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Russian Election Interference Narrative Is Based On A Redacted Copy of Crowdstrike’s Report of DNC Server ‘Hacking’

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The Mueller Report unequivocally confirmed that the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) server was hacked by the Russians. This finding would debunk the “conspiracy” theory that the late Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was murdered in July 2016, had downloaded (onto a flashdrive) and leaked the DNC emails to Wikileaks. That is, if the Mueller Report had been accurate. I posted about this here earlier.

I wrote that, when the DNC suspected there was a problem with their network, they called in CrowdStrike, a private cyber-security company, to investigate. They did not allow the FBI access to their server.

If today’s post in the Conservative Treehouse is accurate, and it sure looks like it is, the government’s response to Roger Stone’s most recent court filing shows that the FBI relied on a redacted copy of a summary of CrowdStrike’s “technical review.”

The DNC’s claim that they’d been hacked by Russia was “the foundation for the Russian election interference narrative.” And the only “proof” is a redacted copy of a summary from a private company. It’s outrageous.

Stone’s lawyers had sought to obtain an “unredacted” copy of CrowdStrike’s technical review believing it might contain “Brady” material (exculpatory evidence). The government’s response can be accessed in full on Scribd here. Here is the relevant portion:

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Or, as Conservative Treehouse’s Sundance puts it:

Yes, that is correct. The FBI and DOJ were only allowed to see a “draft” report prepared by Crowdstrike, and that report was redacted… and that redacted draft is the “last version of the report produced”; meaning, there are no unredacted & final versions.

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!

This means the FBI and DOJ, and all of the downstream claims by the intelligence apparatus; including the December 2016 Joint Analysis Report and January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, all the way to the Weissmann/Mueller report and the continued claims therein; were based on the official intelligence agencies of the U.S. government and the U.S. Department of Justice taking the word of a hired contractor for the Democrat party….. despite their inability to examine the server and/or actually see an unredacted technical forensic report from the investigating contractor.

The entire apparatus of the U.S. government just took their word for it…

and used the claim therein as an official position…

which led to a subsequent government claim, in court, of absolute certainty that Russia hacked the DNC.

The full intelligence apparatus of the United States government is relying on a report they have never even been allowed to see or confirm; that was created by a paid contractor for a political victim that would not allow the FBI to investigate their claim.

The DNC server issue is foundation, and cornerstone, of the U.S. government’s position on “Russia hacking” and the election interference narrative; and that narrative is based on zero factual evidence to affirm the U.S. government’s position.

Finally, at the top of page 3 in the document, it states “And, in any case, the government does not need to prove at the defendant’s trial that the Russians hacked the DNC in order to prove the defendant made false statements, tampered with a witness, and obstructed justice into a congressional investigation regarding election interference.”

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot is right!

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INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Many Black Southern Democrats Vote With Their Conscience And Support Abortion Bans

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The great Salena Zito has a piece in the Saturday edition of the New York Post in which she presents information that breaks fairly dramatically with pro-abortion activists battling anti-abortion legislation in Southern states.

Many black Southern Democrats actually support fetal heartbeat and other anti-abortion legislation, Zito writes. Pro-life Southern Democrats aren’t exclusively African-American, however.

Kentucky state Rep. John Sims is a Democrat. He also voted for the state’s recent heartbeat bill, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

In a country where Democrats are viewed as overwhelmingly pro-choice, Sims seems like an oddity.

Sims doesn’t see himself as strange.

“It is not unusual at all in my book to be both a Democrat and pro-life; it’s just the way I was raised in the church,” said Sims from the back of the Dairy Queen his family has owned for 66 years.

Life means life “from conception until death,” he said.

But many of those who live in the South and break from the Progressive norm on the abortion issue are black Americans. Zito draws a distinction between the vast majority of Democrats — particularly California Democrats who have organized boycotts of the film industry in Georgia over their fetal heartbeat bill, for example — and Southern Democrats who, she says “aren’t as clear cut on the issue.”

Citing a Pew poll, she notes that several Southern states have a large percentage of voters who consider themselves pro-life, often well above the national average.

