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The Left Decide They Are Against Environmentalism Because Orange Man Bad

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A city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

I’m starting to think Trump could defecate gold bars for every American citizen and the left would still find a way to oppose him.

Case in point, San Francisco is a dumpster of feces and used drug needles. Literally, hundreds of thousands of used needles a month get thrown onto the streets and they are overwhelming those tasked with picking them up. California’s ordinances on the homeless are only making matters worse, as the police can not move people off public sidewalks, leading to shanty towns popping up in business and residential areas. There’s even a law which says shop-lifting under $900 of merchandise is only a misdeamenor, which means thieves are able to walk into stores and take whatever they want up to that point with little chance of arrest or pursuit.

It’s just a mess. You know what else it is? Bad for the environment. Used needles, trash cities, and human feces are things you’d think the left would join with Republicans on in agreeing they are bad and have to go. But nah, they are complaining that the EPA is going to cite the violations and start fining cities for not doing their jobs.

Naturally, because Trump must be opposed, this has drawn gnashing of teeth from the left, who’ve suddenly decided they don’t like the EPA anymore after treating it as a sacrosanct, quazi-religious organization throughout the Obama years.

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, hit back at Trump over his remarks, arguing the city was doing its part to try and address its homeless population by investing in shelter beds and mental health services.

“The president is cutting clean air and clean water standards, restricting our ability to regulate car emissions, and denying climate change even exists,” Breed tweeted. “He’s cut funding for homelessness and affordable housing. In SF, we’re meeting the challenges on our streets.”

No you aren’t. You’ve failed miserably and instead of blaming everyone else and complaining that Trump is looking to act, maybe you could try governing your city better?

Yes, I’d say living on the streets, dumping uses needles, and defecating in public is in fact an environmental violation. Is their some statute that says the homeless can’t be the cause of violations of EPA regulations? I don’t remember this kind of sympathy from the left when poor land owners were having their property seized under the Obama administration by deeming standing water as protected bodies of water.

Other’s, like Gov. Gavin Newsom, are complaining that Trump won’t give him federal money to clean the mess up. The President is right to not do so. California is a dumpster fire of mismanagement. The last thing that needs to happen is for money from more responsible states to be shifted into the coffers of the Democrat led joke that is the California state and local governments.

The left loves environmentalism, or so I’m told. They should be lauding Trump for enforcing regulations here and pressing their representatives to act. No matter how hard they try, there’s noway to pin this mess on Trump. This is all a result of Democrat policies. Perhaps the residents in California will finally wake up one day and try something different.

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The #NewRules Say Justin Trudeau Must Resign and Conservatives Should Be the Last To Defend Him

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President Donald J. Trump greets the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the West Wing Lobby entrance of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Katie Ricks)

The fluffy, girly-man prime minister of the Great White North is embroiled in the woke type of scandal possible. Several images have surfaced of Justin Trudeau in blackface as late as 2001.

Now Trudeau finds himself in hot water

A few observations on this. First, if Trudeau felt sufficiently comfortable to appear in public in blackface in 2001 then he did it pretty regularly. Second, I don’t think Trudeau is a racist–he’s just a very strange dude who has been one of the cool kids so long that he thinks whatever he does is cool. Third, Trudeau has been a driving force in the growth of the whole “cancel culture” thing where an offense against woke sensibilities at any time in your life will result in a SJW lynch mob descending upon you to attempt to deprive you of livelihood and reputation.

And now, we’re being asked to forgive him because we’re f***ing idiots conservatives:

I’ve really run out of patience with this bullsh**. The issue is not whether Trudeau is a racist or even if he should resign in shame (a leftist with shame…I made myself laugh at the thought). The issue is what are the current rules (yes, blackface is a fireable offense under those rules) and why should the beneficiary of a change to those rules be a guy who has used them as a weapon at every stage of his political career?

Earlier in the month, Breitbart managed to get Dr. Jamie R. Riley, University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students fired for a series of blatantly racist tweets which called into question his ability to deal with white students in a manner that was not calculated to demean or penalize them. Reason, naturally, went to bat for him claiming that we can’t be against the cancel culture and not oppose Riley’s firing. It was the kind of specious bullsh** that has made Reason the stinking vortex of fail that it is. I posted on it here.

