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Joe Biden Tries to Play the Middle of the Road Game on Abortion, but Democrats Demand Total Compliance

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks on ABC’s The View – 4/26/19.

2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing massive backlash from other Democratic candidates over his campaign’s comments earlier this week on where he stands on the Hyde Amendment.

NBC News reports:

Yet his presidential campaign confirmed to NBC News that Biden still supports the Hyde Amendment, a four-decade-old ban on using federal funds for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.

Biden’s continued support for Hyde not only sets him apart from the rest of his 2020 Democratic competitors, but it may surprise progressive groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which promoted a recent tweet by one of its activists appearing to get Biden to commit to ending Hyde during a rope-line exchange in South Carolina. Biden’s campaign told NBC he would be open to repealing Hyde if abortion avenues currently protected under Roe were threatened.

Here’s the exchange Biden had with the woman in South Carolina:

The Biden campaign, in turn, issued this response to the ACLU’s tweet:

Biden misheard the woman on the ropeline and thought she was referring to the Mexico City rule, which prevents federal aid money from going to organizations overseas that perform abortions. He supports the repeal of the Mexico City rule because it prevents critical aid from going to organizations even if abortion is a very small fraction of the work they are doing. He has not at this point changed his position on the Hyde Amendment.

How could he have “misheard” the question? It was as plain as day:

It’s hard to imagine Biden “misheard” the activist: The words “Hyde amendment” don’t sound much like “Mexico City Policy.” What the campaign is trying to say is that the candidate “confused” the two policies. It’s still odd that the campaign waited two weeks after the Washington Post first reported Biden opposes the Hyde amendment to clean up this gaffe.

Other Democratic candidates for president condemned Biden’s postion:

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has campaigned as an unapologetic feminist, tweeted “reproductive rights are human rights, period. They should be nonnegotiable for all Democrats.” On Capitol Hill, California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Associated Press she was “absolutely opposed to the idea that a woman is not going to have an ability to exercise her choice based on how much money she’s got.”

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, during an MSNBC town hall in Indiana, said Biden was wrong to support the abortion funding restriction. “Women of means will still have access to abortions,” Warren said. “Who won’t will be poor women, will be working women, will be women who can’t afford to take off three days from work.”

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said on CBS News that Biden was “absolutely wrong” on his stance on the Hyde Amendment. “I hope that Joe Biden rethinks his position,” O’Rourke said. “Perhaps he doesn’t have all the facts. Perhaps he doesn’t understand who the Hyde Amendment huts the most.”

As part of his new “no middle ground” mantra, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted out his position on the Hyde Amendment yesterday:

It would appear that Biden is trying to have it both ways on the Hyde Amendment, as part of what he calls his “middle of the road” approach to the abortion issue. While other candidates have said they disagree with him, it’s not likely to matter to Biden who is still far out-polling everyone else.

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Nancy Pelosi Says She Wants to See Trump in Prison, Media Oddly Un-Phased

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Remember the sheer amount of gnashing of teeth that took place throughout 2016 when Republicans would suggest that Hillary Clinton should have been charged for her crimes? Then there were the “lock her up” chants at Trump rallies that really set hair on fire in newsrooms across the country.

Was it a little brash? Sure. But Hillary had clearly violated the law and people were rightly upset that she was being evaluated under a different set of rules.

Enter Nancy Pelosi.

The remarks came in a meeting with Jerry Nadler. Pelosi was actually attempting to rebut calls for impeachment because she knows it will backfire. Now, her new line to sell to the base is that if we don’t impeach now, then Trump can be arrested when he leaves office.

She’s trying desperately to hold back the tide and this latest line is pretty pathetic. If you think he should be in prison, why in the world would you not impeach him? None of this makes sense.

The real question is, will CNN run in terror at her remarks? Will The New York Times write dozens of op-eds letting us know how dangerous this is to our democracy? Nah, of course not.

The double standards at play here are obvious. If a Republican suggests criminal liability against a political opponent, it’s the end of the world and it will spawn hundreds of media reports condemning the action. If a Democrat does it, meh, whatever. Trump is always different.

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Russia Tries to Crap on the Sacrifices of D-Day

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of France and the opening of the Western Front in WW2. Ceremonies are happening on the beaches of Normandy this morning while many others honor their sacrifices from afar.

