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Donald Trump Jokes About Fredo, Inadvertently Makes the Case Against Red Flag Laws

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Because it’s 2019 and nothing has to make sense, the biggest story in the country today was that a CNN host threatened to assault someone after they called them “Fredo.” If the alien’s are reading this, yes that’s real life right now.

This led to all kinds of hot takes from around the political sphere. CNN came out and ridiculously asserted that Fredo is an “ethnic slur” when it’s clearly nothing of the sort. Liberals who had previously supported the heckling of people like Sarah Sanders suddenly decided it was out of bounds to poke fun at Chris Cuomo out in public.

To be clear, I think the guy who went at Cuomo was a jerk. That doesn’t mean the double standards aren’t still blatantly obvious. Had a major conservative figure told someone they were going to throw them down a flight of stairs, it’d have led to non-stop condemnation and claims of mounting violent rhetoric on the right. Because it’s a left-wing individual though, he’s considered justified. Some conservative voices, who’d have clutch their pearls had this been Don Jr. or Tucker Carlson, even went to bat for Cuomo. You can be assured he won’t return the favor when the time comes.

Regardless, because there was controversy, the Trump signal lit up the sky and he immediately ran to Twitter. That led to his hilarious response to the controversy.

I’m sorry, but if aren’t reading that tweet in your head with Trump’s accent and laughing, you have no sense of humor. Trump wasn’t done poking fun though. He then made fun of Chris Cuomo by asking if he would have his weapons taken away under a red flag law.

The funny thing is, Trump just inadvertently made the case against red flag laws, which he supports for some reason.

Dana’s right. While Trump is obviously just joking, is it that far-fetched to think red flag laws could be abused in this way? Someone gets caught on camera losing their temper. They are reported to a judge who’s generally sympathetic to gun control and he oks the order. Next thing you know that person is having police show up at their house to seize their weapons.

I don’t like Chris Cuomo but I wouldn’t want to see him stripped of his constitutional rights because of a moment of weakness responding to a heckler. I also wouldn’t want someone who’s reading this right now to have their 2nd amendment rights taken away because their vindictive neighbor reported them after an argument about the property line or something. These are real issues that are inherently unavoidable when dealing with red flag laws. There’s currently such a law in Florida and reports are that judges are extremely lax with granting the cool down period, most likely because they don’t want to be accused of inaction if something did happen.

At the end of the day, if red flag laws become law, it will lead to all kinds of questionable decisions regarding the 2nd amendment. We’ve already seen how volatile and partisan the judiciary can be when it comes to dealing with the Trump administration. Is there any doubt many judges would end up unfairly and unconstitutionally enforcing red flag laws?

The answer is simple. We don’t need laws that focus on the tool. We need laws that focus on the cause, and that’s typically mental illness. If someone is such a danger to society via derangement, radicalism, or depression (among other things), then taking their guns away is not a solution. You are dumping them back on the street in the same condition and there are plenty of other ways to cause carnage. Instead, we should be focusing on mental health treatment for such people.

Hopefully, the President and some conservatives re-think the unintended consequences of pushing for red flag laws.

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The Mystery Surrounding Russia Accidentally Nuking Itself Continues To Grow

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In this grab taken from footage provided by the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM press service, people gather for the funerals of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by a rocket explosion in Sarov, the closed city, located 370 kilometers (230 miles) east of Moscow, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Thousands of people have attended the burial of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by an explosion during tests of a new rocket. The engineers, who died on Thursday, were laid to rest Monday in the city of Sarov that hosts Russia’s main nuclear weapons research center. (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM via AP)

A week ago, Russia suffered what submariners might call a “nuclear casualty” in the isolated military weapons testing facility near

I covered that in this post…a post which caused damp panties in some circle because of the image I used, but screw ’em if they can’t take a joke.

Now, as the details gradually filter out we aren’t left with a warm fuzzy feeling that the scope and nature of the nuclear event has been adequately explained.

The suspicion is that this explosion is linked to the alleged nuclear cruise missile Vladimir Putin woofed about back in March:

The Burevestnik (“Storm Petrel”) is designed to evade U.S. defenses, flying for hours or even days to exploit holes in missile defense networks that most weapons can’t reach. Russia hadn’t tested the weapon in nearly a year—until last week, that is.

