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The Comey IG Report Takes Down Another Collusion Myth

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the east Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. . (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As we found out last week, the DOJ Inspector General released a stand alone report on the actions of disgraced FBI Director James Comey. This dealt with his mishandling of classified information and involved a criminal referral, which the DOJ decided not to pursue because that’s Washington D.C. for you.

Regardless, what the report did was paint a damning picture of Comey’s behavior, from illegal possession of classified material, to how he was using the bureau to chase after his own, mindless conspiracy theories. Through the report, we learned that the now infamous briefing with Trump about the Steele Dossier was actually a setup in hopes the President would incriminate himself.

Perhaps Trump would say something incriminating. The FBI officials made plans for Comey, immediately after leaving the meeting, to write down everything he could remember about whatever Trump said. Comey also wanted to discuss Trump’s reactions with top aides immediately. Comey told the inspector general it was “important for FBI executive managers to be ‘able to share in [Comey’s] recall of the salient details of those conversations.’” Bureau officials also wanted to be able to respond if Trump publicly “misrepresent[ed] what happened in the encounter.”

So, preparations were made. “Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and ‘began typing as the vehicle moved,’” the report says. He worked on his account as the FBI car took him to the New York field office, where aides had set up a secure video teleconference with Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and the “Crossfire Hurricane” supervisors. Comey continued to work on his memo after that and sent the group a final version the next day, Saturday, Jan. 7.

While the IG report exposed ridiculous, partisan behavior like the above, it also killed yet another collusion myth. Recall one of the most talked about pieces of evidence against Trump, supposedly showing he wanted to squash the Russia investigation and was willing to obstruct justice to do so.

I’m talking about the now infamous conversation between Trump and James Comey over Michael Flynn’s phone call with the Russian ambassador.

This via Julie Kelly at American Greatness.

“He misled the Vice President but he didn’t do anything wrong in the call,” Comey claimed Trump said to him. “[Trump] said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

According to Russian collusion truthers, those alleged comments form the most convincing evidence that Team Trump not only conspired with the Russians and tried to cover it up, but that the president broke the law by asking his FBI director to halt an investigation into one of his top advisors.

If you’ve never seen that first line reported, you aren’t alone. It’s been omitted in nearly every mainstream media screed on this incident. What it shows is that Trump had absolutely no intent to hamper a real criminal investigation. In fact, he rightly pointed out that Flynn had done nothing wrong, something the FBI themselves would conclude in short order. There was nothing illegal about Flynn talking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions during the transition. It’s exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect an incoming administration to have.

But the media went wild. Trump had obstructed justice and Flynn had violated the Logan Act (which the media would eventually decide doesn’t matter the moment John Kerry blatantly violated it). Further, Trump’s actions showed that he was colluding with the Russians because he didn’t want his campaign investigated.

But if the generally accepted interpretation of the Flynn memo—that Trump asked Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Flynn for being in cahoots with the Russians—is true, it indeed contained what undoubtedly is classified information. According to federal guidelines, government material meets the classification threshold if it pertains to “foreign government information” and/or “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods.”

Comey and the president would have been discussing a counterintelligence probe which by its very definition deals with threats from foreign governments. It would have pertained to information derived from an intercepted phone call with an agent of a foreign power. It would have disclosed law enforcement activity to uncover how a global foe disrupted a U.S. presidential election with the aid of traitorous American citizens.

But here is why the FBI didn’t mark the Flynn memo as classified: Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation—and the corrupt chiefs at the FBI who analyzed the Flynn memo knew it.

I’ll take it a step further. Comey purposely didn’t mark it as classified because 1) he knew Trump wasn’t talking about the Russia investigation but also 2) he wanted to be able to leak it without legal repercussions. Both are corrupt.

In fact, in Comey’s memo, he admits Trump was talking specifically about Flynn and not a broader investigation into his associates.

Still, the media ran with the untrue assertion that Trump was wanting to shut everything down.

The resulting article, however, did not report that Trump asked Comey to drop an FBI inquiry into Flynn’s false statements. The Timesstory published May 16, “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End the Flynn Investigation,” rocked the political world. Reporter Michael Schmidt wrote that “the documentation of Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Trump’s associates and Russia.”

News outlets piled on the bogus storyline: “[Comey] should come back to the Congress and share with us what he knows in terms of the president’s conversations with him on any of the Russian investigations,” Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told the Washington Post.

