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Marble Halls & Silver Screens: The Cultural Appropriation Edition

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In preparing for this column, my friend/producer from FCB Radio Network and I had an interesting chat about racism because I discuss it frequently in this episode, what with Cuomo’s “Fredo” flap and Sarah Silverman being sacked from a film for blackface antics a decade ago.

My friend/producer is an African-American man from the Midwest, I’m a white woman from the Deep South. He made his case that, although things are better, they’re by no means good; I tried to make the case that tossing racism around as a catch-all accusation over mere disagreement waters down real racism that still very much exists.

We disagreed on some things and found common ground on others. Like grown folks. It was a good talk, and one I wish had made it onto the podcast itself. Hopefully in the future we can make that happen.

As for the episode at hand, however (which marks episode 1 of the fresh new start the show is taking (Brad is off to discover his own brilliance in other realms and we wish him well)), the topics range from the aforementioned Chris Cuomo situation (which, by the way, I thought the guy who filmed him was a complete twerp and had little problem with Cuomo saying he was gonna toss the guy down the stairs), to the pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong (and the lesser discussed ones happening in Moscow).

The latter is fascinating when viewed through the lens of the “children of socialism” the U.S. is plagued with in groups like Antifa, and are literally battling over free speech on college campuses. While Hong Kong protestors sing the U.S. anthem and wave Old Glory, the youth in the U.S. believe China is the stronger nation and that communism is the only pathway toward equality. Strange days we’re living in.

I also cover the tragedy of the Epstein suicide — not for the loss of Epstein himself, but for his victims — and the intent by AG Bill Barr to continue the investigation and bring justice to those the man harmed over the course of decades. I generally avoid the conspiracy theories, so if you’re seeking those, you won’t find them here. But you’ll still be challenged to think about why in God’s name Epstein was left alone long enough to leave this Earth.

I also talk briefly about whether Trump actually did undermine his alleged desire for red flag legislation (I can’t decide  — maybe y’all are more confident in what you think is going on…).

Oh, and Dolemite and the return of Eddie Murphy. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, please do listen because while Dolemite films are certainly worth an R-rating, they’re also absolutely hilarious. And Murphy is likely to bring Rudy Rae Moore, the artist behind the films, to life in the way only Eddie can.

Listen below!

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Trump-Russia Investigation “Informant” Stefan Halper Wants to Have It Both Ways

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There’s an interesting lawsuit playing out involving a woman Svetlana Lokhova and Steven Halper.

Halper was one of the “informants” that the FBI ran against Trump campaign associates, including Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis. In fact, it was Halper who invited George Papadopoulos to London in the first place, where he would then ask Papadopoulos if he knew “about the hacking the emails from Russia.” This would be what Papadopoulos repeated to an Australian diplomat, helping to form the shaky genesis of the Trump-Russia investigation (further pushed by the Steele Dossier).

If it sounds like the FBI purposely lied to someone in order to later use it as an excuse to investigate the Trump campaign, that’s probably because that is what appears to have happened. The investigation into all this is ongoing under the leadership of current AG Bill Barr and John Durham.

In regards to Lokhova, she is suing Halper for defamation over his alleged planting of false stories in the media accusing her of having an affair with Gen. Michael Flynn and working for the Russian government. These contacts were said to have happened in 2014 and made media reports after Flynn became part of the Trump team. Lokhova claims there was no affair at all and that such claims of her being a Russian agent turned her into a pariah. In reality, she’s simply a British citizen and there’s been no evidence offered to the contrary.

Now, Halper is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed, not because he’s admitting to being a government agent, but because if he were one, he’d supposedly have immunity.

This is wanting to have it both ways. You don’t get to have a lawsuit dismissed by claiming immunity if you won’t actually admit that you possess such immunity. In reality, we all know Halper is/was a government agent because we can find him under contract with the FBI and CIA through various government queries. Those contracts weren’t for him to paint James Comey’s private bathroom. We also know his behavior in regards to targeting Trump associates was not of his own doing. In hindsight, none of his approaches made any sense. Why would anyone want Carter Page to write an academic paper? And why would a nobody like Papadopoulos be offered expenses and payment to attend a security conference?

