serious problem!!!” one commenter, going by the name of “Kathleen,” told Jones.
“I agree … for white liberals,” Jones wrote.
Jones isn’t the first to dwell on the Democrats’ disgraceful past, of course. And he’s not the first to call on the party to disavow its disgraced name.

Just last week, the executive committee of the Republican Party of Connecticut voted to urge Democrats to do the same, for many of the same reasons Jones cited.
But Jones’ call is different — he’s a Democrat. He’s outspoken. He’s independent. And he’s black.
If Jones maintains his independence, and his obvious willingness to take on the sacred cows of modern liberalism — particularly as it relates to race —  he’s exactly the kind of problem for liberals that could put Donald Trump back into the White House for the next four years.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tries to get Away With Murder, Blames ‘Covid’ for Spiking Murder Rate

Watch as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot makes the absurd claim that the uptick in murder and violence in her city is due to Covid and not the anti-police protests in which she sided with the protesters.

Lightfoot, like other Dem mayors are literally trying to get away with murder.
She has blood on her hands for promoting anti-police protests which naturally lead to an uptick in crime.
It is the golden age to be a criminal in the city of Chicago, best time since the days of Al Capone, and mayor Lori Lightfoot has blood one her hands.
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Transcript:

HILL: “At least five children died in a wave of gun violence across the U.S. over the holiday weekend. In New York and Chicago alone nearly 150 people were shot. CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz is in New York, but we start with Omar Jimenez in Chicago. So, Omar, the rise in violence, this comes in cities across the U.S., of course, we’re debating the role of policing and also wrestling with the Coronavirus pandemic all at once.”
JIMENEZ: “That’s right, Erica. Here in Chicago the public safety ecosystem’s as it’s being described, it’s been complicated as it tried to operate at the interception of Coronavirus and gun violence.
This is now a third week in a row where we’re seen children shot and killed here, children as young as 10 years old, 3-year-old, 1-year-old and even this past weekend a 7-year-old shot and killed as part of a weekend where we saw more than 60 people shot and over a dozen people killed. And part of the challenge that officials have described to me here is that they are dealing with the typical challenges of summer violence here combined with the fact of months of people being cooped up at home.
First responders, including police, have gotten infected with COVID or either died. Hundreds of detainees at the Cook county jail at one point or another have been injected or dead. Courts have had to close and all of it piles on top of each other and complicates the situation as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells me they are all factors contributing to this grim reality.”
[clip starts]

JIMENEZ: “Compared to last year shootings up 40 percent, homicides up more than 30 percent. So just point blank, what is happening right now?”
LIGHTFOOT: “All of these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult. The ecosystem of public safety that isn’t just law enforcement but is local, community-based, they, too, have really been hit hard by COVID and are now just kind of coming back online and getting their footing.”[clip ends]
JIMENEZ: “And what makes it almost doubly impactful in the worst way imaginable is many of the same communities that were being hit the hardest by the Coronavirus are also being hit hardest by gun violence. The way one family put it to me of a 3-year-old died, we now have the children carrying the caskets of children.”
HILL: “It’s just so awful. There are no words. Omar, thank you.”

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Woman in Biden Ad Attacks Trump’s COVID Response, Doesn’t Mention Her $27,000 PPP Loan

If you’re Joe Biden and you’re going to argue President Donald Trump hasn’t helped small businesses, and you’re going to do this in a campaign advertisement that highlights the owner of a small business, it helps if your people choose a small business that didn’t receive help from the federal government headed by Donald Trump.
If you have to pick someone who got assistance from a program signed into law by the president, it also helps to pick an individual who kept this information private. If conservatives discovered this information a month or two down the line, long after the message conveyed by the advertisement was absorbed into the body politic, the effect of the discovery is near zero. If you can find the information out via a quick Google search, well, that’s problematic.

I think this would go without saying, but apparently this reminder wasn’t relayed to the crack team currently being employed by the former vice president. His new ad features the owner of an eyewear shop in Philadelphia who got a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan.
Not only that, she gave an interview about it to BillyPenn, a Philadelphia-area news outlet, thus leaving a short trail of breadcrumbs for anyone willing to put in five minutes to discover it for themselves.
This is the advertisement, released by the Biden campaign on Wednesday:
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Small businesses are the backbone of communities across our nation, and we need to do so much more to help them. Donald Trump may have forgotten about them — but I never will. pic.twitter.com/RDYKzt1Qc1
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 1, 2020

“Small businesses are the backbone of communities across our nation, and we need to do so much more to help them,” read the copy on Joe Biden’s official Twitter account. “Donald Trump may have forgotten about them — but I never will.”
In the ad, owner Tiffany Easley — who wears a mask in what looks like an empty shop, showily proving an empty point — talks about her business woes at NV My Eyewear in Philadelphia.
“I always wanted to build something from the ground up. I saved, put in the hours, and put off vacations,” Easley says in the video.
“I opened NV My Eyewear three and a half years ago, and just as we were adding locations and employees, this pandemic brought everything to a halt. I had to permanently close one location and furlough my employees, and it’s my staff. They’re my family. It’s just heartbreaking.
“But what’s worse is that this president seemed to make everything else worse. Donald Trump and his administration left the American people behind,” she continued.

“The people that he is supposed to protect and serve. Small businesses, they need a partner in the White House, and that’s why I’m with Joe. I know he’ll help small businesses like mine get back on our feet. I spent my life building this business from the ground up. I want a president that’s going to build this country back better than before.”
The advantage of the video is that, save from the anecdotal evidence and information already known to every viewer, the ad is entirely fact-free. It doesn’t mention what Trump could have done better or how Biden will do so. Simply put, the ad’s fuzzy argument goes, Biden’s better, vote him.
Thus, the fact that the ad never mentions that Easley benefited a good deal from a bill signed by Trump doesn’t necessarily make it false, just wildly misleading:

NV My Eyewear is one of the businesses that got a payout from the first phase of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Easley was awarded a loan of $27,000, which will be forgiven if she uses it to rehire staff, as she’s planning to do. #FakeNews
— Bbrown3979 (@bbrown3979) July 2, 2020

In an April interview with BillyPenn, Easley said she’d “lost at least 95% of my revenue for March, and I guess it’s gonna be the same thing for April.”
However, she was able to stay in business thanks to the PPP, one of President Trump’s signature COVID-19 relief packages.
“The reason she’s able to be optimistic about the future? For one, Easley is a woman of faith, she said. Also, she was able to score emergency financial relief from two different sources,” BillyPenn reported.

“NV My Eyewear is one of the businesses that got a payout from the first phase of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Easley was awarded a loan of $27,000, which will be forgiven if she uses it to rehire staff, as she’s planning to do.”
The other aid came in the form of a $5,000 grant from a Philadelphia COVID-19 relief fund.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Trump campaign has called the ad “dishonest.” The Biden campaign and Easley didn’t respond to requests for comment, the Free Beacon reported.
One muffed ad doesn’t a spoilt message make, although the case of NV My Eyewear speaks to a larger issue in Biden’s messaging that presented itself when, in the early days of response to the novel coronavirus, he was asked what he would have done differently from the president.

The suite of changes he originally presented were materially identical to what Trump had done. Oh, but he’d have gone further. How? Don’t ask for details, because that’s not Biden’s forte. That this isn’t remembered more acidly is proof of the kinds of the passes a mediocre establishment Democrat will receive both from his own party and the media.
Biden’s small business proposals, such as they are, are likely to get the same kid-gloves treatment.
What’s his messaging here — that he wasn’t president when the coronavirus hit? That he would have given out more money in PPP money? He would have spent more money than the trillions that had already been spent?
The ad makes none of that clear.

Biden has called for student loan forgiveness, according to Forbes, and a stimulus package “a hell of a lot bigger” than the $2 trillion in the CARES Act, according to Politico.
These would have to be paid for, at least in part, through tax increases.
Those words aren’t featured in the ad, and for good reason: If you want one weird trick to get voters to recoil from Biden just as COVID-19 lockdowns have led to record unemployment, it’s telling them they need to pay more taxes.
Another weird trick to get investors spooked: Tell them that the American people will have less money to spend as we attempt the greatest economic turnaround in history.

Interestingly, Easley has appeared in one other interview recently. In a June 15 Philadelphia Inquirer story, she talked about the looting and rioting going on in a business corridor that served the black community in Philadelphia.
Easley told the newspaper residents in the neighborhood discouraged rioters from destroying NV My Eyewear as they had with so many other small businesses on historic 52nd Street in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I probably would have been devastated if my business was one of the properties,” she said. “I thank God that people remember me.”
If only there were a political party that believed in standing up against the rioters instead of saying that it was just property damage and it was time to defund our police.

If only there were a president who wanted to restore law and order so business owners like Easley’s wouldn’t have to worry about savage mobs destroying their livelihood.
I wonder if anyone’s going to tell her.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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New Study Rates the Least Patriotic States in United States, Winners are New York, New Jersey

WalletHub recently released a study ranking the 50 states from the most patriotic to the least patriotic. While the three least patriotic states should not come as a surprise to anyone who follows politics, the list did have a handful of surprises.
According to WalletHub, “In order to determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride, WalletHub compared the states across 13 key indicators of patriotism. Our data set ranges from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.”

Broadly, the study classified the “key indicators of patriotism” into two main categories: military engagement and civic engagement. A state’s score on civic engagement played a much higher role in determining its rank on the list of most patriotic states.
Contrary to what Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan believes, creating an anarchistic autonomous zone in downtown Seattle is not a characteristic most people associate with patriotism.
Instead, the protesters populating the enclave known as “CHOP” that have demanded the fundamental transformation of America come across as the exact opposite of patriots.
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At a time when kneeling for the national anthem and embracing far-left ideology parroted by the Black Lives Matter movement have come to define the modern left, it should not come as a surprise that the three least patriotic states are the deep blue states of New Jersey, New York and California.
All three states voted for Hillary Clinton by double digits in the 2016 presidential election.

However, the fourth-least patriotic state in the Union may come as a bit of a surprise.
Texas has seemed synonymous with American conservatism and patriotism for many years, although the state did trend left in the 2016 presidential election. Yet the state still came in at #47 on the list.
Another big surprise was the presence of deep-red West Virginia in the bottom five. Looking at the methodology, there appears to be a reason that both states did not score so well. Both the Mountain State and the Lone Star State score in the bottom five when it comes to the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election
Besides Texas and West Virginia, all of the other states in the bottom ten were either blue or purple states. As a whole, the study found that red states are slightly more patriotic than blue states. The study did not classify the swing states as purple states.
The patriotism scores in the bottom 10 ranged from a low of 22.12 to a high of 32.38 with a maximum possible score of 100.

As for the most patriotic states, they are mostly found in the red enclaves in the nation. This should not come as a shock. As an article for the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics pointed out, areas of the country with a high “military influence” tend to lean conservative.
However, the most patriotic state, according to WalletHub, is New Hampshire, a purple state that Hillary Clinton won by a razor-thin margin in 2016. New Hampshire had the fourth-highest share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, which likely contributed to its high patriotism score.
Coming in at #2 on the list was one of the reddest states in the union: Wyoming. With the exception of blue Maryland, all of the other states in the top 10 were either red or purple states. Maryland’s presence in the top 10 was likely influenced by its high share of peace corps volunteers per capita.
The patriotism scores in the top 10 ranged from a high of 63.97 to a low of 56.57 out of a maximum possible score of 100. Even the most patriotic state did not come close to receiving a perfect score.

America would be a better place if more people embraced the “key indicators of patriotism,” which include volunteering, enlisting in the military, joining the Peace Corps, voting and volunteering. An increasing level of patriotism is a rising tide that truly can lift all boats.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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DHS Sec Wolf Rips Dem Mayors Over Violence, Choosing to Keep Cities “Unsafe and Dangerous”

During an interview on Fox and Friends acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf just ripped mayors of Democrat run cities that are currently experiencing violence to pieces for allowing their cities to become more dangerous places.
Wolf was asked if cities like Portland, New York City and others should accept federal help in restoring law and order to their streets.

“This is about law and order. And the president has been very clear. We are here to help them. I think any city that is having increases in violence is burning, is having the rioting and looting, it’s by choice at this point,” Wolf responded.
“Those local elected officials are making a choice to keep their cities very unsafe and dangerous. The president has been very clear we are here to support. We are here to provide resources and we’ll do that at their request,” he added.
Later in the interview Wolf was asked if the violence and mayhem was still a protest against police brutality or had that message been lost.
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“Yeah my perspective this is no longer about peaceful protesting. This is about angry, violent criminal mobs taking over certain cities,” Wolf said.
“Again, I go back to Portland where you have over five weeks every night of violent clashing and protesting targeting law enforcement officials and very disturbing. It’s a lack of political leadership in that city.”

“And, again, if you want to know what defund the police looks like, Portland is a great example they have voted to take $50 million from the Portland police department’s budget. 86 different positions and the violence is going to continue and continue there until the political leadership steps in and restores law and order and the federal government is there to support them.”
Watch via Fox News:

Wolf is 100% right. Cities experiencing an increase in violence due to rioting are doing so by the express choice of city officials.
Voters need to remember this come election day.

RUSH TRANSCRIPT:
Mr. Secretary, does the federal government need to be invited into a situation like Chicago?
WOLF: Well, thanks for having me on this morning. Absolutely. I would say yes. These cities and states need to ask for the federal help. The president has been very clear. The Department of Homeland Security has been very clear as well as the Department of Justice. We are there to help.
They need to ask for it. We can come in as we did here in D.C. last month where we restored that law and order back to the city. Stopped churches from being burned. We do have the ability to do this we just need to be invited and have those state and local authorities ask for the federal government’s help.

EARHARDT: Mr. Secretary, if you read all the headlines or watch some of these channels, they act like President Trump wants to strong arm the governors and he wants to come in and take over. All is he doing is offering help. Can’t we come together as a country? Can’t we say yes, we will take federal dollars and take your help, Mr. Trump, we will work together. We will clean up these cities.
WOLF: Right. This is about law and order. And the president has been very clear. We are here to help them. I think any city that is having increases in violence is burning, is having the rioting and looting, it’s by choice at this point.
Those local elected officials are making a choice to keep their cities very unsafe and dangerous. The president has been very clear we are here to support. We are here to provide resources and we’ll do that at their request.
DOOCY: Mr. Secretary people living in these cities have seen so much gun violence have you got to figure people are thinking how much longer do I want to live here because in this particular locality suddenly there is a lot of gun violence. There is crime. And on top of everything else, the taxes are through the roof. Here in New York City they quantify it as at least half a million people have left since mid March with Covid and the looting and violence as well. You have got to figure that’s happening all across the country.

WOLF: I think you do. The message we send to criminals or violent opportunists when we talk about defunding the police, this is also a contributing factor.
A lot of these metropolitan cities really pushing to defund the police, restrict their budgets, reduce the number of police officers and law enforcement officers that are on the streets, and I think it’s having a very dangerous effect. I think you are seeing that in a number of these cities.
KILMEADE: President says listen 10 years in jail for toppling monuments. It didn’t stop them over the weekend. You saw what happened in Baltimore with the Columbus Statue and Frederick Douglas in Rochester. They arrested one of the guys who tried to take down Andrew Jackson, turns out he has got Antifa links. Where does this investigation go? And do you have an overall map that plots and tells you where all these monuments are so you know how and where to guard them?
WOLF: Absolutely. So, we are working with the Department of Justice as well as the Department of Interior when we talk about statues and monuments. The Department of Homeland Security also protects about 9,000 federal facilities across the country.

What we saw in Portland over the weekend is also very, very disturbing. We had about 700, to 750 individuals targeting and assaulting law enforcement there in Portland. DHS along with the U.S. Marshal Service was able to repel them and we made a number of arrests there as well.
But yes, it’s very, very disturbing. We will continue to protect federal facilities. Federal monuments. Federal statues but, again, we need that help and assistance from the state and local officials. If they are not going to protect their cities, the president has been very clear we will and we will step in.
EARHARDT: Chad, we had Lawrence Jones on earlier in the chop zone. Little girl 8 years old died. Dad says if you say you care about black lives why are you taking one of your own? What’s your reaction to that how far we have come and been distracted from the initial protest against police brutality?
WOLF:Yeah my perspective this is no longer about peaceful protesting. This is about angry, violent criminal mobs taking over certain cities.

Again, I go back to Portland where you have over five weeks every night of violent clashing and protesting targeting law enforcement officials and very disturbing. It’s a lack of political leadership in that city.
And, again, if you want to know what defund the police looks like, Portland is a great example they have voted to take $50 million from the Portland police department’s budget. 86 different positions and the violence is going to continue and continue there until the political leadership steps in and restores law and order and the federal government is there to support them.

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Liberal Lunacy on BLM, Antifa and ‘Fascism’ Summed Up By One Cartoon

By know most people know that BLM / Antifa is out of control, rioting and destroying city after city in America. They’ve been toppling statues of confederate types, abolitionists and basically any figure that has been revered in American history. Yet Democrats and their media allies are applauding the attempt to erase our history and…
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College Declares ‘Wasps’ Mascot May Not Support ‘Inclusion and Diversity’ on Campus

In the category of wokeness-run amok, southwest Virginia’s Emory & Henry College is reconsidering its Wasp mascot out of concern it is not inclusive enough. The stinging insect seems acceptable as far as mascots go. After all, a Marvel cartoon character is based on the wasp, as is a Navy amphibious assault ship. However, in…
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L’Oreal To Remove ‘Whitening’ from Products While Realtor Association Drops ‘Master Bedroom’

L’Oreal and the Houston Association of Realtors have joined companies across the country that are changing the language and branding they use that could be considered controversial.
The world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company announced on June 26 that it would stop using “whitening” and “fair” to describe its products, CNN reported.

“The L’Oreal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products,” L’Oreal said in a statement.
The Houston Association of Realtors announced earlier in June that it would replace the phrases “master bedroom” and “master bathroom” with “primary bedroom” and “primary bathroom” on its listings, according to KPRC-TV.
The change reportedly came after several members asked for a review of the terminology.
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“The updates to Primary Bedroom and Primary Bath were among nine requests for review that were submitted by members and considered at the most recent meetings,” a statement from HAR to its members read.
“The overarching message was that some members were concerned about how the terms might be perceived by some other agents and consumers. The consensus was that Primary describes the rooms equally as well as Master while avoiding any possible misperceptions.”

The HAR’s change is not a ban on the term “master” and members can choose to use the term as they “feel appropriate.”
These are just the latest organizations to change their terminology in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes during an arrest.
Johnson & Johnson announced on June 22 that it would be pulling two product lines that were promoted as dark-spot reducers but used to lighten skin, Fox News reported.
The products were a Clean & Clear Fairness line sold in India and the Neutrogena Fine Fairness line sold in Asia and the Middle East. Neither product was sold in the United States.
“Conversations over the past few weeks highlighted that some product names or claims on our dark spot reducer products represent fairness or white as better than your own unique skin tone,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement.

“This was never our intention — healthy skin is beautiful skin.”
The Quaker Oats Company announced on June 17 that it will permanently pull its Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix for promoting a “racial stereotype.”
“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype,” Kristin Kroepfl, the Quaker Foods North America vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a media release.
“While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough.

“We are starting by removing the image and changing the name,” Kroepfl said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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De Blasio Trashes 1st Amendment: Leftist Protests and Church Services Are ‘Apples and Oranges’

Here’s a curious theory: Exercising your First Amendment rights protesting in the streets is perfectly acceptable in the time of COVID-19, but doing it in church isn’t.
Unsurprisingly, it comes from Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City. If you like open hostility toward religion, de Blasio has distinguished himself during the pandemic, particularly as it regards the city’s Orthodox Jewish population.

However, make no mistake — de Blasio is an ecumenical fellow, and if you’re an American who believes you still have the ability to exercise your constitutional right to the free exercise of religion, he has contempt for you.
He’s zealously enforced any and all proscriptions on religious communities being able to worship in person, almost with relish. At one point, he said that any religious congregation that insisted on gathering would be closed down permanently. I’m not sure how that even works.
It may not surprise you to learn that de Blasio’s view of the First Amendment is substantially different when he discusses protesting. (Presuming it’s the right kind of protest — don’t take to the streets in favor of reopening the economy or anything!) A court disagreed, issuing a preliminary injunction New York’s decision to limit religious services arbitrarily.
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It’s not just because of the protests, mind you. Under New York state’s reopening plan, churches, synagogues and mosques were limited to 25 percent capacity while other gathering spaces — such as businesses — were limited to 50 percent capacity, according to an ABC News report from June 26.
“Governor [Andrew] Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio could have just as easily discouraged protests, short of condemning their message, in the name of public health and exercised discretion to suspend enforcement for public safety reasons instead of encouraging what they knew was a flagrant disregard of the outdoor limits and social distancing rules,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“They could have also been silent. But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment.”
CNN asked de Blasio about this on Wednesday’s edition of “New Day.”

.@NYCMayor De Blasio defends banning religious gatherings but not #BlackLivesMatter marches: “It’s really apples and oranges. Our religious leaders were the first to say it was not time to bring back services.” pic.twitter.com/IG1wPP6w8T
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 1, 2020

“No, it’s just wrong,” de Blasio said. “We worked with the religious leadership of this city for months, Cardinal Dolan and the Catholic church and so many other religious leaders who are in full agreement that it was not time to bring back religious services because of the danger it would cause to their congregants.
“The protests were an entirely different reality, a national phenomenon, that was not something that the government could just say, you know, ‘go away,’ it’s something that really came from the grassroots. And obviously, it had profound meaning and we’re all acting on the meaning of those protests.

“But it’s really apples and oranges,” he continued. “Our religious leaders were the first to say it was not time to bring back services. Now we’re doing it carefully, smartly. So I — I think that decision profoundly misses what the very religious institutions themselves were saying.”
There are a number of glaring problems with this.
First, on working with the religious leadership of New York City: I’m curious when a select group of religious leaders in a city got to determine what the First Amendment means. This group certainly didn’t include Orthodox Jewish leaders, from all appearances. It also makes it appear that de Blasio thinks congregational leaders are best able to determine what works best for their congregation. Yes, you were probably better off staying home and watching a livestream of services. That’s not for the government to decide, though. The First Amendment is pretty explicit on this, as you may have realized:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

That also means you can protest, of course, but that doesn’t mean they’re apples and oranges. In fact, that’s another issue. If they’re in the same amendment, it’s pretty much comparing apples to apples. To the extent that de Blasio doesn’t want to recognize this, it’s because he’s better able to control religious services. In fact, he pretty much admits it.
Note the language de Blasio uses here, as it’s close enough to an admission of guilt as you’ll get: “That was not something that the government could just say, you know, ‘go away,’ it’s something that really came from the grassroots.”
Not that de Blasio made any attempt to control the protests, but he’s saying even if he did, he couldn’t control them. Religious services, meanwhile, those are smaller and easier to break up with the aid of police (not to mention generally conducted and attended by law-abiding people). When it comes to protests, though, the city can just stand back and let tens of thousands of people gather in one place.

Another troubling thing about the language de Blasio used is the fact that, by ascribing the qualities he did to the protests and not to religious gatherings, he’s essentially (and incorrectly) assuming those qualities are lacking in religious services.
Religion isn’t something that will “go away” — and the fact de Blasio chose those words is more than a little unsettling. Religions act at a grassroots level, drawing believers in for worship. And in the most telling of de Blasio’s Freudian slips, he seems to indicate the protests were a profound experience, as though religious worship were not. If this is the apple to religion’s orange, the implications of that should raise a few eyebrows.
The First Amendment isn’t materially changed by “national phenomena.” It’s not something that cares whether or not a movement is “grassroots” or it’s something you don’t think you can control. It means what it means and it requires politicians to treat all forms of protected assembly equally.
For de Blasio to pretend it doesn’t evinces a profound, willful ignorance about the Constitution.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Portland Rioters Launch Firework Mortars at Fed Courthouse, Shoot ‘Commercial Grade Fireworks’ at Police

On Thursday night into Friday morning, a group of far-left rioters attacked Portland police with fireworks.
In addition to more conventional tactics to deal with the problem, the police took an odd tack to deal with it: They went on Twitter and threatened the troublemakers.

“A riot is still declared in the area of the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center,” one tweet stated. “You must leave the area now by moving to the west. Tear gas and other crowd control munitions may be deployed. Leave the area now.”
“There are several people in this crowd starting fires, throwing rocks at officers, pointing lasers at officers, and launching projectiles with slingshots at officers,” a follow-up tweet stated. “Leave the area now or you will be subject to arrest.”

There are several people in this crowd starting fires, throwing rocks at officers, pointing lasers at officers, and launching projectiles with slingshots at officers. Leave the area now or you will be subject to arrest.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 3, 2020

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That’ll work, right? This set the tone for the weekend, particularly given that those committing violence on the street didn’t seem particularly interested in just checking their phones or shouting empty bromides.

Here was a quick rundown on the Portland police Twitter account — in the form of a video warning, because of course that’s what insurgents check before they go out and wreak havoc.
“While many [protests] have been peaceful and non-violent, we continue to experience one group with many participants who engage in nightly violence and destruction directed at police and public safety facilities,” the video relayed.
“In the past week, individuals have deliberately set fires to and near occupied buildings. Individuals have thrown baseball-sized rocks, full aluminum baseball bats and frozen water bottles at officers.
“Projectiles have also been launched at high speeds from sling shot devices, including marbles, blades, rocks and other items. On numerous occasions, commercial-grade fireworks have been directed at police.”

Public safety message about demonstrations this holiday weekend. pic.twitter.com/UlcrwJGuot
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 4, 2020

Andy Ngô, an independent journalist who chronicles far-left violence in the Pacific Northwest, took plenty of videos of the violence in Portland over the weekend.

Law enforcement in downtown Portland have been under attack for hours at the federal courthouse by antifa extremists. They hurl projectile weapons at police & when officers respond, go on social media tagging politicians & lawyers claiming police brutality pic.twitter.com/K6I3sxw7jS
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020

The Portland Police Bureau detailed the events: “Around 12:46 a.m., demonstrators returned to the west side of the federal courthouse. Once again, demonstrators were warned by the sound truck that the riot declaration was still in effect and they needed to leave the area,” police reported in a news release.

“At this time, demonstrators started launching mortars towards the federal courthouse and a fire erupted inside of the building where the glass doors had been broken.
“Because of this immediate life safety issue, officers once again began to disperse the crowd. As they dispersed the crowd, demonstrators continued to throw rocks, cans, and commercial grade fireworks and mortars towards officers. Because of the violent nature of the demonstrators while officers cleared the area, crowd control munitions were used and several arrests were made. As officers began to disengage the crowd at Southwest Main Street and Southwest Broadway Avenue, commercial grade fireworks were once again thrown at officers.”
WARNING: The following videos contain graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.