The next day, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate so-called collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election.

In other words, the special counsel was appointed on the false premise that Trump was attempting to obstruct the Russia investigation. In reality he didn’t even know it existed because the FBI were inconceivably hiding it from him. They wouldn’t admit to him that his campaign was under investigation until March of 2017, a month later.

We would spend the next 2 years arguing about something that didn’t even happen but would reach mythical proportions on the left and within mainstream media circles. Outlets like The New York Times would structure their entire newsrooms just to print negative story after negative story, almost always based on anonymous sources that would turn out to be wrong.

None of this had to happen. But it did because of corrupt officials in our government and a more than eager media ready to do their bidding. Now that things have cooled off, it’s easy to forget just how insane things got before Mueller’s public testimony poured cold water on everything. The fever pitch, the slander, the destroyed lives. All of it still matters and it’s about time the DOJ takes action to secure justice.

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WATCH: Black Republican Shows Up at Democrat Protest and Demands they Pay Reparations

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The concept of reparations is beyond ridiculous. It’s the idea that people who never owned slaves should pay people who never were slaves in order to make up for the wrongs done to people who aren’t around anymore by people who are just as dead.

(READ: No American Owes A Dime In Reparations)

Still, many on the left demand reparations are paid to black Americans despite the logistical impossibilities and moral conundrums.

This is why one black Trump supporter decided to see if he couldn’t make the left put their money where their mouth is. Heading to Grand Central Station in NYC, he held up a Trump 2020 sign and began telling the white leftists in the area that it’s time to pay up, not because he wants their money, but because they said he deserves it.

“I will immediately turn it over to the Trump campaign,” the man said. “I don’t want your money.”

“You say I deserve reparations. White liberals and Democrats, pay up!” he continued. “Pay up because you told me I deserve reparations. I did not ask for it. They told me that to buy my bote, but you won’t get my vote. My vote is going here, to Trump 2020.”

“Put your money in my bank account and you will be healed,” he added.

Unsurprisingly, not one of the white leftists in the room gave him any money. In fact, one of them who was wearing a black mask told him to “f*** off” as she walked by him.

It was definitely a provocative stunt, but the point is pretty solid. For all the alleged guilt white people are supposed to feel, I don’t see them offering up their personal money to the cause. It’s been all about making it a mandatory government action.

That doesn’t say a lot about their convictions. In fact, if anything, it points to the fact that they don’t really believe it at all and are just trying to buy the votes of the black community as this man said.

Funny enough, if you look at the pattern of how the Democrats have treated the black community, you can quickly see that they don’t necessarily care about the black community all that much. During the 2016 elections, the Democrats were all about the plight of the black community. Now they seem to have shrugged them off in favor of illegal immigrants.

(READ: Do Black Lives Not Matter Much To Democrats Anymore?)

In fact, after the controversy with President Donald Trump highlighting the horrible rat infestation and trash problem in Baltimore, the Democrats were content to just call Trump and the Republicans racist while it was Trump supporters who actually went down there to help out. Even as Democrats tried to create a media spectacle, black Baltimore residents were shouting down Democrats. This was not shown by the mainstream media, who ignored their voices.

For Democrats, the black community is a useful tool, not a people.

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Amazon’s Once Hard-Wired $10 Billion Crony Pentagon Deal – Keeps Fraying

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We less government types are perpetually chagrined by the very many failings of government.

We want government to do so very little – per the Constitution.  Yet government does so very much – in defiance of the Constitution.

We would like government to do things well.  But we know human nature renders that nigh impossible.

For oh-so-many-reasons – including, especially, our Wallet Rule:

If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun?

Obviously, you’re going to have a whole lot more fun with my wallet – because you don’t care what my wallet looks like at the end of the evening.

Well, government is always on other peoples’ wallets – ours.  In gambling parlance – they’re playing with house money.

Government will thus never spend money as wisely or well as the people who earned it – from whom government takes it.

Our Wallet Rule explains oh-so-much of they very many wrongs committed by government.

Especially cronyism.

Why would government engage in best practices – and do business with the best private providers offering the best performances at the best prices?

When they can instead do business with the private providers – who best bribe them?

After all, the major money wasted isn’t theirs – it’s ours.  So it’s no skin off of their noses – it’s our proboscises being peeled.