According to The Diplomat, the test took place on January 29 at Kapustin Yar, one of Russia’s major weapon-testing grounds. The website quoted anonymous sources in the U.S. government with knowledge of the weapons program. The missile is known to the U.S. intelligence community as the KY30, or the SSC-X-9 “Skyfall.”

In November 2017, a “moderately successful” test of Skyfall from the Pan’kovo test site on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya resulted in several Russian ships fishing debris and nuclear materials from the Barents Sea. The Diplomat’s sources describe the most recent test as “partially successful.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially announced this weapon’s existence back in March 2018. Putin stated, “The launch and the set of ground tests allow [Russia] to get to creating a radically new type of weaponry—a strategic nuclear weaponry complex with a missile fitted with a nuclear powered engine.” Putin further described the missile, later named Burevestnik via a poll of the Russian public, as having “unlimited range and unlimited ability to maneuver.”

Just to digress a brief moment, this has always struck me as much more of a PR gimmick, the weapons industry equivalent of vaporware, that a real thing. The idea is that you create a ramjet engine that is somehow fueled by a nuclear reactor. A conventional rocket motor gets the missile up to minimum operating speed and the reactor, presumably, heats the incoming air to flashpoint without the use of fuel injection. Of course, the problems posed by the reactor of shielding and of the radioactive waste left in its wake as air is ignited by contact with a nuclear source would seem to make it a suboptimal system. There are a lot of questions about its usefulness as well as its engineering. If, for instance, one of these devices was fired at, say, a US installation, would we consider it a conventional or nuclear attack because the detonation is going to scatter fissile material if it doesn’t generate a real, if inefficient, nuclear blast. Where does this fit in to your defense strategy beyond making arms control weenies incontinent? What is the real need for a swarm of nuclear-powered cruise missiles? How do you store them?

What we know is that at least five Russian nuclear weapons scientists or engineers and two other people were killed in the explosion.

At memorial events in Sarov that included a gun salute, Rosatom head Alexei Likhachev praised the deceased nuclear experts as the “pride of the country” and the “pride of the atomic sector”.

“The best tribute to them will be our continued work on new models of weapons, which will definitely be carried out to the end,” Likhachev was quoted as saying by RIA news agency.

In a video interview published late on Sunday, an official at the scientists’ research institute in Sarov did not spell out exactly what they had been doing, but suggested that they had been working on a small nuclear reactor.

The official, Vyacheslav Solovyev, said the institute was working on “sources of thermal or electric energy using radioactive materials, including fissile materials and radioisotope materials”.

There are mixed stories about evacuation:

Residents of a Russian village near the site of a nuclear accident that killed seven people in Russia’s far north last week were left confused on Tuesday by conflicting reports that they would be evacuated while work is carried out on the site. Several unidentified residents of Nynoksa, in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region, told local news website 29.ru that they had been told they would have to leave the village for at least two hours, between 5 and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, and that a train would be provided for them.

The government of Severodvinsk, a city 25 miles away from Nynoksa, seemed to confirm the evacuation ordered to the state-run Interfax news agency.

“We have received a notification… about the planned activities of the military authorities. In this regard, residents of Nynoksa were asked to leave the territory of the village from August 14,” officials were quoted by Interfax as saying.

However, the governor of the Arkhangelsk region, Igor Orlov, dismissed that report in a separate interview with Interfax as “complete nonsense,” saying “no evacuation (is taking place).”

The Washington Post offers this:

The website reported that military officials had met with the villagers Monday to tell them they’d have to leave.

“They said that there were no changes in the radiation background and there was nothing to worry about,” said the resident, who asked not to be identified. “And that everything is fine both in our village and there, in the military town. The situation is checked by experts.”

But we know that the part about background radiation isn’t true because a spike in background radiation to 16 times the normal level has been independently confirmed.

The bottom line is we really don’t know what happened there beyond a massive explosion, a spike in background radiation, an evacuation of civilians that may or may not have taken place, and nearly two dozed acknowledged casualties. The fact that it happened at a classified test range and the Russians had to admit this much hints that the actual scope is much worse.

