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Legal Fight Brewing As Judge In Epstein Case Considers Release Of Documents Containing ‘Hundreds’ Of New Names

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FILE – This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff’s Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender, has been arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges. Two law enforcement officials said Epstein was taken into federal custody Saturday, July 6, 2019, on charges involving sex-trafficking allegations that date to the 2000s. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, File)

 

Bloomberg reports that District Court Judge Loretta Preska “is considering how to carry out a ruling by the federal appeals court in New York that she must consider unsealing some of the documents.” It is the opinion of the appeals court that “such filings should be made public.” These documents contain hundreds of additional names in a 2015 defamation case against Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

The case was filed by one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre claimed she’d been recruited by Maxwell and that Maxwell had “defamed her by calling her a liar.”

At Wednesday’s hearing in Manhattan, Maxwell’s attorney, Jeffrey Pagliuca, told Judge Preska that amongst the sealed records is an address book with about 1,000 names. Pagliuca said these documents  were not among the 2,000 pages of material released on August 9th, the day before Epstein’s death. He argued that these records “should remain sealed because they weren’t entered into evidence before the case settled.” The 2015 case was settled in 2017 just before it was set to go to trial.

The attorney representing the alleged victims, Sigrid McCrawly, said that, with the exception of social security numbers, medical information and the names of minors, all of the records associated with the defamation case should be unsealed. She noted that, “Anybody whose information is in the documents would be notified so they could object.”

Apparently, the potential release of additional names has some people worried. On Tuesday, one of the individuals named in the records, identified only as “John Doe,” has requested that the records remain sealed or that his name be redacted.

At the hearing, Judge Preska said she would “consider the documents in batches.” This process could take weeks or months.

Following Epstein’s apparent suicide last month, the case against him was dismissed. It’s unknown if his alleged victims will take legal action against Maxwell or any of the men involved in the case. My guess is they will at the very least go after Maxwell.

In a way, Maxwell’s crimes were even worse than Epstein’s, for it was her responsibility to procure the girls who would service him. Several of Maxwell’s acquaintances spoke to Vanity Fair’s Vanessa Grigoriadis in August. From their comments, a picture begins to emerge of a soulless woman willing to do almost anything to hold onto her man, the late, depraved and ruthless Jeffrey Epstein.

According to a source, Maxwell would visit spas and speak to the shower room attendants and show up at trailer parks searching for young, beautiful girls. She would claim she had a phone job to offer, telling them “you’ll make lots of money, meet everyone, and I’ll change your life.” The reality of the situation was that she was conning them into lives of degradation and desperation. But Maxwell could not have cared less.

The source said, “When I asked what she thought of the underage girls, she looked at me and said, ‘they’re nothing, these girls. They are trash.’”

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What Will The Democratic Primaries Produce?

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From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

A two-dozen participant primary is probably not what the Democratic Party actually wanted, but it’s what they got.

An intra-party fight ahead of a big election is probably not what most people would consider “ideal” if the goal is to go into an election with a united front against whatever the incumbent party has ready for you. Many people would see it as merely a means of dividing your party at a pivotal moment, however, I would tend to disagree with that assumption in most cases.

For example, I think the intense primary of 2016 was hugely beneficial to the Republican Party (which may surprise many of you). It was vital to see where the Republican Party was, and a smarter party would have learned the lessons of the election cycle (one of those lessons would be “listen to your base” but, alas, I don’t think most Republicans in power learned that lesson at all and would rather choose to just wait out Trump). It also had the nice little bonus effect of rooting out the not-so-Republican Republicans, who now openly espouse liberal beliefs and lament what happened to their “party.”

The primary process is a good one. It forces candidates to fine-tune the messaging. It makes them work to get supporters they might other not reach, all in an effort to beat the other guys. By the end of the process, they have a working, proven platform and a coalition to ride into the general election.

A smarter Democratic Party should be aware of this, and should be openly embracing letting the bloodshed continue. But the DNC’s debate rules have been restrictive thus far, and have forced candidates off the stage. It was one of my complaints during 2016’s “kid’s table” debates, as there were plenty of Republicans who had the ideas necessary to shape policy coming into the general election, but they never had the chance.

