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Tucker Apologizes for the Stupidity of His Guest’s Gun Control Argument, Says it May be His Last Gun Debate

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwX7INeoC2s]

 

I don’t remember seeing this happen before, but it did on Thursday night — Tucker Carlson apologized to his audience for what he considered to be the unacceptable ridiculousness of his guest.

Tucker welcomed to the show former Bill Clinton pollster Bernard Whitman to discuss gun violence in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago.

Tucker asked Bernard:

“Why are the places with gun bans, Chicago and Baltimore, for example, so much more dangerous than places where so-called assault weapons are common like Vermont or New Hampshire?”

Bernard credits surrounding states and their lax gun laws:

“You have to look at where the guns are coming from. In Chicago, 60% of the firearms that Chicago police seize are coming from states like Indiana, with very weak gun laws. In New York City and New York state, 74% of the guns seized are coming from states with weak gun laws. In New York City alone, nine out of 10 guns purchased and used quickly come from states with lax gun control laws.”

That’s right in line with Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot. As I covered on September 3rd, she blames the Windy City’s problems on Republicans (here):

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL — mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth.”



But Tucker had a really great question for Bernard that should maybe be posed to Lori as well:

“[I] have never understood why, if all the guns in Chicago come from Indiana, then why doesn’t Indiana have a similar murder rate?”

Bernard’s answer? Because those states are losin’ all their dadburn guns to Chicago and NYC!

The dude thought he had a real cool comeback:

“Because the guns are leaving. The guns are being shipped to metropolises. … You just made a great argument for federal gun control. That’s exactly why we need federal gun control.”

Tucker:

“We already have federal laws against trans–“

“We have federal loopholes,” Bernard interjected.

Tucker said nope:

“There are no loopholes. Actually, I know a lot about this subject, and there are…the guns moving from Indiana to Chicago are moving by car. … That’s against the law, and the feds don’t do anything about it. It’s not a loophole, it’s unenforced. But you’re not answering my question. There are a lot of guns in Indiana, there are a lot of guns in Vermont, there are a lot of guns in Maine.”

Bernard suggested it’s all about the crowd:

“There’s a lot more people in Chicago, there’s a lot more people in New York City. That’s why the guns go to where the people are. That’s the principle of supply and demand.”

Tucker came back with, “Oh, it’s just population density? But you know that that’s not true. That’s a lie. … There are lots of densely-populated places with guns without a lot of murders. Maybe there’s something else. Maybe it’s not the guns. And you know that that’s true, so why don’t you just say it?”

Talk of background checks ensued.

Back to Tucker, who referenced Tuesday’s horrific execution of a Chicago 4th grader in broad daylight as a strike against the boy’s father’s gang:

“The person who pulled the trigger in this specific case, who was accused of murdering the 9-year-old, had a prior conviction — was not allowed to have a gun under federal law in the first place. And so that’s the point that you ignore every time, which is that people who break the law tend not to obey the law.”

Solid. Bernard went back to loopholes.

You should see for yourself how it ended.

“Might be my last gun control debate,” Tucker uttered to the audience.

“It’s too stupid. I’m sorry to afflict that upon you.”

The Fox host references a riddle no one appears able to answer: A gun ban will take firearms from law-abiding citizens; now how do propose to get them from the criminals?

All of the present plans seem concentrated on disarming those who follow the law. Shouldn’t murderers and robbers be the groups they’re focusing on?

How do you get their guns? They’re the ones, ya know, murderin’.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

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Tucker Apologizes for the Stupidity of His Guest’s Gun Control Argument, Says it May be His Last Gun Debate

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[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwX7INeoC2s]

 

I don’t remember seeing this happen before, but it did on Thursday night — Tucker Carlson apologized to his audience for what he considered to be the unacceptable ridiculousness of his guest.

Tucker welcomed to the show former Bill Clinton pollster Bernard Whitman to discuss gun violence in cities such as Baltimore and Chicago.

Tucker asked Bernard:

“Why are the places with gun bans, Chicago and Baltimore, for example, so much more dangerous than places where so-called assault weapons are common like Vermont or New Hampshire?”