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Video: Trump Raises Questions Beyond Twitter, Asks Media Directly If Bill Clinton Visited Epstein’s Island

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As streiff wrote earlier today, the mainstream media and Democrats are foaming-at-the-mouth angry over President Trump’s Saturday retweet of a “conspiracy theory” actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams tweeted out about the reported early Saturday morning suicide of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Williams’s tweet suggested the Clintons were involved in a cover-up and may have had something to do with Epstein’s death. To recap, here’s the tweet:

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Trump was asked about the retweet on Tuesday by a gaggle of frantic reporters in New Jersey and here is how he responded:

“He is a very highly respected conservative pundit,” Trump said Tuesday of Terrence K. Williams, the man whose tweet the president shared.

“He’s a big Trump fan. And that was a retweet. That wasn’t from me. That was from him. But he’s a man with half a million followers, a lot of followers,” Trump continued, speaking to reporters as he traveled from his summer getaway in Bedminster, New Jersey, to Pennsylvania.

“Basically what we’re saying is, we want an investigation. I want a full investigation,” Trump added.

In addition to demanding a full investigation, Trump also talked more at length about Clinton’s friendship with Epstein:

QUESTION: Do you really think the Clintons are involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have no idea. I know he was on his plane 27 times and he said he was on the plane 4 times. But when they checked the plane logs, Bill Clinton who was a very good friend of Epstein, he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times. So why did he say four times?

And then the question you have to ask is did Bill Clinton go to the island? Because Epstein had an island that was not a good place, as I understand it. And I was never there, but you have to ask, did Bill Clinton go to the island. That’s the question. If you find that out, you’re going to know a lot. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Watch video of Trump’s back and forth with the media below:

Though Trump’s numbers were imprecise, it’s not as though what he said about the discrepancy in the number of flights Clinton’s office says he took on Epstein’s plane is a lie, as Fox News reported in 2016:

Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.

Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.

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Among those regularly traveling with Clinton were Epstein’s associates, New York socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein’s assistant, Sarah Kellen, both of whom were investigated by the FBI and Palm Beach Police for recruiting girls for Epstein and his friends.

A statement the Clintons put out last month after Epstein’s arrest claimed Bill Clinton had only been on Epstein’s plane a total of 4 times, which is not true:

Even if everyone agreed it was inappropriate for Trump to promote various conspiracy theories about the Clintons and Epstein, the questions he posed today about the former President’s association with Epstein are legitimate. The American people deserve the answers to them that most in the mainstream media have so far been reluctant to dig for simply because Clinton’s a Democrat.

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A Royal Mess: Just How Randy Was Andy?

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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)

 

Last Friday, one day before sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, the U.S. attorney’s office in the SDNY released a treasure trove of records from a civil defamation lawsuit filed by plaintiff Virginia Giuffre against Epstein’s girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. The case has since been settled.

Included in the documents is a statement from Giuffre stating that Epstein paid her to have sex with Prince Andrew, an allegation which Andrew denies.

An article which appeared in The Sun, a British tabloid, provides more detail:

Prince Andrew slept with her [Giuffre] three times, and Epstein’s ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell.

He was accused of having a sexual encounter with her when she was 17 in London and New York and a year later at a party on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands.

Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.

Unfortunately for the Duke of York, contained in the documents was a photograph of him taken in London in 2001 with his arm around Giuffre, who was 17 at the time. Ghislaine Maxwell is standing in the background.

In an additional court paper, Giuffre’s lawyer writes, “This particular photograph corroborates Ms. Giuffre’s claims, and there is no other reasonable explanation why an American child should be in the company of adults not her kin, in the London house owned by the girlfriend of a now-convicted sex offender.”

The photo can be viewed in the tweet below.

Fox News reports:

Included in the documents are portions of a deposition from Johanna Sjoberg, who said she was 21 years old in 2001 when Andrew grabbed her breast at Epstein’s mansion in New York.

Sjoberg testified the incident was sparked when “someone” suggested those gathered take a picture, at which point Sjoberg said she and Maxwell went to a closet and grabbed a puppet of Andrew.

