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Remember That Cartoonist CNN Said Was Fired For His Trump Toon? He Wasn’t

CNN’s at it again. Turns out the cartoonist let go following the publication of the above submission — the taste and decorum of which is certainly debatable — was let go after turning in the cartoon, but not because he turned it in.

According to John Ellis of PJ Media, CNN’s piece on the firing of Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder alluded heavily to the the above cartoon as the reason he was fired. The CNN piece, entitled “Canadian Cartoonist Loses Job After Illustration of Trump Went Viral,” opened like this:

A Canadian cartoonist’s illustrations of Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

You, dear reader, should connect those cause and effect dots immediately and be sufficiently outraged at the injustice of it all.

But CNN, ever vigilant to potential liability, isn’t stupid enough not to cover themselves many paragraphs into the story (as they are wont to do), reports Ellis:

Buried deep in the article, CNN posted a statement from the publishing company Brunswick News, Inc. denying that de Adder had been fired over the cartoon. In fact, the cartoonist wasn’t even an employee of the company to begin with. He was a subcontractor.

So de Adder already knew he was leaving when he created his ‘toon, and CNN was apparently aware of that fact because they buried it in their story.

But boring personnel changes don’t drive a narrative. As Ellis puts it: “With the 2020 presidential election looming, we can expect CNN and their MSM buddies to do whatever they can to paint a world filled with oppression generated by President Trump and his supporters. Fearmongering is a great way to entice people to vote for whichever socialist the Democrats nominate.”

Manufacturing consent by frightening people into compliance seems an odd affectation for an ostensibly free press.

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BREAKING. Russian Submarine Has Onboard Fire, Explosion and Fatalities

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PUBLIC DOMAIN. 050807-N-1126G-014 Bering Sea (Aug. 7, 2005) Ð Russian Sailors evacuate their mini-submarine AS-28 Priz after surfacing in the Bering Sea. The Sailors were trapped for three days in waters over 600 feet deep with dwindling oxygen supplies. The U.S. Navy transported two “Super Scorpio” remotely operated vehicles in an effort to assist the rescue of seven Russian Sailors trapped on the ocean floor in a mini-submarine off the Kamchatka Peninsula. U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief ElectronicsÕ Technician Charles T. Grandin (RELEASED)

A Russian special operations submarine powered by a nuclear reactor has suffered some kind of a fire/explosion/gas-producing casualty while submerged in Russian territorial waters.

The submarine, officially classed as the AS-12 “Losharik” is designed for operation at extreme depths and is believed to be designed to cut or tap undersea communications cables. It is transported aboard a converted Delta IV boomer. The keel was laid down 1988 but it wasn’t launched until 2003. Since then it has been maintained by the Russian Navy with all the horror that entails.

This his how the Russian Defense Ministry announced it:

On July 1 in Russian territorial waters a fire broke out on board a deep-water scientific research vessel that was studying the marine environment of the world ocean on behalf of the Russian navy. Fourteen submariners died as the result of smoke inhalation … Work is underway to establish the cause of the incident. The investigation is being conducted by the commander-in-chief of the navy.

But there are contradictory reports coming from other Russian media.

Russian North-West Region local media on Jul 2 reported explosion and fire on board of Russian Navy deepwater nuclear research station or submarine AS-12, known as LOSHARIK. Accident occurred on Jul 1. According to news, all staff on board, up to 14 people, died in explosion and fire.

Right now about all we can say is something bad happened to a Russian submarine that may or may not have been in territorial waters and the death toll of 14 is a floor, not a ceiling. We don’t know the fate of the submarine or the reactor. In short, if they are admitting this, the situation is undoubtedly worse.

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An RBG-Themed Bra Exists

Do you ever shop for lingerie and find yourself thinking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

I don’t, either.

I guess the folks over at the bra company Harper Wilde think we do, though, and have created a bra to celebrate their bosom buddy RBG- Supreme Court justice and titular head of the women’s movement.

