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Oakland Raiders Release Antonio Brown After Feud With GM; Will Cost Him $29 Million In Guaranteed Money

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First, Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver Antonio Brown posted a YouTube video (provided below) of a private conversation with the team’s coach, Jon Gruden. This was followed by an instagram post in which the star player asked to be released. Finally the Raiders, having had enough, did just that. They released Brown, a move that will cost him more than $29 million in guaranteed money.

After a series of provocations, the last straw for the Raiders came when Brown engaged in an intense argument with the team’s general manager, Mike Mayock. Brown was angry after receiving a letter from Mayock telling him that he’d been fined for missing practice.

Here is a copy of the letter.

According to ESPN:

The Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, league sources told Schefter on Saturday.

By fining Brown, the Raiders voided the $29.125 million worth of guaranteed money in his deal, sources told Schefter.

In addition, the Raiders sent Brown a letter stating that he no longer will be entitled to termination pay, sources told Schefter. As a result, Brown would have been playing on a week-to-week basis with both his guaranteed money voided and lack of termination pay.

Below is the instagram post in which Brown asked to be released. He wrote, “And that’s fine! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines. Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years. ‘I’m not mad at anyone. I’m just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.’ Release me.”

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Throughout the pre-season, there were constant issues with Brown. “First, he was injured in a bizarre cryo-therapy accident with his feet. Then he missed some time over an issue regarding his helmet.”

In the YouTube video (which can be viewed below), Brown takes a call from Gruden. The time of the call is unknown.

Gruden asks, “What the hell is going on, man?”

Brown replies, “Just a villain all over the news, man.”

Gruden says, “You’re not a villain. You’re the most misunderstood f***ing human being. Then he asks Brown, “Do you want to be a Raider or not?”

Brown tells Gruden, “Man, I’ve been trying to be a Raider since day one. I’ve been f***ing working my ass off harder than anyone. I don’t know why it’s a question of me being a Raider. It’s like do you guys want me to be a Raider?”

Gruden says, “Just play football. How hard is that? You’re a great football player. Just play football.”

Brown explains that it’s not that simple and says, “I’m more than just a football player, man. I’m a real person. I’m a real person. It ain’t about the football, I know I can do that. I show you guys that on the daily. This is my life. Ain’t no more games.”

According to Deadline, Brown signed with the Raiders “after a rocky break-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he butted heads with teammates and particularly quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He is now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team, although he can’t play a game until Week 2.”

Although Brown is a tremendously gifted athlete, it is doubtful that he will be able to replace the enormous contract he’s given up with the Raiders.

Coach Gruden issued a statement which said, “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m going to say, is that it is disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work. I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I will tell you that I am very proud of what we did as an organization to try. And I wish Antonio nothing but the best. And I’m sorry we never got a chance to see Antonio in the Silver & Black.”

I asked a local football coach to comment on Brown. He said, “Brown is a great football player, but he has a coconut for a head. Just another great ball player who cannot get along in society. He threw away $30 million in guaranteed money…He could have gone down as one of the best ever. It all goes back to the coconut for a head. Sad story.”

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Concern for the Social Impact of a JOKER Movie Ignores Historic Variations of This Character Type

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The character defines social dysphoria, so wringing hands over his portrayal proves him correct.

Warner Brothers Studio has been uniquely challenged in transferring the catalog of DC Comics to theater screens. Removing Christopher Nolan efforts, with the exception of “Wonder Woman” many of the comic book films in recent years have been regarded as dismissed and forgettable, even those times their films meet financial success. While Marvel has been a financial printing press with can’t-miss titles Warners saw its attempt at universe building — “Justice League” — shockingly become a money-losing venture.

As a sign of the unfocused nature from the studio with these properties is that Warners currently has two iterations of the character of The Joker character. Jared Leto’s interpretation as seen in “Suicide Squad” was met with such a muted reception that he saw screentime truncated in that fiasco of a film. Still, he is poised to get his own stand-alone film at some undeclared future date, but meanwhile, next month will bring another feature with the iconic villain, an origin story with Joaquin Phoenix taking on the greasepaint pathos.

There have been musings from many on the propriety of presenting this character in either a sympathetic light or at the very least one of understanding. Much of that is balanced against our current social climate. How wise is it to position a disaffected character like this in our combative and divisive country, some have asked? An even more exaggerated stance — will this character inspire somebody to act out in a similarly imbalanced fashion?!