Bernard credits surrounding states and their lax gun laws:

“You have to look at where the guns are coming from. In Chicago, 60% of the firearms that Chicago police seize are coming from states like Indiana, with very weak gun laws. In New York City and New York state, 74% of the guns seized are coming from states with weak gun laws. In New York City alone, nine out of 10 guns purchased and used quickly come from states with lax gun control laws.”

That’s right in line with Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot. As I covered on September 3rd, she blames the Windy City’s problems on Republicans (here):

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL — mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth.”



But Tucker had a really great question for Bernard that should maybe be posed to Lori as well:

“[I] have never understood why, if all the guns in Chicago come from Indiana, then why doesn’t Indiana have a similar murder rate?”

Bernard’s answer? Because those states are losin’ all their dadburn guns to Chicago and NYC!

The dude thought he had a real cool comeback:

“Because the guns are leaving. The guns are being shipped to metropolises. … You just made a great argument for federal gun control. That’s exactly why we need federal gun control.”

Tucker:

“We already have federal laws against trans–“

“We have federal loopholes,” Bernard interjected.

Tucker said nope:

“There are no loopholes. Actually, I know a lot about this subject, and there are…the guns moving from Indiana to Chicago are moving by car. … That’s against the law, and the feds don’t do anything about it. It’s not a loophole, it’s unenforced. But you’re not answering my question. There are a lot of guns in Indiana, there are a lot of guns in Vermont, there are a lot of guns in Maine.”

Bernard suggested it’s all about the crowd:

“There’s a lot more people in Chicago, there’s a lot more people in New York City. That’s why the guns go to where the people are. That’s the principle of supply and demand.”

Tucker came back with, “Oh, it’s just population density? But you know that that’s not true. That’s a lie. … There are lots of densely-populated places with guns without a lot of murders. Maybe there’s something else. Maybe it’s not the guns. And you know that that’s true, so why don’t you just say it?”

Talk of background checks ensued.

Back to Tucker, who referenced Tuesday’s horrific execution of a Chicago 4th grader in broad daylight as a strike against the boy’s father’s gang:

“The person who pulled the trigger in this specific case, who was accused of murdering the 9-year-old, had a prior conviction — was not allowed to have a gun under federal law in the first place. And so that’s the point that you ignore every time, which is that people who break the law tend not to obey the law.”

Solid. Bernard went back to loopholes.

You should see for yourself how it ended.

“Might be my last gun control debate,” Tucker uttered to the audience.

“It’s too stupid. I’m sorry to afflict that upon you.”

The Fox host references a riddle no one appears able to answer: A gun ban will take firearms from law-abiding citizens; now how do propose to get them from the criminals?

All of the present plans seem concentrated on disarming those who follow the law. Shouldn’t murderers and robbers be the groups they’re focusing on?

How do you get their guns? They’re the ones, ya know, murderin’.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Brazilian Gang Leader & Drug Trafficker Attempts A Prison Break In One Of The Craziest & Most Hilarious Ways Possible

Victoria’s Secret Grants Your Wish: Its New Underwear Angel Is A Man

Pioneer David Hogg Changes His Tune – The Cause Of Violence In America Is No Longer Guns

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

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American Airlines Mechanic Who ‘Sabotaged’ Plane Alleged To Have Links To ISIS

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Fox News is reporting an airline mechanic, who allegedly sabotaged a Nassau-bound Boeing 737 in July over what he says was disappointment related to a labor dispute, was denied bail Wednesday due to the judge’s concerns about the mechanic’s potential ties to ISIS.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a naturalized American citizen originally hailing from Iraq, was ordered held in Miami during a hearing for charges he glued styrofoam to an airplane’s part that helps track critical flight data such as airspeed. The plane, which contained 150 passengers, was grounded and ultimately taken off the tarmac where the problem was discovered. He is charged with “willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley denied bail to Alani when presented evidence by prosecutors that Alani’s brother may have ties to ISIS and had a history of incriminating statements wishing harm on non-Muslims.

