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Video: Unhinged ‘Die-In’ Held at Toronto Chick-Fil-A Interrupted by Hungry Customers Stepping Over Protesters

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FILE – This Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Earlier this month, Chick-fil-A set off a furor opposing same-sex unions. Other companies are brushing off fears that support for gay marriage could hurt their bottom line. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

The popular fast food chicken chain Chick-fil-A opened their first Toronto location today to long lines of excited customers and a crowd of unhinged protesters.

Fox News reports:

The grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s first international location in Toronto was met by a grand protest Friday by LGBTQ activists, who argued that the chicken-centric chain owner’s historically antigay policies will clash with the culture of Canada’s largest city.

Protestors caused a commotion as soon as the restaurant opened its doors at 10:30 a.m., chanting “shame” and “cluck you,” CBC News reports.

“Hey hey, ho ho, Homophobia’s got to go,” activists can be heard shouting in video shared to Twitter by BlogTo.

[…]

Fans of the fried chicken chain, meanwhile, were said to have lined up as early as 6:30 a.m. to await the grand opening, CTV News Toronto reports.

Global Toronto’s Mark Carcasole was on the scene to report on the story and posted photos and videos of what took place:

Some of the protesters even staged a ‘die-in’:

But as this short video from “blogTO” shows, customers ignored those laying on the ground and stepped over them to get into the restaurant (watch towards the end):

Heh.

Video from Carcasole also confirmed that the protests did not stop customers from stopping by to enjoy some delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries:

It just goes to show you that in Canada, just like here in the United States, cravings for good food and spectacular service will not be denied.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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A New Video Documentary Exposes Hollywood’s Peculiar and Propagandistic Relationship to (No) Guns – It’s a Must-See

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As relayed by The Daily Wire, the great John Stossel shared a very interesting video on Twitter Thursday.

The program serves as a short documentary on Hollywood’s relationship to guns, hosted by the Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott.

The point of the video? Tinseltown loves guns — to the degree that they sell tickets. But film and television are rife with anti-gun messages, even in contexts which are ludicrously at odds with the real world.

For example, actual cops tend to be pro-gun where it concerns the citizenry’s self-protection; however, TV police aren’t much for the ol’ 2A.

From John Lott’s mouth to your…eyes:

“In Hollywood, even Navy Seals warn against owning guns…the wise law enforcement experts constantly urge people not to use them.”

A clip shows an agent saying, “In my experience the problem with carrying a gun is that eventually it will go off.”

One mashup contains dialogue such as, “Now do you see why I don’t like guns,” “I’m not a huge fan of weapons,” and “I don’t like guns either.”

As for law enforcement, John points out, “A recent survey by the National Association of Chiefs of Police polled thousands of sheriffs and chiefs of police. 76% believe that qualified, law-abiding armed citizens help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity. Detroit’s police chief (James Craig) urges people to carry guns…”

Indeed — the video features Chief James doing just that:

“So good Americans who are responsible with concealed weapons can make a difference.”

And, as John suggests, such fortification had an impact:

“Detroit’s murder rate fell since then. Nationwide rank-and file cops show even stronger support for private gun ownership than do police chiefs; more than 90% supported civilians carrying guns…Hollywood cops are wrong and real-life cops are right. Police are informed by what they se on the street every day. They know how important having a gun is for their own safety and they know that private citizens can help.”

Another area of goofiness: machine guns, which appear in celluloid bad guys’ hands a heck of a lot more often than in real life:

“Since 1934 there are only two known uses ever of a machine gun being used in a murder. Hollywood also finds endless ways to insult civilians who are using guns. … Hollywood plays to bigoted stereotypes, depicting gun owners as dumb hicks. In real life, citizen volunteers and Neighborhood Watch programs save lives. A 2008 U.S. Justice Department analysis found that crime fell 16% in areas that started a Neighborhood Watch program compared to those that did not.”

I think you’re really going to love the video. And also, you’re really going to hate it.

BEST LINE OF THE VIDEO: “BAD GUYS WON’T HAVE THEM EITHER.”

Check it out.

I can’t wait to read your comments.

