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Democrats Who Didn’t Let the #WDBJ Crisis Go to Waste

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The nation was shocked this morning when a crazed, disgruntled former WDBJ employee, spurred by racial animus, shot and killed a young reporter and her cameraman during a live broadcast in Moneta, Virginia.

Predictably, what most Americans saw as a horrific tragedy, Alinskyite Dems saw as an opportunity to score political points on gun control.

Here are a few Dems who jumped at the chance to politicize the tragedy today:

Hillary Clinton called for “action on gun control” before all the facts were known.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called for “common sense gun control” whatever that is:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe stressed more gun control while admitting he has no idea how the gunman acquired the gun:

Said McAuliffe:

Twice I have brought legislation before the general assembly. Twice I have asked that we have background checks. Twice now they have rejected background checks.” He said there are “individuals in this country who should not be allowed to own a firearm and it’s just tragic that this kind of legislation cannot be passed and signed into law.

An unnamed reporter then asked, “Do you know that [the gunman] is not a permit holder? Do you know that he has a criminal background?”

McAuliffe responded by saying, “I don’t. At this stage I don’t.”

Rob Delaney. Don’t know who this is? Don’t feel bad — neither do I — but Twitchy thinks he’s somebody and found his attempt to play the blame-game disgusting:

Bart Hubbuch, the New York Post sports columnist, tells us who is really to blame:

Hubbach obviously doesn’t read the New York Daily News:

The NYPD is in an all-out battle with illegal guns — and all of us are losing.

More people are getting shot. More people are being killed. And fewer people are being stopped and frisked.

“We’re struggling with homicides and shootings,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said Monday. “As we expect when warm weather comes, we see an increase in certain crimes.”

O’Neill laid out the grim numbers during a press conference at 1 Police Plaza, revealing a 19.5% spike in homicides during the first five months of the year. There were 135 murders through Sunday compared to 113 at the same time last year.

Maybe if the left would stop never letting crises go to waste, we’d have fewer crises.

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White House, Clinton Make Gun-Control Push Hours After Virginia Journalist Murders

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton sounded off on gun control hours after two journalists were killed by a disgruntled former colleague near Roanoke, Va.

At the daily briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he “did not have the opportunity to speak to the president about the tragic shooting that occurred earlier today in Virginia.”

“Obviously, the thoughts and prayers of everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were injured or killed in that terrible incident,” Earnest said. “The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation. But as you’ve heard me say in the past, this is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States.”

“And while there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some common-sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country, and Congress could take those steps in a way that would not infringe on the constitutional rights of law- abiding Americans. And the president’s long advocated Congress taking those steps, and the president continues to believe that they should do so.”

On a campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton told reporters, “We have got to do something about gun violence in America, and I will take it on.”

“I believe we are smart enough, compassionate enough to balance Second Amendment rights” with gun control, she said, adding there are too many “needless, senseless deaths.”

“I feel this great heartache at what happened,” Clinton continued, saying the country can “not let yet another terrible instance go by” without addressing the “terrible killing that is stalking our country.”

“There is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available… maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who chaired Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, said in a statement that “as we reflect with heavy hearts on this tragedy, it is appropriate to begin to ask questions about how we can prevent these senseless events in the future.”

“Keeping guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm our family, friends and loved ones is not a political issue; it is a matter of ensuring that more people can come home safely at the end of the day,” McAuliffe said. “We cannot rest until we have done whatever it takes to rid our society of preventable gun violence that results in tragedies like the one we are enduring today.”

Earnest said the lack of passing more gun control remains President Obama’s “greatest frustration” in office.

“We could do that in a way that wouldn’t undermine the basic constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. I think, you know, there’s little argument about that, I think,” the press secretary said.

“There continues to, however, be, a very vocal portion of the U.S. population — I think it’s a minority and I think the polls bear that out — however, that has a lot of sway in Congress when it comes to issues related to guns. And the president has found that disappointing and frustrating, principally because he believes it’s bad public policy. And for us to not take common-sense steps to address what I think we all acknowledge what I think we all acknowledge is a pretty significant problem,” Earnest continued.

“But I think the president has also been disappointed that our political system hasn’t responded in the way that he would like. There’s clear — there are clear majorities in both the Democratic and Republican parties, according to many polls, for these policies. There are even some polls that indicate that there are clear majorities of gun owners that support some of these common-sense steps. But yet, we haven’t seen Congress take this action.”

Democrats Who Didn’t Let the #WDBJ Crisis Go to Waste

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Virginia Shooter Wanted to Ignite a ‘Race War’

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

The man who killed two journalists on live television in Virginia sent a suicide note to ABC News claiming the killings were in response to the shootings at a Charleston, SC, church that killed 9 people in June.

Bryce Williams, AKA Vester Lee Flanagan, contacted ABC News several times over the last several weeks saying he wanted to pitch a story to them.  He never gave them an idea what the story was. Then today, Williams faxed what he called a “suicide note” in which he claimed the shooting of the reporters was a response to the Charleston killings and that he desired a race war.

ABC News:

This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.

In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II.” He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.

Later in the manifesto, the writer quotes the Virginia Tech mass killer, Seung Hui Cho, calls him “his boy,” and expresses admiration for the Columbine High School killers. “Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho. That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harrisand Dylann Klebold got…just sayin.’”

In an often rambling letter to the authorities, and family and friends, he writes of a long list of grievances. In one part of the document, Williams calls it a “Suicide Note for Friends and Family.”

  • He says has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work
  • He says he has been attacked by black men and white females
  • He talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man

“Yes, it will sound like I am angry…I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace….”

Perhaps someone should point out the vicious, hateful rhetoric coming from some “activists” following the Charleston tragedy as a motivating factor for Williams’ act. But I won’t.

This man is obviously mentally ill, but is he responsible for his actions? Like the Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes who was found fit to stand trial despite mental illness, Williams demonstrated no outward signs of an illness that would disqualify him from facing justice.

By taking his own life, Williams closed off any official investigation of his actions and will remain something of a mystery.

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Shock: Media Matters Accuses Breitbart of ‘Race Baiting’ #WDBJ

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by J. Christian Adams

Here’s a shocker: Media Matters has accused Breitbart of “race baiting” coverage of the shooting of Alison Parker and two others by Vester Lee Flanagan.   A Media Matters press release:

Breitbart News reacted to reports that two Virginia journalists were shot to death on-air by a disgruntled former co-worker by publishing an article with the headline, “RACE MURDER IN VIRGINIA: BLACK REPORTER SUSPECTED OF EXECUTING WHITE COLLEAGUES - ON LIVE TELEVISION!

On August 26, two employees of Roanoke, Virginia CBS affiliate WDBJ were shot to death while reporting from Smith Mountain Lake, a public recreation area popular for boating and fishing. The gunman, who later shot himself but apparently survived, is reportedly a former employee of the affiliate.

Breitbart News reacted to the shooting with a race-baiting article authored by editor-at-large John Nolte. The piece was widely condemned by other members of the media, many of whom pointed out Breitbart News’ lengthy history of racially charged reporting and commentary.

Well that settles it, doesn’t it?  If other members of the media condemned it, then it must be valid.

Here’s what we know so far.  The killer tweeted out that the victim made “racist” comments.  So the killer himself, like other killers before him, made his killing about something touching on race.  Let’s see how this story unfolds, and the degree, if any, of racial hostility and racial grievance articulated by the killer.  Early reports are he may have faxed a 26-page manifesto to an ABC station.  Let’s see how it is covered, if indeed it is his.