“And here’s a fact that might surprise people north of the Mason-Dixon Line — 58 percent of the pro-life Democrats in Louisiana are black,” Zito writes. “In Mississippi, that number jumps to 73 percent. ‘The point is … Democrats who call themselves pro-life … in most states are black,’ said [Republican pollster Wes] Anderson.”

In trying to answer why black Southern Democrats break with their Northern compatriots, Zito gives the mic to Louisiana State Rep. Katrina Jackson, who spoke at the 2019 March For Life rally in Washington, DC.

“There are two reasons you see pro-life Democrats in the South,” she said. “The primary reason is we are guided by our faith — the Bible teaches us it is wrong. Also, we are really family oriented. It’s not unusual to see us on a Sunday with three generations of families and extended families sitting around the dinner table…We network to make sure our children are taken care of. That’s something for us that’s never been labeled pro-life, it’s just the way we live.”

It’s also a fair bet many black voters in the South are beginning to listen to prominent black Americans such as Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley when he writes that, in some cities like New York, more black babies are aborted than born. It’s reasonable to believe Southern voters don’t want to import those statistics.

Which means the Alyssa Milanos and Reese Witherspoons of the world — who have been vocally declaring their intent to fight for the women in these states — have their work cut out for them. Because it doesn’t sound like their help is needed or even desired.

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Harris, Booker Accuse CBP of Human Rights Abuses, Completely Misconstrue Facts of the Situation

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Under President Trump, we’ve seen a new trend emerge involving the coverage of illegal immigration.

When former President Obama was around, children being separated under the Flores Agreement nary warranted a mention in the press. Illegal immigrants dying in CBP custody wouldn’t even make the local news. Unaccompanied minors being held at Fort Sill never made a CNN headline while Obama was in office.

Things are completely different today though. Every single negative event that can be spun from the border is now headline news, even when it’s clear that it isn’t the fault of immigration officials. Nine times out of ten, further research tells a much different story than what politicians and the media are presenting, but by that point, it doesn’t matter. The false perception has already become part of the public conscious.

Take these tweets by Corey Booker and Kamala Harris.

They are of course citing The New York Times, because misleading, garbage coverage on immigration is the norm there. Even still, you’d think Booker and Harris would at least read the details before running to Twitter to pop off about it.

So, did CBP mercilessly rip a 4 month old from the arms of its parents or is there a lot more to the story? Spoiler: There’s a lot more to the story.

Let’s deal with Booker’s claim of “xenophobia” first. In reality, the family in question here is from Romania. They aren’t even Hispanic, so claims of xenophobia and racism fall pretty flat when you are dealing with white Europeans. It’s also pretty unbelievable for an elected official to accuse CBP agents of xenophobia when half their ranks are Hispanic and all they are trying to do is accomplish their job. Does Booker think Trump personally flew down there to oversee this case?

Your next question is probably “why are Romanians trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally?” Good question and it’s one that doesn’t seem to have been answered by any of the breathless article written by the Times. There are no wars going on in Romania nor is there any legitimate reason for someone to go to Mexico in order to try to claim asylum in the United States. The entire chain of events just doesn’t add up, but no one in the media or on the Democrat side of the aisle even care about that.

Worse, the father in question has a criminal record.

Vasile, who had a criminal record, said he was pressed to drop his request for asylum.

This isn’t difficult. If an American citizen has a criminal record, drags a 4 month old on a dangerous trip through the desert, and then commits another crime, they would be separated from their child while their case is adjudicated. Am I supposed to feel sympathy for this father, who chose to put his child in danger while committing a crime? Why should illegal immigrants be treated any differently than a citizen would be treated in a similar situation?

In fact, the father, mother, and child got separated in Mexico before CBP even picked them up.

They lost each other in Mexico. After U.S. border agents apprehended Vasile and baby Constantin in Texas, his wife and their 4-year-old son returned to Romania from Mexico.

At the point immigration authorities got involved, the mother and son were already on their own. The child spent some time in foster care in Michigan while they processed the mother. The Father was deported back to Romania first because he clearly had no claim to asylum coming from a peaceful country while holding a criminal record. The Times, Booker, and Harris try to make it seem like this is an inhumane act. No, it’s common sense and the only logical path for CBP to follow.

