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Accused Burglar Throws Human Feces at the Judge in Court. Then the Jury Acquits Him

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Ever get mad at a judge?

Dorleans Philidor did, too.

Ever throw feces at a judge while you’re in court?

Y’all have somethin’ else in common!

The 33-year-old was sitting in his wheelchair before the scales of justice Friday on account of him gettin’ charged with burglary.

And he thought it was a cool idea to do his best Clayton Kershaw with a handful of excrement aimed at the strike zone of one Lisa Walsh, Miami-Dade circuit judge.

While pitchin’ the poop, he yelled, “It’s protein! It’s good for you!”

Like protein powder? Protein pooter?

The mound missed Lisa, and the bailiff yelled for her to skedaddle. Cops rushed in.

As recounted to the Miami Herald by witness Allen Rios:

“It was intense. The corrections officers and police officers were swarming. Like 60 of them. They told everyone to leave and you couldn’t go back in. It was a hazardous area.”

They closed the courtroom for cleaning, and Lisa moved the closing arguments to another courthouse.

Upon resuming, jurors found Dorleans not guilty of burglary.

Unfortunately for him, he’ll still be residin’ behind bars due to a separate grand theft auto case.

Charges remain to be filed for his crap crime.

And it was indeed his: A day earlier, according to public relations director Eunice Sigler, Dorleans defecated on himself and smeared it all over the walls of his holding cell next to the courtroom. Oh — and on himself. The whole second floor had to be closed.

That stunt resulted in a mental evaluation; a doctor determined he was well enough to attend Friday’s trial. Guess that doctor…stinks.

Why would the accused do something so incendiary in court, if he was — and this is assuming the jury was correct — not guilty?

Oh well; I guess that’s Dorleans Philidor for ya.

Oh, and one last thing: during the corny courtroom protein protest, he also ate some of his doodoo.

Mentally well indeed.

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BREAKING: Trump Backs Off Deportation Threat, Cites Democrat Request

After threatening to deport thousands of illegal immigrants who have pending deportation orders this coming week, President Trump has now backed off that threat.

ICE was supposed to start a major operation targeting those who’ve already had their cases adjudicated by an immigration court. Most of these would be people who never showed up for subsequent hearings, attempting to just blend into the interior of the country. Contrary to some Democrat political bluster, no one was going to be deported who was not already subject to a lawful removal order.

Trumps move isn’t a surprise to anyone who have followed his waffling on the issue over the last two years.

The idea that an extra two weeks is going to lead to some grand compromise on immigration is a pipe dream. It won’t happen and we’ll be right back in the same place. Furthermore, the issues of reform and enforcement are disconnected unless Trump is open to granting amnesty to everyone with a pending deportation order.

The President’s recent walk backs regarding this issue and Iran are not going to help his credibility as someone who follows through.

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How SCOTUS Blew Up Stare Decisis and Nearly Declared the Federal Government Unconstitutional

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The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include the new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Supreme Court has a lot of major cases pending decisions but there were two little followed cases decided this week that shook a lot of legal observers to the core and threatened to upend the federal government as it currently operates.

First up was a Fifth Amendment “takings clause” case that has knocked rapacious local governments back on their heels in the same way the infamous Kelo decision had conservatives wondering exactly what reference the Supreme Court was using.

Briefly, Rose Mary Knick owns a 90-acre parcel in Scott Township, PA. She uses the acreage for grazing horses but on that land is a small cemetery that contains graves of ancestors of neighbors. I don’t know what brought the issue to a head–I suspect some local interpersonal melodrama–but the township passed an ordinance requiring that all cemeteries on private land to be open and accessible to the public during daylight hours and issued a notice of violation to Knick. Knick filed a state lawsuit claiming her property was being illegally taken. The township responded by withdrawing its notice of violation and announcing that the ordinance would not be enforced. Knick was unimpressed and pressed her suit in federal court. The district court dismissed her lawsuit using a precedent set by the Supreme Court in 1985 in Williamson Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City. This requires aggrieved landowners to first seek redress in state courts and then, in a Catch-22 situation, requires federal courts to treat state court decisions in these matters as final (from the decision):

The unanticipated consequence of this ruling was that a takings plaintiff who complied with Williamson County and brought a compensation claim in state court would — on proceeding to federal court after the unsuccessful state claim — have the federal claim barred because the full faith and credit statute required the federal court to give preclusive effect to the state court’s decision.