Here they are sharing the bra on Instagram with a little bit about the meaning behind it.

I would hope that Supreme Court justices would be chosen for their knowledge of and love for the Constitution rather than their body parts (also, somebody should tell RBG that gender isn’t a thing anymore, right?), skin color, sexual orientation, or any other irrelevant factor. It comes as no surprise at all that those on the left disagree. They don’t particularly like hanging with original intent.

Let’s talk about all the good this bra will do. 5% of proceeds will go to support She Should Run, an organization that helps women run for office (for comparison, they donated 50% of the proceeds from their abortion bra). The other 95%, presumably, will go to Harper Wilde. For the purposes of capitalism. Do they think we’re a bunch of uneducated boobs who won’t notice that?

Hopefully the bra is more supportive of women than they are.

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The Inspector General Has Finished His Investigation into FBI FISA Abuse

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Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, speaks at a news conference at RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Page said he was in Moscow on a visit to meet with businessmen and politicians. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

A bit of news broke late last night. It was relayed by Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, who says he spoke directly to IG Horowitz, the man leading the investigation into possible abuse of the FISA system by FBI officials.

Per Ratcliffe, the investigation is done and the report is currently being drafted. The Daily Caller has the details of his interview on Fox News where he shared what he was told.

“He related that his team’s investigative work is complete,” said Ratcliffe, a Republican member of the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees.

“They are now in the process of drafting the report. I would expect that it will be a draft that will be completed in short order.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the report is going to be made public anytime soon. Even Congress likely won’t get it until August at the earliest.

Ratcliffe said that he does not expect that the report will be made public “any time real soon,” though he is hopeful it will be released before Congress breaks for its August recess.

“So, while I am hopeful that we might see it before members of Congress recess for the August recess, I’m not too certain about that.”

Some in the media were asserting sources that had the report coming as soon as June. That obviously didn’t happen and with the FBI and DOJ needing to scrub the document before public release, there’s no reason to think we’ll get the report before the fall. Given past foot dragging by the FBI and DOJ on these matters, I wouldn’t expect them to make it a priority either.

The longer this drags on, the more skeptical I am that any honest assessment will meet public scrutiny. If the report does make it to Congress in early August, we’ll likely start to see aspects of it discussed at that point. Without the actual documentation though, you can expect a similar slap fight like the one that occurred between Trey Gowdy and Adam Schiff over the original FISA application (eventually Schiff’s memo on the matter would be exposed as completely misleading and containing several outright falsehoods).

The public needs to see the report and they need to see it sooner rather than later. Hopefully the IG and the FBI/DOJ realize the importance of that and how vital accountability is to restoring any semblance of trust in our institutions. For now, I won’t hold my breath.

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SEIU Accused Of Trying To Cut ‘Sweetheart Deal’ To Represent Uber and Lyft Drivers

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. In a big win for labor advocates, the California Supreme Court has limited the ability of businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, which could affect a range of workers in the so-called “sharing economy,” such as Uber and Lyft drivers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

So-called ‘Sweetheart Deals’ were made legal under the Obama Administration’s NLRB. Now, the SEIU may be taking full advantage of it with Uber and Lyft.

In late May, the California Assembly passed AB5, which is a bill designed to make it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

Although it has yet to pass the California Senate, it has a lot of companies who use independent contractors worried—perhaps none more so than ride-share companies Uber and Lyft.

In the face of such a potentially-business altering law, Uber and Lyft are not sitting idle.

According to the New York Times over the weekend, “a few large unions had been meeting with the giants of the ride-hailing industry, Uber and Lyft, to discuss a way to exempt drivers from full employment protections, according to union and industry officials.”

In essence, Uber and Lyft have been trying to hook up a sort of “sweetheart deal” by giving its drivers to a union—which would then collect union dues—in exchange for being exempted from AB5.

So-called “sweetheart deals” became legitimized in 2010, when the National Labor Relations Board, under then-President Obama, was controlled by union lawyers.

