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Armed Man Hurls Molotov Cocktails at ICE Facility, Draws Expected Response

An man armed with a rifle and incendiary devices most would describe as molotov cocktails attacked an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington yesterday.

The report is from the Seattle Times.

Police said Van Spronsen tossed lit objects at vehicles and buildings, causing one car fire, and unsuccessfully tried to ignite a propane tank.

Officers were called by an ICE employee who saw the rifle. Soon after they arrived, officers reported “shots fired,” said Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, although it is unclear who fired first or if Van Spronsen fired at all. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office classified his death as a homicide.

Willem Van Spronsen has been part of the protest scene at the facility for a while. Just last year he was criminally charged after attempting to choke a police officer while also carrying a knife.

Back on the street, his rage apparently hadn’t quelled and he went too far this time. Police saw the rifle as well as the fact that he was throwing improvised explosives and ended the confrontation with deadly force.

I noticed above that the medical examiner classified Van Spronsen’s death as a homocide. I’ll assume that’s normal, but it’s still jarring considering the officers were obviously acting in self defense here.

This kind of thing is not going to stop as long as the media and Democrat party are stoking the flames every single day. When you call ICE Nazis and claim they are torturing children, what kind of response should we expect? If someone really believes those things, why wouldn’t they take action? That’s the danger of all the misinformation that’s been spread around.

It’s ironic given that Republicans were accused of incitement simply for accurately quoting Ilhan Omar a few months back, something that clearly wasn’t in fact incitement, but the left and their media allies are completely mum about possible incitement in this case. Would they stay quiet if this were an abortion mill being attacked? Or would they try to tie it to the pro-life movement? We all know the answer to that and it’s a testament to their incredible hypocrisy.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her allies in Congress that are making up things and lying about the situation at these facilities, all while holding funding hostage, need to be called to account here. They are whipping up resentment and violence that’s going to lead to more people getting killed.

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The Pale Blue Dot

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Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech February 14, 1990
Earth, described by scientist Carl Sagan as a “Pale Blue Dot,” as seen by Voyager 1 from a distance of more than 4 billion miles.

Happy Sunday! I hope this offering pleases you.

The Pale Blue Dot

Each of us goes about our life engrossed in the everyday cacophony that represents being alive in modern society. We worry over meeting the bills, what the city council might decide on a certain zoning issue, or who the President will be in 2020. We revel in our own perceived importance as we ascend the corporate, military or political ladder. Sometimes, it behooves us to consider a larger perspective.

Here is one such perspective. On September 5, 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1, a deep space probe designed to study the outer Solar System. This device performed far better than expected. As I write this, the probe is over 13.6 Billion miles from Earth, the farthest of any devices ever launched by man…and is still responding to commands.

By 1990, Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was heading out of the Solar System. However, it was to get one final and most significant mission. Astronomer Carl Sagan prevailed upon NASA to have the spacecraft take a “family portrait” of the planets in the solar system, including Earth. The pictures were taken on Valentine’s Day, 1990 from a distance of 6 billion miles from Earth. The one showing Earth, is the subject of a book by Sagan. You can’t see that picture and read his words, then logically conclude that this all “just happened” on its own.

We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

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As we enjoy this Sunday, our day of rest and devotion, let us all consider our place in the Universe. Yes, we can each strive to be the best Teacher, Businessman or Soldier. We can aspire to achieve high political office or become a sports superstar. But in the end we still live on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Happy Sunday!

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Netroots Nation, Headlined by Elizabeth Warren, Demonstrates a Do-It-Yourself Abortion On Stage

Netroots Nation is a gathering of crazies that happens each year where no idea is too liberal and no position is too insane.

Don’t kid yourself though, this is a mainstream Democrat conference that hosts the biggest names in the party each summer. The media treat it as mainstream as well, glowingly reporting on it in a way they never do regarding CPAC. This year Elizabeth Warren, who has managed to climb into 2nd place in the 2020 Democrat primary, headlined the event.

Given this is a “progressive” gathering, it’s a given that every single person in attendance, from the stage to the people who clean the bathrooms, is rabidly pro-abortion.

Even still, this is shocking.