“They told us to go get on the couch,” she said in the 2016 deposition. “And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap. And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and, I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine.”

“I knew it was Prince Andrew because I knew him as a person,” she said.

According to The Sun, Buckingham Palace released a statement which said this is “related to US proceedings to which the Duke Of York is not a party…Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

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Max Boot Calls National Review White Supremacist Because Everything Is Dumb

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Max Boot, who’s notoriety extends to being so continually wrong about foreign policy that he must be actively trying to fail, was the target of a recent National Review article in which he was called out for fanning the flames of racial hatred. You see, Boot in the post Trump era has done what many other “conservatives” have done. Namely, they’ve decided TV appearances and that sweet, sweet cable news cash outweigh any concern for actual conservative policy wins. These are the people who fancy themselves moral betters in the age of Trump despite the fact that their private lives rarely measure up.

Boot, Sykes, Frum, Rubin, Brooks, Kristol, etc. make up a cabal of media fixtures who have no actual following. Yet, they’ve learned they can make money by being anti-Trump and parroting woke talking points. Boot has comically “left” the Republican party about a dozen times as this point, each time demanding other real Republicans pay him respect for his principled decision. I believe he even wrote a low-selling book about it. I’m not going to waste the time to find out as it’s nothing I’m going to recommend.

Earlier, Boot wrote a piece entitled “Get a Grip White People. We’re Not Victims.” That’s news to me as I’ve never claimed to be a victim in the first place, buy hey, we are doing the broad brush thing here and Boot has to get his woke points up to remain at The Washington Post. In response to his silly screed, John Hirschauer over at National Review wrote a rebuttal. Here’s an excerpt of the National Review article that got Boot so incensed.

A responsible journalist would propose a realistic alternative for conservative whites who don’t want to cede their basic political premises but who nevertheless reject white nationalism. But Boot instead goes on a meandering tirade with scant a coherent point. Sometimes he rails against white people as such; his claims range from the tautological (“White people can be pretty clueless”) to the plainly calumnious (“ . . . the sense of outrage that white people feel when they fear losing their privileged position to people of color”). At other times, he aims his fire more narrowly on the “many” Trump supporters who assume “that white supremacy is the natural order of things.”

Like most white authors in this genre, Boot’s self-hatred is boutique and performative. His ire is directed more at White People in the abstract than with white people as such. Boot (who, it must be said, is whiter than almost anyone on the Washington Post masthead) must, for his piece’s title to make any sense, be in possession of the “grip” he’d like his fellow whites to “get.” I’m not quite sure he is.

The great shame of this piece is not that Boot had the audacity to instruct an entire racial group to “get a grip.” It is not even his almost libelous comparison of post-apartheid South Africa with the United States in 2019. It is the irresponsibility of speaking in such totalizing racial language in a time that, as he himself concedes, is “dangerous.” Max Boot can claim all he wants that President Trump is stoking the flames of race hatred, but if he really believes that, he ought to stop fanning them himself.

Sounds fair to me. What Boot is doing is exactly the kind of identity politics that the left routinely propagates. He assigns nefarious motive and faux grievance to an entire race of people, never stopping to consider most people are simply living their lives, not concerned in the least with presenting themselves as victims. Then, even as he demands subjugation of one group, he makes room for every possible grievance of other groups he deems worthy. Never once does he stop to consider people of all races are simply individuals, often with diverse viewpoints.

It’s a kind of soft racism that’s tolerated way too much in the name of inter-sectionality, which has become a religious dogma within the Democratic party at this point. Boot, desperate to be part of the club, is willing to say whatever it takes to keep the plaudits and retweets flowing.

Worse, Boot traffics in the typical “white supremacist” trope that has so perverted our politics and discourse. Don’t like someone’s views on immigration? Just call them a white supremacist. Don’t like someone’s views on the 2nd amendment? Must be a white supremacist.

In a response that would be suspected of parody if his Twitter account wasn’t verified, Boot responds to Hirschauer’s criticism exactly as you’d expect.

Everything is white supremacy.

