Critics Say Hillary Clinton's First Novel Trashes Biden-Esque Character as a 'Fool'

Hillary Rodham Clinton has released a novel under her name, State of Terror, in which critics claim she gets even with Joe Biden and Donald Trump for beating her to the White House by characterizing one as a “fool” and the other as “terrifying” and dangerous.
The novel, released last Tuesday, is a political thriller following the fictional contretemps surrounding the career of a new U.S. Secretary of State, “Ellen Adams,” as she rushes to solve a public response to a terror plot against the country.

In the book she “co-wrote” with novelist Louise Penny, Clinton’s Sec. of State character is forced to prevent the terror plot after what is obviously fashioned as an administration led by a troublesome, Trump-like president, called “Eric Dunn” in the novel. During the story, Sec. Adams not only battles terrorists but faces a series of sexist microaggressions that she defeats with the girl power of her female staff.
While she takes potshots at her Trump-like president, critics say she also levels both barrels at a Joe Biden-like president who is characterized as a “fool,” USA Today wrote.
Clinton’s “fool” Biden stand-in president is named “Doug Williams” in the thriller.

“So the novel can reasonably be read as settling scores with both the man who beat her – Dunn is not far short of an elected Hannibal Lecter – and the man who then bested him,” The Guardian’s Mark Lawson wrote.
Clinton says that the basis of the story was conceived during the 2020 presidential campaign when she “hoped” Joe Biden would beat Trump. Still, the plot gets actual history backward. In the book, it is the Trumpian character who gives Afghanistan away to the Taliban; in reality, that travesty occurred under Biden’s watch. The novel also portrays the Trumpian president as having profited from scheming foreign governments, furthering her false claims of “Russian collusion” against Trump that have all been proven to be based on lies.
In reality, Donald Trump is the only president in modern times whose personal net worth fell during his presidency, instead of growing exponentially.
Clinton added that the Ellen Adams character is loosely based on the personality of former Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher, who died in April of 2019.
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William Shatner Trolls George Takei for Remarks Mocking 90-Year-Old's 'Unfit Guinea Pig' Space Flight

The seemingly neverending feud between Star Trek legends William Shatner and George Takei spilled out all over Twitter this weekend when Shatner fired back at Takei for calling him an “unfit guinea pig” upon his return from a record-breaking space trip.
On Friday, Page Six quoted the left-wing activist Takei taking several potshots at Shatner after his former Star Trek co-star ventured into space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket, calling him a 90-year-old “guinea pig” that is “boldly going where other people have gone before.”

“He’s boldly going where other people have gone before,” Takei snarked. “He’s a guinea pig, 90 years old and it’s important to find out what happens.”
“So 90 years old is going to show a great deal more on the wear and tear on the human body, so he’ll be a good specimen to study,” he added. “Although he’s not the fittest specimen of 90 years old, so he’ll be a specimen that’s unfit!”
In a Twitter post on Friday that quickly went viral, Shatner suggested that Takei only denigrates him for attention.

Don’t hate George. The only time he gets press is when he talks bad about me. He claims 50+ years ago I took away a camera angle that denied him 30 more seconds of prime time TV. 🏼‍♂️ I’m giving it back to him now by letting him spew his hatred for the world to see! Bill the 🐷
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 16, 2021
Shatner has previously commented on Takei’s longstanding beef, calling it a “psychosis” that is both pitiful and said.
“There’s a psychosis there,” Shatner previously said. “There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him unhappy that he takes it out on me … Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It’s sad, I feel nothing but pity for him.”
While becoming a social media star throughout the past decade, George Takei has been a geyser of incendiary, far-left hot takes. For instance, during the controversy over standing for the National Anthem, the actor compared it to North Korea, prompting severe backlash online.
“You know where citizens are required to stand for the National Anthem? North Korea,” he tweeted at the time.
In 2017, during the height of the #MeToo movement, Takei came under fire when an interview surfaced of him on The Howard Stern Show appearing to brag about grabbing skittish men by the crotch. He later apologized, saying he liked to portray a type of raunchy grandpa when appearing on the shock jock’s show.