Throughout our nation’s history of ever-expanding government, the one regular exception to our ongoing, rolling, massive disappointment – is the military.

First: Because national defense is one of the few things the federal government is actually supposed to do – per the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers were pretty bright individuals.  Two-hundred-and-forty-plus years later – we have time and again found:

The further government strays from the Constitution – the worse it does and things get.  The closer government hews to the Constitution – the better it does and things get.

Second: Unlike…well, just about the entire rest of the government, the Defense Department (DoD) is not entirely populated by cubicle-d, lifeless, bureaucrat lifers given exorbitant salaries  and benefit packages – for doing nothing but harm to We the People.

The core and the face of the DoD – are the incredible, incredibly brave men and women in uniform.  Who VOLUNTEER to put their lives on the line for almost no money – in defense of We the People.

Most of the rest of government – is seriously unserious.

The DoD – is engaged in deadly serious business.

Because of this, cronyism is less likely to arise in the DoD.

Because of this, when it does it is orders-of-magnitude more dangerous – and orders-of-magnitude more important that we ensure it never actually comes to pass.

The Barack Obama Administration loved cronyism – any and everywhere it could get it.  And most unfortunately, it tried to set the all-time record for the biggest crony deal ever – with the DoD.

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the cloud computing wing of the massive Amazon (Market Cap: $891 billion) empire – was in Spring 2018 about to be handed a $10 billion, sole-source contract to provide ALL the cloud backup for the entirety of the DoD.

The government contract process – began as a search for multiple providers.  Because having only one – is titanically stupid.

But then the cronyism kicked in.

The Obama Administration created a new wing of the DoD – to oversee the contracting process for tech.  And hired as its head – a man by the name of Deap Ubhi.  Who was at the time working for…Amazon Web Services.

Can you guess what happened next?

The cloud contract suddenly transmogrified from multi-source – to sole source.  And the contractor description was rewritten – so that only Amazon met the specifications.

By then, the Donald Trump Administration had succeeded the Obama Administration (thank God).  So in Spring 2018 when it was announced that Amazon was on the verge of the largest crony deal in history – red flags flew and sirens wailed.

What was supposed to then be a two-to-three month process of bringing the cronyism in for a landing – became a quintessential “Drain the Swamp” moment.

Not just because there was a new sheriff in town.  Not just because the cronyism was historically huge.

But because awarding Amazon the sole backup for the entire DoD – would put our men and women in uniform in deadly serious jeopardy.

Because when Amazon goes offline – and every online company does…routinely – the entire DoD would go offline.

And then military personnel in dangerous places – counting on Amazon-backed-up data to get out – would be left deaf, dumb and blind.  And very prospectively – dead.

It is now September 2019.  The cloud contract remains – un-awarded.  Though it is still sole-source.

And beyond all sense and sensibility – Amazon remains in the running.  They should have already cheated their way out consideration.  And Microsoft – and only Microsoft – has been added as a contender.

Just last month, then-newly-sworn-in Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the contract process.

Swamp Creatures who spent more than a year defending the cronyism – have now done a 180 and are complaining the process has taken too long…and demanding that Amazon get its cronyism already.

With no self-awareness or sense of irony – the Swamp Creatures are doing so in the name of resisting political pressure.

As if the massive Amazon cronyism that got us to this point – wasn’t the very definition of political pressure applied.

And with no self-awareness or sense of irony – the Swamp Creatures are saying the delay is putting our military men and women in harms way.

No, Swamp Creatures.  Consigning the entire DoD to Amazon and only Amazon – is what will exponentially increase the danger for our military men and women.

They have two parachutes when they jump out of airplanes.  They should have more than one cloud backup upon which to rely.

Here’s hoping Secretary Esper’s review – ends entirely the existing, utterly corrupt DOD cloud contracting process.  And we begin anew – cronyism…and Amazon…free.

Measure twice – cut once” – is almost never government standard operating procedure.  But it should be.

Most especially when its life-or-death – as this eminently is.

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If You Are an NRA Member San Francisco Just Declared You to Be a Literal Terrorist

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Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors crawled over the mounds of feces, threaded their way through a forest of contaminated hypodermic needles and circumnavigated the homeless sleeping on the sidewalks to convene for a very important meeting. They voted unanimously to declare the nation’s largest Second Amendment group a domestic terrorist organization. Not a figurative terrorist organization, and actual one.