This is what passes for intelligent thought at The Washington Post and within the greater liberal media structure these days. It’s so devoid of actual thought and evidence so as to simply be a reactionary slur at this point. In reality, it’s an abuse of language that ultimately hurts the cause of fighting against racism. If everything is racist, nothing is racist.

I’ve got my issues with certain writers at National Review. What I do know though is that they aren’t is white supremacists. But this is the future of politics on the left, which Boot is firmly on at this point. No longer do issues and details need debating. All you have to do is call your opponents racist and tacitly endorse their silencing. It’s a level of laziness that is leading to further corrosion of our society.

I’m genuinely curious how long this stupidity can last.

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Obamacare Keeps Losing

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At the rate things are going, Obamacare may be nearly dismantled by the time it reaches the Supreme Court for the second time.

Last week, the Obamacare abortion mandate — part of the Affordable Care Act that essentially forced Christian businesses that weren’t churches to pay for abortions — was defeated in a United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.

The suit was brought by The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) alleging that the abortifacent mandate was a violation of religious liberty. North Dakota District Chief Judge Hovland agreed saying the CEA and its “members will suffer irreparable harm to their ability to practice their religious beliefs” if the mandate were to remain in place.

The Trump administration paved the way for the ruling back in 2017 via a rule change that said businesses were exempt from the mandate if it ran counter to their religious beliefs.

The Trump administration announced today that employers will now be exempt from the federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraception in their health insurance plans if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs. This now limits a rule created under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act that required that employers, including non-church religious organizations, must cover all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to abortion drugs and devices at no cost to the employees.

The CEA formed back in 2016 to tackle exactly these issues after the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religiously-affiliated groups were forced to defend themselves against the Obama-era Health and Human Services agency.

“This is a major victory for Christian employers who believe in high-quality healthcare that promotes the protection of human life. The ruling allows us to faithfully follow our mission to unite and equip Christian employers with advocacy, practical resources, and collective impact opportunities for the well-being of employees, organizations, and communities for God’s glory,” said Jim Mischel, CEA president following the ruling in North Dakota.

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How Our Electoral College Brought Us Double Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dogs…And Why It Matters

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I was recently on Fox News having a discussion with host Steve Hilton about his visit to the Iowa State Fair. He’d just returned from there, having interviewed various Democratic presidential candidates and generally just enjoying the atmosphere. Steve is British (by way of Hungary) and had never been there. He talked enthusiastically about the welcoming nature of the crowd, the pleasant and very “American” atmosphere and of course, the double bacon-wrapped fried corn dogs.

He talked about those a lot. But can you blame him?

Tammy Bruce – another guest on the panel – pointed out that there is a reason the Iowa State Fair is so important and such a huge and necessary campaign stop for any presidential candidate. That reason is…

…the electoral college.

Her words started me thinking about how brilliant the electoral college system is and why we should value it. Unfortunately, the collective understanding of how the electoral college benefits us all is fading quickly. Trump’s win rocked some people so completely that there has been a renewed push to do away with the system in favor of a popular vote.

It seems like a good idea to some people on its face, but a popular vote would kill the vitality of an event like the Iowa State Fair. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the biggest voting populations are in just a few key cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, among a couple of others. However, life in a place like San Francisco is vastly different than life in rural Iowa, or even in urban Iowa.

There are more votes to court on the coasts. The electoral college system prevents on are of the country from permanently speaking for every other part of the country. On top of that, lazy politicians who would rather talk to only a certain type of voter are forced to get out and meet new voters. They have to find out what life is like in the rest of the nation. They have to talk to those people, get to know those people, and earn their trust.

The Kamala Harris’ of the world don’t stop and talk to the good people in “flyover” country without the electoral college. The Steve Hilton’s of the world don’t get the unrivaled delight of discovering a part of America that is so different from the coasts in so many ways and yet still so uniquely and attractively “American”.

Would the Iowa State Fair still exist without the electoral college? Of course, but it would not have any sort of national significance and would not be a part of our shared culture the way it is now. It certainly wouldn’t thrive the way it does now, and the people of Iowa would be some of the only people who knew or cared about it.