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Hutchinson: Trump’s Stolen Election Claims 'Recipe for Disaster’ in 2022

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Republicans will lose the 2022 midterm election if the focus is on former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Anchor Chuck Todd said, “Among the bizarre statements that the former President Donald Trump released this week was this one when he said, ‘If we don’t solve the presidential election fraud of 2020’ — his bizarre characterization  which he claims — ‘which we have thoroughly and conclusively documents, Republicans won’t be voting in 2022 and 2024.’ There are some Senate Republicans I’ve talked to who believe President Trump’s actions in Georgia encouraged people not to vote. Are you concerned this is only going to hurt Republican turnout in the midterms?”

Hutchinson said, “Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022. Let’s talk about the future. The election has passed, it’s been certified. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be. It’s about the future. It’s not about the last election. And those kinds of comments are not constructive.”

He added, “We can win in 2022, and we’re going to, but let’s focus on the important issue of our supply chain, of getting over this pandemic, about freedom and not the last election.”
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Box Office: ‘Halloween Kills’ Carves Out $50.4 Million to Take #1 Spot

“Halloween Kills” may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The David Gordon Green-directed horror scared up $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Universal’s “Halloween Kills” far surpassed expectations, which had the film pegged for a more conservative debut in the $30 million range. It also easily bested its main competition, which included the James Bond pic “No Time to Die,” in its second weekend, and Ridley Scott’s medieval epic “The Last Duel.” Both are playing exclusively in theaters.

The film picks up where Green’s 2018 “Halloween” left off, on the same bloody night, with Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode. Some were surprised when the studio made the decision to release “Halloween Kills” simultaneously in theaters and on NBC Universal’s Peacock for premium subscribers, but the day-and-date strategy does not seem to have hurt its box office haul.
“David Gordon Green crafted an incredibly terrifying continuation of this franchise that our core audience was more than eager to come out to the theater to see,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution. “Audiences want to be out, they want to be in theaters, and they want to experience it communally.”
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Before “Halloween Kills,” which had a reported $20 million production budget, the biggest day-and-date opening of the year was Warner Bros.′ “Godzilla vs. Kong” which grossed $32.2 million in its first weekend while also being available on HBO Max. It’s a best for a pandemic-era horror opening, narrowly beating out “A Quiet Place Part II.”
The 2018 “Halloween” was a massive hit that opened to $76.2 million and went on to gross north of $256 million against a $10 million budget. And there are plans for a third that will close out the modern Michael Myers trilogy.
The opening weekend crowd for “Halloween Kills” was slightly more male (52%), and it was diverse (36% Caucasian, 34% Hispanic and 18% Black), according to exit polls.
“Horror movies have been a mainstay of the box office throughout the pandemic,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst. “Audiences just love seeing horror movies in a movie theater. … But this also isn’t just a horror movie, ‘Halloween’ is a huge brand, and this is 43 years in the making.”

The James Bond film “No Time To Die” slid into second place in its second weekend in North America with $24.3 million, which is down only 56% from last weekend and brings its total to $99.5 million. Globally, “No Time to Die” has earned $447,521 million.
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Further down the charts is “The Last Duel,” Scott’s 14th century drama starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver, which has earned only an estimated $4.8 million from 3,065 locations despite positive reviews and an exclusive theatrical run. Distributed by the Walt Disney Co., “The Last Duel” was a title the company inherited in the deal with 20th Century Fox.
Next week Warner Bros.’ big budget adaptation of “Dune” opens in North American theaters and on HBO Max, as does Disney’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.”

“Every week we’re getting a lesson in the dynamics of this marketplace as related to the various release models,” said Dergarabedian. “‘Halloween Kills’ is important because people could have just sat at home where the buy-in was modest. This is evidence of the power of the movie theater and its allure and appeal to the moviegoer.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. “Halloween Kills,” $50.4 million.
2. “No Time to Die,” $24.3 million.
3. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” $16.5 million.
4. “The Addams Family 2,” $7.2 million.
5. “The Last Duel,” $4.8 million.
6. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” $3.5 million.
7. “Free Guy,” $680,000.
8. “Lamb,” $543,000.
9. “Candyman,” $460,000.
10. “Dear Evan Hansen,” $410,000.