The mother and child were eventually sent back to Romania and the three are together again. The system worked as it should have and no rational thinking human being could expect anything differently to have occurred. Should we have just let a guy from Romania in the country illegally with a criminal record? Should the 4 month old have stayed in detention with the mother? Most people would say no because that’d be ridiculous to suggest. Meanwhile, the left and the media want to paint CBP as committing human rights abuses.

Here’s the simple solution. Don’t want to be separated from your child? Don’t fly from Romania with a criminal record, drag your infant son on a life threatening trip through Mexico, and cross the border illegally.

Democrat politicians that continue to lie and falsely frame what is going on at the border are disgusting. It’s immoral to accuse CBP of xenophobia and human rights abuses when they followed a completely logical, humane path in this case. The agents in question are normal Americans just trying to do their freaking job. Harris and Booker should be ashamed of themselves and deserve to be roundly condemned. Instead, the media will amplify their message and continue to mislead. We live in strange times and the direction we are heading isn’t just gross, it’s dangerous.

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Brazil Makes Homophobia & Transphobia Illegal Under Racism Law, Punishable by Prison Time

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If you’re in Brazil, don’t commit homophobia or transphobia; they’re now illegal.

Actually, avoidance be easy, since there are no such things as either of those. Nor is there Islamophobia, Christophobia, etc.

One of the dumbest (and lamest) things, in my view, to happen over the last 20 years or so is people tacking “-phobia” to their side in order to attempt an invalidation of any other.

A phobia is an irrational fear. Take, for example, acrophobia — the fear of heights. People who suffer, when confronted with a view of the land even a little ways below them, will lock up physiologically. Their muscles may freeze. Their heart may race. They may sweat. They may become lightheaded. Even if they’re safe, they’ll “feel” otherwise to a physically paralyzing degree.

Such does not happen, clinically, to people who disagree with or dislike Christianity.

Oddly, a real phobia is something one cannot help — which would, presumably, give it protection under the law.

As for Brazil, what exactly does their new decree criminalize?

Belief? Thought?

It seems unclear.

According to the Independent, the court ruling “comes amid fears that the country’s far-right administration would roll back LGBT+ rights.”

Reuters describes it this way:

[J]ustices voted to treat homophobia in the same way as racism under Brazilian law, making it a criminal act.

Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to human beings, to the self-determination to decide their own life and seek happiness,” Justice Gilmar Mendes said, according to the court’s Twitter account.

Those in violation could now face up to five years in prison.

As per the organization Grupo Gay da Bahia, 420 LGBT people were killed in the country in 2018. So far this year, 141 have lost their lives.

The Independent reports:

Brazil also leads the world in transgender homicides with 171 in 2017, according to the organisation Transgender Europe. Someone is killed in a homophobic attack here every 16 hours.

If these figures bolstered the decision of the court, there seems to be some fuzzy statistical logic here. Someone’s killing doesn’t denote intent. For example, if 10,000 white people were killed last year, that fails to demand they were murdered because of racism.

Are the numbers merely a reflection of the general crime rate combined with Brazil’s particular sexual and cultural makeup?

Regardless, to Justice Carmen Lucia, preconceived notions of “other” amount to violence:

“In a discriminatory society like the one we live in, the homosexual is different and the transsexual is different. Every preconception is violence, but some impose more suffering than others.”

In late May, six of the nation’s eleven supreme court judges had already voted for the measure. On Thursday, remaining ballots were cast. The majority gained three more in favor.

Here’s something bizarre…and terrible:

After President Jair Bolsonaro took office on 1 January 2019, Brazil was seen to be turning sharply against LGBT+ rights and feminism.

The president has a history of homophobic, transphobic and racist remarks, having in the past bragged that he was “homophobic, and very proud” and that he’d rather have a dead son than a homosexual son.

That last bit was stated in a 2011 interview with Playboy Brazil.

In April, Catholic Jair — who was baptized in Israel by an evangelical pastor three years ago — asserted that Brazil shouldn’t be “the country of gay tourism.”

That brings me back to the sexual and cultural makeup.

Whatever the case, if you’re in Brazil — the best I can figure out — don’t express any beliefs contrary to homosexuality or transgenderism. If you do, you may end up celebrating Carnival from behind bars with all the other sufferers of phobias.

If so, try to steer clear of the ablutophobics — they have an irrational fear of bathing.