When antifa and BLM rioters began pulling down the window barricades at the @PortlandPolice central precinct, police responded and were promptly surrounded by an angry mob. pic.twitter.com/y4JvhtTfrn
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020

These were the “commercial-grade fireworks” that were thrown by rioters:

These are the fireworks antifa are using to attack police & the public in Portland. Last night one of their own comrades was injured by their explosive outside the federal courthouse. They rioted for hours and started a fire inside the courthouse. pic.twitter.com/TO1TAoRPsN
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020

The Portland federal courthouse, meanwhile, had to be protected by U.S. Marshals:

Correction: The men protecting the Portland federal courthouse appear to be with the US Marshals, not the military.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020

Here’s what happened on the night of July 4:

It’s early in the night & antifa are already shining powerful lasers & firing fireworks at the Justice Center in Portland, which houses the central precinct. These powerful lasers have also been used to blind police before others throw projectiles at them. pic.twitter.com/xiYf9ydN91
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2020

A fire has been started in downtown Portland where antifa & far-left extremists have rioted daily. They are burning American flags while shouting BLM and antifa slogans. pic.twitter.com/ao1gI5iyGs
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2020

DHS police came out of the federal courthouse in Portland after it was attacked to push back the violent antifa rioters. pic.twitter.com/jlKnQuzFG1
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 5, 2020

“At about 4 a.m., the Federal courthouse was attacked. A riot was declared and efforts were made to get the crowd to disperse, including numerous warnings to leave the area or be subject to arrest or force,” a news release from the Portland Police Bureau read.
The release noted that “PPB did not deploy CS gas at any point during the overnight demonstrations.”

This is what the left claims is just violence against property and nothing serious. If the police would just get out of these rioters’ way, everything would be fine, right? Just curious, then: How does it help damage to property?

Officers arrested a male at SW Broadway and Main St. who had a loaded firearm on his person. He fought with offices during the arrest. pic.twitter.com/RXgYHnB5ue
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 5, 2020

These particular events happened in Portland, but the lessons are of national importance:

These aren’t “protesters” who are content with bringing down statues, not that we ought to let that happen.
These are groups bent on violence that want nothing less than to bring down our system and our way of life. To say that the kind of hooliganism we’ve seen over the past few weeks in cities like Portland is something we ought to countenance because all they want to do is damage property neglects the facts that who — not what — they’ve gone after, when given the chance, is police officers.
Police officers are the living symbol of law in a nation that prides itself on living by law — not the whims of tyrants or the tyranny of mobs.
The implications of those attacks ought to chill us more than it does.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Change.org Deletes Petition Calling for ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’ Prof To Be Fired

On June 23, a University of Cambridge English professor tweeted that “White Lives Don’t Matter,” and it struck a chord with some students.
A group of people from the university who were offended by the tweet organized a petition to have the professor fired for her remarks, and it quickly garnered attention.

“I’ll say it again. White Lives Don’t Matter. As white lives,” English professor Priyamvada Gopal tweeted.

She did indeed tweet that tweet… I saw it with my own eyes and screen grabbed it myself… pic.twitter.com/PYj2C7FrVw
— Oliver Wong (@wonggt) June 29, 2020

Twitter later removed the tweet, but it wasn’t the only platform to take down something it deemed offensive.
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The students’ petition to have Gopal fired received more than 20,000 signatures before it was deleted from Change.org for “bullying and harassment.”
“This petition was removed for being in breach of our bullying and harassment policy,” a spokesman for Change.org said, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Change.org’s decision to remove the petition for violating policy might make sense, except for the fact that the website has thousands of petitions calling for individuals to be fired for similar incidents.
For example, a petition that has nearly 300,000 signatures is calling for Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore to be fired for “belittling the struggles and ways of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Another petition, with more than 30,000 signatures, was started in an effort to remove University of Central Florida professor Charles Negy from his position for “abhorrent racist comments” made on his personal Twitter account.
Unlike those petitions, though, Change.org swiftly cut the students’ efforts short, and Gopal won’t be worrying about external pressure calling for her job.
“I would also like to make clear I stand by my tweets, now deleted by Twitter, not me,” Gopal told The Washington Free Beacon.

“They were very clearly speaking to a structure and ideology, not about people. My tweet said whiteness is not special, not a criterion for making lives matter. I stand by that.”
Cambridge defended Gopal in a statement on Twitter, explaining that it encourages its “academics to express their own lawful opinions.” The university’s statement also denounced the students’ efforts to have Gopal removed from her position.
“The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease,” the university tweeted.

The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks. These attacks are totally unacceptable and must cease.
— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) June 24, 2020

While Change.org appears to have given Gopal a little more job security, others in similar situations might not be as fortunate.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Brutal Cartoon Shows The Monument to the Past That We’d All Like to See Toppled

BLM and Antifa type anarchists have gone crazy toppling statues all over the country.
Regular people are incensed and the lawlessness and the fact that Democrats by and large have either remained silent or encouraged the rioting and anarchy.

That said, there is one monument we’d all like to see toppled, and as soon as possible.
Here in one hilarious and brutal cartoon is the one monument to the past we’d all like to see destroyed:

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Does that about sum it up?
Barak Obama and his sidekick Joe Biden are going to go down in history as the perpetrators of the worst political scandal in American history.

The purposefully attempted to disrupt the peaceful transition of power from one party to the next and launched a coup attempt against a duly elected president.
For that they both should be arrested, tried and if found guilty executed for treason to the United States of America.
Ted Cruz Blows Obamagate Wide Open: Biden and Obama ‘Personally Directed the Political Persecution’
During a hearing today Ted Cruz blows Obamagate wide open, fingering Obama and Biden as personally directing the political persecution of President DOnald Trump.
I don’t think anyone in this committee is going to suggest that Peter Strzok was some secret Republican operative. The guy despised Donald Trump and his own notes say Joe Biden and Barack Obama personally directed the political persecution and targeting.”

“Anyone who cares about the Department of Justice should be outraged,” Cruz said in part.
Watch the whole thing, via CSPAN:

Ted Cruz is right about all of this.

This is the biggest political scandal in American history. Barack Obama and Joe Biden spied on a opposing political campaign and then mounted a coup against his successor.
Rush Transcript:
CRUZ: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I intend to support Senator Lee and Senator Durbin’s bill. I think it is a good bill. I’m co-sponsoring the bill. A number of our Democratic colleagues in this hearing and in previous hearings have gone on at considerable length casting aspersions at Attorney General William Barr.
I want to express, for my opinion, I think that those accusations are entirely ill-founded. In my judgment, Attorney General Barr has done an extraordinary job as attorney general. I’m glad he’s going to be testifying next month.

I look forward to that testimony. I’m sure we’ll see lots of fireworks and lots of presidential politics playing out at that hearing. But I think Bill Barr answered the call to serve as attorney general when he didn’t need to; he already served as attorney general, he already made a whole bunch of money in the private sector, he had a very happy life.
And he got a call that he didn’t want, to return to the job that he did 30 years ago, at a time when Department of Justice was in crisis. And the job he has done is restoring accountability to the Department of Justice. And he did so knowing he would be demonized, knowing he would be pilloried by politicians, by the press. And he stood up for the rule of law regardless.
And I would point out, just yesterday, the Department of Justice released hand-written notes from Peter Strzok. Those notes describe a January 27 meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden discussing targeting General Flynn.
At that meeting, then-FBI Director James Comey referred to the intercepted phone conversations between General Flynn and Russian ambassador Kislyak. Here’s what James Comey said on January 17: The conversations ‘appear legit.’

That’s Comey’s words, as written down by Peter Strzok, both of whom despise Donald Trump and have made no secret of that.
Mind you, within days, the conversations that appear legit would become the basis for a political persecution and targeting. And by the way, in those same Peter Strzok notes, they reflect that Joe Biden suggested, ‘Hey, why don’t we use the Logan Act to go after him?’
The same Joe Biden who said publicly he didn’t know anything about targeting General Flynn.
Well, according to Peter Strzok’s hand-written notes, it was Joe Biden, two months after a presidential election where Donald Trump was elected, it was Joe Biden who said, ‘Let’s use Logan Act,’ an unconstitutional 200-year-old law that the Department of Justice has never once prosecuted and convicted any human being on Earth for.

It was Joe Biden that said, ‘Let’s use the Logan Act to go after him.’ And Obama echoed, ‘Yes, let’s target him. And can we keep this from the incoming transition?’
Those notes are and should be a bombshell. Of course, the nightly news can’t be bothered to cover them. That level of political corruption at the Department of Justice and the FBI is an absolute scandal.
And the reason I think Bill Barr has done an extraordinary job as attorney general is he has had the fortitude to expose it.
And the reason why the whole Democratic world is really upset with him is, how dare you expose the political corruption that undermined the Department of Justice?

I don’t think anyone in this committee is going to suggest that Peter Strzok was some secret Republican operative. The guy despised Donald Trump and his own notes say Joe Biden and Barack Obama personally directed the political persecution and targeting.
Anyone who cares about the Department of Justice should be outraged.
That’s part of why I’m supporting Senator Lee and Senator Durbin’s amendment here. Because we need accountability at the Department of Justice.
And I very much respect the Chairman, but I’m not going to be voting for the Chairman’s amendment because Bill Barr is not going to be the last attorney general we have in this country.

There’s going to be another attorney general, and there may be another attorney general like Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch that is willing to allow the Department of Justice be politicized and turned into a weapon for partisan gain.
And let me be clear, that would be wrong whether it was a Democratic president or a Republican president. The Department of Justice and FBI are not tools in a partisan warfare. They’re meant to follow and apply the law. And that’s why I’ll be voting for this legislation.”

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Kavanaugh Deals Blow to Illinois State GOP, Refuses to Allow Them to Hold Political Rallies

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just dealt a blow to the Illinois State GOP by denying an emergency request enabling them to hold political rallies in the state.
Via Fox News:

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday denied an emergency appeal submitted by GOP lawmakers from Illinois that had argued against the governor’s restrictions on meeting in groups larger than 10 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Illinois Republican Party filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in mid-June after Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker permitted religious groups and protestors to convene in large gatherings. Political gatherings and rallies remain banned in the state due to the recent pandemic.
The request went to Kavanaugh based on geography alone. The Illinois Republican Party is continuing to push the lawsuit forward in the lower courts, but the Supreme Court will not be stepping in to permit political gatherings.
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Kavanaugh, who received political backlash from the Democratic Party after being recommended for the seat by President Trump in 2018, has reportedly denied the request without comment, rather than refer the request to the full Supreme Court.
The lawsuit claims that “in-person contact is the most persuasive form of communicating ideas” and the restrictions infringe on their First and 14th Amendment rights.

“Democrats in the state hold almost every lever of power, and the only thing providing a check on their power, the Illinois Republican Party, isn’t even allowed to get together to meet or to properly plan and network for an election [that] is only five months away,” Illinois Republican Party Co-Chairman Tim Schneider told the Chicago Times last month. “This is fundamentally wrong, and as this lawsuit contends, a violation of our First Amendment right.”
Maybe instead of a rally, the GOP should announce a protest to be held in downtown Chicago and tell all participants to bring a brick or molotov cocktail.
That way, they be safe, and no one would bother them, since it would just be a peaceful protest. Right?

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VA Officials Order Removal of American Flag From Construction Site, Claiming it’s a ‘Target’ for Protesters

In a shocking but not surprising turn of events city officials in Richmond ordered an American flag removed from a construction site, claiming the almost one story flag was a target for protesters:
Via The Hill:

An American flag presented at a Richmond, Va. construction site was taken down almost as soon as it went up Friday after city officials voiced concerns that it could be a “target” for demonstrators and protesters.
Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in late May, protests and marches have continued throughout the nation. While most protests have remained peaceful, officials worried the flag could pose a “safety risk” for the July 4 weekend, according to the Washington Post.
“Over the past month we’ve seen buildings and structures around Capitol Square vandalized and flags, dumpsters, a bus and other items set ablaze during demonstrations around the city,” Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the Department of General Services, said in an email Friday.
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“When we saw the flag, we were concerned that it could become a target, so we told the contractor to remove it,” Potter said.
The decision to take down the flag upset a subcontractor, whose fireproofing company utilized tarps to create a giant flag – nearly the size of a one-story building – as a portion of a $300 million construction project.

“Since when is this flag, on this weekend, IN THIS COUNTRY, a Target!!” wrote Eric Winston of American Coatings Corp. in a Facebook posting. “Let me guess, if I had a black lives matter flag it would be ‘ok’!?”
This is an outrage and the sniveling and craven city officials involved should be tarred and feathered and run out of the city in disgrace.
Instead of ordering the removal of the flag they should have not allowed the protesters to become as unruly as they have.
If it was me as soon as the slimebag city officials left I’d erect 20 flags and post armed guards to be sure nothing happened to them.
That said, I do understand why the contractor complied. Failure to do so could result in the city building inspectors and other officials making his or her life a living hell.

But perhaps the patriotic citizens of Richmond should protest in front of city hall demanding those involved be fired, and occupying city hall if the city refuses.
After all turnabout is fair play, right?

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De Blasio Demands NYPD Cop’s Job Over Viral Clip, Now Full Video Appears To Clear Him

A video clip showing a New York City Police Department officer pointing his sidearm into a group of protesters sparked an outcry from the news media and the city’s top leader, with demands for the cop’s job following the footage.
Unfortunately for those who rushed to judge this officer, a recording of the entire encounter appears to vindicate him.

The original 20-second clip went viral shortly after it was posted to Twitter late Sunday night.
In the video, an NYPD officer is seen drawing his firearm before pointing it toward various parts of a crowd during a protest of George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police. The footage has been viewed over 2.7 million times so far.

A source shared this video, which he says he took at around 10 pm near near 12th and Broadway. It appears to show an NYPD officer pointing a gun at protesters outside the Strand pic.twitter.com/pCTNIYL7op
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) June 1, 2020

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Knee-jerk reactions to the out-of-context video started popping up over social media.

Some posts called the officer a “terrorist,” while others contrasted the officer’s apparent escalation with that of the “peaceful” protesters.

Watch Terrorist NYPD Cop Point Gun at Unarmed Peaceful Protestors Who Are Only Protesting Because of Cops Like Him Who Seem to Have No Problem Murdering Unarmed Black People (Tweets-Vids) https://t.co/nz3hYeOxDQ pic.twitter.com/WJWvrRjl7E
— Robert Littal (@BSO) June 1, 2020

Add “pointing a gun at protesters” to the list of things that don’t fall under “protect and serve.”
Threatening deadly force is an abuse of power and the opposite of a de-escalation tactic.https://t.co/fVABtUtFEf
— NYCLU (@NYCLU) June 1, 2020

The footage even prompted a reaction from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“There’s a video going around of a police officer in the middle of a situation that admittedly looks chaotic, but protesters were in front of that police officer, that police officer drew his gun at some point yesterday,” de Blasio said, according to the New York Post.
“That, to me, seeing that video, was absolutely unacceptable. … I want you to note on that video, a superior officer immediately came over and move that officer away from that crowd, that officer should have his gun and badge taken away today.” (Emphasis added.)
While the mayor admitted he didn’t have all the facts, the discovery of an even longer video of the encounter hints at just how foolish de Blasio’s rush to judgment was.
The new footage was posted less than 24 hours after the first clip.

“Now we have the full story,” the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York wrote alongside the new video, adding that “this police officer unholstered his weapon only after his supervisor was nearly killed with a brick.”

Now we have the full story: this police officer unholstered his weapon only after his supervisor was nearly killed with a brick. #FactsMatter pic.twitter.com/6PzqgI991I
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 1, 2020

Thanks to the cameraman behind the film, we can now see that the officer wasn’t pointing his gun around in an apparent fit of rage but was responding to an active threat that could have killed a fellow cop.

Shortly before the service weapon was drawn, the footage shows a rioter throwing a brick at an officer’s head. The cop’s helmet might be all that saved him from a life-shattering injury.
“If he wasn’t wearing a helmet, he’d be dead or paralyzed,” a police union leader told the New York Daily News.
While protesters demonstrating against Floyd’s horrific death deserve to have their rights respected by officers, those rioting and looking to harm Americans should be held accountable for their crimes.

With unrest in New York City appearing far from over, this isn’t likely to be the last cop to find himself in the crosshairs while doing his job.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Indiana Republicans Enrage Democrats, Cut Handgun-Carry License Fees to $0, Lasts 5 Years

This week in Indiana, a big Second Amendment win went into effect. The state now waives its fees for firearm and handgun licenses.
“Starting Wednesday, state and local fees will be waived for the five-year, previously four-year, ‘Qualified License’ and the ‘Unlimited License’ gun permits in Indiana with legal protections for gun owners against civil lawsuits,” Indianapolis’ WXIN-TV reported.

A “qualified license” is for hunting and target shooting. An “unlimited license” is for concealed carry.
State Rep. Ben Smaltz, a Republican and a co-author of the bill, said during an interview that “removing financial barriers to someone being able to exercise their Second Amendment right is very important.”
“It came to light over several hearings, and it was our goal to eliminate those barriers for cost,” he said.
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The law, signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in April, also reinforces stand-your-ground laws in cases of forcible felony.
The law provides “complete immunity against any claim or action initiated by a person: (1) who alleges to have been injured or damaged by any such use of force; and (2) whose conduct justified the use of force.”

Furthermore, the law allows people to carry firearms in church unless the owner of the land prohibits it.
The National Rifle Association backed the bill.
The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action posted on its website, “Removing barriers for lawful carry in Indiana, including taxes and fees, is significant for many Hoosier gun owners that desire to carry for the defense of themselves and others.”
Republicans again have delivered a Second Amendment win at the state level. Indiana has a Republican governor and Republican majority in its legislature. Protecting Second Amendment rights appears to be a top priority for Hoosiers.
In contrast, Virginia, which once was a GOP stronghold, now has a Democratic governor and majority-Democratic legislature gutting their citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Indiana legislators rightly recognized that citizens should not be prevented from acquiring a gun permit if they cannot afford it. Second Amendment protections should never be an economic issue.
Americans are watching in horror as mobs run rampant through city streets and as Democratic mayors and city councils defund police departments.
Democrats are stripping Americans of vital police protection. And they’re doing this while they are making it difficult for those same Americans to protect themselves.
The Democratic Party’s anti-police, anti-Second Amendment views are dangerous to citizens’ safety and freedom.

So congratulations to the people of Indiana. They wisely voted in a strong Republican governor and lawmakers who believe in protecting citizens’ rights and removing unnecessary burdens to using those rights.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Independence Day Park Sign Shows What Happens When Liberals Are Allowed to Run Things, More and More Rules

Here in one sign is exactly what happens when Democrats and leftists (same thing) are allowed to run things.

When Democrats and liberals are allowed to run things the first thing they do is create more rules and restriction for the average citizen, and this sign is just more proof.
Regan Pifer asks: how much are federal regulations costing your Fourth of July bbq?
Regulations on alcohol, fireworks, food–that delicious meat in tube form–all add up and are costing the average family an additional forty dollars.
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According to the Washington Examiner:
American Action Forum regulatory policy director Sam Batkins researched the regulations on the holiday treats to determine the costs. And they are huge.

In an infographic titled “Our Regulated Independence Day,” he found the following number of rules and regulations that add up to the cost of $40 for a family of four:
— Hamburgers, 100.
— Hot dogs, 111.
— Corn, 56.
— Fireworks, 1,673.

— Beer, 182.
Thats 2,022, for those counting.
Usually, 2,022 and counting are the number of calories I consume by 5:00 p.m. on the Fourth, not government regulations.
56 regulations on corn? 182 on beer?

My only regulation is that corn on the cob serves as a vehicle for butter and salt, instead of actual nutritional value.
And we wonder if we might need to roll back some taxation and unnecessary bureaucracy? We celebrate Independence and liberty on this day, after all…
Let us eat our meat in tube form, blow things up, drink our beer, and read our Declaration of Independence (as Thomas Jefferson told us to do) without all of this nonsense…and the $40 charge that comes with it.

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July 4th Park Sign Shows What Happens When Liberals Are Allowed to Run Things, More and More Rules

Here in one sign is exactly what happens when Democrats and leftists (same thing) are allowed to run things.

When Democrats and liberals are allowed to run things the first thing they do is create more rules and restriction for the average citizen, and this sign is just more proof.
Regan Pifer asks: how much are federal regulations costing your Fourth of July bbq?
Regulations on alcohol, fireworks, food–that delicious meat in tube form–all add up and are costing the average family an additional forty dollars.
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According to the Washington Examiner:
American Action Forum regulatory policy director Sam Batkins researched the regulations on the holiday treats to determine the costs. And they are huge.

In an infographic titled “Our Regulated Independence Day,” he found the following number of rules and regulations that add up to the cost of $40 for a family of four:
— Hamburgers, 100.
— Hot dogs, 111.
— Corn, 56.
— Fireworks, 1,673.

— Beer, 182.
Thats 2,022, for those counting.
Usually, 2,022 and counting are the number of calories I consume by 5:00 p.m. on the Fourth, not government regulations.
56 regulations on corn? 182 on beer?

My only regulation is that corn on the cob serves as a vehicle for butter and salt, instead of actual nutritional value.
And we wonder if we might need to roll back some taxation and unnecessary bureaucracy? We celebrate Independence and liberty on this day, after all…
Let us eat our meat in tube form, blow things up, drink our beer, and read our Declaration of Independence (as Thomas Jefferson told us to do) without all of this nonsense…and the $40 charge that comes with it.

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How Do Native Americans Feel About Washington Redskins’ Name? You Might Be Surprised, Majority Not Offended

The Washington professional football team is still known as the Redskins.
For now.

A name change spurred by societal and governmental pressure seems all but inevitable at this point, after the Redskins released a statement saying the team would be conducting a “thorough review” of the moniker.

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— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 3, 2020

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“We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind,” the team’s statement concludes.
“The best interest of all”? That’s a curious choice of words.

“All” would seem to imply that there is a strong and overwhelming consensus on the offensiveness of “Redskins,” not dissimilar to the consensus against the most infamous and ugliest of racial slurs (the one that ends in a hard “R”).
But by virtually any poll, survey or study conducted, that simply doesn’t appear to be the case. At most, it’s fair to say that the nickname is polarizing. But the idea that a name change is necessary for “all”? The numbers simply don’t back that up.
The best-known survey is likely a 2016 Washington Post poll that found 9 out 10 Native Americans don’t find the “Redskins” name offensive.
The poll asked a random national sample of 504 Native American adults and was conducted via phone interviews. The margin of error was 5.5 percentage points.
According to The Post, the 2016 poll found similar results to a 2004 poll conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center.

It’s now 2020 and quite a bit has changed in the social landscape. It’s a year where it’s considered offensive to stand for the American flag, two separate anthems will be played before NFL games for the sake of “unity,” and you’re not allowed to support the president of the United States.
A more recent survey, conducted by “market research organization” Wolvereye in 2019, along with “two other prominent research companies,” interviewed 500 people who self-identified as Native American. The method of interviewing and margins of error were not disclosed.
The Wolvereye survey took a more human approach to their survey. Instead of asking whether a person was offended by “Redskins,” it delved into what it called “emotional DNA” and asked for specific feelings on the team’s name.
The Post and the Annenberg poll both asked: “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive, or doesn’t it bother you?”

The Wolvereye survey instead presented interviewees with 40 options that included feelings such as “proud,” “love” and “fear.”
The findings were fascinating.
The most common emotion the survey takers cited when asked about how they felt about Redskins’ name was “proud.” The next most common was “indifferent.”
In fact, of the top five most common emotions, three of them were categorized as “positive.” That list includes the aforementioned “proud,” “content” and “satisfied.”

The only negative emotion to crack the top five was merely “annoyed.” That sure seems like a far cry from the deeply wounded emotions that detractors of the name would have you think Native Americans feel about it.
To complete the trifecta, there’s a University of California, Berkeley study published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science in March.
UC Berkeley researchers said they recruited “1,000 self-identified adult Native Americans” across 50 states and representing 148 tribes using the Qualtrics online survey platform.
The study found that 49 percent of participants strongly agreed or agreed that the Redskins team name was offensive. 38 percent were not bothered by it. The rest of the participants were indifferent.

Yet again, 49 percent comes nowhere near constituting a consensus. It’s not even half.
Which is all to say, whether you want to analyze a poll, a survey or a study, the notion that “Redskins” is a horribly racist and hurtful team name is hardly the slam dunk that some would have you believe.
Is wiping out 87 years of NFL tradition really necessary to possibly placate, at most, half of the allegedly aggrieved?
In any other year, probably not. But it’s 2020, and this may very well be the new norm.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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GOP Operatives Eye Tucker Carlson for 2024 Presidential Run, Say He’d Be a Force In the Primary

In recent weeks, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has elevated himself to become arguably the most influential voice in the conservative movement.
The host is so popular right now, people are buzzing about a possible run for president in 2024 — and many believe Carlson could win if he were to do so.

As conservatives feel vulnerable following months of seemingly never-ending societal chaos, Carlson has emerged as a voice of reason.
For many, the 51-year-old’s nightly monologues are akin to former President Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats.
That’s obviously a very bold statement, and any critique of such a comparison is welcome.
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Carlson, though, makes a lot of sense to a lot of people.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” is now the highest-rated program in cable TV history, according to Forbes.

Carlson’s monologues are also going viral on social media, where they are being viewed millions of times.

More and more, Tucker Carlson’s monologues come across as someone who is positioning himself to be the face of the GOP and planning a 2024 run. pic.twitter.com/pQeXCsBQjY
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 1, 2020

Not only is he routing his competitors in total viewership, but he is running the table with key demographics that are sought after by advertisers, despite campaigns to boycott those sponsors.
Simply put, Carlson’s messages calling for common sense and the preservation of the country’s founding principles — and his penchant for calling out Republicans he says refuse to listen to their own voters — resonate with millions of Americans, and many of them are ages 25-54.

Only a deranged idiot could find this monologue deranged. Everything Tucker says here is exactly correct and all rational humans agree with it. https://t.co/YumFmFcRz5
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 26, 2020

President Donald Trump, facing a constant barrage of attacks from nearly every angle, at times seems almost entirely alone in his quest to unify and fortify a nation in the throes of an identity crisis.
Additionally, many GOP leaders have seemed rudderless amid the unrest.
Carlson, who stands in Trump’s corner, shows them no quarter.

He culls from the herd any Republicans who display perceived weakness to the country’s domestic enemies, and he holds their feet to the fire.
Perhaps that is why Carlson’s appeal is so strong. He’s become a fearless defender of conservative principles — even if that means turning the spotlight on elected Republicans.
Carlson turned his ire on Indiana Sen. Mike Braun after the Republican sponsored a bill to curtail qualified immunity for police officers following outcry last month over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Full Tucker Carlson segment with Indiana Senator Mike Braun on his support of Black Lives Matter and bill to scale back qualified immunity:
“I don’t think you’re going to win on this issue. I don’t think the public supports you at all on this.” pic.twitter.com/IhTHf0Hfcs
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 30, 2020

He calls out Republicans for their perceived complicity or inaction in responding to the bad actors aiming not only to topple the symbols that represent America’s past but to take down the country as we know it.
Carlson comes for them with fury, and they feel the wrath.
Two GOP senators, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, have been seeking to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Carlson saw the senators as capitulating to Black Lives Matter and other leftist groups.

He pounced on them.

One of those senators, Lankford, issued an explanation to angry voters about the Columbus Day proposal less than 90 minutes after Carlson went after him on his program Wednesday.