Evidence was also presented that Alani had sent $700 to someone in Iraq recently, had in fact traveled to his home country without disclosing that information during his arrest, and had videos on his phone of ISIS militants engaged in murder.

“You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” the judge told Alani at the hearing. “That’s very disconcerting.”

Alani, 60, worked as a mechanic for the airline when he allegedly sabotaged a Nassau-bound Boeing 737 with 150 passengers and crew aboard at Miami International Airport over stalled labor negotiations.

He allegedly told investigators the labor dispute between the mechanics union and the airline had a negative financial impact on him.

Prosecutors said Alani glued styrofoam inside the nose of the aircraft that disabled a part used to gauge airspeed and other critical flight data. Pilots detected the issue before takeoff, and the plane was taken to another part of the airport for an inspection. That’s when the problem was discovered.

Airport surveillance captured Alani working on the plane’s nose. He was identified by co-workers.

Alani, who the judge believes is a flight risk, will be held without bail and will enter a plea Friday.

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MSNBC Panelist Says He Constantly Fantasizes About Crashing His Car into Trump Plaza. Maybe He’s Waiting for the 1,000-Year Reich

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Everyone has a fantasy or two.

For an MSNBC panelist, it’s driving his car straight into Trump Plaza.

And that’s the news.

Here’s more about fantasies: Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above the Law, tweeted Wednesday morning about his dreamy would-be car crash, along with an article about an actual Trump Plaza auto accident that resulted in several people being injured Tuesday night.

It’s a fantasy, but the talk is real:

“Real talk: When you come out of the parking lot of this mall/movie theater, you have to sit a red light staring right into this lobby.
I’ve thought about driving my car through it EVERY TIME. Basic humanity keeps me from doing it, but JUST.”

Elie noted that the “the view in this picture is exactly the view you have from the stop light.”

And that light, according to the aspiring felon/potential vehicular manslaughterer, is “long.”

He also theorized that Tuesday’s crash — which was determined by police to be an accident — was intentional.

Or MAYBE that’s his own bias:

“Anyway, innocent until proven guilty but…’accident’ doesn’t seem likely to me. Maybe that’s my own bias.”

The guy ain’t your average schmo — he’s one of them people that knows a lot:

“Defense counsel should NOT put me on this guy’s jury, I know too much :).”

He knows so much that last October, he told America that Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation may result in a Thousand-Year Reich.

I’ll say that once more: the confirmation of a conservative judge was possibly going to initialize a Thousand-Year Reich.

That, from the guy who knows stuff.

The guy who drives by Trump Tower every day.

The guy who’s dreaming of crashing his car into a building full of people.

The guy MSNBC believes is the right person to have on.

Want more? Presto–

From the Washington Examiner:

MSNBC guest Elie Mystal, who is the executive editor of AboveTheLaw.com, advocated for nonwhite voters to mobilize to defeat President Trump in the 2020 presidential election, saying “you do not negotiate with” with his white supporters.

Host Joy Reid had asked the panel on Sunday how someone talks to a person who is “drugged by” their support for Trump.

“You don’t communicate it to them — you beat them. You beat them,” Mystal said. “They are not a majority of this country. The majority of white people in this country are not a majority of the country. And all the people who are not fooled by this need to come together, go to the polls, go to the protests, do whatever you have to do. You do not negotiate with these people, you destroy them.”

And from RedState’s Elizabeth Vaughn:

In a Thursday night appearance on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” contributor and legal blog editor Elie Mystal had some fiery words for Equinox and SoulCycle chairman Stephen Ross.

Ross is hosting a fundraiser for President Trump at his home in Southampton, NY this weekend and Mystal has called for protestors to show up outside his home with “pitchforks and torches.”

Apparently, the recent boycotts of Ross’ businesses didn’t go far enough for Mystal. He said:

“People of color are already targets under this administration. I have no problem on shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further. I want pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.

Nice job, Peacock.

-ALEX

 

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A New York Shootout with a Career Criminal Ends with Onlookers Shouting Death to the Cops. How Did We Get Here?

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On Tuesday in The Big Apple, cops got in a shootout with a career criminal following a call of domestic assault.