Read the resolution.

“The NRA conspires to limit gun violence research, restrict gun violence data sharing and most importantly aggressively tries to block every piece of sensible gun violence prevention legislation proposed on any level, local state or federal,” said Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who sponsored the measure. A longtime advocate for gun safety, Stefani also introduced a resolution earlier this year that authorized the San Francisco Police Department to use funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to help improve the collection, management and analysis of gun-crime evidence.

“When they use phrases like, ‘I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands’ on bumper stickers, they are saying reasoned debate about public safety should be met with violence,” she said.

This is the kind of kabuki that so typically comes from far left sh**holes, like San Francisco, where real problems are ignored in favor of virtue signalling but it should be a warning to all of us. Consider the implications. If the NRA is a terrorist organization and you are a member, guess what? If you donate to the NRA-ILA, do you know what that potentially means? If you distribute their materials or wear their trademarked gear, what does that make you? And while San Francisco can’t go after the NRA, per se, this could easily become a virtual bill of attainder for such NRA members and gun owners that may exist in San Francisco County.

These people are not concerned about public safety. They aren’t interested in any kind of a negotiated agreement. They are after total victory and the confiscation of all firearms not in the hands of law enforcement, the military, or the personal protection details assigned to safeguard the persons of the people voting on these resolutions.

As I posted over the weekend, talking to these

people about gun control is a chump’s game. Their objective is clear and if you are engaged in this kind of negotiation you are part of the problem.

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Debra Messing Thinks You’re Stupid

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Hollywood actress Debra Messing, best known for her role as “Grace” in the show “Will and Grace,” called for the creation of a list of Hollywood industry professionals who are pro-Trump so that would allow the leftist elite in Hollywood to never work with them again.

It all started when Will McCormack learned that President Donald Trump would be holding a fundraiser in Beverly Hills during Emmy week. McCormack told The Hollywood Reporter to compile a list of people attending the event so that everyone else can be clear about who not to work with in the future.

Messing sent out a simple tweet in response saying “co-signed.”

Both of these tweets were greeted with criticism and anger, and rightfully so. This is pure McCarthyism in a time when people who support Trump are punished. In Hollywood, which is dominated by radical leftism, any actor seen promoting Trump would likely lose the ability to work in that town ever again.

On Tuesday, McCormack attempted to assure everyone that he’s not creating a blacklist and despises discrimination of any kind. Messing posted the message on her own Instagram, reassuring everyone of their intent behind collecting the names and forming a list of Trump supporters.

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The problem is that McCormack and Messing both endorsed putting people’s names on a list compiled by the media in order to make it hard for them to get work in the future. This is the very definition of blacklisting. McCormack and Messing are attempting to tell us that what they’re doing is something different than the very definition of what they’re doing.

What angers me about this is that Messing is essentially trying to sell the idea that she’s completely innocent of something horrible, and the problem is that we’re actually at fault because we’re just misunderstanding her.

In other words, we’re the stupid ones, not her.

The reality is that Messing and McCormack are both trying to destroy the lives of others because they disagree with them politically. This is disgusting. It’s a testament to their character that they’re not only willing and ready to sink careers over a vote, but that they’re willing to blatantly lie about the fact that they’re trying to do it as well.

Messing and McCormack do discriminate. They do seek to punish Republicans for being Republican. That’s the bottom line.

They need to own it and do one of two things. They can admit their fault and apologize for not only trying to urge the creation of a blacklist but trying to convince everyone that they’re mistaken for believing it, or they can own it and double down on it.

I’d almost rather them do the latter. At this point, at least I could say they’re being honest. An apology would be great, but I’m not sure I’d believe it.

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Boston Police Union Rips ‘Squad’ Member Ayanna Pressley For Her Support of Violent Antifa Activists

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is in hot water with the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association after she tweeted out a show of support for the Antifa thugs who were arrested on charges of violence against police officers at Saturday’s “Straight Pride” parade in Boston.

The Boston Herald reports:

The union sent Pressley a letter to “strongly protest” her support for people arrested for protesting the parade.

“My members have informed me that the individuals who were arrested Saturday were not peaceful protesters but were committing crimes of assault against Boston Police Officers,” the letter obtained by the Herald reads. “In fact at least four officers were injured by the actions of some protesters. The officers were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protesters.”