Lankford said the proposal was merely an attempt to explore how to save taxpayers money.
The quick response is evidence, though, that Carlson’s words carry a lot of weight, and more and more people are taking notice.
He is averaging 4.33 million viewers nightly.
So it comes as little surprise that Carlson, who ditched his signature bow tie in 2017, is being floated as a serious potential 2024 presidential candidate.

“Republican strategists, conservative commentators, and former Trump campaign and administration officials are buzzing about Carlson as the next-generation leader of Donald Trump’s movement — with many believing he would be an immediate frontrunner in a Republican primary,” Politico reported Thursday.

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“While practically every Republican eyeing a 2024 presidential run is professing loyalty to Trump the person, Carlson has become perhaps the highest-profile proponent of ‘Trumpism’ — a blend of anti-immigrant nationalism, economic populism and America First isolationism that he articulates unapologetically and with some snark,” the outlet added in its profile of Carlson’s recent and unprecedented success.
Politico also linked Carlson to the eldest son of the president.

“In another twist, Carlson has established a friendship with Donald Trump, Jr., according to a source familiar with their relationship. Trump Jr. has drawn his own share of presidential buzz,” the report said.
While there are many emerging young voices on the right, few of them right now have the platform that Carlson does.
Young conservative stars such as Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens might someday lead the party. But Carlson, who leaves it all on the table every night, could walk into 2024 right now as the Republican frontrunner, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg told Politico.
“Let me put it this way: If Biden wins and Tucker decided to run, he’d be the nominee,” Nunberg said.

National Review editor Rich Lowry also spoke of Carlson’s appeal.
“What he’s been saying speaks for a lot of people, and it’s basically not expressed or serviced by most Republican politicians,” Lowry told the outlet. “There’s a lot to be said for being fearless, and he is, while Republican politicians, as a breed, are not.”
Still, Carlson is vocal about his revulsion for politics and previously ruled out the idea of running for office.
Nunberg told Politico that the Fox News host is “so disgusted with politicians” that he doesn’t envision Carlson hitting the campaign trail.

But there is little doubt he would win a lot of support if he did.

@TuckerCarlson makes a great leader. He speaks the truth with tremendous courage, isn’t afraid to step on toes of both parties to hold them accountable. We need such brave leaders to step forward, “for such a time as this.”
— Charles (The Hammer) Martel (@JukkaHyva) July 2, 2020

While 2020 is still in front of us, many are already looking ahead to the next election.

Carlson’s name is starting to show up on lists of possible candidates, even if he ultimately decides to sit on the sideline.
But the Fox News host apparently has mapped out a strategy for winning the hearts and minds of conservative voters for whoever might be the 2024 nominee.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Cartoon Shows Exactly Why No One Takes Dr. Fauci’s Advice Seriously Anymore

The nation’s head infectious disease doctor keep claiming that the covid sky is falling, yet none of his predictions have come true. He’s flip-flopped more than an acrobat, and even the President doesn’t take his advice anymore. Here in one brutal cartoon is the reason absolutely no one, except for CNN reporters, takes the advice…
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Hillary Clinton Loses Her Mind, Blames Russia and Facebook for 2016 Loss, Says She’d Win in 2020

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed her defeat in the 2016 presidential race on “the Russians” and “WikiLeaks” while touting that she would be President Donald Trump if she was on the ballot in November in a recent interview. Although Clinton will not be on the ballot in November and said she doesn’t plan…
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Lawless Seattle Prosecutors Promote Anarchy, Won’t Press Charges Against ‘Peaceful’ Protesters Arrested at CHOP/CHAZ

Despite all of the horrible things that occurred in the CHOP / CHAZ zone that Seattle mayor Durkan ceded to the anarchists, King County prosecutors are refusing to press any charges against the “peaceful” protesters arrested by cops during the clearing of the space, and since.

This is the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office statement on not filing charges against non-violent protesters. Our position has not changed. pic.twitter.com/n9ZDBeVuz7
— King Co Prosecutor (@KCProsecutor) July 3, 2020

This despite the fact that people living in the CHOP / CHAZ zone have been mistreated, victimized by their own city, and the area in which they live has been turned into a garbage dump.

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And despite the fact that the so called “peaceful” protesters arrested by police, were arrested for good and solid reasons, not because they were peacefully protesting.
According to local station King 5 ten people were arrested in the past two days for property destruction, assault, harassment, and failure to disperse.

Police also report bottles, rocks and fireworks were thrown at them during the evening.
More than 60 people have been arrested just since CHOP / CHAZ was shut down.
The kind of people who will throw bottles, rocks and fireworks at police officers, not to mention assault them, are the kind of people who would assault or kill people like you and me without thinking twice.
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Given that these “peaceful” protesters know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they won’t be prosecuted, short of a very serious felony, why would they stop “protesting?”

Leftist politicians and DA’s are emboldening these types of people, and Democrat run cities can expect to see more mayhem and destruction as a result.
The people who run the King County prosecutors office will have blood on their hands if they keep this up, but I suspect they either do not care, or are actively rooting for more mayhem and destruction.
Sad, disgusting but entirely predictable and what you get when you elect leftist Democratic party politicians.

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Lawless Seattle Prosecutors Promote Anarchy, Won’t Press Charges Against ‘Peaceful’ Protesters Arrested at CHOP/CHAZ

Despite all of the horrible things that occurred in the CHOP / CHAZ zone that Seattle mayor Durkan ceded to the anarchists, King County prosecutors are refusing to press any charges against the “peaceful” protesters arrested by cops during the clearing of the space, and since.

This is the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office statement on not filing charges against non-violent protesters. Our position has not changed. pic.twitter.com/n9ZDBeVuz7
— King Co Prosecutor (@KCProsecutor) July 3, 2020

This despite the fact that people living in the CHOP / CHAZ zone have been mistreated, victimized by their own city, and the area in which they live has been turned into a garbage dump.

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And despite the fact that the so called “peaceful” protesters arrested by police, were arrested for good and solid reasons, not because they were peacefully protesting.
According to local station King 5 ten people were arrested in the past two days for property destruction, assault, harassment, and failure to disperse.

Police also report bottles, rocks and fireworks were thrown at them during the evening.
More than 60 people have been arrested just since CHOP / CHAZ was shut down.
The kind of people who will throw bottles, rocks and fireworks at police officers, not to mention assault them, are the kind of people who would assault or kill people like you and me without thinking twice.
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Given that these “peaceful” protesters know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they won’t be prosecuted, short of a very serious felony, why would they stop “protesting?”

Leftist politicians and DA’s are emboldening these types of people, and Democrat run cities can expect to see more mayhem and destruction as a result.
The people who run the King County prosecutors office will have blood on their hands if they keep this up, but I suspect they either do not care, or are actively rooting for more mayhem and destruction.
Sad, disgusting but entirely predictable and what you get when you elect leftist Democratic party politicians.

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Ex-NFL Star Marcellus Wiley Blasts NBA’s BLM Plan: ‘My Life Has Mattered Since 1974’

Former National Football League star and sports pundit Marcellus Wiley criticized the National Basketball Association’s plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” on courts in Orlando, Florida, and allow custom nameplates for players when the league resumes games in late July.
“It’s not a good idea,” Wiley said while discussing the issue on the sports talk show “Speak For Yourself.”

“There’s a problem when you start to go down this road of freedom of expression, freedom of speech and how much social space is allowed for those who don’t support in that same space.”
NBA league sources told ESPN on Monday that “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on both sidelines of the court in all three arenas the league will be using at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Players’ union president Chris Paul added that the league and union were discussing allowing players to wear personalized messages “linked to social justice” on their jerseys instead of their last names.
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“We know what identity politics does. It divides and it polarizes,” Wiley said.
“No matter how you want to look at it, that’s just the effect of it no matter how great the intentions are. And we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

The Columbia University graduate and former ESPN analyst added that he doesn’t know how many people have actually read the Black Lives Matter mission statement but a couple of things jumped out to him.

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“And I’m a black man who’s been black and my life has mattered since 1974,” Wiley said.
“And this organization was founded in 2013. I’m proud of you but I’ve been fighting this fight for me and for others a lot longer.”
He said that his family structure is “vitally important” and his mission in life is “being a father and a husband.”

“How do I reconcile that … with this mission statement that says, ‘We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement,’” he said.
He said that he already knew the statistics about children from single-parent homes versus two-parent homes and the higher likelihood of children from the latter of committing suicide, living in poverty, dropping out of high school and ending up in prison.
“I knew that. You know why I knew it? Because a lot of my friends didn’t have family structures that were nuclear like mine, and they found themselves outside of their dreams and goals and aspirations,” Wiley said.
He also criticized the Black Lives Matter mission to eradicate white supremacy.

“I’m on a show that I’m hosting along with another black guy who’s hosting with me who replaced another black guy, and that’s just one example of it,” Wiley said.
“So, I understand. I respect your space. I respect what you’re protesting for. But will you respect others who don’t support that same protest?”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NBC’s Cal Perry Slams Trump’s Mount Rushmore Visit: ‘Blind to the History’ in This Moment of Social Awakening

Watch as America hater and NBC reporter Cal Perry slams President Trump’s Mount Rushmore visit claiming that Trump is “blind to history” in this moment of social awakening or he simply does not care:

Cal Perry is obviously blind to his own biases and brainwashing. The only people “awakening” are the media, Democrat politicians and activists as they move even farther to the left than before.
Democrats and their media allies are so blinded by their hatred for the President and his supporters they can’t see most of America is NOT behind them.

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Partial transcript:
MITCHELL: “NBC News correspondent Cal Perry has been reporting in front of Mt. Rushmore today. He just had to move because of Secret Service lockdowns there for the president’s arrival. Cal, you’re in a nearby town, close enough. Tell us about how people there reacting.”

PERRY: “Yeah, they’re doing that sweep, as we said, so we’re outside. We actually have some video of chairs very close together.
You can see how there won’t be social distancing as you said the governor of South Dakota saying, there wouldn’t be social distancing it’s a free country, don’t come if you don’t want to, was basically what she said. Add to that the concern about forest fires.
It’s been more than a decade since fireworks. It is a very dry part of the country. And to that the historical importance of this place. The Black Hills is a place that is a sacred place to the indigenous tribes who live here.
They view the monument very differently that I think many Americans do.
This was land that was promised to them in 1868. The U.S. government, of course, betrayed that treaty, the Laramie Treaty. So when you speaks with folks here they’ll tell you that it is not the monument that many people are aware of.

Take a listen to the head of the NDN Collective, what he had to say to us yesterday.”
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TILSEN: “I would say these aren’t great American heroes. These are folks that were colonizers. They were mass murderers. They were responsible for the steal of indigenous peoples’ land. They were responsible for the murdering and raping of our communities and our people. That’s just the reality of our history.”
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PERRY: “When you look at the rally that happened in Tulsa, around Juneteenth, you look at this rally, Andrea, there is a question here as to whether the administration is blind to the history that this country is now re-looking-at, reexamining in this moment of social awakening or if they simply don’t care. Andrea?”
MITCHELL: “Cal Perry, an iconic location and a controversial one.”

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Survey Shows Why Biden’s Poll Lead is Fake: 1 in 5 Democratic Voters Believe He’s Suffering from Dementia

The subheadline on Politico’s “Scenes from Biden’s first encounter with the media in months” — a report on his Tuesday media appearance after a long absence — says it all about what the expectation level from the Democratic presidential nominee is at this point.
“The Trump campaign took credit for smoking Biden out of his basement — only to see him give a gaffe-free performance,” it read.

“Gaffe-free” is highly dependent on your definition of those words. His answer to a reporter’s question — “Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?” — was rather prone to Rorschachian interpretation.
“I’ve been tested, and I’m constantly tested,” Biden said. “I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
That’s a perfectly pithy quote, but he didn’t say what kind of tests he’s been subject to — or whether he was even talking about being cognitively tested as opposed to battle-tested. The question is a rather important one.
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It’s important because it’s the ultimate test of whether people are going to trust Biden’s seaworthiness in the White House. It’s difficult for voters to ensconce someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for at least four years when they aren’t entirely sure of whether that individual has a degenerative neurological disease.
That’s not just a question for conspiracy theorists, either, given the gaffes. They’ve been serious enough that almost 4-in-10 Americans believe Biden is suffering from dementia, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden is suffering from some form of dementia,” read a news release announcing the poll, released Monday.
“Based on what they have seen and read, 48% disagree, but 14% are not sure.”
Perhaps more worrisome for Democrats, 1-in-5 in their own party thought Biden was suffering from dementia.
“Twenty percent (20%) of voters in his own party think Biden has dementia. But that compares to 66% of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party,” the news release read.
The survey, which was conducted both online and via landline phones, consisted of 1,000 likely voters between June 25 and 28.

There were other unpleasantries in it for Democrats, including that a vast majority of voters think Biden needs to address the issue.
“Sixty-one percent (61%) of all voters believe it is important for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly, with 41% who say it is Very Important,” the news release said. “Thirty-six percent (36%) say it is not important for Biden to speak out on the issue, including 19% who feel it is Not at All Important.”
This includes a majority of voters who are Democrats or unaffiliated (51 percent).
It’s worth noting the problems with trying to be armchair neurologists or mental health professionals, particularly for those of us who aren’t medically trained. Diagnosing someone from afar is impossible, especially since we only see the candidate in public.

It’s also worth noting Biden was never the most verbally quick candidate, even when he was young and fresh. The Q-and-A format never did him any favors.
That said, it’s very easy to notice diminishing returns on the cognitive level, and Biden’s 2020 run clearly qualifies. The reason he won in the Democratic primaries wasn’t the debates; much like his news conference this week, it was news when he didn’t make a gaffe. When he did, you felt bad for laughing because he seemed like a guy whose heart was willing but mind no longer was able.
One such moment was Biden talking about how keeping the record player on at night would end segregation:

This didn’t end with the debates. If Politico thinks these weren’t representative of Joe Biden as a candidate, remember this was at the beginning of Biden’s hermit period:

“Are you at all concerned, as President Trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?”
“We have to take care of the cure that will make the problem worse no matter what”
Um, what? pic.twitter.com/VylTvzO3Tw
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 24, 2020

Oh yes, and this:

.@JoeBiden: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” @cthagod: “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community.” @breakfastclubam pic.twitter.com/endvWnOIV2
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) May 22, 2020

Are we going to pretend that these incidents, given the relative frequency of their occurrence, were pulled from an unrepresentative sample? Did a few months of doing remote appearances from his basement result in the re-emergence of Joe Biden’s intellect? Was a really long mental health day all he needed?
The American people don’t think so.

This poll was taken before Biden’s “gaffe-free” return to something resembling campaigning. I doubt it would have swayed many people. Biden’s gonna Biden, and that includes gaffes.
Eventually, he’s going to have to deal with the issue of his mental fitness for the office.
The polls may look rosy for Biden now. Perception is reality, however. If he doesn’t change America’s perception of his mental state, this is going to be a real problem for him going forward.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Survey Shows Why Biden’s Poll Lead is Fake: 1 in 5 Democratic Voters Believe He’s Suffering from Dementia

The subheadline on Politico’s “Scenes from Biden’s first encounter with the media in months” — a report on his Tuesday media appearance after a long absence — says it all about what the expectation level from the Democratic presidential nominee is at this point.
“The Trump campaign took credit for smoking Biden out of his basement — only to see him give a gaffe-free performance,” it read.

“Gaffe-free” is highly dependent on your definition of those words. His answer to a reporter’s question — “Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?” — was rather prone to Rorschachian interpretation.
“I’ve been tested, and I’m constantly tested,” Biden said. “I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
That’s a perfectly pithy quote, but he didn’t say what kind of tests he’s been subject to — or whether he was even talking about being cognitively tested as opposed to battle-tested. The question is a rather important one.
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It’s important because it’s the ultimate test of whether people are going to trust Biden’s seaworthiness in the White House. It’s difficult for voters to ensconce someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for at least four years when they aren’t entirely sure of whether that individual has a degenerative neurological disease.
That’s not just a question for conspiracy theorists, either, given the gaffes. They’ve been serious enough that almost 4-in-10 Americans believe Biden is suffering from dementia, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden is suffering from some form of dementia,” read a news release announcing the poll, released Monday.
“Based on what they have seen and read, 48% disagree, but 14% are not sure.”
Perhaps more worrisome for Democrats, 1-in-5 in their own party thought Biden was suffering from dementia.
“Twenty percent (20%) of voters in his own party think Biden has dementia. But that compares to 66% of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party,” the news release read.
The survey, which was conducted both online and via landline phones, consisted of 1,000 likely voters between June 25 and 28.

There were other unpleasantries in it for Democrats, including that a vast majority of voters think Biden needs to address the issue.
“Sixty-one percent (61%) of all voters believe it is important for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly, with 41% who say it is Very Important,” the news release said. “Thirty-six percent (36%) say it is not important for Biden to speak out on the issue, including 19% who feel it is Not at All Important.”
This includes a majority of voters who are Democrats or unaffiliated (51 percent).
It’s worth noting the problems with trying to be armchair neurologists or mental health professionals, particularly for those of us who aren’t medically trained. Diagnosing someone from afar is impossible, especially since we only see the candidate in public.

It’s also worth noting Biden was never the most verbally quick candidate, even when he was young and fresh. The Q-and-A format never did him any favors.
That said, it’s very easy to notice diminishing returns on the cognitive level, and Biden’s 2020 run clearly qualifies. The reason he won in the Democratic primaries wasn’t the debates; much like his news conference this week, it was news when he didn’t make a gaffe. When he did, you felt bad for laughing because he seemed like a guy whose heart was willing but mind no longer was able.
One such moment was Biden talking about how keeping the record player on at night would end segregation:

This didn’t end with the debates. If Politico thinks these weren’t representative of Joe Biden as a candidate, remember this was at the beginning of Biden’s hermit period:

“Are you at all concerned, as President Trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?”
“We have to take care of the cure that will make the problem worse no matter what”
Um, what? pic.twitter.com/VylTvzO3Tw
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 24, 2020

Oh yes, and this:

.@JoeBiden: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” @cthagod: “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact — I want something for my community.” @breakfastclubam pic.twitter.com/endvWnOIV2
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) May 22, 2020

Are we going to pretend that these incidents, given the relative frequency of their occurrence, were pulled from an unrepresentative sample? Did a few months of doing remote appearances from his basement result in the re-emergence of Joe Biden’s intellect? Was a really long mental health day all he needed?
The American people don’t think so.

This poll was taken before Biden’s “gaffe-free” return to something resembling campaigning. I doubt it would have swayed many people. Biden’s gonna Biden, and that includes gaffes.
Eventually, he’s going to have to deal with the issue of his mental fitness for the office.
The polls may look rosy for Biden now. Perception is reality, however. If he doesn’t change America’s perception of his mental state, this is going to be a real problem for him going forward.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Last Supper Painting with Black Jesus Goes On Display After Church Caves to BLM

For those of you who aren’t up on your Church of England trivia, Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev. Justin Welby is the head of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the global Anglican Communion. That makes him one of the most powerful religious figures in the world.
Last week, according to the Times of London, Rev. Welby was asked on a BBC radio program whether or not Black Lives Matter criticisms of how Jesus was portrayed in terms of his features meant the church had to rethink how it pictured the Savior.

“Yes, of course it does,” Rev. Welby said, adding that his time at the head of the Anglican Communion had challenged “that sense that God is white.”
“You go into their churches, you don’t see a white Jesus. You see a black Jesus or a Chinese Jesus or a Middle Eastern Jesus, which is of course the most accurate, or a Fijian Jesus.
“You see Jesus portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings,” he added, saying he didn’t approve of “throwing out everything we’ve got in the past” but that the “universality” of God ought to be taken into consideration.
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The “most accurate” representation of Jesus won’t be what’s hanging above the altar in one of the most historic churches in the Anglican Communion. Instead, it’ll be a black Jesus at the 11th century St. Albans Cathedral.
The picture is a print of a take on Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in which the the disciples are viewed as a diverse lot. It was painted by Lorna May Wadsworth, 41, who wanted to “question the western myth that he had fair hair and blue eyes.”

It’ll hang in the church starting Saturday, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, where it will hang until October. The 2009 original made news last year after it was discovered someone had shot out Jesus’ head with an air rifle.
“My portrayal of him is just as accurate as the received idea that he looked like a Florentine,” said the 41-year-old Wadsworth.
Indeed it may be. There’s also the fact that this oughtn’t matter much; what a church wants to put up is really its own business and there’s nothing inherently problematic with the painting. The troubling element, instead, is the political context.
Take the statement from the dean of St. Albans, the Very Rev. Dr. Jeffrey John: “The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise, but our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice.
“Black lives matter, so this is why we have turned our Altar of the Persecuted into a space for reflection and prayer with Lorna’s altarpiece at the heart.”

If they matter so much, why was this announced right after Welby was challenged? Black lives have always mattered to God in every manner. John has been in the Church of England for quite some time now. The timing of the decision makes it feel less like a reminder “that God is a God of justice” and more like a capitulation and apology for the fact that the church hasn’t been capital-W Woke. See, the stuffy old Church of England is hip to what’s been going on. They can rap with the kids taking to the streets.
As these things go, this is the Poochie the Dog of political statements.
In case you’re just catching up on this one, the most prominent Black Lives Matter supporter who called for the white Jesus archetype to be called into question was the dubious Shaun King, who decided to go on a Twitter spiel about tearing statues and paintings of an unmelinated Savior.

Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
EGYPT!
Not Denmark.
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Yes.
All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.
They are a gross form white supremacy.
Created as tools of oppression.Racist propaganda.
They should all come down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Leaving aside the fact that King is one of the more sketchy characters inside the Black Lives Matter movement, the fact remains that this isn’t an uncommon sentiment these days.

And while this all may true, it’s more likely that Christ’s mien was more Middle Eastern than anything else. The black community appropriating him is just as incorrect as white people appropriating him if you believe in that sort of thing.
The difference is, of course, that Black Lives Matter believes that white Jesus represents a history of white supremacy. The why behind this isn’t regularly challenged — and this is just as well, because the logic here would fall apart like cheap paper towels in the rain if it did.
Jesus was portrayed as white in these churches for the same reason that, as per Welby’s experience with other churches around the world, churches in other parts of the world don’t portray Jesus as white.
But don’t think about this too hard. The Church of England clearly hasn’t. They just saw the direction in which the winds of outrage were blowing and acted accordingly.

This isn’t just affirming the worth of humanity and standing for justice. This isn’t just putting a print of a painting which portrays Jesus as black behind the altar — one that, in any other context, I’d find challenging and slightly profound.
It’s the earthly church expediently cosigning a political movement and pretending to have God’s signature on the documents.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Last Supper Painting with Black Jesus Goes On Display After Church Caves to BLM

For those of you who aren’t up on your Church of England trivia, Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev. Justin Welby is the head of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the global Anglican Communion. That makes him one of the most powerful religious figures in the world.
Last week, according to the Times of London, Rev. Welby was asked on a BBC radio program whether or not Black Lives Matter criticisms of how Jesus was portrayed in terms of his features meant the church had to rethink how it pictured the Savior.

“Yes, of course it does,” Rev. Welby said, adding that his time at the head of the Anglican Communion had challenged “that sense that God is white.”
“You go into their churches, you don’t see a white Jesus. You see a black Jesus or a Chinese Jesus or a Middle Eastern Jesus, which is of course the most accurate, or a Fijian Jesus.
“You see Jesus portrayed in as many ways as there are cultures, languages and understandings,” he added, saying he didn’t approve of “throwing out everything we’ve got in the past” but that the “universality” of God ought to be taken into consideration.
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The “most accurate” representation of Jesus won’t be what’s hanging above the altar in one of the most historic churches in the Anglican Communion. Instead, it’ll be a black Jesus at the 11th century St. Albans Cathedral.
The picture is a print of a take on Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in which the the disciples are viewed as a diverse lot. It was painted by Lorna May Wadsworth, 41, who wanted to “question the western myth that he had fair hair and blue eyes.”

It’ll hang in the church starting Saturday, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, where it will hang until October. The 2009 original made news last year after it was discovered someone had shot out Jesus’ head with an air rifle.
“My portrayal of him is just as accurate as the received idea that he looked like a Florentine,” said the 41-year-old Wadsworth.
Indeed it may be. There’s also the fact that this oughtn’t matter much; what a church wants to put up is really its own business and there’s nothing inherently problematic with the painting. The troubling element, instead, is the political context.
Take the statement from the dean of St. Albans, the Very Rev. Dr. Jeffrey John: “The church is not in a strong position to preach to others about justice, racial or otherwise, but our faith teaches that we are all made equally in the image of God, and that God is a God of justice.
“Black lives matter, so this is why we have turned our Altar of the Persecuted into a space for reflection and prayer with Lorna’s altarpiece at the heart.”

If they matter so much, why was this announced right after Welby was challenged? Black lives have always mattered to God in every manner. John has been in the Church of England for quite some time now. The timing of the decision makes it feel less like a reminder “that God is a God of justice” and more like a capitulation and apology for the fact that the church hasn’t been capital-W Woke. See, the stuffy old Church of England is hip to what’s been going on. They can rap with the kids taking to the streets.
As these things go, this is the Poochie the Dog of political statements.
In case you’re just catching up on this one, the most prominent Black Lives Matter supporter who called for the white Jesus archetype to be called into question was the dubious Shaun King, who decided to go on a Twitter spiel about tearing statues and paintings of an unmelinated Savior.

Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
EGYPT!
Not Denmark.
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Yes.
All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.
They are a gross form white supremacy.
Created as tools of oppression.Racist propaganda.
They should all come down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Leaving aside the fact that King is one of the more sketchy characters inside the Black Lives Matter movement, the fact remains that this isn’t an uncommon sentiment these days.

And while this all may true, it’s more likely that Christ’s mien was more Middle Eastern than anything else. The black community appropriating him is just as incorrect as white people appropriating him if you believe in that sort of thing.
The difference is, of course, that Black Lives Matter believes that white Jesus represents a history of white supremacy. The why behind this isn’t regularly challenged — and this is just as well, because the logic here would fall apart like cheap paper towels in the rain if it did.
Jesus was portrayed as white in these churches for the same reason that, as per Welby’s experience with other churches around the world, churches in other parts of the world don’t portray Jesus as white.
But don’t think about this too hard. The Church of England clearly hasn’t. They just saw the direction in which the winds of outrage were blowing and acted accordingly.

This isn’t just affirming the worth of humanity and standing for justice. This isn’t just putting a print of a painting which portrays Jesus as black behind the altar — one that, in any other context, I’d find challenging and slightly profound.
It’s the earthly church expediently cosigning a political movement and pretending to have God’s signature on the documents.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Virginia Becomes Only 4th State To Impose Gun-Buying Limit as Radical Dem Agenda Takes Shape

You can’t commit more crimes if you have more handguns.
This should be a no-brainer. You only have two hands, after all, and unless you’re going to recruit a phalanx of handgun-wielding violence junkies, banning you from buying more than one handgun a month won’t make any difference.