When all was said and done, an officer had been shot in the hand, the assailant was dead, and witnesses were shouting death to law enforcement.

According to The New York Post, some yelled, “Get the **** out of here,” while one man belted out…let’s say…a request for oral gratification.

There was also “All of y’all can die! I hope that happens!”

The man who was killed had been arrested 16 times. He was initially tased but still managed to fire at police.

As for the expressed wishes for cop casualties, a law enforcement source told the Post it’s no new experience:

“You hear this more and more. The public just has no respect for cops. All they want to do is fight cops. It never used to be that way.”

The source blamed the cultural shift on Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in June, characterized ICE as a weapon out to get NYC residents in the country illegally:

But the source believes it began much earlier.

From The Daily Wire:

“It all started with de Blasio. He’s the one to blame for the way the public treats cops,” citing the 2014 ambush slayings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. A third source echoed, “Are you surprised? Somebody’s shooting at a police officer and nobody cares. … They’re more concerned about the perp than the cop who’s there to protect them. You call the police to do a job, a cop gets shot, but they’re upset that a guy who was shooting a cop is dead.”

In 2015, after the ambush murders of Liu and Ramos, at the service honoring them, dozens of New York City police officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio.

And that wasn’t the only time. During the funeral for assassinated officer and mom of three Miosotis Familia, hundreds of the NYPD turned their backs to Mayor Bill.

The parolee who shot her in the head as she sat in a marked vehicle with her partner was known for making anti-cop threats on social media.

It definitely says a lot when onlookers curse the cops instead of the criminal. It’s a shift, possibly due to past wrongs on multiple sides — broadcasted incidents such as this certainly don’t help things.

Any and all of those are wrongs which need to be made right.

Putting aside this particular incident — about which we can’t be sure of the details — what do you think has caused such an overall change?

I look forward to hearing from you.

-ALEX

 

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Snopes.com Lies and Creates Fake News About the Felicity Huffman School Bribery Case

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FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2006 file photo, Felicity Huffman wears a Marchesa gown at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The luxe womenswear brand Marchesa may not survive the horrors of Harvey Weinstein, the estranged husband of co-founder Georgina Chapman. The company on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, canceled its scheduled Feb. 14 show at New York Fashion Week after a decade of presenting collections there. And there’s been a Marchesa blackout on red carpets as awards season winds down. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

On Friday, has-been actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in federal prison. Her crime, such as it was, was to donate some $15K to a “charitable foundation” (astonishingly the foundation did not have Clinton in the name). The “donation” actually paid for a ringer to take the SAT on behalf of Huffman’s daughter to enable her to get into an selective college. And Huffman pocketed a tax write off. I was not one of the ones cheering about this. My first thought was “great, this means that real crime has been eradicated and now we’re down to using federal law enforcement for virtue signaling.” Just the exposure, by itself, destroyed Huffman’s relationship with her kids, probably prevented the daughter she tried to help from ever getting into any real college and shamed her for life by her name being connected to the scandal. Huffman should have been hit by a civil IRS lien for the 15K and that should have been it. I feel this way about everyone involved in this. The parents are shamed, the kids are shamed even among their friends, they will carry this scarlet letter forever, the coaches are out of work forever, the scammers have been exposed. That is justice. But that is not the society which we have built.

I was raised in a fairly down-in-the-heels section of Virginia. It was a place where the social class structure was pretty damned rigid and it was accepted that those “with” would always stick together to the disadvantage of those “without.” As I’ve recounted several times, my options upon finishing high school were chopping tobacco, working in a furniture mill, or working in a textile factory…or getting the hell out of Dodge. Much to my surprise other supposedly smart folks were shocked to learn that wealthy people and connected people actually used connections and broke rules to help their kids get a leg up. They labored under the illusion that Chelsea Clinton and her ilk were some kind of virtuosos who just stumbled into their 6-figure jobs fresh out of an elite college because they were just so damned smart and talented. These are the people who were shocked and offended by this college scandal. Bottom line, I don’t have the time and energy to care what a handful of rich people to to advance their whelps into the upper classes. This has no impact on me or mine. This is not who we are.