Gay people, Black people, Hispanic people, single mothers, aging seniors – all these groups live in places like Iowa too. Without the electoral college, their voices become irrelevant.

In America, the most important minority is the individual. The electoral college is yet another failsafe to protect the rights of the greatest minority.

You can hear me elaborate on my thoughts about the electoral college in this week’s episode of “Just Listen To Yourself”.

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Dear American Left, You’ve Lost the Right To Be Upset Over Anyone Spreading Conspiracy Theories

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

On Saturday, accused human trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found hanged in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Being a firm believer in the idea that there really is no logical floor on the level of bureaucratic incompetence, I’ve never had much of a doubt that it was actual suicide but I was sort of surprised that he had the actual guts to do it. Anyway, the circumstances immediately set off a wave of conspiracy theories or hints of conspiracy theories like this by Joe Scarborough:

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A guy named Terrence K. Williams, who is billed as an actor and comedian (full disclosure, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of him before today) sent out his addition to the Epstein suicide oeuvre and Donald Trump retweeted it.

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The left, rather predictably, went nuts.

We can argue the propriety of Trump doing this. We just aren’t going to argue it with anyone in the media or on the left. In fact, if you pushed the Russia hoax at any point you really need just to put a freakin bag over your head and sit this one out.

These people have spent nearly three years peddling the most ridiculous conspiracy theory to come down the pike since “fire can’t melt steel” was all the rage during the days right after 9/11.

For three years the Steele dossier and ancillary materials have been touted by the left as proof of some grand plot by which Russia engineered the election of Donald Trump by way of $100,000 in Facebook ads and convincing Hillary Clinton to ignore Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Stupid stories were spun involving secret servers giving the Trump campaign direction, of Michael Cohen’s trips to Prague, of Trump cavorting with Russian hookers, of Russians coordinating the theft of Clinton emails with the Trump campaign. These conspiracy theories didn’t rate moral opprobrium, they got a bevy of Pulitzer Prizes for two of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers.

So, lefties, if you want to criticize this, you need to first apologize for your conduct since about September 2016 and retract any statements you made about the Russia hoax. If you can’t do that, well, at least have the decency to just shut up. Because you have no reason to criticize anyone for spreading any conspiracy theory.

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ICE Field Office Director Blames “Political Rhetoric” After Shots Fired Into San Antonio ICE Facility

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FILE – In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

A suspect is in custody after shots were fired in the early Tuesday morning hours at an ICE facility in San Antonio, TX. KSAT has the details:

San Antonio police are questioning a man who they have in custody regarding a shooting that left windows shattered on several offices in a Northeast Side building.

Among the offices was one that houses the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division.

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Officers said the ICE office is located on the 14th floor of the high rise.

They were not sure right away from where the shots were fired, or how they reached one of the top floors on one of the tallest buildings in the area.

Police also were not sure whether that office was targeted purposely or if it was hit randomly.

My San Antonio reports that police told them the shots may have been fired “possibly from across Loop 410”:

According to police, shots were fired possibly from across Loop 410, hitting the windows in the building, including the ICE office, officials said.

Per multiple local media reports, the suspect was taken into custody along Village Drive, which is nearby. Fortunately, no one was injured even though there were people in the buildings at the time.

Here are some photos from the scene:

The San Antonio FBI office issued a statement condemning the attacks:

A field office director for ICE was even more direct in his response, suggesting the department believes the attacks were motivated by anti-ICE rhetoric:

Since Democrats and the mainstream media never wait to find out the facts and review available evidence before assigning blame, we anxiously await condemnation from them on this disturbing case, especially from Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), who should also be in the middle of drafting an apology statement.

Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camp” rhetoric on border detention centers was used by the Antifa terrorist who attempted to kill ICE workers at a Tacoma, WA facility last month. She has yet to condemn that attack, which means by her own standards she condones it.

Her rules and all.

Related –>> Irony: AOC, Whose Rhetoric Was Used By Anti-ICE Terrorist, Says Trump “Directly Responsible” For El Paso Tragedy

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Spike In Small-Dollar Donations to Trump Campaign Shows How Dramatically The GOP Has Changed

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The Republican Party has long been thought of as the party of the wealthy. That perception has been turned on its head under the leadership of President Trump.