Here’s another theory.  If the story plays out that Vester Flanagan has all the character and color-blindness of Dylann Roof, then the mainstream media will have a very uncomfortable story on their hands (yet again).  Media Matters is more comfortable covering stories about evil white supremacists shooting up a church in Charleston than they are the mirror image.

In fact, Media Matters runs interference to disrupt that mirror-image narrative, over and over again. Voter intimidation by white thugs: bad.  Voter intimidation by black thugs: no big deal.  Racially motivated murder by whites: above the fold in bold.  Racially motivated murder by blacks: no evidence, didn’t happen, and if Breitbart says it, it must be race-baiting.

If the mirror-image murder had happened, with a white shooter killing a black reporter and tweeting about his racial motivation, the Obama Justice Department would have flooded the zone, and topped it off with a press conference.  We’ve seen this pattern repeatedly.  We’re used to it by now.

No race is free from evil bad actors, despite the dishonest attacks by the Soros drones at Media Matters.

Afterthought: Flanagan went by the name Bryce Williams.  Any Gamecocks fan will recognize this as Williams Bryce flipped.  I wonder if his time at WSPA was when he used this on-air name.

 

 

 

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Colorado’s Social Order Intact 18 Months After Legal Marijuana

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

A year and a half after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, society continues to function. That’s the observation presented by Reason TV in the above report. Christian Sederberg, an attorney who actively promoted the change in policy, reflects on the fallout — or lack thereof. “[Critics] set a very specific expectation in a lot of people’s minds that this was going to be this terrible thing, and it just hasn’t played out at all,” he told Reason’s Alexis Garcia.

Regarding complaints of a flourishing black market under the new legal arrangement, Sederberg argues that change occurs over time. “Here’s the deal. $700 million of sales last year did not go through the black market. They went through regulated stores, taxed and regulated. This year, we’re talking about close to a billion [in anticipated legal sales]. So anyone that’s saying the black market is flourishing… [it's] ‘flourishing’ having lost a billion dollars.”

It seems odd to point to a lingering black market as an argument for effectively expanding that same market. Black markets are creatures of the state. If you don’t want a black market, legalize commerce. Otherwise, so long as there are people willing to buy and others willing to sell, they will connect with each other one way or the other.

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Clinton Campaign Going After Sanders on Gun Rights

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton this week in New Hampshire, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy went into inevitable territory as Bernie Sanders leads polls in the first-in-the-nation state: he attacked the Vermont senator’s gun-rights stance.

“It’s an anathema to my own,” Malloy said of Sanders’ platform during a meeting with Clinton organizers in Manchester, according to the Stamford Advocate. “I don’t understand it.”

“Her position among the Democrats is a lot more popular than his position,” Malloy said later. “There’s a difference.”

Sanders leads Clinton 42 percent to 35 percent in a new Public Policy Polling survey. And he’s leading in every category of Dems in New Hampshire: “somewhat liberal,” “very liberal” and moderate.

The senator leads Clinton among men and women, but seniors like 67-year-old Clinton over 73-year-old Sanders. With voters under age 65, Bernie leads 45 percent to 29 percent for Hillary.

Sanders voted against the Brady Bill when he was in the House, and his votes as senator have included joining with Republicans on the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which would have guaranteed veterans due process rights in being deemed “mentally defective” by the VA and having their ability to own a gun stripped away.

He’s been questioned about his position on guns on the campaign trail, and hasn’t swayed. “If somebody has a gun and somebody steals that gun and shoots somebody, do you really think it makes sense to blame the manufacturer of that weapon?” he said at a July forum when asked about his vote to protect gun manufacturers from lawsuits. “If somebody assaults you with a baseball bat, you hit somebody over the head, you’re not going to sue the baseball bat manufacturer.”

Sanders told MSNBC that month that common ground should be sought on gun legislation, like “nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background, who’s involved in domestic abuse situations.”

“We have a huge loophole now with gun shows that should be eliminated. There may be other things that we have to do,” he said.

“But coming from a rural state, I think I can communicate with folks coming from urban states where guns mean different things than they do in Vermont where it’s used for hunting. That’s where we’ve got to go. We don’t have to argue with each other and yell at each other. We need a common sense solution.”

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Walmart to Stop Selling ‘Assault Rifles’

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Walmart has announced it will stop selling AR-15s and other “assault rifles” because there is lower consumer demand for them “rather than for political reasons.”

AR-15s aren’t really assault rifles, as a matter of fact. “Intermediate-caliber rifle, chambered for cartridges such as 7.62x39mm, with a selector switch that determines full or semi-automatic fire, such as the M16, and that is the standard infantry weapon of modern armies. The term is purposely and wrongly applied by anti-gun forces to AR-style rifles, which function as semi-automatics only.”

“The world’s largest retailer will replace rifles, which are sold at about one third of its U.S. stores, with shotguns and other hunting weapons. Quartz reported the news earlier.”

I hope they increase their ammunition stock, as it’s still hard to find certain rounds.

“There wasn’t a whole lot of demand for those products so we replaced them with products we have seen customers coming into purchase it,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told Fortune.

Walmart, the single largest seller of guns and ammunition, has been targeted by the gun grabbers and pressured to stop selling firearms.

The move by Walmart comes as firearms makers struggle with declining sales: Remington Outdoor Group last week reported that its sale of firearms fell 13.3% in the first half of the year, while Smith & Wesson’s overall sales saw a 12% drop. Sales often spike when gun enthusiasts believe there will be tighter gun laws put in place, then often slip when those concerns pass.

Lundberg said the retailer has been phasing out modern sporting rifles “for a while and within the next week or two, MSRs shouldn’t be in any more stores.”

Obama’s ‘Final Assault’ on Guns

 

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U.S. Post Office Performance Continues to Decline

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

The Washington Post is reporting that the quality of service we’re seeing from the U.S. Postal Service is in decline. The number of letters arriving late “has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.”

And that’s “measured against the agency’s own newly relaxed standards.”

The Postal Service blames “down-sizing” for it’s crappy service.

Mail that’s supposed to take two days to arrive took longer — anywhere from 6 to 15 percent of the time during the first six months of 2015, investigators found, a decline in service of almost 7 percent from the same period last year. Letters that should take three to five days took longer anywhere from 18 to 44 percent of the time, a 38 percent decline in performance over the same time last year.

Of course, it’s the weather.

But postal officials have struggled this year to meet even these lower standards.  The delays have been compounded by two factors, the inspector general found: Severe storms last winter and changes to plant operations that started when the new standards took effect. Thousands of postal workers were reassigned and shifts were changed, resulting in a disorganized, inefficient workplace.

A government operation is “disorganized and inefficient”? Imagine that.  It seems like a good time to re-evaluate whether snail mail is a good taxpayer investment. But not everyone wants to have that discussion.

“Members of Congress are now hearing from angry constituents whose mail is taking longer to arrive. The House took a drastic step this spring, passing a measure that requires the Postal Service to return mail delivery standards to 2012 levels. It raised the possibility that some shuttered plants would have to reopen.”

But the Congressional Budget Office said the price to “turn back the clock” was “so high” that it would be unrealistic. Legislation to fix the service has been unsuccessful so far.

After foundering in three Congresses, legislation to stabilize postal finances is still a possibility, congressional aides say. One of the key issues a bill is likely to address is how to make sure that as the post office cuts costs, it doesn’t shortchange its customers, particularly those in rural areas.

Yes, cutting costs while continuing to provide quality customer service is  how the private sector works. If they can’t manage, then they close down.

Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bill after her constituents complained about their late deliveries and problems with the Postal Service.  The senator is joined by three others, all of whom have rural constituencies, to deal with the problem.  It would require that mail reach it destination faster.

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Cruz Becomes the Second GOP Candidate to Attack Megyn Kelly

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for asking a question about deporting illegal immigrants that “every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask.”