Since then, the decision that legitimized the practice of “pre-recognitional bargaining” (aka cutting a sweetheart deal) has not been overturned.

Of course, the main union at the center of the Uber/Lyft talks is the Service Employees International union—better known as the SEIU.

Although the SEIU has a long track record of cutting sweetheart deals to the detriment of workers, there is now apparently discord among different factions as to whether or not the union will proceed to help Uber and Lyft, in exchange for members.

Several SEIU leaders have come out against backroom dealing, stating they support AB5 and making independent contractors employees.

“The change in the S.E.I.U.’s apparent openness to exploring less than full employment status,” reports the Times, “comes amid considerable opposition to the idea both inside and outside the union.”

In addition to other unions, the most vocal opponents are the ride-share drivers themselves.

Whether or not Uber and Lyft are successful in getting a carveout into AB5 before it is signed into law is likely dependent on whether they can cut a deal with the SEIU or another union.

However, now that the light has been shined on the deal cutting, that may not be an option for too much longer.

Ironically, AB5 was introduced into the state assembly Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), a former union honcho.

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Video: Dan Crenshaw Explains the Left’s Calculated Delays on Border Crisis Funding, and Why Reform is Needed

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) explains the border crisis stalemate – 6/30/19.

As I wrote last week, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) took to the Twitter machine on Thursday and went off on Democrats and their double standards on the issue of the border wall and funding for the border crisis.

He noted that Obama had similar illegal immigration issues during his time as President, but was not raked over the coals nearly to the degree that Trump has been. The freshman Congressman also pointed out how House Democrats originally called the crisis “manufactured“, and were routinely blocking humanitarian aid bills from coming to the floor until Thursday afternoon when Pelosi caved.

On Sunday, Crenshaw posted a video to his social media platforms explaining the left’s calculated delays on border crisis funding, and why border reform was desperately needed. Here’s a partial transcript:

Okay, so I want to help you understand how this bill came to be, and in the long history of what we’ve been dealing with here.

So, first of all, it should be said that the Republicans in the House asked for this humanitarian aid bill to come to the House floor 17 times before this week. 17 times.

All right. Why did it finally come to the floor this week? Because the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, decided to finally hammer something out. All right? The crisis has finally built up enough.

Now what we’ve been hearing for months, and months, and months is that there was no crisis, that it’s a manufactured crisis. Then the narrative became, well, it was a manufactured crisis but now it’s a crisis, but it was because of Trump that it’s a crisis, right? It was Trump’s making.

This is a really dishonest narrative, okay? The reason there’s a crisis is because tens of thousands of migrants are coming across the border. When that many people are coming across, it overwhelms us, it overwhelms our resources, it crams everybody into small spaces. It creates living conditions that we’re all very upset about.

That’s why there’s a crisis. There is no other reason. When there’s that many people coming across one place, there’s going to be hardship. That’s why we needed this money.

Referencing the heartbreaking photo from last week of the migrant father and his young daughter who had drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande, Crenshaw stated that “nobody wants to see what’s going on down there” and indicated that border reform was badly needed.

He also talked about how incentivizing crossing the border was part of the problem. The asylum system was being abused, he stated, and “taken advantage of.” He also said there were “loopholes” in the asylum process that needed to be fixed.

Watch full video of his remarks below:

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Former Broward County County Sheriff Proves He is Incapable of Leadership by Wanting to Run for Office…Again

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The only demand for his return is coming from Israel himself.

It may come off as something utterly amazing to anyone living outside of the South Florida area, but for those of us residing in these environs it is hardly shocking. The deposed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has declared that he intends to run for the position once again in the next election.

This despite a community that is desperate to move on from the tragedy of the Parkland Florida tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and relieved that some level of accountability has come to the leadership that oversaw those events. (The school board and county superintendent are still being addressed via grand jury investigations, as their positions are not under the purview of Governor Ron DeSantis.)