That’s why, before Wednesday, 47 states didn’t bother with that kind of ridiculous regulation. That number was just reduced to 46 thanks to Virginia, home to Democrats uniquely obsessed with gun control and newly ensconced in statehouse power.
The state’s one-handgun-a-month policy, one of the most restrictive in the nation, was part of a suite of new policies pushed by state Democrats once they got control of the legislature after the 2019 elections.
They currently have the governor’s mansion, too, with Democrat Ralph Northam in power until January 2022.
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While headline-grabbing measures such as a ban on so-called assault weapons failed, a whole host of new gun control measures went into effect on Wednesday, including a “red flag” law, universal background checks and new penalties if children get access to guns.
None of those, however, is likely to cause as much of a stir as the state’s handgun limit.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, gun rights proponents such as the Virginia Citizens Defense League tried to block the law from going into effect but were unable to get a hearing before the implementation of the law.
“People are not going to be happy with this,” Philip Van Cleave, president of the VCDL, told the outlet.
“They’re not going to forget about what they’ve [Democrats] done, so it’ll be curious to see the elections in 2021 in Virginia. It might be curious to see the elections in 2020.”
According to WAMU-FM, the handgun limit — which was formerly law until it was repealed in 2012 — has survived one court challenge already. The Goochland County Circuit Court ruled against the plaintiffs, who argued that the law interfered with their “constitutionally protected right to obtain firearms.”
The judge also refused to grant a last-minute stay of the law the same groups petitioned for.

“Gov. Northam wants a repeat of this failed law, which was previously repealed in 2012,” Erich Pratt, senior vice president of the Gun Owners Foundation and Gun Owners of America, said in a June 15 news release.
“In the past eight years, Virginia was ranked as one of the safest states in the country. This shows that the radical push for gun control has nothing to do with reducing crime, but rather is about implementing a disarmament agenda.”
In an interview with The Free Beacon, Pratt said, “This law forces honest citizens to prove their innocence to the government in order to acquire a firearm. By making the ability to acquire a firearm so burdensome, Universal Background Checks flip a right that ‘shall not be infringed’ on its head.”
The only states that have the limit on the number of gun purchases per month at present are California, Maryland and New Jersey. All of those are very blue states, for the most part. (Maryland’s governor is currently a Republican, a rarity in the state, but the law predated him.)

This isn’t just a hindrance to citizens’ ability to acquire firearms, a Second Amendment right. It’s also a problem for gun stores; according to Fox Business, they expect to see their business “plummet.”
In an interview with Fox Business, Steve Garriss, a sales clerk with Clark Brother Gun Shop in Warrenton, said the previous one-handgun-a-month law severely limited handgun sales.
“The one-handgun-a-month thing, they had that when I first started working here. They discontinued it. … You do lose sales from it,” Garriss said.
“Some people come in, they bought one two weeks ago. Two weeks later, they may not be interested.”

Defenders of gun rights plan to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
“We think we have a strong case,” Van Cleave said. “We don’t ration any other rights.”
It’s also worth noting that the supposed right to an abortion — a right that was miraculously discovered in the Constitution by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade — is now so sacrosanct that, as per Planned Parenthood v. Casey, no state law can put an “undue burden” on a woman seeking one.
OK, fine. Now try the Second Amendment.

You hope the nation’s highest court will, although it’s any guess how Chief Justice John Roberts will vote these days.
Whatever the case, there’s no evidence this law will prevent crime. Criminals will merely circumvent it. People legally acquiring guns won’t be more likely to commit crimes the more firearms they have.
All Virginia has accomplished is to put in place another meaningless level of red tape that abrogates citizens’ ability to exercise their God-given constitutional rights.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Leftist Talk Show Host Fowler: Statue of Lincoln and Freed Slave ‘Represents the Worst of America’

Leftist talk show host Richard Fowler just made the insane claim during a Fox News interview that the statue of Lincoln and the freed slave represents the very worst of America.
During a discussion of statues and monuments Fowler said “I think this is a larger conversation about what we choose to commemorate here in the United States of America as far as these statues go. But let’s be very clear. These groups of individuals, these men that have been glorified in these statues all across the country represent the worst of America.”

“They’re not America’s dream, they’re America’s nightmare. Because they are representing some of the most horrific times in this country when slavery was in play, when Jim Crow was in play, when segregation was in play. All things that we can agree are bad. So why are we commemorating these individuals,” he added.
America’s Newsroom host Leland Vitter tried to get Fowler to clarify his statement and asked “I’m just trying to understand, are you talking about statues of Confederate generals or are you talking about statues of Grant, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln?”
Fowler then proved how ignorant and uneducated he is when he claimed “I’m talking about those of Confederate generals, and I’m also talking about statues that depict recently freed African-Americans kneeling to President Lincoln. Those are statues that I think represent the worst of America, to be clear.”
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How a clearly ignorant moron like him hosts a talk show is beyond me.
The statue Fowler claims represents the worst of America was funded entirely by the wages of freed slaves and former Union Army soldiers.
Via Wikipedia:
The Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Freedman’s Memorial or the Emancipation Group is a monument in Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was sometimes referred to as the “Lincoln Memorial” before the more prominent so-named memorial was dedicated in 1922.
Designed and sculpted by Thomas Ball and erected in 1876, the monument depicts Abraham Lincoln holding a copy of his Emancipation Proclamation freeing a male African American slave modeled on Archer Alexander. The ex-slave is depicted on one knee, with one fist clenched, shirtless and broken shackles at the president’s feet.

The Emancipation Memorial statue was funded by the wages of freed slaves.
The statue originally faced west towards the U.S. Capitol until it was rotated east in 1974 in order to face the newly erected Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial.
So if this statue represent the “worst of America” then Fowler’s goal is nothing less than the destruction of the USA as we know it, given this statue represents the very best of America.
Here’s more from Wikipedia on the funding for the “worst of America” statue of Lincoln and a freed slave:

The funding drive for the monument began, according to much-publicized newspaper accounts from the era, with $5 given by former slave Charlotte Scott of Virginia, then residing with the family of her former master in Marietta, Ohio, for the purpose of creating a memorial honoring Lincoln. The Western Sanitary Commission, a St. Louis-based volunteer war-relief agency, joined the effort and raised some $20,000 before announcing a new $50,000 goal.
According to the National Park Service, the monument was paid for solely by former slaves:
The campaign for the Freedmen’s Memorial Monument to Abraham Lincoln, as it was to be known, was not the only effort of the time to build a monument to Lincoln; however, as the only one soliciting contributions exclusively from those who had most directly benefited from Lincoln’s act of emancipation it had a special appeal … The funds were collected solely from freed slaves (primarily from African American Union veterans) …
The turbulent politics of the reconstruction era affected the fundraising campaign on many levels. The Colored People’s Educational Monument Association headed by Henry Highland Garnet wanted the monument to serve a didactic purpose as a school where freedmen could elevate themselves through learning. Frederick Douglass disagreed and thought the goal of education was incommensurate with that of remembering Lincoln.

To me there is no question, the Lincoln statue represents the very best of America, and Richard Fowler and his fellow far left comrades represent the very worst of America.

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Minnesota Gov Ask Trump For Help to Pay For Devastation He Failed to Stop, Damage Exceeds $500 Million

Minnesota is seeking millions of dollars from the federal government to clean up after the riots that erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody May 25.
On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz announced he was seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency cash, noting that the rioting left a trail of more than $500 million in destruction.

“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” he said in a news release. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
The release said that during the rioting and destruction that raged in Minneapolis and surrounding communities, the state called on more than 10,000 law enforcement personnel to try to restore order and the Minnesota National Guard was fully mobilized for the first time since World War II.
“Nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were damaged by vandalism, fire, or looting,” the release said, referring to Minneapolis, the epicenter of the rioting, and nearby St. Paul.
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@GovTimWalz allows Mpls to be destroyed by thugs and looters, then asks @realDonaldTrump for a bailout! #WWG1WGA #QAnon #TheGreatAwakening #DrainTheSwamp #TheStormIsUponUs https://t.co/4e4mdlB6Ix
— Truthwins (@ChrysalisToo) July 3, 2020

Walz, a member of the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, wants President Donald Trump to “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.”
He had bemoaned the level of destruction even as the riots, which began on May 26, were taking place.
“Over the last 72 hours these people have brought more destruction and more terror to Minnesota than anybody in our history. That’s who we’re up against,” Walz said May 30, according to KARE-TV.
However, at the time, rioters had the sympathy of others in his party.
“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said May 29, according to NBC News. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”

“If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right,” he said.
Frey and Walz have been saying for weeks they planned to ask the federal government for money to repair damage from the riots.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune noted that Baltimore had sought FEMA funding after the riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody. No funding ever materialized.
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum said Minneapolis needs to prove that outside forces instigated the riots and the violence did not flow from its citizens.

“If it is demonstrated outside provocateurs committed acts of destruction, then there is a clear rationale for an emergency declaration by President Trump,” she said.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district includes the city, said Minneapolis is owed federal aid.
“We have a moral responsibility to help communities heal economically,” she said in a statement. “Minneapolis’s economy has been ravaged. Families are struggling to find places to buy food, local shop owners fear they’ll never [be able to] open their doors again, and many workers find themselves without a job to return to.”
Omar said the damage was not the fault of the rioters.

“The situation facing our city stems from a long history of discrimination, prejudice and violence in the community,” she said. “It is no less worthy of federal relief than communities facing natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic.
“But we cannot rely on a Presidential Emergency Declaration to help direct FEMA resources to riot relief. Our current President has proven we cannot depend on such intervention. So Congress must step in.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Minnesota Gov Ask Trump For Help to Pay For Devastation He Failed to Stop, Damage Exceeds $500 Million

Minnesota is seeking millions of dollars from the federal government to clean up after the riots that erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody May 25.
On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz announced he was seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency cash, noting that the rioting left a trail of more than $500 million in destruction.

“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” he said in a news release. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
The release said that during the rioting and destruction that raged in Minneapolis and surrounding communities, the state called on more than 10,000 law enforcement personnel to try to restore order and the Minnesota National Guard was fully mobilized for the first time since World War II.
“Nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were damaged by vandalism, fire, or looting,” the release said, referring to Minneapolis, the epicenter of the rioting, and nearby St. Paul.
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@GovTimWalz allows Mpls to be destroyed by thugs and looters, then asks @realDonaldTrump for a bailout! #WWG1WGA #QAnon #TheGreatAwakening #DrainTheSwamp #TheStormIsUponUs https://t.co/4e4mdlB6Ix
— Truthwins (@ChrysalisToo) July 3, 2020

Walz, a member of the state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, wants President Donald Trump to “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.”
He had bemoaned the level of destruction even as the riots, which began on May 26, were taking place.
“Over the last 72 hours these people have brought more destruction and more terror to Minnesota than anybody in our history. That’s who we’re up against,” Walz said May 30, according to KARE-TV.
However, at the time, rioters had the sympathy of others in his party.
“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said May 29, according to NBC News. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”

“If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right,” he said.
Frey and Walz have been saying for weeks they planned to ask the federal government for money to repair damage from the riots.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune noted that Baltimore had sought FEMA funding after the riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody. No funding ever materialized.
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum said Minneapolis needs to prove that outside forces instigated the riots and the violence did not flow from its citizens.

“If it is demonstrated outside provocateurs committed acts of destruction, then there is a clear rationale for an emergency declaration by President Trump,” she said.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose district includes the city, said Minneapolis is owed federal aid.
“We have a moral responsibility to help communities heal economically,” she said in a statement. “Minneapolis’s economy has been ravaged. Families are struggling to find places to buy food, local shop owners fear they’ll never [be able to] open their doors again, and many workers find themselves without a job to return to.”
Omar said the damage was not the fault of the rioters.

“The situation facing our city stems from a long history of discrimination, prejudice and violence in the community,” she said. “It is no less worthy of federal relief than communities facing natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic.
“But we cannot rely on a Presidential Emergency Declaration to help direct FEMA resources to riot relief. Our current President has proven we cannot depend on such intervention. So Congress must step in.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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LA Mayor Admits BLM Protests Are Connected to Coronavirus Outbreak Days After Denying It

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti admitted Wednesday that there is a link between the city’s massive Black Lives Matter protests and the spike in coronavirus cases, reversing a position he had taken earlier in the week.
Garcetti said he consulted with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County’s director of public health, and was told there is a connection. Earlier this week, LA County surpassed the 100,000 mark in coronavirus cases, according to KTTV-TV.

“I talked again with Dr. Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,” he said, according to Fox News.
The Democratic mayor affirmed his support for protesters, however.
“It’s not the act of protesting — that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is … but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer — we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change,” Garcetti said.
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“We do believe there is a connection. We don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely, and wherever you can, please stay at home,” he said.
On Tuesday, Garcetti had dismissed connections between the protests and the spike in cases.

“We follow the data closely,” he said, according to KTTV. “There’s no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread, though it’s something that Doctor Ferrer has hypothesized. But we haven’t seen any conclusive evidence there.”
“People still can obviously and should exercise their First Amendment rights. This is a critical moment not to let up with that,” the mayor said Tuesday.
Fox News said it was sent a video of Ferrer answering questions about the protests and the spread of the virus in which she admitted there is a connection.
“In situations where people are close together for longer periods of time and it’s very crowded, we are certain that there is going to be spread. So, we’ve never said that there’s no spread from people who were protesting,” she said.
“We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time — which long for us means more than 15 minutes — where you’re in close contact with people, less than 6 feet apart, and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering, you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader,” she said.

New York City officials tell a different tale, according to The New York Times.
“We’ve been looking very closely at the number of positive cases every day to see if there is an uptick in the context of the protests,” said Ted Long, executive director of the city’s contact tracing program. “We have not seen that.”
A report in The City said officials are making sure that connection is hard to find.
“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in an email to The City.

One expert said the lack of a New York City post-protest spike to date does not mean there will be no repercussions.
“This doesn’t say that being in a crowd is not risky,” said Howard Markel, a physician and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan.
“Like most every other aspect of this pandemic, the most predictable thing is the unpredictability,” he said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Antifa Kid Doesn’t Look So Tough While Being Escorted Into Police Station

If he’s guilty, let’s hope he receives the brunt of the punishment that he deserves and is taught a tough lesson.
Two adults, thought to be the parents of 20-year-old Brian Bartels, did the right thing when they escorted him into a police station Monday for his alleged involvement in inciting riots in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

The young white man did not appear as tough as he portrayed himself when he dressed in antifa attire and encouraged violence during a peaceful protest in the Steel City.
A video shows a man thought to be Bartels destroying a police cruiser while other demonstrators condemned his actions.
WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.
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#BREAKING NEWS: Pittsburgh Police say 20 year old Brian Bartels is the man who incited riots in downtown #Pittsburgh yesterday. This is video taken of him destroying a police cruiser. An arrest warrant has been issued. https://t.co/AFYsrV2vsD
*WARNING* Explicit Language pic.twitter.com/CNmoVHx7Fn
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 1, 2020

#BREAKING NEWS: Pittsburgh Police issue arrest warrant for 20 year old Brian Bartels. Bartels is accused of inciting riots during #GeorgeFloyd protests in #Pittsburgh Saturday. Police raided his home, found guns, spray paint, say Bartels works for Amazon. https://t.co/pUPE9USfYm pic.twitter.com/9YKrC6RrsN
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 1, 2020

People with attitudes like this have fueled the violence that has erupted out of protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Antifa members and radical leftists want to portray power and fear when in reality they are cowards.
Bartels now faces multiple charges that include rioting, reckless endangerment and vandalism, according to a KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

“You’re not helping us,” one person yelled at the young man thought to be Bartels in the video.
The young man returned the remarks with an obscene gesture.
It’s clear from his actions that the antifa kid didn’t care about participating in a peaceful protest of Floyd’s death, but rather was there to cause mayhem and destroy police property.
Bartels did not appear so defiant and tough as he walked into the police station Monday.

#BREAKING 20 year Brian Bartels just turned himself in at police headquarters. He is facing numerous charges in relation to Saturday’s protests. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/zCBiaZwCtd
— Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) June 1, 2020

JUST IN— mugshot of Brian Bartels. He’s the 20-year-old police say instigated Saturday’s riot downtown Pittsburgh. He turned himself in and is free on bond. ⁦@KDKA⁩ pic.twitter.com/vb6u55sBgI
— Lindsay Ward (@LindsayWardTV) June 3, 2020

The actions of violent leftists only affirm President Donald Trump’s declaration of antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.
Somewhere along the way, Brian Bartels apparently became involved with the wrong crowd and made the wrong choices. From viewing his actions, he seems to have the persona of a privileged kid who thought he could do anything without fear of justice catching up to him.
He thought wrong.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Antifa Kid Doesn’t Look So Tough While Being Escorted Into Police Station

If he’s guilty, let’s hope he receives the brunt of the punishment that he deserves and is taught a tough lesson.
Two adults, thought to be the parents of 20-year-old Brian Bartels, did the right thing when they escorted him into a police station Monday for his alleged involvement in inciting riots in Pittsburgh over the weekend.

The young white man did not appear as tough as he portrayed himself when he dressed in antifa attire and encouraged violence during a peaceful protest in the Steel City.
A video shows a man thought to be Bartels destroying a police cruiser while other demonstrators condemned his actions.
WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.
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#BREAKING NEWS: Pittsburgh Police say 20 year old Brian Bartels is the man who incited riots in downtown #Pittsburgh yesterday. This is video taken of him destroying a police cruiser. An arrest warrant has been issued. https://t.co/AFYsrV2vsD
*WARNING* Explicit Language pic.twitter.com/CNmoVHx7Fn
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 1, 2020

#BREAKING NEWS: Pittsburgh Police issue arrest warrant for 20 year old Brian Bartels. Bartels is accused of inciting riots during #GeorgeFloyd protests in #Pittsburgh Saturday. Police raided his home, found guns, spray paint, say Bartels works for Amazon. https://t.co/pUPE9USfYm pic.twitter.com/9YKrC6RrsN
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 1, 2020

People with attitudes like this have fueled the violence that has erupted out of protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Antifa members and radical leftists want to portray power and fear when in reality they are cowards.
Bartels now faces multiple charges that include rioting, reckless endangerment and vandalism, according to a KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

“You’re not helping us,” one person yelled at the young man thought to be Bartels in the video.
The young man returned the remarks with an obscene gesture.
It’s clear from his actions that the antifa kid didn’t care about participating in a peaceful protest of Floyd’s death, but rather was there to cause mayhem and destroy police property.
Bartels did not appear so defiant and tough as he walked into the police station Monday.

#BREAKING 20 year Brian Bartels just turned himself in at police headquarters. He is facing numerous charges in relation to Saturday’s protests. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/zCBiaZwCtd
— Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) June 1, 2020

JUST IN— mugshot of Brian Bartels. He’s the 20-year-old police say instigated Saturday’s riot downtown Pittsburgh. He turned himself in and is free on bond. ⁦@KDKA⁩ pic.twitter.com/vb6u55sBgI
— Lindsay Ward (@LindsayWardTV) June 3, 2020

The actions of violent leftists only affirm President Donald Trump’s declaration of antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.
Somewhere along the way, Brian Bartels apparently became involved with the wrong crowd and made the wrong choices. From viewing his actions, he seems to have the persona of a privileged kid who thought he could do anything without fear of justice catching up to him.
He thought wrong.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘Violent Thugs’ Won’t Be Destroying This War Memorial Thanks to This Group of Armed Veterans

In Lebanon, Tennessee, a group of veterans got wind of a rumor that their local war memorial was going to be targeted for toppling by protesters.
Instead of sitting around and watching footage of it on the nightly news, wondering if the statue-toppling could have been prevented if we only listened more closely to the property-destroyers, they decided to do something about it.

They got their rifles and they started keeping watch.
“A show of force can be a very powerful deterrent. We’re not here to fight, unless we have to,” Keith Sikora, one of the vets keeping watch, told WKRN-TV in nearby Nashville.
“It’s a big target because who else gave more for this country than the ones who gave their life? And if you’re on the other side and you hate this country, the way they’re portraying the way they hate it, this is the best target to hit.”
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Sikora began the watch on June 22. He’s since been joined by others, including fellow Marine Corps vet Joe Hester.
Hester made it clear they weren’t being violent or racist, because apparently that’s something you need to do in 2020.

“I’m not here to promote violence. I’m not here against any race whatsoever. I’m for all good people and all good things in this country and preserving them,” Hester said.
He also expressed frustration with those who necessitated his presence at the statue.

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“What I’ve seen across the nation in certain cities — these violent thugs all in the name of being against racism, attacking innocent people, burning down cities, destroying communities and intimidating innocent people — has angered me so much that I’m tired of sitting back and talking about it,” Hester said.
Sikora pointed out one of the great ironies of destroying memorials to the war dead in the name of fighting racism.

“I went and served this country for the country and everybody in it. My Marines and I, we’re not black, we’re not white, we’re not Mexican or Chinese. We all call each other green — different tone of green, but we’re all green. That’s how we were trained, that’s how we think, that’s the way we are now,” Sikora said.
“We don’t stand against any particular race. We stand for them. We stand behind the Constitution that all men are created equal, and we will fight and die for that.”
“These people aren’t coming here with just words. … These are people who are trying to tear down this country. That’s what I stand against.”
The standard conservative line against historical revisionism via statue-toppling is that once you start at more historically dodgy figures, you end up at Washington and Jefferson.

We were wrong, however.
In the febrile atmosphere of recent weeks, protesters have gone beyond the Founding Fathers. In fact, that’s considered the basement of the mob’s demands, the bare minimum of what they’ll accept. If you don’t mind, however, they’d prefer you get rid of a lot more. (They’d prefer it if you do mind, too.)
In Boston, the city’s famous Emancipation Memorial replica is being taken down because it shows Abraham Lincoln with a black man, his chains recently broken, on his knees.
“As we continue our work to make Boston a more equitable and just city, it’s important that we look at the stories being told by the public art in all of our neighborhoods,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

“After engaging in a public process, it’s clear that residents and visitors to Boston have been uncomfortable with this statue, and its reductive representation of the Black man’s role in the abolitionist movement. I fully support the Boston Art Commission’s decision for removal and thank them for their work.”
The original statue in Washington, D.C., was funded by donations from former slaves. But never mind that. Former slaves: officially canceled. You should have realized you were brutalized and taking on the identity of your colonizers, or whatever.
In St. Louis, meanwhile, protesters want a statue of St. Louis taken down.
King Louis IX of France, a canonized saint in the Catholic Church, is ripe for cancellation because he took part in the Crusades, among other faux pas. He really should have checked his privilege during his reign between 1226 and 1270.

Should he stay or should he go? Protesters clash over statue of St. Louis’ namesake, by @joelcurrier. https://t.co/bjKfqV94mb pic.twitter.com/WnghoNF0rM
— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) June 27, 2020

Here was a priest explaining the history of St. Louis and being shouted down:

Video from this moment earlier. https://t.co/PXLMoT3s1c pic.twitter.com/WE6vHeEsJH
— Joel Currier (@joelcurrier) June 27, 2020

Notice the rejoinder when the priest said the crowd could educate itself by going to the St. Louis Cathedral: “Eventually, we’re taking that too, though.”
That may have gotten laughs, but it’s not really a joke. They’re going to be coming for that too, in all likelihood.
The goalposts have shifted so dramatically that Catholic saints and replicas of statues funded by freed slaves are considered legitimate targets.

The discouraging part of all of this is there are plenty of conservatives who don’t understand the importance of holding the line against these protesters. Give them Columbus, some say — it’s not worth the argument. We’re not going to win this one.
And yet, more people are on our side than we know. These attempts to stand athwart history yelling “woke!” is prima facie ridiculous.
Let these veterans be a lesson that standing up for what’s right isn’t racist, hidebound or regressive. Instead, it’s what this moment desperately requires.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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LA Mayor Spills the Beans, Admits BLM Protests Connected to Coronavirus Outbreak Days After Denying It

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti admitted Wednesday that there is a link between the city’s massive Black Lives Matter protests and the spike in coronavirus cases, reversing a position he had taken earlier in the week.
Garcetti said he consulted with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County’s director of public health, and was told there is a connection. Earlier this week, LA County surpassed the 100,000 mark in coronavirus cases, according to KTTV-TV.

“I talked again with Dr. Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,” he said, according to Fox News.
The Democratic mayor affirmed his support for protesters, however.
“It’s not the act of protesting — that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is … but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer — we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change,” Garcetti said.
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“We do believe there is a connection. We don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely, and wherever you can, please stay at home,” he said.
On Tuesday, Garcetti had dismissed connections between the protests and the spike in cases.

“We follow the data closely,” he said, according to KTTV. “There’s no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread, though it’s something that Doctor Ferrer has hypothesized. But we haven’t seen any conclusive evidence there.”
“People still can obviously and should exercise their First Amendment rights. This is a critical moment not to let up with that,” the mayor said Tuesday.

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Fox News said it was sent a video of Ferrer answering questions about the protests and the spread of the virus in which she admitted there is a connection.
“In situations where people are close together for longer periods of time and it’s very crowded, we are certain that there is going to be spread. So, we’ve never said that there’s no spread from people who were protesting,” she said.
“We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time — which long for us means more than 15 minutes — where you’re in close contact with people, less than 6 feet apart, and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering, you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader,” she said.

New York City officials tell a different tale, according to The New York Times.
“We’ve been looking very closely at the number of positive cases every day to see if there is an uptick in the context of the protests,” said Ted Long, executive director of the city’s contact tracing program. “We have not seen that.”
A report in The City said officials are making sure that connection is hard to find.
“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in an email to The City.

One expert said the lack of a New York City post-protest spike to date does not mean there will be no repercussions.
“This doesn’t say that being in a crowd is not risky,” said Howard Markel, a physician and historian of medicine at the University of Michigan.
“Like most every other aspect of this pandemic, the most predictable thing is the unpredictability,” he said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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University of Massachusetts Dean ‘Condemned Without Trial’ After Writing ‘Everyone’s Life Matters’ in Email

The dean of nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell has been fired just two weeks after she was excoriated on Twitter for an email in which she told nursing students that “everyone’s life matters.”
The furor began after former Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan sent out a mass email on June 2 to members of the Solomont School of Nursing addressing “anti-racism” protests that were beginning then to be tinged with violence and rioting, according to Campus Reform, which said it was given a copy of the email.

“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color. Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country. I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone,” Neal-Boylan wrote in the email.
Then came the controversial phrase.
“BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS,” she wrote. “No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe.”
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The email was made public two days later from a Twitter user who wrote, “An upsetting statement made by the Dean of Nusing at UMass Lowell, including the statement ‘all lives matter’ was uncalled for and shows the narrow minded people in lead positions.”
The plot began to thicken when on June 5 the university tweeted back, “Haley – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The university hears you and we believe black lives matter. See the letter the chancellor sent out Monday.”

Haley – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The university hears you and we believe black lives matter. See the letter the chancellor sent out Monday. https://t.co/WIrxOSC8o9
— umasslowell (@UMassLowell) June 5, 2020

Fourteen days later, Neal-Boylan was fired.
She did not go gently, firing off a letter to Provost Julie Nash that said she was denied the courtesy of an exit interview.
“It is important to point out that no one ever gave me an opportunity to share my views of how the college and school were interacting nor explain myself regarding the BLM email. My meeting with you, [Dean] Shortie [McKinney], and Lauren Turner was clearly not intended to give me an opportunity to defend my actions. I was condemned without trial,” the letter said.
Neal-Boylan said her firing was “attributable to one phrase in my initial email that otherwise was very clearly a message to NOT discriminate against anyone,” Fox News reported.