The Hill:

“If you have a husband and wife who are illegal immigrants, and they have two children here who are American citizens — would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?” Kelly asked.

“Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask,” Cruz said after repeatedly listing the steps Congress should take for addressing the issue. “That’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask. They focus exclusively on 12 million people.”

Kelly then took issue with Cruz’s response, insisting that her question was fair.

“Is it an unfair question?” she asked the Texas lawmaker.

“It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem,” Cruz responded. “You know, it’s also the question that [President] Barack Obama wants to focus on.”

“But why is it so hard? Why don’t you just say yes or no?” Kelly countered.

Cruz argued that the U.S. must secure its borders and overturn Obama’s executive order on immigration before addressing the issue of birthright citizenship and related deportations.

Cruz’s remarks come as Kelly is also feuding with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

Trump has repeatedly challenged Kelly’s credibility as a journalist following her questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate earlier this month.

Cruz and Trump have repeatedly struck a friendly tone toward one another while campaigning for next year’s election.

Cruz has vowed he is avoiding Republican-on-Republican attacks because it is counterproductive to the conservative cause.

Kelly asked a question that many people want an answer to; i.e., specific policy proposals regarding how deportation is going to work. Sure it’s a hard question, but Cruz was obviously unprepared to answer it. So instead of making a fumbling and mumbling response, he attacked the messenger. No doubt good politics but it hardly recommends him as a candidate who can stand the gaff of a long campaign.

The idea that it’s a “liberal journalist” question to wonder how deportation is going to work in the real world is laughable. Are reporters not allowed to ask for any specifics regarding policy? Are they supposed to be fawning sycophants like news personalities at MSNBC and CNN?

Kelly is not going to put on a short skirt and wave pom-poms for the GOP base. She is doing her job, and judging by her ratings, she is doing it well enough for millions of people to tune in every night. She asked a perfectly fair question of someone who wants to be elected to the highest office in the land. Perhaps it’s time for Cruz and Trump to abandon the cheap applause lines attacking journalists and speak intelligently to the issues.

What a change that would be.

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Trump Leads in N.H. While Kasich, Fiorina Make Gains; Sanders Trumping Clinton

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A new poll out of New Hampshire shows a commanding lead for Donald Trump and two candidates making big surges.

The Public Policy Polling survey shows Trump at 35 percent in the first-in-the-nation primary state, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich is second with 11 percent and Carly Fiorina has 10 percent.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have seen big slips since their post-announcement peaks: from 14 percent to 4 percent for Cruz, and 12 percent to 4 percent for Paul. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has dropped from 7 percent to less than 1 percent.

Holding the middle at 7 percent in the new polls are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Ben Carson has 6 percent.

Some more notes from PPP:

“-Bush is really struggling. Only 38% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to 41% with a negative one. This is largely a function of his unpopularity with conservatives- among voters who identify themselves as ‘very conservative’ just 34% have a positive opinion of him to 48% who have a negative one. Only 3% say he’s their first choice for the nomination, putting him in a tie for 8th place with that group.

-Kasich is on the move because of his strength with moderate voters. He gets 20% with them, putting him second to Trump, and making up for his own trouble on the right- he gets just 1% with ‘very conservative’ voters. Moderates are 29% of the GOP electorate on this poll, a lot more than in most places.

-New Hampshire makes another state where Ben Carson is the most well liked Republican, with 62% rating him favorably to 17% who have a negative opinion. Carly Fiorina is not far behind him at 58/19. Besides those two and Trump, the only other Republican seen positively by a majority of primary voters is Marco Rubio at 50/27.

-Besides Bush, Huckabee, and Paul other Republican hopefuls with negative favorabilities even among the GOP electorate in New Hampshire are Lindsey Graham at 20/43 (-23), Chris Christie at 35/46 (-11), Jim Gilmore at 4/13 (-9) George Pataki at 27/32 (-5), and Rick Perry at 34/37 (-3).”

On the Dem side, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is holding off Hillary Clinton, 42 percent to 35 percent. And he’s leading in every category of Dems in New Hampshire: “somewhat liberal,” “very liberal” and moderate.

Sanders leads Clinton among men and women, but seniors like 67-year-old Clinton over 73-year-old Sanders. With voters under age 65, Bernie leads 45 percent to 29 percent for Hillary.

Fiorina told MSNBC this morning that debate rules which average national polls should instead use polling from the early states to determine who gets primetime.

“I think Donald Trump is perhaps, as much as anything, a big wakeup call to the professional-political class, as well as the media, honestly. People are tired of both. And they don’t trust either one anymore. I think what Donald Trump taps into is a disgust with professional-political class, a belief that the game is rigged and that in part whether this is fair or not, the media helped rig it. I think people want truth telling in politics,” Fiorina said.

“…Having said all that, I think what presidential campaigns do is reveal character over time and under pressure. And I think character will be revealed of all the candidates over time and under pressure.”

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Iraq Begins Documenting Christian Persecution

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

The Iraqi government has for the first time begun collecting and documenting statistics on Christian persecution in the country. Some of the figures include 7,000 violations against property belonging to Christians since 2003 and a decrease in the Christian population of Iraq of over a million during the same timeframe. One report in June claimed that in Baghdad alone, Islamists have seized 70% of Christians’ homes illegally.

Iraqi authorities have set up a committee to investigate claims of abuse and violence against Christians.

The committee was set up on the orders of Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi, and aims to counter in particular the escalation of kidnappings and illegal expropriation of homes and land which in recent months Iraqi Christians have suffered. The heads of the Committee have already visited the headquarters of the Chaldean Patriarchate in Baghdad and spoke with Patriarch Louis Raphael I in order to start collecting data and information about the abuses suffered by Christians. In particular, the first step is to carry out a census of the real estate abusively taken from Christian families, collecting the title deeds and indicating the individual, groups and corporate bodies that now benefit of illegally expropriated properties. The parishes and Christian communities will be able to also provide information to the security committee regarding the cases of kidnapped Christians including clues to identify the perpetrators of kidnappings.

Government officials and church leaders have expressed their concerns that the country has not done enough to protect Christians.

A Christian member of Iraq’s parliament, Imad Youkhana, issued a statement on July 9 calling for greater protections for the country’s Christian population. He branded the kidnappings parts of an intimidation campaign bent on forcing Iraqi Christians out of the country, and warned that it was threatening Iraq’s unity.

The Iraqi Chaldean Church recently issued a statement of their own:

It is unfortunate that the security situation continues to deteriorate, and that some individuals and groups exploit it to carry out the kidnapping of innocent people in order to gain sums of money and to terrorize civilians. In less than two weeks, they kidnapped four Christians…

This is not the first time that Christians have been kidnapped since the fall of the regime.

There are also incidents where evil people are falsifying the documents of Christian homes and seizing them and their household goods.  They also send them threatening messages through their mobile phones ordering them to leave their jobs.  This outrageous behavior causes anguish and destroys the national mosaic of Iraqi society, weakening the prestige and authority of the state.

Christians are indigenous citizens, and everyone praises their morality, their patriotism, and their roots in this country.  For hundreds and hundreds of years they have contributed to its civilization and culture.

The government committee will also focus on the number of Christians who have been kidnapped in recent months. In June and July alone, terrorists have kidnapped four Christians, two of whom they killed.

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock / MyImages – Micha

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Mark Levin: Entitlement Programs Are Theft From Your Children

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Julie Prince

In a recent interview discussing his book Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future, Mark Levin described the ills of egregious government entitlement spending:

Future generations don’t vote, they don’t exist yet, so they keep stealing from them. They keep robbing from them which means they are going to have limited liberty, they’re going to have limited opportunity, limited wealth creation, and we’re spending it all today … we are stealing from unborn babies.