Regardless, it has not been officially confirmed who he was working for. Asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit without an admission that proves his immunity, is laughable. Furthermore, that still wouldn’t settle anything, as immunity is not blanket. Was he on an operation when he targeted Flynn and Lokhova? Who was behind it? Was it within legal bounds (i.e. was he CIA targeting Flynn)?

These are all questions that need to be answered and Halper certainly shouldn’t be allowed to skirt liability via unproven claims of immunity. He clearly wants to avoid any real discovery here and if the judge entertains this nonsense, it will just give a further green light for un-elected bureaucrats in the intelligence community to run wild.

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Be Amazed as Deepfake Tech Transforms Actor’s Face Mid-Interview, then Be Horrified at the Implications

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Deepfake technology is really getting its legs and this video of an old interview on The Late Show with David Letterman shows just how good it’s gotten, as well as how terrifying it can be in the future.

In a video posted by Cntrl Shift Face on YouTube, Letterman is interviewing actor Bill Hader for his role in the upcoming movie Tropic Thunder. Hader is telling Letterman a story about meeting Tom Cruise for the first time and every time he begins speaking as Cruise, you can watch Hader’s face change into Cruise’s.

Transition is seamless and you’ll hardly be able to note the moment it goes from being Hader’s face to Cruise’s.

Hader, at one point, impersonates actor Seth Rogen and the same thing occurs. It truly looks like Rogen’s face with Hader’s haircut.

Needless to say, this technology is unbelievable. Watching someone transform into someone else with almost no noticeable transformation process is a true testament to where we are technological.

However, the fascination may turn to horror as we consider the implications of such technology.

Gavin Sheridan, CEO of Vizlegal, noted that with deepfake technology becoming more prevalent in our society, people will begin to stop believing their own eyes and ears and fake news will become a plague.

Imagine a court scenario where video has been entered into evidence of a person committing a crime. The face is clearly displayed in the footage and that very person now sits before the court. The evidence is damning, but the defendant says that it’s not him and that he was elsewhere as the crime was happening. What’s more, he has a solid alibi. He also appears on video at a different location at the same exact time.

One of these videos has been altered with deepfake technology, but it’s unclear which one. Investigators are going to have a hell of a time figuring it out, especially as the technology becomes far more refined.

And keep in mind that this technology isn’t something relegated to big-budget studios. According to Variety, the first time the technology surfaced was on Reddit in the form of a convincing porn videos of celebrities having hardcore sex:

Deepfake porn first surfaced on the internet in late 2017, when a Reddit user started to post clips that he had compiled with his own home computer. These clips showed X-rated action, seemingly starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names. To compile them, the user had downloaded thousands of photos of celebrities from the web and trained AI algorithms against these data sets, which enabled the replacement of the faces of porn stars with computer-generated faces of celebrities.

The results were convincing, scary, and enticing enough for thousands of users to flock to dedicated Deepfake Reddit communities to examine videos purporting to feature the likes of Emma Watson and Daisy Ridley.

Then, someone released an app to easily compile these kinds of clips at home. Dozens of new clips surfaced within days, and the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times by the beginning of February, according to its developer. A number of online platforms, including Reddit and Twitter, have since banned Deepfakes, but the purveyors of these videos have since found other places to swap them.

If the Hader interview is any indication, the technology is really advancing fast and you can bet it’s going to really to throw people for a loop, not just in the entertainment industry, but in everything from law to the news as well. Imagine politicians being on camera saying or doing something they never did.

Imagine deepfakes of world leaders inciting issues with other nations.

The implications could be endless and each possibility as terrifying as the next.

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Major Shift in New Hampshire Poll Puts Sanders Ahead Of Biden

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A newly released poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) with a six point lead over his nearest competitor in the key state of New Hampshire. The Gravis Marketing poll shows Sanders at 21% in the Democrat primary and former vice president Joe Biden with 15%.

The poll shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) at 12%, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN) at 8%, Sen. Kamala Harris of (CA) at 7%, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) at 5%, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and businessman Tom Steyer in a tie at 4%. Rep. Julian Castro (TX) and Beto O’Rourke (TX) each garnered 2% of the vote. All other candidates, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), received 1% or less.