Yes, that’s a woman gleefully demonstrating on a watermelon how a woman can give herself a do-it-yourself abortion at home. In her hand is some kind of device designed to do the procedure. She proclaims it’s “easy” and “not surgery.” This is happening on stage, in front of the same crowd the major 2020 candidates are speaking in front of.

The celebration of abortion in this way is just unfathomably evil and sick. This is a fetish to these people. It was just a decade or so ago that Democrats were insisting abortion should “safe, legal, and rare.” Now, they perform abortions on watermelons on stage. It’d be unbelievable if we weren’t all witnesses it play out so vividly.

But perhaps it’s best they are being honest now. Like the slavers who would take pleasure in abusing their victims, pro-abortion extremists seem to actually enjoy the idea of women killing their babies for sport. The audience and panelists are actually clapping and laughing as this woman explains a horribly inhumane procedure that takes another human life. The fact that we’ve arrived at such a depraved state as a nation still baffles me.

Meanwhile, the same media that will lose their minds over Donald Trump getting two scoops of ice cream will not even acknowledge this disgusting display took place. Instead, they’ll continue to mainstream the conference and pretend this is all perfectly normal.

One day, future generations are going to look back on pro-abortionists with all the disgust we now look back on slavery with. I just pray that future generation makes its appearance sooner rather than later.

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CNN Host Grills Pete Buttigieg Over His Abject Failure Among the Black Community

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On Friday, a CNN talker noted the failings of a 2020 Democratic hopeful.

Strange day.

“Noted the failings,” that is, where it concerns his popularity among black voters.

Currently, Pete Buttigieg stinks.

The Axe Files’s David Axelrod made the observations during a discussion with news anchor John Berman.

John remarked that the small-town Indiana mayor “absolutely” has no chance to win the presidency without the support of black Americans.”

And he most certainly does not have it.

From Axelrod:

“Absolutely cannot. Absolutely cannot. African-Americans are about a quarter of the Democratic primary electorate. Once you clear those early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they come into play. And in South Carolina, 60 percent of the voters will be African-American. So, as a practical matter, he has to solve this problem or he’s going to go back to South Bend. And that’s a problem.”

Right. It’s a problem, in part, because he isn’t taking care of business at home: Pete’s vacated his mayoral office to run for president, and some people haven’t appreciated it.

While he was out trying to change jobs in June, a white police officer shot a black man and chaos ensued.

Pete rushed back for damage control, but his town hall turned into YellFest 2019.

Even the gals at The View were unimpressed.

At the time, Joy Behar offered something which, to me, seemed perfectly sensible:

“[I] have this feeling that these guys who are running who are mayors and governors should keep doing their jobs — until they can fix — it’s almost like…when you’re the mayor or a governor, it’s almost like being the father or the mother of the family. And to leave South Bend now and run for president seems like an unfinished job.”

Former Obama Senior Advisor David appears to agree:

“South Bend itself is a bit of a problem for him because even though he has this very far-reaching Douglass Plan to try and fight systemic racism in this country, there are troubling issues back home about police staffing, which African-Americans dropped by half under his watch, and on city contracting, where African-American — where minority businesses have done rather poorly in sharing in the business of the city, even though 40 percent of the city is black and Hispanic. These are questions that I asked him.”

How’s he gonna lead the country if he can’t satisfactorily run South Bend?

Pete’s smaller problems are his bigger problems:

“And, you know, he had a series of issues. He fired a popular black police chief. It was because of an investigation. But, nonetheless, it was a controversial decision. He tore down 1,000 abandoned homes, many of them in poor minority communities, and that was meant to remove blight. But there was quite a bit of resistance because now there are these vacant lots in the community. So, you know, there are a lot of issues that he has to confront there.”

It’s not so often you see CNN downgrade a Democrat.

I wrote a while back that the lead-up to 2020 is gonna be interesting on the other side of the aisle. And so far, it hasn’t disappointed. CNN’s saying a Democratic can’t take care of business with the black citizenry, and AOC and Pelosi are in the ring among other infighting (here and here).

Keep out your popcorn; I think it’s gonna get weirder.