My view is that it isn’t terribly difficult to hold these two competing ideas in one’s mind. On the one hand we can all acknowledge that the “cancel culture” should end. It is corrosive of civility and it is just stupid. Having said that we can also say that we’re not going to engage in unilateral disarmament. Why should conservatives, of all people, go to bat for a guy like Justin Trudeau who, quite honestly, is probably not in any real danger and who will treat any assistance we give him as weakness. No matter how many of these leftists we go to bat for, it is never going to change the calculus if our people get punished and we let their’s go scot-free. It won’t. The only way this changes is if we go after theirs with the same vengeance that they go after ours. Either they’ll get tired or they won’t. Whatever path they choose is on them.

The reason they want conservatives to lead the charge on this is simple. If we support him, then they have a reason to ignore their own rules and let him survive. On the other hand, if we go with the #NewRules, they either play by them and destroy Trudeau (highly unlikely) or they reveal, as they did in the case of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, that the #NewRules are only a pathetic sham that are strictly used as a club with which to belabor political opponents.

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Comic Louis Gomez Slaps Down Other Virtue Signaling Comics for Celebrating SNL Firing Shane Gillis

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The controversial firing of Shane Gillis from the cast of SNL after some edgy jokes he told on a podcast surfaced has caused a rift in the entertainment industry, with some comics taking his side while others are making it clear that they think his firing is well deserved.

As Alex Parker covered in a previous article, one of the comics in support of Gillis is SNL veteran and longtime comedian Norm Macdonald, who was also fired from the television show for telling edgy jokes. Macdonald publicly reached out to Gillis on Twitter with his condolences.

However, big-name comedians  — and I’m using that descriptor lightly — have also decided to kick Gillis while he’s down, and this has caused comic Luis J. Gomez to jump into the fray to defend Gillis.

It started with comic Christopher Titus complimented comedian Judy Gold for outing Gillis. Both comedians seem to believe that Gillis wasn’t pushing boundaries and was just being a “bro-douche-weak AF” person.

Thanks to [Gold] for shining a light on what a bro-douche-weak AF- mommas boy Shane Gillis really is. What he said doesn’t “push boundaries” it’s just lame. Biggest sin a comic can commit,” tweeted Titus.

Gold thanked Titus for his tweet.

On a personal note, the biggest sin a comic can commit is not being too edgy. Comics use edge all the time, and what seems to be pardonable or “too far” changes with someone’s political alignment, at least nowadays.

Luis J. Gomez, a comic, seems to believe as I do and called out Titus for what the gravest sin a comic can commit actually is throwing another comic to the wolves in order to virtue signal to appease people who have lost any semblance of what comedy is.

“Actually the biggest sin a comic can commit is throwing another comic under the bus for a joke. Shane is legitimately a good person. Shame on you for kicking a man while he’s down. Shame on [Gold] for taking the clicks at the expense of a fellow comic,” tweeted Gomez.

It can be argued that Gillis’s edgy jokes were shrug-worthy and unfunny at best, but if we’re going to wreck a man’s career over a couple of things he said, then it’s odd that we’re being choosy about who gets to keep their career and who doesn’t. As I stated in a previous article, both Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer still have thriving careers after both of them made overtly racist jokes.

Both are social justice warriors and remain untouched by cancel culture.

Gomez is correct. The fact that other comics have resorted to putting down other comics in order to boost their own careers is gross, especially considering that they’re doing so through political avenues and not through their professed medium. It’s cowardly.

Being edgy is sometimes part of being a comic. Finding boundaries and pushing them is a thing that benefits comedy, and it could be argued that it’s comedy’s responsibility to do so as it prohibits the creation of sacred cows. If society takes something too seriously, society gets a bit ridiculous about it. Comedy keeps us grounded.

Comics attempting to censor or cancel other comics isn’t just a betrayal, it’s comics not doing their jobs.

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Colt Manufacturing’s Business Model Is Now Based On Hoping They Will Be the Last Ones Eaten

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Yesterday, small arms manufacturing legend, Colt Manufacturing Company, has announced that it will cease manufacture of all modern sporting rifles including the popular AR-15 (for you anti-gun goobers, AR stands for Armalite, not Automatic Rifle). The reason: lack of future demand.