“To those students who were upset regarding my email, wouldn’t it have been better to use that as a teachable opportunity to explain that leaders also make mistakes and use this as an example of why lifelong learning is so important?”
“The university ended the employment of Dr. Neal-Boylan on June 19 after 10 months in her role as dean of the Solomont School of Nursing. As with all such decisions, it was made in the best interest of the university and its students,” university spokesperson Christine Gillette told Campus Reform.
“Although we are not able to discuss specifics of a personnel matter, it would be incorrect to assume any statement by Dr. Neal-Boylan was the cause of that decision,” a spokesperson told Fox.
In a blog post about the case, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley wrote, “As a blog dedicated to free speech, it has been difficult to keep up with the rising number of cases of the curtailment of speech or academic freedom on our campuses.”

“What is equally alarming is the relative silence of most faculty members as individual professors are publicly denounced by their universities, forced into retirement, or outright terminated for expressing dissenting views. This case however raises an equally serious concern over the loss of due process for academics who find themselves the focus of a campaign for removal — or simply summary dismissal,” he went on.

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“The uncertainty over the process used in this case creates an obvious chilling effect for other faculty members. In 30 years of teaching, I have never seen the level of fear among faculty over speaking or writing about current events, particularly if they do not agree with aspects of the protests. Not only is there a sense of forced silence but universities have been conspicuously silent in the face of the destruction of their own public art and statues.”
An unnamed university faculty member told Campus Reform “sheer injustice that has been done to her is, it’s just so upsetting… In the meetings that we’ve had in the last week, people feel unsafe for their jobs if they have a differing opinion or they say something the wrong way.”

“This is as most unjust as I’ve come across. I understand that I work for a system that is very liberal… Until you experience firsthand, it’s shocking,” the source said.
“The real travesty in all of this is the woman who has built a wonderful career– 40 years… This could ruin her career, and it’s not right.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Op-Ed: Are We Headed Toward Armed Conflict?

** This article contains political commentary which solely reflects the author’s opinion.
ESPN announced recently that the NFL will play the “Black National Anthem” before the actual, legal national anthem before each first game when the season starts.

The NFL can do whatever they wish – I don’t and won’t watch them anyway. But I am curious when the “Black National Anthem” came about and what law was passed making the song a national anthem. The “Star Spangled Banner” is the official national anthem of the United States. To my knowledge there is no other.
Professional sports organizations are not only condoning racial division but some are promoting it – the NFL and NASCAR being two prime examples. After a decades long struggle for equality it seems some Americans desire racial separation and even self-induced segregation, with black people demanding black only spaces on college campuses, etc.
And before anyone even starts, (and I know some who would) this isn’t Trump’s doing. Nothing about the current state of racial tension has anything to do with Trump. George Floyd was killed by police on Trump’s watch. That is true.
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But several black people were killed by police on Obama’s watch and there were protests and rioting following those events as well. So let’s not pretend it’s Trump’s fault. If you go there you’re simply being foolish.
The division is only growing. Black Lives Matter and Antifa are still calling for the murder of police officers while they continue to destroy property and assault people. The violent mobs, made up of mostly young, white idiots, are trying to push the country toward Marxism and most of them probably have no idea what it is.

These groups are destroying historic statues “in the name of George Floyd” without even understanding the significance of many of them. In one city they pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and spray painted “George Floyd” on the base.
First – what has Christopher Columbus got to do with George Floyd and second, if it wasn’t for Columbus the idiot protesters would even exist. There is no sound logic in their actions. Destroying ties to our history doesn’t change our history. George Orwell was more right than even he knew.

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Politicians are trying to defund police departments, much to the peril of the citizens. (Politicians don’t have to worry. They use our dollars to hire security for themselves.) AOC wants to completely defund the NYPD. Might I suggest the NYPD remove all police from her family’s neighborhood initially to see how it works out?
The proposal to defund police departments, and the reason for the proposal, would make an outsider think black people are being slaughtered by police on a daily basis. That’s simply untrue.
If you’re honest you understand that the instances are the exception, not the rule. And in most cases the shootings have been ruled as justified and some of the deaths ruled to be accidental by the courts. But facts and truth don’t usually matter to an angry mob.

The now infamous couple in Saint Louis, who armed themselves when a group of protesters broke through a wrought iron security gate and entered their supposedly secure neighborhood and began threatening them with death, are not out of the woods yet.
There is talk that protesters plan to return to the neighborhood with violence and the couple has alkegedly been told by the police and several private security firms that they are on their own and to simply leave and let their beautiful home be destroyed. Since when is that acceptable in the United States of America? And where are the couple’s friends and neighbors?
Sadly, I see armed confrontations in America’s future. Gun sales have skyrocketed since March and many Americans are prepared to defend what’s theirs. Black Lives Matter says they are training paramilitary groups to fight police and say they are “headed to the suburbs.”
But the suburbs are where most of the armed citizens are. BLM and Antifa might not like what they find if they venture out of the safety of Democrat run cities. But I fear it may happen. And it will be ugly.

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While Allowing BLM Protesters, Rioters to Scream at Cops, California Bans Singing in Church

The State of California has just banned singing in church, even with masks on, under new guidelines issued by the Department of Public Health, while at the same time allowing protests to continue that feature protesters and rioters screaming at cops, often right in their faces.
The new public heath guidelines regarding singing in church state:

“Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations.
In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk- reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.
*Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. Local Health Officers are advised to consider appropriate limitations on outdoor attendance capacities, factoring their jurisdiction’s key COVID- 19 health indicators.
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At a minimum, outdoor attendance should be limited naturally through implementation of strict physical distancing measures of a minimum of six feet between attendees from different households, in addition to other relevant protocols within this document.
California had just started allowing churches to re-open when cases of Covid-19 began to spike in the state, causing public health officials to reverse course.

Weirdly state officials are blaming bars, wineries (but not the governors winery), theaters, etc on the increase in infections but not the mass protests that Democrats encouraged and egged on.
Even weirder the media, including Fox News for the most part, is playing along and not fingering the real culprit for the increase in cases, mass protests and riots by leftist and anarchist BLM / Antifa types.
Why politicians, including Republicans, and media types refuse to name the real cause is beyond me, when it is so obvious to everyone else.
In addition the reason people are no longer paying attention to Covid restrictions can be directly attributed to politicians allowing and egging on mass protests.
If protests are OK then so is everything else, at least that’s what many, many people are thinking.

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Lib Alyssa Milano Freaks After Alleged ‘Blackface’ Incident Comes Back To Haunt Her

Yet another woke celebrity has been called out for using “blackface” in the past.
Hollywood actress and self-described activist Alyssa Milano is now under fire for a recently uncovered video in which she wears dark makeup that some have found racially offensive.

The feminist social justice warrior fired back at her detractors in a series of tweets defending her past actions.
The video was a comedy sketch for Funny Or Die starring Milano, who darkened her skin in an attempt to emulate Snooki from the popular reality show “Jersey Shore.”

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The actress responded to “right wing trolls” by saying that “Snookie’s tan” is “worthy of parodying” in a tweet.
WARNING: The following tweet contains graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.

The right wing trolls are using a still from this funny or die video where a parodied Snookie from Jersey Shore. If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video.
Here it is: https://t.co/oKauRsy32a
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 27, 2020

Hey, assholes. The below picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie’s tan.
Snookie’s tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump’s “tan”.
So go fuck yourselves with your smear campaign. Here is the link to full video: https://t.co/mu9zy7csCX pic.twitter.com/XuTVUN29R3
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 30, 2020

Milano isn’t the only celebrity who has come under the gun for donning blackface in past impressions.
Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon are also both under fire for darkening their skin for comedic impressions they had performed in the past.

4. But one needn’t go back to the old days of Hollywood, of course—you’ve got 30 Rock in black (and yellow) face, Jimmys Kimmel and Fallon… pic.twitter.com/NuchMQo6Yn
— Dr. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) July 1, 2020

Kimmel darkened his skin in a skit for “The Man Show” where he portrayed NBA superstar Karl Malone.
Following the social media firestorm that came along with the uncovering of the skit, Kimmel released a statement apologizing for his actions.

Statement from @jimmykimmel pic.twitter.com/8eBDG5Kcm8
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 23, 2020

“There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” Kimmel wrote.
“I believe that I have evolved and matured over the last twenty-plus years, and I hope that is evident to anyone who watches my show.”

Kimmel’s fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon was also harshly criticized for impersonating comedian Chris Rock in an SNL skit from 2000.
Fallon responded on his show by saying “I realized that I can’t not say I’m horrified, and I’m sorry and I’m embarrassed” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“And what that small gesture did for me was break my own silence. … Silence is the biggest crime that white guys like me, and the rest of us, are doing.”

Outrage over using blackface goes back to the practice’s racist roots when “[w]hite performers in blackface played characters that perpetuated a range of negative stereotypes about African Americans including being lazy, ignorant, superstitious, hypersexual, criminal or cowardly,” according to an article about the history of blackface on The History Channel’s website.
There is obviously a clear difference between this historic use of “blackface” and modern-day actors who playfully, or even reverently, portray someone of a different race.
Nonetheless, left-wingers are totally willing to destroy the lives of anyone who doesn’t fully condemn the act of cross-racial impersonation, no matter the intention.
It’s nice to see some of their own get their just desserts.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Protesters Claim Cops Shot Unarmed Man in Back – but Here’s Video of What Really Happened

Lately, it seems protest mobs are just waiting to pounce any time a police officer fires his weapon, always ready to instantly vilify the officer while canonizing the suspected criminal. Such was the case after San Diego police shot Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra on Saturday, sparking anti-police protests in the area, according to The San Diego…
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Watch: ABC Reporter No Match for McEnany as She Makes Him School Himself on BLM

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany makes a challenging job look easy.
Since being hired as the face of the Trump administration’s response to the country’s activist media in April, the 32-year-old has shown she is a natural at exposing far-left reporters for their bias.

She’s also quite good at letting them set themselves up, only to watch them fall miserably.
As the old adage goes, never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.
Always quick on her feet, McEnany let ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl roundly destroy his own argument during Wednesday’s White House media briefing.
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It was glorious, to say the least.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday noted on Twitter that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is allocating funds “to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue.” Trump likened the gesture to “denigrating this luxury Avenue,” and stated it was a “symbol of hate” that would do little more than antagonize an already embattled NYPD.

“Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!” Trump tweeted.

….horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020

To many people, Black Lives Matter is a symbol of hate and intolerance.
Many of those same people realize that one can recognize the dignity of the lives of black people while simultaneously taking issue with the political motives and actions of those who use the phrase in order to suppress dissent.
But in a society which has canceled nuance, you knew the media would go there.

You can’t criticize Black Lives Matter without stating that black lives don’t matter, right?
Wrong, as McEnany let Karl point out to himself.

Reporter Jon Karl: “Americans of all races have protested in all 50 states around that phrase, #BlackLivesMatter and the president is here calling it a symbol of hate?”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “He is talking about the organization…”pic.twitter.com/LHaxkdaYot
— Elma Aksalic (@ElmaAksalic) July 1, 2020

“Why is the president calling Black Lives Matter a symbol of hate?” Karl asked McEnany.
Noting that the group commonly uses anti-police language, McEnany schooled Karl.
“Well what the president was noting is that that symbol, when you look at some of the things that have been chanted by Black Lives Matter like ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,’ that is not an acceptable phrase to paint on our streets,” McEnany stated. “He agrees that all black lives matter including those of officer David Dorn, Patrick Underwood, two officers whose lives were tragically taken amid these riots.”
“All black lives do matter,” she continued. “He agrees with that sentiment, but what he doesn’t agree with is an organization that chants ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’ about our police officers, our valiant heroes who are out on the street protecting us each and every day.”

But the ABC News correspondent wasn’t finished attempting to smear the president as some sort of white supremacist.
“Americans of all races have protested in all 50 states around that phrase, black lives matter, and the president is here calling it a symbol of hate?” Karl asked.
“He is talking about the organization,” McEnany said.
McEnany reminded Karl that one prominent Black Lives Matter leader told Fox News just last week the group is willing to embrace violence.

“He’s not talking about the organization in his tweet,” Karl argued. “He says the words, black lives matter.”
“What’s the name of the organization again?” McEnany asked him.
“Black Lives Matter,” Karl retorted.

“There you go, you just answered my question,” McEnany said to end the exchange.
Checkmate. Mic drop. McEnany moved on, and left Karl flabbergasted.
Someone should have called an unarmed social worker, because Karl was absolutely obliterated in front of his peers.
His surefire approach to catch the president labeling the media’s darling group of Marxist revolutionaries as a hate group was sure to score a cheap political point — or so he thought.

But with McEnany occupying the podium, Karl failed.
Karl set a trap that was meant to corner the Trump administration’s stance on leftist political groups as being biased against black Americans.
Instead, he got stuck in his own trap.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Watch: ABC Reporter No Match for McEnany as She Makes Him School Himself on BLM

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany makes a challenging job look easy.
Since being hired as the face of the Trump administration’s response to the country’s activist media in April, the 32-year-old has shown she is a natural at exposing far-left reporters for their bias.

She’s also quite good at letting them set themselves up, only to watch them fall miserably.
As the old adage goes, never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.
Always quick on her feet, McEnany let ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl roundly destroy his own argument during Wednesday’s White House media briefing.
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It was glorious, to say the least.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday noted on Twitter that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is allocating funds “to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue.” Trump likened the gesture to “denigrating this luxury Avenue,” and stated it was a “symbol of hate” that would do little more than antagonize an already embattled NYPD.

“Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!” Trump tweeted.

….horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020

To many people, Black Lives Matter is a symbol of hate and intolerance.
Many of those same people realize that one can recognize the dignity of the lives of black people while simultaneously taking issue with the political motives and actions of those who use the phrase in order to suppress dissent.
But in a society which has canceled nuance, you knew the media would go there.

You can’t criticize Black Lives Matter without stating that black lives don’t matter, right?
Wrong, as McEnany let Karl point out to himself.

Reporter Jon Karl: “Americans of all races have protested in all 50 states around that phrase, #BlackLivesMatter and the president is here calling it a symbol of hate?”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “He is talking about the organization…”pic.twitter.com/LHaxkdaYot
— Elma Aksalic (@ElmaAksalic) July 1, 2020

“Why is the president calling Black Lives Matter a symbol of hate?” Karl asked McEnany.
Noting that the group commonly uses anti-police language, McEnany schooled Karl.
“Well what the president was noting is that that symbol, when you look at some of the things that have been chanted by Black Lives Matter like ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,’ that is not an acceptable phrase to paint on our streets,” McEnany stated. “He agrees that all black lives matter including those of officer David Dorn, Patrick Underwood, two officers whose lives were tragically taken amid these riots.”
“All black lives do matter,” she continued. “He agrees with that sentiment, but what he doesn’t agree with is an organization that chants ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’ about our police officers, our valiant heroes who are out on the street protecting us each and every day.”

But the ABC News correspondent wasn’t finished attempting to smear the president as some sort of white supremacist.
“Americans of all races have protested in all 50 states around that phrase, black lives matter, and the president is here calling it a symbol of hate?” Karl asked.
“He is talking about the organization,” McEnany said.
McEnany reminded Karl that one prominent Black Lives Matter leader told Fox News just last week the group is willing to embrace violence.

“He’s not talking about the organization in his tweet,” Karl argued. “He says the words, black lives matter.”
“What’s the name of the organization again?” McEnany asked him.
“Black Lives Matter,” Karl retorted.

“There you go, you just answered my question,” McEnany said to end the exchange.
Checkmate. Mic drop. McEnany moved on, and left Karl flabbergasted.
Someone should have called an unarmed social worker, because Karl was absolutely obliterated in front of his peers.
His surefire approach to catch the president labeling the media’s darling group of Marxist revolutionaries as a hate group was sure to score a cheap political point — or so he thought.

But with McEnany occupying the podium, Karl failed.
Karl set a trap that was meant to corner the Trump administration’s stance on leftist political groups as being biased against black Americans.
Instead, he got stuck in his own trap.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Bricks, Bullets and Blazes: Chaos Ensues After Mob Swarms Cops Searching for Missing Teens

Milwaukee police were dispatched Tuesday to investigate the disappearance of two teens. The girls, 13 and 15, had been found by the next day, and authorities said they were investigating whether or not the teens were victims of sex trafficking.
That should have been the entire story. Full stop. There would be other details to fill in, but there was nothing of national import there.

Instead, this was the outcome the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described:
“By nightfall, three people — including two 14-year-olds — had been shot, a house was set on fire, and police had fired tear gas and pepper spray on some members of a scattered crowd of hundreds who’d gathered outside a Milwaukee house where police earlier conducted an investigation into two missing teenage girls.”
While some of this involved people who had some kind of morbid interest in the potential for a crime and a spirit of “vigilantism,” another driver behind the day of bricks, bullets and blazes was “tensions about police treatment” and “people expressing frustration with police and activists who’d marched in Milwaukee’s racial justice protests,” the newspaper reported.
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Problems began brewing, apparently, when a crowd gathered near the police investigation at a home in the 2100 block of North 40th Street in the Wisconsin city.
“Some wanted to take the investigation into their own hands. Others joined the melee to express their grievances with police violence in general,” the Journal Sentinel reported.

Then, two 14-year-olds were reported shot in the area. One boy and one girl were shot; their injuries were considered not life-threatening.
A 24-year-old was also shot; although he refused medical treatment, his injuries were also declared not life-threatening.
The missing girls weren’t actually at the house, mind you.
“The officers searched the residence multiple times; however, the teenagers were not located at the location,” the police said in a news release, according to WISN-TV.
Police had responded to a “trouble with subject” call at 10 a.m. but didn’t find the girls or any evidence they were there. They were called to the house again an hour later due to what Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales called an “exchange of gunfire,” apparently between someone inside and people who wanted to get in.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered that shots were exchanged between the residents of the home and the group of individuals who were attempting to enter the residence,” police said in the news release.
According to the Journal Sentinel, by “late Tuesday morning,” there was a small crowd of people who were outside the house, some throwing bricks at a line of police officers that formed outside of the house while investigators were inside.
“By mid-afternoon, the crowd had swelled to hundreds of onlookers. About 15 to 20 officers formed a line outside the house to keep the crowd back but left after investigators completed their work,” the newspaper reported.

As we were leaving the area, we saw more people smashing the windows of the house. Police were nearby but not intervening. Later – the house was set on fire. @WISN12News pic.twitter.com/jwQkSZd2Bj
— Caroline Reinwald (@WISN_Caroline) June 24, 2020

“The crowd then surged toward the house, as some in the group wanted to look for evidence that supported the rumors of sex trafficking. Some broke into the house, while others smashed the windows of a vehicle parked on the property.”
And then authorities had to deal with a blaze at the house. According to some on social media, this was a positive thing, since the mob came to the evidence-free conclusion the people inside were involved in sex trafficking and didn’t think that the police were acting fast enough:

In #Milwaukee 2 underaged Black girls were reported missing..
The police refused to do anything about it…
The Black community in Milwaukee got together, found the girls and rescued them..
They then burned down the house of the alleged pedophile who tried to traffic them✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/5HmqMBkHCK
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 24, 2020

There’s social media influencer and left-wing conspiracy theorist Tariq Nasheed, doing his usual Tariq Nasheed act. It’s worth noting no one in the house was arrested on any sex trafficking charges, but that’s not stopping him from saying that setting their house on fire was a show of black power.
Even if anyone inside the house ended up being charged in the case, this rush to judgment wouldn’t have been remotely appropriate.
And from the looks of things, charges won’t be forthcoming anytime soon: “There is also no evidence to substantiate that human trafficking occurred at that location,” police said in their news release.

Nice work, everyone.

WISN-TV talked to a man named Pat Bills who said his grandmother lived in the house.
“She’s a loving lady. She had three strokes. She’s fighting for the last little life she got left. I’m surprised this here didn’t set her off,” he said. “After they get the right information, for them to come back and still burn down the house, terrorism stuff, that’s wrong. And then, y’all gonna use that to make a move and talk about some empowerment? Y’all are being empowering? You’re not empowering at all. Y’all are terrorists.”

And then there was the landlady of the house, Anna Bartsch, a woman who’s done missionary work in the inner city.
“I was in tears. When we moved back to Milwaukee, we did all we could to help build up this whole community. And so, yes, [it’s] devastating,” she said.
Unbelievably, police had to defend their eventual decision to use tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets to secure the scene, noting that they had to ensure firefighters could put out the blaze and medical aid could get to one of the shooting victims.
“We had to go out there and now do a rescue in the middle of an angry crowd,” Morales said at a news conference.

“This whole chain of events could have been avoided,” he added. “And my heart goes out for the people that live in this community.”
He went on to talk about the effect on people in the neighborhood: “We investigate the information that is given to us. We can’t allow an unruly crowd to determine what that investigation is.
“What you had today is vigilantism. You had people take the law into their own hands and run off of information that has not been proven,” Morales said. “We need to investigate that. That’s what the police is here for.”
He also bemoaned the fake news about the investigation being spread by people like Nasheed.

“We have to be allowed to conduct our investigation and not chase a crowd and take that information from that crowd to be factual,” he said.
The girls were eventually found, presumably with no input from the mob. In fact, there’s no interpretation of events in which the mob didn’t make the situation exponentially worse.
We’ve reached peak anti-police sentiment when crowds can determine when the police aren’t moving fast enough on an investigation, who’s involved in sex trafficking and how they should be punished.
And look how much more efficiently they do it than police do! There were only three people shot, an exchange of gunfire between the owners of the house and the people inside, a house set ablaze and bricks and other projectiles hurled at the actual law enforcement officers. Oh, and seven of them were injured for good measure, along with one firefighter.

This evinces a deep sickness in American life. We’re at a time when the people who actually investigate crimes can’t do it because people who purportedly want those crimes investigated faster also have a profound hatred for those charged with investigating it.
What should have been a five-paragraph story is instead a gargantuan tale where crime after crime is committed in order to solve a disappearance that may or may not have involved a crime.
If you needed more proof of the self-evident fact that mob justice is always injustice, some of Milwaukee’s finest cop-haters have certainly provided it. Congratulations, I guess.
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Rep. Schiff’s Anti-Trump Crusade Backfires, Report Says His Staff Knew of Russian Bounty Plan Months Ago

A new report raises serious questions regarding what House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff knew about bounties allegedly paid by Russia to Taliban-linked terrorists for killing American soldiers, and when he knew it. The report from The Federalist is based on anonymous “intelligence sources,” and The Western Journal is unable to independently verify the…
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Tucker Destroys GOP Sen. Braun Over BLM Support: ‘You’re Taking Your Cues from Chuck Schumer’

Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana introduced a bill last week which would drastically scale back something known as “qualified immunity.”
Roughly put, qualified immunity precludes police officers or other government employees from “liability for civil damages insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established … rights of which a reasonable person would have known,” as per a Supreme Court decision on the matter.

The bill is a compromise of sorts, since Democrats want to go further with legislation that would eliminate it entirely. The Reforming Qualified Immunity Act, according to Fox News, would scale back qualified immunity to cases where “the conduct in question had previously been authorized or required by federal or state law or regulation, or if a court had ruled the conduct was lawful and Constitutional.”
Braun has said the current standard is “overly broad” and “allows law enforcement in many of the high-profile excessive force and abuse of power cases to avoid civil suits,” the Indianapolis Star reported.
Qualified immunity is a thorny issue, and one where it’s possible for reasonable conservatives to disagree.
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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, for instance, finds himself on the opposite side of the debate. However, he had taken more umbrage with how Braun weaved Black Lives Matter and the shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police into prior remarks about the bill.
During a contentious Monday appearance on the show, Carlson ripped Braun for the decision.

Braun was appearing after Carlson had criticized Braun’s proposal on a June 25 episode of the Fox host’s program. Shortly afterward, Braun fired off this tweet:

.@TuckerCarlson I want to REFORM qualified immunity, NOT END IT. And you DID NOT ask me on your show to defend myself, but I’d still be happy to come on to discuss QI reform & how my plan would hold mostly Democrat city admins accountable for decades of failure on civil rights.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) June 26, 2020

When Braun appeared on the show, he seemed most flat-footed when dealing with questions about his appearance on the “Against the Grain” podcast.
On whether he supported Black Lives Matter, Braun had told the podcast: “I support that movement because it’s addressing an inequity that has not been solved from a grassroots level.”
On his reasons for advancing his legislation: “I wanted to put a template out there that protects law enforcement from frivolous lawsuits but holds the egregious departments and individuals accountable in these egregious instances of George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks or Breonna Taylor.”

Beyond the obvious issues with the Black Lives Matter movement comments, the Brooks case is also significantly different than either the Floyd or Taylor deaths.
Brooks had resisted arrest, tussled with law enforcement, taken an officer’s taser and then shot it at police. That’s significantly dissimilar circumstances from either of the other incidents Braun was citing.

The Black Lives Matter comment was obviously the most unusual remark from the interview, however, and it’s what Carlson dealt with first.
“I was very surprised by that endorsement that you gave on camera of Black Lives Matter,” Carlson said. “Black Lives Matter has, of course, called for the murder of police officers. Why do you support it and are there any other race-specific revolutionary movements that you support?”
Braun’s answer had virtually nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter question, quickly devolving into campaign platitudes.
For instance, tell me if you’ve ever heard this kind of boilerplate talk from a politician: “Tucker, I come from Main Street. Your viewers are my supporters. I’ve got one of the most conservative voting records.”

I was halfway surprised he didn’t have a baby just off-camera so that he could drag the crying tot on for him to kiss.
Tucker was similarly unconvinced: “Have you read their [Black Lives Matter] website? Are you in favor of abolishing the nuclear family?”
Carlson was referring to language on the website of the central Black Lives Matter organization. “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable,” it says.
So what does his support mean?

“I support anybody that does have a grievance to be able to air it, and that’s it,” Braun said. “That doesn’t mean that all lives don’t matter. It just means that if you think a certain sector of society has a grievance, it ought to be through transparency and a willingness to debate it and get it out there.”
In other words, it means nothing beyond the fact he felt obligated by the circumstances of the moment to say that.
Then there was the issue of Rayshard Brooks.
“We just showed tape of you saying that we need to pull back, we need to make it easier to sue the police because of ‘egregious incidents’ like the death of Rayshard Brooks,” Carlson said. “Do you believe that he was killed unjustly? Do you believe Officer Rolfe deserves the death penalty, which he now faces? What did you mean by that?”

This answer, again, was a masterclass in how to say nothing while still having words coming out of your mouth: “I believe you ought to have the ability to, just when anyone’s civil rights would been violated, that you’ve got access to due process, to have your case heard.”
“Oh, but they do,” Carlson responded. “They do have that right. Qualified immunity has nothing to do with that case.”
“Do you believe that the officer are now facing the death penalty deserves to face the death penalty? And if you don’t, tell us what he should have done.”
After pressing for a bit, he finally got an answer out of Braun that didn’t involve him saying the courts ought to decide it.