While some of the talk can be dismissed when the likes of Jim Geraghty of National Review weighs in on the unease with concerns, it becomes a sign of an undercurrent taking place. Jim expresses anxiety over what the presentation on screen could lead to in our contentious society.

I’m worried that a certain segment of America’s angry, paranoid, emotionally unstable young men will watch Joaquin Phoenix descending into madness and a desire to get back at society by hurting as many people as possible and exclaim, “finally, somebody understands me!”

While we can all see the origination of this thinking, this is actually a response not borne out of a unique character presentation but of an overemphasis on social media responses and what we see play out with regularity in the digital realm. In the trailer, Phoenix’s character is shown as an emotionally-troubled sort who is routinely set upon by society. He seemingly breaks, and then acts out in sociopathic fashion as the villain we all know.

While some may worry that this can inspire someone to antisocial acts I do not see the worry, for one main reason — this is not a novel presentation of someone reaching a mental break on screen. We have long been served up these characters in our entertainment. The emotional iconoclast is not an unfamiliar figure, as many have gone on to become culturally significant; Travis Bickle, Cool Hand Luke, Holden Canfield come to mind. How about Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman?

For that matter, why not revert back to Heath Ledger’s own display of this same character, who was so set on chaos for the sake of chaos? We never learned what drove him specifically, and that made his nihilism all the more venal. As a character for interpretation by those looking for a violent outlet you could have none more dangerous, as he was an empty slate for anyone to fill in those blanks.

There is yet another contradiction within this projected outrage. To say that “Joker” is unique to our time (to say he is a product of the Trump Era, for instance) is diffused by the fact that many film writers have seen a plot parallel to another film. A number have pointed the plot of the upcoming “Joker” seems to mimic Martin Scorsese’s dark satire “The King Of Comedy” — even with Robert DiNero portraying a talk show host in a fashion to the one he tormented in that earlier film.

Certainly there will be contemporary touches and modern aspects to this story. But by appropriating a plotline that is over 30 years old it becomes difficult to claim “Joker” was created by our modern environment. Instead of being a product of our times, more likely you are seeing a character we have seen repeatedly now being updated for the new generation.

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9/11 Victims: Robert Mueller Allegedly Covered Up Role Of Saudi Government In Attacks

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Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry interviewed 9/11 survivor Sharon Premoli about the 9/11 victims’ lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over their role in assisting the hijackers prior to the attacks. (Premoli is a plaintiff in this lawsuit.) The lawsuit claims that Robert Mueller, who was the FBI Director at the time of the attacks, allegedly acted to cover up evidence of the Saudi government’s involvement.

Sperry reports that “the record shows he [Mueller] covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh — and may have even misled Congress about what he knew.”

Premoli, who was pulled out of the World Trade Center rubble alive on that fateful day, told Sperry that, “He was the master when it came to covering up the kingdom’s role in 9/11…In October of 2001, Mueller shut down the government’s investigation after only three weeks, and then took part in the Bush [administration’s] campaign to block, obfuscate and generally stop anything about Saudi Arabia from being released.”

Sperry has also interviewed several FBI agents who worked on the case. He learned that “Mueller threw up roadblocks in the path of his own investigators working the 9/11 case, while making it easier for Saudi suspects to escape questioning. Then he deep-sixed what evidence his agents did manage to uncover, according to the 9/11 lawsuit against the Saudis.”

Here is a list of incidents these agents have related to Sperry: (via The New York Post)

1. Time and again, agents were called off from pursuing leads back to the kingdom’s embassy in Washington, as well as its consulate in Los Angeles, where former FBI Agent Stephen Moore headed a 9/11 task force looking into local contacts made by two of the 15 Saudi hijackers, Moore testified in an affidavit for the 9/11 lawsuit. He concluded that “diplomatic and intelligence personnel of Saudi Arabia knowingly provided material support to the two hijackers and facilitated the 9/11 plot.” Yet he and his team were not allowed to interview them, according to the suit.

2. In Washington, former FBI Agent John Guandolo, who worked terror cases out of the bureau’s DC office, said then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar “should have been treated as a terrorist suspect” for giving money to a woman who funded two of the 9/11 hijackers. But he was never questioned either, Guandolo said.