-ALEX

 

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The RedState Box Office Report – This is Our Summer of Discount Rent

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The retread movie ideas are not having a blowout session once again.

In keeping with the trend of this current blockbuster season, blockbusters are very hard to come by. The last major release to make an impact was the live action version of “Aladdin”, and that was four weeks ago. This weekend brought a pair of titles based on established properties and they failed to establish any serious traction at the turnstiles.

What may be at play as well is the lull ahead of some massive releases. Like the water being drawn back before a tidal wave, audiences may be holding back money ahead of “Toy Story 4” next weekend, and then the reconfigured “Spiderman: Far From Home” the first week of July. What has been proven out so far is that if it is not a Disney property there are challenges for studios to this point.

 

1. MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL – $28.5 Million
Sony attempts to completely rebuild their alien franchise here with the departure of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. They are replaced with the “Thor: Ragnarok” team of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, but this is not what the studio was looking for. Months ago there were much higher numbers projected, but in recent weeks that was cut down significantly, some suggesting a $25 million return would be a struggle. Critics have this rated lowest in the franchise, at just 24% approval, and the audiences have not delivered much love either, grading the film with an average response of “B”. The movie actually recovered a bit on Saturday and started to creep up towards Sony’s projection of $30 million. The real hope here is the International aspect comes into play. Overseas it was received a bit better, having drawn over $100 million global, and since Sony kept the cost for this well below the prior titles in the franchise it may yet become profitable.

2. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $23.8m
A not surprisingly strong Saturday for the kids floated things a bit, so after a very disappointing open last week this has found some footing. By the end it looks like Universal will have a profitable run, though it may be rethinking how to go forward with this as a franchise.

3. ALADDIN – $116.71M
This is essentially serving as the king of summer (depending on viewing “Avengers” in April as a Spring, or Summer release, of course.) After an impressive drop of only 32% Will Smith’s Genie has now conjured up well over $250 million domestically, and a worldwide haul of $725 million. It may feel a bigger hit when the “Toys” arrive next weekend.

4. DARK PHOENIX – $9.0m
Last week there were some fans of the franchise who were insisting that critics were being unfair and the movie was actually regarded well with the devotees. It is now official – this qualifies as a Bomb. Last weekend it arrived as the only “X-Men” title to fail to draw at least $50 million to open, and following a $32.8 debut it now plunges -72%. That is a stark rebuke from audiences and shows a severe lack of passion from the fans. An alcohol tie-in promotion now makes all the more sense.

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5. ROCKETMAN – $ 8.8m
Showing the expected resilience from a well-received adult drama what will be revealing is if this title ends up passing the thunder lizard in overall box office, since they opened on the same weekend.

6. SHAFT – $8.31m
This is an utter collapse for Warner Brothers, which is having a tough year. At one point this recrafting of the urban crime story was expected to deliver anywhere from $20-25 million. Coming into the weekend it was being looked at more likely to draw about $15 million. The version released in 2000, that also had Samuel L. Jackson, managed over $20 million. This time nobody seemed to care and avoided the title outright.

7. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS – $8.1m
Another of Warners struggling properties, this expected hit is foundering, falling well off of projections. While healthier overseas it does not appear that is going to be enough to bail out this title. In just its third week it has lost 900 screens, as theaters are giving up.

8. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – $6.1m
One of the rare sequels to overperform this summer. Vastly exceeding the combined grosses of the first two chapters Lionsgate must be borderline shocked that this film is about to make $150 million.

9. LATE NIGHT – $5.13m
A new comedy with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson about an older female talk show host. This is an Amazon Studios release, and the portal paid heavily to snap this up from the Sundance Film Festival – $13 million. They took a strong gamble by platforming this into 2,2200 theaters, but it could be an effort to break even. Of course, it will become a streaming exclusive for the outlet, so there could be financial gains in the ling run.

10. MA – $3.61m
Lingering after three weeks, and dropping 1,000 screens, but this is nothing but a success for Universal. Partnered with Blumhouse it was made dirt cheap for only $5 million and now has earned $40 million.