“I think that you probably should have had the judgment in a traffic stop like that,” Braun said. “You don’t shoot somebody in the back.”
“I want you to explain, I think it’s fair. You’re an officeholder,” Carlson responded. “I don’t normally press people like this but it’s not fair for you to filibuster without answering my question, which is very simple: The officer facing the death penalty had a guy fire a weapon at him. What should he have done then?”
“Probably not have killed the guy,” Braun said. “And that’ll come out in court.”
I generally like Mike Braun, but this appearance isn’t going to provide him with a wealth of donor clips. Later in the interview, he would sheepishly suggest that he was putting forth his bill so that Chuck Schumer wasn’t able to control the narrative around qualified immunity before the November election, which doesn’t sound like it makes for particularly good legislation — not that Braun sounds like he believes in it, anyway.

“Chuck Schumer has already decided he can make hay of this in the election and we will end up on the short side of it again,” Braun said.
This is a guy who talks as if he’s been thoroughly trounced by circumstance and has forgotten that his party, not Schumer’s, is in control of the Senate, though Carlson would remind him.
“Who controls the Senate?” Carlson replied. “I thought Republicans controlled the Senate. So you’re taking your cues from Chuck Schumer [and] saying, ‘He might criticize me, therefore I have to pass a law that makes it easier to sue police?’”
There are important takeaways form this interview, though, particularly around how empty language has crept into our political lexicon.

Either Black Lives Matter is a three-word truism that means nothing or it has a connection to an extremist organization with pernicious links to Marxism. Either the officers charged in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks deserve a fair trial or it’s entirely reasonable for an elected official to essentially declare them guilty because it sounds great in a throwaway line designed to show how much he cares about black individuals whose death was caused by police officers.
It’s clear from this interview that Braun really meant nothing by his statements. And that’s precisely the problem.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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DC Is Using Bullying Tactics To Try and Force the Washington Redskins To Change Their Name

For a team that hasn’t won more than 10 games in a season since George H.W. Bush was president, the Washington Redskins have a unique ability to always be in the headlines.
Just last week, Redskins defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio became persona non grata when it turned out that he had the audacity to be a supporter of President Donald Trump.

Now, however, a long-simmering and very familiar controversy has again reared its head — the team’s name.
For many people, Redskins is an innocuous pro football team moniker that dates back to 1933.
For others who are more in tune with the general woke chaos that is 2020, such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the name is the ultimate affront to Native Americans and a racist stain on the NFL.
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Want to really stand for racial justice? Change your name. https://t.co/XTlIJrfNx4
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2020

Now, however, it’s not just loud Democratic congresswomen and cancel culture aficionados who are clamoring for the Redskins to change their name.
The District of Columbia itself is trying to bully the franchise into abandoning its name, according to The Washington Post.
The Redskins, who have played at the currently dilapidated FedExField in Landover, Maryland, since 1997, are seeking to move to a much snazzier stadium in D.C. proper.
Wanting to set some roots down before their new stadium is constructed, the team is looking into playing at the old RFK Stadium in the intermediary. RFK is about two miles east of the Capitol in Washington.
That would be a big boon for D.C., given that football operations typically bring with them jobs, traveling fans and a general jolt of energy.

The district’s elite, however, only want those benefits if the Redskins go by a different name.
“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said, per The Post.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has presided over the team since 1999, has long resisted any pressure to change the name.
“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” said Eleanor Holmes Norton, the nonvoting Democratic D.C. delegate to the House of Representatives. “He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

A key Democratic congressman agreed.
“The time [for the name] has ended,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona told The Post. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”
Grijalva is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. The agency owns the land that RFK Stadium sits on, which is also the site where a fancy new Redskins stadium would be built.
It’s worth noting that despite all of this hand-wringing from the upper echelons of government, a 2016 Post poll found that 9 out of 10 Native Americans took no offense at the Redskins moniker.

To be fair, these past four years have felt like 40, and in 2020 it’s apparently offensive to be proud of the American flag, so that survey might be outdated.
Either way, it’s a good thing there isn’t a raging pandemic or massive socioeconomic upheaval for government officials to be locked in on so they can instead focus on a football team’s name.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Black Business Owner Rips BLM Movement: ‘We’re Trying To Build It Up And You’re Tearing It Down’

Some feel as though the Black Lives Matter movement is helping the African American community. According to one black business owner, however, it is instead “tearing it down.”
In a video posted on Tuesday, one co-owner of The Valentine Deli Corp in the Bronx section of New York City took Black Lives Matter rioters to task for looting and destroying the local neighborhood.

“You says black lives matter. I worked here part-time. Plus I’m a part-owner of this store. You said black lives matter. Why don’t you choke me? I’m black. Look what you did to my store. Look at the things you’ve done, look. We’ve been here all night cleaning up,” the unidentified woman said in the video.
“Tell me black lives matter. You lied. You wanted to loot the store, you needed money. Get a job, like I did. Stop stealing. This is a neighborhood. We’re trying to build it up and you’re tearing it down.”
The video was then shared by conservative comedian Terrence K. Williams and viewed over 400,000 times.
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THEY DONT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE
This woman wants to know how can they say #BlackLivesMatter while ruining her black life & business.
She said “ You told me Black Lives Matter, you lied, you wanted to loot the store, you needed money, Get a Job, stop stealing”
*RT SHARE HER MESSAGE pic.twitter.com/pHKKSQmRgv
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) June 2, 2020

“THEY DONT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE,” Williams wrote.
“This woman wants to know how can they say #BlackLivesMatter while ruining her black life & business.”
After discovering the store, fellow conservative comedian Nicole Arbour set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for The Valentine Deli Corp.

Hey @w_terrence we found her business! Can you help share the fundraiser to rebuild!? https://t.co/5uOxhWsoBR https://t.co/dxaTuWruRk
— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) June 3, 2020

Over $61,000 has been raised so far.

The Valentine Deli Corp is far from the only black-owned business to be destroyed. Thanks to various online fundraisers, however, many of these businesses have been given a chance to rebuild.
Last week, an African American firefighter and small business owner named K.B. Balla suffered the destruction of his business, Scores Sports Bar in Minneapolis, thanks to violent rioters.
While CBS News was interviewing Balla in the remains of his sports bar, multiple looters were caught on tape returning to the scene to try and steal his safe.

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Ball then started a GoFundMe of his own and raised over $1,100,000.
Additionally, on Monday, youthful conservative commentator CJ Pearson set up a fundraiser called “The Left is Burning Down Black Business.” All of the earning will be distributed to various African American owned businesses that have been destroyed in the riots.
So far Pearson has raised over $111,337.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NY County’s COVID Compliance Authority Issue Subpoenas Requiring Forced Depositions With Contact Tracers

A New York County is now issuing subpoenas to people who have tested positive for coronavirus but refuse to talk with COVID compliance contact tracers. You apparently do not have the right no remain silent and anything you do say will be used to incriminate you further. “Contact tracing” gives the state the right to…
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Hundreds of George W. Bush Alumni Turn Their Backs on GOP, Make Move To Help Biden

Hundreds of former staffers who worked for former President George W. Bush have formed a super PAC which they hope will help bring an end to the Trump administration.
The Hill reported a group calling itself 43 Alumni for Joe Biden launched on Wednesday and is made up of former senior Bush administration officials and other staffers.

The goal of 43 Alumni for Joe Biden, they say, is to “restore dignity” to the White House following the first three years of President Donald Trump’s presidency.
Jennifer Millikin, who served in the General Services Administration for Bush, and also worked on his 2004 reelection campaign, is serving as somewhat of a de facto spokesperson for the super PAC.
According to Millikin, President Trump is a “danger” to the country, and the group of former Bush administration officials hopes to convince voters to elect former Vice President Joe Biden.
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“We’re looking for the largest conglomerate of folks who want to help, whether it’s writing a check, making phone calls, helping to get out the vote, basic campaign 101,” she told The Hill.
“We just feel the time now is to restore dignity to the White House, and the current gentleman is not, so that’s why we’re supporting Joe Biden,” Millikin said.

“We just want to focus on the positives, and the positive message to us is we need a gentleman who actually acts like a leader and, again, restores dignity.”
Millikin also spoke to NBC News on Wednesday.
“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger,” she told the outlet.
Biden, of course, is far from a conservative, which leads to questions about the motives of former Bush administration officials who are working to elect him.
The former vice president has vowed to raise taxes on American families, CNBC reported, has been relatively quiet on demonstrators taking down historical monuments and has flipped-flopped his support for abortion.

The Democratic presidential nominee is also facing allegations of corruption, a credible sexual assault allegation and questions regarding his cognitive health.
Still, conservatives and other former staffers who worked for former President Bush are undeterred by Biden’s progressive positions, and they want to help him take down President Donald Trump in November.
On Biden’s progressive positions, Millikin was dismissive.
“He’s a good man,” she told The Hill.

“We as a group have policy differences with him. We’re just looking to have someone in the office who will stand up and act like a leader. We can debate the differences in the way we think about policies, we can have a robust debate, that’s what America’s for,” she said.
“But that’s not happening now, and we feel it will definitely happen with Joe Biden in office,” Millikin concluded.
According to the Trump administration, though, the 43 Alumni for Joe Biden PAC is the latest example of Beltway career politicians attempting to unseat the president.
“This is the swamp — yet again — trying to take down the duly elected President of the United States,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine told Reuters.

According to NBC News, it is unclear if former President Bush intends to support the PAC to unseat Trump.
A spokesman for Bush told Reuters the former president had retired “and won’t be wading into this election.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Pal Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges in New Hampshire

Deceased billionaire and sexual molester Jeffrey Epstien’s pal Ghislaine Maxwell has just been arrested on sexual abuse charges in New Hampshire. Via Fox News: Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday morning on multiple sex abuse charges including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts. Epstein’s former girlfriend…
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Politically Incorrect Cartoon Nails the Sick Media Double Standard Over Joe Biden vs Donald Trump

Everyone knows the media is incredibly biased against President Trump. The leftist media in fact is so biased they’ve practically become an extension of the Democrat party and it seems their primary focus has become making sure Joe Biden wins the election in November. The media distorts and twists everything President Trump says or does…
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San Francisco Police Will Stop Releasing Mugshots of People Arrested In An Effort To Stop Racism

In a shocking, but not unsurprising turn of events the police in the progressive paradise known as San Francisco, California will stop releasing mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose an immediate threat to the public because…racism of course.
Via local TV station KCRA 3:

San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the policy, which goes into effect immediately, means the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online.
Booking photos are taken when someone is arrested. They are often made public whether or not the person is prosecuted for the alleged crime, which undermines the presumption of innocence and helps perpetuate stereotypes.
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Jack Glaser, a public policy professor at the University of California Berkeley who researches racial stereotyping and whose work Scott consulted, said data shows Black people who are arrested are more likely to have their cases dismissed by prosecutors.
What this clearly shows is that the anti-police insanity train the Democrats are currently on has no brakes whatsoever, and the most radical and frankly stupid proposals will now get implemented.

Mean, how dumb is this?
Just because more black folks are arrested more than white folks does not mean the system is racist.
What it means is more black people than white people commit crimes and get arrested for them.
Maybe BLM, Antifa, the Democrats and the media (same thing) should investigate the reasons behind this, rather than screaming racism or blaming police.
Because, frankly all of the anti-police rhetoric and actions being pushed by the left will, at the end of the day, disproportionately hurt minorities most.

After all the majority of black men killed are killed by other black males, not by white police officers.

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Texas Lt. Governor Patrick Says He’s Done With Dr. Fauci: ”He Has Been Wrong Every Time on Every Issue”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday slammed White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci over what he said is Fauci’s penchant for being wrong about the country’s health crisis. Fauci, who has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has lost all credibility among officials…
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As VA Police Face Violent Riots, State Dems Move to Change Assault on Cop Charge to Misdemeanor

State lawmakers in Virginia are proposing the removal of a powerful legal protection for police officers, a change that would allow those who assault a cop to walk away with a much lighter charge.
Virginia state Senate Democrats announced the proposal Friday as part of a list of potential reforms to the commonwealth’s criminal justice system, the Virginia Mercury reported.

The agenda’s announcement came on the same day rioters assaulted officers protecting a Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond during a violent clash that saw six arrests.
The aggressive protesters peppered cops with paintballs Friday night before throwing “hard objects” at responding officers, the Richmond Police claimed.

OVERNIGHT UPDATE: 6 arrests made pic.twitter.com/ehhoTDJSiU
— Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) June 27, 2020

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One of the individuals allegedly firing paintballs was arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer, the same charge that Democrats in the state Senate are now seeking to protect violent rioters from.

Along with weakening a charge designed to protect cops, firemen, and EMTs, the sweeping reform agenda proposes removing several other protections from police officers.
State Democrats’ “Police Reform and Criminal Justice Equity Plan” also includes measures to alter courtrooms and the prison system.
Citing the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, lawmakers proposed prohibiting no-knock warrants and chokeholds and requiring officers to exhaust all other means before shooting a suspect.
The agenda would also prevent officers from firing at moving vehicles.
Despite the uncomfortable level of violence police in Virginia and nationwide are now facing, cops in the commonwealth are now finding themselves being held accountable for months-old incidents.

One Alexandria, Virginia, officer, who arrested a suspect before forcing him to the ground in January, is now in the process of being fired from the department as he faces an assault charge.
According to The Associated Press, the officer’s supervisors were also disciplined for not investigating the encounter quickly enough.
While bad police officers need to be held accountable for their misdeeds, the punishment cannot be a general stripping of legal protection from every cop.
Under Virginia’s assault law as it currently stands, criminals have little to gain and much to lose by assaulting police officers and other first responders.

With this protection removed, members of the mob would no longer have to fear a felony for simply assaulting a cop.
As rioters are openly calling for violence against law enforcement officers, it’s clear that this is the worst time possible for Virginia Democrats’ progressive criminal justice experiment.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Report: Black Lives Matter Activists Are Funneling Donations to Their Own Companies

Left-wing activist Shaun King has become a vocal proponent for the Black Lives Matter movement, but a recent report calls into question where the money raised by his political action committee has gone.
King founded the Real Justice PAC in 2017 with the goal of electing “reform-minded prosecutors” who are committed to fighting “structural racism” and defending communities from “abuse by state power,” according to the PAC’s website.

The Washington Free Beacon reviewed the PAC’s finances and found that over the past 15 months, a quarter of the money the Real Justice PAC brought in was funneled back to companies linked to its leaders.
The PAC has written checks totaling over $460,000 since January 2019 to three political consultancy firms linked to PAC employees.
Data strategist Jim Ding and treasurer Becky Bond manage Social Practice LLC and Bernal Alto LLC, both of which have received some of the money.
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“Social Practice received nearly $250,000 from Real Justice PAC this cycle for campaign consulting and digital services,” the Free Beacon reported.
Bernal Alto, which has since been dissolved, received $20,000 for consulting and organizing services.

Hector Sigala, one of the PAC’s original leaders, co-founded the third benefiting company, Middle Seat Consulting, which received $193,000 for advertising services.
“There are legal and ethical ways to have people in leadership positions at an organization also serve as vendors to the same organization,” Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center, told the Washington Free Beacon.
“But these relationships properly raise questions, especially for a group whose leaders include someone like Shaun King, who has repeatedly been accused of enriching himself improperly.”
Walter said that the real Justice PAC is overseen by the Federal Election Commission, which doesn’t have as strict regulations against “excessive benefit to an individual from the organization’s coffers” as the Internal Revenue Service.
“Still, groups like Real Justice that routinely criticize their opponents for things like ‘dark money’ influence — should be prepared to defend practices that let leaders write checks to their own for-profit consultancies,” he said.

King has previously been accused of misappropriating and mismanaging charitable funds raised for the Black Lives Matter movement.
When faced with accusations that some of the money he raised for families of black individuals killed by police officers was unaccounted for in 2015, he told The Daily Beast the allegations were “bulls—.”
“People need to understand that failure is not fraud,” King said last year.
In the wake of protests following George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes during an arrest, the Real Justice PAC says it has received an influx of new donations, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The organization is also reportedly on donation-guide lists for people wanting to donate to the Black Lives Matter movement.
King was dismissed by Black Lives Matter figurehead DeRay McKesson in a 2019 Medium article accusing the activist of fraud and deception.
“We never aim to replicate the power dynamic of the system we are up against — a system that embraces a devious lack of transparency, willingly sacrifices the vulnerable to protect itself, and replaces truth with convenient lies,” McKesson wrote last September.
“Yet Shaun King has done just that.”

McKesson added that while he appreciates that King’s journalism has brought attention to stories that would have otherwise gone overlooked, “the person who paints your house before he steals your car has still committed theft.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Anti-Trump Group Wrongly Claims “Bald-Eagle” Campaign Shirt Contains Nazi Symbols

For some anti-Trump outfits, there must be no such thing as bad publicity.
A D-list progressive group founded by Alex Soros, son of liberal financier George Soros, launched a social media attack Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign by branding one of the symbols it uses as a recycled Nazi Party emblem.

It got it plenty of attention, but there was a problem for the anti-Trumpers: It’s an American bald eagle they are attacking.
A Twitter post published by the political action committee called “Bend the Arc: Jewish Action” (established in 2015, according to a Politico report from the time, but appearing only sporadically in the news since) tried to make the case that a perfectly normal red, white and blue eagle is somehow a reincarnation of a Third Reich image:

The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection with a Nazi symbol. Again.
On the left: an official Trump/Pence “America First” tee.
On the right; the Iron Eagle, the official symbol of the Nazi party.⁰It’s not an accident. Bigotry is their entire brand. pic.twitter.com/mSOBxwf7Wa
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) July 1, 2020

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It might somehow have escaped the notice of the Bend the Arc brain trust (and the liberals who responded to its tweet), but the bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States since the Second Continental Congress in 1782, a gathering that predated Hitler’s rise to power in Germany by 150 years.

It might also have somehow slipped by that the eagle is a fairly common image in the American government, appearing as it does on, among other things, the Great Seal of the United States, the Seal of the President, the ceremonial Mace of the House of Representatives (so Nancy Pelosi is a Nazi, too?) and even — if anyone at Bend the Arc wanted to look — on the back of the $1 bill (where both sides of the Great Seal are displayed).
So, unless there are time-traveling Nazis even more insidious than the current “hiding-under-every-bed” white supremacists who liberals are so dead set on exterminating in the United States, this looks like a dry hole for even the most zealous anti-Trump activists.
But since it’s a  good chance that even the most ignorant Black Lives Matter looter shattering a display window is at least dimly aware that an eagle might have a vague connection to United States history, it’s a virtual certainty that the brilliant minds at Bend the Arc know it, too.
So while it’s possible Bend the Arc meant every empty-headed word of the Twitter post, it’s also possible there was an ulterior motive here, one that would put it things in a more sensible light.
If the goal here was for Bend the Arc to get some attention by hitching its name to a particular brand of mental illness that makes the coronavirus look tame, the group had some success.

Bend the Arc’s Twitter account showed what a storm of mockery its Twitter post stirred, but there are doubtless more people aware of them than there were, say, yesterday.
Unfortunately for Bend the Arc, it wasn’t a terribly good impression. Even in an era when Trump Derangement Syndrome runs wild in academia, Hollywood and the mainstream media, outright lunacy is rarely good look:

Oh come on. You can’t possible be this dumb.
— Brian Cates //Flynn & Breitbart’s Army! (@drawandstrike) July 1, 2020

Ah yes, nobody has ever associated the eagle with the united states before
— scansion goo (@anosognosically) July 1, 2020

Someone else used an eagle symbol for his seal: pic.twitter.com/p2JHM6rfgB
— D. Moore – CHOP Minister of Lupin Redistribution (@Crapplefratz) July 1, 2020

If you truly believe those are the same because both of them feature eagles in similar poses, boy do I have a surprise for you! pic.twitter.com/B6jaVA6Irq
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) July 1, 2020

And some reached even further back than the founding of the United States to mock the idea:

You could just as well as complained that he’s attempting to use the iconography of Imperial Rome… why didn’t you use THIS one? pic.twitter.com/Himq9hAVCN
— TheRazorOccam (non-flying) (@Tomaspain2) July 1, 2020

Naturally, there were the typical Trump haters who show up on any social media occasion slamming the administration on even the most ludicrous grounds. Like this one — which found a Trump tweet replete with hidden white supremacist symbols:

This sentence is 14 words.
The character count for the entire tweet including spaces and the hashtag is 88 characters.
And notice the H(eritage) H(istory) featured as well.https://t.co/rKdn0RgpcK
— Leah McElrath 🏳️‍🌈 (@leahmcelrath) July 1, 2020

(If you don’t have a Nazi secrets decoder ring, search Goole for “88” and “14 words.”)
Some also brought up the incident in mid-June, when Facebook banned a Trump campaign ad because it contained an image of an inverted red triangle.
To Trump haters, it was proof of a Nazi tie because political prisoners in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear similar triangles.
To sane people, it was proof that the Trump campaign was attacking the “anti-fascist” group known as antifa, which uses the inverted triangle as a symbol.

Even that exercise in Facebook’s malicious caprice might look like the height of political philosophy compared to the crassness of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, but the Wednesday tweet had an undeniable effect.
By early evening, it had gathered almost 22,000 likes and more than 13,000 retweets.
That’s probably 35,000 more people than had ever heard of the group 24 hours earlier. So as embarrassingly incoherent as it was, the tweet had one benefit.
And for some anti-Trump outfits, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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When Addressing Looting Maxine Waters Weirdly Points the Finger at ‘Predatory Lending’

Maxine Waters has never been shy about spinning riots.
She was doing it back in 1992, as a Democratic newcomer to Congress, when Los Angeles exploded in the Rodney King chaos and Waters praised the days of senseless destruction.

She fomented potential violence herself in 2018 with a speech to her Los Angeles supporters urging all liberals to publicly harass Trump administration officials they spotted going about the business of living.
Now, amid the unrest over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week, Waters has already done her part to pour gasoline on the fires of upheaval sweeping the nation.
In an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday, Waters began a defense of criminals on an enormous scale by implying the massive theft being committed by looters nationwide during the spasm of mayhem seizing the country shouldn’t really be considered “looting” at all.
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“Young people, they have a whole new definition for ‘looting,’” the 81-year-old congresswoman said said. “They say ‘looting’ is predatory lending in, you know, minority neighborhoods, where they’re paying 300 and 400 percent on loans by these payday lenders. … You know, on and on and on. They have a different definition for it.”

Mad Maxine Waters tells MSDNC that young people now define LOOTING as “predatory lending”….#Looters #SorosFundedRiots #AntifaTerrorists #antifa ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ pic.twitter.com/f3Skkc58BH
— 𝕞𝕖𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕒 🙈🙉🙊 (@my3monkees) May 31, 2020

So, according to Waters, shattered storefronts of small businesses, pillaged drug stores, liquor stores and sneaker shops — with uncounted millions in goods being stolen while powerless authorities stand by — aren’t evidence of “looting” to the people who are doing it.
The real “looting” is by businesses that lend money in minority neighborhoods, basically extending credit to men and women who can’t get it anywhere else, Waters seems to be arguing.
The fact is, one has nothing to do with the other, and Waters might even know it. But as an argument for downplaying the destruction looting is causing the country — including very much the minority communities Democrats pretend to champion — it might be the best they can do.
The Waters appearance didn’t get a lot of mainstream publicity. It’s understandable the liberal media would shy away from publicizing such a radical viewpoint.

But plenty of social media users noticed it, and the response was scorching.

You thought you already knew every single reason why Rep. Maxine Waters was dumb as a brick. But did you have the pleasure of seeing her today on MSNBC, talking about today’s looting? pic.twitter.com/7iQmzG4AI8
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 31, 2020

Maxine is another self serving demoRat politician who lives in a multi million dollar mansion outside her district. Her district is a total mess.
— 💥🇺🇸Steve🇺🇸💥 (@SteveWe73655019) May 31, 2020

she said the looting is a pre-lending. so you all can go to her house.
— kaivintho (@kaivin7) May 31, 2020

The enemies of the black community. MSDNC and Maxine Waters.
— Hip97com (@Hip97News) May 31, 2020

Normal Americans watching the wave of destruction sweeping over the nation’s biggest cities — a paroxysm of lawlessness and greed masquerading as a protest over the death of a man in police custody — know good and well that what has been happening is not some sort of disobedience to make a point.
It’s thievery by thugs, mainly in Democratic-controlled areas where Democratic politicians are literally afraid to protect their own law-abiding citizens from the rabble.
But for Democrats like Waters, the recent riots are a reason to go on TV, to friendly outlets like MSNBC, and spin a fantasy that what’s taking place is some kind of cry from the underclass, frustrated at the availability of payday loans.

A normal person might think that was insane enough. But a normal person might then remember that Waters is the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Maxine Waters has spent literally her entire career in Congress proving who she is, from the Rodney King days to her incessant calls to impeach President Donald Trump, yet the Democratic House majority and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have seen fit to put such a demagogue in charge of the House committee that oversees the American financial system.
That is beyond crazy.
And it’s one more thing Republicans and conservatives need to remember when it comes to the vote in November.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Prof Who Predicted Trump Win in 2016 Says It’ll Happen Again & Be Even Bigger This Time

He has a track record of being right, and that must infuriate the left.
Helmut Norpoth, an election forecaster and political science professor at Stony Brook University, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Friday that President Donald Trump will most likely win re-election based on what he calls his “Primary Model.”

And Norpoth predicted not just a win, but a landslide victory over presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The model gives Trump a 91 percent chance of being re-elected and also predicts he will earn 362 electoral votes.
Some recent GOP victories seem to reinforce his predictions.
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On May 12, Republicans won two special elections. Tom Tiffany won his race to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in Congress, while Mike Garcia flipped a Democratic seat in California’s 25th District.

Tom Tiffany (@TomTiffanyWI) is a Great Advocate for the incredible people of Wisconsin (WI07). We need Tom in Congress to help us Make America Great Again! He will Fight for Small Business, supports our Incredible Farmers, Loves our Military and our Vets….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020

“OK, the key to the November election is the primaries. And the early primaries are already giving us a lot of information,” Norpoth said on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“And based on that, Donald Trump won them very easily in his party. Joe Biden, the likely nominee for the Democrats, had a great deal of trouble holding it together. But on balance, it’s that stronger performance in primaries that gives Donald Trump the edge in November.”

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

The professor has a long record of accuracy when it comes to predicting election outcomes.

Following the 2016 election, The Associated Press reported that Norpoth’s predictions have been accurate in every presidential election since 1996.
But according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden somehow still holds an advantage over Trump.
And keep in mind these are the pollsters who predicted Hillary Clinton would win the White House in 2016.
They were so wrong.

Voters need to take into consideration Norpoth’s accuracy in predicting who will win, as well as Biden’s major flaw — his gaffes when he speaks. At times, the former vice president appears to lose touch with reality. He is 77 years old and there are growing concerns about his mental fitness.
He’s not helping himself. One recent example of his mind wandering into left field was his interview with CNN’s Dana Bash in which he tried to answer her question about why Trump has not worn a mask in public.
“Presidents are supposed to lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine,” Biden said in the interview. “It reminds me of the guys that I grew up with playing ball, they’d walk around with a ball in their hand but they didn’t like to hit very much.”

What did he mean? No one knows. And he has been amassing a blooper reel of blunders on the campaign trail that will look great on Trump campaign commercials.