For Israel to undertake this brazen move is proof of a man who feels he is fully entitled to this position. It also displays a remarkable lack of introspection, and an abject lack of a feeling of accountability. There is no shortage of reasons and evidence for Israel to be faced with that would cause a decent individual to slink away quietly.

  • He peacocked loudly during the CNN town hall staged immediately after the shooting took place.
    Once it was learned his deputies failed to enter the school to engage the shooter in a timely fashion he answered charges of a lax training methods by claiming he was “an amazing leader”.
  • After the shooting his deputies were asleep on duty at the school and allowed the shooter’s brother to come onto campus repeatedly. Then Governor Rick Scott ultimately replaced BSO with state troopers as guards on campus.
  • Instead of working to change the methods and practices of his department Israel employed a PR firm to repair his own image.
  • It was revealed that his sheriff’s office had been called out to the shooter’s home multiple times without ever taking authoritative action.
  • The lack of legal engagement facilitated the purchase of a weapon by the shooter, as he had no prior record on the background check.
  • His own deputies union returned a vote of “No Confidence” against him last year.
    An independent commission investigating the events around the shooting found numerous reasons to find fault with the actions/performance of BSO.
  • Deputy Scott Pederson, who was the school resource officer who refused to enter the school building, was forced into retirement, and has now been charged with manslaughter due to his inaction.
  • Once removed from his position by newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis Israel sued the action. His suspension has been upheld repeatedly in the courts, and ultimately the State Senate.

Israel even chose a particularly poor moment to declare his bid for reelection. On the very day he makes this audaciously horrible announcement his own department comes under official rebuke. The Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission voted unanimously to strip the Broward Sheriff’s Office of accreditation. That will become a rather thorny issue for the disgraced and deposed Israel to overcome in his campaign.

Despite ALL of these indicators, Israel continues to operate as if there is a desire for him to reoccupy his seat. The facts and the community essentially have stipulated he leave. The courts have repeatedly upheld the decision to have him removed. Newly appointed Sheriff Gregory Tony has been a steadying force and has purged remnants of the Israel regime from the BSO.

Everyone is happy to progress forward, with the exception of the disgraced Israel. One day the community hopes he ultimately gets the message, fading into obscurity.

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CBP Agents Respond to AOC’s Claims About Detention Facility As She Runs Away From Any Questions

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Yesterday, I reported on some pretty wild claims that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made regarding an El Paso based CBP detention facility. You can read that full write up for details.

Essentially, she made two accusations that set off a firestorm. That the guards were physically and sexually threatening her and that women were being ordered to drink out of toilets. As usual when dealing with AOC, nothing she said was actually true. In reality, the Congresswoman never even toured the facility. Her side of the story has morphed several times overnight, but what we’ve arrived at is that no woman was ever asked to drink out of a toilet and that AOC is now saying she feared the guards wouldn’t protect her, a complete reversal from saying they were threatening her. Which is odd, because that means she’s insinuating the detainees are dangerous, something we’ve been assured isn’t possible.

The entire thing is just a mess and I’m sure more details will come out as the day rolls on.

As it stands, some CBP agents are speaking out about what actually happened.

“Something under her breath, ‘Oh, all these guys in here are gonna f–k me.’ The agents are standing there behind the computers. One of the agents laughed at something he was saying to another agent, and she got irate and flipped out,” the second Border Patrol official said. “Now they’re under investigation for it. She took it as they were laughing at her and screams at them and says, ‘What’s so funny?’”

Screaming at people and thinking everyone in the facility wants to have sex with her seems normal.

In regards to the story AOC told about being ordered to drink from the toilet? That didn’t happen.

“So this is what happened with the migrant and drinking water from toilet: she wanted water, didn’t know how to use the faucet in the cell, and drank from the toilet. She never told AOC that we made her drink from the toilet. AOC, of course, changed it … This was when she [the migrant] was apprehended and brought into the facility,” according to the agent.

When pressed on whether she actually saw someone drink from a toilet, this was AOC’s response.