3. Instead, Mueller obliged what Guandolo called an “outrageous request” from Bandar within days of the attacks to help evacuate from the country dozens of Saudi officials, including at least one Osama bin Laden relative on the terror watch list. Mueller assured their safe passage to planes, using agents as personal escorts, according to FBI documents obtained by Judicial Watch. Agents who should have been interrogating the Saudis instead acted as their bodyguards.

4. In 2002, Mueller prevented agents from arresting the Saudi-sponsored al Qaeda cleric who privately counseled the Saudi hijackers, said Raymond Fournier, an agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego at the time. “He was responsible for vacating the arrest warrant for Anwar al-Awlaki for passport fraud,” Fournier said. He even ordered agents who detained the fiend at JFK to release him into the custody of a “Saudi representative,” Fournier said. The FBI closed their investigation of Awlaki, who was allowed to leave the US on a Saudi plane. “Shortly thereafter, the Fort Hood shooting occurred and Awlaki’s fingerprints were all over that incident,” said former FBI Agent Michael Biasello, who helped work the Texas terror case.

5. At the same time, Mueller removed a veteran agent from investigating a tip that an adviser to the Saudi royal family had met with some of the Saudi hijackers at his home in Sarasota, Fla., effectively killing the case, according to the lawsuit. The home was suddenly abandoned two weeks before 9/11.

6. Mueller even tried to shut down a congressional investigation into the Saudi hijackers and their contacts in LA and San Diego, said Bob Graham, who led the joint inquiry as Senate Intelligence Committee chair. “The strongest objections” to his staff investigators visiting FBI offices there came from the FBI director himself, said Graham, in a 2017 interview with Harper’s magazine. Among other things, Mueller refused their demands to question a paid FBI informant who roomed with the hijackers and even moved him to a safe house where they couldn’t find him, Graham said. Mueller, with the White House, redacted 28 pages detailing Saudi-9/11 ties from the congressional report.

7. He also gave testimony to Congress that was, at the very least, misleading. In an October 2002 closed-door hearing, Mueller claimed he found out about Saudi-9/11 connections only as a result of the joint inquiry’s investigative work: “[S]ome facts came to light here and to me, frankly, that had not come to light before.” Only, Moore said he gave Mueller “daily” briefings on such connections in 2001. Mueller also testified the hijackers “contacted no known terrorist sympathizers in the United States,” even though the FBI’s own case files showed they had contact with at least 14 terrorist suspects and sympathizers in the US prior to 9/11, including some working for the Saudi government. (In later testimony, he tried to walk this back, insisting he “had no intent to mislead.”)

Several of the agents said Mueller was “merely following White House orders.” Former Agent Mark Rossini told Sperry, “Any letting the Saudis off the hook came from the White House. I can still see that photo of Bandar and Bush enjoying cigars on the balcony of the White House two days after 9/11.”

And a former US counterintelligence official said, “Bottom line is, Mueller did not do an investigation on people involved in the 9/11 attacks who were connected to the Saudi government. Maybe if they were Russians, he would be interested. But he was not interested in investigating [Saudi] terrorists who murdered Americans.”

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Denial: Kamala Harris Falsely Claims Her Campaign Is in “Top Tier” Even as Polling Shows She’s in a Freefall

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) is making a campaign swing through New Hampshire this week, and while there Fox News asked her about whether or not she feels she’s still in the top tier even as the media is painting the Democratic presidential nominating race as a three-way race between Joe Biden and Sens. Sanders and Warren:

“Of course I’m part of that top tier and we all know that,” the California Democrat told Fox News and Seacoast Online on Friday evening, during an interview before headlining a party fundraising gala in Portsmouth, N.H.

“This is a campaign that has to be about each person working hard and earning the support. I plan on earning the support of each and every voter,” she also stated.

Watch:

In Harris’s mind she might be a “top tier” candidate but the reality is her campaign has been in a freefall since mid July.

She enjoyed a nice bump in polling numbers, positive press coverage, and fundraising in the aftermath of the first debate at the end of June where she broadsided Joe Biden over the forced busing issue and his praise of working with segregationist Senators back in the 1970s in order to get things done.

Media types and liberal commentators were treating her as the invincible candidate, but as July rolled on, her numbers began to start declining. And after Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) absolutely took Harris to the woodshed over her troubling criminal justice reform record as California’s attorney general, her numbers dropped even more .