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AR Gov. Hutchinson: GOP Opposing Private Sector Vaccine Mandates Not 'Practical' or 'Principled'

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Republican governors’ opposition to private employer’s vaccine mandates was not “practical” or “principled.”
Anchor Chuck Todd said, “We have evidence here that mandates work. Let me show you statistics in your state. On August 1st, 36% of the state was fully vaccinated. After the vaccine mandate was announced and you had companies like Tyson and Walmart in your state essentially announce their own vaccine mandate, vaccine acceptance went up 30%, got 46% of the state now. Is that not a statement that vaccine mandates had an impact?”

Hutchinson said, “Absolutely, it does indicate that. Our health care workers, many of our hospitals put in a requirement for vaccines, and the rate goes up. So, yes, there is an effectiveness there. Let me make it clear that when I say I don’t believe we ought to be engaging in mandates, I’m speaking of the government mandates, whether it’s a federal government mandate or a state government mandate.”

He continued, “The states are sometimes coming in and saying, ‘Employers should not have the ability to impose a vaccine requirement on their workers.’ To me, that’s the wrong direction as well. It’s not practical in terms of creating that debate, but it’s not principled either. So I am a defender of the employer’s right to provide a healthy workplace. You would have just as many workers say, ‘I don’t want to work there because it’s not a healthy workplace, because not everybody’s going to be vaccinated.’ The employers are in a tough position. They would have the prerogative to make those decisions, and I support that.”
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Director David Zucker Blasts Cancel Culture: 'Airplane!' Could Be Made Today 'Just Without the Jokes'

Airplane! director David Zucker has hit out against cancel culture, saying that it is ruining comedy and making studios do silly things like putting trigger warnings on classic movies.
“Could you make Airplane! today? My response: ‘Of course, we could. Just without the jokes,’” he wrote in an essay for Commentary magazine.

David Zucker revealed that Paramount Pictures had second thoughts about re-releasing Airplane! for its 40th anniversary last year over concerns that the movie would offend some people. Paramount actually “discussed withholding the re-release over feared backlash for scenes that today would be deemed ‘insensitive,’” Zucker wrote.
The scenes in question include the “jive” scene, in which Leave It to Beaver actress Barbara Billingsley, who is white, translates for two black characters who speak “jive.”
“I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said to me, ‘You couldn’t do that scene today,’” Zucker added.

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While Zucker doesn’t mention “cancel culture” by name in the essay, he refers to the cultural veto power that “9 percent” of the population wields.
“There is a very vocal, though I believe small, percentage of the population that can’t differentiate between Glue Sniffing Joke and Glue Sniffing Drug Problem,” he wrote.
“It is these people whom studio executives fear when they think twice about rereleasing Airplane! on its 40th anniversary, when they put disclaimers in front of Blazing Saddles, or when they pressure writers to remove jokes that are otherwise perfectly offensive.”
HBO Max has put a trigger warning before Blazing Saddles, cautioning audiences that the movie features “racist language and attitudes.”
Zucker argued that such a mindset isn’t conducive to creativity.
“Comedy cannot thrive in a state of fear. For me, as for many comedians, the need to get laughs is greater than the risk of getting hurt.”
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Fauci: Vaccine Mandates for Essential Workers 'Appropriate' in a Pandemic

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that he supports essential workers having vaccine mandates given the pandemic.
Anchor Chris Wallace said, “In a number of question places, police, pilots, health workers, are threatening job action if vaccine mandates are enforced.”

He added, “When we are talking about essential workers may be going off the job, like half a police force, should local officials and corporate executives back off enforcing these mandates?”

Fauci said, “Well, Chris, I am not comfortable telling people what they should do under normal circumstances, but we are not in normal circumstances right now.”
He added, “Take the police. We know now that the statistics, more police officers dive COVID, and they do have other causes of death. It does not make any sense if you are not trying to protect yourself as well as the colleagues that you work with. If we could get people to think about that. Think about the implications of not getting vaccinated when you’re in a position where you have a responsible job, and you want to protect yourself because you are needed at your job. Whether you are a police officer or a pilot or any other of those kinds of occupations.”
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WATCH: Tennessee Fans Pelt Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin with Garbage, Golf Ball

Tennessee fans pelted Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin with cans, cups, garbage, and even at least one golf ball at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s an emotional game, and fans are emotional, but you never expect something like that, to see all that stuff come flying out of the stands,” Kiffin said, according to ESPN. “I got hit with a golf ball, but at least whoever threw it was smart enough to throw a dirty range ball.”