Objectively speaking, with as many voices having access to the voters as the Democratic candidates have had, should make 2016 a tough year for Trump’s re-election. Assuming recession fears can hold off and not become realized for another 15 months (I suspect they will, but the tariffs remain a big part of that equation), then Trump could ride the success of his economy back into the White House in 2020. However, if he stubbornly hold on to the tariff policy and actually continues implementing war, the highs the economy has been riding will disappear and we will probably see the beginnings of a recession – a situation the Democrats could easily take advantage of.

That would assume, of course, that the primary process has allowed a single Democrat to build a large coalition between the fringe and the moderate Democrats alike and there is a unified plan to push the country back toward the middle with promise of erasing the tariffs, normalizing the American economy, and focusing on bringing civility and equality back to the American political process.

All of that is certainly possible, should Joe Biden remain THE guy the Democratic voters go with, and provided Biden can stop himself from making gaffes that cause his own aides to shudder with regret. However, Elizabeth Warren is on the rise, Bernie Sanders remains at the top, and the loudest voices are trying to out-progressive each other.

The end result is that the candidates will continue pushing each other further and further to the left – Obama will be lamented as not tough enough in his policies, and the candidate and their team will focus on pushing the country back to the left, not the middle.

That scenario, the one that seems most likely to play out, will actually make it easier on Trump, no matter the tariff/economic situation in America. Trump won in 2016 on the strength of the “I’m Not Hillary Clinton” trait he happens to have. Likewise, his “I’m Not Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders” trait will keep him afloat against one of those two superprogressives. A race against Joe Biden will be tougher, but if Biden is pushed too far left, he’ll fall victim to the same fate.

Objectively, the Democrats are falling victim to themselves. Data does suggest Trump has weaknesses, and the Democrats can exploit those weaknesses if they attack from the moderate angle (as well as the civil/respectable angle). But, they seem more likely to take the “We have to be a Socialist Trump” route and will try to ride a manufactured populism into the general election and be crushed because of it.

The primary process should make them recognize the need for a coalition across the board. However, they’ll just see the moderate voters as those who need to be converted or run off – and it’s the latter scenario that will hand them a loss next November.

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Hollywood Star Isaiah Washington Guests on Fox Nation to Explain Why He #WalkedAway

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Actor Isaiah Washington was once a Democrat. But like the great Dave Rubin, he walked away (here).

The Grey’s Anatomy star appeared on Fox Nation streaming service’s Nuff Said Wednesday to explain his migration away from the Donkey.

Isaiah said staying with the party no longer felt right:

“There’s a risk and there’s a penalty for it, but you have to walk away when it matters…and the reason I chose to walk away from the Democratic party…is that something doesn’t feel right.”

Isaiah brought up an interesting idea: The Democratic Party’s reportedly been the choice of black voters for half a century; how’s that gone?

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I know where I come from, and if I look at the political image of the Democratic party over the last 50 years of my life since I was five…and very little has changed for my community, then I have some questions, more than questions.”

And it’s time to skeedaddle:

“Now I have empirical evidence that something is wrong and there is room for this walk away movement.”

Baffingly, Isaiah’s political involvement began with a White House invitation by that widely-known and most powerful of all Klan members(?): Donald J. Trump — to celebrate the First Step Act.

From the initiative’s official website:

The FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795), introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) and Sen. John Cornyn (R – TX),will ensure people are prepared to come home from prison job-ready and have major incentives to pursue the life-changing classes that will help them succeed on the outside.

Currently, the federal prison system is failing to achieve its purpose – rehabilitation- and instead rips people away from their families, leaves them with fewer opportunities than when they entered into the system, and ultimately decreases public safety.

The FIRST STEP Act is an important piece of legislation that begins to address this. This bill will put the focus back on rehabilitation and finding ways to give people an opportunity to come home and succeed.

“No one asked me about my personal opinions politically or intellectually. They didn’t care. I was a commodity and I was happy to be one. I’ve only become political since I left the White House recently.”

So what’s it like to split from the Dems and still try to move in Hollywood circles?

Jon Voight makes it look easy (here).

But Seinfeld’s J. Peterman, John O’Hurley, recently confirmed conservatives aren’t much appreciated:

“It’s very difficult to be a conservative in Hollywood. Even though there are many of us, you do feel you are an island fighting the storm… all viewpoints must be observed and respected. At the same time we are supporting free thinking, we also have to support free receptors – people that will allow other ideas to infect them. Some of the best convos I’ve ever had on Seinfeld…were with Michael Richards, who thinks totally different than I do. I couldn’t wait to present him with an issue because I was always interested in his perspective. Brian Cranston…is the complete opposite of me. We can sit for hours and discuss an idea…not with the premise of trying to convince each other.”