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The Mueller Report Raises New Questions About The Seth Rich Murder Case

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DNC voter database employee Seth Rich, 27, was shot twice in the back at 4:20 a.m. on July 10, 2016 while walking alone on a Washington, D.C. street. Three years later, police are still unable to identify the killers or their motive. They have speculated it might have been an attempted robbery, however, neither Rich’s wallet nor his watch had been stolen. A month after the murder, police issued a statement which said only that, “there is no indication that Seth Rich’s death is connected to his employment at the DNC.”

Twelve days after he was murdered, Wikileaks began dumping 44,000 DNC emails and the rumors that Rich had stolen and then leaked the emails began to swirl. Here are a few:

Seth was ordered killed by Hillary Clinton because he knew something about her email scandal.

Seth was killed by Russians posing as FBI agents investigating the Clintons.

Seth was killed because he slipped DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Democrats maintain that Russian intelligence hacked the DNC’s computers in 2016. When DNC officials began to notice anomalies, they called in private contractor, Crowdstrike. The DNC then announced that their computers had been hacked by the Russians. Oddly, they refused to allow even the FBI to examine their servers. The FBI and everyone else just had to accept that.

Conspiracy theorists like Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, and others question the DNC’s version of events. Frankly, I do too. There are many unanswered questions. Why wouldn’t the DNC allow the FBI access to their computers? If Rich’s killers had set out to rob him, why did they not take his wallet or his watch? Why would we trust anything the DNC has to say?

The Mueller Report states that “the GRU units transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the [Hillary] Clinton Campaign to WikiLeaks.”

Beginning in the summer of 2016, Assange and WikiLeaks made a number of statements about Seth Rich, a former DNC staff member who was killed in July 2016. The statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails. On August 9, 2016, the @WikiLeaks Twitter account posted: “ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder ofDNC staffer Seth Rich.”

Likewise, on August 25, 2016, Assange was asked in an interview, “Why are you so interested in Seth Rich’s killer?” and responded, “We’re very interested in anything that might be a threat to alleged Wikileaks sources.” The interviewer responded to Assange’s statement by commenting, “I know you don’t want to reveal your source, but it certainly sounds like you’re suggesting a man who leaked information to WikiLeaks was then murdered.”

Assange replied, “If there’s someone who’s potentially connected to our publication, and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the two are connected. But it is a very serious matter … that type of allegation is very serious, as it’s taken very seriously by us.”

The Mueller Report addresses Assange’s remarks which imply that Seth Rich was the source of the emails. It accuses Assange of “dissembling,” meaning he was deliberately trying to mislead the public and he did so to “protect their real source, which was Russia.”

If Robert Mueller says it true, that’s all the mainstream media needed to hear. This narrative “serves their interests.” Here’s what they had to say on the subject.

“The Seth Rich conspiracy theory needs to end now,” declared Vox.com. “The special counsel’s report confirmed this week that Seth Rich … was not the source,” said The New York Times. “The Mueller report might not end the debate over what President Donald Trump did,” the Poynter Institute’s Politifact added, “but it has scuttled one conspiracy theory involving a murdered Democratic party staffer and WikiLeaks.”

The Consortium News’ Daniel Lazare wrote a fascinating piece which appears on Zerohedge about this case. He wrote:

There’s nothing in the Mueller report indicating that the special counselor independently reviewed the forensic evidence or questioned family members and friends. He certainly didn’t interview Assange, the person in the best position to know who supplied the data, even though Craig Murray, the ex-British diplomat who serves as an unofficial WikiLeaks spokesman, says the WikiLeaks founder would have been “very willing to give evidence to Mueller” while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, “which could have been done by video-link, by interview in the Embassy, or by written communication.”

Murray says Mueller’s team made no effort to contact him either even though he has publicly stated that he met clandestinely with an associate of the leaker near the American University campus in Washington.

Why not? Because Mueller didn’t want anything that might disturb his a prior assumption that Russia is the guilty party. If he had bucked the intelligence community finding – set forth in a formal assessment in January 2017 – that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at undermining Hillary Clinton’s candidacy — it would have been front-page news since an anti-Trump press had already accepted the assessment as gospel. But Mueller is far too much of an establishmentarian to do anything so reckless.