Rational response from Tennessee fans to throw shit all over the field.
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) October 17, 2021
The outpouring of disgust from Tennessee fans occurred with only 54 seconds remaining when officials ruled that Tennessee tight end Jacob Warren was stopped just short of the first-down marker on a fourth-and-24 play.

This is banana land!!! The cheerleaders aren’t safe!
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) October 17, 2021

Threw a whole damn mustard bottle on the field
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 17, 2021
After replay officials upheld the call, fans went wild. And as the garbage fell, security officials whisked personnel from the sidelines.

Lane Kiffin caught a water bottle on his way out of Neyland Stadium — and tossed his visor back 😅
— ESPN (@espn) October 17, 2021

This catch by Lane Kiffin as Ole Miss exited Neyland Stadium ὄ
(via @LateKickJosh)
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 17, 2021
According to ESPN, some Ole Miss cheerleaders were struck with some of the mess coming down from the stands.

“There were a number of bottles with some brown stuff in them,” Kiffin said. “I’m not sure what it was. It probably wasn’t moonshine. They probably wouldn’t waste moonshine on me.”
Kiffin also reportedly responded that he was glad he didn’t get hit by the golf ball.

Lane Kiffin on win vs. Tennessee: “Relief. I don’t know if I’m more excited we found a way to win or I didn’t get hit by a golf ball they were throwing at me.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 17, 2021
University of Tennessee administrators were furious at the fans’ behavior. Donde Plowman, UT’s chancellor, tweeted that she was “astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol fans at the end of tonight’s game.”

I am astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol fans at the end of tonight’s game. Good sportsmanship must be part of who we are as Volunteers. Behavior that puts student-athletes, visitors and other fans at risk is not something we will tolerate. 1/2
— Donde Plowman (@DondePlowman) October 17, 2021
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Government Watchdog Group Accuses Jen Psaki of Violating Hatch Act

A government watchdog organization has filed a complaint accusing White House press secretary Jen Psaki of violating the Hatch Act.
The news came after she appeared to praise Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during her briefing on Thursday, the New York Post reported Friday.

“The complaint from Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW) to the Office of Special Counsel alleged that Psaki had improperly used her office to affect the outcome of next month’s election,” the outlet said.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, right, gestures as Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry McAuliffe, left, listens during a debate at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
She had been asked if the Biden administration believed McAuliffe’s race against Republican Glenn Youngkin was a “bellwether” before the 2022 midterm elections, the Post article continued:
“Well, I have to be a little careful about how much political analysis I do from here,” Psaki began before saying that President Biden “of course wants former Gov. McAuliffe to be the future governor of Virginia. There is alignment on a lot of their agenda, whether it is the need to invest in rebuilding our roads, rails, and bridges, or making it easier for women to rejoin the workforce.”
“We’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing,” she noted.

In a press release, CREW said the comments appeared to be an endorsement of his candidacy, and detailed the Hatch Act.
“The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from ‘us[ing their] official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.’ ‘Political activity’ is defined as ‘an activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group,’” it stated.

BREAKING: We just filed a Hatch Act complaint against Jen Psaki, because no administration is above the law
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 15, 2021
CREW’s complaint accuses her of “impermissibly mixing official government business with advocacy for former Governor McAuliffe’s election.”
“[W]hile Ms. Psaki did not explicitly urge voting for Governor McAuliffe, her statements appear to have been aimed at his success in a partisan political election,” the document said.
It also encouraged the Office of Special Counsel to “commence an immediate investigation into the conduct described in this letter and take any appropriate disciplinary action against Ms. Psaki.”
Psaki responded during an interview on CNN Friday, stating, “I take ethics seriously. So does this president, of course. As I understand it, if I had said ‘he’ instead of ‘we,’ that would not have been an issue at all, and I’ll be more careful with my words next time. Words certainly matter.”