-ALEX

 

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Tennessee Governor Honors KKK Grand Wizard & Slave Trader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Because He Has To?

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In Tennessee, the Confederacy’s getting a weekend promotion.

Also being boosted: the KKK.

Governor Bill Lee signed a declaration officially making Saturday Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.

Who’s Nathan? Well, he was a Confederate general.

He was also a Grand Wizard — and I don’t mean of Oz.

As observed by Vice News:

He was the first Grand Wizard, and is believed to be responsible for Confederates massacring black Union troops. at Ft. Pillow during the Civil War, though his involvement has been disputed. He did eventually appear to renounce the Klan, and even called for its dissolution.

Well, that’s a positive change.

But what hasn’t been changed is the state law which requires the governor to annually proclaim as a holiday June 13th — slave trader Nathan’s birthday.

The gov has to do it? Yep.

From Vice:

Indeed, the 1921 law requires proclamations for six such special observances a year, including two others related to the Confederacy. Tennessee also declares Jan. 19 Robert E. Lee Day, a tribute to the commander of the Confederate army. June 3, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’s birthday, is declared Confederate Decorations Day. Until 1969, each of those days was a legal state holiday.

Gov. Bill told The Tennessean Thursday:

“I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law.”

Black Democratic state Rep. Harold Love is sittin’ on go for the alteration, as he made clear to Memphis’s ABC 24:

“I think for many of us that know this has happened have oftentimes wondered when would a governor ask us to assist in helping change the law.”

Sen. Ted Cruz wouldn’t mind an undo, either. He called for action on Twitter:

“This is WRONG. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general & a delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention. He was also a slave trader & the 1st Grand Wizard of the KKK. Tennessee should not have an official day (tomorrow) honoring him. Change the law.”

It won’t come soon enough to make a 2019 difference. So for now, it’s NBF Day.

As for the future, if the government’s gonna slash the law, it might wanna hire some movers, too. In fact, it could start there: a bust of Nathan sits at the state Capitol.

Until something is done, visitors to Nashville’s hallowed building on top of a hill are off to see the Wizard.

-ALEX

 

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Protestors Tear Down and Desecrate U.S. Flag, Raise Mexican Flag Over ICE Facility in Colorado

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Advocacy groups said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country, with roundups in Southern California being especially heavy-handed, as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

If there are any moderate Democrats left out there, they must be tearing their hair out. All their party had to do was not be absolutely crazy and they simply can’t do it.

Yesterday, protestors gathered outside an ICE facility in Aurora, CO to scream at officials who are simply trying to carry out lawful deportation orders. We’ve now reached the point in our country where one side of the aisle is literally saying that you can’t even deport criminals anymore.

The protestors decided it’d really win hearts and minds to storm the front of the facility, bring down the three flags present, and hoist a Mexican flag. They tried to burn the U.S. flag and spray painted “**** the cops” on the Thin Blue Line flag for good measure.

Per The Washington Times.

The incident saw activists take down three flags and replace them with the Mexican flag, a spray-painted “USA Thin Blue Line” flag, and a flag that said “F*** the Cops,” according to Aurora police.

Some activists also tried to burn the American flag, but officers declined to intervene, citing the need to protect the safety of officers and the “large majority who were acting peacefully” at the rally, which drew as many as 2,000.

What sense any of this makes is beyond any rational person’s comprehension. If they idea is that Latin American countries are so terrible that people must be allowed to come here illegally, why would you want to celebrate Mexico while desecrating the country’s flag you are fleeing to? If Mexico is so awesome that people feel the need to tear down the American flag and raise the Mexican flag, then illegal immigrants are welcome to apply for asylum there. It’d probably be less of a culture shock.

If you are wondering whether anyone was punished for the act of vandalism, nah. The Police Chief there didn’t do anything and actually blamed ICE for not putting up enough barriers.

“Beyond the removal, attempted destruction of the US flag, replacement of the flags, and some signs and poles being put on the main doors and windows, the protesters did not engage in behavior that warranted immediate intervention,” said Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz in a Saturday statement.