Isaiah seemed to confirm the notion:

“You got a lot of conservative or centric libertarian-minded people that really care about other people but they are terrified to come out of the closet and say anything that’s not in line with the Democratic party. I’m going to support the policy over the person.”

-ALEX

 

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David Hogg Makes a Stunningly Ignorant Claim About Buying a Gun vs Voting, and Twitter Eats Him Alive

We’re living in an age of participation trophies and selfie stickS.

And for some reason, people are being encouraged to speak on things about which they’re completely unaware.

Black-masked fascists are fascistically fighting for fascism while calling themselves the opposite as some applaud and agree.

Revolutionaries are hocking socialism without ever having stopped to find out what it means.

Black people are being called white supremacists (here).

People are raging with bigotry while condemning the word.

Why know things? Why make sense? Just assume you already know all that is in the world, with no reason to think so. It can get you elected to Congress.

It can also land you a position as noted activist — just witness David Hogg’s recent point-making tweet:

You might think he’d wanna find out if that’s true first. But nope!

So here we go:

People offered a variety of angles:

So there ya go, folks.

But I’ve saved the best for last.

It doesn’t get better than this:

-ALEX

 

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Department of Labor Reinstates Leif Olson After Bloomberg’s Libelous Attack on Him Blows up in Their Faces

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Yesterday, a vicious and dishonest reporter working for Bloomberg named Ben Penn ran a vicious and dishonest story smearing labor attorney Leif Olson, a recent hire by the Trump Department of Labor, as an anti-Semite based on some Facebook commentary on Paul Ryan’s electoral curb-stomping of what appeared to be an actual anti-Semite (though, in fairness, not sufficiently so as to stand out at a meeting of the House Democrat caucus), Paul Nehlen. Any sane reading of the commentary would have identified it a facetious and making Nehlen the butt of a joke. But Penn and his editors pushed out the story branding Olson as an anti-Semite. (See the coverage by Sister Toldjah. Instead of doing the right thing, a gutless Department of Labor asked for Olson’s resignation.

In short order, especially after he began to receive heat even from the left, Penn was crowing about how he’d taken out a Trump appointee who was assisting in the rewriting of wage and hour regulations.

Late this afternoon, the Department of Labor reconsidered.

The Department of Labor reinstated a political appointee Wednesday night who resigned under pressure after a Bloomberg Law reporter accused him of anti-Semitism for a Facebook post in which he was actually condemning anti-Semites in the alt-right, the Daily Caller News Foundation exclusively learned.

Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella “personally made this decision after carefully reviewing all the facts and circumstances,” a senior Labor Department official told the DCNF. “He concluded that a correction is much better than an injustice.”

The outcome is just but it points to several related issues.

First, the response by Department of Labor was inexcusable. While it is conceivable that Olson tendered his resignation at the first hint of trouble, it is more likely that someone within the Labor Department’s management structure demanded Olson resign. If the latter is the case you have one of two things going on. Either that person is trying to sabotage the Administration’s agenda or they are a flaming gutless pus-bag. Either way, they need to be booted.

Second, it is very, very obvious that the media are acting as a journalistic hit squad and working on behalf of the Democrat Party and progressive activists to try to stymie the ability of the Administration to govern. This can only work if the Administration doesn’t treat them as what the obviously are, that is, the Biblical nest of vipers. If you thought the behavior of the media during the Russia hoax was limited to coverage of President Trump, now you know that is just how they roll.

Third, the fact that nothing ever happens to the people in the media who generate these bogus, politically motivated hits on Administration figures (how many fake scoops did CNN manufacture on the Russia hoax?) clearly shows that this is a pattern of behavior that is accepted if not actually encouraged and rewarded by major media outlets. At a minimum, Bloomberg should have apologized. They haven’t. They really should have disciplined Penn and his editor. They won’t.

This behavior is going to get worse as we get closer to November 2020 and when Trump gets reelected it is going hit stratospheric levels.

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The Bulwark Conserves Conservatism By Criticizing Dan Crenshaw and White Knighting for AOC

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

So much conserving of conservatism. Where would we be without these people?

