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CNN Puts Out a “News” Article That Claims the Citizenship Census Question Is About “White Power”

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I can’t imagine why CNN’s ratings are down over 50% in the key demo compared to this time last year.

There’s a pending decision everyone in the political world is waiting on from the Supreme Court that deals with whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the census. Now, if you are a normal human being, nothing about that seems controversial at all. In fact, the question has been on the census many times before and it makes perfect sense that you’d want to know how many citizens a country has.

Because it’s Trump though, it had to turn into a scandal and left-wing advocacy groups sued, claiming that the question is based on a study that it wasn’t actually based on. Not that it should matter anyway, as the idea that the President loses his statutory authority based on the feels of liberals makes no constitutional sense.

Enter CNN, who put out an article yesterday with one of the most insane headlines I’ve seen.

Keep in mind, this is not an editorial. It’s a hard news piece in their news section, i.e. it’s supposed to be an unbiased presentation of the facts.

It doesn’t end at the headline either. They go on to compare a census question to Plessy v. Ferguson.

The 30-year-old man of mixed-race heritage sat in the whites-only section of the train. When a conductor ordered him to move to a dingy rail car reserved for blacks, he refused, was arrested and convicted at a trial.

The man appealed his case to the Supreme Court. Four years later, the court rejected his claim that sitting in a segregated train car stamped him with “a badge of servitude.”

The New York Times published only two paragraphs on the 7-1 decision. But Homer Adolph Plessy, the man on the train, did not fade from history. Plessy v. Ferguson eventually became known as one of the Supreme Court’s most nakedly racist decisions. The 1896 ruling played a pivotal role in giving legal cover to Jim Crow segregation that would last for more than half a century.

This makes no sense at all. What does that case have to do with the United States government gathering numbers on how many citizens there are? The answer is absolutely nothing.

In the one case, a person is made to sit on a segregated bus. In another a person is…answering a question about citizenship.

They say the conservative majority on the court is on the verge of embracing some of the same legal rationalizations that produced Jim Crow segregation in the census case.

“If they accept the census question, they are following the same pattern that the late-19th-century and 20th-century court made that was clearly intended to cement white rule,” says Lawrence Goldstone, author of “Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903.”

This is a game most mainstream media outlets play. By citing biased, one-sided “experts” and “scholars,” they are able to editorialize in what is supposed to a just the facts write-up.

That’s exactly what happens here as CNN cites person after person making wild claims about white power and racism.

But critics say it’s really about a deeper question: Will the new conservative majority on the court ignore what opponents of the question call “smoking-gun evidence” that the case is really about preserving “white power”?

Some court watchers expect they will and that they will do this by borrowing some of the same tactics their counterparts used in the late 19th century to legitimize Jim Crow segregation.

The article just keeps going on and on like that. I won’t quote anymore of it so as not to run afoul of fair use.

Even past the bias of the above excerpts, why would CNN not also include some voices from those in favor the Supreme Court upholding the census question? Those people not only exist, they are plentiful.

What makes all this especially ironic is that CNN is constantly lecturing other outlets about journalist standards. Meanwhile, they seemingly have none at all. The fact that such an article was every allowed to be published in the condition it’s in testifies to a complete lack of journalist ethics as the cable news outlet. If Fox News put out an article like that, accusing a liberal Supreme Court of being racist and only quoting affirmative opinions, Brian Stetler would lose his mind.

Let this be another example of why the mainstream media are just dead at this point. There is no coming back from the garbage they’ve chosen to dabble in the last three years. They don’t get their credibly back at this point, no matter what amends they may try to make after Trump is gone. Conservatives should hold them accountable by treating them with the respect they deserve, which is precisely none. CNN is no more non-partisan than Breitbart.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Might Be Losing It, Gives Bizarre Interview With Crazy Claims

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If you’re looking for a man who has drunk gallons of the feminist kool-aid, then look no further than California Governor Gavin Newsom who managed to rattle off a slew of feminist buzzwords, make wild claims about California, and insult the GOP while praising its voters in three minutes, undoubtedly setting some kind of record.

Newsom, during his appearance on “Axios on HBO,” said the GOP is heading toward being a third party over its embrace of “toxic masculinity,” and that the Republicans are outraging white men over their fear of “the other.”

