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Kyle Kashuv Shows Us Again That We Can’t Have Honest Debate

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Yesterday, the top story on all the social media trends was the story of Harvard in-accepting Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv. The reason? The university was made aware of texts from Kyle’s days as a 16-year-old (not all that long ago), some of which contained racist terms and other offensive material.

Kashuv told the story on social media, and it gained traction. Never once did he, in my view, play the sympathy card, or the victim card. Instead, he basically says “I’m not going to Harvard. This is why. I tried working it out with them, but it didn’t happen.”

Now, Kashuv is a pro-gun advocate who took to the national stage along with, though opposite from, many of his classmates. He saw the Parkland shooting as a failure of safety measures that the United States government could act on, but his solutions did not involve restrictions on the Second Amendment. His views were endorsed by the likes of Ben Shapiro and other big names on the right while the left savaged him.

So, naturally, when yesterday’s story erupted, the two sides strapped on their jackboots and went to their bunkers to arm up.

There are hundreds of thought pieces written about the issue specifics already. They detail who their authors believe was in the right and who was in the wrong. You can’t open up Twitter right now without seeing some other person commenting on it for the 150th time. I’m not here to talk about the specifics, though.

I have a worry about stories like the and the fallout from our natural reactions.

I mentioned a very specific visual a minute ago: Strapping on the jackboots and heading to the bunkers. You can see a bunch of angry leftists muttering about Kashuv being a racist just like the rest of the GOP and you can see angry right-wingers muttering about how they’ll win this war because the Democrats don’t even believe in guns. It’s almost like a weird World War I movie, except set on Twitter, which thank God Almighty we didn’t have for either world war.

From the bunkers, each side shouts at each other. Someone will say something they consider witty, and a hundred heads standing around them will nod in agreement. Across the battlefield, the other side does the same thing. Insult and nods of approval. The problem is that neither side heard the other and, more importantly, neither side will try to understand the other.

Kashuv said some bad things. They are not defensible things. The kid screwed up in the language he used. Do I think he needs to be un-accepted from Harvard for it? Of course not. But, you have to acknowledge that it was bad. He owned up to it, but that doesn’t erase what he did.

However, it’s not healthy for us to continue trying to destroy the lives of people we don’t agree with. Kashuv made a mistake, but it’s not a mistake worth destroying someone’s chance at a prestigious education for. What he did was stupid, showed a lack of judgment, and totally accepted within his cultural circles. That doesn’t make it right, but there is social context that is missing.

But no one wants to come together and hash this out. We must sit in our respective bunkers and hurl rhetorical bombs at each other without stopping to ask why the hell we’re doing that instead of talking.

This is a mistake, and it’s growing more and more common as the years go by. We’re losing the ability to speak to each other, instead focusing on our beliefs and ideas instead of trying to understand someone else’s. When we’re not focusing on our beliefs and ideas, though, we are coming to a snap judgment on someone else’s based on loosely-affiliated data about that person’s beliefs and ideas.

Kids make mistakes, and this is a good one to learn a lesson from. But, we can’t expect the future Kyle Kashuvs to take lesson as well as this one did, and we can’t expect our society to survive if we don’t work toward understanding.

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That Hillary Clinton Broadway Play Is Going About As Well As Expected

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I’ll admit that I didn’t know this existed until earlier this afternoon.

Apparently, there’s a Broadway play that centers on Bill and Hillary Clinton in which their roles are reversed in some kind of alternate universe portrayal. Clearly there’s next level artistic mastery at work here. The play revolves around a fictional conversation set during the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primary.

Unfortunately for those actually working the production, things aren’t going that well.

“Hillary and Clinton,” which stars Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow as alternate-universe versions of Hillary and Bill Clinton, was set to close July 21 but will end its run early after 37 previews and 77 regular performances, according to the publication.

The play depicts a fictional conversation between the two during the 2008 primary season in a New Hampshire hotel room, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The producer of the play hasn’t had the best record lately.

It will become the third play produced by Scott Rudin during the 2018-19 theater season to end its run prematurely, following his productions of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” according to the publication.

About the second or third failure, you’d think people would stop investing in this stuff, but the price of woke entertainment is high and rarely relies on actually making a profit to exist. You can take a look at the recent failures of ThinkProgress for proof of that.

All in all, the production cost about $4.2M but will be ending over a month early. That can’t be good for the bottom line. Worse, even before having to close the doors early, ticket prices had already plummeted. It’s unlikely any actual cash was made from the endeavor.