Bill Kristol’s outfit over at the The Bulwark is doing what it always does. Going after real Republicans while claiming to hold the mantle as the only true conservatives left.

Today’s target was Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising star within the GOP, war veteran, and committed conservative voice. If you missed it, he and AOC got into a rather stupid exchange (on her part) in which she suggested that he shouldn’t let his friends borrow firearms because they “have likely” abused their spouses.

It went on like that for a few more tweets with AOC doing her typical mean girls snark while not actually making a salient point.

While the media will no doubt take her side, you’d expect “conservative” media to recognize the vapidness of AOC’s argument and push back on it. Instead, The Bulwark ran with this hot take.

There are a number of problems with this scenario Crenshaw lays out. The first is giving a loaded weapon to somebody who may not be trained to or capable of wielding it. The second is knowing what the laws are. Giving a firearm to a stranger or acquaintance is a bad idea, no matter how noble the intent. Firearm makers and dealers enjoy some protection from civil liability because it makes sense; individuals don’t have federal protection, civil or criminal. And then there are the many issues involved with crossing state lines and different laws in different jurisdictions.

If I may generalize about Texas for a second, about 35 percent of people there are estimated to own firearms. Non-gun-owning Texans are probably more likely to have experience with guns than, say, a writer from Brooklyn. That does not make lending them a handgun for travel a good idea. Even if it is legal. (And, especially if you’re a member of Congress.)

If you know anything about The Bulwark, you can probably guess this is an article by Jim Swift.

Does he think Crenshaw is just going to hand his gun to random people? When I was a teenager, I used to borrow an uncle’s rifle to hunt with. He knew I was properly trained, having taken a hunter’s safety course and fulfilled the state’s requirements. There were never any issues and because I didn’t have a deer lease of my own, I only went a few times a year. It was simply easier to borrow the gun.

In self-defense situations, perhaps it is less common to loan a firearm. But that makes it no less worthy of a right to maintain. If I choose to give my gun to a family member while I’m at work, that’s my choice. As long as they are legal and capable, it’s really none of Jim Swift’s business. Crenshaw also does bring up the hunting example as well, which is probably the more frequent occurrence.

To be fair, the article does point out that AOC’s response is in bad faith, but the overarching issue here is greater than just this Twitter exchange.

Conservatives need allies they can trust on gun control. They don’t need a conservative “intellectual” class that is so in love with their own voice that they will talk their way out of their 2nd Amendment rights just to appear above the fray to the beltway. Whether Crenshaw’s example of self-defense is widespread or not is beside the point and not something that should earn him a snarky rebuttal. Does the right Crenshaw asserts exist or not? Swift doesn’t answer that question because of course he doesn’t. Better to snipe from the sidelines.

Swift ends with this typical line.

But these are all hypotheticals. And neither Crenshaw nor AOC are really adding much to the debate. Such is 2019.

This “let me make a false equivalency and criticize both sides to appear smart and fair” act is growing old from some of the supposed right. Take a stand already. Do you support the 2nd Amendment or not? Whether you do or don’t, at least lay out your position so we can judge how conservative it actually is. That’s asking a lot though. Conservatism has simply been a means to gain power for a lot of these people. It just so happens that a lot of them now write for The Bulwark.

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Planned Parenthood Is Now Aiming to Teach Your Child to be Transgender

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If it can’t succeed in killing the child, then Planned Parenthood will try its level best to ruin their lives.

According to Fox News, the abortion giant is now advising parents on how to teach preschoolers about their bodies via their website, by telling them that “boy” and “girl” are just words:

On a page of its website titled “How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?” the abortion provider says if a child inquires why boys and girls have different bodies, a parent should introduce the concept of transgender identity.

“While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys have penises/testicles, that answer isn’t true for every boy and girl,” the organization says. “Boy, girl, man and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities ‘boy’ or ‘man’ have vulvas, and some with the gender identity ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.”

The biological reality is that we use these words to describe sexes that are very different from each other in many ways, from muscle and bone density to brain function, to the fact that one type of body can develop and give birth to children inside them, and one cannot.

But the obvious scientific facts are beside the point. The real question is why Planned Parenthood wants us to sit down and introduce transgender concepts to small children. What’s the point? Children that young may ask about girls and boys, but they don’t agonize over it as social justice identitarians do. They’re more concerned about who is going to play with them and when they can eat ice cream next.

