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Following Cries of Racism Over Trump’s Rodents Remark, Footage Surfaces of Baltimore’s Dem Mayor: ‘You Can Smell the Rats’

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On Saturday, I covered CNN’s Victor Blackwell’s staggering come-apart over Donald Trump’s comments about Baltimore (here).

The President tweeted this:

Victor was on edge from the beginning of the segment, and he appeared to believe something I don’t understand: that it’s not okay to criticize a city if it’s the one in which he was born. What does one have to do with the other?

More importantly, Victor let us all know what Donald Trump’s about:

“[W]hen he tweets about ‘infestation,’ it’s about black and brown people.”

Oh boy.

Well, new information’s come to light to question the accuracy of Victor’s accusation against Trump.

Is The Donald really so paralyzingly petty and immature that he sits around obsessing over the shade of people’s skin? Does “infestation” prove that?

Take a ganders at the city’s Democratic mayor.

Here’s Mayor Catherine Pugh in 2018, complaining about Baltimore’s rats:

Racist much?

What does Victor think?

What do you?

Please let us all know in the Comments section.

And for a tour of dilapidated Baltimore, please go here.

-ALEX

 

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Jake Tapper Questions Rashida Tlaib About BDS, Israel’s Right To Exist; Her Response Is Breathtaking

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

When I hear Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speak, I can’t believe she was ever elected to public office.

The Palestinian-American Congresswoman recently co-sponsored a resolution in the House with her great pal Rep. Ilhan Omar to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week, she was one of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. She compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

Tlaib spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning. Even Tapper was a bit ruffled by several of Tlaib’s replies. Below are some of the highlights.

Tapper addressed Tlaib, “So you talk about the hate agenda and there is criticism of you from fellow Democrats for your support for the BDS movement for boycott, divest, sanctions, an anti-Israel movement.”

She responds:

Well it is anti…it is criticizing the racist policies of Israel and it is a boycott…I can tell you that all around college campuses, there are Jews, Muslims, Hindus, all different kinds of backgrounds who are pushing back against racist policies in Israel because they see the human rights violations of children being detained…We all know that under Netanyahu’s regime, human rights violations have gotten worse.

Switching gears, Tapper asked her, “Do you think the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?”

Tlaib gave a qualified answer.

I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct.

But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people? The detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution? We’re never going to have peace, I truly believe, if separate but equal is the way they want to go. And I could tell you I learned that from my African-American teachers in Detroit public schools who showed me what the pain of oppression looks like. We’re not gonna have peace if we don’t understand that we are dehumanizing Palestinians every single day when we choose Israel over their rights.

Tapper asks again, “Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?”

Tlaib replies, “Of course, but just like Palestinians have a right to exist. Palestinians also have a right to human rights. We can’t say one or the other. We have to say it in the same breath or we’re not gonna actually have a peaceful resolution.”

Not everyone was okay with Tlaib’s qualified answers when asked if she believes that Israel has the right to resist. Each time she was asked, she said “yes,” and each yes was immediately qualified by a “but.”

This didn’t sit too well with most conservatives. Here are some of the responses to Steve Guest’s tweet about Tlaib’s comments. (via Twitchy)

“Rashid Tlaib, as a US Congresswoman, exists to the detriment of Americans.”

“Democrats embrace anti-Semitic philosophy. Got that, America?”

“Baltimore exists to the detriment of Maryland.”

“”Baltimore is a shithole”: REEEEEEEEEEEE RACIST!  – “Israel is detrimental”: *crickets*”

“Tlaib: Free state in Middle East causing problems for rise of oppressive terrorist power.”

“Thank God for Israel.”  (Twitchy notes that for whatever reason, Twitter chose to ‘hide’ this reply on the thread.)

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Illinois Drops the Hammer: Small Businesses Will No Longer Be Able to Have Men’s & Women’s Restrooms

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On Friday, Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law SB 556 — the Equitable Restrooms Act.

The legislation requires all single-occupancy restrooms in “places of public accommodation” to be labeled as gender-neutral.

Here’s part of the law:

(b) This Section applies to any existing or future places of public accommodation or public buildings.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, every single-occupancy restroom in a place of public accommodation or public building shall be identified as all-gender and designated for use by no more than one person at a time or for family or assisted use. Each single-occupancy restroom shall be outfitted with exterior signage that marks the single-occupancy restroom as a restroom and does not indicate any specific gender.