You’d think at some point these producers, movie makers, and other players in big budget entertainment would realize that being woke doesn’t pay. No one wants to watch Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton riff about the toils of life in a fictional depiction. Heck, no one wanted to see them in a non-fictional setting, as their latest “tour” ended up being a colossal flop, with tickets reaching the $2-3 level. People want to escape reality in their entertainment, not be bombarded with yet more political content.

In the case of the Clintons, I think they have finally reached the end of their grift. Their party has left them for redder pastures and they just don’t sell anymore.

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(Lieutenant) Pete Buttigieg Should Know Better

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg should know better than to demand concessions from Israel regarding land it has already paid for, in blood.

In a recent interview with Axios Democrat Presidential contender, Mayor, and one-time Naval Lieutenant, Pete Buttigieg made a couple of comments I found surprising coming from a former military officer.

When asked about President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Buttigieg responded

That doesn’t mean he did the right thing. Here’s the problem with what he did … [I]f you’re going to make a concession like that, if you’re going to give somebody something that they’ve wanted for a long time in the context of a push-pull, even with a strong ally like Israel, right? We have a push-pull relationship. And you don’t do that without getting some kind of concession.

Somebody needs to explain to that young man how our system works. The United States Embassy to Israel has since 1995, been required by U.S. Law, to be located in Jerusalem. Taking “care that the laws be faithfully executed,” in the case of the 1995 statute, requires no use of leverage, trade-offs or concessions from the State of Israel. All that is required, is the intestinal fortitude displayed by President Trump.

To make matters worse, the boy mayor just had to spout off about the Golan Heights.

It’s the same thing with recognition of the Golan. Look, the Israeli claims in the Golan are not something to be ignored. They have a lot to do with legitimate security interests. But when we did that, we were doing something that could have been part of a negotiated package, and instead we just gave it away.

Gave it away? Gave it away!! I shouldn’t have to tell
Lieutenant Buttigieg this, But the United States didn’t give anything away. The Golan Heights isn’t ours to give. It’s was captured from the Syrians in 1967, and again paid for in 1973, with the blood of Avigdor Ben-Gal and his 7th Brigade Troopers. Of course, the boy mayor and sometime Naval Lieutenant wasn’t even born when the Israelis defeated an attacking Syrian Force that outnumbered them by over five to one. So it’s not surprising that he speaks on a subject he obviously has no familiarity with. Perhaps he should put a note or two about Yom Kippur War in his Wheel Book**

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We’re Asking Each Other to Do the Impossible Task Of Being Perfect, and We Have to Stop

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We all make mistakes. Imperfection is a characteristic humanity has lived with since Eve bit the apple. We never leave being imperfect behind, we only get wiser as we go along and do the best we can with the knowledge we have. This means that when you’re young you’re incredibly prone to being imperfect.

So, when I saw the messages that Parkland shooting survivor and gun rights activist Kyle Kashuv had privately sent to a friend that contained racist messaging and jokes about violence, I wasn’t surprised. Not because I think Kashuv is a bad person — I don’t think he is at all — but because children and teenagers find shocking things funny. Many in Generation Z has even made it a central part of their reasoning.

Kashuv was 16-years-old when he sent those text messages. He’s now 18, and between sending those texts and today, Kashuv has undergone a journey that few have, or would even wish to. The 16-year-old Kyle Kashuv and the 18-year-old Kyle Kashuv may be only two years apart but they are completely different people. There’s no way for them not to be.

To be sure, Kashuv has maturely owned up to his past behavior and apologized for it. That should have been the end of it.

However, Harvard University doesn’t see it that way, and after accepting Kashuv as a student, they now feel that Kashuv’s past text messages are a superb reason to retract his admittance. This is absolutely ludicrous, and in no small part because they’re essentially rejected a person for something they did when they were young and stupid.

But even more egregious is the idea that this is okay from the general public. In fact, some people seem to be celebrating it.

I expect partisan feelings to cause people take victory laps and spike footballs at the misfortune of someone they disagree with politically, but like the people who crucified another Jewish person at the behest of a cheering mob, they know not what they do.

The pattern that we’re setting for ourselves is pure perfection, which as a completely unattainable thing for human beings. It’s the idea that anything done in your past must be held against you and damn the context by which you committed the sin.

This means that edgy behavior or anything done in order to get shock laughs is a one-hit-kill for your future.