The gun maker Colt said on Thursday that it would effectively suspend production of sporting rifles, including the AR-15, for the civilian market but continue to manufacture rifles for government weapons contracts.

In a statement on its website, Colt emphasized that the company remained “committed to the Second Amendment,” but cited market conditions for its decision.

“Over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Dennis Veilleux, the company’s chief executive, said in the statement. “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.”

It could very well be that Colt has some big brain business school grads who can predict customer demand and market saturation but that seems doubtful. If they did have those people, my iugess is that they’d have been hired by mega-corporations by now. FBI data doesn’t indicate that the market for firearms is saturated

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The best information we have indicates that modern sporting rifles account for as many as half of all long gun sales.

Why you’d cease manufacture of an item that seems to be gaining popularity in anticipation of market saturation remains a mystery. Why not must “not expand” your existing operation, benefit from the current bull market in modern sporting rifles, and ramp down when the slowdown comes?

The obvious reason is that consumer demand, now or in the future, has nothing to do with it. Colt is simply engaging in that old behavior of appeasement which Winston Churchill observed: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.”

A week ago, I wrote this How The Democrats And Woke Corporate Fascists Will Team Up To Destroy The Second Amendment.

The central points are these. Business is assuming the role of cultural gatekeeper in our society and, because a lot of people on the right don’t believe the government should intervene to protect our constitutional rights and civil liberties, they now have the power to silence you and to put you out of business. If, at any time, the major credit cart companies decide that you can’t use a credit card to purchase a firearm or major banks put firearms dealers and manufacturers on a prohibited list, they will go out of business because you simply can’t run a retail business or manufacturing company on a cash basis. This is not scaremongering, this is simply looking at the business landscape and what has already happened.

Colt is sending a message that gunmakers can be “socially responsible.” By this message they allow banks and credit card companies to ratchet up the pressure on smaller manufacturers to follow suit. When the hammer drops on makers of modern sporting rifles, Colt will be out of the business and in the good graces of the commercial oligarchs who want to control what we say and think.

This will not work in the long run. Most mass shootings do not involve long guns. Once modern sporting rifle manufacturing is shut down the same oligarchs will come for makers of semiautomatic handguns. And then revolvers and other long guns. The writing is on the wall. Colt may think it has made a smart business decision, but it hasn’t. It has merely ensured its place in infamy when the history of how the Second Amendment was thrashed by woke corporations is written.

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Flyers Stating “Islam Is Right About Women” Cause Media to Have a Narrative Crisis

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Islam isn’t particularly known for its fairness to women. In fact, it’s well known to be a society that treats them a second class and below, forbidding them to learn basic things such as reading and math. They’re used more like servants and breeding stock in many Islam dominated countries and are punished severely for violating any of the strict Sharia laws set for them.

This is a fact that is typically overlooked by a lot of the left, especially feminists. When it comes to Islam’s treatment of women, you’ll find many a blind eye among the social justice warriors who often go so far as to defend Islam as the “religion of peace” the left claims it is.

So when flyers began going up around Winchester, Massachusetts, that stated “Islam is right about women,” the outrage was present, but nobody wanted to say why.

According to WHDH-TV a woman discovered the flyers around the town and became “fearful.” She immediately took them down where she found them and alerted police, who then found five more around the town. Most interestingly is how the report was framed:

Anita Davison told 7NEWS that she was walking her child to school on Wednesday when saw the concerning flyers struck to street signs near the town’s center.

Davison says she was alarmed by the sight of the flyers and immediately ripped them down.

“Political climate at the moment, and all the things happening around the world, it just puts a little fear in you,” she said.

After Davison brought two flyers to the Winchester Police Department, officers went out and found eight more, including one that was posted outside of an elementary school.

Some residents say they think the signs refer to strict laws applied to women.

“Some residents say they think,” says the report.

The police of Winchester even called the flyers “not of a threatening nature,” which, if you’re a woman, would likely be a statement you’d disagree with. I also found it interesting that the station decided to include that little factoid.