Other polls of the state show this shift occurred in the last two weeks. The most recent Democratic debates were held on July 30th and 31st.

Fivethirtyeight.com provides a full list of polls conducted by Democratic primary pollsters during this election cycle.

Gravis Marketing president Doug Kaplan said, “It is important to note that Sen. Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic Primary in 2016. However, it is unlikely that Sen. Sanders will have a repeat of his 2016 performance in the state due to the number of candidates in the race this time.”

In the 2016 primary, Sanders received 60.2% of the vote compared to Clinton with 37.7%.

This is Gravis’ first poll of  New Hampshire primary voters in this election cycle. It was conducted between August 2nd and 6th and has a margin of error of 6.2%.

President Trump did not fare so well in head-to-head match-ups with the top candidates in the field.

The poll showed Biden defeating Trump by 53% to 40%, Sanders, 51% to 41%, Warren, 49% to 44%, Buttiegieg, 49% to 42% and Harris, 47 to 44%.

Kaplan noted that, “The last time a Republican Presidential candidate won New Hampshire’s electoral votes was in 2000. New Hampshire has always been a competitive state since 1992, however the state wasn’t as close as it was in 2016 since several presidential cycles.”

The Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows Biden holding onto a 30.8% lead, Warren with 18% and Sanders at 16.8%.

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Hilarious! Try Asking Siri How Old Chris Cuomo Is

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FILE – In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Chris Cuomo attends the Turner Networks 2018 Upfront in New York. Cuomo will start his own two-hour radio show next Monday at noon on SiriusXM. The company said Wednesday that Cuomo’s weekday show will air on its nonpartisan P.O.T.U.S. channel. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

 

One Siri user received an unexpected and hilarious response when he asked Siri, “how old is Chris Cuomo?”

The enormous amount of coverage over the “fredo” flap has Siri thinking Fredo is Cuomo’s first name.

One user said you have to pronounce his name correctly or it will just return a regular google search.

Does this mean if I ask Siri how old Elizabeth Warren is, her name will be shown as “Pocahontas Warren?”

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Epstein’s Death Was Announced On 4Chan 45 Minutes Before the Public Announcement

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Investigations are now underway as to who the anonymous message board site 4Chan knew of Epstein’s death 45 minutes before it was announced to the general public.

According to BuzzFeed, the New York Fire Department initially thought one of their own posted the information to the site but determined that it was not them at all:

After telling BuzzFeed News the post was “under review,” an FDNY spokesperson said authorities “determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department.”

“An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements — and that was not warranted nor did it take place here. This determination was made after a review of the incident. We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match,” said FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer, who added that the FDNY’s Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review. “It doesn’t match our medical records.”

The FDNY thought that perhaps it was a first responder based on the poster’s intimate knowledge of patterns and methods used to resuscitate Epstein.

“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” said the anonymous poster in addition to a picture of a green frog wearing royal garb.

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The other users on 4Chan expressed doubt and urged the poster to provide more information, which he did according to BuzzFeed:

After publishing the post, other 4chan users egged on the author. When they expressed doubt, the original poster added more information to the discussion thread, including a detailed breakdown of the procedures allegedly used to resuscitate Epstein, which suggest the poster may have been a first responder, medical worker, or otherwise privy to details about efforts to resuscitate the disgraced financier.

One doctor spoken to by BuzzFeed noted that first responders could have been in contact with the hospital they were taking Epstein to as they were attempting to revive him:

Dr. Keith Wesley, an emergency medicine physician who has authored several EMS textbooks and articles, viewed the 4chan post at BuzzFeed News’ request and said it lays out standard procedures for paramedics.

“This sounds like standard American Heart Association guidelines, which most EMS agencies use,” Wesley said.

Part of the post refers to “telemetry advised bicarb.” According to Wesley, this could mean the first responders were also speaking with the hospital as they were trying to resuscitate their patient.

If the FDNY has ruled that it wasn’t one of theirs, then it’s possible it could have been someone within the hospital staff. Investigations are being conducted.