If you make shocking jokes about pedophilia then you must be treated as if you truly are a pedophile just like James Gunn was. If you make a joke that edges too close to being about race, then you must be a racist and treated as such just like Tim Allen or Roseanne Barr.

People do edgy things because they think it’s funny and it will get a reaction that others, especially themselves, will find hilarious to watch. Maybe they’re just trying to impress a friend with how shocking they can be. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Much of what was said is either not intended to actually be harmful to anyone. Even Barr’s comments about Valerie Jarret are the only thing that even comes close to being racist and she apologized for it without prompting. She knew she went too far before the backlash truly started.

We’ve set the standard far too high for ourselves and chances are you’ve already failed to meet that standard at some point in your life. Should that moment(s) from your past become public, it should not be an indication of who you are now, and you definitely shouldn’t be punished for it.

Yet here we are being judged by our imperfect peers for our imperfections with arbitrary rules that change depending on the situation or person. Criminals who killed children are treated with far more respect than someone who said something bad online. In fact, Michelle Jones got a glowing review in the New York Times after she was released from prison for murdering a four-year-old. She was rejected from Harvard too, but people on the left were furious about it.

Just a reminder, this is the same side currently laughing at Kashuv for being rejected over saying the “n-word” in a private text when he was 16.

None of us can do what we’re asking of each other. We cannot continue to expect perfection in others while we live with imperfection daily. We cannot continue to hold others accountable for their past selves while we all try to hide things from our own pasts.

We definitely shouldn’t ruin lives over stupid things we said.

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In Hilarious Video, a Dad Models Short Shorts Identical to Those His Teen Daughter Owns, Teaching a Valuable Lesson

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Screen grab via Jason Hilley’s Facebook page.

Jason Hilley had one thing in mind when he strolled into his teenage daughter’s room last week wearing a pair of short denim shorts: get her to see that wearing her own pair of short shorts wasn’t such a good idea.

Fox News writes about the video Hilley posted to Facebook just a few days before Father’s Day that has now gone viral:

One man has been crowned the dad of the year for pranking his teenaged daughter with a hilarious “Parenting 101” fashion lesson, poking fun at the girl’s penchant for denim cutoffs by surprising her with a pair of his own short shorts.

“You wear yours out in public? I will wear mine! Parenting 101!” funny dad Jason Hilley captioned a must-see home video, shared to Facebook on June 12. In the hysterical 75-second clip, which has since been viewed 24 million times, Hilley and his young son burst into the girl’s room for an impromptu schooling.

“Kendall, we have to have a talk,” the father begins, as a mortified Kendall raises a hand to her mouth and the little boy cackles in delight.

“Get your shorts, we’re gonna see whose fit better,” Hilley continues of the “butt cutting shorts.”

“Which ones?” she asks, which her dad describes as “the new ones we bought that were supposed to be a lot longer.”

He even joked with his daughter that if she didn’t get the shorts out and put them on for comparison, he’d wear his own to pick her up at school every day.

As of this writing, the video has over 39 million views. Watch below:

Posted by Jason Hilley on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In an interview with TODAY Parents, Hilley said using humor when in the midst of teachable moments with your kids is sometimes the best route to take:

“We joke around a lot, but Kendall knows when my jokes are serious,” Jason explained to TODAY Parents. “Kids will be kids and try to push the limits. That’s when I step in and try to correct the behavior with a little bit of humor. You don’t have to yell and scream and punish to get a point across.”

People have been praising Jason for his creativity in the comments. “I’m stealing this idea for when my daughter is older,” wrote one. Added another: “This is EPIC. What a good dad.”

According to Jason, Kendall and her brother, Walker, 8, don’t embarrass easily. “Kendall is a cheerleader and asks me to do routines with her in out front yard,” Jason told TODAY Parents. “It’s quite a sight.”

Hilley is not the first dad who has gotten the media’s attention for wearing “Daisy Duke” shorts as a creative way to teach his teenage daughter a lesson. In 2013, one Utah dad tried a similar tactic with his own daughter, who said he definitely got his point across. Scott McIntosh told ABC‘s Good Morning America he hoped his daughter learned from the experience that “modest is hottest.”

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Brace Yourselves, The Media Have Found a New Trump Scandal to Latch Onto

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The shift in the media since Trump took office has been dramatic and jarring.

That’s actually probably an understatement. The veracity with which they go after Trump over every little thing is only matched by the laxness with which they treated Barack Obama’s numerous scandals. Sell arms to drug cartels leading to a CBP agent being murdered? Meh, they won’t even mention it. Get two scoops of ice cream at dinner? Well, that’s front page news. At one point CNN actually did an investigative report on how many Diet Cokes the President drinks.