Levin’s book focuses on America’s youth and the massive impact entitlements will have on them. The money won’t be there for this financially endangered generation; it will exist as IOUs never to be settled, the money already spent.

Are the citizens aware of what’s happening? Says Levin:

I don’t even think people who receive these benefits know what’s going on. Many of them don’t know that the money doesn’t exist. All that money that they paid into the system, there is no system. That money was taken and it was spent the second it was taken on other government projects and other government programs.

For decades, all the government has done to address the problem is occasionally admit it needs to be addressed. Useless chatter from politicians, including establishment leadership, regarding the need for “reform” of entitlement programs. Levin says these elected leaders will be responsible for the “collapse”:

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Gunman Kills Reporter, Cameraman During Morning Live Shot Near Roanoke (UPDATE: Suspect Is Former Anchor)

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Two Roanoke, Va., journalists were shot and killed during a live shot while doing an innocuous story on local development at the Bridgewater Plaza marina and retail center near Smith Mountain Lake.

WDBJ7’s reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photojournalist Adam Ward, 27, died in the 6:45 a.m. incident.

Police were searching for the shooter, dressed all in black and captured on the cameraman’s final footage.

The woman Parker was interviewing, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was reportedly shot in the back and taken to surgery.

In the video, Parker and Gardner are speaking against a railing overlooking the complex. The shooter walks up and starts firing without a word. Ward swings his camera over to the gunman before collapsing, and the station cut back to the studio.

Local schools were put on lockdown as cops hunted in the area for the killer. The FBI’s Richmond field office was reportedly on scene.

 

 

UPDATE 11:30 EST: The suspect has been identified as Vester Flanagan, who uploaded a video of the shooting on Twitter under his on-air name, Bryce Williams. Twitter has removed the account.

Flanagan, 41, is a former news anchor fired from the Roanoke station in February 2013. He’s in a 2009 gray Ford Mustang, plate WZE 8846. More:

In the tweets, Flanagan hinted at possible motives for the shooting. He tweeted about filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and alleged that the reporter had made racist comments. “They hired her after that???” he Tweeted. The slain producer, he claimed, complained to HR about him after working together one time. His final text tweet boasted about filming the attack.

 

 

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. EST: Flanagan has reportedly shot himself.

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Black Lives Matter Finally Publishes a Policy Agenda

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

To my black libertarian mind, the greatest tragedy of the Black Lives Matter movement has been a missed opportunity to foster constructive change in public policy. The year since the shooting death of Michael Brown has seen plenty of rabble-rousing about alleged problems and little to no meaningful discussion of proposed solutions. For many observers, it seems that Black Lives Matter exists more to agitate than to affect real progress.

That may be changing, however. An organization called We the Protesters has put out an actual policy agenda, calling for changes in law enforcement practices and policies. The overall goal of “reducing all police violence in the U.S. to zero” may prove absurd (a police force that doesn’t use force isn’t a police force). However, many of the specific ideas should appeal to limited-government conservatives and libertarians.

For instance, the group calls for a reduction in laws which create minor offenses providing law enforcement with the pretext to initiate stops. Recall that Eric Garner was essentially killed for evading sales tax.

Another point calls for nerfing police union contracts to make discipline easier. Imagine that, a radical leftist group calling for reining in public employee unions.

Bottom line: there’s plenty here upon which to build bipartisan coalition and affect real change. The question becomes whether the overall Black Lives Matter movement will mature enough to abandon divisive rhetoric and start cultivating relationships which can lead to actual achievement.

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Did a Local News Station Just Come Out Against Donald Trump? UPDATE: A Station Employee ‘Mistakenly Posted’

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Chris A. Guzman

By now, you may have watched the explosive clip in which GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump shuts down a disruptive Univision reporter.

Almost as soon as the incident at Trump’s press conference had ended, national news networks — from ABC News to CNN — pushed the currently hot clip to their social media feeds as a report.

But one local news network here in Los Angeles appears to have had a slightly different take on the moment, appearing to express initial disapproval of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate and taking the side of Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

Here’s a very interesting screen cap of a post now removed from the ABC7 Los Angeles Facebook page. Their original question accompanying the video of Trump and Ramos: “How long will the GOP allow this?”

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Was this an accidental digital slip of the pen? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

 

Update: ABC7 has responded to a Facebook inquiry about the post. Here’s their full statement:

“Thank you for asking about this. The station has taken no editorial position on Donald Trump or any other candidate. The post was removed within minutes. An employee who has access to our main Facebook page only for emergencies mistakenly posted to our main page thinking it was going to a private personal page. The employee regrets the error.”

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North Carolinians Spot Cloaked Figure Roaming Their Town

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

It’s not unusual to see odd things happening in a small town, but what residents of one North Carolina town saw on Sunday has set them on edge. Several Bessemer City residents spotted a mysterious cloaked figure reportedly dropping raw meat onto a playground.

A picture of a cloaked person posted online sparked a Facebook frenzy Monday.

And the speculation followed.

Was she a witch performing a ritual, or was he a guy playing a prank?

Some joked that the person was a character from“Star Wars” or the TV show “Pretty Little Liars,” and at least one parody showed a white-cloaked person wielding a corn dog, reportedly in Bessemer City.

No one had the answer. Even police and property managers were scratching their heads.

“We don’t know if it’s one of our residents with an interesting way of presenting themselves, or if it’s a trespasser,” said Lance Calhoun, director of operations for Southwood Realty.

Two pictures popped up on the Facebook group One Man’s Junk Sunday night and Monday morning.

The photos are taken through a window with blinds in the foreground and a cloaked, pale person outside near some woods.

The social media chatter says the man or woman is in the Hudson Woods apartment complex off of Hudson Boulevard, but police say it hasn’t been confirmed.

“There’s no validation that it was Hudson Woods. It could have come from anywhere. We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” said Donna Lahser, spokeswoman with the Gastonia Police Department.

Who exactly took the photos is unclear.

Another resident reported that someone left a bag of raw meat on his doorstep a couple of weeks prior to the sighting. Whether the two incidents are related is unclear, and authorities are reluctant to draw conclusions.

Townspeople have expressed obvious concern over the strange sighting.

Brooke Conard’s yard backs up to the woods that border the apartment complex.

If some shady character is lurking in the woods,Conard fears for her and her daughter’s safety.

“I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious. We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people,” she said.

Even if a person wore a cloak as a hoax, a child could be scarred by the encounter, she said.

The spokesperson for a local pagan group dismissed the stunt, stating that adherents to their beliefs do not practice their rituals in public places.

If it is a hoax, [Heather] Darnell said she finds the photos offensive.

“It looks like someone is deliberately trying to create havoc,” she said. “I think it’s pretty ugly and irresponsible if someone is just trying to get attention.”

Featured image courtesy of Gaston Gazette

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(VIDEO) Trump Tosses Jorge Ramos Out of Press Conference

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

“Go back to Univision.”

Love or hate Trump, Jorge Ramos is a Class A jerk and was basically behaving like a toned-down Code Pink protester.

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Guy Who Jumped White House Fence in March Shot Dead in PA Court

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via ABC News:

A man who once jumped the fence at the White House was shot and killed at the Chester County Justice Center by a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday after attacking another deputy with a knife.

The suspect is identified as 34-year-old Curtis Smith of Coatesville, Pa.

Investigators say Smith entered the Justice Center at approximately 11:50 a.m. with a knife, ran past security and started attacking a sheriff’s deputy, slashing him.

