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Loser: Rep. Eric Swalwell Takes Appalling Cheap Shot at “Good Guys With Guns” After Odessa Mass Shooting

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

What kind of garbage human being sits around and waits for the opportunity to take appalling cheap shots against good guys with guns in the aftermath of a mass shooting?

A failed presidential candidate like Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA), that’s who.

The day after the horrific random mass shooting Saturday in Midland and Odessa, TX that left 7 dead and 22 injured, Swalwell quote-retweeted a post from 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke regarding the type of weapon the Odessa/Midland shooter used.

Here’s what Beto tweeted:

Swalwell responded that he agreed with O’Rourke on his proposal to confiscate all types of so-called “weapons of war” guns via a forced buyback program:

A Twitter user replied to Swalwell’s tweet with a suggestion on how to prevent future mass shootings:

It was in response to that tweet that Swalwell chose to cut loose on “good guys with guns”:

A lot of people took issue with Swalwell’s gutter swipe, including the NRSC’s Matt Whitlock. Check out how Swalwell replied to being called out for being a whiny loser:

Here’s the thing that ignorant, sexist pigs like Swalwell don’t think about when they tweet stuff like that:

1) He doesn’t know if any of the victims were armed and just didn’t have a chance to react because, you know, in mass shootings victims aren’t typically given that opportunity. If any of the surviving victims were armed, can you imagine how it would make them feel to see a sitting U.S. Congressman mock them?

2) Nobody outside of police and witnesses know if there was any realistic chance of anyone outside of law enforcement being able to successfully target the shooter without harming or killing others.

3) As Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted over the weekend, there are a lot of stories out there of good guys with guns who stopped either stopped a mass shooting, stopped one from getting worse, or who used a gun in self-defense of themselves or their loved ones.

Swalwell chooses to ignore those instances, because they don’t fit in with his agenda.

Is there any low to which this man will not stoop?

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A University’s ‘Diversity’ Council Tries to Banish Chick-fil-A, as the Far Left Continues Its Phonic Fart in the Face of Language and Reason

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I don’t know what’s happened to some on the Left. Quite a while ago, they decided to begin changing — or, nullifying — language. Their preferred alternative to valuable communication: Just say things that are wholly unrelated to your intention (like here).

For example, they changed the meaning of “diversity.” The new definition: “Us.”

So “Celebrate diversity” = “Celebrate us.”

The word no longer has anything to do with variety. It just means them.

I recall seeing a car several years ago with two bumper stickers: “Celebrate Diversity” and “Rush is Fat.”

Another switch: “Immigration” presently means “the opposite of immigration,” and actual immigration has no corresponding term. An “immigrant” is now someone who bypasses immigration in lieu of participating in it.

And one of their apparent favorites: an end to condemnation toward bigotry and the rise of perpetual bigotry, accompanied by a brand new usage. Their newfangled multisyllabic big-o-try now means “everyone but us.” So down with bigotry.

The old definition: Intolerance for an opposing view.

Celebrating the revolution of rendered-uselessness, some staff at Kansas University want to banish the on-campus Chick-fil-A to a basement.

And why? The Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council decried the chicken institution as a “bastion of bigotry.”

Let’s review: A group of people are intolerant of the opposing view of Chick-fil-A — AKA bigotry. Such bigotry, in fact, that those who disagree must be done away with. Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, does not practice bigotry, but rather the act of having an opinion. Possessing a viewpoint does not constitute an intolerance of others; yet, in the magical new dictionary, Chick-fil-A are bigots — and, therefore, must not be tolerated.

Behold: a phonic fart, courtesy of their stinky linguistic war.

But not everyone agrees with the Council — the chain is America’s most popular fast-food joint for the fourth year in a row.

Back to the actual bigots at KU adhering to a meaningless definition of a once-useful term — “academics,” no less — they want the makers of the country’s most important single pickle to get outta town because they threaten “the mental well being” of some on campus.

From Fox News:

The faculty council, filled with “extreme frustration,” wants America’s favorite restaurant removed from campus for being a “bastion of bigotry” after KU administrators relocated a Chick-fil-A from a basement to “prime real estate” on campus to the Memorial Union. But worse yet, to the council, is the “Chick-fil-A Coin Toss” at the start of the Jayhawks’ football home games.