So he selected evidence in support of the official theory that “[t]he Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” as the report states on its very first page. And since Assange had consistently maintained that the data was the result of an inside leak rather than internal hack and that “[o]ur source is not the Russian government,” he cherry picked evidence to show that Assange is a liar, not only about Russia but about Seth Rich.

Given the number of omissions and inaccuracies in the Mueller Report we’ve discovered in the last couple of weeks alone, it’s easy to believe Mueller would have manipulated information to debunk the theory that someone other than the Russians may have been responsible for stealing the DNC emails and leaking them to Wikileaks.

And Assange was being cagey. He has always pledged “to safeguard the identities of whistleblowers who furnish it with information.”

In August 2016, Assange was interviewed on a Dutch program called “Nieuwsuur.” Here again, Assange was trying to give journalist Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal the impression that Rich had been their source.

Assange: Whistle blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. There’s a 27-year-old – works for the DNC – who was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington, so….

Rosenthal: That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?

Assange: No, there’s no finding, so –

Rosenthal: What are you suggesting?

Assange: I’m suggesting that our sources take risks, and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.

Rosenthal: But was he one of your sources then? I mean –

Assange: We don’t comment about who our sources are.

Rosenthal: But why make the suggestion about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?

Assange: Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States and that our sources, you know, face serious risks. That’s why they come to us – so we can protect their anonymity.

Rosenthal: But it’s quite something to suggest a murder. That’s basically what you’re doing.

Lazare said, “This was as close as Assange could come to confirming that Rich was tied up with the leak without actually saying it. Hours later, WikiLeaks tweeted about the $20k reward.”

Later in 2016, Murray (Assange’s spokesman) told the Libertarian Institute’s Scott Horton: “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that he [Rich] was the source of the leaks. What I’m saying is that it’s probably not an unfair indication to draw that WikiLeaks believe[s] that he may have been killed by someone who thought he was the source of the leaks.”

The article goes into some detail about efforts to investigate the case by journalists. His article can be viewed here.

Lazare points out that, according to the chronology found in Mueller’s report, if the Russians had hacked the DNC server, they would have had only “four days to review some 28,000 emails and other electronic documents to make sure that they were genuine and unaltered – a clear impossibility.” (See “The ‘Guccifer 2.0’ Gaps in Mueller’s Full Report,” April 18.)

In conclusion, the police have not solved the murder, at least they have not offered any information about it publicly. Calling this a Russian hack rather than an inside job fits their narrative. The DNC would not even allow the FBI to look at their server after the “hacking.” And finally, there have been three clear instances of deliberate misinformation discovered in the Mueller Report so far.

This is not over.

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New York Times Op-Ed: Maybe We Should Consider Gay Reparations To Atone For Our Shameful Past Behavior

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Ah, the glory of victimhood.

Bard College professor Omar G. Encarnacion penned an op-ed in The New York Times in which he makes the case for gay reparations. He believes the U.S. should take action, as many European countries already have, to atone for our shameful treatment of gays.

Encarnacion begins:

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: “The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong — plain and simple” and “the actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.” The apology is the culmination of a decades-old struggle by gay activists for recognition of wrongdoing on the part of the police — one that few activists thought could ever become a reality.

He believes that we should follow in the footsteps of our European allies. After all, President Eisenhower issued an executive order in 1953 which “called for the expulsion of homosexuals from all levels of the federal government” and led to the “Lavender Scare.” He reminds us of Anita Bryant’s 1977 “Save Our Children” campaign (that was ridiculous) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He also argues that the “Trump administration has displayed a keen hostility toward the gay community.”

Early on, all references to L.G.B.T. people were erased from government websites, including the 2017 apology issued by Secretary of State John Kerry for “decades of prejudice” toward gay and lesbians at the State Department. This month, the Trump administration rejected requests to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, at American embassies during the month of June, a practice begun by the Obama administration as a sign of America’s support for L.G.B.T. rights.

Encarnacion argues that “it would be a useful tool for restoring dignity for those victimized by discriminatory policies and for allowing countries to close long and painful chapters of homosexual repression.”

No thanks.

There are so many reasons why this is a terrible idea, but there’s no telling where it would stop. To what group should we atone for our shameful behavior next? The obese, the disfigured, the disabled, the short, the bald? Should women seek reparations from men? Migrants who weren’t treated kindly when they tried to enter the U.S. illegally? Or the really smart Asians who were rejected from Harvard?