(d) During any inspection of a place of public accommodation or public building by a health officer or health inspector, the health officer or health inspector may inspect the place of public accommodation or public building to determine whether it complies with this Section.

Some places “of public accommodation,” as defined by the Illinois Human Rights Act: movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, grocery stores, hotels, clothing stores, and laundromats.

To put it bluntly, this, in my view, is dumb.

Putting wholly aside any issue of transgenderism, the bottom line is this: In an attempt to grant the wishes of a very, very small portion of the populace, the government is telling every independent small business owner in the state of Illinois that — if they’d like to have single-occupancy Men’s and Women’s restrooms — they’re prohibited from doing so by law. This is government way overdoing it. With a great deal of latitude, I believe people should be able to run and appoint their businesses as they see fit.

Also, people already use the opposite-sex single-occupancy restrooms, when it’s an emergency or they’re in a hurry and the other facility is occupied.

So it changes nothing much of anything but signage.

Cody LaDiablita knows what’s up:

Here’s more social media response:

Yep. No trans person will think ‘Whew! I can finally legally go here!’”

Some think women’ll be getting the short end of the stick

But I have to disagree: Due to past employment experience, I’ve witnessed both sex’s restrooms at the end of the work day. And I gotta say: Guys might be surprised to learn just how absolutely disgusting the Ladies room can be in comparison to the Men’s. Sugar and spice? Not in the john.

The law won’t change anything for one tweeter with a particularly aristocratic name; he’s willing to do his part to not discriminate:

Have you much witnessed both men’s and women’s restrooms? Did you notice a great difference? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Dan Coats Has Been Booted As Director of National Intelligence and That Is A Very Good Thing

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It had been rumored for a few days that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was on the way out and just a few minutes ago President Trump, via Twitter, not only confirmed that Coats was leaving but announced a successor (read my colleague Bonchie’s terrific coverage of the rumors earlier today):

The fact that the announcement came by tweet on Sunday afternoon rather than letting Coats announce his own departure gives it the air of “down let the door hit you on the way out.”

Former Indiana Senator Dan Coats was always, in my view, a very strange choice for President Trump to make for the Director of National Intelligence. If you believe there is a swamp in DC, Coats definitely had scales. He has been in Washington since 1976. His acquaintance with the intelligence community is tangential–he served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He endorsed Marco Rubio and only said he’d support the party’s nominee after Trump clinched the nomination in May 2016. Coats was famous for being a “hawk” on Russia. The point being that Coats brought no unique skills to job. He was hostile-to-lukewarm towards President Trump and there was no doubt that his primary loyalty would always be to the DC status quo. His only unique qualification is that he was well regarded by Democrats and John McCain. Knowing that our relations with Russia…and the bogus allegations of collusion with Russia on the part of Trump’s campaign…were going to be in the bull’s-eye, it was countintuitive to pick a DNI who could be counted upon to not make institutional Washington look bad.

And that’s pretty much what happened.

Coats seem to go out of his way to contradict Trump at every opportunity. As early as January this year, media outlets were already cataloging Coats’s run-ins with Trump and Trump was tweeting about Coats. Coats’s public dissing of Trump made him one of the suspects as the author of the “anonymous” op-ed allegedly written by a cabinet level official in the New York Times that blasted Trump as “amoral” and claimed to be part of “the Resistance.”

Coats may just be tired, but one can’t help but think that the dual investigations by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz and Attorney General Bill Barr’s designated special-counsel-in-all-but-name, John Durham, have, by now fingered a lot of shenanigans on the part of the intelligence community. Not on the NSA role in unmasking US citizens for basically any intern in the Obama White House but what looks like a role in running provocateurs against members of the Trump campaign and coordinating with members of foreign intelligence services to create an illusion of Russian influence upon the Trump campaign. Indeed, the role of CIA Director Gina Haspel in this fiasco is under examination:

We know a fight is looming over the declassification and public release of documents related to the Russia hoax. It may be that Coats is seen as unwilling or reluctant to aid the investigation and declassification…something that would be a near certainty with a company man like Coats.

What shows a new sheriff is definitely in town is the nomination of John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe has been a federal anti-terrorism prosecutor. He defeated at 17-term GOP incumbent to win his seat. He’s a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He’s a staunch critic of the Russia hoax. And he smoked Robert Mueller like a cheap cigar last Wednesday (see John Ratcliffe: President Trump Is Not Above The Law But He Is Not Below It).