“The culture of Chick-fil-A fosters hate and discrimination on multiple levels,” the Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council wrote in a two-page letter, accusing university leaders of being “more concerned about money and corporate sponsorship than the physical, emotional, and mental well being of marginalized and LGBTQ people.”

The faculty group added: “The arrival of Chick-fil-A in this building is insulting, counterproductive and unacceptable.”

Katie Batza, an associate professor of women and gender studies, told the Kansas City Star that hundreds “will boycott or protest” but lamented that the request was “falling on deaf ears.”

Interim Provost Carl Lejuez sent an email to faculty and staff, however.

“Moving forward, I believe it is important to have thoughtful discussion and deliberation when we enter into contracts. In the future, we will do so in a manner that is transparent and informed by our commitment to affirm diversity and to be a welcoming and inclusive campus,” the email said, according to the University Daily Kansas.

“Inclusive” — another word they’ve tossed into the trash.

Fortunately, the word “pitiful” still means the same.

And applies.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here

See 3 more pieces from me:

Immigration & A Sein Of The Times: A Look Back At When Language Meant Something And Comedy Was Funny

The Left’s War On Language: ‘Illegal’ And What It Means

There’s A New Joint In Town: West Hollywood Gets America’s First Cannabis Restaurant

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Ted Cruz Explains to Alyssa Milano the Correlation Between the Bible and the Right to Use a Gun for Self-Defense

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Senator Ted Cruz speaks at the George H.W. Bush Commemorative Center in Midland, Texas for a campaign stop Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Cruz is on his bus tour campaigning before the mid-term elections. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)

In the aftermath of the horrific random mass shooting Saturday in Midland and Odessa, TX that left 7 dead and 22 injured, leftists and media types once again renewed their calls for stricter gun control.

They also attempted to ridicule the state of Texas over new laws that went into effect the day after the shooting that increased gun rights for residents.

In the midst of Democrats demanding more gun control and scolding Republicans over their expressions of thoughts and prayers, Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) took to the Twitter machine to talk about what he was “NOT going to do” in response to what happened Saturday:

Naturally, left-wing hacktivists like actress Alyssa Milano were outraged, and asked where exactly the right to own a gun was listed in the Bible.

Sen. Ted Cruz stepped up to the plate to calmly explain in a series of tweets:

Milano’s reaction to Cruz’s serious answers to her question was to deride them as “bull sh*t.” She also suggested they meet the next time she was in DC so she could broadcast it live for the world to see, because narcissistic virtue signaling is the only form of “activism” Milano knows how to do:

Cruz’s 10 tweet explainer on the Bible as it related to self defense was, of course, much better than Milano’s warped distortion of scripture to justify her support of abortion on demand back in April:

Bless her heart.

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Hurricane Dorian Abruptly Changes Course and That Isn’t Great News For the Climate Change Zealots

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Friday, we were told that Hurricane Dorian would come ashore in central or north east Florida sometime Saturday. That hasn’t happened. In fact, it looks like it probably won’t happen.

Dorian is going to curb stomp parts of the Caribbean and then head north but stay at sea paralleling the US coastline.

The most recent storm track shows it paralleling the coast and dying out somewhere off North Carolina late next week.

https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic/status/1168549103564779520

While it sucks to be in the vicinity of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, we should thank our guardian angels that the storm is not going to come ashore in the United States.

Having said that, the storm generated some of the most highly-charged stupidity in recent memory. A former Canadian (naturally) prime minister was cheering for the hurricane to hit Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate (see this from Sister Toldjah). She wasn’t alone among the blue-check Twitter fellatistas who were hoping for billions of dollars in property damage and hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths to be able to get their OrangeManBad on.

And, of course, some tied it to anthropogenic global warning, the apparent religion of the less-than-bright left.

But since he said it, consider this. We know a great deal about hurricanes because they cause a large amount of property damage and loss of life. Trying to understand hurricanes has had significant interest since the 18th century when the Royal Navy  in the Caribbean would change its base of operation to Halifax, Nova Scotia, each June to avoid hurricane season. By trying to understand them, we can avoid or mitigate potentially catastrophic evens. Friday, this storm was going to hit Florida on Saturday morning. It didn’t and won’t. But the same lackwits bleating about global warming want us to believe that their models, which are wildly inaccurate even in retrospective analysis, are able to predict net changes in the earth’s temperature within a fraction of a degree some decades into the future. You really can’t have both of these things existing. If you can’t accurately forecast a highly studied and localized phenomenon you certainly can’t forecast with any accuracy macro- and micro-climate changes decades in the future.