The result was a 5-4 decision, the split cleanly between conservatives an progressives, that overturned precedent. Chief Justice Roberts found that citizens who have had their property confiscated or the use restricted by state action have the same access to federal courts as any other citizen whose rights have been violated and there is no need for them to fight several years in state court to get redress.

We now conclude that the state-litigation requirement imposes an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of our takings jurisprudence, and must be overruled. A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it. That does not mean that the government must provide compensation in advance of a taking or risk having its action invalidated:So long as the property owner has some way to obtain compensation after the fact, governments need not fear that courts will enjoin their activities. But it does mean that the property owner has suffered a violation of his Fifth Amendment rights when the government takes his property without just compensation, and therefore may bring his claim in federal court under §1983 at that time.

The liberals, led by Justice Kagan, cried Armageddon:

Justice Elena Kagan, joined by the court’s three other liberal justices, dissented in furious tones. Friday’s decision, she said, “rejects far more than a single decision in 1985.” That decision, Williamson Country Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, “was rooted in an understanding of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause stretching back to the late 1800s, Kagan wrote.

On that view, a government could take property so long as it provided a reliable mechanism to pay just compensation, even if the payment came after the fact,” Kagan said, adding, “No longer.”

In conflict with “precedent after precedent,” she said, the majority holds that a government violates the Constitution whenever it takes property without advance compensation, no matter how good its commitment to pay. The consequence, she added, is “to channel a mass of quintessentially local cases involving complex state-law issues into federal courts.”

The “entire idea” of abiding by precedent, she said, is that “judges do not get to reverse a decision just because they never liked it in the first instance.” Rather, she said, they need a reason other than that the precedent was wrongly decided.

“It is hard to overstate the value, in a country like ours, of stability in law,” said Kagan, pointing so a similar observation by one of her colleagues just weeks ago.

On May 13, Justice Stephen Breyer chastised his conservative colleagues for reversing a precedent on a question that rarely arises: “Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next.”

“Well that didn’t take long,” opined a caustic Kagan. “Now one may wonder yet again.”

What Kagan was probably referring to was the close call with instant death the administrative state nearly suffered on Thursday.

Since the court-packing crisis led a more compliant and stump-broke Supreme Court to allow Congress to delegate authority to federal agencies, we’ve been on a fast and downhill slide towards an administrative superstate controlling our lives down to the smallest detail (take a look at this for details). It is this delegation idiocy that has led to homeowners being fined and prosecuted for filling “wetlands” that the EPA or Army Corps of Engineers have determined are used by migrating waterfowl or are somehow linked to navigable bodies of water. It is this silliness that has allowed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to impose speed limits and control the legal age for drinking alcohol. It has allowed the EPA, not the market, to set fuel efficiency standards.

In 2006, Congress passed the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) that required certain sex offenders to register in their state of residence and notify neighbors of their presence. Nestled in this law is a provision that gives the Attorney General the power to decide how this law applies to persons convicted of covered offenses before the passage of the law. (Here I’ll offer my opinion that the Constitution tells us that ex post facto laws are not permitted but that’s just me). Savor that for a minute. Congress tells the guy with the least inclination to act impartially to figure out how to lower the boom on people because Congress doesn’t want to touch the issue.

Anyway, a guy named Herman Gundy, who had been convicted in 2005 of a covered offense, didn’t register and was prosecuted. He appealed on the grounds that his conviction was based on an unconstitutional delegation of authority.