Life is unfair, Mr. Encarnacion. Each one of us has faced struggle and shame.

Through no fault of our own, we are thrust into whatever the societal norms of the time happen to be.

Fortunately, we have evolved. To hold the country financially accountable now for what were widely held beliefs and attitudes at any given point in history is as preposterous as it is impractical. And it will also create further division in the country.

Let’s move on from this victimhood mentality.

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The Importance of Fatherhood

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It is Father’s Day, today.

Often times in the culture wars, we get caught up in the argument between masculinity and toxic masculinity, with one side of the political aisle saying that certain, stereotypical traits of maleness are in fact good while the other side says it’s largely patriarchal oppression. What gets caught in the crossfire, oftentimes, is the concept of fatherhood, which is as vital to the success of a family as motherhood.

Motherhood is sacred and cherished in our culture. The importance of the idea of Mom is historically portrayed in folklore and literature as the key to life as we know it, central to the success of the child. Behind every successful man in literature, there is more often than not a woman responsible.

Take Jesus for example. His mother, Mary, wasn’t forced to bear the Son of God. She accepted the request. It is she who unveiled the power of Jesus by telling him to fix the problem at the wedding at Cana. Her role throughout the life of Jesus was so vital that it could not be ignored when his life was written about and spoken of in an era where women were often ignored and held no true power.

Now it’s at this point in the column where certain people will roll their eyes, sigh, and say “Oh here he goes, whining about how unfairly men are treated.” But, it’s not that at all. I don’t think men are treated unfairly. While I do think there is a movement to minimize the role of men – and fathers in particular – in our culture and society, I find it difficult to imagine that movement ever being truly successful.

And here’s why.

Fatherhood is not about being the man in the family. It’s not about bringing masculinity into the home, or being the primary bread-winner, or anything like that. There are successful homes without male “fathers,” just as there are successful homes without female “mothers.” There are children who, through no fault of their own, have to grow up in a single parent home. There are some who grow up in a same-sex parent home.

You can recite all the statistics you want about how the traditional family creates the most stability, but that is a study of theory, whereas more and more we have to look at the objective reality. And the reality is that there are single-parent or same-sex parent homes, and not all of them churn out terrible kids. Meanwhile, you do have some traditional parent homes that do.

By this point I may have lost all of my audience, because now people will be claiming I’m going off on some social justice tangent. Oh well.

Anyway, it all bears the question: What makes a father a father?

Is it a penis? Is it masculinity? Is it being the dad who tells every boy “If you hurt her, I’ll break you”?

No, although that last part is totally me (I’m a father of two and both are girls). Rather, fatherhood is the relationship between the father and child, and it’s a relationship you can’t raise a child without.

Part of that is the life coach relationship. You had those moments growing up, maybe when you were in the car with Dad, playing catch, or doing some other activity, and you and him were talking. Inevitably, the talk turns to something that ends with a moral or a lesson. In my family, we always joke about those “life lesson” chats (and by joke, I mean we tease our dad and grandfather about it).

Likewise, your father is someone you look up to as an example of what to be – not in terms of career, but in terms of character. You think of your father as someone whose faults were vastly outweighed by the inherent goodness in him, the inherent rightness. It felt right to be with him and to want to be like him. It is like a beacon that attracts you on a spiritual level, calling you to come into the light and be transformed into that kind of person.

Many of you can read this and thing “My dad was never like that.” Maybe because your dad was never around, or he had some flaw that kept him from being that type of dad.

But I know, as a teacher who has interacted with a lot of students, that there is someone in everyone’s life who plays that role. In single-parent homes, it is that parent wearing both Mom’s and Dad’s hat. In other cases, it may be an uncle, grandparent, or close family friend. In same-sex homes, one or both parents can fill that role. Even in the traditional home, you’ll find that the maternal role of nurturer and paternal role of moral beacon can be shared or flipped.

But, today is Father’s Day. It’s the day where we honor that role. We look to our moral guide, our first life coach, that beacon we yearn on some level to be. So, today, honor that role.

But, if you are the father in your family, make sure you live that role. There are far too many children in the world who don’t have that person in their lives, and that’s where a lot of our societal problems do come into play. It’s not masculinity or lack thereof, but the lack of fatherhood that is crushing our culture.