The letter adds, “Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend. This attitude also contributes to the growing we/they attitude against police officers in this country.”

An online fundraiser initiated by the Lucy Parsons Center, a Jamaica Plain anarchist bookstore, has raised more than $24,000 from 698 people for the legal costs of the 36 people arrested at the Straight Pride Parade. Pressley, who represents much of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, retweeted a link to the fund on Monday.

She later said, “I don’t think they should have been arrested, and that’s why I’ve been promoting a bail fund to support them. … They were protesting a racist, fascist, demonstration.”

Here’s the tweet Pressley sent out encouraging people to support the bail fund for the arrested Antifa agitators:

Per the Herald, several of those arrested have already appeared in court:

The 36 people arrested at the controversial parade on Saturday began appearing in court Tuesday. Nine are accused of assaulting police, injuring four officers. Those defendants and others were variously charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Independent journalist Andy Ngo tweeted out the arrest log, which shows what charges were filed:

Pressley is pushing back on the Boston police not by denying she supports the Antifa activists, but by insinuating the police might have asked for it:

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who boosted a protester bail fund over the weekend, called for an “independent investigation” into what happened between Boston Police and protesters at the Straight Pride Parade — which devolved into chaos and led to dozens of arrests.

Pressley, speaking in Roxbury Tuesday, also pushed for more police body cameras to show what happens in future incidents.

“A lot of the reason we don’t have a picture of what transpired is because there’s no documenting,” Pressley said, saying she believes body cameras would show if police used de-escalation techniques, and if people were provoked.

“The footage I have seen only leaves me with more questions,” Pressley said.

In response to the letter, Pressley also stated she does not approve of the use of violence and supports people’s right to protest.

She says that, but her actions speak louder than her words.

What she’s done here is two-fold: In responding to the letter, she hinted she believes officers may have “provoked” the attacks that allegedly happened (and in essence suggesting that the violent responses from Antifa were justified). And by posting the tweet, she’s more or less said that regardless of what the charges are and whether or not they hold up in a court of law, she stands behind Antifa against the “#LGBT hate march”, although it’s not clear what specific “hate” she’s referring to (to my knowledge, none of the straight pride marchers were arrested).

Though people disagree on whether or not marches like Straight Pride marches are a good idea, what is not disputable outside of the fever swamps of the activist left is the fact that Antifa is a violent movement. It has an established history of violence, and their violence is not solely visited upon white supremacists and racists but instead anyone who they decide deserves it on any given day (usually people who have the audacity to agree with Antifa and the far left).

In addition to committing violence against those who disagree, Antifa thugs are also proponents of private property destruction.

Ayanna Pressley isn’t stupid. She knows this. But she, like Squad leader Rep. AOC, has chosen to throw her lot behind these thugs because narratives and what not.

Read the full letter the BPPA sent to Pressley here.

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The Washington Post Just Straight Up Lies About a Trump Quote, Then Doubles Down

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But do tell me more about how we should trust our moral, unbiased betters in the mainstream media.

Yesterday, Donald Trump was asked if he had a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion. Part of the answer he gave is that he wanted to “congratulate” Poland and this led to the snark being unleashed at The Washington Post, because they are really smart and stuff.

President Trump is known to make the odd comment here and there about foreign nations, often because he doesn’t seem particularly versed in what’s happening in them. But even by his standards, this was quite a weekend.

Trump was asked Sunday about the trip to Poland he canceled to monitor Hurricane Dorian. Asked if he had a message for that country, which was commemorating the anniversary of the start of World War II, Trump decided to … congratulate it?

So did this really happen? Did Donald Trump actually congratulate the Polish on being invaded by the Nazis as the headline and lead in state?

In a word, no, no he didn’t. Here’s the full quote with the full context, which is actually in the Post article, yet their editors still thought framing it the way they did was a honest portrayal.

I do have a great message for Poland. And we have Mike Pence, our vice president, is just about landing right now. And he is representing me. I look forward to being there soon.

But I just want to congratulate Poland. It’s a great country with great people. We also have many Polish people in our country; it could be 8 million. We love our Polish friends. And I will be there soon.

He was congratulating them on being a “great country with great people.” That’s the very next line, so there is no confusion about what he was saying.