But in addition to Biden’s frequent gaffes, Norpoth is simply using a formula that has proven to be correct over time.
And as Robert Kiyosaki once said, “the best way to predict the future is to study the past, or prognosticate.”

This is what Norpoth is doing. He has been right for 24 years. And that should give Trump supporters a reason to be confident going into the election season.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Black Conservatives Laugh as They Stumble Upon BLM Protest with Only Liberal White People

I have a new hashtag for your consideration: #BlackLivesMatterSoWhite.
Like it? I think it’s catchy and accurate. For all the talk about how black people are taking to the streets to demand equal treatment, one thing that’s curious about the recent spate of protests is that they don’t seem, well, very black.

When white people began showing up en masse to these events, people attributed it to bad actors. The right said it was antifa, while the left said it was “white power” groups.
There couldn’t have been that many of either group, however — and really, it was mostly just virtue-signaling white people.
Conservative Benji Irby — who is black — found out just how white these protests were when he and friend Shemeka Michelle came across one at the North Carolina state Capitol in Raleigh.
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In a viral post last week, Irby said the protest was 100 percent white.
He said he “was coming here to be a nerd and add this to my collection of State Capitol selfies when we ran into a #BlackLivesMatter … protest… with NO BLACK PEOPLE!

“Should we go over there & ruin their day right now?”

Me and @ShemekaMichelle at the North Carolina State Capitol.
I was coming here to be a nerd and add this to my collection of State Capitol selfies when we ran into a #BlackLivesMatter protest…
with NO BLACK PEOPLE! 🤦🏾‍♂️
Should we go over there & ruin their day right now? 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/tuPwkNKuYL
— Benji Irby 🤷🏾‍♂️🇺🇸 (@realBenjiirby) June 27, 2020

Irby, the host of “UnPopular Opinion” on YouTube, talked about the encounter Tuesday on “The Jason Rantz Show” on KTTH-AM.
“As we were walking down a little path, Shemeka was like, ‘Is that a Black Lives Matter sign?’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘What? Is this a Black Lives Matter protest?’ And I’m like, ‘But there are no black people.’ And I’m like, I don’t even do live videos, but I have to share this video, this is absolutely crazy. And there was a whole Black Lives Matter protest there — not a single black person at all.
“So we were laughing at that, but also we were laughing at the irony that we, the two Trump-supporting black Republicans who are known for this, are the two black people of all the 40 million black people in America, that we are the two that would run into this thing.”

ICYMI: @realBenjiirby, host of Unpopular Opinion, was at the state capitol in North Carolina and saw a Black Lives Matter protest — without any black people at all. He tells @JasonRantz about the irony in a tweet that’s gone viral.
LISTEN: https://t.co/SNG5FfJ3CJ
— AM 770 KTTH 🎙 (@770KTTH) June 30, 2020

It’s almost as if these Black Lives Matter protests aren’t black people speaking for themselves.
And it’s not just anecdotal evidence that says these protests are about the unbearable wokeness of being white. A Pew Research Center poll about the protests found that only one in six people who went to the protests was black — and almost half were white.

“Black Americans account for 17% of those who say they attended a protest focused on race or racial equality in the last month, compared with their 11% share of all adults in the survey,” a news release from Pew Research Center said.
“Hispanic Americans account for 22% of recent protest attendees, versus 15% of all adults. The difference is less pronounced but still statistically significant when it comes to the share of protesters who are Asian (8% vs. 5% of the adults surveyed). While 64% of U.S. adults are white, just 46% of those who said they attended a protest focused on race in the last month are white.”
You probably didn’t need numbers on this one. All you needed to do was go on Instagram or Twitter and look at “influencers” proving how woke they are by talking about the perniciousness of racism in America as if they had just discovered it; they were Paul on the Damascene road, and watching the video of the events that led to George Floyd’s death forced the scales from their eyes.

The most capital-W Woke influencers went out to the Black Lives Matter protests as if tweeting selfies from them was helping with black liberation.
And yet Pew said protest-goers were “more likely to be nonwhite and younger than Americans overall.”
This is technically accurate but overstating the case. Keep in mind that a sign of being ostentatiously woke and white is saying you’re muting yourself so that black voices can be heard. But notice how loudly and loquaciously white liberals talk about how they’re muting themselves.
They’re being just as loud as they always were, if not louder. The irony is lost on them.

And then there’s the beautiful contrast here. Oh, look, a bunch of white people who are Very Angry at what’s happening to black people — and black people who are utterly perplexed at their attitude. In fact, they’re openly derisive of the protesters, laughing at the preposterousness of the situation.
My guess is that this isn’t confined to black conservatives, either. Everyone realizes just how this is nothing more than ostentatious self-flagellation of privileged white people — and no one wants to say anything.
Benji Irby is one of the few willing to point at the naked emperor. One can only hope more will follow his lead.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NYC Experiences 112 Gunshot Victims, 83 Shootings in 9 Days, Then the City Massively Cuts NYPD’s Budget

A dramatic increase in gun violence in New York City occurred in the nine days ahead of the city council’s move to remove over one billion dollars per year from the NYPD’s annual budget.
Via Radio 1010 New York:

There have been 112 victims in 83 shootings over a nine-day period ending Saturday, according to police. Most of those shot were expected to survive, but at least six people have died in the past week and others suffered serious or critical injuries.
The NYPD on Sunday released this info detailing the nine-day stretch of shootings.Friday, 6/19 – 8 shooting incidents with 9 victims.Saturday, 6/20 -18 shooting incidents with 24 victims.Sunday, 6/21 – 2 shooting incidents with 5 victims.Monday, 6/22 – 11 shooting incidents with 17 victims.Tuesday, 6/23 – 10 shooting incidents with 10 victims.Wednesday, 6/24 – 3 shooting incidents with 5 victims.Thursday, 6/25 – 5 shooting incidents with 8 victims.Friday, 06/26 – 9 incidents with 10 victims.Saturday, 06/27 – 17 incidents with 24 victims.
The NYPD said there have been 503 shooting incidents with 605 victims this year as of Saturday.
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Amid calls to defund the police ahead of the June 30 deadline for the city budget, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that the city’s homicide rate had hit a 5-year high and that the criminal justice system was “imploding.” The number of people shot has risen 42 percent compared to last year.
Of course since crime is rising the progressive NYC city council did what any civic minded group would do, they cut the NYPD’s budget, by a LOT.

Via Fox News:
The City Council said in a statement that the city’s 2021 budget will include $837 million in cuts and transfers to the New York Police Department (NYPD) expense budget, which removes $1 billion from the NYPD’s spending when combined with associated costs.
The amount is far less than what some protesters demanded. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said earlier that $1.5 billion in cuts would not be enough.
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math,” she said. One Twitter user wrote, “This is like putting the NYPD budget in Groucho Marx glasses and calling it a day.”
Corey Johnson, the city council speaker, said, “The Council fought hard to get where we are, but I know this is just a starting point, not an ending point. We need to go farther.”

He added the budget agreement “was negotiated with a focus on police reform, youth services, and achieving equity, particularly for low-income communities of color.”
New York City Council Minority Whip Joseph Borelli voted no against the budget cuts and said, “know what we’re doing will create a more violent city.”
Borelli added that there were “72 shootings last week alone, and not one shot by [a] NYPD officer.”
“We must always have safety and we will in this city, but we are also going to amplify both safety and fairness by reaching our young people more deeply than ever before,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said speaking from a press conference Tuesday. “And that’s what this budget is all about.”

Many demonstrators feel the budget changes weren’t enough, and some plan on staying camped outside City Hall indefinitely.
Moving to defund law enforcement as crime soars has to be one of the dumbest moves of all time.
NYC resident are about to get a hard lesson on what progressive policies really mean in the real world.
That said, couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people. After all they voted these jokers into office and now they’re going to pay the price.

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Neighborhood Man Tears Down BLM Signs Outside His House – Then a White Activist Goes Berserk

If you do an internet search to find out any news about Black Lives Matter and signs, you’ll end up with plenty of stories about pro-BLM protesters being attacked by anti-BLM individuals for putting up signs. However, you can’t find a whole lot of stories the other way around.
That’s ironic, given that one of the most viral clips involving signs and Black Lives Matter supporters involves a BLM supporter tackling a man who was taking down signs supporting the movement on a gate.

The clip, which made the rounds on social media after being streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, shows a man taking down signs in support of the organization, among other things.
As he angrily takes down the Black Lives Matter signs, the person filming him asks him why he’s doing it.
“I live right there, I’m sick of f—ing seeing it,” the man says.
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All right, so clearly the level of dialogue here isn’t exactly elevated — but it’s positively socratic compared to what happens next, when the man is tackled by someone who comes in from off-screen.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic language that some viewers will find offensive.

Resident Who’s Sick Of Hundreds Of BLM Signs Across The Street From House Rips Them Down, Gets Assaulted😬 pic.twitter.com/w06RMUxOsL
— Ray Garcia 🇺🇸 (@RayGarciahawaii) June 30, 2020

“Don’t pull this s— down, bro! Get the f— out of here, bro!” the attacker screams.
There isn’t much that he really has to say that’s worth quoting after that. He tells him to “go home” over and over again; that’s about it. At one point he tore the other man’s glasses off his head. There was also a strange dance/kung fu stance at the end.
The race of the two individuals isn’t known. However, the man who was tackled clearly has more melanin than the man who was tackling him, so if you’re a believer in the victimhood pyramid, the man pulling down the signs was clearly higher up in the whole scheme of things.
According to KFSN-TV in Fresno, California, the assault took place outside of El Diamante High School in nearby Visalia. Here’s how the incident is described on the outlet’s website:

“Visalia resident Robert Ginsberg recorded a video on Sunday night as a man tried to take down the signs as his family watched, and his efforts led to an argument with others defending the signs. …
“Since May 25, high school students within the Visalia Unified School District have turned their anger into activism through handwritten signs covering a city block stretch of chain-link fence along the perimeter of the El Diamante High School.
“But increased tensions between the community and student demonstrations prompted the district to send a letter asking for the removal of all signs from the school’s fence by July 3, citing safety issues.”
At no point in the article is an assault mentioned.

The same thing can be said about a Fresno Bee article about the incident, which states that in the clip, “a man can be seen ripping signs from the fence. When asked why he was removing the signs, the man says that he lives near the school and is ‘sick of (expletive) seeing it.’ The man appears to raise his fist in the air as a car drives by honking.
“‘Everyone agrees,’ he says on the video.”
And here’s the quote KFSN decided to go with, from Ginsburg: “Basically, he’s teaching his kids his intolerance and I just don’t understand how, you know, if you disagree with a message, you know, this is the most peaceful way you can demonstrate.”
That was his takeaway. The guy tackling him wasn’t being intolerant, apparently.

Meanwhile, the Visalia Times-Delta saw fit to report on a separate incident where a man “filmed a video last week that showed a group of self-described ‘old and cranky’ women, some of whom wore MAGA hats, loading their vans with trash bags full of BLM posters ripped from the school’s fence late at night.
“The video has since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and has sparked an investigation at the Tulare County Office of Education, where one of the women is a part-time temporary employee.”
And yet, what have the media been talking about for the most part? Black Lives Matter supporters being attacked by their opponents, of course.
In Bethesda, Maryland, in early June, as per WJZ-TV: “Police are searching for a man they say assaulted a group of people who were hanging pro-Black Lives Matter flyers along a trail in Bethesda earlier this week.”

In New York City, according to Gothamist, “Three men have been arrested for three separate incidents of assaulting protesters at Black Lives Matter demonstrations that were all filmed and shared widely online.
“Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Frank Cavalluzzi, 54, of Whitestone was charged with second-degree attempted murder after he was filmed yelling ‘I will kill you,’ and then swinging a four-bladed weapon at a small group of BLM protesters standing on an overpass of the Cross Island Parkway Tuesday, then driving his SUV onto the sidewalk where they were standing. Katz described his weapon as ‘a glove infused with 4 long, serrated-edged blades.’”
Meanwhile, on this one, you can see, there’s been mostly silence. There isn’t any doxing or anything like that. The outrage was, unsurprisingly, wholly selective.
Ideological purity matters much more to the left than anyone’s race or what he does. This was never about black lives. It was all about ideology. This response hit it perfectly:

Black opinions matter – unless they disagree with the hive
— Bent not Broken (@PatrickArnold77) June 30, 2020

I’m not sure if the man pulling down the signs is black, but he’s definitely blacker than his attacker, and the only reason no one cares is that he disagrees with the hive.
Utterly sickening.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Fox News “America’s Newsroom” Anchor Fired After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Ed Henry, co-host of the Fox News program “America’s Newsroom,” has been fired following an investigation into a claim of “willful sexual misconduct” made against him by a former employee, the network said Wednesday.
Henry had served as a co-anchor of “America’s Newsroom” since January, and had been with the network since 2011, according to TheWrap.

Previously, he had been the network’s chief White House correspondent and then its chief national correspondent. Prior to working at Fox News, he spent seven years at CNN.
“We would like to bring a very serious matter to your attention in an effort toward full transparency given the many actions we have taken to improve the culture here over the last four years,” an internal memo from Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and network president and executive editor Jay Wallace reads.
“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” added the memo obtained by The Western Journal.
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“We immediately retained an outside law firm (which has never represented Fox News in investigations or litigation) to independently investigate the claims. Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities pending investigation,” it said.
“Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated.”

Fox will search for a permanent replacement to co-host “America’s Newsroom” along with Sandra Smith, but in the meantime, a rotating cast of co-anchors will take Henry’s place.
“As all of you know, in January 2017 we overhauled our entire Human Resources operation and instituted extensive mandatory annual Inclusion and Harassment Prevention training which has since educated our entire workforce,” the Fox memo read.
“We encourage any employee who has a sexual harassment, discrimination or misconduct complaint of any form to report it immediately, as we have said repeatedly over the last four years.”

Ed Henry was terminated following an investigation into sexual misconduct. Here’s the internal memo from Fox: pic.twitter.com/jrBqJKL1En
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) July 1, 2020

Henry had previously been sidelined from the network in 2016 following reports that the married journalist had an affair with a Las Vegas hostess.
“We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap at the time.
Sources told Page Six in 2016 that Henry had a “morality clause” in his contract that meant he could be terminated for embarrassing the network.
“This raises serious questions about Ed’s lack of judgment, especially given his position as a journalist,” then-Fox News president Roger Ailes said about the scandal at the time.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday that he is representing Henry’s accuser.
Wigdor also said he wasn’t “presently at liberty to share further information.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Uh Oh: At His First News Conference in Many Months Joe Biden Calls Reporter a ‘Lying Dog Face’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called a member of the media a “lying dog face” Tuesday at the end of the former vice president’s first media availability in months.
Biden was nearing the end of his news conference at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware, when a reporter tried to get in some last-minute questions on the desecration of statues and monuments and Biden’s participation in presidential debates.

“Last question real quick. Some have speculated,” the reporter, identified as being affiliated with Fox News, began.
“You’re a lying dog face,” Biden said, grinning at his own remark before allowing the reporter to finish the question.

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“That you are subject to some degree of cognitive decline. I’m 65. I don’t have the word recollection that I used to have. I forget my train of thought from time to time. You’ve got 12 years on me, sir. Have you been tested for some degree of cognitive decline?” the reporter asked.
“I’ve been testing. I’m constantly testing,” Biden replied.

“Look, all you got to do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against. Thank you so much,” Biden said as he walked off, ending the event.
Biden has employed the phrase before, most recently in New Hampshire when asked about his lackluster finish in the Iowa caucuses.
In a video of the encounter, 21-year old Madison Moore of Mercer University in Georgia asked Biden questions he did not like.
“You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier,” Biden retorted.

Biden’s camp has claimed the line was an allusion to an old John Wayne movie, according to The Washington Post.
The outlet Slate sought to track the specific movie, and linked pieces of the Biden’s comment to several Western films. But that exact remark was not linked to any one film.
Slate reported that Biden had used the line before, during a 2018 campaign event for then-Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
The phrase was evoked by Howie Carr in an Op-Ed published by the Boston Herald in which Carr said Biden slurred his words throughout Tuesday’s event.

“Joe Biden, get back in that basement! No more live press conferences for you like Tuesday’s in Delaware, not if you want to keep that wide lead in the same polls that four years ago this week showed Hillary Clinton with almost exactly the same margins over Donald J. Trump,” Carr wrote.
“And we all know how that 2016 election turned out,” he added.
“Being outside the basement amongst the public, on live national TV, is when the Biden campaign is most at risk, or, as you slurred Tuesday in Wilmington, ‘mosk at wrist.’”
Carr noted that “somehow a real reporter from Fox News had sneaked in, and he asked Biden an impertinent question about ‘cognitive decline.’”

“I’m sure CNN and MSNBC last night played up Biden’s emergence from the cellar as a tour de force, but my bet is you won’t see him above ground for at least another month. Get back in the basement, Joe!” he wrote.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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2004 Video of Rep. Nadler Shows Him Warning of Voter Fraud on Paper Ballots

It’s absolutely shocking, a major politician talking about how paper ballots can engender voter fraud.
I know, right? Finally. I’m glad to see a conservative calling this out for what it is.

Well, I have to. It’s an explosive thing to say. Casting those kinds of aspersions on our electoral system is just, well, wow — and particularly during the first presidential election following a national tragedy of generational proportions.
Exactly. Thank you.
And to do it in such a public forum, too. Really, I’m surprised to find out Jerrold Nadler did this —
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Excuse me, wait — I think you mean Donald Trump.
No, I’m not mistaken. Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic representative from New York.

We’re … not talking about the same person, clearly.
I think we are. You remember him — the current House Judiciary Committee chairman who resembles a human version of Droopy Dog and who vulgarized the impeachment process against the president so that it could be fast-tracked before the Christmas holiday?
I wouldn’t … quite refer to him in those terms, but yes, that’s him. That’s definitely not who we’re talking about here.
Oh, you’re talking about Trump’s tweets about the mail-in ballots, right? Yeah, I guess we could have a debate about that. Certainly, this would be the first time we would have a mass election in which — if Democrats had their way — every voter in every state would have the option to send their vote in via mail. Only a few states do this now. Even with absentee ballots, we’ve seen serious questions arise around ballot harvesting — including one instance where an entire congressional election had to be vacated because of almost certain malfeasance.
For this to work in November, we’d have to construct a system to ensure there isn’t voting fraud in a mail-in election in a matter of five months, something which is, um, problematic.

This says nothing about the fact that voter rolls are almost always outdated and, even assuming they could be updated entirely, the process would fall somewhere between Herculean and Sisyphean.
This is a moot point anyway since they won’t be entirely updated — which means a not-insignificant percentage of ballots will be in the hands of people who don’t legally have the right to cast that vote.
But no, I’m talking about Jerrold Nadler.
Sixteen years ago, you may recall, Democrats couldn’t believe they lost the presidential election to George W. Bush — again. But then as always, if a Republican wins a close election, there’s always a conspiracy theory about how they didn’t really win it.

In 2000, it was butterfly ballots, hanging chads and the Supreme Court being in the tank for Dubya. In 2004, the first presidential election after the 9/11 attacks, the theory had to do with supposed voting irregularities in Ohio, a state that could have swung the election for (ugh) John Kerry.
For reasons that don’t deserve going into because they were as inane then as they are now, Dems were convinced that the numbers didn’t quite add up in the swing state and, because voting machine manufacturer Diebold had tenuous links with the Bushes or something (emphasis on the “or something”), the election was stolen.
This never got quite the traction the 2016 election conspiracy theories did, presumably because Bush wasn’t Trump and/or no one bothered to invoke the specter of the Kremlin. More’s the pity.
However, even though Democrats controlled neither house of Congress in 2004 and the vast majority of Americans who weren’t Air America Radio listeners  (which is to say the vast majority of Americans) didn’t care, the Democrats put together what C-SPAN described as “an ad hoc committee on voting irregularities.”

The full three-hour video of this meaningless event remains up on C-SPAN’s website to this day — proof that for a network whose studio sets look like they would collapse if you turned a desk fan up just a little bit higher, they certainly have enough server space to archive the most fatuous moments you’ll ever see on Capitol Hill.
I don’t recommend watching the entire three-hour hearing because I thought “The Irishman” was overlong at that level and that was directed by Scorcese. You have better things to do with your life. However, some of Nadler’s comments during the December 2004 hearing are worth noting given they’re coming back to bite him in the posterior.
For instance:
“Paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud,” Nadler said when one individual brought up using them instead of those perfidious voting machines. “And at least with the old clunky voting machines that we have in New York, the deliberate fraud is way down compared to paper.

“When the machines break down, they vote on paper — they’ve had real problems.”

Even Jerry Nadler knows, how easily corrupted mail-in paper ballots are✔️pic.twitter.com/sRZDUEJxko
— Marla Hohner (@marlahohner) May 26, 2020

The speaker then noted a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study that said “paper ballots are among the most reliable.”

“I want a paper trail, I want paper somewhere,” Nadler responded. “But pure paper with no machines? I can show you experience which would make your head spin.”
Come on. This is 2004, you MAGAbot. Show me the relevance to mail-in ballots in the 2020 election assuming the coronavirus pandemic continues unabated.
Sure. First, Nadler acknowledges voter fraud exists — which is interesting, because in the 16 intervening years since this hearing took place, Democrats have begun insisting that it doesn’t exist, period, and that claiming it does could be racist. But apparently, back then voter fraud could be bad enough that Nadler could “show you experience[s] which would make your head spin.”
Second, this kind of voter fraud is more prevalent in elections with paper ballots. What, pray tell, are voters going to be mailing in to their local Board of Elections this November? Are we going to FedEx every one of them Diebold voting machines? Is that how this works?

But I’m sure Nadler has acknowledged that, while there are kinks in the process, this is is something that could be worked out. He wouldn’t be so ideologically inconsistent as to attack the president and pretend he never had an issue with —

.@realDonaldTrump, you’re wrong in so many ways. Michigan didn’t send voters absentee ballots: they sent them applications for absentee ballots. And there’s nothing rogue about encouraging Americans to participate in elections—you’re just worried that they won’t vote for you. https://t.co/1OTEqp3CpW
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 20, 2020

So no, that doesn’t fly. And how is that surprising? Trump could come out in favor of “Medicare for all” and Bernie Sanders would probably claim he never supported it. The left loves Jerrold Nadler — and yet, even though he made this argument not too long ago, they’ve forgotten it even exists.

Fine. I hope you realize you’re sentencing people to death by making them wait in lines to cast their presidential ballots, making it impossible to socially distance and keep themselves from getting COVID-19. You’ll have blood on your hands, the same as the rest of the Republicans. You happy about that, you monster?
Just out of curiosity, how do you feel about the George Floyd riots?
[The rest of this fictional exchange could not be printed because the resulting “answer” — such as it was — consisted of mostly incoherent screeching and a fusillade of expletives, including several this writer didn’t even know existed. The author is still confident that a) national mail-in voting is nearly impossible to implement in a space of less than five months without risking mass voter fraud and b) Rep. Jerrold Nadler was, is and will remain an opportunist hypocrite.]
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Tim Allen Goes Ballistic on ‘The View,’ Tears Into ‘Alarming’ Level of Political Correctness

Comedian and actor Tim Allen spoke out against the “thought police” and political correctness culture, suggesting it’s an “alarming thing for comedians.”
Allen, a stand-up comedian who stars in the Fox program “Last Man Standing,” found agreement on the issue with Joy Behar, a former comedian herself and a co-host on “The View.”

“There’s a PC culture out there, makes it really hard,” Behar said to Allen, who was a guest on the show.
“I think my act, if I ever brought that old act back, I’d be driven out of town.”
Allen expressed agreement, noting that material from legendary comedians like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, both of whom are deceased, would offend modern-day audiences.
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“What I gotta do sometimes is explain — which I hate — in big arenas, that this is a thought police thing, and I do not like it. But when I use these words, this is my intent behind those words,” Allen added.
“So as long as you understand my intent — I still get people: ‘Well, just don’t say it,’ and I said ‘I’m not going to do that,’” he said, using a mocking voice as he relayed what his critics tell him.

Behar then pointed out that people will still “take it out of context and put it on Twitter, or put it on Facebook.”
Allen responded: “I’m surprised they haven’t.”
“I do use some provocative words, but I tell them it’s words I really got from my parents. They said this stuff,” he added.
The actor went on to call the situation “alarming.”

“And I can’t even say it here. I can’t even point to it. It is an alarming thing for comedians,” he said, noting that most of his material is about “family and kids and growing up.”
Allen provided an example of how material that some audiences enjoy doesn’t go over as well in other parts of the country.
He talked about how his grandmother would mock him as a “little Democrat” because “I stole money from my parents, I never worked.”
In Miami, he said, people “laugh and cheer” at this joke.

In Reading, Pennsylvania, they don’t like it as much.
“Why Reading?” Behar asked.
“Well, it’s a little bit more Democratic,” Allen replied.
This is not the first time Allen has criticized political correctness.

“I think it’s funny to make fun of people that are full of themselves,” he told IndieWire in November 2018. “Liberals have a very small window of sense of humor about themselves, so I love poking at it.”
“Two years ago, it was the conservatives, or whatever it is. But right now liberals, particularly progressives, hide behind large concepts. If you don’t agree with them, if you don’t agree with that position, then you hate women, and you hate gay people, and you hate pro-choice people, whatever.”
And Allen is not alone among comedians in expressing these sentiments.
In recent weeks, famed comics like Dave Chappelle, Marlon Wayans and Keegan-Michael Key have also indicated that outrage over comedy has become absurd.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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As Crime Soars, New York City Lawmakers Voted to Partially Defund Police Department

As crime soars in New York City lawmakers voted to eliminate one billion dollars in funding from the NYPD budget and shift it into programs that supposedly help youth and assist community development.
Via Fox News:

The City Council said in a statement that the city’s 2021 budget will include $837 million in cuts and transfers to the New York Police Department (NYPD) expense budget, which removes $1 billion from the NYPD’s spending when combined with associated costs.
The amount is far less than what some protesters demanded. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said earlier that $1.5 billion in cuts would not be enough.
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math,” she said. One Twitter user wrote, “This is like putting the NYPD budget in Groucho Marx glasses and calling it a day.”
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Corey Johnson, the city council speaker, said, “The Council fought hard to get where we are, but I know this is just a starting point, not an ending point. We need to go farther.”
He added the budget agreement “was negotiated with a focus on police reform, youth services, and achieving equity, particularly for low-income communities of color.”

New York City Council Minority Whip Joseph Borelli voted no against the budget cuts and said, “know what we’re doing will create a more violent city.”
Borelli added that there were “72 shootings last week alone, and not one shot by [a] NYPD officer.”
“We must always have safety and we will in this city, but we are also going to amplify both safety and fairness by reaching our young people more deeply than ever before,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said speaking from a press conference Tuesday. “And that’s what this budget is all about.”
Many demonstrators feel the budget changes weren’t enough, and some plan on staying camped outside City Hall indefinitely.
Moving to defund law enforcement as crime soars has to be one of the dumbest moves of all time.

NYC resident are about to get a hard lesson on what progressive policies really mean in the real world.
That said, couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people. After all they voted these jokers into office and now they’re going to pay the price.