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The Democrat Establishment Fears Bernie Sanders and Unleashes the Washington Post Fact Checker On Him

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Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Perhaps the most noxious and useless elements in the so-called profession of journalism are the “fact checkers.” Rather than representing some kind of ombudsman or referee contesting extraordinary claims made by politicians or governments or anyone who wishes to benefit from shading or curving the truth a bit, they have been completely weaponized in the service of the agenda of the Democrat party and whatever Democrat candidate that happens to be running at the moment.

Some, like Snopes, has so thoroughly beclowned itself in its transparent jihad to get a Christian parody site, Babylon Bee, deplatformed that they are probably on the slippery slide to extinction. Anyone quoting Snopes in a not ironic way deserves whatever verbal abuse comes their way. The equally partisan PolitiFact basically has veto power over what content a site, particularly a conservative one such as ours, can put on Facebook without risking the ability to share the material. By way of example, Politifact has fact checked an opinion by Ted Cruz and another opinion by Erick Erickson and a financial statement released by the Clinton Foundation that was used by Sean Davis at The Federalist to make the case that that organization is nothing but a RICO violation. Naturally, because of the politics of the people being fact checked, they were all classified as false. They also gave a “Mostly True” rating to Obama’s “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” claim which puts them in the category of being the only person in the English-speaking world who believed that claim. But one of the most notorious of the bunch is the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler.

Kessler is a blatant partisan who is famous for contorting himself to award a “false” rating to conservatives and Republicans. Even the inoffensive and milquetoast Mitt Romney ran afoul of this intrepid Defender of Truth and received a rating of True but False…this is what happens when you land a telling blow but the Democrats want to dismiss it base on your intentions.

With that in mind, it is obvious that the Bernie Sanders candidacy is not highly favored by the Democrat powers-that-be because, perhaps for the first time, Kessler has actively gone after a Democrat figure using the tactics he has historically reserved for conservatives and Republicans. Here I’m just going to quote liberally from a whinging letter from the “senior adviser” to Bernie 2020 because the tone is as important as the substance.

I am writing in regards to the Washington Post Fact Checker’s Aug. 28 analysis, headlined: “Sanders’s flawed statistic: 500,000 medical bankruptcies a year.” We demand that the Post immediately issue a retraction and inform its readers of this decision.

The overall premise of the piece is absurd. The Post’s Fact Checker issued Senator Sanders “three pinocchios” for accurately citing a peer-reviewed editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health. The Post even notes that the author of the editorial confirmed that Senator Sanders had accurately cited his work.

As Rolling Stone ​pointed out​:​ “To dole out Pinocchios for a good faith effort to translate public health data into a stump speech is journalistically obtuse.”

Furthermore, the Post’s Fact Checker asserted: “The AJPH editorial did not undergo the same peer-reviewed editing process as a research article.” This is also not true. The Fact Checker has been informed of this error and has thus far refused to correct it.

The give Kessler his due, the AJPH is pretty much a liberal rag where just about anything can be published if you have the correct political spin. I guy I worked with was a co-author on this paper that proved, conclusively, that Americans are healthier than Pakistanis. True peer review would have involved hysterical laughter and bladder, if not bowel, evacuation. Back to the narrative.

On ​June 27th​, the Washington Post published a “fact check” story by Glenn Kessler about Senator Sanders correctly stating that “millions of Americans are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive.” Kessler asserted that the claim was “misleading” even though he admitted “​Bureau of Labor Statistics data ​shows​ that nearly ​8 million people​ hold more than one job.” To be clear: 8 million Americans are accurately described by Senator Sanders as “millions of Americans” — and yet Kessler’s false assertion that this statement of fact was “misleading” was never retracted or corrected by the Washington Post.