But the great thing about America is that there is virtually no social ill that cannot somehow be contorted enough to become an example of racism.

If everything it racism then this is definitely your story: A wealthy white woman gets two-weeks for her role in a cheating scandal and a poor black woman gets 5 years for enrolling her kid in a different school district. And if you are sufficiently woke, this is freakin catnip.

Then Snopes got into the act. Snopes, if you aren’t familiar with their work, is the highly woke fact checking website that is currently engaged in some kind of vendetta with the satire website Babylon Bee. This is their rating.

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The problem is that this is not merely false, it is an outright lie.

Here are the facts.

McDowell, who claimed she was homeless, was arrested for larceny after she signed an affidavit attesting to her residency at a different address to enroll her kid in a different school district. Reading between the lines here, this sounds like McDowell was a pain in the butt to the public housing development where she lived and they used the fraudulent affidavit as a reason to evict her (or ban her from the premises because the story is convoluted). The cops just became the pivot man in this circle jerk.

The police investigation into the residency began in January after Norwalk Housing Authority attorney Donna Lattarulo filed a complaint alleging McDowell registered her son at Brookside, but actually lived in an apartment on Priscilla Street in Bridgeport.

As part of the evidence presented in the complaint, police received an affidavit of residency signed by McDowell and dated last September attesting that she lived in the Roodner Court public housing complex on Ely Ave.

Before this charge was acted on, other things happened.

Several weeks later, she was arrested for selling drugs to Norwalk undercover officers on five occasions in Norwalk and Bridgeport.

When she was picked up on the drug charges, police found her in front of Brookside Elementary School holding 30 small bags of marijuana and 23 small bags of crack cocaine, prosecutor Tiffany Lockshier said during her sentencing hearing.

In Bridgeport, McDowell pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of sale of narcotics to undercover officers in Bridgeport and when she is sentenced on March 27, faces up to five years in jail for those convictions.

Selling narcotics in front of an elementary school. Selling narcotics in front of an elementary school. Selling narcotics in front of an elementary school. Selling narcotics in front of an elementary school. I’ll say it again. Selling narcotics in front of an elementary school.

When she appeared in court she pleaded guilty to the drug charges and entered an Alford plea to the larceny charge. The judge made it clear that he was sentencing her based on the drug deal alone:

That case drew protests by residents and civil rights groups who claimed McDowell was being persecuted for her attempt to get a better education for her son.

[Superior Court Judge Frank] Iannotti retorted Tuesday that the Norwalk case had nothing to do with why McDowell was before him.

“This case is about the convictions for the sale of narcotics to an undercover police officer,” the judge said. “I think you understand that because that is really the essence of what has gotten you into the predicament you find yourself today.”

On the two counts of sale of narcotics, the judge then sentenced her to 12 years, suspended after she serves five years and followed by five years probation. The sentence is to run concurrently with a five-year sentence she received in the Norwalk case.

“When you are released, go back to doing an honest living and become a role model for your son,” the judge added.

The Snopes fact check is simply a lie. Period. Full stop. Felicity Huffman got two weeks in prison for cheating to get her kid into a good school. McDowell got five years for selling narcotics in a school zone. These are not the same thing. They aren’t even in the same universe of criminal acts.

Sad to say, this is not unusual behavior for Snopes. One hopes this noxious bunch of self-righteous, if deeply dishonest, twits gets put out of business. And soon. Because they are the real problem with #FakeNews on the internet.

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Something Smells Fishy In Fraser, Michigan.

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Everything is upside down in the Hamlet.

I am telling you people……local politics is just as messed up as anything in Washington D.C. and maybe even a bit more so.

I have written here at Red State about some of the “interesting” events that have happened in my town of Fraser, Michigan which is nestled WARMLY in the middle of Macomb County. We are just a small town of under 15,000 but we seem to have a knack for having really odd things happen in this lil hamlet.

Here are some of my previous musings…

Getting Local: How It All Began.

Preventing And Exposing Corruption Starts Locally. Welcome To Fraser, Michigan.

Today’s curious tale starts off a mere 4 years ago in a beer tent right before an election in Fraser.