Well, brace yourselves because we’ve got a new scandal on our hands and this one is a doozy.

Here’s CNN’s report. Yes, they wasted actual bandwidth on their website doing a full write up on this.

Washington (CNN): President Donald Trump chastised his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for coughing during the taping of a TV interview, ordering the aide out of the Oval Office while he was in the middle of an answer.

Trump, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday, was in the middle of telling the journalist about releasing a financial statement when Mulvaney sounded off a cough that can be heard during the President’s remark.

“Let’s do that over. He’s coughing in the middle of my answer,” Trump said, pointing toward Mulvaney.

“Yeah. OK,” Stephanopoulos said.

Scintillating. I got chills reading that hard hitting journalism. You can find similar write ups at places like USA Today and The Washington Post. It really made the rounds.

The point of even putting this story out there is to paint Trump as an abusive, mean figure who treats his subordinates badly. Maybe he does? But this is a pretty ridiculous example to latch onto. The President got on unlikely assist on this point from liberal journalist (but usually fair) Yashar Ali.

Ali actually took heat in his mentions for that take. That’s 2019 for you.

Would I have asked Mulvaney to leave? Probably not, but that’s not my personality. Trump is a notorious germophobe, so it’s not surprising he’d have a bit of a complex over people coughing. In this case though, a taped interview was going on. It’s kind of a normal thing to ask people coughing to leave the room during filming of just about anything.

The coughing isn’t really the story here though. The most relevant part of all this, which is admittedly soaked in irrelevancy, is the media’s absurdity in even covering this as even newsworthy. It tracks in a long line of ridiculous, pointless stories that have been pushed over the years. There are no standards or rules anymore. If it can be used to paint Donald Trump in a negative light, it’s fit to print.

I’m not sure Trump can survive this latest scandal. We’ll keep you updated.

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Bourbon On The Rocks: Keep Pete Rose Out Of The H.O.F. #828

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Sorry, Park Is Closed.

Bourbon On The Rocks for Monday June-17-2019 has Duke talking about why Pete Rose should never be allowed back into baseball, O.J. Simpson has a twitter account and some stuff he wants to say and get even on and what happens when only two people show up at a rally? All this on today’s serving of BOTR and you can listen RIGHT HERE.

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Medicare For All Rejected By Doctors

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A House Ways and Means Committee hearing began Monday, led by Democrats who support government-run health care, that will likely be scrambling to address a decision last Tuesday by the nation’s largest doctor group to reject Medicare For All.

The American Medical Association, a 200,000-member physician group that has enormous lobbying power on the Hill, decided, very narrowly, to defeat a proposal to back Medicare For All.

Delegates rejected the move toward supporting a government-financed healthcare system as part of their annual meeting in Chicago. During the weekend, 40 liberal activists disrupted the conference to get the attention of members by holding a “die in” to have the group support government healthcare and leave the Partnership for America’s Health Care future.

Medicare For All, which has the backing of many prominent Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who recently introduced the measure in Congress, has been projected by the Mercatus Center to potentially cost $32 trillion over the next 10 years.

The AMA decided last Tuesday to continue backing an expansion of Obamacare and studies looking at a “public option”, in which government run health insurance is offered alongside private insurance options.

Obamacare is, however, still facing a legal challenge after being declared unconstitutional by a Texas federal court in December 2018. An appeal on that decision is scheduled to be heard in July in New Orleans.

Until then, physicians affiliated with the AMA have decided to proceed as if it is still the law of the land and back it and private insurance options instead of its more heavily regulated big brother, Medicare For All.

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Pro-Abortion NARAL Posts Perhaps the Most Tone-Deaf Father’s Day Tweet in the History of Twitter

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Imagine waking up on Father’s Day, grabbing a cup of coffee, the Sunday paper, and your cell phone to catch up on the latest news and social media goings-on before the celebration of the big day gets started.

Eyes still only halfway open from sleep, you slowly scroll down your Twitter feed and see one of two things:

An absolutely absurd tweet from NARAL Pro-Choice America wishing pro-choice dads a Happy Father’s Day, or, if you’re like me, you read Twitchy‘s mockery of the tweet (which is the much better option in this case).

Worse still, you notice NARAL’s tweet contains an image of a dad holding an infant child who is carrying a sign proclaiming she is a “battle born feminist” – the clear insinuation being that the baby is pro-choice.