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Former Friend of Arkansas Sen. Linda Collins-Smith Arrested in Connection to Her Murder

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On Friday, a woman was arrested in connection to the murder of former Arkansas state politician Linda Collins-Smith.

The Republican legislator — who divorced last fall from retired Judge Philip Smith — was found dead in her home on June 4th in the town of Pocahontas.

Upon discovery, Linda’s former press secretary, Ken Yang, told Little Rock’s KATV she’d been shot to death. Furthermore, he explained, neighbors had reportedly heard gunfire a day or two before she was found wrapped in a blanket.

Now 48-year-old Pocahontas resident Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell is in the custody of the Arkansas State Police.

Following the arrest, Ken released a statement on behalf of Linda’s family. Notably, Rebecca was characterized as a friend of the senator’s:

“This evening our family received news that an arrest was made in connection to the ongoing investigation. We are sickened and upset that someone so close to Linda, would be involved in such a terrible, heartless crime. The family is very confident that the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police will continue to work diligently to bring justice to this case. We would like to thank everyone for the continued prayers and thoughts for our family during this difficult time.”

Police described the investigation as being “presently at a critical juncture” and indicated no further information will be released in order to preserve the integrity of the case.

Linda served her state as representative from 2011 to 2013 and as senator 2015-2019. She’d run for re-election last year but lost.

Ken said she cared deeply about the people she represented:

“[Linda was] someone who truly cared about Arkansas, truly cared about her district.”

Was Rebecca someone who truly cared about Linda?

Stay tuned for more as the high-profile investigation unfolds.

-ALEX

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Civil Rights Veteran to Tucker: Democrats Touting Reparations are Pandering, Insulting & Crippling to the Nation

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On Friday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, civil rights veteran and Woodson Center founder/president Bob Woodson stopped by to wax philosophic on slavery reparations.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a fan (here) — and not just for slavery. She seems psyched about everybody gettin’ money. Except the whites:

“People think reparations is reparations for slavery, but really, economically speaking, reparations are for the damage done by the New Deal and redlining because that is where we saw a compounding of the existing inequity from the legacy of slavery, where we drew red lines around black communities. We said white communities will get home loans and they will get access to the basic bedrock of wealth in America and this will be your heirloom and we gave white America the heirloom that appreciated overtime — that people still benefit from today and we did not give to African-American and Mexican communities, Puerto Rican communities.”

Bob thinks that’s idiotic. Or, foolish:

“I think it’s fools gold. It demeans both whites and blacks. To black America, you can monetize oppression. Also, what it does … the message to black America is “Somehow, your destiny is determined by what white people do. What white people give you. And not what you are able to do for yourself.’”

Profound point.


Who’s into the idea? A bunch of rich folks:

“[The notion’s] bandied around by people with six figure incomes living in gated communities with their children in private schools. When you go into St. Louis…where there were 19 people shot and killed over the weekend, they’re not talking about reparations as an answer to that challenge.”

And to him, it’s plumb baloney:

“[S]o I just think that it is virtue signaling for white candidates. And for some white guilty people, it’s an easy fix. But it’s very crippling to the nation.”

Tucker lobbed:

“So, hypothetically, if we were to get it tomorrow — some reparation scheme — do you think that there would be fewer shootings in St. Louis or Chicago? Or Baltimore?”

Bob laughed.

He doesn’t believe most black people are trying to get a big check from Uncle Sam:

“It’s a distraction. … When black Americans, rank and file,  [are asked], ‘What are the issues most important to you,’ it’s jobs, it’s security. … But these people on television — the candidates — pander to the black community, assume that they don’t have to speak to the legitimate needs of black America. Instead, they can just pander, and walk through the civil rights door.”

The conversation began with talk of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, during which — essentially and hilariously — Al put Democratic candidates in front of the crowd and aked, “Will you give these people free money? (Pssst…say Yes)?”

Bob ain’t into it.

“It is pandering. It is insulting to black America. And as I have said, I have suffered my last rich angry black and my last guilty white person. That’s it.”

Enjoy the video — of the interview as well as Al Sharpton’s hysterical prompt — above.

-ALEX

 

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