The entire reason this is a story in the first place is that everyone knows exactly what the message entails and that the fear it inspires in women is legitimate. Even so, the media doesn’t want to go into these strict laws or where they originate from despite the subject being right in the flyer they’re reporting on.

It’s unclear if an Islamic faithful posted these, or if it’s a clever attempt at someone forcing people to face an inconvenient reality. Either way, the conversation is worth having.

What’s more, it’s worth honestly reporting about.

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Watch: Anti-Trump Veterans Group Says Dan Crenshaw “Hid” From Their Questions, but Video Tells Different Story

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

An anti-Trump veterans group called “Common Defense” posted video to their Twitter account Thursday of two men described as combat veterans aggressively following Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) to an elevator while questioning his support for President Trump.

The group, which bills itself as “the country’s only veteran-led grassroots organization committed to engaging, training and mobilizing veterans to elect accountable leaders and promote progressive values in 2020 and beyond”, is in favor of impeaching the President. Crenshaw, a wounded war veteran who served multiple tours in Afghanistan, is not.

In a teaser they published along with the video, the group states “GOP Rep @DanCrenshawTX hid in an elevator today when combat vets confronted him about his support for Donald Trump.” Watch the 2+ minute video below:

“[We have confirmed] the identities of the men as U.S. Army veterans Jason Hurd, 40, and Alan Pitts, 36, a Purple Heart recipient,” Newsweek reported.

It’s not my place to get in the middle of a “veteran vs. veteran” battle, but this video angered me for a number of reasons:

1) Crenshaw did not “hide” from anyone. The video clearly shows attempts by Crenshaw, who maintained his composure, to engage in conversation within 20 seconds of the encounter starting.

Once they made it to the elevator, Crenshaw pointed out it was a “members only” elevator. There’s a reason it’s stipulated that way for members of Congress and their staff that pretty much everyone should understand (safety and security, hello?). It had nothing to do with “hiding.”

2) As Crenshaw pointed out, they were there to make a video, not to have a dialogue. This was to promote their group, not to have a substantive back and forth. Crenshaw tried a number of times to respond to what was being said but the guy stalking him just continued to talk over him, actually questioning his commitment to his country.

3) At one point, the guy on Crenshaw’s heels says “you need to get your courage back, man.” He said this to a Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat, and who then decided to continue to serve his country once he came home by running for Congress. I don’t think he needs a lecture on courage from anyone.

I asked people on my Twitter feed to give me their takes on what happened, and was especially interested in takes from military veterans. Here are some of the responses:

(Duke confirmed with me that he actually meant to say Crenshaw “would not owe political allegiance” to combat veterans even if he wasn’t one himself.)

Sadly, instead of doing actual journalism on this story, Newsweek decided to write about it using the very same biased take Common Defense gave:

Apologies for the typos in that last tweet. By that point I was really annoyed, not just with how Common Defense had falsely portrayed what happened, but with Newsweek treating the group’s spin as the gospel truth.

This is clearly a case of a blockbuster story not coming anywhere close to living up to the hype. The actual footage shows a far different story than how both Common Defense and Newsweek spun it. In reality, Crenshaw handled what happened in a much classier way than how others in a similar position would have.

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Stop The Tape! How Has Joe Biden’s Scandal Suddenly Become President Trump’s Scandal?

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Like sharks who’ve discovered fresh chum, members of the mainstream media have worked themselves into a frenzy over a Washington Post article about a whistleblower’s complaint to the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General, Michael Atkinson. The whistleblower was “alarmed” over a promise President Trump had made to a foreign leader during a phone call. Atkinson submitted the complaint to the acting DNI Chief who has refused to notify Congress. Atkinson then took it upon himself to notify Congress. Hence, the firestorm. I posted on the details and the sequence of events here on Thursday.

Overnight, some of the blanks have been filled in. According to The Washington Post, the whistleblower’s complaint allegedly involved a July 25th phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.          .

The Post obtained the Ukrainian government’s “readout” of that call which said Trump was “convinced the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve [the] image of Ukraine, [and] complete [the] investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA.”

The Post strongly suggests that Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden (to help Trump defeat him) and, in return, he would release $250 million in aid to the country. In other words, the media is calling this extortion.