The invasion is often noted as the greatest of its kind in history and the undertaking was massive. Hundreds of thousands of troops, tanks, airplanes, and artillery pieces took part in the culmination of years of planning and preparation.

While Germany was currently fighting in the East against the Soviets, the large scale fighting that started on D-Day with U.S. Airborne Rangers just after midnight helped divert masses of German troops and materials. The entirety of the 5th Panzer army was used to defend France while millions of German soldiers would eventually surrender in battles to come.

Even before D-Day though, Allied forces were fighting in North Africa, Italy, and of course the Pacific (and the air battle over Britain). There’s no question that the western armies played a pivotal role in the defeat of Nazism from start to finish.

But Russia wants you to know that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. This is from the official account of Russia’s Ministry of Affairs.

To be frank, this is a-historical garbage.

That’s not to say that Russia didn’t lose a lot of men and materials, because they did. Astronomical levels in fact. But they didn’t push back the tide of Nazism alone. Russia’s armored divisions were nearly wiped out at one point. It was on the back of U.S. vehicles and materials that the Soviets were able to turn the tide.

Given their “to the death” mentality, perhaps the Russians would have been victorious without lend-lease? But there’s no question it helped them immensely. There’s also the fact that the North African and Italian theaters drew large numbers of German troops and tanks from the Eastern Front, helping relieve some of the pressure around Kursk and Stalingrad.

Another major factor is that the U.S. was  fighting a brutal war in the Pacific. The Russians refused to get involved with that until after Hiroshima (because they wanted to be around for the spoils). By fighting the Japanese, the U.S. kept them from further invading Russia on its eastern side. Had Russia itself ended up in a two front war, things could have gone very differently for them.

Lastly, it should be noted that Russia was busy collaborating with the Nazis and trying to carve up Europe well into 1941. Perhaps not helping and empowering Hitler while ensuring future genocide in places like Poland would have been prudent. Russia also wasted man and materials attempting to invade Finland for no reason whatsoever except naked expansion.

The point being that Russia should probably just shut up about D-Day. They made a myriad of massive mistakes, committed huge atrocities throughout the war, and then used it as an opportunity to expand their dictatorial borders. Yes, tens of millions of Soviets died fighting the Germans. Some of that is related to Stalin’s foolish missteps and complete disregard for life. The goal wasn’t to lose the most people, it was to win the war.

I write all this not to downplay what happened on the Eastern Front. Enormous sacrifices were made there. But that should never be used to try to hand wave away the sacrifices of the western powers and the massive impact they had on eventually defeating Nazi Germany. I’ll end by noting that not having Russia take over all of Europe was an incredibly important victory in and of itself.

Russia’s response isn’t surprising though. They just barely rank above North Korea when it comes to the thinness of their skin. Nationalism of mythical proportions is a cultural staple there.

(Note: This article is not meant to be an exhaustive history of World War 2. There are obviously many more details not mentioned here.)

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Tolerance: San Mateo County Supervisor Launches Shame Campaign to Force Chick-fil-A to Withdraw Expansion Plans

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Inspired by the success of the San Antonio city council banning Chick-fil-A from opening a location at their airport, and a Democratic state lawmaker’s successful push to get the restaurant banned from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a San Mateo County supervisor has come up with a plan he thinks will stop the company’s expansion in Redwood City, CA.

The San Mateo Daily Journal reports:

“Chick-fil-A’s values don’t represent our values,” said San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa. “The logo might as well say ‘we hate gay people.”

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Canepa hopes for a similar outcome [to San Antonio and Buffalo] in San Mateo County and plans to write a letter to the company discouraging it from setting up shop in Redwood City.

“I expect demonstrations and protests,” he said. “My goal ultimately is that they withdraw their permit and not do business in San Mateo County.”

Unlike the Buffalo and San Antonio locations that came under fire, the one in Redwood City would be on private property:

The Georgia-based purveyor of chicken sandwiches has obtained city approval for renovations and will replace the McDonald’s at 536 Whipple Ave., city spokeswoman Meghan Horrigan confirmed last week.

Another local official is in agreement with Canepa that the proposed location is not welcome in San Mateo county:

Craig Wiesner, sits on the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission, said the community should stand up to the company.