-ALEX

 

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Breitbart Claims A Progressive Scalp and Reason, Predictably, Draws the Wrongest Possible Conclusion

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So Breitbart has taken a leftist scalp.

They discovered tweets by Dr. Jamie R. Riley, University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, that show [shocked face::gasp] that a leftwing university educrat holds doctrinaire woke leftwing beliefs.

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In my opinion, people holding that kind of philosophy should not be allowed within a thousand or so miles of any educational institution because his callous, privileged bigotry is going to be evident any time he has to deal with a white student or a conflict between a black student and a student of any other race or when he has to interact with campus police, particularly when either the cop or the student is white and the other isn’t. That said, there is nothing terribly exotic about his point of view in progressive circles. The New York Times has hired opinion writers with much worse on their Twitter timeline .

But, for whatever reason, Breitbart hit the sweet spot here and within 24-hours an embedded educrat was able to devote more time to fine tuning his bigotry

Jackson Fuentes, press secretary for the UA Student Government Association, confirmed at 4:15 p.m. that Riley is no longer working at the University.

“For us right now, basically all I can tell you is that the University and Dr. Riley have mutually agreed to part ways,” Fuentes said. “So yeah, that’s true, and we do wish him the best.”

In an email at 5:03 p.m., assistant director of the Division of Strategic Communications Chris Bryant released an official statement on behalf of the University confirming Riley’s resignation.

“Dr. Jamie Riley has resigned his position at The University of Alabama by mutual agreement,” Bryant said in the email. “Neither party will have any further comments.”

Robbie Soave at Reason takes it from there:

Many pundits on the right constantly inveigh against cancel culture: the drive to shame, punish, and ultimately destroy people for having said something trivially offensive at some point. Comedian Dave Chapelle torched cancel culture in his recent Netflix special, and conservatives applauded. The clip of Chapelle scornfully imitating cancellers has been all over right-leaning media for the last two weeks.

I very much agree that cancel culture is bad. (In fact, it’s one of the main themes of my book.) But as long as the right is perfectly willing to enforce its own version of political correctness, it is difficult to to believe that they really agree in principle that you shouldn’t do this kind of thing. If you only defend the cancelled when you agree with them, then you’re not actually against cancelling. You’re just protecting your tribe.

Conservatives, please condemn Breitbart for this hit job and demand the immediate reinstatement of James Riley.

Ummm, no. Not just no thanks, but no f***ing thanks at all.

In this case, you can even–without having a “first class mind”–easily hold, in the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, these two opposing thoughts.

On the one hand, we should all deplore the “cancel culture.” It is corrosive of civil society and it forces you to limit social contacts to people who are pretty like-minded because you have to be attuned to the fact that there is no such thing as a progressive who will not burn you down if you say an unguarded word. On a personal level, I’ve slowly removed from my social circle anyone whose politics I distrust because the risk of being around them is simply too great.

Then we need only to look at the saga of Leif Olson where a major center-left outlet fabricated stuff to get a guy they didn’t like fired to understand the utter righteousness of Breitbart’s action.

Soave presents us with a false dichotomy. We can either actively work against a outlet that is (mostly) an ally to try to get a rabid, frothing leftist bigot reinstated. Or we’re hypocrites. That’s simply bullsh**.

The real issue is more analogous to the standoff between the US (that would be us) and the USSR (that would be their fellow travelers who masquerade as Americans today). The US was beset throughout the Cold War with people who claimed we should engage in unilateral nuclear disarmament because that would show the we really had no ill intent. I mean, if we didn’t intend to use nukes on the USSR then we really didn’t need several thousand of them, did we? (Bizarrely enough, you hear the same cretins and their philosophical descendants making the same argument about why the DPRK should not be expected to give up its nukes.) Under Reagan we were scolded that if we build better nukes (the neutron bomb) and developed SDI then we would be hypocrites. It didn’t take a genius to see that a) building nukes and SDI was necessary for our survival and b) holding them did not compromise our principles.

We have a situation where the left and their fluffers in the media hunt through the history of conservative and GOP figures and find anything they can to take them out. This is demonstrated best by the dynamic of MMFA and CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski aka @KFile. So long as this kind of thing is permitted and rewarded, then we on the right have a very binary choice to make. We either unilaterally disarm and follow the lead of the “muh principles” gang, or we fight fire with fire.

