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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel Just Mic Dropped On Justin Amash

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Now that Justin Amash is no longer a card-carrying member of the GOP the party chair feels like she can tee off on him whenever she wants. Being Ronna and Justin are from the same home state I think this might have been building up for some time.

After the whole hullaballoo yesterday about Israel not allowing two U.S. citizens going to visit Israel to do political protesting you had people from all sides speak out. I wrote about it also yesterday right here at Red State and will again today.

There were a LOT of hot takes.

The one, however, that caught my eye was current Representative Justin Amash of Michigan and also recently departed member of the GOP. I left the “official” GOP back in 1992 so I fully understand the frustration there.

His tweet and the response from current GOP Chairperson Ronna McDaniel was a perky exchange.

Here is what Amash tweeted.

Israel should stand up to President Trump and allow our colleagues to visit. Nobody has to agree with their opinions, but it will inevitably harm U.S.-Israel relations if members of Congress are banned from the country. We must find ways to come together; there’s enough division.
McDaniels came right back with this.

Come together?

398 Rs+Ds came together to condemn a boycott of Israel, you voted present.

424 Rs+Ds came together to condemn anti-Semitism, you voted present.

395 Rs+Ds came together for Iron Dome funding, you voted no.

Spare us the lecture on unity.

Ronna did a lil homework.

Tlaib and Omar at the end of the day United States citizens. Yes, they are also elected officials which grants them cool perks on overseas junkets but still, they are citizens of this country. The First Amendment does not cover any other country but ours. You want to stifle their speech here, I will fight that all day long. They are not entitled to go rabble rouse in another country because they feel morally justified.

Also, the whole rah rah speech of being united is odd coming from the guy that just ditched his party. As I said I ditched the whole party apparatus 27 years ago. Amash worked the system, was elected as a Republican and just now is realizing that the party hierarchy sucks?

Sounds like blatant opportunism to me.

So sitting here as a non wild eyed never screams about the dollar being tied to GOOOLD libertarian, who believes that countries have borders…..I’m going to give this round to Ronna.

Hopefully, Justin finds his footing his term in Congrees ends next year. He has not announced whether he will try to fight off those vying for his seat and the GOP challengers he would face or if he is going to try for the Senate seat here open here next year. We need voices like his in the public arena.

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Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tilab Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

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The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.

This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.

The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.

The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.

Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

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Monopoly: ’One Size Fits All’ – Fits Hardly Anyone At All

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I’m 6’5” – and a bit of a weight gym rat.

“One Size Fits All” – just about never, ever fits me.

In fact, “One Size Fits All”…is a monopoly – and thus fits hardly anyone at all.

One-size-fits-none monopolies – are always a bad idea.

Government monopolies are particularly awful.

To wit: Government-medicine Medicare.  How’s that going?

Medicare Faces Unfunded Liability of $38.6 Trillion

10 Reasons Why Your Doctor Won’t See Medicare Patients:

“#1: Medicare does not pay enough to cover the expenses associated with the services provided.

“#2: Filing Medicare insurance is more complex than any other insurance.

“#4: Medicare patient care often involves taking more time to deal with the same issues.

“#8: Regional Medicare carriers (MACs) create their own local rules for Medicare patients in specific states.

“#9: Medicare requires physicians to adhere to a number of specific program requirements or lose…(part) of their payment.”

What Is Cost Shifting?:

“‘Cost shifting’ is a term used in the world of health-care payments, insurance and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements….

“Cost shifting occurs when a hospital or other health-care provider charges an insured patient more than it does an uninsured patient for the same procedure or service. Those with health insurance, in effect, pay for the financial loss hospitals incur when they provide services to those without insurance.”

Monopoly Medicare is a titanic disaster – on the verge of sinking the nation.  How do we accelerate the submersion?  I know – let’s add EVERYONE to Medicare.  #MedicareForAll

Private sector monopolies aren’t any better.

You certainly see it with the Big Tech companies.  The likes of Google and Facebook are each near-trillion dollar monopoly mega-monsters.  Who with impunity illegally squash any prospective competitors and censor ideological opponents, mass-heist Intellectual Property (IP) – and violate a whole host of other laws.

What to do?

Government monopolies shouldn’t exist – because per the Constitution the government should be doing hardly anything at all.