This isn’t a nightmare. It actually happened:

In addition to this vile message, the group posted a “Men for Choice” Father’s Day letter on their website, which was signed by a number of pro-abortion men who hole public office. The letter reads, in part:

As a society, we cannot reward a misogynist with a vote for president. When our leaders treat women as less than equal and enact policies that perpetuate gender inequality, that hurts all of us. We need a president who will fight for reproductive freedom so our entire families can get ahead.

Planned Parenthood, in contrast, did not post a Father’s Day message on their Twitter feed or website. Thank goodness.

Their global account, however, posted a tweet on Mother’s Day that left a lot to be desired:

Their U.S. Twitter account wasn’t any better (h/t: Life News HQ):

This was on top of the child-centered video posted by Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, that same day:

We can’t get lucky enough for both groups to delete their Twitter accounts, but it sure enough would be nice if they at least avoided social media on Mother’s and Father’s days.

Their tone-deafness is just staggering.

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Today’s Supreme Court Ruling Is Bad News For Paul Manafort

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In a ruling released today, the Supreme Court upheld the “dual-sovereignty doctrine,” which allows state and federal prosecutions for the same offense.

In the case of Gamble v. United States the Court ruled against the petitioner, whose attorneys argued that the dual-sovereignty doctrine was a violation of the “double jeopardy clause” of the Fifth Amendment.

Gamble pleaded guilty to a firearm charge in the state of Alabama in 2015. He was then indicted by federal prosecutors for the same instance of possession under federal law. Here is the history:

Gamble moved to dismiss, arguing that the federal indictment was for “the same offence” as the one at issue in his state conviction, thus exposing him to double jeopardy under the Fifth Amendment. The District Court denied this motion, invoking the dual-sovereignty doctrine, according to which two offenses “are not the ‘same offence’  for double jeopardy purposes if “prosecuted by different sovereigns.” … Gamble pleaded guilty to the federal offense but appealed on double jeopardy grounds. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed.

In today’s 7-2 ruling, the doctrine was affirmed. Justice Samuel Alito wrote:

Although the dual-sovereignty rule is often dubbed an ‘exception’ to the double jeopardy right, it is not an exception at all. On the contrary, it follows from the text that defines that right in the first place…We have long held that a crime under one sovereign’s laws is not “the same offence” as a crime under the laws of another sovereign. Under this “dual-sovereignty” doctrine, a State may prosecute a defendant under state law even if the Federal Government has prosecuted him for the same conduct under a federal statute.

Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion.

Justices Ginsburg and Gorsuch filed dissenting opinions.

Justice Gorsuch’s opinion actually makes far more sense to me. He wrote:

A free society does not allow its government to try the same individual for the same crime until it’s happy with the result. Unfortunately, the Court today endorses a colossal exception to this ancient rule against double jeopardy. My colleagues say that the federal government and each State are “separate sovereigns” entitled to try the same person for the same crime. So if all the might of one “sovereign” cannot succeed against the presumptively free individual, another may insist on the chance to try again. And if both manage to succeed, so much the better; they can add one punishment on top of the other.

To say the least, this decision was not good news for President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who is currently serving a four-year sentence for bank and tax fraud convictions. It gives New York State the green light to prosecute Manafort for these same offenses.

Even if Manafort were to receive a pardon from President Trump, he would still face charges in New York.

Manafort was recently transferred to Rikers Island, a maximum security jail located in The Bronx, NY, “for the duration of the state case” against him. This facility has been home to some of the city’s most violent criminals, including the Son of Sam serial killer, David Berkowitz, and Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon.

A source close to Manafort told Fox News that he will be “held in solitary confinement for his own protection and that his defense team is planning an appeal.” The 70-year-old’s health has deteriorated significantly during his time in prison, and the source objected to Manafort being placed in solitary, saying, “He’s not a mob boss.”

Manafort has an unlikely ally in that effort – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In her tweets, Ocasio-Cortez said she was applying her beliefs to Manafort’s case, adding that “a prison sentence is not a license for (government) torture and human rights violations. That’s what solitary confinement is.” She also made a nod to Rikers’ notorious reputation.
“Sorry, but if people aren’t willing to apply principles evenly, no matter the person, then they aren’t fighting for criminal justice reform. People acting as though this is summer camp. It’s Rikers, widely known for abuse,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, saying also that “of course” she did not want Manafort to be pardoned for his crimes.

But, the highly partisan District Attorney, Cy Vance, Jr., lacks that compassion.

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