To make matters worse, we have people who don’t really have our best interests at heart lecturing us on how we’re violating our principles by defending ourselves.

Sorry, that dog ain’t going to hunt. We’re wise to that game. A couple of years ago a writer going by the nom de guerre Warden at Ace of Spades laid it out perfectly:

There’s a frustrating game that the left plays with conservatives. It’s an Alinksy tactic called, “Make them live up to their values.” Now, living up to one’s values isn’t a bad thing, but setting high standards ultimately means that you’ll sometimes fall short.

The left loves to exploit these shortcomings–every Christian who falls short of perfection is a hypocrite; the social values candidate you voted for just got arrested for drunk driving. Haha, everything you believe and advocate is now discredited.

It’s this that sent me to a place from which I’ll never return. I literally don’t care what Donald Trump does because nothing he can do is worse than what they’ve already done.

Donald Trump isn’t the bully; he only insults and abuses people in power who have attacked him. They’re the fucking bullies. The left, with their smears, their witch hunts, their slanders, their insults, their riots, their violence, and their weaponizing of the federal bureaucracy.

There aren’t any rules anymore because the left only applies them one way. And in doing so, they’ve left what once was a civil compact between the two parties in smoldering ruins.

I have no personal investment in Donald Trump. He is a tool to punish the left and roll back their ill-gotten gains, no more and no less. If he succeeds even partially in those two things, then I’ll consider his election a win.

Further, I no longer have any investment in any particular political values, save one: The rules created by the left will be applied to the left as equally and punitively as they have applied them to the right. And when they beg for mercy, I’ll begin to reconsider. Or maybe not. Because fuck these people.

This new philosophy has freed me of more emotional angst that I can describe. Literally nothing the left says or does matters to me anymore. I don’t care about their tantrums. I don’t care about their accusations. I don’t care if they say Trump is lying. I don’t care if Trump is lying.

They created this Frankenstein. They own it. I am free of all obligation. I will never play defense again. I will attack, attack, attack, attack using their own tactics against them until they learn their lesson.

What I will not do is let them play my values against me ever again. I don’t need to prove that I’m better than them. I already know it.

So no, we’re not going to criticize Breitbart on this. No, we’re not going to demand that this Riley character be reinstated. No, we’re not going to defend figures on the left from suffering the same consequences anyone on the right would suffer under similar circumstances. Yes, we are going to do whatever we can to burn down anyone on the left who looks even vaguely vulnerable. And when y’all get tired of this tit-for-tat bullsh**, let us know and we can talk about next steps, but for right now it is strictly #NewRules, baby.

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Comedy Central: ‘The Daily Show’ Produces Video Montage Of Amy Klobuchar Telling The Same Joke At Countless Events

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We all remember the kickoff to Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) presidential campaign. Hoping to showcase her Minnesota grit, she addressed a crowd at Boom Island Park during a blizzard. By the time she finished speaking, both Klobuchar and her supporters were covered with snow.

President Trump found the whole scene to be quite amusing. He sent out a tweet which said, “Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”

Klobuchar responded with a tweet of her own which she found to be extremely amusing. She wrote, “Science is on my side, [President Trump]. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues),” Klobuchar responded. “And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?”

She got such a major kick out of her witty response that she repeated it over and over and over again.

The Daily Show put together a montage of Klobuchar telling this joke at countless campaign events. The audiences laugh politely, but it is the senator herself who enjoys it the most.

By the end of the video, the screen is full of numerous subscreens showing Klobuchar at different venues endlessly echoing the punch line.

Someone should really tell her to stop.

Watch the video.

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Troll Game Strong: Trump Campaign Turns ‘Sharpiegate’ Lemons Into Lemonade With New Trump-Branded Markers

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I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t followed Sharpiegate too closely, because it just comes off as yet another tiresome example of a media-driven “scandal” of sorts that really wasn’t.

But regardless of who said what first, or who infamously expanded the Hurricane Dorian forecast cone on the weather map with a Sharpie marker, the Trump campaign has come up with a creative way to capitalize on the controversy: With their own version of a Sharpie marker.