Private sector monopolies – can be a real problem.  Government shouldn’t allow businesses to reach monopoly status.  And when they do – government must address them.

Please note: My joint is called “Less Government” – not “ No Government.”  There are certain things government is supposed to do.

And when government is as titanically huge as ours are – you quite often need a little more government here…to get a whole lot less government there.

To wit: A little more government at our borders – gets us a whole lot less government inside our borders.

To wit: The arcane world of music licensing.

While this corner of the private sector is a duopoly rather than a monopoly – the same one-sided domination can occur:

“Behold ASCAP and BMI – who together control the performing rights to approximately 90% of all songs….

“ASCAP and BMI have 90% market share not because they’re excellent at what they do.  They have it because they are a cartel – created by the music publishers.

“Music publishers – should be free market rivals.  And they are – except in music licensing.

In music licensing, publishers combined their market share into these two institutions – ASCAP and BMI.  What this was – was the creation of a cartel.  What this is – is actual, in-practice, Russian-free collusion.”

How do we know music monopoly-esque abuses can occur?  Because for decades – they did occur.

The first four decades of the 20th Century are rife with very many musicians – making almost no money at all.  Because the record labels pocketed just about all of it – thanks to their duopoly music licensing scam.

Blues musicians were really, royally screwed.  Later artists like Eric Clapton would seek out impoverished old blues legends – and pay them directly for covering their songs.

Then we got a little bit of very necessary government:

“(In) 1941 – when the Department of Justice (DoJ) stepped in. And introduced the consent decrees:

“‘ASCAP and BMI are governed by ‘consent decrees’ originally issued by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) as a means to curb the anticompetitive tendencies of the publishing sector….

“‘Back in 1941, there was only one legally recognized copyright in music – the musical composition – and the balance of power in the industry was heavily tilted to the music publishers and ASCAP.

“‘At the time, ASCAP acted as a kind of gatekeeper to the world’s most valuable musical repertoires, to the extent that the DOJ took action that same year to balance the scales. The result of this intervention are consent decrees that, to this day, govern how radio, whether AM/FM or digital, licenses compositions….

“‘Intended to promote competition in the marketplace for musical works, the consent decrees encourage ASCAP and BMI to compete with one another to attract licensees and recruit new songwriter/publisher members.’”

The consent decrees – have worked.

Eric Clapton could become Eric Clapton – because of the consent decrees.

Taylor Swift could become Taylor Swift – because of the consent decrees.  (But please don’t hold her against them.)

Because the decrees have worked, Big Music periodically lobbies the Department of Justice (DoJ) to end them – or, barring that, dramatically limit them.

We have currently arrived at one of those times.

Which is why a bunch of free market organizations (including our Less Government) – have signed a letter opposing Big Music’s efforts:

“The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees…remain extremely relevant to a functioning marketplace. Millions of businesses across the country rely on the efficiencies and anticompetitive protections that these decrees provide….

“(ASCAP and BMI’s) sort of market power, collusion, and price fixing is antithetical to a traditional free market, yet it remains necessary for the music licensing market to operate efficiently….

“These benefits, however necessary to market efficiency, should not excuse ASCAP and BMI from the nation’s antitrust laws.

“Given the anticompetitive nature of the music licensing market as a whole, ending the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees would assuredly necessitate some other form of government regulation over the market.”

And that “some other form of government regulation” – would almost certainly be a whole lot more intrusive than are the consent decrees.

So yet again:

A little government here – saving us from a whole lot of government there.

So yet again we say to government:

Don’t just do something – stand there.

On music licensing, the status quo – is the best way to go.

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C-SPAN Guest: Background Checks Didn’t Prevent El Paso or Dayton, and Universal Checks May Not Have, Either

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Journalist Stephen Gutowski guested on C-SPAN Monday to point out a notable truth about recent mass murders in El Paso and Dayton: background checks didn’t prevent them.

Furthermore, a universal background check wouldn’t necessarily have, either.

Stephen explained to the host of Washington Journal that, as per the law, all firearms dealers must be federally licensed and submit background checks on any and all gun sales:

“If you go to a gun store, there’s a background check. If you buy a gun from them at a gun show, if you buy from a licensed dealer, someone at a gun store, you have to do a background check. If you buy online from a licensed dealer, there’s a background check.”