It began with the Axios interviewer quoting Newsom about how “the most dangerous words in the English language are ‘man up,’ ‘be a man,’ and ‘don’t be a sissy.’”

Newsom linked this to Trump, and how it’s hurting white working class men.

“What was the most interesting part of this election, 2016, was the number of white men of working age that aren’t working anymore,” said Newsom.

Newsom said he relates to the rural working class because he grew up around them, and noted that Trump is giving them a completely raw deal, which he calls a “bill of bullsh*t,” by tempting them with a nostalgia for a past America.

Or at least, that’s what I could garner from the word salad that Newsom was confidently tossing around.

Of course, Newsom attributed a lot of this to Fox News but noted that Fox News’ supposed racist and sexist outrage is appealing to a smaller and smaller base. He continued by stating that the real story is that the United States is today what California was in the 90’s — because California is so ahead of the times I guess — and the population is about to walk away from the GOP.

If you’re confused about this interview, then it’s not you. Either the editor cut it very oddly or Newsom is just that all over the place. I’m going to guess the latter, given the interviewers face during the interview.

But with that said, I’d like to correct some of Newsom’s claims.

For one, the Fox News audience is ginormous, and CNN and MSNBC couldn’t even match Fox’s primetime viewership if they were to combine their numbers.

Secondly, while polls being paraded around the mainstream media say that Trump isn’t doing as well as the Democrats as far as approval numbers go, his rallies tell a different story. What’s more, this different story is the same story we saw in 2016. People are coming to Trump’s rallies and filling stadiums with an overflow that number in the thousands. Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo is recognizing that this is a problem for Democrats.

Just by looking at the pictures and watching the interviews, it’s very clear that Trump’s voting populace isn’t strictly white and male. It’s also growing larger. Black support for Trump is up to 20 percent, 12 points higher than the eight percent of the vote he received in 2016.

Hispanic support for Trump is now at 50 percent.

Newsom’s wild claim that rural white men with toxic masculinity are a dwindling source of support for Trump is a pants-on-fire lie, and like Amy Klobuchar telling herself that Democrats are just as popular at rallies as Trump is, Newsom seems to be telling himself this in order to make himself feel better about the fact that the only popularity that’s waning is the hard left’s.

I joke that California is an ideological bubble, but Newsom’s bizarre interview is so laced with confidence that I wonder if he believes what he knows he’s making up. He truly believes that California is the future and despite all the evidence pointing to the fact that it’s not.

 

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Now the US Holocaust Museum Is Denouncing Ocasio-Cortez’s Concentration Camp Comments

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Despite the mainstream media coming to her defense as if they were bees protecting their queen, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison of holding areas for illegal immigrant children to concentration camps was wrong on various levels. What’s more, despite her claims that she wasn’t comparing these holding areas to Nazi concentration camps, her use of the phrase “never again,” a common phrase referring to Holocaust, tells us otherwise.

Ocasio-Cortez likes to pretend that the only people who are angry with her are Republicans, but the truth is that many Jewish groups and Jewish individuals have made it clear that she’s in the wrong. We can now add the United States Holocaust Museum to that list as well.

The Holocaust Museum issued a statement responding to AOC, saying that the USHMM “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary.”

They also clarified in the statement that one of their employees agreeing with AOC’s statement doesn’t mean that it reflects on the museum.

From the USHMM website:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary. That position has repeatedly and unambiguously been made clear in the Museum’s official statement on the matter – a statement that is reiterated and reaffirmed now. The link to the Museum’s statement is here.

The Museum further reiterates that a statement ascribed to a Museum staff historian regarding recent attempts to analogize the situation on the United States southern border to concentration camps in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s does not reflect the position of the Museum.

The Museum deeply regrets any offense to Holocaust survivors and others that may have been engendered by any statement ascribed to a Museum historian in a personal capacity.

It’s time for AOC to give up the act, yet she’s sticking to her guns on this. While I realize there are times when apologies aren’t necessary, AOC now has a couple of things to apologize for, and some people to apologize to. She should apologize to the Jewish community for making such a flippant comparison in her quest to be as sensational as possible. She also needs to apologize to America for blatantly lying to them about her intent.

I’m not holding my breath and neither should you.