“I don’t think that we should necessarily be regulating what businesses can open in Redwood City, but I do think that as a community, we can stand up and say we don’t want this particular business which has taken a very open stand against LGBTQ people and spent millions of dollars against us at the heart of our county,” Wiesner said.

Canepa told KPIX 5 that “When people think of the Chick-fil-A logo — what they think of is anti-LGBTQ.”

Literally nobody thinks about this outside of concern-trolling social justice warrior types and their authoritarian government allies who have nothing better to do with their time than to try to force private businesses to conform to their belief system – or else.

I get that Canepa is not using his position as a county supervisor to get the county to ban the restaurant from opening, but he IS using his position to whip up phony outrage and essentially shame the company into withdrawing their expansion plans – all because he disagrees with the owner’s personal beliefs.

That is a key point in all of this anti-Chick-fil-A madness, I think. There is zero evidence – nada, none – that the company discriminates against the LGBTQ company in its hiring practices. But because the owner of the chain is personally opposed to gay marriage, he should be outed, shamed, and – ultimately – forced out of business.

What will happen if Chick-fil-A doesn’t comply with Canepa’s letter encouraging them to withdraw their plans? Will government force be the next step? It doesn’t appear that local media outlets have asked him that question, but they should.

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New Poll Shows Vulnerabilities for Trump, GOP in Texas

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows former Vice President Joe Biden and a number of the other top Democratic presidential candidates within the margin of error with President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race in Texas. It’s over a year before the election, and there are fair questions to ask about some details regarding the polling sample, but the results of this poll show some real vulnerabilities for Texas Republicans all down the ballot.

According to Quinnipiac’s polling memo, the poll was conducted by telephone using landline and cell numbers from May 29 through June 4, using live interviewers who spoke English or Spanish according to the respondents’ preference. They spoke to 1,159 self-identified registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent for the overall sample. Additional questions were directed at the 407 Democratic or Democratic leaning voters regarding the Democratic presidential primary. For those questions, the margin of error was +/- 5.8 percent.

When asked about party identification, 34 percent said Republican, 30 percent said Democrat, 25 percent said Independent, and 10 percent said other.

The respondents were asked who they preferred, one at a time, between Trump and various Democrats:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden 48 percent to Trump 44 percent;
  • Trump at 46 percent to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 45 percent;
  • Trump at 47 percent to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 44 percent;
  • Trump at 48 percent to former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke with 45 percent;
  • Trump with 46 percent to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 44 percent;
  • Trump at 47 percent to California Sen. Kamala Harris at 43 percent;
  • Trump with 46 percent to former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at 43 percent.

Remember, the margin of error for the overall sample is 3.4 percent, so Biden’s 4 point advantage over Trump is just barely above that. The rest of these contests range between 2 and 4 points separating the candidates, leading Quinnipiac to characterize the races as “too-close-to-call,” especially at this early date.

Among the Democratic respondents, 30 percent preferred Biden, 16 percent O’Rourke, 15 percent Sanders, 11 percent Warren, 4 percent each for Harris and Castro, and 3 percent for Buttigieg. No other Democrat received more than 2 percent.

In general, the partisan breakdown of the polling sample is fair for Texas. It would be helpful to see additional information about the precise geographic breakdown of the location of the voters — specifically the urban vs. rural breakdown, a critically important factor in elections in Texas — but in general this is not far off from 2018 when O’Rourke challenged Sen. Ted Cruz for Texas’ Senate seat.

In that race, Democrats watched O’Rourke come tantalizingly close to breaking their long Lone Star State losing streak — a little more than two hundred thousand votes out of over eight million cast separated the candidates (Cruz 50.9 percent to O’Rourke 48.3 percent) — but the race brought national press attention and donor funds pouring into Texas, and that had consequences for down ballot races.

“The longer Democrats can keep saying, ‘Texas is in play,’ the more money is going to get spent here and the more Democrats here that are going to get energized,” said Derek Ryan, an Austin-based political consultant. “While Texas may not go blue in the presidential race, that could spell disaster for several congressional races and many more down further on the ballot.”

In 2018, O’Rourke out-raised Cruz, hauling in about $70.2 million to Cruz’s $40.2 million. A significant portion of that money was spent on get-out-the-vote efforts that benefitted Democrats running for Congressional and state legislative seats.