Reiley Aikman witnessed the attack, and tells us, “He said, ‘I’m gonna get ya, I’m gonna get ya.’ He ran right through the door, right through security, and I hear ‘POP, POP.’ And it was the sheriff shooting him.”

It’s creepy to think someone this unstable was able to outwit the Secret Service earlier this year. Yes, making it over the fence of a property as secure as the White House is outwitting security.

This also serves as a reminder of the everyday perils our law enforcement officers face, which has gotten lost in a lot of the conversations about them this past year or two, especially in the media.

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Reuters Poll: Jeb’s Slip Opens Up 20-Point Lead for Trump

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

It gets weirder: Huckabee is in second.

Republican Jeb Bush’s support is slipping in the race for the party’s presidential nomination, and front-runner Donald Trump has opened a 20-point lead over his closest rivals, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Tuesday.

Republican backing for Bush dipped from 16 percent to 8 percent in the last five days, the online poll found, as the former Florida governor feuded with Trump over immigration policy and defended his use of the term “anchor babies” to describe U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.

Trump’s support remained largely unchanged over the last week at about 30 percent, well ahead of the 17-strong pack seeking to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 presidential election.

Bush fell into a third-place tie with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the poll, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee moved into second place with 10 percent.

While there are people out there outraged about either Bush or Trump, I will never understand Huckabee’s appeal. He’s basically John Edwards with a pro-life bent.

The real news here is obviously Little Jeb Fauntleroy’s plunge. This guy was supposed to be able to nap his way to this nomination and now he’s tied with Ben Carson, who was practically a no-show at the first debate and sounded like he’d merely memorized some Wikipedia pages when he could be heard answering a question.

For those interested, here is the Reuters interactive poll.

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Report: Ukrainian, Russian Carbon Credits Increased Emissions by 600 Million Tons

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

A report issued by the Stockholm Environment Institute says that a UN plan to reduce emissions by allowing countries to create carbon credits from activities that actually increased emissions pumped more than 600 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

BBC:

Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union’s carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts.

But this study, from the Stockholm Environment Institute, says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, “hot air” – no actual emissions were reduced.

They looked at a random sample of 60 projects and found that 73% of the offsets generated didn’t meet the key criteria of “additionality”. This means that these projects would have happened anyway without any carbon credit finance.

“Some early projects were of good quality, but in 2011-2012, numerous projects were registered in Ukraine and Russia which had started long before and were clearly not motivated by carbon credits,” said Vladyslav Zhezherin, a co-author of the study.

“This was like printing money.”

According to the review, the vast majority of the offset credits went into the European Union’s flagship Emissions Trading Scheme. The authors estimate these may have undermined EU emissions reduction targets by 400 million tonnes of CO2, worth over $2bn at current market prices.

Unlike the Russian and Ukrainian projects, similar offsetting plans in Poland and Germany were said to meet very strict criteria.

“We were surprised ourselves by the extent, we didn’t expect such a large number,” co-author Anja Kollmuss told BBC News.

“What went on was that these countries could approve these projects by themselves there was no international oversight, in particular Russia and the Ukraine didn’t have any incentive to guarantee the quality of these credits.”

Because Germany and Poland had tougher emissions targets to meet, they were very careful with their certificates. This wasn’t the case in Russia and the Ukraine.

With zero oversight by the UN, Russia and Ukraine were able to game the system, gobbling up tens of billions of dollars in the process. China, too, has been caught in the fraud, which garnered them more than $2 billion.

The Russian scheme involved destroying chemicals that contribute to warming, but only after massively increasing their manufacture just to take advantage of the carbon credits:

It concerns the activities of projects that made money from the removal of chemicals HFC-23 and sulphur hexafluoride, which add significantly to global warming.

They found that, in 2011, all three projects in the study significantly and simultaneously ramped up the amount of the chemicals they were destroying.

“As researchers we can not prove the fraud, we can just point to the facts so in the HFC case at the moment when they could gain credits they immediately increased production of this greenhouse gas in order to destroy them, and that lead to them getting many more credits than if they had produced it like they did before,” said Anja Kollmuss.

A green Ponzi scheme. Brilliant.

You have to think that if two or three countries are playing games with the carbon trading market, dozens more are probably doing it as well. What do you expect with no oversight and incompetent bureaucrats overseeing a system that was designed to maximize cheating and fraud?

Saving the world from global warming is in the very best of hands.

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Professor Who Grew Up in Virginia Tried to Wrestle Gun Away from Train Terrorist

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A professor originally from Virginia was revealed as the first passenger on a Paris-bound high-speed train to confront a terrorist who was hellbent on inflicting mass casualties.

Moroccan national Ayoub El-Khazzani, 26, was armed with an AK-47, box cutters and lots of ammunition, and caught the attention of Mark Moogalian when he went into the restroom with a suitcase. The gunman emerged with his weapon, and was rushed by the teacher:

Moogalian and his wife were seated facing each other on the high-speed train when she saw only his expression and the urgent “Get out, this is serious.” Then, Isabelle Risacher Moogalian said, she ducked behind some seats as he lunged to grab the assault rifle from the gunman’s hands.

“When my husband collapsed, I saw across the seats. He looked at me and he said ‘I’m hit, I’m hit.’ He thought it was over and he was going to die,” she told Europe-1 radio. The bullet struck him in the back and exited through the neck.

…Moogalian remained hospitalized Tuesday in the northern city of Lille, and his sister in Virginia said his role in trying to stop what French authorities are calling a terror attack was in character.

“Mark would give anything for anybody,” Julia Allen told NBC News. “He’s just that kind of person.”

Risacher said U.S. Airman Spencer Stone came across the wounded Moogalian and stanched the bleeding by holding his finger on the wound until paramedics could take over.

Moogalian runs a language school from a houseboat in the outskirts of Paris, according to the school’s website. Music and art are clearly his passions, as his personal website attests, with its range of sculpture, paintings, photos and downloads of music he performs in a duo with his wife. In the duo’s biography, they describe themselves as “largely bicultural, bringing the best of both worlds.”

“My husband is among the heroes of this story, and he nearly paid with his life, because just a few millimeters closer and the bullet would have sliced his carotid in exiting,” Risacher said.

Moogalian, 51, is a graduate of Midlothian High School in Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, and his Armenian family has deep roots in the area, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He’s been living in France for more than two decades.

He will be receiving the Legion of Honor, which British businessman Chris Norman, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and college student Anthony Sadler received in a ceremony with French President Francois Hollande yesterday.

A fifth hero was honored in stopping the attack as well. The Frenchman, who wanted to remain anonymous, reportedly warned passengers about the gunman before Moogalian tried to wrestle away his weapon. The others Americans stepped in and beat the Moroccan unconscious.

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EPA Misses Deadline to Turn Over Documents About Nasty Mine Spill

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Environmental Protection Agency missed a congressional deadline to turn over documents related to its spill of toxic sludge into a southwest Colorado River.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Aug. 10 requesting documents and materials relating to the work that caused the Aug. 5 spill as well as information on “whether the polluted water poses health risks to humans or animals.”

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sought documents on the chemicals in the mine waste and information on the waste water being treated in holding ponds at the mine site.

He asked for the documents no later than yesterday. Some were released to the entire public by the EPA, but the majority of what they requested has not been released or turned over, the committee said.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the EPA failed to meet the House Science Committee’s reasonable deadline in turning over documents pertaining to the Gold King Mine spill,” Smith said today. “These documents are essential to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and our upcoming hearing on September 9th. But more importantly, this information matters to the many Americans directly affected in western states, who are still waiting for answers from the EPA.”

Smith added that “even in the face of self-imposed environmental disaster, this administration continues to prioritize its extreme agenda over the interests and well-being of Americans.”