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According to Slate, Wearing Deodorant Means You’re Oppressed by the Patriarchy

American women have had the right to vote since 1920, laws that prohibited us from owning property or signing contracts without our fathers’ or husbands’ permission have been repealed, and women have outnumbered men in getting college degrees (including graduate and doctoral degrees), so you might think things are going fairly well for us. But here comes Slate to let us know that we are still suffering from systemic patriarchal oppression, specifically from the deodorant and antiperspirant industry.

[It feels obligatory to provide the music video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a soundtrack to this article. Humor my Generation X music preferences, if you don’t mind.]

Slate contributor Shannon Palus writes a regular column called “Well, Actually,” which is described as “test[ing] health and wellness products to help readers figure out what they should try, what they should skip, and why.” This week’s column focused on “natural” deodorants, which are aluminum-free.

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that stops you from actually sweating, and Palus takes a few paragraphs to clear up an urban legend that aluminum causes cancer or Alzheimer’s. Good news! Your baby powder scented Dove isn’t going to kill you.

What your deodorant might be doing, according to Palus, is sacrificing your feminine independence to the patriarchy. She reviews the advertising history of deodorant products, which she described as “a made-up solution to a made-up problem,” noting how the ads portrayed the idea of women perspiring as negative and disgusting.

“Early marketing campaigns,” wrote Palus, “were designed to make women—and they were first marketed just to women—embarrassed about the entire concept of perspiration,” mentioning specific ads that described sweaty women as unappealing to male potential suitors.

“Nowadays,” she continued, “it’s practically expected that women aren’t supposed to sweat through their armpits, which is why I’ve been using antiperspirants since I was in middle school.” Shaking off the advertiser-fueled patriarchal oppression, Palus tried a Clean Queen natural deodorant stick, which retails around $14 to $20.

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Palus’ review of the product noted that it did seem to manage to control body odor but didn’t stop her from sweating.

Then, after about a dozen paragraphs telling women that we don’t need to submit to Big Deodorant just to satisfy men, she writes that the “best part” about her experiment is that she texted her new boyfriend to ask if he had noticed any difference during the time she had switched from regular antiperspirant to the Clean Queen, and he replied with “[a] firm ‘nope.’”

Never mind that her last paragraph knocks the legs out from under her argument in the rest of her article — she actually was worried about what the man in her life thought about her sweatiness if she describes his positive response as “the best part” — this is not an issue where women need protection.

I’m not wearing antiperspirant because the patriarchy demands it. I’m wearing it for me and everyone around me. I live in Florida. It’s warm enough in a lot of the state to go swimming year round, and the humidity has conquered many weaker-blooded Northern visitors. The “Sunshine State” nickname isn’t just a tourism department slogan. It is hot and sweaty here pretty much year round. I prefer not to stink.

Nearly everyone has had the unpleasant experience of being around someone who eschews modern hygienic habits, whether while traveling overseas, on crowded public transportation, or just being around teenagers who haven’t quite figured it out yet, and it’s not enjoyable.

It’s not the patriarchy bullying us into trying to prevent sweating. It’s just plain good manners to not terrorize the fellow humans in your vicinity with your stench.

Read my RedState article archive here.

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Into the Belly of the Beast: Brace For Impact – Chick-Fil-A Opens in Ultra-Left-Wing Seattle

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Aaand it’s here.

The time has come, folks — it’s right into the belly of the beast for that most controversial and delicious supplier of waffle fries and social justice heartache (here and here): This week, Chick-fil-A opens its first-ever location in ultra-left-wing Seattle.

Hold on to your (kitty) hats.

Eater reports that hipsters will be able to Eat Mor Chikin on Thursday, June 27th.

In a place called — perhaps appropriately — Bitter Lake.

Some hungry fools are most likely already camping out. According to Western Washington’s KIRO Channel 7, that isn’t unusual:

In the past, opening events have included parking lot campouts of fans hoping to win a year’s worth of free meals. They’ve also caused traffic jams for weeks. In 2015, the opening of the Bellevue location had police officers directing traffic to keep cars moving and the crowds continued for several weeks. The city had to implement a new traffic plan to accommodate the massive lines of cars traveling around the restaurant.”