Clearly, this is “true but false” and “I don’t like your implications.” And, from a paper that pimped the Occupy Wall Street bullsh** for all that it was worth this and the next fact check are pretty hilarious:

Similarly, on June 28th, the Washington Post published another “fact check” by Mr. Kessler about Senator Sanders ​correctly​ stating that three people own more wealth than the bottom half of the country. Kessler acknowledged that Senator Sanders’ statement was “based on numbers that add up.” However, he then asserted that because “people in the bottom half have essentially no wealth” the “comparison is not especially meaningful” — which is not merely subjective and tendentious, but also totally inaccurate. The fact that three people own so much wealth while tens of millions have absolutely no wealth is ​especially​ meaningful to working class Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.

The takeaway from this is that Bernie is scaring the right people. I’m not sure whether that would be Warren or Biden (I lean towards Biden because of the DC roots and because Sanders has to be dirtied up on his “truthiness” to enable a tu quoque from Biden’s camp. The second-order takeaway is that fact checking has been thoroughly corrupted and weaponized and now doesn’t serve the purpose of correcting the record or combating lies, it is simply a line of partisan attack designed to render people and arguments illegitimate.

Welcome, Bernie, to what we’ve been dealing with for a couple of decades.

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Video: Dan Crenshaw Smashes Anti-Electoral College Arguments Made by Chris Hayes and the NYT’s Jamelle Bouie

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Red State’s Thomas LaDuke wrote last month about the left’s aggressive push to abolish the Electoral College on grounds that it somehow punishes minority voters. The movement was recently amplified in an Instagram Live video done by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as well as tweets she posted claiming black, Latino, and Indian voters were being “disenfranchised” by the Electoral College.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) had the audacity to respond to AOC’s claims at the time:

… which prompted Democrats like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to make laughable arguments about how “if [the Electoral College] wasn’t specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would be unconstitutional”:

And in a lengthy piece were he absurdly argued AOC “understands democracy better than Republicans do” (which she retweeted), New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie asserted that arguments like Crenshaw’s in favor of the EC are “part and parcel of the drive to make American government a closed domain for a select, privileged few.”

In other words, racism, y’all. Because when all else fails, that is the card Democrats like to play.

In the middle of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Crenshaw clapped back in a video response in which he countered Hayes, Bouie, and other Democrats like AOC on abolishing the EC:

“A Republic is more stable,” Crenshaw said in the video. “It’s also more representative of the entirety of the country.”

He went on to note that a Republic has “institutional checks and balances between the three branches of government and an emphasis on state’s rights, so it’s really difficult to ram through sweeping policy that affects the entirety of the country.”

Crenshaw also stated that “because we have an equally apportioned Senate and Electoral College, it means smaller states have a voice. Smaller, more rural states actually have a voice both in the Congress and when electing our president.”

Watch his full video response below:

He also posted a series of tweets on this topic:

Well done.

Related –>> Boom: GOP Spokeswoman Drops A MOAB On Stacey Abrams’ Argument Against The Electoral College

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Talking to the Left About Gun Control Is a Chump’s Game and We Aren’t Playing

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We don’t know exactly why 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator went on a shooting rampage in Odessa-Midland, Texas, on Saturday (yes, I wrote his name because I think the whole “don’t publicize their names” craze is juvenile). Perhaps he was in a rage over having been fired from his job as a truck driver only hours before. Who knows. And, absent a seance, probably no one will ever know. What we do know is this. The weapon Ator used was a legal-to-own weapon. His prosecution for a couple of misdemeanors over a decade ago would not have resulted in him being banned from owning a firearm.

Based on those two facts, it is safe to say:

  1. He would have passed a background check.
  2. Red flag laws would not apply.
  3. No conceivable law compatible with the Second Amendment and with basic civil liberties would have prevented Ator from having a firearm.

The incident has some, like the captain of the SS Lollipop, Bill Kristol, beginning to agitate for a ban on modern sporting rifles (see this by Bonchie). In this he joins a chorus of other faux conservatives, like David Frum and Bret Stephens, who aren’t terribly enamored of an armed citizery n the first place, who would willingly negotiate away our rights in order to get the next invitation to the right party or to be allowed to feed at that trough of Pierre Omidyar’s cash for a while longer. (Read my post on why this ban is a ludicrous idea doomed to failure.)