Chief Metz also faulted ICE and the GEO Group, which runs the detention facility, for failing to heed the department’s advice to secure the bridge leading to the facility with water barrels to prevent pedestrians and vehicles from entering…

…At least one Democrat, Aurora city councilmember Nicole Johnston, said in a tweet that she attended the rally and thanked Aurora police for “keeping us safe and respecting our first amendment rights.”

Perhaps it wasn’t worth intervening at that moment, but were people arrested afterward? Of course not. Anarchy is the name of the game at these protests and the 1st amendment now apparently covers trespassing and destroying federal property. Nice to see an elected Democrat official showing up to be part of it all. That really sends the right message.

After the incident, some asked Democrats to condemn what happened.

Colorado’s rabidly liberal governor did finally chime in with this snarky nonsense.

Publicizing a picture of two dead migrants, who died trying to swim across a river outside of the United States, having absolutely nothing to do with the actions of Border Patrol, is just disgusting.

Furthermore, where are the cages in his other photos? Or are we now calling huge rooms cages for extra effect? These people have to be held somewhere for processing. There’s noway around that and it’s beyond tiring that some morons keep pretending CBP can snap their fingers and teleport kids to foster homes immediately. What exactly would Polis like CBP to do with unaccompanied minors (who make up the vast majority of detained children)? Would he like to give his address out and arrange them being dropped off on his doorstep? Of course not, because he’s a do-nothing, hypocritical politician who’s just grand-standing for political reasons.

The intellectual dishonesty surrounding the immigration debate has reached unbelievable levels. The same people who deny funding and call for the abolition of the agencies taking care of these people then turn around and complain about overcrowding and sub-par conditions. It’s the worst kind of politics and the only reason they are getting away with it is because the media are nearly 100% compliant and complicit.

In the end though, this is going to backfire. A sizable majority of voters do not want open borders, they do not blame the Border Patrol for being in a lose/lose situation, and they are against abuse of our asylum laws. The continued insanity coming from the left over this issue is going to drive more and more people to the Republican party and it’ll be well deserved.

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Light in a Dark Place: Chick-fil-A Manager Delivers Kindness to a 96-Year-Old Man in a Story That’ll Brighten Your Day

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Want another story to increase your love for America’s favorite chicken joint?

In Maryland Thursday, a 96-year-old World War II veteran entered a Chick-fil-A “almost in tears.”

Rudy Somoza, a manager at the restaurant, recounted the situation to CNN:

“He was shaking, almost in tears saying he barely made it to the store on three tires because one was bad. As soon as he finished his sentence, Daryl informed me he needed to help this gentleman right now.”

“Daryl” would be head manager Daryl Howard, who’s worked at the closed-on-Sunday franchise for nearly a decade. He left the counter to make a difference in the life of someone who served his country back when war meant looking into the eyes of your enemy. A time when Americans voluntarily chose to fight out of a deeply-rooted patriotism.

Rudy continued:

“[D]aryl jumped into action without hesitation.”

15 minutes later, the deed was done. And it’s the kind a helping hand — it seems to me — of which we could use much more in this current climate of political vitriol and social media narcissism.

While talking heads are touting “diversity” and progressivism, our real strengths as a nation are much simpler and not so nearly faddish: What makes for a greater world are liberty and kindness.

Two fast-food managers apparently agree, at least in part.

“His action of kindness was beautiful,” Rudy noted. “Daryl has always been so helpful to anyone in need and deserves this recognition.”

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-ALEX

 

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Dem Rep. Greg Meeks Threatens to Primary AOC As the Civil War Goes Nuclear

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It’s actually getting hard to keep up at this point with all the volleys being lobbed in the Democrats’ ongoing civil war.

Just yesterday, we had a Democrat Rep. Clay light Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Chief of Staff up for their very public attacks against other caucus members. Those included AOC insinuating racism against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as a tweet accusing moderate Democrats of being like segregationists.

“It shows you how weak their argument is when they have to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi … it’s very disappointing to me,” Clay said.

The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”…

…“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.

A few days before that, AOC was sniping at Pelosi for making her do actual work as a Congressional member. Pelosi had previously downplayed AOC and her “squad” as having no following and just being four votes. Without continuing, rest assured there are many more examples just from the past few weeks. The cold war has certainly gone hot at this point.