 

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New: On The Night Of Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, MCC Guards Fell Asleep, ‘Falsified Records’

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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)

 

Sources have informed the New York Times that the guards on duty in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center fell asleep on the night of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, leaving him unchecked for three hours. When they checked on him at 6:30 on Saturday morning, Epstein was unresponsive. Afterwards, the men falsified records to conceal their mistake.

The sources included three unnamed “law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the matter.”

A source reportedly told the Associated Press this information was learned from a review of the unit’s surveillance footage.

On Monday, the New York Post reported that “Epstein was found hanging in his lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed. He had apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself with the makeshift noose.”

Sometimes a suicide is just a suicide.

An autopsy on Epstein was conducted on Sunday. The city’s medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, has not released the preliminary results claiming her office requires additional information.

Prior to his death, Epstein had a cellmate who had been transferred out on Friday, “possibly for a court appearance or another appointment — and was not immediately replaced as required by protocol.” Investigators are looking into why he was not replaced.

I reported here that Serena Gregg, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, blamed the failure on understaffing.

She noted that “the Metropolitan Correctional Center is functioning with less than 70 percent of the needed correctional officers, forcing many to work mandatory overtime and 60- or 70-hour workweeks.”

Gregg said that, on the night of Epstein’s death, the two guards on duty “were working overtime — one forced to do so by management, the other for his fourth or fifth consecutive day.” She added that, “one of the individuals assigned to watch Epstein’s unit did not normally work as a correctional officer but, like others in roles such as counselors and teachers, was able to do so.” She said:

If it wasn’t Mr. Epstein, it would have been somebody else, because of the conditions at that institution. It wasn’t a matter of how it happened or it happening, but it was only a matter of time for it to happen. It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked.

It’s daunting — mentally, physically. I would feel confident in saying that some of that contributed to the unfortunate death of inmate Epstein.

Attorney General William said on Monday there were “serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning,” and vowed to “get to the bottom of what happened.” Barr added that this case was “very important to the Department of Justice and to me personally.”

On Tuesday, the DOJ announced that the two guards had been placed on administrative leave and the warden had been temporarily reassigned.

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We Must Recognize the Limits of Our Power in Hong Kong and Not Make Things a Lot Worse

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Right now the people of Hong Kong are engaged in a low level, and so far peaceful, resistance to the attempt by Beijing to assert more control over the former British protectorate.The proximate cause of the unrest was an attempt by Hong Kong’s puppet government to push a bill through the legislature that would allow for the extradition of people in Hong Kong to the mainland. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on China, even on the internet, so this is a general overview of how we got to where we are today:

February – Hong Kong’s Security Bureau submits a paper to the city’s legislature proposing amendments to extradition laws that would provide for case-by-case extraditions to countries, including mainland China, beyond the 20 states with which Hong Kong already has treaties.

March – Thousands take to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the proposed extradition Bill. The American Chamber of Commerce expresses serious reservations in a submission to Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security, John Lee. It says the Bill will “undermine perceptions of Hong Kong as a safe and secure haven for international business operations”.

Apr 3 – Carrie Lam’s government introduces amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. Opponents say the changes would put them at the mercy of Chinese courts.

Apr 28 – Tens of thousands of people march on Hong Kong’s parliament to demand the scrapping of the proposed extradition laws.

May 11, 2019 – Scuffles break out in Hong Kong’s legislature between pro-democracy lawmakers and those loyal to Beijing over the extradition Bill.

May 14, 2019 – Hong Kong legislators clash over the proposed law, with some democrats shouting “Scrap the evil law”.

May 21 – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says her administration is determined to push through the Bill despite mounting opposition locally and internationally. Authorities say they will bypass normal legislative procedures to expedite the Bill.

May 30 – Hong Kong introduces concessions to the extradition Bill, including limiting the scope of extraditable offences, but critics say they are not enough. Canada and Britain say it is vital that extradition arrangements fully respect the city’s high degree of autonomy from China.

Jun 4 – More than 120,000 students, alumni, staff and parents from 185 secondary schools sign a petition against the extradition law.

Jun 6 – More than 3,000 Hong Kong lawyers take to the streets dressed in black in a rare protest march against the extradition law.