Let me translate that rolled up window for you. She lied by completely misrepresenting a story, framing it as something she witnessed despite clearly not doing so and now thinks she can simply ignore responsibility for that. Given the bias in our media and the cult like behavior of her followers, she’s probably right. The narrative she put out there originally will go far and wide while the truth will remain relatively obscure. That’s both morally disingenuous, but also dangerous. Whipping up this kind of hate for law enforcement rarely ends well.

Never one to let anything go, AOC is now out there making more accusations of victim-hood. She posted this last night.

So now she was attacked on her tour by CBP agents? What is she talking about? We don’t know because it’s yet another vague, unbelievable allegation with no details, facts, or evidence presented. Also, are we supposed to be outraged that they made her follow the rules by turning in her phone? That’s done for many reasons, one being the protection of agents from retaliation by putting pictures of them out in the public.

But she’s of average height for a woman and a Congressional member so rules shouldn’t apply to her I guess. None of this makes sense.

 

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Nike Dropped Plans for Betsy Ross-Themed Sneaker Because Kaepernick Complained It Was Offensive

Sneaker giant Nike is apparently willing to flush a significant amount of money down the drain, pulling back already manufactured shoes from retailers, all because Colin Kaepernick, the professional football player turned activist and Nike spokesman, complained the design was offensive.

Nike had designed a special patriotic version of their Air Max sneaker, the Air Max 1 USA, to go on sale this week for the Fourth of July. The shoe featured a bright red, white, and blue color scheme, and the original design of the American flag, as first designed during the Revolutionary War, on the heels.

That original flag design, with thirteen white stars in a circle representing the thirteen original colonies, is often referred to as the “Betsy Ross” flag, after the Pennsylvania woman who has been credited with sewing the very first one (the historical accuracy of this claim is in doubt, but that’s a separate issue — the flag design was indeed the first one America used).

Sounds good, right? A sneaker to celebrate America’s Independence, decorated with the flag that American troops carried into battle and which flew over our government buildings during the first years of our existence as our own country.

Not according to Kaepernick, who reportedly saw a photo of the shoe design and then complained to Nike.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story last night:

After shipping the shoes to retailers, Nike asked for them to be returned without explaining why, the people said. The shoes aren’t available on Nike’s own apps and websites.

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured the old version of the American flag,” a Nike spokeswoman said.

After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery, the people said. Some users on social media responded to posts about the shoe with similar concerns. Mr. Kaepernick declined to comment.

This WSJ tweet shows the shoes:

Complaints about displays of the Confederate flag make sense — that banner was the symbol of the states that seceded from the United States because they wanted to continue allowing slavery.

But the Betsy Ross flag deserves no such smear. The American Revolution was not fought to preserve slavery, but to achieve independence from Britain. The flag itself has well-known symbolism, adapted from the Grand Union Flag (which itself was adapted and borrowed its color scheme from Britain’s Union Jack) with the thirteen red-and-white stripes and thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies. None of that has anything to do with glorifying or supporting the cause of slavery.

Accepting Kaepernick’s view of history would mean the entire first century of America’s existence is off limits. Discussing the challenges, mistakes, and human flaws of our Founding Fathers is a fair debate. No decent or sane person would defend slavery, and many of these men did own slaves, but these retroactive demands that we censor our own history out of existence are getting out of control.

It is not yet known how many of the Air Max 1 USA shoes Nike manufactured, but they had already been shipped to retailers when this controversy occurred, and Nike had to contact their retailers, to instruct them not to sell the shoes and ship them back.

Nike is apparently willing to throw away a substantial investment in the design and marketing plans for the shoes, cost of labor and materials to manufacture them, the shipping costs to the retailers and back, and all anticipated profit — all to keep Kaepernick happy and make sure their “woke” reputation remains all shiny.

Some of the Betsy Ross flag shoes managed to escape Nike’s efforts to claw them back, and several have popped up on shoe resale sites, currently selling for about $2,000 to $3,000 (well about the original sale price of $140) on one popular site.

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