You see, great countries with great people often have a tendency to survive incredibly trying situations and oppressive horrors. The Polish people did that, from the Nazis to the Soviet occupation. This shouldn’t be difficult to understand, but the Post’s Aaron Blake (who fancies himself as a “fact-checker” of sorts) is either too much of a hack or too intellectually vapid to give an honest account here. Nowhere does the President congratulate them on being invaded or even suggest such. It’s not just an uncharitable reading of his comments, it’s so ludicrous as to show immense bias by any reporter who would present it as such.

Given the actual context, what’s the Post do? Why, they double down of course and up the snark to eleven.

Man, they are just so smart and so knowledgeable, aren’t they? I’m glad we have them here to set us straight. Also, want to know where the Post first got this story from?

I actually saw the original tweet by Rupar before the Post ran with it. Even then, it was obvious Trump hadn’t said what he was being accused of. Rupar’s entire shtick is to selectively edit clips of Trump and present them as accurate translations so he can snark and scoff. Amazingly, the media don’t go after him for it despite the fact I’ve been assured selectively edited videos are harmful. I guess that treatment is reserved for fork lift drivers in New York who make meme videos.

These outlets are just pure garbage at this point, only worthy of mention to critique and ridicule.

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Candace Owens Relives Last Year’s Chicken and Waffles Antifa Antagonism and Pegs the Group Perfectly (Video)

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[Screenshot from Daily Caller, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=240&v=gRYFFgtcAwg]

 

In July of last year, conservative commentator Candace Owens and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk went out for some chicken and waffles for breakfast.

It didn’t go nicely — a group of goons showed up to ruin the experience with chants of “F*** the bourgeoisie!”

In case you’re unclear, the word means — according to Oxford — “the capitalist class who own most of society’s wealth and means of production.”

Obviously, that’s another way of saying “individuals who own businesses.” The Big Business socialist alternative, of course, is the politicians (via the government) owning all products and means of production and doling out resources as they choose — at whatever monopolistic price they demand.

That was the initial protest of choice. One participant sported a shirt which read “Feast on Those Who Subdue Us.” Another few shouted through bullhorns.



Imagine getting a shower, getting dressed, getting in your car — along with a bullhorn with fresh batteries and homemade signs. Imagine driving across town to a place where you’ll stand outside and yell, making an absolute fool of yourself.

Now conceive of, if you will, how armed with information you’d have to be in order to do that.

Imagine how much you’d have studied, how powered by information you’d be, how armed with knowledge…in order to do something that most all who saw would immediately consider abjectly insane.

Yet, as Candace rightly points out — while she watches the video in a clip provided by The Daily Caller — many who do the above haven’t even paused to find out the meaning of words they’ll be using:

“This isn’t the most educated bunch, I’d say. I mean, they are named ‘Antifa,’ and what they literally do is shut down speech. They are the actual fascists, and they call themselves the anti-fascists. So there’s that.”

Another choice chant: “”F*** white supremacy.”

“I don’t think they had processed that they were the white people and I was black,” she marvels.

And here’s Candace saying what I seem to be constantly writing out of reflexive necessity:

“They just say everything over and over again because they’re just used to it. There’s no thinking involved.”

That’d be a Bingo!

Candace compares the goob crew to characters from Game of Thrones:

“They’re just, like, a mob of White Walkers.”

So what’s the goal of the mob? Candace thinks she knows:

“They don’t want us to be heard. That’s the whole point of a fascist, right? They don’t want us to be heard. Because there’s nothing that we say that advocates for white supremacy, but in order for them to pretend that we do, they have to shout that and hopefully confuse people that are walking around that they’re actually combating white supremacy…by kicking a black girl out of a restaurant.”

Watch Candace review the absolute mania — the screams, the whistles, the lunacy. At 8:30 in the morning.

We’ve got a big problem.

-ALEX

 

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Sen. Chris Murphy Butchers the 2nd Amendment, Gets Fact-Checked Hard

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In the wake of another mass shooting last week, we’ve once again seen a push to curtail the right of Americans to own firearms. The most common utterances are calling for the banning of “assault weapons” and for universal background checks. Both are terrible ideas, based mostly on emotional appeals that would do nothing to actually stop gun crime.

Enter Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who’s become one of the more annoying Democrats in the Senate. He decided to give an “explainer” on the 2nd amendment in a reply to Ted Cruz, who had previously laid out the case for why it exists and what it protects.