Jun 9 – Protest organisers say around a million people rallied against the extradition Bill in a march to government headquarters. Violent skirmishes break out late at night between activists and police. Police put the protest numbers at 240,000.

Jun 10 – Hong Kong vows to press ahead with the extradition Bill despite the mass protest. The US says it is gravely concerned about the proposed amendments.

Jun 11 – Lam remains defiant as she again vows to push ahead with extradition Bill.

Jun 12 – Police fire rubber bullets and 150 canisters of tear gas as the extradition Bill triggers the city’s largest and most violent protests in decades.

Jun 13 – Hong Kong authorities shut government offices after a day of violence. China’s foreign ministry condemns the behaviour of protesters and voices support for the government.

Jun 14 – Lam indefinitely delays the proposed extradition law in a dramatic retreat after violent street protests.

Jun 16 – Lam issues a written apology to the public after the second massive protest in a week that organisers said drew around two million people.

Jun 18 –The Hong Kong leader signals the end of the controversial Bill but refuses to step down or say the Bill is withdrawn. She apologises in person.

Jun 21 – Thousands of demonstrators blockade police headquarters as the city braced itself for a third weekend of mass protests.

Jun 24 – Beijing says it will not allow leaders at the G20 meeting in Japan to discuss the Hong Kong issue.

Jun 26 – Hong Kong activists call on G20 leaders to help “liberate” the city.

Jun 27 – Fresh protests hit Hong Kong as activists seek a voice at the G20.

Jun 28 – Anti-extradition protesters rally again near government headquarters.

Jul 1 – Fresh protests erupt as Hong Kong marks the 22nd anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule. Protesters break into Legislative Council building.

Jul 2 – Police said they did not “set a trap” for protesters during Legislative Council raid.

Jul 5 – Thousands of mothers take to the streets during a peaceful protest. First charges pressed against a protester.

Jul 7 – Rallies take place outside West Kowloon train station. Peaceful until scuffles breakout overnight in Mong Kok.

Jul 9 – Lam says extradition Bill is “dead”, but stopped short of withdrawing the Bill.

READ: Nearest place to mainland China’: Hong Kong protest organiser on why they rallied at West Kowloon station

Jul 13 – Thousands of protesters clash with police in the town of Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Jul 14 – Pepper spray and batons used by police on protesters in a shopping mall in Sha Tin.

Jul 15 – Lam calls protesters in latest clashes “rioters”.

Jul 20 – Thousands come out in support of the police. Called Safeguard Hong Kong, it was held at Tamar Park, next to the Legislative Council building.

Jul 21 – Clashes in parts of Hong Kong, as police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Men dressed in white attack demonstrators and commuters in an MTR station in Yuen Long, leaving 45 injured.

READ: ‘I’m not your target’: Hong Kong chef recounts how mob beat him with canes and sticks
Jul 22 – Police commissioner Stephen Lo said police officers took longer to respond to the attack at the MTR station because his force was “stretched”.

Jul 24 – Anti-government protesters disrupt MTR services during morning rush hour. China’s Defence Ministry said Chinese troops stationed in Hong Kong can intervene to help maintain public order, if necessary.

Jul 26 – Rally at Hong Kong International Airport goes peacefully, with hundreds chanting during a sit-down protest in the arrivals hall.

Jul 27 – Protesters and police clash during a banned march near Yuen Long station to rally against the attack by the men in white on Jul 21.

Jul 28 – Thousands joined the Sheung Wan protest, gathering in the heart of the commercial district. Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters close to Beijing’s liaison office. Nearly 50 people arrested.

Jul 30 – Protesters disrupt MTR services during morning rush hour by holding train doors open. On the same day, 44 people are charged with rioting, with a small protest taking place outside the court as Cyclone Wipha hit. Another protest is held outside Kwai Chung police station.

Aug 1 – China’s People Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong releases slick military video. In its caption, it declares it has the “confidence” and “capabilities” to maintain security in Hong Kong.

Aug 3 – Thousands march through Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, erecting barricades and blocking a major tunnel. Some demonstrators surround Tsim Sha Tsui police station, where officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Aug 4 – Demonstrations take place across Hong Kong, with protesters calling for a mass strike the following day. Violent clashes between police and protesters break out.