More on the freebies and fanaticism, from Eater:

Die-hard fans of the often-controversial Chick-fil-A chain camped out in subzero temperatures for an opening in Elmhurst, Illinois, suffering through the cold to earn free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. WGN reports that dozens of people camped out overnight in “tents and survival gear” to be among the first inside. It’s a Chick-fil-A tradition to offer the first 100 customers one free meal (a sandwich, fries, and a drink) every week for a year: some fans travel out-of-state for each successive franchise opening in an attempt to score the deal.

Sub-zero! That’s love right there.

Of course, not everyone’s smitten.

Here’s Katie Herzog for The Stranger:

Eater reports that America’s best most homophobic chicken chain will be opening their first location in Seattle’s Bitter Lake, a north Seattle neighborhood I’ve never been to been to but frankly, sounds like my kind of place.

The store is scheduled to open at the end of the month (Happy Pride!) and while one more fast food franchise wouldn’t normally be news, this is semi-notable because Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president, is a notorious hater of gays. Cathy has given millions to groups that oppose same-sex marriage and has previously said that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit,” which, I assume, means he thinks fathers should demand their prospective sons-in-law to present the patriarch with a bouquet of 100 foreskins before he’ll allow the couple to marry. Or maybe he’s more into the family unit in which a dad asks a mob to rape his daughters instead of the angels they’d rather rape instead? Either way, dude is a major Jesus freak, and while he backed away from some of his previous anti-gay sentiments after people started protesting his chicken shack, the company isn’t exactly known for its progressive values.

Whoa Nelly.

Well, if you’re not of the Katie Herzog school of thought, you may wanna check out a tasty chocolate shake with whipped cream and a cherry near a lake named for misery in the place that formally Smelled Like Teen Spirit. Starting Thursday, a north Seattle neighborhood will smell like lunch.

Are you in Seattle and wanting to join the First 100 campout? Find out more in the video below.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here and here.

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The “Foodie Call”: A Third of Women Admit to Going on Dates Just for a Free Meal

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Imagine you’re out on a date after having met a girl on a dating app like Tinder or Bumble. After some conversations, she asks when you’re going to ask her out to dinner. Thinking you’ve found a connection with a girl, you excitedly plan to go out on a date with one another at a place she recommends. You take her out and think you have a great time. You don’t mind doing the gentlemanly duty of paying for her meal and drinks at all.

After that, she doesn’t return your phone calls and the messages stop. You wonder if it was something you did wrong or something stupid you said. Don’t worry it’s not you, it’s definitely her.

You were just the victim of a new dating trend called the “foodie call.” It’s where women manipulate men to take them out on dates for a free meal.

According to PsychCentral, a third of women have admitted to doing this to men during dates:

Researchers conducted two studies. In the first, 820 women were recruited, with 40 percent reporting they were single, 33 percent married, and 27 percent saying they were in a committed relationship but not married. Out of them, 85 percent said they were heterosexual, and they were the focus for the study, researchers reported.

The women answered a series of questions that measured their personality traits, beliefs about gender roles, and their foodie call history. They were also asked if they thought a foodie call was socially acceptable.

According to the study’s findings, 23 percent of women in this group revealed they’d engaged in a foodie call. Most did so occasionally or rarely.

Although women who had engaged in a foodie call believed it was more acceptable, most women believed foodie calls were “extremely” to “moderately” unacceptable.

The second study analyzed a similar set of questions of 357 heterosexual women and found 33 percent had engaged in a foodie call.

For both groups, those who engaged in foodie calls scored higher in the “dark triad” personality traits.

What are the “dark triad” personality traits? According to PsychCentral, these three traits are psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism.

“Several dark traits have been linked to deceptive and exploitative behavior in romantic relationships, such as one-night stands, faking an orgasm, or sending unsolicited sexual pictures,” said Brian Collisson of Azusa Pacific University.

It should be reiterated that most women find this kind of behavior to be unacceptable, and rightly so. Just as it’s wrong for a man to use a woman for her body, it’s wrong for a woman to use a man for his wallet. However, this is marked as a growing trend.

One thing that they did note in the description of the study was that the women who do this tend to also have a connection about their beliefs of gender roles, though it’s not said which specific question is asked of the women who participated in the study, which I find interesting.

It’s my theory that it’s not so much a belief in gender roles, but an awareness of societal standards which these women are clearly manipulating. A belief in gender roles may cause a woman to seek a provider over the long term, and would thus be entering a relationship with a suitable man. A manipulator of the gender roles is clearly pleased with being single and only seeking a provider for a night just to score a free meal.