Even more troubling for her is the dramatic drop in support from key Democratic voting bloks like black voters and female voters.

Ever since her poor performance at the second debate at the end of July, she has not been able to get her mojo back at all and has struggled to define herself and her campaign.

In fact, things have gotten so bad for Harris that just a little over a month after she mocked Gabbard for her low polling numbers, Harris finds herself only 2 points ahead of the Hawaii Congresswoman in a recent poll, with the margin of error putting her even with Gabbard:

The next Democratic debate is Thursday. Expect her to again attack Biden (but perhaps not from a racial angle this time around), and to take a few swings at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), too, as Warren’s numbers have consistently risen since mid-May, which firmly puts her in the top tier.

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Holy Cow, Terrence K. Williams is on Fire – He’s Gloriously Hot Over Jemele Hill’s Ache for the Racial 1940’s

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[Screenshot from Terrence K. Williams on Twitter, https://twitter.com/w_terrence/status/1170152121976741889?]

 

On Thursday, RedState’s Brandon Morse brought to the spotlight black Republican Terrence K. Williams and his riled rhapsody on Debra Messing.

Well, Terrence is back. And this time, he’s going off on former ESPN host — and newly-hired writer for The Atlantic — Jemele Hill.

Jemele recently outed herself as a segregationist, which is a strange move on the other side of the Civil Rights movement.

She made the news in 2017 for labeling the President a white supremacist, and she’s returned to headlines this week with her call to all black athletes to make a mass exodus from “white colleges.”

A few choice lines from her inaugural Atlantic reach for the days before MLK:

  • Black athletes have attracted money and attention to the predominantly white universities that showcase them. Meanwhile, black colleges are struggling.
  • Beyond sports, the average HBCU endowment is only one-eighth that of the average predominantly white school; taken together, all of the HBCU endowments combined make up less than a tenth of Harvard’s.
  • [B]lack colleges play an important role in the creation and propagation of a black professional class. Despite constituting only 3 percent of four-year colleges in the country, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of the black judges, 50 percent of the black lawyers, 50 percent of the black doctors, 40 percent of the black engineers, 40 percent of the black members of Congress, and 13 percent of the black CEOs in America today.
  • If promising black student athletes chose to attend HBCUs in greater numbers…perhaps they could disrupt the reign of an “amateur” sports system that uses the labor of black folks to make white folks rich.

Now let’s get down to business.

Take it away, Terrence:

I like this guy.

What are your thoughts?

-ALEX

 

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Déjà Vu? Why Have 15 House Republicans Announced Their Retirements?

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Over the August recess, eight House Republicans announced their retirements bringing the total number of Republican incumbents choosing not to seek reelection to 15. This group includes GOP Reps. Bill Flores (TX),  Susan Brooks (IN), Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), Will Hurd (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (TX), Sean Duffy (WI) and John Shimkus (IL), Rob Bishop (UT), Martha Roby (AL), Paul Mitchell (MI), Pete Olson (TX), Bradley Byrne (AL), Greg Gianforte (MT), Rob Woodall (GA) and Mike Conaway (TX). (Two are seeking higher office.)

To put this into perspective, only four Democratic incumbents have announced they will not run in 2020.

Five of the fifteen retirees are from Texas, which have some calling the trend “Texodus.”

This is shaping up to be frighteningly similar to the situation in 2018 when 34 House Republicans chose not to run for reelection compared to only eight Democrats. The result was that ten of these seats flipped from Republican to Democrat while only three seats flipped from Democrat to Republican.

Republican concern over this alarming trend is not misplaced as it depresses GOP hopes of winning back the House majority. What’s causing so many Republicans to run for the exit?

There are a few who may be looking at a tough fight in 2020, and have chosen to retire instead. That may be the case for Rep. Hurd and several others.

However, most of them occupy safe, conservative seats.

As members of the minority party, there’s no doubt they feel frustrated and irrelevant. And if they believe Democrats will retain power in 2020, they’ve simply chosen to avoid another two years of the same.

Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who lost his bid for reelection in 2018, believes that is the case for some of these lawmakers. He told The Hill, “The most likely outcome is a status-quo election for the House. And that certainly influences people’s decision [to retire], whether they think they can regain the majority or not. For sure, some of those members who retired, [staying in the minority] was a factor in their thinking.”