RATCLIFFE: The special counsel did not make what you call a traditional prosecution or declination decision, the report on the bottom of page two of Volume II reads as follows, ‘The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’ I read that correctly?

MUELLER: Yes.

RATCLIFFE: Your report…and today you said “at all times the Special Counsel team operated under, was guided by, and followed Justice Department policies and principles. So, which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard that an investigated person is ‘not exonerated’ if their innocence from criminal conduct is not conclusively determined?

MUELLER: Can you repeat the last part of that question?

RATCLIFFE: Yeah. Which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard that an investigated person is ‘not exonerated’ if their innocence from criminal conduct is not conclusively determined? Where does that language come from, director? Where is the DOJ policy that says that? Let me make it easier. Can you give me an example other than Donald Trump where the Justice Department determined that an investigated person was not exonerated because their innocence was not conclusively determined?

MUELLER: I cannot, but this is a unique situation.

Indeed, coups d’etat are all unique situations.

RATCLIFFE: You can’t. Time is short, I’ve got five minutes. Let’s just leave it at you can’t find it, because I will tell you why: It doesn’t exist. In the special counsel’s job nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel should determine whether or not to exonerate him. It’s not in any of the documents, it’s not in your appointment order, it’s not in the special counsel regulations, it’s not the OLC opinions, it’s not the justice manual or the principles of federal prosecution.

Nowhere do those words appear together because respectfully, respectfully, director, it was not the special counsel’s job to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or exonerate him because the bedrock principle of our justice system is a presumption of innocence. It exists for everyone. Everyone is entitled to it, including sitting presidents. And because there is a presumption of innocence, prosecutors never ever need to conclusively determine it. Now director, the special counsel applied this inverted burden of proof that I can’t find and you said it doesn’t exist anywhere in the department policies and you used it to write a report.

The very first line of your report says, as you read this morning, it authorizes the Special Counsel to provide the Attorney General a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel. That’s the very first words of your report, right?

MUELLER: Correct.

RATCLIFFE: Here’s the problem, Director. The Special Counsel didn’t do that. On Volume I, you did. On Volume II, with respect to potential obstruction of justice, the Special Counsel made neither a prosecution decision nor a declination decision. You made no decision. You told us this morning and in your report that you made no determination. So respectfully, Director, you didn’t follow the Special Counsel regulations. It clearly says write a confidential report about decisions reached. Nowhere in here does it say write a report about decisions that weren’t reached. You wrote 180 pages, 180 pages about decisions that weren’t reached. About potential crimes that weren’t charged or decided. And respectfully, respectfully, by doing that you managed to violate every principle and the most sacred of traditions about prosecutors not offering extra-prosecutorial analysis about potential crimes that aren’t charged. So, Americans need to know this as they listen to the Democrats and socialists on the other side of the aisle as they do dramatic readings from this report.

Volume II of this report was not authorized under the law to be written. It was written to a legal standard that does not exist at the Justice Department and it was written in violation of every DOJ principle about extra-prosecutorial commentary. I agree with the chairman this morning when he said Donald Trump is not above the law. He’s not. But he damn sure shouldn’t be below the law, which is where Volume II of this report put him.

This is some of the stupidity that has already been aimed at Ratcliffe

Ratcliffe will have his work cut out for him. He will have a workforce that has a sizeable number of loyal Democrats in it senior management. The institutions are going to try to protect even the worst actors because they are a fraternity. Unless Ratcliffe is damned careful, he will be torpedoed the way Porter Goss was at CIA. And let’s not forget this bit of advice from Chuck Schumer:

But with the support of the White House, perhaps we can remind the intelligence community that their job is providing good information to the National Command Authority and keeping this nation safe. It isn’t eavesdropping on political campaigns or dangling honeypots in front of staffers from a campaign you are hostile to and it certainly isn’t trying to engineer a coup d’etat against a president.

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Intel Director Dan Coats Is About to Resign and His Replacement Is Upsetting the Right People

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After a turbulent tenure, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats looks to be resigning as early as the beginning of this week.

This report via Fox News.

Dan Coats is expected to step down in the coming days as the director of national intelligence (DNI), according to multiple reports, following months of speculation and public spats between President Trump and the intelligence community.