Private sales, of course, are a different matter. They’re not regulated by the feds, so only state laws apply. So-called universal background checks would end that exception:

“If a private individual sells a gun to another private individual on the secondary market, within their own state, then there’s no federal regulation on that, a background check is not required. Universal background checks would require background checks on those sales as well. Basically, on almost any transfer of a gun between two people there would have to have a background check.”



As for “somebody who is a convicted felon or who has been adjudicated mentally ill,” firearm purchases are always illegal. In fact, it’s against the law to let someone in that boat even hold a gun, he said.

How does all this play into the massacres in Texas and Ohio?

“As far as the effectiveness of background checks, especially in regards to universal or especially in regards to the recent shootings, the last three attacks, all three of those shooters went through the legal process and had a background check and passed it. So as far as this as a response to these recent shootings, this kind of proposal, it wouldn’t necessarily have stopped these particular shootings. Advocates say it would generally reduce crime. That’s the claim at least.”

So one of the ways in which politicians are trumpeting regulation in the aftermath of tragedies doesn’t really address those tragedies; sounds about right.

On the Democratic side, fighting for changes almost wholly unrelated to catalysts for fighting for those changes seems a veritable way of life — recently, Biden fought for a ban on the scariest guns rather than the deadliest (here), and Beto O’Rourke fingered Trump as the reason people got shot (here).

Beto’s out fighting ghosts today (here) — he must think it’s a bonafied presidential look.

President Trump has called for background checks, as well. I’m not suggesting they’re a bad idea. They will, possibly, make it more difficult for those who shouldn’t have weapons to attain them. Although, given the personalities in Congress, it may be wise to question what criteria in the future may be used to keep guns out of the hands of Americans more broadly.

It’s certainly virtuous to question what could’ve stopped the slayings of August 3rd and 4th. But the answers may look like something entirely different than legislation.

We’ve lost something in the fabric of society. We’ve lost family, religion, and community. Society has lost some its reasons to function according to the Golden Rule (please see here, here, and here).

And no law can fix that. Neither can a background check.

-ALEX

 

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The Left Is Either Confused – Or Projecting. Or Both. Ok – It’s Probably Both

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The Left is really confused.

They spend lots and LOTS of time accusing the Right – of things the Left does.  Often of things only the Left does.  Often of things that are antithetical to being Right – so the Right would never, ever do them.

Or perhaps the addled Left is engaged in Psychological Projection:

“Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities…by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”

The Left has spent decades accusing the Right of being racist.  Of being separatists/segregationists.  Of being Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.

Except the KKK was founded – by the Democrat Party.  To try to keep – often murderously – members of the Republican Party from registering blacks to vote and getting them further engaged in the political process.

Except all the separatists/segregationists – were Democrats.  From George Wallace on down – all Democrats.

Abortion mill Planned Parenthood is a favorite of the Left.  It was founded by Margaret Sanger – another favorite of the LeftWho said really pleasant things like:

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan… I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

And Leftist Sanger’s vision – is being delivered by her Planned Parenthood.

CDC: 35% of Aborted Babies Are Black

Blacks – are only 12% of the population.

Racist movie “Birth of a Nation” was screened in the White House – by Democrat President Woodrow Wilson.

American citizens of Japanese descent were during World War II locked up in internment camps – by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today’s Democrat Party has the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses.  Separatism.

Today’s Democrat Party has grievance groups like the NAACP and La Raza (translation from the original Spanish: “The Race”).  Separatism.

Of course, it is Leftists who look at people as members of various groups.  They are collectivists – on everything, including race.

But the smallest minority of all – is the individual. Rightists – who are actually Rightists – look at people as individuals.  Which is antithetical to collectivist-racist thought.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

The Left is constantly accusing the Right of being fascists.  Of being Nazis.  Republican President Donald Trump is alleged to be Adolf Hitler.  This after Republican President George W. Bush was alleged to be Hitler.  This after….

The Left even has Antifa – short for “Anti-Fascists.”

Except Antifa is…ummm…a bunch of uniformed thugs beating up and beating down Rightists.  Like the Nazi SS.  Like the Italian Fascist Brown Shirts.

And like the Soviet KGB.  Nazism and Fascism are sibling ideologies – and both are of the Left.  Nazi is, after all, short for “National Socialist.”  And Nazism and Fascism are also siblings – of Socialism/Communism.  Leftists all.