The gentleman pictured above that is upside down was the Mayor at the time, Doug Hagerty. The lady next to him in an equally topsy turvy picture is a councilperson serving with Doug at the time by the name of Barbara Jennings. They were colleagues in the sense of serving on the same board but they made sure to let everyone know that they would not be sending CHRISTmas cards to the other one if you know what I mean.

If you don’t know what that means, what I’m saying is that they were not really fond of each other.

On this fateful day, while the beer tent was hot, humid yet had the smell of stale Bud Light and shattered dreams, an alleged but interesting incident occurred that still has heads scratching to this day. Doug propositioned Barbara ( allegedly ) to extend the contract of the city manager whom at the time was a lad by the name of Richard Haberman, for a vote on a contract to provide towing services for the city.

Very Washington D.C. like if you ask me.

According to the Macomb Daily

A Fraser councilwoman who claims she was lobbied to vote for a local towing company in exchange for a contract extension for the city manager has filed a police report against Mayor Doug Hagerty.

Fraser police have confirmed Barbara Jennings recently made a complaint to the Public Safety Department, and said the matter will be referred to an outside law enforcement agency for review. Jennings told The Macomb Daily it’s the first time in her 12 years on the council that someone offered action in return for her vote on an issue.

She alleges Hagerty asked to speak privately to her while both were under the beer tent July 23 at the Fraser City Carnival. Jennings said Hagerty sought her support to have Fraser-based Foster’s Towing reinstated as the official towing firm to haul away vehicles driven by arrested drivers and cars and trucks disabled in traffic crashes.

Pretty gosh darn sleazy right? Well, it gets better and sleazier my friends.

Why would Doug approach Barbara about a vote to extend the city managers contract? Well according to Doug, he seemed to think Barbara was in a relationship with him.

Once again according to the Macomb Daily…

Hagerty told a reporter Monday he was unaware of the police report until he was contacted by the newspaper.

He denied any notion of a quid pro quo.

‘I polled her to see what her vote may be. I said, ‘Where do you stand on the towing contract?” the mayor said. ‘It was in the beer tent for about 30 seconds.’ Hagerty, who is not seeking re-election, said Jennings has a romantic relationship with the city manager and suspects she’s trying to conceal it.

‘It’s well-known throughout every employee in the city, every elected official and most elected officials around us,’ the mayor said of the relationship. ‘I think her accusations (against me) are trying to cover up something else. She’s running for office again. I think she wants to keep the city manager employed.

‘I think it’s a smokescreen.’

As the old saying goes where there is smoke there is a fire. A really smelly, stinky fire.

Fast forward just a mere 4 years and now Barbara is no longer a city councilperson, Doug is no longer Mayor and Richard Haberman is no longer city manager but he is living with Barbara and enjoying life as a seasoned citizen.

Yet now Richard Haberman wants a city council term of his own and he needed 50 signatures from residents to get his name on the ballot.

Who did he and his gal pal ask to sign his petition for eligibility ?

Well, wouldn’t ya know, Barbara and Richard asked the guy who they claim had allegedly tried to bribe her 4 years before to give Haberman another year on his contract?

Doug Hagerty.

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Can you believe that?

Whoever said small-town politics isn’t interesting lied to us.

Now, this raises some questions to the logical mind…

*If you were accused of trying to bribe someone to get a vote and you DIDNT DO IT, would you want to sign the petition to get that certain persons boyfriend on the ballot?

*If someone had propositioned you for a vote to extend your significant others contract for a year and you were so appalled, would you ask them 4 years later for any signature?

*Would you deal with anyone who accused you of a crime? Would you deal with anyone who wanted you to commit a crime?

*Could it be possible that a deal was struck to let bygones be bygones?

As you can see here, it is not just the national political scene where politicians seemingly are willing to smear and cut deals to make the ends justify the means. This can happen anywhere, even in a small town in the middle of a county going through a corruption probe by the F.B.I.

Something fishy is going on in Fraser, Michigan. This is only the beginning and we are going to get to the bottom of it.

Get ready.