The case was 5-3. Justice Kavanaugh was being slandered by a clutch of psychos and their media fluffers at the time and didn’t hear the arguments. Kagan, writing for the majority said, in essence, “we don’t see the problem with Congress letting the Attorney General make up laws out of whole cloth and send people to prison for breaking them” concluded:

Indeed, if SORNA’s delegation is unconstitutional, then most of Government is unconstitutional—dependent as Congress is on the need to give discretion to executive officials to implement its programs.

Justice Gorsch, in a dissent joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas essentially said that, yes, that was exactly correct:

The Constitution promises that only the people’s elected representatives may adopt new federal laws restricting liberty. Yet the statute before us scrambles that design. It purports to endow the nation’s chief prosecutor with the power to write his own criminal code governing the lives of a half-million citizens. Yes, those affected are some of the least popular among us. But if a single executive branch official can write laws restricting the liberty of this group of persons, what does that mean for the next?

Today, a plurality of an eight-member Court endorses this extraconstitutional arrangement but resolves nothing. Working from an understanding of the Constitution at war with its text and history, the plurality reimagines the terms of the statute before us and insists there is nothing wrong with Congress handing off so much power to the Attorney General.

The most intriguing part of this was the fifth majority vote, that of Justice Alito. Though Alito voted with the majority he did not sign onto any part of the majority’s reasoning and his concurrence sounded very, very ominous should such a case ever reach a 9-member Supreme Court:

The Constitution confers on Congress certain “legislative [p]owers,” Art. I, §1, and does not permit Congress to delegate them to another branch of the Government. See Whitman v. American Trucking Assns., Inc., 531 U. S. 457, 472 (2001). Nevertheless, since 1935, the Court has uniformly rejected nondelegation arguments and has upheld provisions that authorized agencies to adopt important rules pursuant to extraordinarily capacious standards. See ibid.

If a majority of this Court were willing to reconsider the approach we have taken for the past 84 years, I would support that effort. But because a majority is not willing to do that, it would be freakish to single out the provision at issue here for special treatment.

This has thrown the left into a full-fledged panic. (See ‘Most of Government Is Unconstitutional’ Did the Supreme Court just suggest that it is prepared to agree with that statement? for the motherlode.)

In response, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote a lengthy dissent extolling the need to curb Congress’s powers to delegate to federal agencies. Surprisingly, two other justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, joined this radical opinion. And while a fourth — Justice Alito — sided with the more liberal justices, he wrote separately to say that “if a majority of this Court were willing to reconsider the approach we have taken for the past 84 years, I would support that effort.”

Because Justice Kavanaugh was recused from the case, the conservative wing was deprived of a potential fifth vote. But that vote may come: Judging from his record, Justice Kavanaugh is also no friend of agency power.

So the writing may be on the wall for the hands-off doctrine that has enabled the federal government to be a functional government. If that fifth vote comes, the court would generate enormous uncertainty about every aspect of government action. Lawsuits against federal agencies would proliferate, and their targets would include entities that we’ve come to rely on for cleaner air, effective drugs, safer roads and much else.

Nothing in the Constitution requires that result. The Constitution broadly empowers Congress “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution” its authorities. Congress does not surrender its legislative power by delegating. It exercises that power.

That argument, however, may not carry the day. And make no mistake: If the law in Gundy is unconstitutional, then as Justice Kagan wrote, “most of government is unconstitutional.” Alarmingly, a majority of justices on the Supreme Court may not have a problem with that.

I think this guy is completely right that the idea of Congress delegating its authority to form criminal statutes to the the Executive is clearly on the table. Alito’s concurrence with the majority while agreeing with the dissent was a tactic to ensure that somewhere out there a clever lawyer will find a case that will perk up to the Supreme Court and it will be substantial enough that a majority will drive a stake into the heart of the administrative beast that is slowly strangling freedom and, in doing so, force Congress to actually do its job.