Politico reports:

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has added a Trump-branded permanent marker to its web store, capitalizing on the Sharpie-gate drama and expanding the campaign’s culture war offerings that already include stick-it-to-the-liberals plastic straws.

The marker, announced on Twitter this morning by campaign manager Brad Parscale, is the latest effort by the campaign to amplify and then commodify what could have been a relatively minor controversy.

“Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy!” Parscale tweeted.

Here’s what it looks like:

As the Politico story noted, and as Sarah Lee wrote back in July, the campaign is also selling environmentally friendly “Trump straws”, which look like this:

The campaign has also trolled Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) with a “Pencil-Neck Adam Schiff Tee”:

And then there was the “Fredo Unhinged” tee, which was sold in the aftermath of CNN “Prime Time” anchor Chris Cuomo’s unhinged meltdown in response to a critic who called him “Fredo” at a New York City bar last month:

Like Cocaine Mitch’s reelection campaign team, the Trump campaign’s troll game is strong.

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Whoa – University of Alabama Asst. VP and Dean of Students Resigns Over Racial Tweets and Condemnation of the U.S. Flag

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Holy cow.

Jamie R. Riley — assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Alabama — has resigned.

The administrator made his official exit Thursday after hubbub over racial tweets from 2016 and ’17, one excoriating the flag of the United States of America.

In ‘Bama, that doesn’t…fly.

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published the posts. Here’s what they said.

From September 2017:

“The [American flag emoji] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?”

And the following month:

“I’m baffled about how the first thing white people say is, ‘That’s not racist!’ when they can’t even experience racism? You have [zero] opinion!”

So concludes Jamie R. Riley, PhD.

The latter post contained the hashtag #missmewithyourprivilege.

In October of 2016, he asked the webiverse a poignant question:

“Are movies about slavery truly about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society?”

Back to present day, on the 5th, school paper The Crimson White quoted Student Government Association Press Secretary Jackson Fuentes as conveying, “For us right now, basically all I can tell you is that the University and Dr. Riley have mutually agreed to part ways. So yeah, that’s true, and we do wish him the best.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Chris Bryant also confirmed with no further information:

“Dr. Jamie Riley has resigned his position at The University of Alabama by mutual agreement. Neither party will have any further comments.”

Jamie is really, really into race.

Before ascending to his until-Thursday position, he served as executive director and COO of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and in roles at Johns Hopkins University, The University of California-Berkeley and Morehouse College related to diversity and inclusion.

When the erstwhile Bama man became executive director for Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity introduced him, in part, thusly:

Brother Riley has focused his research and administrative practice on addressing the impact of culturally oppressive campus climates on the success of African-American and black male college students attending predominantly white institutions. Jamie’s doctoral dissertation, titled; Racism, Discrimination, and Prejudice: Through the Voices of Black Men on Predominately White College Campuses, investigated the impact of race and racism on African-American and black male students ability to thrive academically, socially, and developmentally.

My, how varied the world can be — in 1991, Michael Jackson gave the world a rap ending with, “I’m not gonna spend my life being a color.”

Some people seem to want to devote the entirety of their lives to that very thing.

-ALEX

 

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Think Progress Shuts Down After Failing to Secure a New Investor

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The long-hemorrhaging publication has now ceased to progress forward.

In another announcement of a demise in the digital publishing realm the left-leaning outlet Think Progress is being decommissioned. Recent details were that the site, mired in debt, was being shopped around for new buyers. The announcement was made today that without any financial suitors successfully pinned down that the remaining staff would be released with severance, with some reallocated.

Think Progress was directly affiliated with the Democrat Party through the Center for American Progress. That the party-affiliated program would not be able (or willing) to sustain a foundering news outlet is telling. In the age of Donald Trump there should have been ample material to fuel a left-wing news outlet that had once been pledged to take down GOP opponents. Adding to the challenges was the staff deciding to unionize a few years back.

While long-established as a separate entity from CAP Think Progress has always existed under the umbrella of the organization. This year there had begun to be found visible signs that the Democrat think tank was distancing itself from the site. First came the news of the financial challenges faced by the site, something that would not be circulating had CAP been willing to underwrite the debts.