The sad thing is that if this trend continues to grow, then two things will happen. One, more women may engage in the practice thanks to the rise of feminist ideological nonsense being pumped into society from every mainstream angle. Men seeking partners will become victims of women with ill intentions.

This will then lead to the second occurrence of men distrusting women. Men will begin to give up their duty of paying for women’s meals over fears that they’re just trying to score off of him. The dating scene is already precarious over the fears that at any time, a man could be accused of harassment or even rape over something innocuous or a later regret by the woman.

The divide between men and women, already widened by social justice tinkering in the mainstream media, will grow larger.

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‘Holocaust Denier’: Alan Dershowitz Excoriates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Her ‘Concentration Camp’ Remarks

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Personally, I’ve been disturbed by the Left’s references to Hitler since the days of George W. Bush.

“He’s Hitler!” signs and bumper stickers would declare.

It’s become the put-down of choice, spreading — in my view — dangerous ignorance to an entire generation. Now, it seems, any Republican leader who comes across as egomaniacal or who leads a war or who merely has conservative leanings may be subject to the Adolf treatment.

In order to compare Trump to Hitler or the border to Nazis, one must A) not know what America does, B) not know what Germany did, or C) both A and B.

Apropos, Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz threw down on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her claim that America’s running “Never Again”-style concentration camps at the border.

In fact, Alan accused AOC in a radio interview last week of being a “Holocaust denier.”

There is a sort of logic to that.

For more on Alexandria’s Instagram video that ignited a firestorm of criticism from Survivors and Jewish groups among others, please see my coverage here, here, and here.

In her video Monday, she claimed the following:

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever. I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘Never Again’ means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”

Here’s what Alan had to say on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight:

“Let nobody misunderstand what she was saying. When she used the words ‘concentration camps,’ what she meant to invoke was the Holocaust. She didn’t make distinctions between death camps and detention centers, between Dachau and Auschwitz. Even in the concentration camps that may not have been death camps, so many people died because they were forced laborers and everything like that. And of course, ‘Never Again’ is the direct invocation of the Holocaust.”

Alan’s analysis of denial:

“By making that comparison, she becomes a Holocaust denier, because what’s she’s saying is: ‘Gee, if all that Hitler did is what Trump is doing on the southern border,’ then there were no death camps, there were no killing squads, there was no genocide, there was no murder of a million-and-a-half babies, there were no selections where people were picked based on their health and whether they were twins and subjected to the most gruesome form of punishment.’”

As I said, there’s a certain logic to it. But if she can be said to have denied the Holocaust, then the same accusation must be laid at the feet of the media, social media users, and — yes — conservatives who’ve made similar allegations against select left-wingers.

Evil exists in 2019, and I have no doubt government can still be its instrument, But in my opinion, no one should accuse contemporary America or any of its current or past leaders of being Nazi Germany or Hitler. The 1930’s and 40’s saw an unprecedented evil arise. Millions of men, women, and children were rounded up at gunpoint — solely due to their heritage — and murdered en masse.

The victims of the Holocaust deserve our remembrance, respect, and reverence. And our understanding that there’s no way to understand what they endured. Their suffering should never be diminished by way of reference to lesser deeds.

Delving further, I invite you to read Gene Simmons’s powerful tribute to his mother — Holocaust survivor Flora Klein. She loved America, because she knew what it meant.

What do you think of all this? I look forward to learning in the Comments section.

Thank you for reading.

-ALEX

 

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

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Pete Buttigieg’s Problems Mount As His Town Hall Explodes Over Racial Tensions

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Pete Buttigieg, after having the ability to do no wrong early on, has hit some rough seas the past few weeks.

Oddly enough, or not oddly enough given the state of our media, it took events happening in the town he’s supposedly still mayor of to spoil the party for him. Tensions are rising around a police shooting involving an armed suspect and a white officer. I’m not seeing much of any evidence at this point that this specific shooting was anything more than a normal call that escalated due to the presence of a deadly threat, but many are accusing the South Bend Police Department of systemic racism in the aftermath.

We’ll have to see what other details emerge and I will at least leave open the possibility that something more happened, as residents cite a history of misconduct to bolster their claims.