What is immensely encouraging about these two decisions are that they reveal a new and conservative majority that seems united in restraining government, that is jealous of constitutional liberties, and is not deterred by prospect of casting aside precedent that offends these principles. If that is the case, then there is renewed hope for the American project and the people who thought “but Gorsuch” was such a killer insult are going to look mighty stupid.

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Class Act: Baseball Superstar Albert Puljos Surprises Young Fan With Downs Syndrome With the Shirt Off His Back

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As we increasingly live large swaths of our lives online it can come to feel as if the whole country is constantly in a state of division and rage.

It’s nice to be reminded of that there are good people out there and kindness is still plentiful and available for all to see who look for it. America is still filled with class acts. We just have to look up long enough to see them.

This week’s class act is baseball legend Albert Puljos. When the Angels’ first baseman noticed a young fan waiting on the sidelines for a glimpse of the team he ran over to greet him.

Fox News reports that dad Joe Squarini and his son Nico – an adorable, beaming child with Downs Syndrome – had been waiting with pen in hand, hoping to secure an autograph. Little Nico got much more than he – or anyone bargained for. As the crowed shouted “We love you, Albert!” and “You’re the best, Albert!”, Puljos took the pen then took the jersey off his own back and signed it. He then proceeded to sign Nico’s jersey and then held up the young man for a picture.

Nico’s dad was understandably grateful and excited for the attention.

Puljos has a daughter with Downs Syndrome and started the Puljos Family Foundation in her honor.

More of this, please.

 

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AOC Claims an Explosion Was Cased By Climate Change, Leaves Everyone Confused

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She never stops.

Concentration camp Twitter is still an ongoing thing as I write this, as brave media firefighters rush to tell us how she’s actually right despite being completely wrong. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must always be defended at all costs and liberal orthodoxy routinely changes overnight to accommodate whatever she says.

This latest example is going to be really tough to massage though. But hey, they’ve surprised me before.

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What does an explosion at a refinery have to do with global warming? That’s the million dollar question and the answer is absolutely nothing.

But here’s a preview of the coming defense.

You see, AOC isn’t actually saying that climate change caused this explosion despite saying this proves climate change is an existential threat, which logically means she’s saying it caused explosion. No, she’s just saying that fossil fuels are flammable and can explode. Now connect that dot to fossil fuels releasing carbon. Carbon supposedly causes “climate change.” Thereby, if we didn’t use any fossil fuels, there’d be no explosion and no carbon being released into the air. Also, workers would be treated better by not having high paying jobs in the oil industry.

Boom, checkmate suckers.

That line of thinking is of course idiotic. Even if you live in some fantasy world where we go 100% renewable in regards to energy, fossil fuels are used for all kinds of other products we use in our everyday lives. Windmills and solar panels have no ability to replace them. There would still be drilling of oil, handling of it, and refining of it going on even without it being used as an energy source.

Further, the oil industry is heavily regulated with extremely strict safety standards. While accidents happen, it’s not a free for all leaving “working class people” slaving away in dangerous conditions at the behest of evil oil executives. Quite the opposite. The oil industry provides highly paid jobs to millions of Americans without higher education who might otherwise not have the opportunity to make anywhere near the money they are making.

But AOC wants to tear all that down because an oil refinery had an unrelated explosion. Also, climate change, social justice, yada, yada, yada, something. Sounds reasonable.

This is the new face of the Democratic party and it’s as disturbing as it is funny.

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Condoleezza Rice’s Schooling of an NBC Reporter On Race Relations Is a Solid Lesson for America

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Reporters want people to believe that racism is worse than ever under President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice isn’t having it.

According to Sista Toldja on Thursday, during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday, NBC News’ Sheinelle Jones tried to push onto Rice the idea that “there are people who will say it feels worse now when we’re talking about race” and that Trump was fostering a “divisive environment.”

Rice shot that narrative down with all the force of an anti-air missile.