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Older Black Man Slams Protesters Harassing Him as He Defends DC Emancipation Memorial

This summer of Marxist-inspired riots has created iconic images of Americans fighting back against the mob and speaking up for our nation’s history and heritage.
Those images have included everything from Catholics in St. Louis fighting to save a statue of that city’s namesake to the professional soccer player who stood alone during the national anthem while her team knelt.

Add to that list of heroes last week’s defenders of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Located in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill, the Emancipation Memorial (sometimes referred to as the Freedman’s Memorial) is a statue of President Abraham Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand while his left hand hovers over the head of a liberated slave.
Radical left-wing activists claim that the statue looks as though the slave is kneeling before Lincoln, but as statue defender Marcia Cole, a member of the African American Civil War Museum’s Female RE-Enactors of Distinction, explained in a viral video: “That man is not kneeling on two knees with his head bowed. He is in the act of getting up.”
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“That man is not kneeling on two knees with his head bowed. He is in the act of getting up.”
Listen to this beautiful soul.pic.twitter.com/jfOoO8PfWS
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 24, 2020

Cole is dressed in the video as Charlotte Scott, the former slave who made the very first donation to fund the statue in the 19th century, The Wall Street Journal reported. In fact, almost the entire memorial was funded by freed slaves; the only part not financed by freedmen and women was the government-gifted pedestal.
During the protests, young activists shouted at older black men and women who were defending the memorial. But Don Folden, an African-American tour guide in D.C., gave those activists a history lesson.
Protesters “are talking about tearing down something that they don’t even know the history of,” said Folden, the founder of a tour company called Capital Buddy Tours. “Y’all don’t even know the history of this statue, but you want to tear it down because you are offended.”

This man just walked in with his own megaphone:“Y’all don’t even know the history of this statue, but you want to tear it down!” pic.twitter.com/RJv1VpwXrh
— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) June 26, 2020

At one point, a young woman jumped up and down and hysterically shrieked at Folden over and over again: “Why are you protecting it?”

“We gonna get it, one way or another,” she said.
Warning: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive:

“Why are you protecting it?!”
BLM activist gets into a verbal exchange with an older black guy who was speaking up against tearing the statue down.#emancipationstatue pic.twitter.com/4crUOJhDFP
— Sagnik Basu (@_sagnikbasu) June 27, 2020

Folden simply repeated one question over and over again: “Who paid for it?”
D.C. resident Nathan M. Richardson, dressed as Frederick Douglass — who spoke at the statue’s dedication in 1876 — stood next to Folden and also tried to reason with the screaming leftist.
Richardson later told the Media Research Center he was there because “we need a historical reference so that we can move forward in the conversation.”

Cole, dressed as Charlotte Scott, also stood among the statue’s defenders.
The Friday protest calling for the statue’s removal was organized by The Freedom Neighborhood, a group led by Harvard University student Glenn Foster, who told the Washington Examiner his group agrees with the principles of Black Lives Matter movement, though is not officially affiliated with them.
“We’re going to tear that motherf—er down!” he shouted during Friday’s protest.
Foster once made a YouTube video called “How I Got Into Harvard,” in which he talked about gaming the system because his ACT scores were less than perfect.

So, a young man who received benefits that an older generation of black Americans did not has vulgarly called for the removal of a memorial that his elders rightfully honor. His attitude tells you everything you need to know about our contemporary educational system and the state of America’s “elite” universities.
People should not be asking how to get into Harvard. They should be asking why anyone would want to go to Harvard.
“I say the Black Lives Matter people are full of s—,” Folden later told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“And the reason I say they are full of s— is because their money ain’t saying Black Lives Matter. You coming out here, you want to tear down statues, but how much of this black history of D.C. do you really know?”

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives, has announced she will introduce legislation to remove the statue.

The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum. pic.twitter.com/A0MOnISH1N
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 23, 2020

She is a Democrat and, just like other Democratic politicians right now, is catering to the mob and going all-in on their “cancel culture” demands.

The statue represents the long struggle for freedom for all in the United States.
An older generation of black men and women were taught to appreciate historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, flaws and all.
Yet activists today have already torn down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who military brilliance helped liberate slaves in the Confederacy.
A younger generation is clearly being taught raw hatred for the United States.

Folden, Richardson and Cole acted in a bold, educated and fearless manner last week. And they did not need a pretentious Harvard pedigree to do so.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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NYPD Hits Rock Bottom: 272 Officers File for Retirement, Lowest Morale in Over 38 Years

With anti-police rhetoric on the rise and a decision by local leadership to partially defund the police and completely disband the city’s plainclothes anti-crime unit, it should not come as a surprise that a shocking number of New York City police officers want out.
According to the New York Post, 272 NYPD officers filed retirement papers in the month following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

That is a noticeable increase from the 183 officers who filed for retirement during the same time period last year.
Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, said it best: “We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’ And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”
Meanwhile, Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said morale in the department is “at the lowest levels I’ve seen in 38 years.”
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No sane person can blame police officers for wanting to call it quits. This is especially true in the Big Apple, where the men and women in blue were targets of left-wing mobs even before Floyd’s death unleashed the latest wave of anti-police fervor.
Last July, mobs dumped buckets of water on New York police officers. The work environment for the NYPD only got worse as the summer went on, with people throwing concrete and bottles at the cops.

Over the past month, the hostile work environment for police officers has become even more severe.
Two weeks after Floyd’s death, an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, an African-American man, after Brooks resisted arrest and aimed the officer’s taser at him. Now, the officer faces a murder charge.
The message to law enforcement officers in Democrat-run jurisdictions is clear: You have no right to self-defense, and every split-second, difficult decision you make will be second-guessed.
With all of these developments, it should come as no surprise that a large number of officers will want to head for the exits. Sadly, the anti-police environment will make it harder to find good men and women to replace the retiring officers.
While it’s not surprising that a blue exodus would occur in New York and other major cities, such a phenomenon will have devastating consequences for people who live in those communities. A crime wave has already erupted in NYC even before nearly 300 police officers announced their retirement.

In the week following the city’s decision to disband its plainclothes unit, a total of 28 murders occurred in America’s largest metropolis. At the same time last year, only 12 murders took place.
Similarly, the New York Post reported that there were 97 murders through the third week of this month, compared with 89 murders throughout all of June 2019. This problem will only get worse with fewer police officers on the streets.
Ironically, the crime wave will most impact the people who left-wing mobs claim to be fighting on behalf of. As New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz explained during an appearance on Fox News earlier this month, “If you look at the recent crime spike, it’s happening primarily in black neighborhoods.”

So much for the idea that “Black Lives Matter.” No wonder African immigrant Nestride Yumga described the activists who constantly chant that phrase as “hypocrites.”
As Yumga pointed out, “When black people kill black people, they don’t come out and do this crap.” Sadly, more black Americans will become crime victims because of BLM activists’ rush to demonize the police.
As the hatred of law enforcement has reached a fever pitch in this country, some Americans have decided to show their appreciation to those who serve and protect. For her part, Yumga has repeatedly delivered meals to police officers in her city of Washington.
Unfortunately, such kind gestures might not be enough to persuade officers to stay on the job.

Deciding whether to become a cop or remain a cop requires a cost-benefit analysis.
For many, including the 272 NYPD officers who have decided to retire, the benefit of appreciation from a handful of businesses and patriotic Americans does not outweigh the costs of constant demonization and risk of serious injury or death they face on a daily basis.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Liberal Environmentalist Apologizes for ‘Climate Scare’ He Says Has ‘Misled the Public’

A prominent environmentalist and climate change activist has penned an open letter apologizing for what he calls a three-decade “climate scare.”
Michael Shellenberger, the founder and president of the nonprofit Environmental Progress, has been on the front lines of the battle to warn of the irreversible effects of climate change for decades.

On Monday, the activist wrote that he and others in his field have been guilty of misleading the global population about the dangers posed by climate change.
“On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world,” Shellenberger wrote on the Environmental Progress website.
“It’s not even our most serious environmental problem,” he added.
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Noting he has been an environmentalist for 30 years, Shellenberger further added he felt he needed to set the record straight, and his sources are the same often cited by green community leaders.
“[A]s an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public,” he wrote.

The author of the letter stood behind his words and sourcing on his Twitter page.

Apocalypse Never has 1,103 endnotes, which cover 100+ pages of the 400+ page book
All sources are best-available science including as assessed by IPCC, FAO, IUCN, IPBES, & other scientific bodies
Plus historical, & archival, ethnographic research https://t.co/9I3RweqF2V
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 30, 2020

Shellenberger went on to write in his apology that humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction,” and called into question some of the positions hardline climate activists have taken over recent years and decades.
“The Amazon is not ‘the lungs of the world,’” he wrote. “Climate change is not making natural disasters worse… Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003.”

“The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska,” he added.
Shellenberger also claimed that natural disasters are not being exacerbated by climate change, which is often inferred by activists and shared by some national media outlets.
“The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California,” he wrote.
Shellenberger further noted he feels that the loss of natural habitats and the killings of animals are bigger threats to the delicate ecosystems than climate change and argued that more, not less, industrial agriculture is needed to prevent future pandemics, such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not,” he wrote, noting he has dedicated his entire adult life to environmentalism.
“For years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ threat to human civilization, and called it a ‘crisis,’” he wrote. “I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. … I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.”
Shellenberger further wrote in the long apology that the movement to preserve the environment has been taken over by people such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for financial, political and ideological purposes.
The activist penned the apology ahead of the release of his new book, “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.”

Shellenberger writes a column for Forbes, where the apology was first published, but the outlet has taken the article down without explanation.
The link to the environmental activist’s apology takes readers to a message that reads, “This page is no longer active.”
Shellenberger accused Forbes of censoring him.

Forbes has censored my article.
I have reposted it here:https://t.co/PPcd2DrinO
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 29, 2020

The activist wrote a similar piece for Forbes in May 2019 arguing against climate alarmism, but that piece is still published.
In 2008, Shellenberger was praised as a hero for his environmental advocacy by Time.
Shellenberger’s claims in his apology letter, and the motives behind them, are being questioned by some users on social media.

My book, which you haven’t read, has been praised by a murderers’ row of climate and environmental scientists
Your book, which I *have* read, argues for using the “climate emergency” as a strategy for imposing socialism on the American people https://t.co/yJr6hP6vrp
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) June 29, 2020

But as of Tuesday, no prominent environmentalists or climate advocacy groups have issued an official retort to his letter or the claims he makes in the upcoming book.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Fortnite Appears To Bow to BLM Crowd, Erases Police Cars from Wildly Popular Kids Video Game

“Fortnite” is a popular game for kids, and even some adults.
But players noticed something was missing from the game when it updated this month, and it is raising some eyebrows.

The game, if you aren’t familiar, sees 100 players drop from a flying school bus onto a map where they scrounge for gear and weapons before battling it out as the playing area shrinks.
The last team or player standing at the end of each game is declared the winner.
It’s a silly, cartoonish game that — like most things for kids — is fine in doses.
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I’ve played it with my son for several years now on the Xbox console, and the guns in the game don’t bother me a bit.
As a proud gun owner, I’ve taught my children the dangers of guns, as well as the necessity to own them. They are well aware that the guns in games are to be differentiated with the ones I carry and shoot.

But what is missing from perhaps the world’s most popular game isn’t guns.
Fortnite’s vast collection of decorative police cars is now gone, without a clear explanation, which is leading game bloggers, players and gun-toting dads to wonder why.
The video game blog Kotaku noted that when the game updated on June 17, the police cars that once lined some streets on the game were gone.
“‘Fortnite’s map used to be littered with police cars, along with other vehicles like trucks, passenger cars, and ice cream trucks,” the blog reported.
“While there are still some vehicles on the map after this week’s update, players — the staff of Kotaku included — haven’t been able to find any police cars on the battle royale island. There aren’t any to be found in Creative mode either,” the blog added.

Game blogger Riley MacLeod noted after looking into the issue in the game mode where players are not engaged in battle, police cars can no longer be used to decorate a player’s game in the open Creative mode.
“I tested a dozen junk rifts in Creative mode myself, but I never saw a police car,” MacLeod wrote.
I ran through the game a few times in each mode and I noted the same result; decorative cop cars have been scrubbed from the map.
Amid nationwide civil unrest following the death of George Floyd in May, and as sentiment against law enforcement that is spreading like a Chinese virus throughout the country, would the “Fortnite” developer, Epic Games Inc., really decide that police cars are a bridge too far in a game where kids mow each other down with green automatic weapons?

Yes, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a political statement. I think it’s just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with” https://t.co/oH6anrn5wi
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 22, 2020

The outlet reported the removal of police cars was a direct response to Floyd’d death while in police custody.

The Western Journal has reached out to Epic Games for comment.
In a June 3 statement, prior to the removal of police imagery on the game, Epic, like all good virtue-signaling companies, apparently felt compelled to comment on Floyd’s death.
“Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color. We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing,” the company told the “Fortnite” community in a statement.
“We believe in equality and justice, diversity and inclusion, and that these fundamentals are above politics,” the statement added. “The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities.”

While the company didn’t explicitly state that it would remove cop cars, they are gone from “Fortnite.”
The game industry has taken notice.

Fortnite no longer contains police cars https://t.co/S782pwlhz1 pic.twitter.com/h8Xyu6KBuv
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) June 22, 2020

Fortnite has removed cop cars following worldwide protests against police brutality https://t.co/ap0qMSHICG
— Eurogamer (@eurogamer) June 22, 2020

“Fortnite” boasts 350 million users, and the game is marketed to kids.
Apparently the company’s response to ongoing nationwide violence against police officers and a coordinated effort by Black Lives Matter and other radical left-wing groups to destabilize the country is to subtly remove all things related to police officers.

The company wants your kids or grandkids to fight to the death in a virtual battle to the last child, and begs them to spend your money on worthless in-game currency while doing so.
That’s of course after they jump out of a school bus.
Cop cars, though? They’ve apparently been canceled.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Ted Cruz Furious After Medal of Honor Sold Like a Cheap Trinket at Foreign Auction

A German auction house disregarded pleas from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the National Medal of Honor Museum and on Thursday sold a U.S. Medal of Honor for $15,000. The medal had been awarded to Pvt. Thomas Kelly for his heroism during the Spanish-American War, according to Stars and Stripes. The Munich-based auction…
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SCOTUS Hands School Choice Movement Victory, Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayer Funding for Religious Schools

The Supreme Court gave a victory to the school choice movement by striking down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schhols.
Via Fox News:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a ban on taxpayer funding for religious schools, in a narrow but significant win for the school choice movement.
In the 5-4 ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court essentially backed a Montana tax-credit scholarship program that gave residents up to a $150 credit for donating to private scholarship organizations, helping students pay for their choice of private schools.
The state’s revenue department made a rule banning those tax-credit scholarships from going to religious schools before the state’s supreme court later struck down the entire program.
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“A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” Roberts wrote in the court’s opinion.
Under the program, a family receiving a scholarship originally could use it at any “qualified education provider,” which the court’s opinion noted means “any private school that meets certain accreditation, testing, and safety requirements.”

The Montana Department of Revenue, citing the state constitution, then changed the definition of “qualified education provider” to exclude those “owned or controlled in whole or in part by any church, religious sect, or denomination.” This was over the objection of the state attorney general.
This is a big win for religious education and the school choice movement and could very well lead to an overall improvement in public education as well as they’re forced to compete more with the private sector.

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DNC Stunningly Tweets Trump Celebrating 4th of July at Mount Rushmore is “Glorifying White Supremacy”

The anti-American Democrat National Committee (DNC) has now officially gone on record that cebrating 4th of July at Mount Rushmore is “glorifying white supremacy.” Seriously, the Democrats have gone so far into the deep end of the leftist pool it’s hard to recognize them anymore: We had to include a screenshot of this fantastic tweet…
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‘This Is Not Seattle’: Okla. Prosecutor Revives Law and Order, Announces Terrorism Charges

Residents of Seattle and other major cities looking to relocate because of the violence and lawlessness that has erupted there in recent weeks can add the Oklahoma City area to their list of possible destinations. The district attorney there has made it clear that he values law and order. Like Seattle and virtually every other…
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Oklahoma Sports Team Removes National Anthem from Games

Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN’s scream-fest “First Take,” likes him some attention. Therefore, I wasn’t too surprised when he tried to make the point back in 2017 that playing the national anthem before games was “injecting politics” into sports.
This, of course, was in the early days of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling controversy. During a segment on the show, Kellerman said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback “did not go looking for a protest. It came to him.”

“He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem. And even if it was a rule that you did, is that Colin Kaepernick injecting politics into the NFL? No. That’s the NFL injecting politics by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it in the first place.”

Kellerman has had plenty of hot takes since then, so why did this one stick in my craw so long? Part of it is the gall of it — the idea that merely asking someone to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or playing it at games was inherently problematic and making a point. This was a curious argument, one that I was sure wasn’t going to get revived by anyone who didn’t have a daily show for which to fill up air time.
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Alas, this is 2020 and I’ve been proven wrong yet again in a deeply unpleasant way.
In a news release Wednesday, the low-tier Oklahoma soccer team Tulsa Athletic announced it would be playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” before games instead of the national anthem.

“Tulsa Athletic’s mission is to create an inclusive community through the game of soccer,” the news release read.

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“After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave…,’ Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not align with the club’s core values.
“While this verse is rarely sung, Tulsa Athletic does not believe ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ represents or unites their diverse players, fans and community.”

Official Club statement regarding our announcement of playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land” before home matches.
Official Press Release – https://t.co/QfKmpFdcbX pic.twitter.com/iCHWO4cK6y
— Tulsa-Athletic (@TTownSoccer) June 24, 2020

It’s worth noting there’s some controversy over what this verse even means, but more on that anon. Sonny Dalesandro, co-owner of Tulsa Athletic, insists that the national anthem just isn’t a fit for the current moment.
“From our beginning, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance at Tulsa Athletic,” Dalesandro said in the news release.
“We utilize this right as a club to continually try and improve our team and community. We believe ‘This Land Is Your Land’ not only captures a powerful patriotic sentiment, but that it does so in a far more inclusive way. The song speaks to this country being built and shared by every person of every race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. It represents a future Tulsa Athletic is committed to striving for.”
The club now describes “This Land is Your Land” as its “song of patriotism” and says “players and fans can sing along if they are comfortable.”

“As always, all forms of patriotic expression are welcomed and respected at Tulsa Athletic’s matches,” the news release said.
Just not, you know, that one. The one with the verse that mentions the word “slave” in a verse.
Well, as choices for replacements to “The Star-Spangled Banner” go, I suppose it beats “Alice’s Restaurant” by Guthrie’s son, Arlo. After all, that’s 18-and-a-half minutes long and you’ll have to explain that whole part about “… excepting Alice” to the kids.
I suppose the whole point behind this, much like Max Kellerman’s hot take on the anthem being political, is that it gets them some much-needed attention. After all, they’re not exactly the best-known soccer team in the nation, or even in Oklahoma.

However, let’s not pretend this is about the word “slave” being in the national anthem. For one thing, that part is never sung before sporting events. And in fact, no one’s even sure that Francis Scott Key even meant “slave” as we usually interpret it.
“To some critics who believe the reference to be racial, it’s significant that among the British troops Key fought against in Maryland during the War of 1812 were the Corps of Colonial Marines, free persons of color who had formerly been slaves,” Walter Olson wrote in National Review in 2017.
“But there are other possibilities to consider, too.
“At the time Key was writing, the word ‘slave’ … had long functioned in English as a wide-ranging epithet, hurled at persons of any and all colors, nationalities, and conditions of servitude or otherwise.”

Olson notes that of the over 180 times that the word was used in Shakespeare’s writings, only one third were used in his Roman and Greek plays — in other words, to refer to literal slaves.
Instead, it was often used like this line from Hamlet: “O what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”
Instead, this is the Max Kellerman argument: The national anthem is now political to Tulsa Athletic and they’re going to do away with it. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is now a political document, and whether you embrace it is indicative of whether you’re a Republican or Democrat.
This is Tulsa Athletic’s right, I suppose, but  one wishes the team would drop the pretense of this being about “a culture of inclusion and acceptance.” It’s about division.

The reason they chose Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” — as opposed to, say, “America the Beautiful” — is that Guthrie was a leftist. (Who, by the way, used words much worse than “slave.”)
This isn’t to say that the song isn’t any good; it’s a classic.
It’s just not a replacement for the national anthem, nor in the running for it. This is about Tulsa Athletic’s identity as a left-leaning organization — and about “injecting politics” into sports.
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Son of Muhammad Ali Rips ‘Racist’ BLM, Says Father Would Have Called Them ‘Devils’

Four years after the death of boxer and activist Muhammad Ali, the legendary fighter’s son said he is confident his father would have supported President Donald Trump and opposed the Black Lives Matter movement.
Speaking with the New York Post, Muhammad Ali Jr. said, “I think Trump’s a good president. My father would have supported him. Trump’s not a racist; he’s for all the people. Democrats are the ones who are racist and not for everybody.”

Muhammad Ali’s son says dad would have hated ‘racist’ Black Lives Matter https://t.co/HeCg2RgHqe pic.twitter.com/vuMkFRXkOW
— New York Post (@nypost) June 20, 2020

Regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, Ali Jr. did not mince words. He said he believes his father would have described the BLM activists who have gone on rampages in major cities as “devils.” Ali Jr. said he believes BLM is “racist.”
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The fact that Muhammad Ali’s son thinks his father would have supported Trump probably horrifies BLM activists, who want to portray themselves as civil rights protesters like Ali. The fighter famously refused to be drafted during the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs.
However, Ali Jr. made it clear he does not classify the BLM protests in the same category as his father’s activism. According to the younger Ali, the Black Lives Matter movement is “no different from Muslim terrorists,” adding “they’re terrorizing the community.”

Ali Jr. also slammed the BLM anarchists for “f—ing up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops.”
Ali Jr. isn’t the first relative of a deceased civil rights icon to express unease with the Black Lives Matter movement. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., urged protesters to respond to the death of George Floyd with “love,” not violence.

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As for the left-wing activists who see themselves as the freedom fighters of this generation, many of their objectives directly contradict what Dr. King stood for.
The “autonomous zone” protesters, who have created an enclave known as “CHOP” within the city of Seattle, have demanded the creation of racially segregated hospitals.
Dr. King, on the other hand, had a different vision for America. He dreamed about a country where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

The fact that the anarchists populating “CHOP” would come up with such a ridiculous demand should not come as much of a surprise. After all, these people don’t really seem to care about achieving racial equality. Rather, they want to use that issue as an excuse to push a radical agenda.
Part of that agenda involves defunding the police, a step that New York City already has partially taken. Muhammad Ali Jr. strongly pushed back on the demonization of police: “Not all the police are bad; there’s just a few,” he said. “There’s a handful of police that are crooked; they should be locked up.”
Regarding his own experiences with police, Ali Jr. said, “I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.”
Sadly, in the time since Ali’s death in June 2016, the sports world has been hijacked by social justice warriors. NFL great Brett Favre actually compared Colin Kaepernick — the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem and wore socks depicting police officers as pigs — to Pat Tillman.

Tillman gave up his NFL career to serve in the U.S. Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He ended up losing his life to friendly fire three years later at the age of 27. Every entitled left-wing activist wants to portray themselves in the mold of Pat Tillman or Muhammad Ali, but they don’t come close.
The ESPN ESPY Awards, which took place June 21, turned into a public service announcement for BLM. After previously expressing disapproval of football players kneeling for the national anthem to protest police brutality, NFL quarterback Drew Brees caved to the radical left and began reciting BLM talking points.
Ultimately, Americans will never know for sure how Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, actually would feel about Trump and Black Lives Matter.
But based on the radical left going far off the deep end since Ali’s death, it seems logical that “The Greatest” might want to push back on snowflake culture and the regressive politics of the left.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Brutal Cartoon Shows Truth About the BLM Movement that Leftists Want to Hide

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to replace their police department with a department of community safety and violence prevention.
It turns out that over this same period of time, the city council has hired private security to to protect three of their council members from “threats” at taxpayer expense to the tune of $4,500 per day. According to Fox9 News:
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The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd, FOX 9 has learned.
A city spokesperson said the private security details have cost taxpayers $63,000 over the past three weeks.

The three council members who have the security detail – Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9)– have been outspoken proponents of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.
So the average citizen will have a department of community saftey and violence prevention “prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach” run by a director who “will have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches” for protection while their city council gets personal armed guards.
Apparently in Minneapolis it is security for some, the elite, those in office, but not for the public at large who pays the bill either way.

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Ex-DNI Dick Grenell Shreds Democrat’s Russia Bounty Scandal Narrative: ‘I Never Heard This’

The Trump administration, as well as its former intelligence chief, pushed back hard this weekend over a New York Times report claiming President Donald Trump had been briefed on an intelligence assessment that said a Russian military unit was doling out bounties to terrorists in Afghanistan when the terrorists killed members of the U.S.-led coalition.
According to The New York Times, a Russian military intelligence unit covertly offered the bounties for killing coalition troops in Afghanistan.

The Times, much of whose reporting was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, said it learned of the intelligence assessment from “officials briefed on the matter” who it did not name.
The Times report said it was uncertain which, if any, of the 20 American deaths in Afghanistan last year might have been linked to bounties paid by the Russians. The report said “Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money.”
The intelligence assessment upon which The Times based its report was discussed in March by the National Security Council, according to the newspaper, which also claimed that Trump was briefed on the allegation.
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Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell lashed out after Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California attacked Trump over the claim that the president had been briefed on the matter.
“I never heard this,” he tweeted Saturday. “And it’s disgusting how you continue to politicize intelligence. You clearly don’t understand how raw intel gets verified.

“Leaks of partial information to reporters from anonymous sources is dangerous because people like you manipulate it for political gain.”

I never heard this. And it’s disgusting how you continue to politicize intelligence. You clearly don’t understand how raw intel gets verified. Leaks of partial information to reporters from anonymous sources is dangerous because people like you manipulate it for political gain. https://t.co/403X9AVGAC
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 27, 2020

On Sunday morning, Trump fired off angry tweets denying the claim made by The Times.
“Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us,” he tweeted.
“Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration,” Trump added. “With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax.

“Who is their ‘source’?” he tweeted, adding a later tweet casting doubt on the accuracy of the report.

…Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine – Where’s Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their “source”?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020

The Fake News @ nytimes must reveal its “anonymous” source. Bet they can’t do it, this “person” probably does not even exist! https://t.co/pdg4AjybOG
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020

The allegation became political fodder after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden used it to criticize Trump.
“Not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia for this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin,” Biden said during a virtual town hall event, according to The Times.

“His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale. It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation, to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way,” the former vice president added.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said the truth about the allegations regarding Russia’s actions needs to be ascertained:

I expect the Trump Administration to take such allegations seriously and inform Congress immediately as to the reliability of these news reports.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 27, 2020

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement pushing back against the claim that Trump was briefed,  although she did not reject the allegations against Russia.
“The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day and they are subject to strict scrutiny,” she said in a statement.
“While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” McEnany added.
“This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter,” the statement said.

However, The Times was adamant.
“We stand by our story, the details of which have not been denied by the President’s own National Security agencies,” a New York Times spokesperson told The Hill.
But Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe denied that Trump or Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed on the bounty allegations.

“The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.” (2/2)
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) June 28, 2020

“The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate. The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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