Coats was typical of the earlier appointments of Donald Trump’s administration, coming on board in March of 2017. The President simply did not have the contacts nor the preparation in place to weed out many of the people being shoved in front of him as the “best” nominees for certain positions. Trump certainly bares the blame that, as the buck stops with him, but what it meant in a practical sense is that a lot of people who ultimately did not support the President or his policy goals ended up in positions of power.

Coats always seemed more interested in the status quo and remaining part of the club than bringing any real reform to an intelligence apparatus that’s had a checkered history at best. While he couldn’t be counted on to cooperate with various investigations into misconduct, he was always available to yuck it up with MSNBC’s Andrew Mitchell or to publicly undermine the administration’s policy on North Korea.

Just this past January, Coats chose to testify that Iran was not resuming it’s nuclear activities. We now know that wasn’t true and that Iran is in fact moving forward to break stockpile limits. Either the intel agencies and Coats were too incompetent to see that coming or they felt contradicting the President so The New York Times could squee was more important.

As I noted just yesterday, Coats was behind efforts to stonewall the DOJ from reviewing a recording between George Papadopoulos and what most speculate is Steven Halper. There is of course no logical reason to protect Halper at this point, but Coats has always seemingly seen it as his duty to protect the intel agencies from themselves, transparency and justice be damned.

Now, the person likely being nominated to replace Coats has the right people sweating.

President Trump is expected to nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, according to three sources familiar with the president’s deliberations.

Behind the scenes: Trump was thrilled by Ratcliffe’s admonishment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. “The special counsel’s job, nowhere does it say that you were to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the special counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him,” Ratcliffe, a former prosecutor, said to Mueller.

Trump should be thrilled with Ratcliffe’s performance last week. It showed a man who wasn’t going to be bullied by the demands of the entrenched bureaucratic establishment. Robert Mueller did violate DOJ policy and basic American decency by publishing a report full of slander and suppositions without actually backing it up with recommendations for charges. Donald Trump may be the President but he’s still a citizen who deserved the presumption of innocence from prosecutors. He didn’t get that.

Ratcliffe is also on record fulling supporting AG Bill Barr and his investigation into how all this Russia mess got started in the first place.

And while Ratcliffe said he does not want to prematurely accuse any specific person of a crime — as Democrats have done with President Trump — he stressed that it is clear crimes were committed by people during the Obama administration, including government officials.

“I think the first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t do what the Democrats have done,” the Texas Republican told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures. “They accused Donald Trump of a crime and then they try and reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation. So I’m not going to accuse any specific person of any specific crime, I just want there to be a fair process to get there. What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is that it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”

That means it’s time for the press to unleash the snark.

Graff’s description is of course nonsense. Ratcliffe’s resume includes far more than that, including being on the House intel committee, being a federal attorney, and serving in several roles interacting with the intel agencies. But this will be the line now because it’s always the line when an outsider looks to shake up the status quo of an organization.

The only problem with Dan Coats’ resignation is that Trump didn’t demand it well over a year ago. This was long overdue.

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Another “Fox News Sunday,” Another Trump Official Schools Anti-Trumper Chris Wallace On Racism

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President Trump’s harsh words for House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Saturday morning dominated the otherwise quiet, summer weekend news cycle. I about this story here. Actually, the far more amusing post covered the Democrats’ reaction to the comments. My colleague, Alex Parker, reported on that last night here. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, in a series of predawn tweets, Trump wrote:

Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.

His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cummings’ District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.

Finally, he wrote: “Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!

Cummings is well-known for his frequent criticism of the President. Recently, he said the treatment of migrant children at the border facilities “is government-sponsored child abuse…on a grand scale.” And on Thursday, the House Oversight Committee, which Cummings chairs, voted to subpoena records of White House officials (including those of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) and their aide’s use of social media for government business use.

Cummings never misses an opportunity to take a shot at the President.

Because Cummings is black, the cries of “Trump is a racist” began almost immediately.

Well, it’s another Sunday and you know what that means. It means that anti-Trumper Chris Wallace gets to practice his debate skills on yet another Trump administration official. This Sunday, his target was Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

But a strange thing happened. Just as White House senior advisor Stephen Miller did last week on Wallace’s program, Mulvaney refused to allow him to label the President as a racist. Mulvaney not only defended his boss, he managed to offend Wallace. And that was a beautiful thing.

Wallace said: “This seems, Mick, to be the worst kind of racial stereotyping. Let me finish. Black Congressman, majority black district. [He quotes Trump] ‘No human being would want to live there.’ Is he saying that people who live in Baltimore are not human beings?”