Rice is no stranger to tossing this kind of narrative in the trash. According to the Daily Wire, Rice has run into several situations where she’s had to demolish narratives, such as the idea that black people have to swing left:

In May 2018, Rice was also asked about race and politics, this time in the context of rapper and fashion designer Kanye West being lampooned by the media for throwing his support behind President Trump.

“As a successful woman of color out there, when you see Kanye West talking like this and getting the pushback that he is, what do you think?” asked host Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria.”

“Well, my view of it — first of all, I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, but I can say that people should be able to express their views. Not all of us have to think politically the same way,” said Rice.

“I’ve said to people sometimes, ‘I’ve been black all my life. You don’t have to tell me how to be black,’” she continued. “So I think we need to recognize that in some ways the height of prejudice is to look at somebody and think you know what they think because of the color of their skin.”

Racism comes in many forms and believing that a person must think a certain way due to their skin color is very racist. It’s a problem that the Democrat party runs up against quite often, with black Republicans often being referred to by derogatory names such as “Uncle Tom,” or being told they’re not black enough.

Rice is a perfect example of what it is to break away from that kind of thinking and recognize realities. When it comes to race relations, things have never been better, despite what the social justice community wants you to believe, or the racism they themselves commit.

While history can’t be changed, Americans have made great strides in rectifying things, and while there are still problems, many of the problems stem from widespread ignorance thanks to a media that’s only too happy to push narratives that help keep Democrats in power. If these narratives were to disappear tomorrow, and the finger pointing and blaming of others stopped, then we’d really start to see change.

However, so long as there’s power to be gained from turning races against each other, you can bet Democrats and its media will continue to whisper in the ears of anyone who will listen.

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AOC Again Goes for the Dunk on the Border Crisis, but Crenshaw and McCarthy Call Her Bluff

Most of this week has been an epic dumpster fire of fail with regards to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) digging in on her absurd comparison of border detention centers to Nazi concentration camps. Thankfully, we’re able to end it on a good note with some bluff-calling by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23).

On Wednesday, McCarthy blasted AOC for her remarks and called on her not just to apologize to America “but the world”:

At a press conference, the House GOP leader told reporters that the freshman congresswoman owed the U.S. and the world an apology for comparing detention facilities operated by the Trump administration to Nazi-era concentration camps throughout Europe, where millions of Jews were murdered.

“I think Congresswoman AOC needs to apologize,” McCarthy said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez. “Not only to the nation but to the world. She does not understand history.”

“She does not understand what is going on at the border at the same time. But there is no comparison…and to actually say that is really embarrassing,” McCarthy added.

Even as Holocaust experts corrected her for the record throughout the week, the freshman Congresswoman continued to go on a tear, insisting she was right and declaring she would not apologize nor back down over an assertion she was clearly wrong about.

On Friday, AOC tried to turn the tables on McCarthy, and demanded he apologize for the situation at the border:

McCarthy, in turn, was not having it, and called her out on her refusal – and her party’s refusal – to consider the Trump administration’s request for emergency border funding that would help alleviate the crisis she claims to care about (h/t: Twitchy):

Crenshaw, who earlier this week smoothly debunked Ocasio-Cortez’s claims, provided a helpful assist to the GOP House leader:

I’ve seen criticisms from some people that the players in this debate need to get off social media and work together towards a solution. But what the critics don’t understand is that social media is AOC’s weapon of choice, and she has an outsized influence on the national conversation thanks to the massive amounts of followers she has, and thanks to the national media’s round-the-clock fawning coverage of her.

Republicans like Crenshaw, McCarthy, and Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) clearly understand that the best way to embarrass her into doing something – or at the very least expose her ignorance – is to take her on on her own turf.

On Wednesday, McCarthy retweeted out this video that demonstrates just how bad the crisis on the border actually is – and the reason there is a crisis is due to lack of funding which, according to Republicans, will run out this week. Watch as U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost talks about how agents are bringing in toys and clothes that they bought with their own money for the children at the detention centers:

There is a humanitarian crisis at the border because Democrats like AOC would rather play politics by refusing to provide HHS with the supplemental funding they need. The mainstream media won’t call them out on this, but Republicans like McCarthy, Crenshaw and others will. Good for them.