Both Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, have some serious questions of their own to answer when it comes to Ukraine. In February 2014, Biden became the Obama administration’s “point man” on Ukraine. Within months, Hunter’s business, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, was receiving large monthly deposits from Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. These payments began in the spring of 2014 and continued through the fall of 2015. According to writer Peter Schweitzer, both Hunter and his business partner were named to Burisma’s board in the spring of 2014 as well. Hunter was tasked with overseeing Burisma’s legal team.

While speaking to a group of foreign policy strategists, Biden boasted about threatening to hold back $1 billion in U.S. aid if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko did not fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was about to question Hunter. Biden told the group:

I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’

Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.

The Hill’s John Solomon reported in April that rather than pressuring Poroshenko for six hours, Biden had been pressuring him for “several months in late 2015 and early 2016.

Shokin’s probe was composed of three separate cases. Solomon interviewed the current Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko in March 2019 which I wrote about here. Lutsenko confirmed that after Shokin was fired, the primary case was “transferred to a different Ukrainian agency, closely aligned with the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, known as the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).” You may recall that many Embassy officials, and their actions as well, were pro-Hillary Clinton.

It should come as no surprise that NABU closed the case. Solomon reported:

A second case involving alleged improper money transfers in London was dropped when Ukrainian officials failed to file the necessary documents by the required deadline. The general prosecutor’s office successfully secured a multimillion-dollar judgment in a tax evasion case, Lutsenko said. He did not say who was the actual defendant in that case.

So, for a period of time, it looked like the Bidens had escaped scrutiny.

Unfortunately for Biden, Lutsenko started a review of the case NABU had closed.

Lutsenko told Solomon that he “discovered members of the Board obtained funds as well as another U.S.-based legal entity, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, for consulting services.”

He also said he would like to show some of the evidence to US Attorney General William Barr, “particularly the vice president’s intervention.” He added, “Unfortunately, Mr. Biden had correlated and connected this aid with some of the HR (personnel) issues and changes in the prosecutor’s office.”

Solomon spoke to the lead prosecutor in Lutsenko’s office who confirmed that this portion of the Burma investigation was reopened following Biden’s speech, but explained that a separate agency has been slow in working on the case and told Solomon, “We don’t see any result from this case one year after the reopening because of some external influence.”
(The US Embassy in Kiev and several agencies associated with it were in cahoots with the DNC.) The Ukrainian government is known for being especially corrupt. However, Solomon explains:

But what makes Lutsenko’s account compelling is that federal authorities in America, in an entirely different case, uncovered financial records showing just how much Hunter Biden’s and Archer’s company received from Burisma while Joe Biden acted as Obama’s point man on Ukraine.

Between April 2014 and October 2015, more than $3 million was paid out of Burisma accounts to an account linked to Biden’s and Archer’s Rosemont Seneca firm, according to the financial records placed in a federal court file in Manhattan in an unrelated case against Archer.

The bank records show that, on most months when Burisma money flowed, two wire transfers of $83,333.33 each were sent to the Rosemont Seneca–connected account on the same day. The same Rosemont Seneca–linked account typically then would pay Hunter Biden one or more payments ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Prosecutors reviewed internal company documents and wanted to interview Hunter Biden and [his business partner Devon] Archer about why they had received such payments, according to interviews.

Lutsenko said Ukrainian company board members legally can pay themselves for work they do if it benefits the company’s bottom line, but prosecutors never got to determine the merits of the payments to Rosemont because of the way the investigation was shut down.

Although it’s too soon to accuse Hunter Biden of financial wrongdoing, it is entirely appropriate to question him. What work did he and Archer perform for the money they received from Burisma?

And it is also reasonable to ask questions of Joe Biden starting with why did he try to get Shokin fired while he was investigating Burisma? Does he think it was appropriate for Hunter and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while he served as point man for Ukraine policy? Did Biden know about the Burisma probe? (Of course he did.) And does he believe it was ethical of him to use his position to have the prosecutor fired?

Rather than allowing Democrats to attack President Trump and the acting DNI Chief, who are all acting within their constitutional authority, let’s look at the real Ukrainian scandal. At the very least, Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden acted unethically. At worst, Biden acted corruptly and Hunter may have violated the law.