Another Democrat Representative has jumped into the fray now. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-CA) took a not veiled at all shot at AOC and her “Justice Democrats” sycophants, who have been trying to primary Congressional Black Caucus members, among others.

Here’s The New York Daily News with the comments.

In an interview with the Daily News, Meeks fumed over Ocasio-Cortez’s recent racial beef with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pushed back against her left-wing allies at Justice Democrats for openly backing insurgent candidates trying to unseat members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

He also said the CBC can play the same game.

“Primaries go two ways,” Meeks said when asked whether his wing of the party would consider challenging progressive members next year, including Ocasio-Cortez. “If someone picks a fight with somebody else, you fight back. That’s what my parents told me.”

Meeks would go on to wink and nod that there aren’t any “current” plans to primary the socialist queen, but come on, it’s abundantly clear what he’s threatening above.

At this point, I’d be shocked if no one challenges AOC and no doubt Pelosi is working out the logistics of that behind the scenes. A well funded, liberal candidate could likely give the incumbent a real run for her money, as she’s not even wildly popular in her own district. AOC has has made a lot of enemies, especially after costing her constituents millions of dollars in investments and wages by nonsensically running Amazon off.

Also contained in the Daily News article is this gem from an anonymous Congressional Democrat, supposedly in leadership.

A Democratic leadership source, who only spoke on condition of anonymity, was harsher.

“Justice Democrats in general are trust fund kids who are funding this with their parents’ money,” the source said, blasting the progressive group as “elitist” for criticizing black lawmakers from poor districts who take corporate donations. “It’s offensive for CBC members when these elites are looking down on them when they don’t have the financial ability to say, ‘I don’t want that money.’”

As RedState’s streiff reported on today, that saw AOC squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley respond by basically calling the CBC uncle toms.

Here’s what the Democrats can do with all this chaos.

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We’ll see how Justice Democrats responds. There have been rumors they may try to primary Meeks and these latest comments only add more gasoline to the fire. On the other side of the equation, there’s also some rumblings that AOC’s district may be redistricted out of existence. If that happens, I might die from the sheer overload of schadenfreude.

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POPCORN. Ayanna Pressley Comes Within Inches Of Calling the Congressional Black Caucus Oreos

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FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley speaks during a debate at the University of Massachusetts, in Boston. She is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Quite a day at the DailyKos Nutroots Nation conference.

The panel everyone is going to be talking about for the next few days was the keynote session titled Making Herstory: The Women who are Shifting the Balance of Power in Washington
and if featured, among others, the little commies who are now engaged in a civil war with Nancy Pelosi: Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. You can watch the whole session on Facebook if you think you can stomach it. If you’re not up to it, the odious Dave Weigel was there doing the play-by-play.

Netroots panel kicking off w @IlhanMN: “There’s a constant struggle with people who have power about sharing that power. And we are not really in the business of asking to share that power; we are in the business of grabbing that power to return it to the people.”

Up next, @AyannaPressley says that she is fed up with “palace intrigue,” not much mystery about what she means.

The panel is moderated by @aimeeallison, who is not interested in litigating Tweet Tweek, though she nodded at it in her intro. Moving conversation to child separation. @RashidaTlaib:”This is a whole generation of children who will never forget what our nation did to them.”

.@AyannaPressley: “What is happening in these ICE facilities where they pilot how they can abuse privacy rights, how they can abuse human rights, and they scale that up.” But notes that black and brown people disproportionately work for CBP.

“They are now a cog in this machine of oppression of people who look just like them.”

Quoting what a colleague said to her, @IlhanMN: “If there were dogs in those cages, every single member of Congress would vote to make sure those cages didn’t exist.”

Moderator brings up impeachmnt with @RashidaTlaib: “We’re gonna impeach the MFer, don’t worry,” she says.

Omar is recounting her questioning of Elliot Abrams in the Foreign Affairs committee: “[Knowing] the trail of blood that he has left in South and Central America. I wasn’t about to let him come and talk to us about what he was doing in Venezuela.”

Pressley seeming to hit back at the criticism from the CBC et al: “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need any more black voices that don’t want to be a black voice.”