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John Lennon’s Son Denounces Political Correctness, Says Leftist Intellectuals Have Become Pathetic

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The son of the famed Beatles member John Lennon has publicly made it clear that political correctness has destroyed the left he once knew and respected.

Sean Ono-Lennon took to Twitter on Friday and tweeted out a message that stirred controversy within the left.

“When I was young the most interesting people were left-wing intellectuals. Believe it or not,” tweeted Lennon.

One person identifying themselves as a leftist intellectual attempted to argue that they still are the most interesting people he could meet, but Lennon flatly shot that idea down and dropped a major bomb.

“No we’ve become the church lady as person below says. It’s embarrassing. We’re offended by comedy and science. It’s pathetic,” tweeted Lennon.

He’s not wrong. The left has become so anti-science that what they now believe can be considered something along the lines of fantasy land. They believe in a limitless number of genders despite there being only two and will punish anyone who disagrees with them. Their stances on climate change rely on inaccurate sensationalism despite many scientists coming out and saying the doom isn’t upon us.

Their hot takes on abortion are even in direct defiance of science.

Now, the left’s primary goal isn’t knowledge and understanding, it’s finding where you stand on the victim hierarchy and asserting your power based on your place in it. It is, as Lennon described, pathetic. More importantly, it’s boring, and it causes boredom to arise in everything it touches. Introduce a bit of social justice into escapism and people immediately begin to tune out.

What’s more, is that the left doesn’t allow discussion that may ruin their narrative. Free thought isn’t allowed to exist. You have to subscribe to the body politic or be punished. Nothing grows, everything stagnates.

Now the counter culture consists of those willing to actually question the mainstream narrative with logic. Those who actually respect things like the constitution and individualism are considered the “fringe.” It’s within these circles, where speech can actually go unfettered, that you’re going to find the most interesting conversations and intellectual thought.

How the tables have turned.

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Democrats Whine That Trump Ordered an Attack that Didn’t Happen

Makes sense, right?

After Iran attacked two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and shot down a U.S. drone, many thought the President would retaliate in some fashion. On Thursday, an attack was apparently ready to go but ten minutes before it was set to go off, Trump pulled back and canceled the entire thing. The wisdom of that will become apparent down the road. We just don’t have enough information to know whether this leads to escalation by Iran or if they’ll back off.

While the media had their “omgz Trump wants war with Iran” stories already written and ready to go, they were thrown for a loop when the attack ended up not happening. That meant they needed another angle to push and everyone settled on accusing Trump of lying about when he got the 150 man casualty number that supposedly caused him to cancel the attack.

We got breathless tweets like this from certified crazy person George Conway (and certain conservative writers breathlessly retweeting him).

Then late Friday night, we found out he wasn’t in fact lying.

But the scandal continues because we are now going to argue whether Trump is lying because he said a General told him and not the Pentagon. Yes, that’s the new path this is headed down because admitting they got the story wrong for the first 24 hours would be too much for the media. It’s incredibly stupid and petty.

Regardless, it wasn’t just George Conway and the media who didn’t know what to really do after the attack was called off. It was also Democrat politicians who were so confused that they started complaining that Trump was escalating matters with Iran by…not bombing them.

All of these comments came after it was reported that the attack was called off.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also attacked the president over his administration’s policies toward Iran.

“The place we have arrived at tonight on Iran is Donald Trump’s choice,” Murphy tweeted shortly after the Times story was published. “He chose escalation over diplomacy, without any idea how to get out of the downward spiral he set in motion.”

But the attack…didn’t happen. So where’s the escalation? In fact, Trump, for better or worse, is specifically choosing deescalation. No one made Iran go bomb those ships or shoot down a U.S. drone.

Politico even quoted Ben Rhodes, because he’s apparently an authority on this stuff.