All three sibling ideologies demand an increase in government centralization.  All three demand an increase in government power.

All of which is right in line with the Left.  All of which is antithetical to the Right.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Speaking of the Left’s confusion.  Or projection.  Or both….:

Hands off the Internet, President Trump

What this also is…is the Left’s acknowledgement that on more things than not, We the People want less government – not more.

So the Left attempts to frame less government policy – as more government policy:

“In the wake of the president’s complaints about how Big Tech treats conservatives, the Trump administration is reportedly developing an executive order that would make a mockery of Republicans’ supposed reluctance to regulate the internet….

“The order’s target is a 1996 federal law that shields online companies from liability for the content uploaded by their users. Significantly, the law – known informally as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – allows companies to block or remove uploads that they judge to be ‘objectionable,’ as long as they act ‘in good faith.’

“According to CNN’s Brian Fung, who obtained a summary of the order, the administration wants the Federal Communications Commission to restrict the availability of that shield.…”

Section 230 – is much MORE government.  It imposes huge, sweeping immunities from the likes of libel, slander and Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement – for huge Internet companies like Google and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Extra protections – no other companies have.  Extra protections – granted to companies that are hugely, overwhelmingly Leftist.

This government-granted protectionism – may the hugest cronyism in the history of huge cronyism.

These hugely massive Internet companies got to be so hugely massive – largely thanks to these huge, sweeping, government-protectorate immunities.

And these Leftist crony companies have spent the entirety of their existences – abusing the living daylight out of Section 230s “in good faith” censorship exemption.  Acting over and over again – very much in bad faith.  So they can time and again censor the Right.

Google Whistleblower Bombshell: Search Engine Used Social Justice Warriors to Train Its AI Systems to Suppress All Conservative Views (and Block ‘Another Trump’ from Happening)

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Twitter Employees Admit to Censoring Conservatives, Banning Them for Political Reasons

Whistleblower: Pinterest Censors Conservative, Pro-Life Content

These massive Leftist companies finding Righties objectionable – doesn’t meet the Section 230 legal standard of objectionable.

These massive Leftist companies have been in chronic, incessant violation of Section 230.  Not holding up their tiny end of the bargain – pledged in exchange for their HUGE legal-protectorate cronyism.

So these massive Leftist companies – should lose their huge legal-protectorate cronyism.

The law should apply to these massive Leftist companies – in exactly the same way it applies to everyone else.

This would be a HUGE reduction in government.

And a restoration of adherence to the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.  Which reads in the relevant part:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Which the Left is trying to say – is more government: “Hands off the Internet, President Trump.”

Because the Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Ok – it’s probably both.

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A California School Kept a Gruesome MS-13 Slaughter Within Its Ranks a Secret from the Public. Was It a Political Move?

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Jailed men identified by authorities as gang members from the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) sit in handcuffs as they are transferred to the Zacatras high security prison in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. According to a statement from the Public Security Ministry, 32 gang members accused of killing security forces in recent months were transferred from smaller jails across the country to this maximum security prison to await trial. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

 

 

Wow.

In October 2017, an absolutely ghastly crime was committed — one poised for national headlines. Yet, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it.

Was Donald Trump wrong to characterized MS-13 members as animals (see more here)? Some on the Left thought so. Or, at least, said as much.

Regardless, the following transpired in Lake Balboa, California.

16-year-old Panorama High School student Brayan Andino was befriended by two female peers who were Mara Salvatrucha associates.

The girls lured Brayan to the lake. Members of the gang’s Fulton faction were waiting.

The gang beat Brayan to death. Afterward, they dismembered him and cut out his heart. His body was tossed into a canyon.

Oddly, after the teen disappeared, the school stayed silent. No announcements were made in an effort to help find him. Two months later — when the boy’s body was found — still nothing. No message to students. No condolences to the family. No attempt to alert parents, pupils, or teachers to the nature of the crime — horrifying evidence of the El Saldadorean organization’s dangerous and lurking presence.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Panorama High claimed there was nothing to worry about, given the gang’s very little presence on campus and the fact that no related violence had ever occurred on school property.

But just one month before, the violent group had struck nearby:

At least two MS-13 members, including two former Panorama students, are suspected of stabbing and wounding a student as he was leaving school, officials acknowledged.