Julian Zelizer, an expert in congressional history at Princeton University, spoke to The Hill as well. “I don’t think Republicans envision flipping the House in the near future and being in the minority is not fun. Some are also tired of having to defend the party, not just in the era of Trump but in the era of the Tea Party. So the incentives increase to do something else.”

Another former House Republican, Tom Davis (R-VA), said that is one factor, but hardly the only one. He told The Hill that “the GOP base has shifted, creating new power centers that are forcing once-comfortable lawmakers to have to hustle a little bit.”

He added that because lawmakers have not received a pay raise in over ten years, it may be a question of finances. Should I stay here and earn $174,000 or go into the private sector and command a far more lucrative income?

But what Davis sees as the most significant factor are the “changing electoral patterns” brought on by the rise of the populist movement that propelled Trump to the White House…The overall atmosphere in Washington is not very pleasant. This is a global phenomenon caused by the rapidity of change, the instant communications, the rising expectations of those people who are unhappy with the change, who don’t see [government] helping fast enough and who feel their status threatened.”

Other pundits speculate that Republicans are tired of defending Trump. Is Trump himself the reason for the large number of departures?

Curbelo believes Trump was a big part of why he lost. He said, “Trump is a big part of it. Something Trump has done is take away Republicans’ ability to have their own identity, so you’re asked to compete every two years, and your record and your work have little to do with how people are going to vote. That has frustrated a lot of members as well. My work, my record was not really a relevant factor in 2018.”

I don’t buy Curbelo’s argument. There is such a thing as personal responsibility.

Neither does Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) who recently announced he won’t seek reelection. Flores, 65, said he never intended to have a long career in Congress. He said, “I’m optimistic about opportunities for [the GOP] in 2020. When you boil down all the noise, you come up with a couple of key issues: Are people better off than they were four years ago? Most people would say yes. And do we want to go socialist? Most people would say no.”

Rush Limbaugh discussed possible reasons for the high number of House retirements on his radio show last week.

Pundits have told him the reason is that these lawmakers are being “term limited out of their committee chairmanships, and they don’t want to go back to just being regular members of the House. Once you become a committee chairman, you can’t go back to being a regular bencher.” I would argue that the same is true for Democrats.

He disagrees with those who blame the exodus on Trump as well.

Limbaugh brought up a theory that I disagree with, although I’ve been wrong before. Up front, he told his listeners that he has no evidence for this, “because this is just a supposition,” but thinks it’s possible “based on how I have seen Democrats and their operatives act.” He told his audience:

Nobody, no human being is clean and pure as the wind-driven snow.

We’ve all got something in our closets. We’ve all done something that we don’t want people to know about. I think the Democrats are finding dirt, and they’re going to these Republicans, and they’re saying, “Do you want people to know about this? We are glad to publicize this about you.” “Oh, no, no. No, no! Please don’t.” “Well, okay. Then you gotta retire.” Now, I can’t prove it, but some of this stuff — and some of it may be legitimate. I mean, people retiring after ten years, they may think it’s enough. It’s five terms.

But it’s a lot of power to be giving up. But it just seems to be that these retirements are predominantly Republican, and it’s all happening under the radar. You hear about another retirement here, retirement there. They never add up in your mind. They’re all indiscriminate, little isolated stories — and what’s odd? Nothing’s odd about somebody retiring from Congress. But it seems there’s an exorbitant number of Republicans doing so, and I just have my suspicions about it. That’s all.

He also believes that Democrats have been making inroads at “super-local levels.” He points to Democrats transforming North Carolina and Texas starting at the local level. There’s no denying that these states are no longer solid red.

A caller spoke about the recent scandal involving the Republican Speaker of the Texas State House, Dennis Bonnen, who many consider to be a RINO. Bonnen is said to be a powerful politician in Texas. The story begins with a meeting between Bonnen and one of his top lieutenants, and a conservative activist named Michael Quinn Sullivan in early June. According to the Dallas News:

Sullivan alleges, Bonnen offered writers for his website, Texas Scorecard, media credentials in exchange for refraining from criticizing the legislative session and targeting a group of 10 Republican incumbents. That allegation, which Bonnen denies, has led to political turmoil, a Texas Rangers investigation and a lawsuit.