Another indicator of the deepening problems was this spring when Bernie Sanders erupted in direct conflict with the CAP over the editorial criticism he was receiving from Think Progress. This led to the presidential candidate leveling accusations of CAP about its donors dictating editorial content. CAP President Neera Tanden ended up making comments distancing Think Progress from the group. Making this all the more intriguing — Sanders’ campaign manager is a former editor-in-chief of Think Progress. His foreign policy advisor is also a TP veteran.

These events only seemed to illustrate the disposable nature of TP in the eyes of the Center for American Progress. The outfit was formed by John Podesta during the Clinton administration, and it remains a voice within the Democrat party. For the CAP to not see a viable reason to underwrite Think Progress stands in defiance of much that we hear from the media regarding President Trump.

If there was such an outcry of grassroots opposition then there should be enough of a hunger for the type of content offered by Think Progress. Further, not only does its demise show a lack of true audience desire but so does the fact that a major party outlet saw no intrinsic value in the site as we are on the brink of a major general election.

A news outlet that could guide The Resistance today, and be used as a serious news organ in an election cycle, being cast aside in this fashion spells out far more than the challenges being seen in the digital news evolution.

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DNC Tells Huge Lie About the Odessa Shootings Just To Fire Up Their Base

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Over the last day we’ve learned how Seth Aaron Ator, the Odessa-Midland shooter, obtained his weapon.

There was a lot of early confusion because it looked like, based on publicly available court records, that Ator had a couple of misdemeanor convictions which were handled by probation. These should not have kept Ator from buying a weapon. Om Monday, though, Texas governor Greg Abbott tweeted:

This indicated that either Abbott had bad information or there was something out there that had been overlooked.Two days later it was revealed that a court had adjudicated Ator as mentally deficient and that he’d failed a background check when he attempted to buy a firearm in 2014. This got the juices flowing at CNN where James Comey’s minime, Josh Campbell, breathlessly reported that the weapon had been bought in a “private sale” that allowed him to evade a background check.

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Way to go guys, burning down what little remains of your credibility retweeting a story by a shill who couldn’t pick Truth out of a two-man line up.

The reason CNN and its fellow travelers were going after the private sale story so heavily was that it dovetailed very nicely with the campaign to outlaw, for all intents and purposes, private gun sales. If the guy failed a background check and still bought a firearm, well that was the “gunshow loophole” personified.

As it turned out, the shooter bought his weapon from someone who apparently was making and selling them illegally.

Betsy Vaughn breaks the whole story down here.

A great narrative shot down. Nope. Not if you’re the DNC and willing to say literally anything to push an agenda.

Putting aside the obvious lie that background checks will hurt the NRA’s bottom line (the NRA doesn’t sell weapons) and the nonsense “weapon of war” meme, universal background checks would have done nothing to prevent the shooting. If you are illegally making weapons the odds of you being deterred from selling one based on the buyer having failed a background check approaches zero.

Get used to this.

The Democrats are shut out of the White House and their stranglehold on large parts of the Judiciary is under siege. If they don’t win in 2020, their cause of destroying this nation will be set back by decades. They are desperate to win and the will say or do anything they think they have to do in order to make that happen.

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US Officials Concerned About Chinese Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Bahamas; Will They Use Tragedy To Gain A Foothold In The Region?

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Hurricane Dorian has left the Bahamas in a state of devastation and the island-nation will require substantial assistance from the international community in order to recover. Estimates of property damage in the islands go as high as $7 billion.

As crass as it may sound at a time like this, the US would be foolish to ignore the serious national security implications of an international recovery effort taking place so close to our shore.

For good reason, US government officials are worried that China will use the tragedy as an opportunity to gain influence in the region. According to one official who wished to remain anonymous, there is concern that China will use “international aid efforts as a Trojan horse to establish a base of influence just 50 miles from the Florida coast. In the months and years ahead, the U.S. must also pay close attention if China emerges as a key player in the recovery effort.”

Fernando Cutz, a former senior director in the Trump administration’s National Security Council, told NPR:

There are certainly concerns about the Chinese having full access to the region. You could imagine a situation where they would develop intelligence capabilities, intelligence gathering capabilities.