Ben Rhodes, a former Obama foreign policy adviser, also criticized Trump, tweeting: “This is precisely why politics isn’t a game, diplomatic agreements should be honored, and temperament, intellect and judgement are what matters in who is President. It should never have come to this.”

Ben Rhodes was the architect of the Libya disaster, the Syria disaster, and the Iran deal, which even Obama admitted did nothing to stop the non-nuclear aggression Trump was attempting to respond to. If anyone should sit this one out, it’s Rhodes. But the media rush to get print his opinion anyway because the rules are just different. It doesn’t matter how big of a failure you were, as long as you are a Democrat, you still keep your seat at the table.

The bigger issue here is that these critiques make zero sense and the reason they make no sense is because they were obviously prepared with the expectation that an attack would actually be carried out. When the bombs didn’t end up dropping, they had no idea what to do or so. So they just slightly tweaked their talking points and went with them anyway.

My personal opinion is that Trump should have not stopped the attack. Proportionality as a concern seems odd to me. I think aggression is better stopped by showing your enemies you will strike in non-proportionate ways. But, Trump made a decision and I’m not going to insist it’s a bad one (as some others are doing) until we see how this plays out. There are multiple paths to take with Iran and only one of them is “all out war” or any other nonsense you see being pushed in the media. Trump clearly does not want a full scale war with Iran, despite claims to contrary by Democrats, and that’s a position I think nearly everyone can agree with.

 

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Transgender Student Who Shot Up Denver STEM School Did it for Revenge Over Teasing

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You might not remember the transgender school shooter who wounded nine students and killed one at his Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) charter school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, back in May. I wouldn’t blame you for not recalling it, because the media more or less dropped the story once they found out that the shooter was of a protected group and a hardcore Democrat.

According to The Hill, the story has now resurfaced thanks to the unsealing of court documents, and the reason the transgender student wanted to carry out the killings was due to the teasing received over being transgender:

The police records, which were unsealed Thursday, show McKinney telling officers in an interview that he intended to “shoot and kill” kids who made fun of him, “hated him” and called him “disgusting” and other names for being transgender.

McKinney, who was born female, said he identifies as male and was beginning to transition.

He wanted “the kids at the school to experience bad things” and “suffer from trauma like he had to in his life,” court documents show.

McKinney reportedly reached out to Erickson on Snapchat the night before the shooting about carrying out the plan, but McKinney told investigators that he’d been planning the shooting for weeks.

McKinney reportedly told Erickson that he was “super suicidal” and that he wanted to get revenge on “a lot of people,” adding that he was thinking about killing his mom and siblings, court documents show.

I wouldn’t be too surprised if one of two things happened at this point.

The first is that the media tucks this away again, and it fades from the consciousness of the general public, never to be mentioned again.

The second is that this is used as an example by LGBT activists of just how far society pushes those within the LGBT community with its supposed derision and hatred in a country that throws it parades. Every headline and cable news personality would be touting the student’s being teased as the tragedy that leads to the atrocity. Essentially, it would paint the shooters as victims.

If I had to be given a choice between the two, I’d pick the former. The second would be a dangerous opening of doors for angry members of the LGBT community to begin formulating ideas that would result in the injuries and deaths of many. We don’t need to speculate about this, because it happens with many who are glorified in the media as pariahs after committing mass murder.

Remember, being a victim in the social justice community is currency and attention, and there’s not much bigger of a statement you can make about your own victimhood then being teased so much that you’re driven to murder.

In a perfect world, this event would be studied as another case of how a mental disorder can drive people to do heinous things. Lot’s of people are teased in school. Hormones and ignorance run rampant in schools, as do bullies. You’re going to get picked on and teased at some point, yet the vast majority of us — including those in the LGBT community — go on without killing or harming anyone.

The better focus of this story isn’t the kid’s political leanings or gender identity, it’s that he suffered from a mental illness and that is what we need to zero in on.

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