The caller said, “He [Bonnen] didn’t want ’em back in office because they were attacking him, or they were calling him out as a RINO. Well, there were several other Republicans that knew about it and were going along with this. This has been a huge issue down here. Huge.”

Rush replied that type of thing is going on in other places too, then shifted back to his original argument.

What I really think is going is that a lot of this is being done as opposition research, dirty tricks, what have you, by Democrats, who are hell-bent on taking back Texas or converting Texas to their column. And, you know, the Democrats… Keep one thing in mind. After Obama was elected… People forget this. Barack Obama was a Death Star for the Democrat Party. After his two presidential elections, the Democrat Party lost over 1,000 seats total. Not just in the Congress, of course, but we’re talking statehouse, state senate, governorship, any number of offices. He was just horrible.

Of course, the Drive-Bys didn’t talk about any of this. I remember James Carville. After Trump won in 2016, James Carville was running around complaining that the Democrat Party had never, ever in his lifetime had so little electoral power. Well, my contention is that they’re doing what they can to bring it back at this super local level where they lost it with the election of Obama. Look, the Republicans can play the game, too, and they may well be. I just don’t know. You just don’t hear about a lot of Democrat retirements. But we will keep a sharp eye on this.

Whatever the reason for the high number of Republican retirements, the GOP would be wise to direct their attention to it immediately. Although retirements don’t necessarily mean losing the seats, it’s certainly a sign that Republicans need to work a little harder in the next year if they hope to win back the House majority. It’s an uphill battle and victory will require a large commitment of money and time. But there are fourteen months between now and the election. It will be challenging, but hardly impossible.

Additionally, their task may become far easier once DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Prosecutor John Durham release their reports.

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LISTEN: Formerly Liberal Physician Explains Why She No Longer Believes In Government Run Health Care Like Medicare For All

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Dr. Rebekah Bernard MD, a Family Physician in Fort Myers, Florida, and the author of “How to Be a Rock Star Doctor”, discusses an article she wrote entitled “Here’s Why I No Longer Believe Government Health Care Can Work.”

Bernard says she used to be very liberal in her belief that government-run health care was the best way to provide health care to the underserved, particularly in rural populations. It’s what she believed when she began medical school and signed up for a scholarship that would place her in a Federally Qualified Health Center where she would work in exchange for tuition remission.

Her experience there — the paperwork, bureaucracy, and burnout — left her feeling that she wasn’t doing her patients — or herself — any favors. She ultimately freed herself and found the direct primary care model, and her love of the doctor-patient relationship, again. In her article, she talks about why the government provision of health care is highly problematic, especially if it’s “the only game in town” which is the goal of single-payer and Medicare For All programs. She joins the Health Care News podcast to discuss why the free market offers better options to both patients and doctors.

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Female Students Locked Out of School In UK for Not Wearing “Gender Neutral” Outfits

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The world is going insane, one woke policy at a time.

This story comes to us from the UK, where a school in East Sussex decided they needed to ban all “gendered” clothing in order to not offend the sensibilities of transgender students. That meant girls would have to wear pants at all times. If that sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is.

The school decided the best course of action was to literally lock the gates and not allow girls who had skirts on to enter the school. That boiled into a protest of over 150 kids.

A huge crowd demonstrated with banners outside Lewes Priory, in East Sussex, demanding the school reverses its gender neutral policy banning girls from wearing skirts.

Sussex Police were brought in to help control the planned protests and officers were seen standing guard at the entrance checking uniforms.

But many students found they couldn’t attend classes on their first day of term, after teachers closed the main gates when the crowd gathered outside.

The demonstration comes after the school announced in 2017 that all students were required to wear trousers, after ‘concerns’ were raised over the length of skirts and to accommodate transgender pupils.

I’m not even sure it’s fair to blame transgender students here. I don’t see any evidence anyone was even complaining and it would be incredibly stupid to complain about girls wearing skirts just because someone has delusions about their own gender. There’s not even a real connective factor between those two things.

What this smacks of is an overbearing, woke faculty pushing their silly world view of “equality” onto their students. It may also simply be an excuse to ban short skirts because they didn’t like them.

Here’s a video of the students being locked out.

 

 

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Watch: Trump Tweets Video of CNN Saying Alabama Was Under Threat From Dorian After CNN Said They Never Were

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We are now several days into the Sharpiegate/Hurricane Dorian/Alabama controversy and neither CNN nor Trump are backing down over the issue of whether or not Alabama was ever under threat from Hurricane Dorian.