The Texas Congressional delegation saw two of its Republican members knocked out in 2018: Rep. John Culberson and Rep. Pete Sessions, and Rep. Will Hurd saw the results of his race take days to settle, finally retaining his seat by less than a thousand votes.

In the Texas Legislature, Republicans maintained majority control in both the Senate and House, but saw their numbers diminish, losing State Sens. Konni Burton and Don Huffines, State Reps. Paul Workman and Ron Simmons, and a number of other races nerve-wrackingly close.

“You had numerous Republican congressional and legislative candidates who squeaked by with less than 55% in 2018,” observed Ryan. “There are enough of those races in the Texas House to where if things go really bad, Democrats could take over the House.”

Ryan broke down the 2018 Texas numbers, noting that in 2018 there were six Republicans elected to Congress with less than 52 percent of the vote, and another four who were elected with between 52 percent and 55 percent. In the Texas House, there were nine Republicans elected with less than 52 percent and an additional ten who were elected with between 52 percent and 55 percent. If nine of those swing D in 2020, Democrats take the majority.

One final tidbit from the poll: O’Rourke, who was the Democrats’ great hope in 2018, still has high favorability among Texas Democrats, but they do not want him to be president. An overwhelming 60 percent to 27 percent of the Democrats and Democratic leaners in the poll said they preferred that O’Rourke challenge the Republican incumbent Sen. John Cornyn for his seat in 2020 rather than continue running for president.

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Steven Crowder Live-Streams the Latest on His Situation As Vox’s Carlo Maza Keep Freaking Out

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A few hours ago, Steven Crowder sat down for an hour plus live-stream discussing his current situation regarding being demonetized over the whining complaints of Vox’s Carlos Maza. This is in addition to a short update he did earlier in the afternoon, as reported on by RedState’s Brandon Morse.

Maza claims Crowder is harassing him by doing the occasional comedic rebuttal video to Maza’s silly, partisan claims on his show “Strikethrough.” Making jokes about someone on YouTube is not harassment by any definition, as the term indicates an active engagement with another person. Crowder has never directly addressed Maza and if critiquing and laughing at someone passively on a show is “harassment,” then every comedy and political production has to be shut down tonight.

These realities haven’t stopped Maza from leading a campaign to try to get Crowder banned from YouTube.

When YouTube first announced he wouldn’t be banned, Maza cried about it. Then when YouTube did an about face and said they were demonetizing Crowder, Maza still cried. Only complete banishment is good enough for our progressive hero with skin so thin he’s translucent.

As I’m writing this, the actual live stream Crowder did appears to have been taken off YouTube. I’m not sure the reason but it could simply be that it’s still uploading as a complete file (sometimes live streams are not immediately available). Hopefully, there’s no nefarious reason for its sudden absence.

I’ll be sure to add it when the actual video reappears, but the important thing is to note what was said.

Here’s the situation.

Crowder’s channel is currently demonetized completely. The old rule was to only demonetize videos that supposedly violated YouTube’s community standards. The new rule appears to be that entire channels are being demonetized over single videos.

The reason YouTube gave for Crowder’s demonetization is that he has two videos up, one of which discusses sexual assault via a survivor who describes some of the horror going on in the U.K. The other is a video that includes some jokes about homosexuality. Out of his thousands of videos, those are the only ones YouTube could come up with to justify their actions and there’s noway that YouTube actually did a real “review” in under 24 hours. They just found some stuff on the fly and flagged it.

The other issue is a shirt that Crowder has a link to that reads “Socialism is for figs.” Obviously, the shirt is meant make someone double take, but it does not actually contain the phrase Maza accused Crowder of putting on the shirt.

This is YouTube’s latest comment on the matter, along with a refresher of what an annoying clown Carlos Maza is.

We’ve gone around in circles a lot the past few days over this, but YouTube, after initially caving to Maza, appears to be softening their stance. This is probably a wink and a nod type outreach to Crowder. He does something simple like removing a link to a t-shirt and YouTube gets to save face by claiming they still enforced their rules.

Meanwhile, according to his stream, Crowder is preparing legal action if it comes to that.

This isn’t over by a long shot and in the long run, this could turn out to be a good thing. It’s time to have this fight and make social media companies pick a side. They are either publishers or platforms, but they can’t be both and escape liability.