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Exclusive: 'Release Them' – Hong Kong, Tibetan Activists Arrested at Acropolis for Protesting China Olympics

Greek police arrested two activists at the Acropolis in Athens for protesting against the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.
On Sunday, police in Athens detained 22-year-old exiled Hong Kong activist Joey Siu and 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang, both of whom are American citizens. The two activists were seen waving the Tibetan flag as well as the Hong Kong protest flag, which reads “Free Hong Kong Revolution”.

The two female activists are a part of the ‘No Bejing 2022’ campaign which seeks to dissuade countries and companies from participating in the Olympics in China in light of the communist nation’s numerous human rights violations, according to the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet.
In a video message released from the group, Tsela Zoksang said: “The Olympics are intended to represent global unity, but global unity cannot rest on the backdrop of oppression, occupation, and genocide.”
Joey Siu, who is a policy advisor to the London-based Hong Kong Watch pressure group, said that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “should not be rewarding Beijing with such an important international event” in light of the “genocide” being committed in Xinjiang (also known as East Turkestan), the “occupation of Tibet”, and the anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong.

In an exclusive statement provided to Breitbart London, the founder and chairman of Hong Kong Watch, Benedict Rogers, said: “It is outrageous that activists should be arrested and detained for peaceful protest, and I call on the Greek authorities to release them immediately and provide an explanation.
“It is absolutely right that people should oppose holding the Olympics in China, where the regime is committing genocide against the Uyghurs, has dismantled Hong Kong’s freedoms in total breach of an international treaty, is committing the worst crackdown on human rights across the board since the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 and threatens Taiwan and is increasingly aggressive towards the rest of the world.
“This is not a regime that deserves to host the Olympics.”

We are deeply disturbed by the news that @jooeysiiu and Tsela Zoksang have been arrested in Greece. Freedom of speech and protest are fundamental rights. Full solidarity with these young and brave activists. They must be released immediately.
— Stop Uyghur Genocide (@UyghurStop) October 17, 2021
Hong Kong Watch also called on the Greek authorities to “resist any pressure” from Beijing to extradite the two activists to China and instead allow them to immediately return to the United States of America.

The two activists will reportedly be held overnight, before appearing before a court in Athens on Tuesday morning.
The controversial and draconian National Security law which was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing in 2019 claims universal jurisdiction, meaning the communist regime can pursue anyone of any nationality in any country for supposed violations of the law, including anything deemed by the CCP to be a subversion of the state, separatism, or foreign interference.
Regardless, China and Greece signed a bilateral extradition treaty in 2019, meaning that the Hong Kong law would not even need to be invoked in order for the activists to be sent to China, where they would likely face imprisonment and torture, as has reportedly been inflicted on other political dissidents.
Despite the widespread criticism of the decision to allow Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC said earlier this week that it will not challenge the communist dictatorship on human rights, claiming that its remit is confined to the area of sports.
The Olympic flame for the 24th Winter Games will be lit at the ancient site of Olympia in Greece on Monday before being handed over to a Chinese delegation in Athens on Tuesday.

Hong Kong Critics Warned by UK to Avoid Countries With China Extradition Treaties
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 23, 2021
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Buttigieg: Supply Chain Troubles 'Will Continue into Next Year'

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the supply chain backups at America’s ports “will continue into next year.”
Anchor Jake Tapper said, “We are seeing supply chain disruption causing everything from higher prices to longer waits for products. Moody’s warns that these supply chain disruptions, quote, ‘will get worse before they get better, ‘ unquote. do Americans need to prepare ourselves for this to get worse before it gets better?”

Buttigieg said, “Certainly, a lot of the challenges that we have been experiencing this year will continue into next year. But there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it. Part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side. It’s the demand side. Demand is off the charts.”

Tapper said, “Many American companies, especially small businesses, as you note, are struggling to cope. One possible solution, President Biden lifting former President Trump’s tariffs on China to try to provide some relief. That’s not a panacea, but it could provide some relief. Will President Biden do that?”
Buttigieg said, “Every idea is being taken seriously. What we’re doing right now is to focus on the operations themselves. A lot of Americans might be surprised to learn our ports have not generally operated on a 24/7 basis. We have secured commitments to change that. The president announced that the ports of LA and Long Beach — Long Beach was piloting this for a few weeks. Collectively, those two ports are 40% of our container traffic. They’re now going 24/7. That’s not a simple thing to do overnight. It was a big commitment.”
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