And, of course, they could potentially one day have a base, a naval base or some sort of Chinese military base that close to our shore would pose a very significant national security issue for the United States.

John Dermody, a former deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council also spoke to NPR and said:

The administration will see this as part of a broader concern about China investing in countries as a threat to make potentially those countries beholden to China or indebted to China and to diminish the United States’s influence in the Western Hemisphere. And I would say that the concern is particularly acute where the investment is going to be in information technology. And in light of the catastrophic damage of the Bahamas, I think that is going to be an issue.

The Chinese have made substantial investments in recent years in “energy, infrastructure and mining projects around the world, gaining influence in continents like Africa and South America.”

Axios reports that Chinese tech giant Huawei has helped build telecommunications networks in countries such as the Bahamas, where phone wiring has been largely destroyed by the storm.”

José Cárdenas, who served on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration spoke to NPR. He believes that these “concerns are real” and said it is important for “the United States to continue its campaign speaking to the broader region that the Chinese presence isn’t “all sweetness and light.”

Cárdenas added, “The temptation is so great to take advantage of Chinese largesse. But to the peoples of the hemisphere, the United States ought to be very clear in a public diplomacy campaign that the Chinese government largesse comes with a lot of baggage. It comes with a lot of strings attached, and it has implications for democratic institutions and rule of law.”

I’m sure this is very much on the minds of Trump administration officials and that precautions will be taken and surveillance will continue indefinitely.

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Kamala Harris Sure Sounds Like She Wants to Be a Dictator

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Kamala Harris campaign is floundering.

After Tulsi Gabbard rhetorically decapitated her in the second DNC debate, she’s been struggling to regain traction and make up lost ground. So far, she hasn’t shown much comeback power. That doesn’t mean she’s not going to try though and the main shtick she’s settled on is essentially proclaim she’ll operate as a dictator once elected. This apparently really gets the Democratic bases’ juices flowing.

Take CNN’s “Climate Crisis” town hall a few nights ago. In it, Harris made all kinds of wild promises, many of which she’d have no power to implement even if she were elected.

There’s a problem there. Namely, that the President has absolutely nothing to do with eliminating the filibuster. To be sure, she’s not just making a suggestion in the event Democrats retake the Senate. Harris has said on Twitter directly that “I’ll get rid of the filibuster.” How? No one in the mainstream media have bothered to ask her that, nor have their been any fact-checks on the matter. She just says it and that’s that.

Harris wasn’t done though. She then launched into a variety of ways she wants to control your life and destroy the economy.

Harris wants to “have a real priority” at the highest levels of government to change American’s eating habits in order to combat climate change. She says she will change the dietary guidelines to do so and enforce incentives to change behavior. What that would look like exactly, she doesn’t say, but it’s certainly not something within the purview of the presidency. The woman who asked the question seemed eager for her to say she’ll outright ban red meat, which gives you a window into just how authoritarian and crazy the left have become.

Banning plastic straws is perhaps one of the stupider ideas that’s caught fire in the last few years. It’s like peeing on a forest fire, never mind the issues of personal freedom at stake. The hysteria over plastic straws holds very little basis in science but it sounds good to environmentalists, so liberals keep supporting it. Surprise, Harris is all in.

She also wants to ban America’s energy source that does the most to cut carbon emissions in order to fight climate change. Yes, that’s a total contradiction, but when something is left wing dogma, it must be adhered to.

That’ll go over swimmingly in natural gas producing states. The anti-fracking movement is no better than the anti-vaxxer movement. It’s pure nonsense with zero basis in scientific reality. Fracking does not cause earthquakes or poison ground water. It provides a cheap, cleaner source of energy that has been the primary driver in carbon emissions reductions. Harris wants to ban it though because she wants to ban everything.

I’m not sure what’s scarier in these clips. Harris pandering, where she’ll seemingly agree with anything to gain support, or the Democrat voters asking these questions in the first place. These people want to control every aspect of your life, all the way down to what you eat and how you can drink your coke. They see hysteria around climate change as a way to garner power and they intend to use it. None of this is really about reducing emissions though. If it were, Harris would be promoting fracking, not wanting to ban it, and she’d be stumping for nuclear power.

No, this all really about control. Nothing more, nothing less.

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