This is moronic and we are only two tweets in. The Bill of Rights are individual rights by their very definition. All of them, no exceptions. None of them are posited to only apply to certain groups of people. That’s antithetical to their very purpose for being written.

Secondly, militias are simply normal people who own personal firearms joining together of their own choice. Part of what the 2nd Amendment is protecting is the right for individual gun owners to gather, form militias, and remain well regulated (trained). They feared a federal government that would not allow such congregation, thereby negating the ability of the people to defend themselves from tyranny. The idea that personal defense is not included in that is ludicrous, as it’s the first step to even being able to form a militia. People without guns for self defense can’t then go form militias because they’d have no weapons. This is grade school level stuff and Sen. Murphy doesn’t even see the flaws in his argument.

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Murphy is apparently not aware that the 2nd Amendment is, and stick with me here, an amendment. That means it did not exist during the Constitutional Convention, therefore of course there were no notes on it taken by Madison.

Murphy finishes his rant by asserting that the Founders had no intention of the 2nd Amendment providing a right to self-defense.

I could sit here and continue to tear this apart, but I’m going to let someone with more expertise do it better. Enter Charles W. Cook, one of the most well read and knowledgeable people on the 2nd Amendment in the modern era.

Why is all this important?

Most notably because it was the states which came together to ratify the Constitution. It was not just supposed, but an absolute given that they supported a right to bear arms for self-defense, so much so that it was included in most of their state constitutions. To now claim that it’s simply a modern interpretation, when that same interpretation was made decades before ratification is incredibly illogical.

They codified that right to bear arms in Article I Section 9, which makes it an individual, not a communal right. Further, after the Union was formed, we can see by the actions of the government that they obviously respected a right to bear arms for self-defense. Forming militias from that right was not the government’s place, thereby they were given no far reaching regulatory power. It was intended to be the people’s choice and right, either in protection of their government or in defiance of its possible tyranny. The common thread is always the individual’s right in the matter.

There is no historical reading of the Founder’s intent, nor the words of the 2nd Amendment, which doesn’t protect a right to bear arms for self-defense. There’s a reason the 2nd Amendment specifically cites it as an individual right and it is placed among all the individual rights in the Constitution itself.

On a broader level, Murphy’s entire argument is still incredibly stupid. The Bill of Rights exists in order to protect individual rights from government interference. Even if Murphy’s silly interpretation about militias was true, the 2nd Amendment would still bar the federal government from enacting regulations against them that infringe on that right. Since individuals make up militias and provide their own weapons, that logically means the individual right is equally protected.

Some now cite regulations on fully automatic weapons as proof heavy regulation is acceptable. If anything, a true reading the 2nd Amendment shows even laws such as those are likely unconstitutional. We have, as a society, chosen to swallow them though. That does not mean that here unto eternity the government can now regulate against the 2nd Amendment as they see fit. The real test is what the citizens of this country are willing to stand up and say no to.

Murphy’s knowledge of this subject isn’t just sorely lacking, it’s ignorant beyond belief. The idea that anyone could gain such a high public office while having such a menial, vapid understanding of the Bill of Rights is mind blowing.

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Mitch McConnell Points to the Fences: GOP Will “Absolutely” Fill Supreme Court Seat Next Year

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following the final vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cocaine Mitch is pretty confident that next year, everything is going to come up Republican, including in the Supreme Court where he said the GOP will be filling vacancies.

According to The Hill, McConnell pushed back against the pushback he got for rejecting Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, and holding out till after the elections to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. With the election season coming up, the left is wondering if McConnell will give the next vacancy the same treatment.

McConnell is saying no, and when asked by Hugh Hewitt if the GOP will act next year, the Senate Majority Leader answered “absolutely,” according to The Hill. The reason is simple. Obama was a President over a divided government, and Trump is not:

“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” McConnell said on Tuesday about his decision to block Garland.

“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot had there been a … Republican president and a Democratic Senate. So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments,” McConnell added.

He’s not wrong. Had the parties been reversed, the left would have pulled out every dirty trick in the book to make sure a Republican appointee didn’t make it to the bench. We know that because we watched how the left pulled out all the stop in order to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court and were thankfully unsuccessful.

All the outrage over Garland’s rejection rings hollow in the face of all of that.

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