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A D-Day Letter From a GI to His Bride Highlights the Resilience of the Greatest Generation

World War II history has always been a special interest of mine. I’m in awe of the bravery shown by the millions of men and women who served in the military and the unified efforts of the Americans at home, and, since three of my grandparents served in the military (and the fourth worked as a Rosie the Riveter) I grew up hearing family stories from that era. But in 2007, D-Day became far more personal to me.

That year I was given a box of 300 letters my grandfather had written to my grandmother during World War 2, from the time they met in June 1943 until he returned home in September 1945. The letters were carefully organized by postmark date – Gram even wrote the date she received it on the envelope. Included was a letter home written June 7, 1944.

Grandpa Steve was an Indiana boy who’d enlisted and was based at Twentynine Palms in the California desert. He and his pals would take the train into Los Angeles every time they could get a weekend pass. Grandma Dorothy was a red-headed, Irish/French native Californian who loved to dance the night away.

Growing up we’d heard the “how we met” story a million times. Grandpa and his friends went to the USO to “order up” some girls to take dancing that night, and when Grandpa and his friend saw my stunning grandmother they both wanted her to be their date.

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They flipped a coin, Grandpa won, and the rest is history.

After a whirlwind six-week courtship the two were engaged, and shortly thereafter Grandpa’s unit was moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana. He dubbed her his “Chin Up” girl, probably due to her sending him pictures like this…

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…and they tried to schedule a time to get married. (There was a lot more family and soap opera drama going on during that time – but I’ll leave that for the screenplay.)

Finally, Grandpa’s unit moved to Fort Dix, NJ, and they knew they’d be heading to Europe soon. Over a three-week period, they worked with the Red Cross and the Chaplain to arrange for Dot to come to New York and be married, with multiple plans canceled at the last minute. Finally, arrangements were made and Dot quickly boarded a train in Los Angeles and met him in Manhattan, where they were married on March 27, 1944.

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They had most of a week together before he shipped out to England on April 3, 1944 (and the only way she knew he was gone was when he didn’t show back up at her hotel that evening).

Dot headed back to Los Angeles to work as a “Rosie the Riveter” while waiting for her husband to return. Like every other war bride, she was on pins and needles waiting to hear from Steve after the D-Day invasion. Finally, the letter arrived.

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“June 7th – England

“My dearest, darling wife,

“How is my dream girl tonight? Fine, I hope. I can picture you now, darling, with your rust colored hair predominating the smudge of dirt on the tip of your nose, and you are submissive to your thoughts with a far-away look in your eye. You are asking yourself questions, particularly at this time, which thousands of mothers and wives are asking themselves. Put those thoughts out of your mind, darling, because I am in good health and feel like a million. I am not taking anything for granted because I know it is only human nature to do so. You are with me constantly, darling, because we are inseparable in mind and spirit, even if in reality we are seven thousand miles apart.

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“This is a perfect night for dreaming. There’s a big silver dollar of a moon and a cool breeze floating on the air. What a night, darling. It reminds me of August 15th when I proposed to the girl of my dreams. No, there isn’t any Palm Trees or parked car in front of Mrs. Gartman’s, but just the same it reminds me of a night I’ll never forget. Though awkward it may be, I am trying to say that I love you. I love you more than seems humanly possible, but why do you have to haunt me all the time?

“How are the B-25’s coming along, darling? Every time I see one I get a funny feeling and say to myself, ‘Maybe Dot has helped put that baby into the air.’ It’s a wonderful feeling, darling. Frank was here yesterday for about an hour and we had a regular old ladies gab-fest. He told me to tell you hello for him, but from now on it is, ‘Speak for yourself, John.’

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“Ha. Ha. You ought to see him. He hadn’t shaved for a week and I don’t see how he could see through his glasses they were so dirty.

“Well, darling, the day we have waited so long for has come, and on the very day, one year from the day I met you. I hope it won’t be long. Tell Mom I will write her soon. In fact, tomorrow night. I must leave you for tonight, dearest, but I will write tomorrow. That is a promise. Goodnight, sweetheart, and sweet dreams. Dream of me? I’ll be home for supper, honey.

Your hubby,

Steve

P.S. Honey, I could use some writing paper. Also, send some cigarettes if you get any.”