The introduction to these concepts isn’t education at this point. It’s brainwashing in order to grease the wheels for an agenda. As tinfoil hat as that sounds, it’s not only true, the social justice left is proud of this idea. They hold drag queen story hour in order to inject this into children’s minds.

(READ: Photos Show Children Laying On Top Of A Drag Queen At A Portland Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour)

(READ: Two Moms Expose Drag Queen Story Hour Featuring Stripping Drag Queen, Are Forced Out By Police)

What’s horrible is that Planned Parenthood is trying to get you to get your child to believe things that end up being very damaging to the psyche. The suicide rate of transgender teens, in particular, is unbelievably high.

The public should be pushing back against this with all its might, but the media has made transgenderism out to be holy, sparking something of a fad that has only caused depression and suicide.

Planned Parenthood is a dealer in death. Period.

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Brains vs…Whatever She Has: AOC vs Dan Crenshaw on Universal Background Checks – Who Ya Got?!

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Fight! Who ya got?!

In this corner: war hero Dan Crenshaw.

In the other: hero in the war against cow farts, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.

How it started: Dan tweeted about a woman in Houston who defended herself in a robbery. Her weapon of choice? That black or silver tubal thing, a gun.

He insisted that “situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment.”

Dan added that universal background checks would prohibit him from loaning his friends a gun when they’re traveling alone.

Check it out:

AOC doesn’t understand why anyone would loan a gun. And it must mean their friends can’t pass a background check:

As many are at the words of the frequent flyer who wants to ban air travel, Dan was dumbfounded:

AOC tried to teach some of Dan’s defenders about the world:

And there was this:

New York is one of the safest states when it comes to guns?

What she doesn’t know is that “guns” do not make a place unsafe. Where are you safer — with a friend in a room filled with guns, or with a murderer in a room with none?

As for “America outside NYC,” I’d guess Alexandria could benefit from taking a few years off and traveling around America, staying with people in the heartland. Maybe she’d get a sense of the country she intends to serve.

She certainly hasn’t seen enough. Until recently, the congressional freshman — who believes Republicans created the Jewish/Muslim conflict — had never laid eyes on a garbage disposal.

And if you think that’s bad: The twentysomething who’s paid $174,000 a year to make laws that others have to follow…has never even seen American prosperity.

-ALEX

 

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In Court Filing Jussie Smollett Declares Chicago Police are to Blame for Time Spent Investigating His Hoax

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In a pretrial court filing Smollett’s lawyers put the responsibility on Chicago PD for the time spent on his claim

You are almost tempted to say, “How does he have the gall to say that?!”, but in the saga of Windy City entertainer Jussie Smollett it is a mere continuation of the brash defiance to the truth he has exhibited this year. Smollett is currently facing a court case filed by the Chicago Police Department for compensation over time and resources wasted chasing down the fabricated aggressors.

The Chicago PD is seeking $130,000 in payments for police overtime, and related expenses, while looking into the claim that the singer/actor had been assaulted in a hate-crime occurring in the predawn hours in late January. After numerous weeks looking into the matter, which became an international news story, the CPD ultimately charged Smollett with perpetrating a hoax.

Lawyers for Smollett have both denied that the attack was wholly fabricated by their client, and have gone on to say that ultimately responsibility for the extensive investigation falls on the Department. They make this brazen claim, despite the fact that Smollett was the one who built this claim into a national news story. He freely pushed his myth to the press, and even at the stage that most deduced he had created the “attack” out of whole cloth he went on Good Morning America and gave bold testimony that all of it was true.

We contend the city is wrong,” says Smollet’s counsel, regarding the accusation the CPD would expend roughly 2,000 hours investigating his story. “The mere fact somebody filed a police report doesn’t presume the investigation will be done, and certainly not to the extent of what the city is claiming. Smollett has no control over that.”

This would be the time to recall the racial firestorm that flared up following the initial news of the alleged attack. News reports, social figures, and even a number of Democrat Presidential candidates all jumped instantly into the discussion to declare this a hate-crime in need of justice. Smollett perpetuated this, and he fanned the conflagration. He certainly provoked the lengthy and thorough investigation. In fact, try to imagine had the police pulled back and not given all resources to find the attackers; the cries of racism would have gone up in volume.