Fox News’ Maxim Lott looked at recent donor activity data from the Federal Election Commission which revealed some surprising shifts in GOP donation patterns.

The most remarkable changes were found in the number of small-dollar donors (under $200).

61% of 2020 contributions to the Trump campaign have come from small-dollar donations. In 2016, the final number was 65%.

To gain an understanding of just how meaningfully the pattern has changed, in 2008, 25% of John McCain’s donations came from small donors. For Mitt Romney in 2012, the figure was 26%.

Michael Johns, a co-founder of the national Tea Party movement and a former White House speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush told Lott:

The Republican Party today is a vastly different party than it was five years ago.

The American people are demanding a secure border, demanding an end to the exploitative and unfair trade policies… and demanding an end to an unresponsive swamp culture.

Johns noted that “first the Tea Party, and then Trump, expanded the base to today’s blue-collar and working Americans.”

Johns added that he hopes the increase in the percentage of small-donors:

Signals the Republican Party is becoming the party of working people.

We need to call greater attention to how liberal Democrats have mismanaged our largest cities and let down urban voters. … We do this well and we can start to see a complete revolutionary shift, including solidifying the Republican Party as the party of working people.

Historically, high percentages of small-donor donations have been more commonly associated with the Democratic Party.

Lott spoke to Alex Baumgart, individual contributions researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, who said:

Democrats have traditionally been the party that has benefited the most from cultivating a small donor base. It’s pretty clear from the numbers that Trump has done a lot to change that dynamic — the populist edge he’s brought to campaigning is clearly something that is resonating with small donors on the right.

Conservative activists say Trump has changed the party.

The populist edge he’s brought to campaigning is clearly something that is resonating with small donors on the right.

Among the twenty current Democratic hopefuls, 51% of contributions came from small-donors. For Hillary Clinton in 2016, this figure was 26%. For President Obama in 2012, it was 43%.

Here’s a look at how some of the 2020 Democrats are faring:

Sen. Cory Booker: 21%

Former Vice President Joe Biden: 38%

Sen. Kamala Harris: 41%

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 49%

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 61%

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 67%

Sen. Bernie Sanders: 77% (highest)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: 9% (lowest)

Anthony Fowler, a professor of public policy at the University of Chicago Fowler explained that “studies show getting money from big donors is not necessarily bad…If there are any concerns that politicians behave differently because they’re getting donations from rich people, corporate interests, etc., we haven’t found much evidence in support of those concerns.”

The figures cited above do not include contributions made to “political action committees,” or PACs. Trump has two PACs, “Trump Make America Great Again Committee” and “Trump Victory.” Lott reports:

Money raised through those groups is then split between the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, which promotes Trump independently.

The Trump PACs get 47 percent of their contributions from small donations.

With Trump PACs included, small donations given for Trump total $115,697,683 for the 2020 election cycle, and large donations total $117,457,166.

According to Baumgart:

While Trump has collected lots of small checks, he’s also still pulling in the major checks and big contributions.

What really sets Trump apart from other Republicans in the past is the fundraising machine that he has created. He’s a natural campaigner who has been actively running for reelection since his inauguration. Consequently, the campaign has been able to capitalize on this by fundraising off the back of the numerous political battles that have taken place since then.

Trump’s unprecedented decision to fundraise ever since the last election makes it less likely he’ll be outspent as the election goes forward; in 2016, Trump was outspent nearly 2-to-1.

Since the time that Democratic candidates started fundraising in 2019, all Democrats combined have pulled in more donations than Trump ($209 million compared with $106 million that Trump secured in 2019).

But because of his early start, $233 million has gone to Trump and his PACs for 2020, more than all Democratic rivals combined.

I think it’s safe to say that Donald Trump has changed the GOP and that Trump’s populist message is resonating with middle income earners. Before Trump’s 2016 candidacy, Republicans were considered the party of the rich. And Democrats tended to take blue-collar workers and low-to-middle income earners for granted. I think what these numbers are telling us is that strategy is over. Times have changed. Democrats can ignore the new normal at their own peril.

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