The media outlet has steadily maintained that Alabama was never at risk to be impacted by Dorian (“He falsely claimed that Hurricane Dorian was likely to hit Alabama.”). Trump said initially it was, although at the time he said it the threat was on the lower end of the scale.

The latest rhetorical salvo came from Trump on Friday, when he tweeted out a humorous video showing that in spite of CNN’s claim that Dorian was never expected to hit the state, CNN weather forecasters themselves initially predicted Dorian could impact Alabama:

President Trump tweeting a doctored CNN clip showing a meteorologist saying Alabama was at risk of getting hit by Hurricane Dorian as he continued to lambast media coverage of his assertion the state was in the path of the storm.

Trump tweeted a video showing a CNN meteorologist explaining that the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Alabama were at risk, editing the video so the reporter says “Alabama” 10 times back-to-back.

The video then shows a CNN logo going down a road in lieu of a car only to drive off the street and explode.

Watch:

Here’s another video clip which, towards the end, shows the same CNN segment showing a forecaster saying Alabama was in the storm’s path:

The White House has spent several days trying to counter the narratives from national news outlets like CNN, including DHS issuing this clarifying statement:

There was also this tweet from the Alabama National Guard from Friday the 30th, which clearly shows the state believed they were at one time under threat:

In response to the video Trump tweeted Friday, his critics asserted that the CNN segment where Don Lemon and the weather forecaster were discussing Dorian’s potential impacts was from 3 or 4 days before Trump made his original claim about Alabama, but the critics are as usual completely missing the point. According to NOAA, at the time Trump referred to Alabama as under threat from Dorian, it still was:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration backed up President Trump’s ongoing assertions that Alabama appeared initially to be in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

“From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” a NOAA spokesman said in a statement Friday evening. “This is clearly demonstrated in Hurricane Advisories #15 through #41, which can be viewed at the following link.”

NOAA’s statement also directly refuted a tweet from the Birmingham National Weather Service that had contradicted Mr. Trump. “The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time,” the statement read.

Here’s a screen grab from the NOAA link showing how Alabama faced potential impacts from Dorian:

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Pete Buttigieg Tells Bernie to Hold His Beer On Abortion

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Pete Buttigieg is lecturing Christians again.

This time he’s battering scripture by claiming that God doesn’t consider a baby in the womb a life until it takes its first breath. This comes on the heels of Bernie Sanders saying he supports taxpayer funded foreign abortions to cull the population in order to fight climate change. Depravity knows no limits within the Democrat part. We are just a few weeks away from Kamala Harris questioning whether toddlers really have a right to life at this point.

Here’s Buttigieg’s comments.

Buttigieg’s reasoning for holding such a sick, ridiculous, and unscientific view? The Bible of course, because he’s the authority on all matters of Christianity these days.

Specifically, he references the scripture that speaks of God breathing life into man that can be found in Genesis 2. Of course, this is a completely out of context, cherry picked example that ignores everything else about that passage and subsequent verses. At that moment, God was not breathing life into a already living, growing human being. He was literally forming Adam from nothing in his image and then flipping on the light switch so to speak. What Buttigieg references was an event that created human life to then perpetuate through reproduction.

There is no question that an unborn baby is alive, human, and a separate being. It does not magically turn into a person the moment it takes a breath outside the womb. Anyone arguing that is pushing anti-factual garbage. Further, getting back to Buttigieg’s religious claims, the Bible makes it crystal clear that children in the womb are people.

Buttigieg would go on to lie about abortion restrictions as well, claiming that most Americans believe there should be none. In reality, around 80% of the country support bans on abortion in the third trimester and a majority support banning them after the 1st trimester. More people support banning all abortions than complete, unfettered abortion.

Call me old fashioned, but Buttigieg is playing with fire here. As the Book of James warns, those that teach evil while couching it as the word of God will be judged most harshly. This kind of twisting of scripture is just sick. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect a racist from the 1800s to do to support slavery, except in this case it’s a major Democratic candidate stumping for killing children until they take their first breath. Logically, that would mean you could kill a child after leaving the birth canal. It’s insane and murderous.

Buttigieg isn’t going to be the nominee, but he’s certainly exposed himself as someone in desperate need of truth. I pray he he turns from this course he’s on.

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