Aug 5 – A general strike is called across Hong Kong, with civil servants walking out and joining protests. Several parts of Hong Kong Island, the New Territories and Kowloon are flooded with protesters, as the violence escalates. Police use tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the crowds, as large bonfires are set outside police stations around Hong Kong. More than 200 flights in and out of Hong Kong airport are cancelled. Police say 148 protesters were arrested and 800 tear gas rounds fired on Aug 5 alone.

As the protests have continued, the relative violence has escalated.

There are an increasing volume of voices that are demanding that we “do something.”

Today, President Trump spoke on the issue and created further anxiety.

As I’ve said many times, “do something” is the worst possible reason to do something.

I am probably more likely than the next guy to give a nod to killing people and breaking sh** when that action seems to have a purpose. I thought (and still think) that the invasion of Iraq was warranted and the gutlessness of the Bush White House combined with the fecklessness of the Obama White House threw away a positive step forward. I thought (and still think) that our intervention in Libya and Syria was a monumentally bad idea because there was no concept of an end game in either place and no large objective that proving that dictators could be overthrown cheaper than the price we paid in Iraq. I’m less enamored of economic sanctions because the rarely hurt the people you wish to hurt and stubborn regimes survive. So I’m at a loss here to see what we can do, but it is very easy to see what we shouldn’t do.

Hong Kong is a part of China. There has been this fiction of “one country, two systems” but our interference in what is happening in Hong Kong, no matter out sympathies, will be every bit as welcome as China wading into the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore.

We have to be very careful what we say and who says it because we do not want our words of support to be mistaken by the protesters for a commitment to support them. And we have a habit of doing just that. We let East German workers think we would help them and we got the massacre of June 17, 1953. We let the freedom fighters in Hungary think that and we got the massacre of November 1956. We led the democracy protesters down the garden path to Tiananmen in 1989. We led the Marsh Arabs to believe we’d support them and we got the genocide that followed Saddam Hussein’s defeat in 1991. All those events have one thing in common. We encouraged unarmed or modestly armed people to rise up against their oppressors by leading them to believe, eitehr tacitly or actively, that we would come to their aid. We didn’t because we couldn’t or because we decided it was incovenient. And let’s be clear. We all know and the Chinese all know that we are not going to base our policy towards China on the outcome of these demonstrations. We are not going hit China with sanctions. We are not going to try to interject a military force into Hong Kong.

We also have to be very careful not to place ourselves in a position where we have invested any national prestige in the outcome in Hong Kong because our allies in the Western Pacific are watching. If we do invest that capital in the outcome and the PRC prevails, then not only did we become partially culpable for the outcome we’ve also called into question our own value as an ally. Strategically, we are better off shrugging and moving on than we are in making a huge deal out of this and then seeing the PRC crush the protests.

What can we do? Well, here I think reflexive anti-Trumper Richard Haass has it right. Except I don’t think we’re at the point where the president needs to take the lead.

and the State Department is taking a strong stance.

But Kurt has this right

no matter how many of our flags these people wave (and note to Colin Kaepernick, maybe you should consider how people in another country treat our flag if you lazy butt ever sets foot on a football field again), or how many of our songs they sing, we cannot be stampeded into a profoundly stupid escalation of tensions with Communist China over this, no matter how much we may sympathize with their cause.

The underlying question the people demanding action need to ask themselves is what actions would you have us take against China knowing they will have no effect on the outcome? And how many Chinese are you willing to kill to let you feel noble?

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Tim Scott Blasts Democrats for Constant & Ridiculous Claims of Trump’s Racism – It’s the ‘Lowest Common Denominator’

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Sen. Tim Scott doesn’t have time for the ridiculousness of racist obsession.

The South Carolina Republican’s made mince meat of the silliness before, which I covered in “Black Congressman Smacks Down Race-Baiting Nitwittery.”

Get ready for another smackdown.

And this time, it’s over the absolutely relentless castigation of Donald J. Trump.

Tim defended the President Monday on Fox News program The Ingraham Angle. He told host Laura the nonsense stinks:


“What you do smell — not hear, but smell — is fear. What you smell is fear on the Left.”