“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is currently crusading on climate change action in Japan while President Obama, who has yet to visit the areas affected by the spill, is touring the U.S. to tout EPA’s latest regulation that will do little to impact climate change and will only further burden Americans with higher electric bills,” the chairman said. “It is no wonder the majority of Americans feel Washington no longer works for them.”

McCarthy has been called to testify before the committee Sept. 9.

Other panels that will undoubtedly seek the EPA administrator’s testimony include the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The Sierra Club hasn’t said a peep about the spill since its initial reaction in which the environmental group blamed miners.

“The Animas River was sadly already contaminated due to the legacy of toxic mining practices. The company that owns this mine has apparently allowed dangerous conditions to fester for years, and the mishandling of clean-up efforts by the EPA have only made a bad situation much worse,” the environmental group said in a statement Aug. 11.

“As we continue to learn what exactly happened, it’s time that the mine owners be held accountable for creating this toxic mess and we urge the EPA to act quickly to take all the steps necessary to ensure a tragedy like this does not happen again.”

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Is Jeb Losing His Fund-Raising Mojo?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

We can only hope.

There are signs that Jeb Bush’s fundraising juggernaut is losing some momentum, after banking a stunning $120 million for his campaign and super PAC in the first half of the year.

A prominent Florida donor backing Bush said the former Sunshine State governor and his supporting super PAC are having to work even harder to keep up the pace, as hard-money contributions have been harder to come by in recent weeks.

“The debate performance scared a few people,” said Brian Ballard, a Tallahassee lobbyist backing Bush. “But I think the campaign’s trouble raising money right now is not because of his performance, but there’s some donor fatigue after that $100 million. I’ve been on some donor calls and it’s a hard sell for hard money.”

The post also mentions that Jeb is whining about Trump to his donors. It probably never occurred to the Little Prince that he might have to work for this. That was mostly the problem with his debate performance and why it scares donors. In appearance after appearance, Bush looks like he doesn’t really want to be there. He just wants this nomination handed to him because he feels he is entitled to it.

Just one of the many things he has in common with Hillary Clinton.

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Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep’s Pals Courting Big Dem Donors

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Is Grandpa really coming after Grandma?

As Joe Biden continues to weigh a third presidential bid, a cadre of close advisers is trying to lay the groundwork to overcome his biggest potential weakness: fundraising.

Wooing mega-donors has never been the vice president’s strong suit, and he’s already months behind Hillary Clinton, who has a lock on the vast majority of top Democratic bundlers and fundraising operatives needed to mount a credible bid.

Biden’s inner circle is aware of the size of the challenge and is working aggressively behind the scenes to line up big donors even before he formally makes a decision on whether to enter the race.

Larry Rasky, a longtime Biden adviser and press secretary for his 1988 presidential bid, is taking the temperature of donors — some of whom have already cut checks to Clinton — about opening their wallets to support Biden. At the same time, Josh Alcorn, a former senior adviser to Biden’s eldest son, the late Beau Biden, is huddling with donors across the country for the Draft Biden super PAC and making the case for Biden to Democratic National Committee members. The two camps are keeping their efforts largely separate, with Rasky and others who would be on the official campaign side talking with bundlers, operatives and others more generally about their interest in a Biden campaign. Alcorn is focused more on mega-donors who can cut five-, six- or even seven-figure checks.

The most interesting thing about all of the “Will Biden run?” chatter is that it just won’t go away. For the longest time, Democrats have done everything in their power to resurrect the aura of inevitability that Hillary so desperately needs, even if it failed her in 2008. Heck, they would have gone without debates if they could have gotten away with it just to keep the reality of Hillary Clinton away from the Story of Hillary Clinton. She is supposed to be a done deal.

Yet here is the second highest ranking elected Democrat putting out feelers and not retracting them.

The one lingering hope for Republicans is that there is a Democrat out there who wants to keep Mrs. Bill away from the Oval Office almost as badly as we do and he just happens to be the President of the United States. If Grandma’s Tepid Ride gets shut down at Inevitable Land it will be because Team Lightbringer has something on her.

President Obama just gave his approval for the Democrats to become even older, whiter and, if possible, more male than Hillary Clinton.

The only question remaining is whether this is all a side show meant to divert attention from the email scandal or preparation for when the Justice Department brings the hammer down?

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Trump Calls Megyn Kelly a ‘Bimbo’ and Fox News Goes to War

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Donald Trump reignited his war with Megyn Kelly and Fox News last night when he fired off a series of tweets that made it clear he wasn’t about to forget what he believes was rough treatment by Kelly at the GOP debate 19 days ago.

Kelly returned from an 11 day vacation last night and, following the airing of her show, The Kelly File, Trump let loose with a few haphazardly aimed volleys.

 

 

“The bimbo back in town”? I’d say any other candidate who used that term to describe any woman would be on a train back to Hoboken by day’s end. But Teflon Don isn’t just another candidate — he’s immune to gaffes. Meanwhile, a tipping point may have been reached with Fox News. The high-profile meeting between Trump and Fox News President Roger Ailes, where a truce was declared between the warring parties, has apparently gone for naught as Fox personalities let loose with a few of their own attacks on Trump.

 

 

Indeed, it’s puzzling why Trump would attack someone with a nightly audience that exceeds by a factor of 10 the total number of fans who have jammed the candidate’s rallies since he announced his run for the presidency. Like Mark Twain said, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Trump should avoid continuing a feud with the most popular personality on cable news. The only explanation I can think of is that Trump believes his support increases the more he is seen as being under attack — under siege if you will — by the powers that be.

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ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling for Tweet Comparing Muslims to Nazis

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

If the tweet fits…

ESPN has suspended Curt Schilling after the pitcher and network analyst tweeted, and subsequently deleted, a picture that compared Muslims to Nazis.

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement on Tuesday. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Tuesday morning, Schilling posted a photo on Twitter reading, “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?

As an avid consumer of ESPN programming (SportsCenter is my fave television relaxation viewing after a show when I’m on the road) for twenty five years or so, I’ve been dismayed at the leftward bent the network has been letting bleed through recently. After all, these are the people who hired Keith Olbermann again after he had burned just about every bridge he crossed and had clearly become a progressive political animal and was no longer a sports guy.

Schilling is known to lean to the right (he campaigned for W in 2004), and had he been a lefty tweeting negatively about almost anything other than Those Who Shall Not Be Impugned Even Though They Keep Trying To Kill Us, he probably wouldn’t have gotten in trouble.

However, he did decide to wander into a somewhat political area, which just sucks the fun out of the enjoyment of sports.

So I can’t really back him up on this.

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Foo Fighters ‘Rickroll’ Westboro Baptist Church

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Julie Prince

The Westboro Baptist Church, known for their bigotry, hate, and shock value, just got owned!  The group protested the Foo Fighters outside of their concert in Kansas City with signs that read, “God Loves Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates Fags.” To their surprise they were met by founding member Dave Grohl and  his band mates with a little treat in store for them.

The band pulled up in the back of a pick-up truck blaring the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by ’80s sensation Rick Astley. They were followed by hundreds of fans holding signs that read, “You got Rickrolled” and “Keep it Clean.”  Rickrolling is a popular joke played on internet users that began in the late 2000s. Certain links that a person would click on would re-direct them back to the singer’s hit song.

The hate group is best known for protesting the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. The group’s main cause is to spread their hate of homosexuals; they even believe that the act should be a capital crime.

The “church” tried to have a sense of humor about the prank:

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God Bless the Foo Fighters!

 

 

 

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Are You Ready for the New ‘Call Me Caitlyn’ Halloween Costume?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

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Frisky’s humor-impaired Amelia McDonell-Parry isn’t. She finds the costume deeply offensive and #problematic.