Mulvaney replied:

So, Chris, help me with this. When the President attacks AOC +3, he gets accused of being racist. When Nancy Pelosi does it a few days later, the left and many members of the media, not you in particular, come to Nancy’s defense. ‘Oh, it couldn’t possibly be racist, she was simply attacking their ideas.’ The President is doing the same. The President is attacking Mr. Cummings for saying things that are not true about the border. I think it’s right for the President to raise the issue.

Look, I was in Congress for six years. If I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore, if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago, if I had homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco, and I spent all of my time in Washington, D.C., chasing down this Mueller investigation, this bizarre impeachment crusade, I’d get fired.

I think the president is right to raise that. It has absolutely zero to do with race.

Watch the interview in the video below. The relevant segment starts at 1:30.

Democrats seem to have no idea that their constant repetition of the label “racist” has stripped it of it’s power. It’s become like water off a duck’s back.

Trump criticizes white people as well as black or brown people. Look at his comments about Joe Biden, Jim Comey or Hillary Clinton.

The President has the right to criticize a person’s words or actions, even if that individual is a member of a minority group. Period.

The score for the past two weeks stands as follows:

Team Trump: 2     Chris Wallace: 0

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Big Conservatism vs Trump: The Brawler

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Big Conservatism vs Trump: the Brawler

I came across two very interesting articles this weekend that do a great job of explaining the phenomenon of President Donald J. Trump. The first, by Dr. Jack Kerwick decries the apparent lack of testicular fortitude amongst those who claim the most conservative of credentials, but can’t seem to understand that were are in a knock down, drag ‘em out war.

From the article.

Bearing this in mind, it should be painfully obvious that Big Conservatives, i.e. those in the so-called mainstream “conservative” media, or “the Big Con,” who are forever imploring the members of their audiences to “fight” the left so as to prevail in the “cultural wars,” or this “second Civil War,” are either dishonest or profoundly inept.

Big Conservatives at least speak as if they conceive of our contemporary politics as war by other means. We know that the left sees matters this way. Yet Big Conservatives, though they possess the ability—the resources in money and influence—to fight the left, their will for doing so is sorely lacking.

We all know who the “Big Conservatives” are…Krystal, Goldberg and that perfect example of political pusillanimity, George Will, among so many others. They bring moral preening and high dudgeon to an art form.

Dr. Kerwick concludes thusly,

The “ruthless intention” to which Master Al [his martial arts instructor] speaks is a matter of being in it to win it, so to speak. Big Conservatives, inasmuch as they do nothing but essentially whine that the left dislikes them and favors itself by way of its “double standards”—all of the while accusing leftists of being the snowflakes—give no indication that they are interested in doing anything other than enriching themselves.

Big Conservatism has the ability to genuinely fight the left.  It lacks the will.

Thus, the left will continue to win the war as long as it is the only side that is intent upon fighting.

Kerwick is right. As long as Krystal, Will, et al continue to be the so called “leaders” of conservative thought, we will remain on the road to perdition. However, there is some room for cautious optimism: President Donald J. Trump. In a Wall Street Journal piece called, Trump: A Brawler For Democracy, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. (that’s a mouthful) sets us up with,

Politicians, by the time they’ve asked millions for their money, their time, their support and their votes, are obliged to do just about anything to win. Once elected, they have an even bigger responsibility to defend their power and ability to govern. Ask any president: This, and not governing, is what they spend much of their time doing. And one thing you can say about President Trump: This most unlikely and in some ways weakest of presidents has brawled his way to victory over the most concerted delegitimization campaign any president has ever faced.

Jenkins is right. President Trump isn’t a dilettante like George Will. He understands that you cannot govern if you don’t win. When he gets hit, he hits back and with great effect, as I’ve indicated here here and here. Once in office, you can’t let your enemies control the message. Over the past few months, where has all the attention been, on President Trump’s Twitter feed, or the policy positions of the 13,497 declared Democrat Presidential contenders?

Instead of allowing her the room to promote the policies of a cohesive Democrat platform, President Trump has gotten Speaker Nancy Pelosi, titular head of the “mainline Democrats,” to publicly embrace four radical House members whose public statements and policy positions are in direct opposition to the interests of the Obama Blue Collar Democrats; Those same Obama voters who took a chance on Donald J. Trump in 2016.