Now get this: Of the 10 suspects arrested in Brayan’s murder, 5 were students at Panorama.

Unbelievable.

Of course, everyone is innocent until proven guilty; but all this adds up to more than enough to necessitate parental notification of the real threat to students’ safety.

But it gets a little more convoluted, as reported by The Daily Wire:

The arrests weren’t even announced for 17 months. Capt. William P. Hayes, commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, told the Times that investigators were “concerned about the flight risk of suspects and the loss of critical information.” They also worried that they were worried that if word got out around the school, students discussing the murder and the gang could wind up targets themselves.

“You’re trying to prevent people from saying stupid things that would put them at risk,” he told the Times.

Still, some parents and teachers are upset that they were never notified.

The Los Angeles Unified School District only this month acknowledged students from Panorama had been arrested for the murder. That admission came as a federal grand jury indicted 22 adult on racketeering and murder charges.

As per prosecutors, over the course of roughly two years, MS-13 Fulton killed more than seven.

School board representative Kelly Gonez told the Times it’s not the school’s place to get involved:

“In situations like these, we rely on the best judgment of the law enforcement experts who are working to uncover the truth and bring perpetrators to justice. The best way to ensure the safety of our students, staff and families at Panorama High School and the broader community is to ensure that these violent criminals are arrested and put in jail.”

As we constantly see in the news, public schools don’t mind getting involved in all kinds of things other than reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. It seems to me that the school’s declination was grossly negligent.

Could there have been underlying political motives? Let me know what you think, in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Twitter Experts Proven Idiots Yet Again As Deputy DNI Sue Gordon Resigns Allow Trump To Choose An Acting Director

On Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter to announce the departure of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. As I said at the time, this is a good thing. Coats has, in my view, shielded the intelligence community from experiencing the consequences of their illegal meddling in the 2016 election in a failed attempt to elect Hillary Clinton and their subsequent involvement is what can only be described as a soft coup attempt. Now that the special prosecutor looking into how this nonsense started is closing in on a lot of people, Coats will be required to assist in providing access to people and documents. He really couldn’t be relied upon to do so as he’s made it very clear that he does not believe he’s actually part of the administration.

His departure set up a quandry. By law, the designated successor is the deputy director. This makes the ODNI different from basically every other federal agency where the Federal Vacancies Reform Act applies. The problem was that the deputy, Sue Gordon, was an acolyte of John Brennan and a close friend of CIA director Gina Haspel. Brennan, in any other country, would have been imprisoned for treason by now. Haspel was chief of CIA’s London Station as some American agency made numerous runs at members of the Trump campaign team in that city to try to compromise them. Her personal relationships and her quarter century at CIA all combined to not give a warm fuzzy feeling that she would cooperate with John Durham’s investigation. I advocated dismissing her, along with Coats, using the FVRA to select her successor and then allowing that person to succeed Coats.

When my post hit twitter I was inundated by idiots claiming this could not happen because, apparently, Sue Gordon is mentioned in the Constitution or something. Amazingly, a lot of Twitter morons believe that Executive Branch agencies do not respond to directives from the White House because they “serve the people.” In this bizarro world, the agencies do whatever the hell they want…so long as they are doing what the left wants. You don’t find the same argument used now that Education and HHS are eradicating much of the progressive agenda. And, trust me, these goofs don’t want a lot of armed men deciding they’ve had all the Antifa bullsh** they are going to stand for and rolling into Portland to stand that odoriferous crew up against an wall because they are “serving the people.”

Anyway, yesterday Gordon did the right thing. She resigned.

Does this mean I had some inside knowledge or special gift? No. It only means that I could read the law and that TDS hadn’t caused a chronic crainio-rectal infarction that prevented me from seeing what was obviously going to happen. And it continues:

I have to say I was somewhat shocked to find anyone in the federal bureaucracy that still had a sense of honor, much less within the upper reaches of the intelligence community and law enforcement, but perhaps I’ve become too jaded at the antics of Comey and McCabe and Strzok and Mueller and Weissmann and Clapper and Morrell and Brennan to accurately appraise those agencies. She knew the President didn’t have a lot of confidence in her and rather than become another Sally Yates, she accepted that and allowed the President to create his own team without drama.