Sigh. It’s only August and this year’s crop of offensive and #problematic Halloween costumes are already starting to roll in. AnytimeCostumes.com is selling this “Call Me Caitlyn” costume in its men’s section, offering dudes (well, the costume is “unisex” but let’s be real) the chance to “dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian,” aka Caitlyn Jenner, in an outfit based on her Vanity Fair cover look. The description for the costume tries to disguise its transphobia by couching it in compliments about Jenner’s “picture perfect look,” but the fact remains that Caitlyn is a whole human being, and a woman specifically, not the “softer side” of the former Bruce Jenner.

While dressing up as a celebrity in an iconic look is generally totally acceptable for Halloween, it is NOT okay to turn a marginalized person’s identity into a costume “to get a few laughs out of your friends.

You’ll be happy to know that the vast majority of commenters on the site heartily disagree with McDonell-Parry’s politically correct but “sad-trombone” take.

“Did some young & earnestly naive scribe with a couple of soft “science” courses under their belt just SERIOUSLY refer to Bruce/Kaitlyn Jenner as a “marginalized” person?!?” asked one commenter incredulously.

Another commenter simply laughed, “Ha ha ha ha ha! What a pathetic complaint. Get a life.”

 

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University of WI Community Relations Director to Cops: Leave Shoplifters Alone! (Video)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The director of community relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was recently caught on camera during a roundtable conversation on “Best Policing Practices” calling for police to stop arresting shoplifters at stores such as Walmart.

Everett D. Mitchell, who is also an attorney, pastor, and community leader, argues that because big box stores like Walmart and Target have insurance, police shouldn’t feel justified in engaging in “aggressive police practices” to stop them.

Via The Daily Caller:

“I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases … for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I just don’t think that, right?” said Mitchell. “I don’t think Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using justification, the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”

Everett’s remarks were made Tuesday as part of a UW-Madison panel on the topic of “Best Policing Practices.” Everett argued that community police shouldn’t prioritize enforcing the law, but instead should focus on achieving “safety” as it is defined by a local community, even if that definition includes allowing some stores to be robbed with impunity.

“I go to these meetings and that’s what they throw up there on the table, ‘Look at where all this crime is happening, at the East Towne and the West Towne Mall, and the Wal-Marts and Targets, that’s where crime is happening, that’s why we have to focus so much’ … they do that all the time to justify why they’re going to over police our children.”

His argument seems to be that shoplifting is a legitimate way to redistribute the wealth of greedy corporations to the underprivileged. Unbelievable and depressing:

 

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Branded Non-Terrorists by U.S., Taliban Murder Mother and Son for Refusing to Feed Fighters

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House stopped calling the Taliban terrorists this year — “The Taliban is an armed insurgency; ISIL is a terrorist group,” said spokesman Eric Schultz — for a couple of reasons.

First, they wanted to make the case that they didn’t actually negotiate with terrorists and trade five terrorists for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “The Taliban is an armed insurgency. This was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan. And that’s why this arrangement was dealt,” Schultz said in January.

Second, the U.S. supports a peace deal with the Taliban so they can wrap the Afghan conflict up in a tidy bow after leaving — never mind the Taliban’s recent renewal of their al-Qaeda alliance, the reason we invaded in the first place after the 9/11 attacks.

And though the heinous crimes of the “non-terrorist” terrorist Taliban are many, Tolo News in Afghanistan reports a new gruesome one:

Taliban insurgents killed a woman and her son on Monday after they refused to provide insurgents with food in central Maidan Wardak province.

Head of Wardak CID police Mohammad Ayoub confirmed the incident and said the Taliban had asked residents in Chak district to feed them three times a day.

Ayoub said in addition to killing the woman and her son, the insurgents also torched the homes of several families who also refused to help the fighters.

“Taliban burned the homes when they got a negative response to their call for food and shelter,” Colonel Ayoub said.

Asked at yesterday’s State Department briefing about the strategy of not calling the Taliban terrorists, press secretary John Kirby said “we want to see Afghan-led political reconciliation continue to advance.”

“Yes, there’s been some violence as Kabul as recently as just a few days ago… the Taliban claim responsibility for some and others they didn’t, so I’m in no position to judge who’s responsible,” Kirby said.

“…As for the Taliban’s future, much of it is for them to determine if they’re going to renounce violence and renounce the terrorist type tactics that they use, and contribute to a meaningful reconciliation process in Afghanistan, well then we support that – an Afghan-led reconciliation process.”

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8th Planned Parenthood Video: ‘They’re a Volume Institution’

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortion only makes up 3% of the “services” they provide, but according to Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, the abortion provider is a “volume business.”

The eighth Center for Medical Progress video exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts (made possible by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell’s ruling rejecting efforts by StemExpress to block the videos) shows Dyer admitting the company gets “a lot” of intact “cases.”  CMP explains in its release that “case” is the clinical term for an individual abortion.

Because feticidal chemicals cannot be used to kill the fetus in tissue-procurement cases, it is highly likely that “a lot” of these infants are born alive and left to die on the on the abortionist’s table.

StemExpress is a for-profit biotech supply company that has been partnered with Planned Parenthood clinics across the country to purchase human fetal parts since its founding in 2010. StemExpress’ Medical Director, Dr. Ronald Berman, is an abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

In the video, actors posing as another human biologics company meet with StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer, plus Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs Kevin Cooksy, and Procurement Manager Megan Barr. StemExpress and the actors are discussing a potential partnership to supply extra fetal body parts to each other.

“So many physicians are like, ‘Oh I can totally procure tissue,’ and they can’t,” expresses Dyer, seeming to indicate that abortion doctors must do the procedure in a special way to obtain useable fetal parts. Federal law requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).

“What about intact specimens?” asks one of the actors. “Oh yeah, I mean if you have intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” replies Dyer. “Case” is the clinical term for an abortion procedure. An “intact case” refers to an intact abortion with a whole fetus. “The entire case?” asks an actor. “Yeah, yeah,” says Dyer. “The procurement for us, I mean it can go really sideways, depending on the facility, and then our samples are destroyed,” she explains past botched fetal dissections, “so we started bringing them back even to manage it from a procurement expert standpoint.”

Feticidal chemicals like digoxin cannot be used to kill the fetus in a tissue procurement case, so a fetus delivered intact for organ harvesting is likely to be a born-alive infant.

“What would make your lab happy?” asks one of the actors. “Another 50 livers a week,” says Dyer. “We’re working with almost like triple digit number clinics,” Dyer explains, “and we still need more.” She later notes, “Planned Parenthood has volume, because they are a volume institution.”

Dyer also agrees that payments to abortion clinics for fetal body parts should be financially beneficial to them. “Do you feel like there are clinics out there that have been burned, that feel like they’re doing all this work for research and it hasn’t been profitable for them?” she asks. “I haven’t seen that.” StemExpress publishes a flyer for Planned Parenthood clinics that promises “Financial Profits” and “fiscal rewards” for clinics that supply aborted fetal tissue. It is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dorothy Furgerson.

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). The Sacramento Business Journal reported in June that StemExpress has an annual revenue of $4.5 million.

According to a Washington Free Beacon report, a spokesman for StemExpress is claiming that Dyer wasn’t referring to fully intact aborted babies sold for research and that comments in other videos also referred to aborted baby body parts rather than fully intact babies.

“It would be upsetting, unnerving, and disturbing if they opened the box and saw what the result was” if researchers were not expecting a fetal organ delivery, the spokesman said.

“My use of the term ‘intact cases’ is a medical term of art that refers solely to ‘intact livers,’ as there was absolutely no mention of ‘intact fetuses’ at any point,” Dyer said in a company release. “Consistent with the company’s prior public statements, StemExpress has never requested, received or provided to a researcher an ‘intact fetus.’”