Others, like GOP consultant (need I say more) Scott Jennings, advocate giving the left everything they want because, get this, it’ll own the libs (actual title: How Republicans can ‘own the libs’ on gun control):

If Trump signs a gun reform package [universal background checks, red flag law, and, wait for it, a resolution condemning violence], he’ll have a second feather in his I-did-what-Obama-couldn’t-do cap, alongside criminal justice reform. And he’ll have a great conversation starter for the suburban women who abandoned the GOP in 2018’s midterm.

This is some sad and weak crap. This is a textbook case of tiny little men negotiating away the rights of others trying to placate an opponent that is not making a good faith proposition but rather is set on effectively banning private ownership of firearms.

This is the bottom line. In a nation of well over 300 million people there will be all kinds of aberrant behavior and some of it will lead to the deaths of innocents. The underlying issue is what kind of legal restrictions do we place on several hundred million non-aberrant citizens in order to attempt–let me say that again, attempt–to prevent the one aberrant individual from acting.

Here is where we at RedState will stand on gun control.

If you can show how any law you propose will only effect future mass shooters, we’re willing to talk.
If you want to make it illegal for weapons to be sold privately, nice try.
If you demand limiting the availability of a model of weapon based on extrinsic characteristics, dude, you are a clown.
If you want the same people who get you banned on Twitter deciding if you can own a firearm, we don’t want to hear it (here | here).
If you want gun ownership restricted so you can feel safer, buy an nightlight and comfort blankie, check under your bed for the boogie man and leave us alone.
If you think we owe you an explanation for why we “need” a modern sporting rifle, we have the answer:

We will stand four-square with efforts to improve the accuracy of background checks, consistent with no unreasonable time lag. We will be 100% in favor of vigorous prosecution of felons and other prohibited purchasers when found in possession of a firearm. Beyond that, we are not going to negotiate away any elements of our Constitutional rights–any of them–based on incidents like that in Odessa-Midland or any other place.

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Here’s What Rashida Tlaib Blamed a Palestinian Honor Killing On

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This past Thursday, a Palestinian woman named Israa Ghareb was murdered by her brothers in a hospital bed. This happened in public, with staff knowing exactly what was happening. No one intervened or tried to stop it. No one was arrested or punished. There are reasons for that, which will get into momentarily.

This led Rep. Rashida Tlaib, noted anti-Semite and Palestinian activist, to put out a tweet denouncing the killing. That might typically be seen as a positive if it weren’t so full of obfuscation so as to once again show her lack of ability to condemn the real causes of violence from her people. And to be clear, Tlaib pointedly claims the Palestinians as her people. That is not my assumption simply based on her familial origins.

Here’s the tweet in question.

Ah yes. The real problem here isn’t Palestinian culture, buttressed by centuries of Muslims committing honor killings as part of their religious beliefs. No, it’s nebulous “toxic masculinity.” That’s why Western cultures, which had plenty of “toxic masculinity” throughout the last century, also had epidemics of honor killings, right? Wait, they didn’t? Then perhaps that should point to the fact that manhood and masculinity, though they can be certainly be used in harmful ways toward women, are not the basis of honor killings.

The article she links to is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a pathetic attempt to excuse all responsibility for the killing away from Islam’s cultural rot and toward the a wider enemy which fits into the mold of social justice activism. Here’s how the piece opens.

***Disclaimer: Honor killings are not Muslim and they are not Arab. This is a universal phenomenon which takes places in nearly all corners of the globe, from the United States to Europe. The US president stands accused of rape. Honor killings were legal in Italy until the 1970s and still happen today. Do not use this narrative to reinforce dangerous stereotypes of Arab culture and Islam. Patriarchy exists every where.

This past Thursday, 21 year old Isra Ghareb was murdered in a hospital at the hands of her brothers. The hospital staff did not intervene. One nurse recorded a video from outside of the hospital room from which Isra’s screams were escaping. I’m not here, however, to tell you the details of her story. You can find those through a quick google search. I’m here to tell you why this story matters and what it means.

Isra’s death illustrates an ever-present toxic masculinity and control over women’s bodies and lives.