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DOJ Inspector General Submits Long Awaited Draft Report On Alleged FISA Abuse to Attorney General

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DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote a letter on Friday to lawmakers informing them that his investigation is now complete and that a draft copy of his much-anticipated report on alleged FISA abuses during the course of the Russian collusion investigation has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr. In his letter, he stated his team has “reviewed over one million records and conducted over 100 interviews, including several of witnesses who only recently agreed to be interviewed.” Horowitz and his team have been working on this investigation since the spring of 2018.

The first “reluctant witness” he refers to is Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier. Steele was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS. His work was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC with money funneled through Washington law firm, Perkins, Coie. (This firm represented the Clinton campaign.)

The other last minute witness is former State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, who met with Steele, quickly assessed his agenda and notified the FBI ten days before they applied for the first warrant to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. This was the last of three warnings the FBI received before using Steele’s unverified dossier as the basis of their first FISA application and for three renewals.

The IG report will answer the question we have been asking for two years. Did James Comey’s FBI acquire warrants to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page illegally? If the recent buzz is correct, the report concludes that all four warrants were obtained illegally.

Horowitz wrote, “We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking. This step is consistent with our process for reports such as this one that involve classified material.”

According to Fox News, Attorney General Bill Barr will begin the process of reviewing it. Horowitz wrote that “once the DOJ and the FBI send back a marked document relating to classified material, his team will proceed with our usual process for preparing final draft public and classified reports, and ensuring that appropriate reviews occur for accuracy and comment purposes.” He did not indicate how long this process will take. If I recall correctly, it should be about two weeks.

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Following The DOJ’s Rejection of McCabe’s Appeal, CNN Colleagues Worry His Presence May Undermine Network’s ‘Journalistic Credibility’

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In the wake of Thursday’s bombshell news that the DOJ has rejected fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s appeal of the decision to recommend charges against him, his new employer, CNN, is in a bit of a quandary.

The looming charges stem from a 2018 DOJ Inspector General report that found McCabe had lied under oath on three occasions.

Although the network knew when they hired McCabe as a contributor last month that an indictment was a possibility, they likely felt the chances were remote. Now that the odds have increased significantly, some of his colleagues aren’t so happy.

A current CNN on-air personality, who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity, said, “It’s hard to see the justification for hiring him initially since it was publicly documented he’s, best case, a liar. How will CNN handle it if he’s also soon indicted?”

This person also told Fox that “it erodes our journalistic credibility to have so many highly anti-Trump, former Obama DOJ/security officials without a semblance of balance.” This was a reference to the network’s hiring of Obama administration officials such as Samantha Vinograd, Jim Sciutto, Asha Rangappa, Juliette Kayyem, James Clapper and now McCabe.

Does CNN actually have any journalistic credibility or balance?

A second current CNN on-air personality who wishes to remain anonymous told Fox that “many liberal-leaning staffers feel McCabe is “somewhat of a freedom fighter” who was “unfairly targeted” by the Trump administration.” But this person feels that McCabe “made some colossal mistakes and the fact that he f—ing lied under oath, I have no sympathies for him. How will [CNN] have him on weigh in on anything related to integrity?”

Integrity? CNN?

This source added:

CNN would “stand by McCabe until they can’t” and said network producers have kept McCabe out of situations where he could be “undressed” on-air by pundits with opposing views.

McCabe’s colleague also pointed out that CNN doesn’t typically refer to him as a “law enforcement analyst,” instead opting for the simpler label “correspondent.”

Apparently, McCabe does have some supporters at the network, one of whom is their top legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, whom they trotted out yesterday after the news broke. Toobin said, “Andy McCabe is a CNN contributor. He’s a colleague and a friend to many of us who work here. This is an extremely unusual prosecution. Andy McCabe had the right to speak to reporters. That is beyond dispute. As deputy director of the FBI, he had the right to speak to reporters. He also has an impeccable record as one of the most honored and successful FBI agents of his generation.”

With all due respect to Jeffrey Toobin, McCabe did have the right to speak to reporters. However, he did not have the right to lie about it.