As I wrote a few days ago, things first boiled over onto the national stage in a cringe-worthy viral clip of Buttigieg being confronted by Black Lives Matter protestors. But after initially attempting to weather that storm, things only got worse in the subsequent days.

Yesterday, Buttigieg held a town hall in South Bend to address his constituents’ concerns and things quickly went off the rails.

(Credit to Twitchy for compiling many of these tweets.)

The LA Times did a full write-up on what transpired. Here are some quotes.

When a pastor representing Al Sharpton Jr. was the first from the audience to take the mic during the town hall’s question-and-answer portion Sunday, the crowd jeered at the outsider. John Winston Jr., a community activist, walked up to the front of the stage to confront the pastor as Buttigieg watched, taking the microphone to air his own grievances about the city’s relationship with its black residents.

“They keep begging us to reach out and bridge this gap and whatever else,” Winston, who is biracial, told the audience, recounting the time he tried to host a cookout for police officers a few years ago. “And we reached out, and they said no.”

I tried to dig up exactly what that representative said, but it’s not hard to ascertain why the crowd got upset. It’s pretty tone-deaf to bring in an outside race hustler to be the opening act at your town hall when the people who actually live in the city want their concerns to be taken seriously by local authorities. Perhaps Buttigieg felt that pandering with an Al Sharpton lackey would reduce the temperature in the room? He clearly miscalculated though.

Other attendees voiced their frustration as well.

But at home, Buttigieg is a much more common figure in American politics: a white politician struggling to connect with his black constituents, many of whom are plagued by grinding poverty and violence that their wunderkind mayor has been unable to eradicate after seven years in office.

“You might as well just withdraw your name from the presidential race,” said a woman in the raucous crowd. “His presidential campaign is over… I believe that today ended his campaign.”

Given the history of attempts to eradicate violence and poverty in low-income neighborhoods across the country, my personal reaction to this is that it’s unfair. Most of the problems with crime in these communities are self-inflicted and there’s very little a police department can do outside of enforcing the law. Even when they do that, they are usually then accused of racial bias and over-policing. So what’s the solution exactly and what exactly do these residents want Buttigieg to do?

Regardless, when you traffic in bad faith attacks, you should expect to get them back and Buttigieg is reaping what he’s sowed. On the national stage, he’s attacked Republicans who’ve done nothing but praise him in the past. He’s gone after the religious views of some and he’s lied about issues dealing with immigration.

Buttigieg had the chance to keep the good faith some on the right initially gave him. He squandered that and how he’s being eaten by his own side. He gets to figure that out on his own.

Right now though, none of this is good for him and he’s going to look even more out of touch at the debate this week while things are burning down in his hometown.

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Gowdy Hints Trump And Hillary Received Different Pre-Election FBI Intelligence Briefings

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Former House Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy continues to reveal what he knows about exactly what happened during the 2016 election, when literally everyone was positive Hillary Clinton would handily defeat now-President Donald Trump.

Gowdy, of course, has seen documentation and transcripts few others have seen, so when he drops truth bombs on Fox News, where he is now a contributor, it’s wise to listen.

On this edition of “What Trey Gowdy Knows,” the former Congressman appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo and suggested the FBI gave two different intelligence briefings to candidates Clinton and Trump in August 2016, defensive briefings that “focused on the broad range of threats posed by foreign intelligence entities.”

During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Gowdy referenced how the campaigns of both Clinton and then-candidate Donald Trump received counterintelligence “defensive” briefings, but claimed they were not the same. Gowdy said the FBI provided “two different kinds of defensive briefings to candidates depending on who you like and who you don’t,” and coupled with how the FBI withheld transcript material from the FISA court, “then your bias begins to impact the investigation.”

Trump’s briefing was coordinated by Strzok, which raised red flags among Republicans. According to Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, it made no mention of the counterintelligence investigation into members of the Trump team that he opened less than three weeks prior.

In recent weeks Gowdy, who was chairman of the Oversight Committee until he left Congress at the beginning of this year, has spoken out about classified information he claims “has the potential to be a game changer.” Last month he discussed unreleased transcripts of recorded conversations between FBI informants and former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos. Gowdy said “one in particular has the potential to actually persuade people” and noted this “exculpatory evidence related to Papadopoulos was not included in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”

Gowdy said the potential game-changer transcript should be released to the American public, and he also noted that it had in fact changed his mind about the Mueller investigation, of which he had originally been supportive.