This is absolute nonsense. Honor killings are not a “universal phenomenon.” They are extremely localized to Islamic societies, as well as some Hindu cultures. That’s not to say that no time throughout history has an honor killing not taken place elsewhere, but to pretend that there’s some kind of equivalency shows a desperate attempt to make excuses for cultures which simply do not measure up in terms of human rights. She bemoans “stereotypes” about Arab culture and Islam while at the same time admitting Palestinian law allows honor killings.

Oh yeah, and this is Israel’s fault of course.

Now, here’s why Isra’s murderers stand to walk away from this untouched by the law. In Palestine, our legal system is the result of a century of occupation and political turmoil. It is a combination of Ottoman, British, Egyptian (in Gaza), Jordanian (in the West bank), and even no system (Area C). Despite various and continued efforts over the last decade, there has been very little reform to this outdated and dysfunctional legal system for two reasons: Israeli military occupation and a corrupt Palestinian Authority both hinder any legal, economic, and social progress.

Get it? It’s Israel’s “occupation” which causes the Palestinians to vote in terrorist governments and enact laws which allow family members to murder their wives and daughters. Makes sense right? Tlaib, by linking to this piece, is endorsing all this insanely obfuscating ideas, which seek to hand wave away the gross problems of the Islamic Palestinian culture.

She can’t even bring herself to label this killing what it was, much less where it took place and under what society’s laws it was allowed.

This is why the Palestinian issue is not going to be solved any time soon. Even their most public “activists,” who constantly claim to be for universal rights, ultimately refuse to condemn the most arcane, inhumane aspects of Palestinian culture. This killing was not the fault of men everywhere via some broad issue of “toxic masculinity.” It was the fault of a specific culture and its interpretation of a religion that consistently leads to the endorsement of this kind of barbarism.

Until that is attacked at its root and the excuses stop, nothing will change. Slapping at Israel, bringing up President Trump, and trying to generalize the problem are not helping Palestinian women. It’s simply providing cover for the real evil at play and allowing it to perpetuate. Tlaib, for whatever reason, is happy to keep doing that though.

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Bill Kristol Finally Finds a Group of People He Doesn’t Want to Give Guns To

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Bill Kristol has essentially nuked his reputation in the age of Trump. The former conservative icon ran The Weekly Standard into the ground with an irrational level of anti-Trumpism and then found a lefty billionaire to bankroll his now low-trafficked blog “The Bulwark.” Throughout the past three years he’s managed to shift and morph his highly touted “principles” to center on one key idea – oppose Trump at all costs.

That’s not to say Trump is perfect. There are certainly people who manage to have opposition to the president while still maintaining some semblance of their personal integrity. Bill Kristol is not one of those people. He’s shown himself willing to support anyone and anything if he feels it allows him to slap at the President.

Kristol is of course famous for his neoconservative views, where he’s never met a country he didn’t want to bomb or a group of people he didn’t want to arm.

Well, today he finally found citizens of a country he doesn’t want to ship guns to – Law-abiding Americans.

How does Kristol arrive at the conclusion of which firearms fall under the God-given, constitutionally mandated rights we enjoy (at least for a little while longer)? He doesn’t say, but such arbitrary distinctions seem rather unconservative to me. We know the Supreme Court has already ruled that guns in common use are protected and an AR-15 is the most common rifle in the country. Should gun ownership simply based on Kristol’s gut feelings?

Coincidentally, this has become a common theme among the high profile names of the Never Trump movement. We’ve seen similar denunciations of the 2nd Amendment from people like David Frum, Bret Stephens, and David Brooks. It’s almost like these people never really supported gun rights in the first place? Were these people total phonies from the beginning and simply saw the conservative movement as a way to raise their profiles and make a lot of money?

I think we all know the answer to that.

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General Flynn’s New Attorney Accuses Mueller’s Team Of Misconduct and the New York Times Suffers Fecal Incontinence

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General Mike Flynn’s legal team was back in US District Court on Friday and his new attorney, Sidney Powell, came loaded for bear. Rather than walk away from the plea deal, Powell wants additional discovery with the stated intention of a) obtaining sanctions against the Mueller team prosecutors who were operating under the direction of the lawless Andrew Weissmann.