He’s right about the constant, constant, constant…did I say constant? If not, the constant claims of racism. Sometimes it seems that’s all there is. About Trump. About Republicans. About conservatives. About everything. It’s neverending, and neverendingly bizarre:

“They have been consistently using the race card. Every single time there’s a presidential run, you’ll hear John McCain — racist. Mitt Romney — racist. Ronald Reagan — racist. George Bush — racist. [George] W. [Bush] — racist.”


In my opinion, when it’s all they appear to know to say, the claims cease to have any meaning. It just becomes noise. It becomes the sound of a side without any ideas.

Tim colored it the lowest of the low:

“Why do they continue to find that narrative? Because they understand that the lowest common denominator in politics is fear and division.”

The 2nd-term congressman also served up this:

“Well, there’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist, and the facts are very simple: that the same folks that voted for me [also] voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters, and he’s keeping the promises. So without any question, if you look at his legacy, it will be his accomplishments in office == frankly, helping in many, many ways African Americans. … President Trump has been able to deliver policies that have promoted, encouraged, and inspired growth in the African American community, economically in a way that no president has done in the last 40 years. This president is not a racist.”

You know that “ideas” thing I said? Tim seems to be of a like mind:

“Look, if you were running on the Left, would you run on the Green New Deal? Would you run on the 70% new income tax? Would you run on a 4% wealth tax? Would you run on a financial transaction tax? No. What else would you run on? Well, you’d run on some tired narrative that the President, because he’s a Republican, has to be somehow a racist.”

The senator also gave me an Amen here:

“It is inconsistent with reality. It’s a different dimension that I don’t understand, and frankly, the more you use the concept of racism, the more we grow “ism” fatigue in this country. And that is a terrible place for us to be. The greatest threat by overusing racism is that when there is an actual challenge, you’ve cried wolf in the wilderness one time too many.”

Tim Scott is right on the money. When will so many Democrats determine that talk of positive solutions more effectively compel voters than do cries of negative problems?

And when they never stop harping on the same problem, after a time, incidentally, it tends to suggest they don’t have a solution.

Bonus challenge: The problem doesn’t exist — not in the way they perpetually charge.

#Goofy

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The Dems could learn a thing or two from Tim Scott.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Sued for Sexual Assault

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Few hosts on CNN are as inflammatory and ridiculous as Don Lemon. While laughably considering himself a “journalist,” he’s a rabid partisan and has spent most of the past few months confidently pronouncing that Donald Trump is a white supremacist and blaming mass shootings on Republicans. He’s also someone who used his platform to savage Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. Due process wasn’t a concern of Lemon’s as he hosted guest after guest assailing the character of the now Supreme Court Justice.

Now, the tables have turned as CNN’s own Don Lemon is being sued for sexual assault.

Dustin Hice, the man accusing Lemon of assault, claimed that the CNN host attacked him at Sag Harbor dive bar Murf’s in July 2018. Hice, who was working at the time at another Hamptons bar, alleged that one night at Murf’s he recognized Lemon there. Hice offered to buy him a drink, which the CNN host declined.

Later in the night, according to Hice, Lemon approached him and his group of friends and, after putting his hand down his shorts he “vigorously rubbed his genitalia” and “shoved his index and middle fingers into [Hice’s] moustache.”

Did this actually happen? I don’t know. The description of events is pretty specific but that’s hardly dispositive. What I do know that CNN has previously set the standard that lack of evidence doesn’t matter when they are targeting their political opponents.

But because this is one of their own, CNN has suddenly decided that questioning motives is appropriate.

“The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts,” a CNN spokesperson told Mediaite in a statement. “This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”

This is a benefit of the doubt that CNN has never given to anyone on the right side of the aisle. To now see them cite things like a “pattern of contempt” and previous malice to discredit an accuser is incredibly ironic. Oddly enough, Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, who spend most of their time attacking any semblance of controversy in right wing media, have remained silent on this.

We’ll see where this goes, but it could get ugly if Hice has any witnesses to the behavior described. Don’t expect CNN to operate in any consistent manner regardless.

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