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Amazon: Cronyism Delayed Is Good – Cronyism Denied Is Better

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It was March 20, 2018.   Uber-government-cronyism recipient Amazon – was on the verge of receiving its biggest dose of cronyism ever.

It was supposed to be in the bag.  So much so – that even our initial headline was premature.

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

This was in keeping with Amazon’s ongoing ability to land monopoly government contracts.

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Amazon: Government – And Its Crony, Monopoly Straight-Jacket

Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

If handing a ten-year tech contract – to but one company – sounds stupid…that’s only because it is:

“One provider – is going to inherently become complacent. And slack off in attending to short-term needs – and innovating long-term betterments. One provider with a ten-year contract – is thus a REALLY bad idea….

“You want multiple providers – each offering overlapping portions of the Defense Department’s very many needs….

“One reason: You have multiple providers constantly competing with each other – to constantly provide the best possible service. No complacency there.

“And then there are the national security implications.

“If you have but one provider – and it suffers a service interruption – the entire Defense Department suffers service interruption.

“And for our military men and women serving in some really bad areas around the globe – service interruptions can and will be deadly.”

Amazon was looking to crony its way into a LOT of our money.

Pentagon’s Next Cloud Contract Could Be Worth Billions.

As information continued to seep out, we learned the “could be worth billions” – was actually upwards of $10 billion.

How did Amazon get to said cronyism?

Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….”

The Barack Obama Department of Defense (DoD) hired to oversee the cloud contract – a guy from…Amazon Web Services.  Amazon’s cloud backup company.

Suddenly the multi-provider contract – became sole source.  And the contractor description was written – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

That proved to be a little bit much for the now-Donald Trump DoD.  Beginning with this in July 2018:

Amazon’s Defense Dept Cronyism Comes Under Trump Administration Review

Suddenly, a contract that was supposed to have been awarded by July 2018 – was under more scrutiny than ever in July 2018.

Such is the difference between the Trump Administration – and the Obama Administration.  Drain the Swamp, anyone?

Since, we have continued to acquire additional damning information – of all the heinous cronyism that had polluted the process.

Oh Look – Even More Amazon-Defense Department Cronyism

Big Tech Amazon: Additional Government Screening Is Definitely in Order

Republicans Are Right: Defense Department Must Delay Amazon’s Massive Cronyism

How Crony Corrupt is Amazon? The Right and Left Are Both Nauseated By It

Despite all of the very many, very real concerns – the Deep State rallied around the cronyism.  In June 2019….

DOD Expects Cloud Award in August

We were getting down to do-or-die time.  All of which begged the ultimate question?

A ‘Drain The Swamp’ Test: Will The Trump Admin Reward Amazon’s Killer Cronyism?

For the first time in a very long time – things in DC might be looking up.

Trump Expressed Concerns About Pentagon Cloud Contract

Trump, Fox News Decry Amazon’s Looming $10 Billion Defense Department Cronyism

Which brings us to the last fortnight.

Mark Esper Confirmed as Trump’s Defense Secretary

And one of the very first things newly-minted Defense Secretary Esper did….

New Pentagon Chief Orders Review of ‘War Cloud’ Contract:

“Mark Esper, the newly appointed Pentagon chief, ordered a review of the Defense Department’s ‘war cloud’ contract after President Trump threatened to investigate whether it was written with a bias toward Amazon.

“A Department of Defense (DOD) spokeswoman confirmed the probe in a statement on Thursday.

“‘Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program,’ Elissa Smith, the DOD spokeswoman, said, referring to the highly controversial $10 billion cloud-computing contract.

“‘No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination,’ she added.”

Which is extraordinary news.

Another delay – is good.

A denial of the award to Amazon – would be oh-so-much better.

The DoD cloud contracting process – is irrevocably tainted.

To paraphrase The Reverend Jesse Jackson: “End it, don’t mend it.”

In the interest of economic sanity – in the interest of national security – we must start over.

With, thankfully, a process now untainted by the uber-crony Obama Administration.

And in a process – that excludes Amazon from consideration.

Their uber-cronyism – has earned them their exclusion.

When it comes to $10 billion government contracts – and just about every other decision any one of us ever makes:

Measure twice – cut once.”

Oh-so-much better than:

“Measure once – cut again and again until we all bleed to death.”

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