Running out of reasons to investigate Trump, Democrats are trying to turn this complaint from an Obama administration holdover into a second Russia collusion case. They must be stopped.

If they’re not sure how to do that, Corey Lewandowski will be happy to show them how it’s done.

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Note: There is another ongoing Ukrainian investigation underway. Back in March, Lutsenko announced a new investigation into an alleged attempt by Ukrainian officials to interfere in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The plan involved the leaking of the “black ledger files,” which contained incriminating information about payments to Paul Manafort, to the U.S. media. This would have been done to help Hillary Clinton win the election.

It is well-known that the DNC and many pro-Hillary Clinton staffers inside the American Embassy were in cahoots. However, this is way beyond the scope of this post.

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Report: SNL Hired the Recently Fired Racist Comedian to Appeal to Conservatives

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The controversy behind Shane Gillis, the comedian hired and then subsequently fired comedian has made the rounds around the internet, but in case you missed it, my colleague Alex Parker detailed how Gillis lost his job thanks to cancel culture once it was revealed he had said “racist” things during a podcast.

(READ: Norm Macdonald Responds To New Comedian Shane Gillis’s ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘This Means WAR’)

Now, according to an article in Variety, the claim has been made that Gillis was hired on in the first place in order to appeal to conservatives which had largely abandoned SNL thanks to its hard-left leaning stance:

According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump while other cast members and guest stars have played members of his administration and those in his orbit.

It should be noted that Variety does not list who these “sources” are and, as such, this story may be a false rumor altogether. However, given that a poll in March found that 61 percent of Americans don’t watch SNL, it’s probably true that Michaels is looking to attract more viewers.

Given the left’s view of the right, it wouldn’t be too far out of the realm of possibility to assume that they believe bringing someone on who has made racist remarks in the past would make right-wingers come back. Whether or not Gillis’s words were actually racist, or an observation about racist people can be made, but the point is that SNL brass thought it racist, and looked to appeal to conservatives by bringing someone on who would use this kind of edgy language.

If the story is true and that is the case, then the left has no idea what a typical conservative believes or values.

Interestingly enough, edgy humor seems to be fine with the left so long as it appeals to the left. Any slip-ups can easily be forgiven if they vote the right way. Sarah Silverman can do blackface and still have a career. While she did lose a role in a film over it, she continues to get work.

Amy Schumer also told a racist joke about how Hispanic men are rapists and yet, continues to enjoy a steady stream of success.

Perhaps Gillis will recover from this and get work, however, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

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Watch: Al Sharpton and Dem Lawmakers Lose It As Republican Confronts Sharpton With His Own Racism

There are figures that leftists revere, and Al Sharpton is one of those figures. The man styling himself as “reverend” has been around for years thanks to making racism against black people and social justice a central issue. As such, he is often protected.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida doesn’t care about all that, and while at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about policing practices where Sharpton was considered an “expert,” Gaetz confronted Sharpton with statements he had made in the past about other races in an attempt to make it clear that Sharpton is not the best guy to take advice from.

Gaetz began by having Sharpton answer for a resolution submitted by then Rep. Joe Scarborough (now Sharpton’s fellow MSNBC host) back in 2000, which was made for “Condemning the racist and anti-Semitic views of the Reverend Al Sharpton.”

“Mr. Scarborough’s resolution began by saying, ‘Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as “bloodsucking [J]ews”, and “Jew bastards”,’” Gaetz said. “My question to you is, does Mr. Scarborough’s assertion that you said these things, is that true or did you not say those things?”

Sharpton denied ever having said these things, calling them “patently untrue.” From here, Gaetz and Sharpton devolved into trying to talk over each other as Gaetz attempted to push more questions about things Sharpton had said, and Sharpton defending himself while attempting to run out the clock.

Eventually, Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and immediately took Sharpton’s side, banging his gavel and saying that Sharpton should get all the time he needs to defend himself since “aspersions” were cast on him.

“No, I’m sorry, Mr. Chairman, aspersions weren’t cast,” replied Gaetz, noting that he’s only asking if Scarborough’s allegations were true.