The suction destroys everything and it gets to the point where I mean you could look at 60 cases and get nothing,” she said. “It’s just red water by the time it gets to us.”

In the 7th CMP video, released last week, StemExpress procurement technician Holly O’Donnell described an instance when she saw her supervisor tap the chest of “the most gestated fetus and closest thing to a baby I’ve seen,” and the heart started beating. She described another instance when she had trouble disposing of an aborted baby because he was so big. The baby’s body was almost too large to fit into the container, and O’Donnell had to work the feet that were dangling out, back inside.

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Love: CDC Should Be Investigating Planned Parenthood’s High Percentage of Minority Abortions

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be taking Planned Parenthood to task for its high percentage of abortions on minority women.

“We’re accepting the fact that black Americans make 12 — make up 12 percent of the population yet Planned Parenthood aborts 78 percent of minorities in this country. This is an issue that should be something that we’re both on the same side of,” Love, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told Fox last night.

“We make up 12 percent of the population, and, yet, let’s look at who they’re aborting. This is an issue that the CDC should be taking on as far as I’m concerned. It should be something that, as an organization, if they’re going to do everything they can to help the black race they should be on top of this issue and oppose Planned Parenthood and the practice of aborting of these babies.”

The CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity says its mission is to “advance health equity and women’s health issues across the nation through CDC’s science and programs.”

Love said “we need to do what we can to make sure the American people do not forget what’s happening” in the undercover Planned Parenthood videos where staffers are discussing brokering body parts.

“Now, watch, this is what’s going to happen. The left and those who want to protect this organization are going to turn this conversation from killing of babies and shutdowns, health issues, and everything to kind of distort, distract, and divide Americans into thinking what’s actually happening isn’t happening, the fact that they are actually taking brain tissue from live babies. These are American babies,” she said.

“…What you’ll see is that the left believed that our people are pretty much — we believe that they’re assets that can be developed. Or they believe that they’re liabilities that need to be managed. We believe that human beings have the right to live, that our job is to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they don’t care about these things.”

The National Abortion Federation, which is suing the Center for Medical Progress over the Planned Parenthood videos, said in a statement today that “counsel for defendants notified the court that all defendants…plan to plead the Fifth Amendment.”

A preliminary injunction hearing was scheduled for Aug. 27 but has been bumped to an undetermined date.

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Obama: Reid and I ‘Figuring Out How We’re Going to Deal with the Crazies’

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

At a Nevada State Democratic Party fundraiser last night, President Obama lamented having to deal with “the crazies” as he pushed his agenda on Capitol Hill.

A little over 100 people attended the event at a private home in Henderson, Nev., which raised more than $300,000 for the Senate campaign of former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto.

“It’s hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid but it’s easier to do it in a room of people who love Harry Reid,” Obama said. “Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together.”

“Everything I’ve accomplished, I’ve accomplished because Harry Reid was there by my side. And I am forever grateful for his friendship and his strength, because the thing about Harry is he’s a great politician but he’s also a man with a lot of backbone and is willing to do hard things when it’s required, and that’s what you want out of a political leader.”

Obama said that after two weeks of vacation at Martha’s Vineyard he feels “refreshed, renewed, recharged, a little feisty.”

“Right now, we could be putting hundreds of thousands of people back to work rebuilding the infrastructure of this country, and yet we have a Congress that finances our highway bill for three months at a time,” he said. “That’s not what the greatest country on Earth does. That’s not how the Hoover Dam was built. That’s not how the Interstate Highway or the Transcontinental Railroad were built. That’s not how we sent a man to the moon, or invented the Internet — by failing to invest in our future.”

The president added that everyone around the world envies the United States, but “what’s holding us back is too often our political debates are not about what’s best for the country but what’s best for the next election.”

“We’ve been leaders in nonproliferation, which is part of the reason why I am so insistent that Congress not block a historic diplomatic effort when it comes to making sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. And I’m so appreciative of Harry Reid’s support for that effort,” he said.

Reid came out in support of the Iran deal two days ago, calling it “consistent with the greatest traditions of American leadership.”

Saying “the happiest person on Earth that I cannot run for a third term is Michelle Obama,” the president insisted that in order for America to lead in the world “we’re going to need not just a strong executive branch, not just a president who after a few gray hairs seems to know what he’s doing, but we also need a Congress that works, that functions.”

“And so we’re going to be observing, to some degree, what takes place in the election to come,” Obama continued. “But what I can say is this: Democrats are not perfect. There are times where we have disagreements within the party. There are some folks in our party who sometimes are dogmatic. But Democrats govern. Democrats are willing to do things that are hard.”

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Carly Fiorina Pushing Anti-Privacy Bill

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Still basking in the glow of a favorable debate performance, which arguably benefited her more than any other candidate, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has been making the talk show rounds. On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” she called upon Congress to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The bill would immunize companies like Google from lawsuits resulting from consumer information shared with government. The effect would be a massive institutional rollback of personal privacy. From the Washington Examiner:

“There is a level of collaboration that’s required between the private sector and the public sector to detect and repel attacks,” Fiorina said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “That requires an act of Congress. There is a bill that’s been languishing, frankly, in Congress for several years now. We need to get that bill passed so that level of collaboration is possible.”

Outside of passing the cyberbill, Fiorina said, “It’s important to recognize that these cyberattacks that have been going on against the federal government systems, none of those are a surprise … We’ve known for over a decade the Chinese were coming after our most important systems.

It’s unclear how denying Americans the right to privacy will thwart Chinese cyber attacks. But that’s Carly’s story, and she’s sticking to it.

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It Would Appear Trump Is Getting Serious About Iowa

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Via Reuters:

Thousands of people are expected to stream into an events center here on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday to see Donald Trump. When they do, his presidential campaign will be waiting, looking to convert casual gawkers into hardcore supporters who will cast votes for the billionaire presidential candidate in the Iowa caucuses next year.

The Republican frontrunner’s surging campaign is largely viewed as powered by his personal celebrity and his persistent presence on television. But there’s another political upside to being one of the most famous men in America: You don’t have to go knocking door-to-door to find voters. They come to you.

When those voters enter the Grand River Center on Tuesday evening, they will immediately be diverted to tables where Trump’s staff will recruit them to be county precinct captains, organizers, and volunteers. It’s a huge competitive advantage in a presidential race where other Republican candidates at times struggle to attract crowds in the hundreds.

It’s another reason, beyond strong poll numbers, why Trump’s candidacy is being viewed with increasing seriousness both inside and outside Iowa, which holds one of the earliest nominating contests in 2016.

I have been one of many political observers who thought for the longest time that Donald Trump has been amusing himself by driving the GOP establishment crazy. It has been, and still is to some extent, my contention that Trump’s biggest competition in this race is his own attention span. Perversely, I think the negative reaction from the establishment types is precisely what is making him pay attention longer.

The first several weeks of this Trump GOP roller coaster ride were obviously just for fun, he really wasn’t saying or doing much specific then. Now he seems to be planning. Of course, he can afford to plan and make the others work harder, spend more, and just be miserable, and still exit the race simply because he’s bored.

That’s what really gets the old guard.

Like many recent articles, this Reuters piece mentions the Giuliani and Thompson flashes in the pan from 2008. There are a couple of differences with Trump so far, however. He doesn’t seem to take his front-runner status for granted like Rudy did (and Jeb did until Trump took it from him), and, quite the opposite of Thompson in 2008, Trump is enjoying himself.

It is far too early in this race to make a heavy bet, but there are probably a lot more people thinking about going all-in on Trump than there were a month ago.

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