*black FACES that don’t want etc

This is the Pressley quote

Then Pressley weighed in

This is patent bullsh**. In the context of the panel, she’s clearly saying two things. That black or brown or sexually deviant representatives only speak for people like them and people who aren’t like them can just f*** right off. She’s also saying by implication that the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are disloyal to their own heritage presumably because they are supporting Nancy Pelosi.

The Democrats, both establishment and “Justice” varieties can try to tamp this down but the fact is that the Justice Democrats have no interest in winning the 2020 election–Trump is a much better foil for them than any Democrat–and probably no interest in retaining the House if that means that the Democrat caucus has a lot of members who are from purple districts or who are trying to hold onto seats in Red districts. They want a more cohesive and more radical majority in charge before trying to gain control. This is nearly a remake of the Menshevik-Bolshevik split in Revolutionary Russia.

Just this week, AOC accused Nancy Pelosi of fomenting death threats against her and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, called both Blue Dog Democrats left in the House the equivalent of segregationists

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and he said another Democrat might not be racist but that she supported racist policies. This latter comment drew a response from the House Democrat caucus:

Despite the excuse-making Pressley is engaged in, her meaning was quite clear. The existing minority leadership in the House, people who cut their teeth on the Civil Rights struggle, have forgotten where they come from and basically, as Omar called Hispanic Border Patrol agents, “cog[s] in the machine of oppression.”

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National Geographic Sees Problems with The Lion King…Not Over Biology but Feminism

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The only way to make your hot take on a cartoon any dumber is to inject social politics.

It is always a staple of the social activism brigade to take the moment of a major Hollywood release and come up with some manner of contrived outrage to justify a think piece. These treatises on problematics, toxicity, and any other alleged social crime portrayed on screen are easily dismissed as the attention-seeking shrieking that they are.

It does need to be addressed however when a source of supposed scientific seriousness descends into the social scold strata. (Forgive the alliterative content.)

Disney is poised to release what is expected to be the biggest hit of the summer, the live action (that is, computer animated) remake of its classic hit “The Lion King”. This has a number of scribes scrambling to come up with their incisive interpretation of the triggering content, but why would National Geographic feel the need to wade into the social swamp? Their writer Erin Biba declared she was approached by the magazine to address what they saw as a problem with the story.

Right off at the start, the concept of questioning the veracity of an animal-based family film is a ridiculous proposition. Over the generations we have been weaned on classics that have been populated with a wide variety of animal depictions, and there has not been confusion over the portrayals being accurate. We have not needed an authoritative voice to inform us that animals do not, in fact, speak fluently. Jane Goodall was not called in to correct us that orangutans do not scat like Louis Prima (“The Jungle Book”), nor was a dog whisperer employed to let us know that terriers do not in fact sing Billy Joel tunes (“Oliver & Company”).

The main zoological issue for Nat Geo is that in the wild lions are ruled by the female family members. Males are more itinerant, the reason being that bloodlines need to remain pure. If the National Geographic staff thought they could use the film’s arrival as a teaching moment of lion pride dynamics, that is a wise move. But to couch the inaccuracies on screen as being a feminist issue is a dose of unneeded hysterics. But be assured, that is a problem.

Unless you’re a Lion King superfan, it’s a pretty good bet that you can’t remember the name of Simba’s mom. All the male lions have central and memorable roles in the film.

The opportunism here is evident that these complaints were not offered up in 1994, when the original was released, nor for the long-running Broadway production of the same. It feels absolutely ridiculous to descend into this level of discourse, but there was a dramatic rationale behind departing from the biological facts for “The Lion King”.

The story mirrors that of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, in which familial infighting for the crown takes place. Had they made an “accurate” portrayal of a lion pride you have sisters killing each other, and casting a niece out of the family. This would be done all to steal power in the name of avarice.

Not only does this fail to deliver an uplifting feminist message, consider the lecture we would be delivered had they feminized “Hamlet”. We would be hearing about how it is a poisonous portrayal of women onscreen while departing from the nurturing reality of females in the lion ecosystem. In other words, nothing at all would change.

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