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The issue is Weissmann’s goons concealing Brady material (see the explainer). This is a hot button issue with the judge in this case, Emmett Sullivan. Sullivan, by standing order, instructs prosecutors of their duty divulge exculpatory material to the defense and he his the guy who tossed Ted Stevens’s conviction because of the grotesque misconduct by the Department of Justice.

Here is sort of seems like that when the prosecutors were forced to cough up more material, there was exculpatory material included but they tried to paper over the concealment by stating the material was not covered.

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The reaction was not long in coming. The New York Times’s Adam Goldman, who has been the beneficiary of a lot of FBI and Mueller related leaks and who claimed that terrorist rejoice when the FBI shuts down a leak

was on the job. Check out the lede:

Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser, escalated their attacks on prosecutors on Friday, recycling unfounded conspiratorial accusations in a last-ditch bid to delay his sentencing in a case in which he has twice admitted guilt.

The move could anger Emmet G. Sullivan, the federal judge who will sentence Mr. Flynn. The filings could magnify any doubts by Judge Sullivan about whether Mr. Flynn truly accepts responsibility for his crime of lying to the F.B.I. and whether he fulfilled his cooperation agreement with the government in one of the lingering cases brought by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

Actually this is entirely bullsh**. Powell is not recycling conspiracy theories. Apparently, what Goldman considers to be a conspiracy theory is this:

In a pair of filings, Mr. Flynn’s lawyers made clear that they view him as a victim of prosecutorial misconduct, amplifying right-wing theories about a so-called deep state of government bureaucrats working to undermine President Trump. The defense lawyers accused prosecutors of engaging in “pernicious” conduct in Mr. Flynn’s case, saying they had been “manipulating or controlling the press to their advantage to extort that plea.”

If we hadn’t just gone through over two years of rogue Clinton loyalists in the federal bureaucracy using the power of the state to spy on the presidential campaign of President Trump, to spy on his transition team, and to connive to have a special prosecutor appointed on the basis of a document they either knew or should have known was bogus this might be humorous. But we did and Goldman is delusional if he still holds that these were just devoted public servants trying to innocently oust a president.

The government has stated that Flynn has fulfilled in agreement. And if Sullivan has any doubts it will be about the prosecutors. I’m 99% convinced that the lambasting that Flynn got from Sullivan, where he was accused of treason, was an effort by Sullivan to get Flynn to not lay down and roll over for what is looking more and more like a dishonest prosecution.

Here’s Rowan Scarborough to remind us of some of the details.

One of the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn at the White House is fired agent Peter Strzok. He headed the Trump-Russia probe, used the dossier and vowed in a text message to “stop” Mr. Trump.

The other agent who interviewed Flynn was the link between the bureau and former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. Mr. Ohr became the main messenger for Fusion GPS, the Clinton opposition research firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele. He wrote the now-discredited dossier that alleged a wide Trump-Russia election conspiracy.

The conduct and motives of Strzok and his partner are very much at issue.

Here you have an example of officials, I suspect one of them is named Andrew Weissmann, leaking classified information to Goldman that the government refuses to share with Flynn’s attorney:

“We must have access to that information to represent our client consistently with his constitutional rights and our ethical obligations,” Mr. Flynn’s lawyers wrote.

The classified transcripts of the calls make clear that the two men discussed sanctions at length and that Mr. Flynn was highly unlikely to have forgotten those details when questioned by the F.B.I., several former United States officials familiar with the documents have said. It was clear, the officials said, that sanctions were the only thing Mr. Flynn wanted to talk about with Mr. Kislyak.

All in all, Goldman’s story is a one-sided apologia for the conduct of a team of lawless cretins hellbent on punishing political opponents for fun and profit. It is the prosecutors response to Powell’s brief, not a news story. The are more focused on telling Judge Sullivan and people who might influence him what right thinking people at the New York Times demand that he do rather than covering the story. And the fact that Weissmann and his cronies would come out of the woodwork to slam Powell’s filing shows she is onto something that they don’t want brought to light.

Flynn is certainly playing a high stakes game. And we owe him a debt of gratitude for that. The quickness of the response from Mueller’s goons as relayed through the New York Times shows that they are afraid of what is coming next. Even if Flynn doesn’t walk, more and more of the abuse of power and deliberate misconduct that were Andrew Weissmann’s stock in trade are going to become apparent and eventually someone is going to be called to account.

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