McCabe is entitled to due process under the law as all Americans are, except for President Trump or anyone associated with him. But the IG report seems pretty straightforward. And, as I see it, McCabe’s involvement in the FISA application process and his role in the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation against Trump may bring further trouble his way.

And just maybe, it wasn’t such a wise move for McCabe to have sued the FBI and the DOJ in August over his firing. It’s never a good idea to bring a lawsuit against an organization which holds power over one’s future in their hands.

DePauw University professor and frequent CNN critic Jeffrey McCall spoke to Fox and said:

CNN made a questionable move by hiring McCabe in the first place and needs to keep him off TV while things play out.

With this latest development, the move looks even worse. McCabe has credibility issues, and that is a problem for a news channel that has had its professional practices challenged of late. At the least, it would behoove CNN to suspend McCabe from his contributor position until the legal process has worked its way out.”

Readers?

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Matthew Barber: The potential to fight crime using technology is significant

Matthew Barber is the Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley. He is currently the Deputy PCC for that area.

Confidence matters. Not just in the sense of good PR, or a nice warm feeling inside, it actually matters. Thankfully, most people have very little or no contact with the criminal justice system, but we all need to have confidence that the system is in good health and working to protect us and those around us. You do not have to believe in a rose-tinted past in order to see that this confidence has taken a battering over recent years, and indeed decades.

Justice is seen as too slow and bureaucratic; investigative outcomes are poor; sentencing is seen as weak and reoffending rates are high. We urgently need to rehabilitate both offenders, and the criminal justice system itself. Few complex systems are perfect, especially those that have to deal with human tragedy and transgression as their bread and butter, but through the leadership of Local Criminal Justice Boards, that bring together all of the agencies involved in delivering justice, Police and Crime Commissioners can be the midwives to that transformation.

Much of the attention to police performance is understandably about visibility, but that is only part of the picture. The investigative outcomes are well below where the public would expect them to be. In Thames Valley a major new initiative is being launched to ensure that investigation is at the heart of what the police do. It is one of the unique functions that can only be carried out by the police and it goes beyond the immediate response to incidence which is so often the focus of attention and resources.

The effectiveness and quality of prosecutions must also be rigorously scrutinised. Undoubtedly much of this rests with the police in terms of providing thorough investigations and properly dealing with issues such as disclosure, but the Crown Prosecution Service also need to ensure that they are not prioritising the safest cases at the expense of confidence in the wider system.

The use of technology in our courts and prisons needs to be improved. Too often the correct technology is not in place or the infrastructure isn’t up to the job. With court closures making the physical journey to secure justice a longer one for many victims and witnesses, the facilities and the support for them needs to be right first time, every time.

The public response to sentencing, often without understanding the details of the case will always be a problem, but whilst prisoners continue to be routinely released half way through the sentence that has been imposed by the courts it is little wonder that confidence is draining away. If we are to retain this policy the Ministry of Justice should seriously consider GPS tagging for all serious or violent offenders as part of their sentence. This is currently used by Thames Valley on a voluntary basis for a small cohort of offenders, but the potential of this technology is significant. Not just by imposing an additional restriction on someone’s liberty as part of their sentence, but as an active tool to reducing reoffending and helping people to turn their lives around.

This final point about reducing the chances of someone committing further crimes is key. Too often the pendulum of debate swings all the way to draconian punishment to ultra-lenient sentencing with no evidence of success. There is a balance to be struck. Whilst offenders are in prison they are their to be punished, but there is no reason why that time inside should not be used to equip them with the basic skills to become law abiding members of society on their release. Once they are outside there is no reason why they should be cast aside. Restrictions on liberty, provision of education, and where necessary treatment should all be part of how the state deals with offenders in order to keep society safe.

Reform will cost money, but as is so often the case, cash isn’t the only answer. By properly joining the system up, through bodies such as Local Criminal Justice Boards, can improve working practices, encourage the sharing of data and ensure that all agencies have a shared goal of improving justice for victims.

Just as there is no contradiction between punishment and rehabilitation, there should also be no conflict between delivering an efficient criminal justice system and at the same time ensuring public confidence in it.

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