This only caused Nadler to bang his gavel harder, and let Sharpton continue.

Regardless, the back and forth continued with Sharpton either denying or making excuses for, racist things he said or did in the past. He was ultimately successful in running out the clock on Gaetz, but Rep. Jim Jordan yielded his time to Gaetz when it was his turn.

As Gaetz continued his inquiries, Democrats became upset. Both Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee and Nadler called Gaetz’s questioning “obnoxious,” which Gaetz objected to. Nadler continued by saying that “unfortunately” the rules of congress allow Gaetz to ask these questions.

Gaetz made his point, however.

“Reverend Sharpton has come before the House Judiciary Committee as a purported expert on policing. Yet his bigoted statements undermine the bipartisan work we should be doing to ensure that all citizens are able to come together and have safe communities.”

While Sharpton had a solid excuse for some of the things that he had said or done, the majority of his past comments were indeed racist and bigoted. While Democrats continue to sell themselves as the party of anti-racism, they continue to hold up figures like Sharpton who have no business representing anti-racist peoples.

What’s more, the fact that Democrats were so adamant to defend Sharpton only makes them look all the worse.

 

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IG Horowitz Testified Before A Congressional Committee The Day After Lewandowski And Almost No One Showed Up

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, testifies as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI’s Clinton email probe and the role of former FBI Director James Comey’s actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“This is today’s Washington: theater upstaging truth.” — Kimberley Strassel

That’s from a fantastic new column from Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel describing the other hearing that took place this week on Capitol Hill that you probably didn’t hear about because the one the news bothered to cover, featuring Corey Lewandowski, was all the rage Tuesday. Just as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler intended.

This forgotten hearing, which Strassel says took place the next day before a nearly empty room, with almost no Democrat members of the House Oversight Subcommittee bothering to show up, and only a few conservative news outlets in attendance, featured Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The same IG Horowitz who’s about to release a report on FISA abuses related to the broader look into the origins of the Democrats’ Russia collusion. Remember him?

In contrast to the Lewandowski moment, Mr. Horowitz’s testimony was informative and significant. And in contrast to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s vague testimony, the inspector general demonstrated a whip-sharp command of facts. He was officially there to talk about a standards-and-training panel, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, of which he is chairman. Yet it was inevitable Republicans would ask about his recent and forthcoming reports on FBI behavior during the 2016 election. Mr. Horowitz is a straight arrow and he refused to provide political talking points. Yet his answers were candid and damning.

Ultimately, Strassel writes, Horowitz laid out how his office had found enough wrongdoing on the part of former FBI Director Jim Comey and former Acting Director Andrew McCabe to recommend criminal referrals for them both. Horowitz specifically debunked Comey’s assertions — which he boasted of in his book, and indeed alluded to in the very title, “A Higher Loyalty” — that his behavior in leaking his memos to the press was “necessary or justified.”

“…Mr. Comey wasn’t entitled to leak sensitive FBI information simply because he didn’t like Donald Trump,” Strassel writes. “Mr. Horowitz later repeated that such behavior was ‘completely inconsistent with department policy.’ And he went out of his way to remind the committee that a 2018 inspector-general report had also ‘criticized [Mr. Comey] for usurping the authority of the attorney general to make prosecutorial decisions.’”

But perhaps the two most interesting details that came out of the hearing no one saw or cared about was that 1.) Horowitz suggested his investigation offered indications Comey didn’t take his Jan 6, 2016 meeting with Trump to “brief” him he was a target of a salacious new dossier. In fact, Trump was already, according to Horowitz being, investigated and Comey was using the meeting to gather evidence against the president. That’s a fairly huge revelation.

And 2.) neither the general House Oversight Committee nor the House Judiciary Committee (who the day before had grilled Lewandowski) has asked Mr. Horowitz to testify on his report, which is currently in the hands of Justice being scrubbed for classified info before being released to the public.

The Democrats, it would appear, are going to act as if Horowitz’s investigation never happened, and further that the report doesn’t exist. And they’ll be shooting Lewandowski-sized fireworks into the faces of Americans hoping to distract them until they forget, too.

Don’t let them succeed.

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