President Trump’s deft use of his Twitter as a laser pointer teasing the Democrat herd (actually the term is “clowder” or “glaring” Thanks, “Big Bang Theory”) of cats, keeps him on the offense. Those 2016 Trump Democrats aren’t going back. Come 2020, they are going to low crawl to the polls to flip the lever for Trump. And they are going to bring some buddies with them. Why? Because President Trump doesn’t act like the weak chinned, mewling members of Big Conservative. He understands that is is a war. So he fights…on all fronts.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Failed (and Thirsty) Dem Candidate Goes After Barron Trump

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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump walk across the tarmac before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Morristown, N.J., for the return flight to the Washington area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pam Keith, bitter failed Florida congressional candidate, needs a little attention.

Pam thinks that tweeting out a claim that President Trump “really doesn’t give a damn about that kid,” referring to Barron Trump, is how she’ll get that attention.

Pam is correct.

Pam’s tweet uses a question to make an accusation – but attempts to paint the question as concern. While one can’t dispute Pam’s claim that she has never heard of Trump spending a weekend with Barron, there are numerous photos of the President, Melania, and Barron leaving the White House together on weekends to board Marine One. And it’s well known that Melania keeps her son out of the spotlight as much as possible, especially after prior photos and videos resulted in diagnoses of autism from medical experts such as Rosie O’Donnell.

Leftists have a weird obsession with the Trump family and some have made disturbing “jokes” at Barron’s expense, including some rape fantasies. Is it any wonder that Barron’s parents want him as far out of the public eye as possible – and that the act of keeping him out of the public eye demonstrates just how much of a damn “45” gives?

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The RedState Box Office Report – Tarantino See Pride in Numbers

 

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Poster image: Sony/Columbia Pictures

A refreshing change from the assembly-line output from studios with some original content getting rewarded.

 

The obsession Hollywood has for sequels has been a long-established complaint, but there is now a measurable metric to quantify this practice. Earlier this week I covered how not only Disney was relying heavily upon existing properties this summer but all the studios are following this blueprint. Of the top fifteen movies in box office returns so far in 2019 only ONE is an original story not based upon an established property, (Jordan Peele’s smart horror effort “Us”.)

There was actually a new idea that was released this weekend and it was met with some impressive success. Meanwhile all of the familiar hits surrounding it continue to see healthy business and are collecting their share of the summer crowd. Overall a strong weekend performance, and there should be more on the way with the release of “Hobbs & Shaw” next weekend.

 

THE LION KING – $76.5 Million    
The question for the weekend would be, does this have enough juice to become the seventh film to reach the $100 million plateau in its second week of release? (Of those half dozen, Universal’s “Jurassic World” is the only non-Disney property.) Early projections were bringing the second-week performance in the $90 million range, but things backed down slightly once Friday arrived. As it stands “King” is right in line with the performance of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast”, which ended its run at $500 million earned.

2. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $40.3m   
This counts for just the third weekend since the release of “Avengers: Endgame” where no sequels or rebooted properties were released this summer, and Quentin Tarantino brought out the crowds. The prospects for his period piece set in the world of filmmaking have been scaling higher, and this return comes in slightly ahead of those numbers. This stands as the best debut in Tarantino’s career. It seems adults and serious movie fans have been hungry for some quality product in the wave of recycled product this summer.

3. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $11.8M   
A nice hold of -44% after a month shows there is hunger for this franchise. It has been a massive hit overseas, nearly doubling the impressive $340 million here, as it is quickly closing in on a $1 billion worldwide total.

4. TOY STORY 4 – $9.7m   
Also showing fan resilience, after 6 weeks it remains on over 3,600 screens, dropping only -37%. It is closing in on a $400 million total domestically, it has a chance at passing “Toy Story 3
“ to become the third-highest grossing Pixar film.

5. CRAWL – $3.9m   
Becoming something of a small surprise for Paramount, the studio may have left some money on the table by under-promoting what has become a respectable hit. The biggest surprise has been the critical reaction. It stands with an impressive 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, which few saw coming, including the marketing department.

6. YESTERDAY – $3.0m   
The surprise adult fantasy/drama just keeps lingering, gathering up decent totals on a weekly basis. It has topped off now over $60 million, and crossed over a global take of over $100 million.