“[W]hen you have information that someone you think has done something wrong has, in fact, not done something wrong, when you have exculpatory information and you don’t share it with others and then you put that together with Strzok and Page and the defensive briefings, remember, Maria, the defense of [former FBI Director James] Comey and the media and the Democrats has always been, yeah, some of the FBI was biased against Trump, and it didn’t really matter. This really matters,” Gowdy said.

None of this is really all that surprising at this point, but the more details are released about the collusion sham, the more corrupt the federal government begins to look because efforts to help Hillary defeat Trump by smearing him seem to have come from several coordinated corners. As Democrats begin to declare their candidacies for 2020, it might be good to ask incumbents what they knew — if anything — about events during the election of 2016.

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The RedState Box Office Report — Not Playing Around

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The tough summer continues to be a challenge for studios. Sure, this time the problem is a bit of a qualified one, ad a surefire monstrous hit was merely a massive hit, but it is still a curious sign.

With the field dominated in such a strong fashion there was little else to be found in the form of good news, with one debut struggling to find its audience, and the holdovers bleeding off revenue in a steady rate. Audiences seem more content to put away their playthings than to come out for a good time.

1.  TOY STORY 4 – $118.0 Million
Here was a story about ever-changing predictions. At one point early in the week it was believed that this had the chance of reaching a $200 million opening, beating the record of $182 million set last summer by “Incredibles 2”. But then the studio set its projection at $140 million, and as the weekend played out it was lowered to $125 million, then $120 million, before settling once more. The reason it had been highly touted was a record in presale tickets for an animated release announced by Fandango. That was coupled with massive critical support of 98%, so the expectations were not out of line. Then the audience momentum never materialized. The weakest metric was in Males 25-under, so apart from families the film struggled a bit.
This is not bad news for Disney however. This opening is better than “Toy Story 3” ($110 million) which went on to gross over $400 million domestically, and over $1 billion worldwide. For the fourth edition, Disney changed from its staggered global rollout and instead debuted it simultaneously in foreign markets. This leads to setting the global record debut for an animated film, edging out “Incredibles 2” at $238 million.

As a bonus, Keanu Reeves plays the new Canadian stunt motorcycle toy, Duke Kaboom.

 

2. CHILD’S PLAY – $14.05m
United Artists played this as strictly as a counter-programming ploy, hoping a horror title might serve as a tonic for teen ticket buyers with an established property. They also tabbed Mark Hamil to take over the voice duties of the evil action figure, hoping to draw more attention, but the movie did not draw as much blood as anticipated. The studio openly embraced the competition, releasing a series of posters that showed the devilish doll Chucky having gone on the attack of a variety of the Disney characters.

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3. ALADDIN – $12.2m
The live-action version of the studio classic is going so strong that after 5 weeks it still plays on nearly 3,500 screens. Reaching the $300 million mark is a foregone conclusion, and globally it has the chance of topping $1 billion.

4. MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL – $10.75M
Sony’s attempt at reinvigorating its franchise is not capturing the intended targets. After a disappointing debut last week it drops a steep -64%, just now getting over the $50 million line. There will be many questions at the studio following this performance.

5. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $10.29M
While not a disaster this is woeful, considering expectations. After three weeks it has only now passed the amount of the original film’s opening weekend. It will fall well short of the first movie’s total run of $368 million.

6. ROCKETMAN 5.65m
The Elton John biopic is cruising in orbit, taking in a decent $77 million to date, and equaalling that amount overseas.

7. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – $4.07m
Keanu Reeves’ taciturn assassin is making a lot of noise. It has made over $150 million and is still competing after 6 weeks in theaters.

8. GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS – $3.7m
It has not scorched the landscape stateside, taking a full month to hit the $100 million plateau. (The original Warners release nearly made that on its first weekend.) International numbers are FAR better, and it remains to be seen if that will be enough to float the film to profits.

9. DARK PHOENIX – $3.6m
Sheer disaster for the franchise finale at Fox. It drops another -61%, as a result losing a massive 1,600 screens in just its third week.

10. SHAFT – $3.55m
Another planned rebooted franchise that fell apart. It missed projections in its debut last week, and now tumbles -60%, so it is doubtful Warners will be revisiting this property anytime soon.

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