More hilariously oblivious claims arrived in the reasons Smollett’s lawyers gave to dismiss the federal suit. Kim Foxx, the State Attorney who made herself a lightning rod by inserting herself into the case, became a controversy herself when she abruptly sealed the entire case records, seemingly on Smollett’s behalf. That move was ultimately overturned. Now Smollett’s lawyers are relying on Foxx’s name as cause to have the case tossed.

Foxx ultimately dropped the case entirely, something held up as proof of…something. “It’s going to be very difficult,” reads the motion, “for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.”

Invoking Foxx’s name is not the way to build a stronger case. Nor is blaming the Police for undertaking an extensive investigation.

The filing of a police report, in and of itself, does not necessitate a sprawling investigation nor does it, as a practical matter, usually result in an investigation as extensive as the one the CPD chose to undertake in this case,” the motion reads. This is an attempt to pretend there was not a rabid national news cycle surrounding the story. It also wants the court to ignore Smollett himself doing everything to perpetuate that the attack took place.

The City has failed to allege,” writes his lawyers, “that Mr. Smollett was similarly ‘well aware’ that his statements to police would result in 1,836 hours of police overtime, or any other reasons why he should have known this would have been the case.”

Maybe they do not need to “allege” something that most of the public knows — that is that Smollett fabricated the racist/homophobic attack. The case is scheduled next month for a judge’s decision on whether it should move to trial.

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The NRA Pulls No Punches in its Strike Against Walmart’s New Anti-Gun Policy

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On Tuesday, Walmart made major announcements propelled by recent mass shootings — one of which occurred at the chain’s El Paso location (here, here, and here).

Following that tragedy — which took 22 lives — the retail giant will no longer sell handgun or short-barrel rifle ammo. In Alaska, it’ll discontinue its last remnant of handgun sales.

What’s more: America’s most ubiquitous discounter is asking its customers to no longer use their open-carry privilege in-store (here).

Why? Because the employment of such rights has “frightened or concerned [their] associates and customers.”

Well, the NRA has a few words about the ‘Mart’s moves.

From a press release:

“It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms.”

As per Tuesday’s announcements, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon believes he’s fighting for a better world:

“It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable. We hope that everyone will understand the circumstances that led to this new policy and will respect the concerns of their fellow shoppers and our associates.”

Are most Walmart shoppers — in states where open carry is legal — really scared by the presence of legally-owned firearms — particularly given the fact that 22 unarmed individuals were just slaughtered at a similar store by a bad guy with a gun?

Or is Doug tone deaf?

The NRA thinks Walmart’s ignoring the most direct cause of crime — the criminal:

“Rather than place the blame on the criminal, Walmart has chosen to victimize law-abiding Americans. Our leaders must be willing to approach the problems of crime, violence and mental health with sincerity and honesty.”

Not only did Walmart make its own changes known; it also trumpeted change from Capitol Hill — it wants Congress to legislate gun control:

“We encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger.”

Doug did, however, also reference social or other types of causes:

“We must also do more, as a country, to understand the root causes that lead to this type of violent behavior. Today, I’m sending letters to the White House and the Congressional leadership that call for action on these common sense measures.”

As for Walmart’s direction, I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising; when NASCAR takes a liberal turn, all bets are off:

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NASCAR decided to turn their back on their customer base, joining the likes of Yeti, Dick’s and Under Armour. We were approached by a NASCAR publication eager to earn our business, but after submitting our ad it was immediately rejected, stating that we cannot depict “assault weapons”… whatever those are. We resubmitted the ad after adding a large ‘CENSORED’ bar over the rifle, with a tag reading “This publication rejected our ad”. This too was rejected by NASCAR. They said they did not like that we called them out. We resubmitted a third time, with a tag line reading “Visit www.Dark-Storm.com to find out why!”. This was again rejected. They did not like the words “FIND OUT WHY”. As we have learned, NASCAR has made a “gradual shift” but this doesn’t seem very gradual to us. It seems as though NASCAR has turned their back on the overwhelming majority of their fan base in the most embarrassing way possible. #nascar

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Here’s the NRA’s full statement:

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, herehere, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Unfathomable: Alyssa Milano Tweets For Gun Control, Pulls The Trigger Against Basic Common Sense

Pat Sajak Reminds Us Of The Omniscience Of Celebrity But Drops A Bomb, & This Roundup Of His Tweets’ll Do You Right

Stop What You’re Doing, Put Your Worries Aside, & Let This Child Sing – She Has A Message We Need To Hear

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