7. ALADDIN – $2.6m   
While other hits have arrived with sexier up front numbers it has managed to show long range success. After ten weeks it is still a player as this will become Disney’s FOURTH film moving past the $350 level this year. It also has now taken in globally $1 billion.

8. STUBER – $1.7m   
The usual third-week signs of a stalled effort are in play with this car-based comedy that never found traction with audiences. It drops a large chunk of theaters – 900 – and falls off -58%. It has taken this long just to barely roll to $20 million.

9. ANNABELLE 3 – $1.58m   
A bit of an odd doll this one, as it has underperformed against the fortunes of the previous entries, but it defies the usual run of horror titles by sticking around in the top-10 after 5 weeks.

10. THE FAREWELL – $1.55m   
A Chinese drama that is playing in just 135 theaters. It has been an arthouse hit in select cities, and just expanded slightly to see if it can collect a larger purse for the small scale distributor A24.

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The RedState Box Office Report – Tarantino See Pride in Numbers

 

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Poster image: Sony/Columbia Pictures

A refreshing change from the assembly-line output from studios with some original content getting rewarded.

 

The obsession Hollywood has for sequels has been a long-established complaint, but there is now a measurable metric to quantify this practice. Earlier this week I covered how not only Disney was relying heavily upon existing properties this summer but all the studios are following this blueprint. Of the top fifteen movies in box office returns so far in 2019 only ONE is an original story not based upon an established property, (Jordan Peele’s smart horror effort “Us”.)

There was actually a new idea that was released this weekend and it was met with some impressive success. Meanwhile all of the familiar hits surrounding it continue to see healthy business and are collecting their share of the summer crowd. Overall a strong weekend performance, and there should be more on the way with the release of “Hobbs & Shaw” next weekend.

 

THE LION KING – $76.5 Million    
The question for the weekend would be, does this have enough juice to become the seventh film to reach the $100 million plateau in its second week of release? (Of those half dozen, Universal’s “Jurassic World” is the only non-Disney property.) Early projections were bringing the second-week performance in the $90 million range, but things backed down slightly once Friday arrived. As it stands “King” is right in line with the performance of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast”, which ended its run at $500 million earned.

2. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD – $40.3m   
This counts for just the third weekend since the release of “Avengers: Endgame” where no sequels or rebooted properties were released this summer, and Quentin Tarantino brought out the crowds. The prospects for his period piece set in the world of filmmaking have been scaling higher, and this return comes in slightly ahead of those numbers. This stands as the best debut in Tarantino’s career. It seems adults and serious movie fans have been hungry for some quality product in the wave of recycled product this summer.

3. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – $11.8M   
A nice hold of -44% after a month shows there is hunger for this franchise. It has been a massive hit overseas, nearly doubling the impressive $340 million here, as it is quickly closing in on a $1 billion worldwide total.

4. TOY STORY 4 – $9.7m   
Also showing fan resilience, after 6 weeks it remains on over 3,600 screens, dropping only -37%. It is closing in on a $400 million total domestically, it has a chance at passing “Toy Story 3
“ to become the third-highest grossing Pixar film.

5. CRAWL – $3.9m   
Becoming something of a small surprise for Paramount, the studio may have left some money on the table by under-promoting what has become a respectable hit. The biggest surprise has been the critical reaction. It stands with an impressive 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, which few saw coming, including the marketing department.

6. YESTERDAY – $3.0m   
The surprise adult fantasy/drama just keeps lingering, gathering up decent totals on a weekly basis. It has topped off now over $60 million, and crossed over a global take of over $100 million.

7. ALADDIN – $2.6m   
While other hits have arrived with sexier up front numbers it has managed to show long range success. After ten weeks it is still a player as this will become Disney’s FOURTH film moving past the $350 level this year. It also has now taken in globally $1 billion.

8. STUBER – $1.7m   
The usual third-week signs of a stalled effort are in play with this car-based comedy that never found traction with audiences. It drops a large chunk of theaters – 900 – and falls off -58%. It has taken this long just to barely roll to $20 million.

9. ANNABELLE 3 – $1.58m   
A bit of an odd doll this one, as it has underperformed against the fortunes of the previous entries, but it defies the usual run of horror titles by sticking around in the top-10 after 5 weeks.

10. THE FAREWELL – $1.55m   
A Chinese drama that is playing in just 135 theaters. It has been an arthouse hit in select cities, and just expanded slightly to see if it can collect a larger purse for the small scale distributor A24.

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