What a weight must have been lifted off her shoulders to see his handwriting and know he was safe! He wasn’t in the forces that stormed the beaches on D-Day, but as part of the Signal Corps went with the allied forces into France, Belgium, Holland (where his family had emigrated from less than 50 years earlier), and then into Germany. He was in Bad Wildungen, Germany until late August, 1945, and his last letter is dated August 25, 1945, from La Havre, France.

When he arrived back in Los Angeles, they gathered the crew together and danced the night away at the Palladium. (They’re the fetching couple on the left.)

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Grandpa’s June 7 letter, though noteworthy because of the event it references, is also emblematic of the Greatest Generation. They were a newlywed couple in their early 20’s facing an extended separation, war, and an uncertain future, and he found a way to mix lighthearted everyday experiences with his friend Frank in with romantic assurances that he was going to be okay.

Even from 7,000 miles away he was simply a husband doing all he could to protect his wife – while working to “liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.”

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CNN Is Really Upset that Scot Peterson Got Arrested Over His Cowardice During the Parkland Shooting

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You can always count on CNN to be on the wrong side of every issue and their response to Scot Peterson being arrested for his cowardice (among other things) during the Parkland shooting is no exception.

While there are questions about whether Peterson has legal liability, there’s no doubt he was a primary factor in so many children being killed that day. He sat idly by as a gunman walked around the school shooting people when it was his job to respond with force.

To give you an idea of CNN’s bias on this issue, Chris Cillizza once notably quipped on Twitter that a “good guy with a gun doesn’t always stop a bad guy.” This echoed CNN’s softball treatment of Sheriff Scott Israel at a town hall where they instead savaged Dana Loesch, who had nothing to do with the shooting.

In reality, Peterson wasn’t a “good guy with a gun.” He was a guy who failed to do his job and cost people their lives as a result.

Now that some action is finally being taken, how does CNN respond? By getting Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon together to moan at the fact that Peterson is being held accountable.

I can’t imagine why these guys are running behind The Hallmark Channel in prime time.

I’m not sure his characterization of “only in America” is correct, but let’s assume it is. There’s a reason we are the most prosperous, powerful country in human history. It’s not because we take our pointers from other countries who do stupid, illiberal things in response to tragedies. New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch shooting was irrational and emotional. So far, we’ve chosen to take a more logical path of not putting into place more laws that won’t actually help matters.

The most direct link to the capacity of the shooter to do what he did, at the level he did was Peterson’s inaction. Yet, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon are upset that something is being done about that.

Why? Because they didn’t get their pet gun laws passed as a result of the shooting. The crisis “went to waste,” in the words of Rahm Emmanuel. It didn’t matter that nothing they were pushing would have made a difference. Politics was the primary driver of CNN’s coverage and reaction.

Cuomo is an expert at non sequiturs. He’s always playing false choices against each other and shamelessly pushing his personal politics.

From what I can tell, most of the surviving victims of the shooting are happy Peterson is being charged. Cuomo might want to think before he talks next time, because in this case, he chose to defend a person who got people killed just to shill for his own political positions. That’s not a good look at all.

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Abortion Extremism Wins: NC Democrats Gush, Celebrate as Override Attempt on Born Alive Bill Veto Fails

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As I wrote back in April, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoed a Born Alive bill passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly that would have provided protections for babies born alive after botched abortions.

In his veto, Cooper wrongly stated that laws were already on the books to protect babies born alive.

The NC Senate voted not long after to override Cooper’s veto, with the help of pro-life Democrat Don Davis. The NC House, on the other hand, was another matter as it was unclear if Republicans – who no longer have a super-majority – had enough votes to join the Senate in overriding.

Today, we found out they didn’t:

In a ghoulish moment reminiscent of New York legislators celebrating the passage of one of the most extreme pro-abortion bills in the country back in January, NC Senate Democrats were smiling, posing for, and posting pictures shortly before today’s vote:

I responded:

Senate Republicans have already given them a nickname:

The Governor’s office had an appalling response to the failure to override:

Charlotte Observer editorial page editor Taylor Batten smirked over the failure to override the bill in a tweet shortly after:

It’s a dark day in North Carolina history.

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New Polling From The Swing State Of Michigan Shows No Impeachment Fever Yet.

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New polling out of Michigan ( which Trump won by only 10,000 votes in 2016) is giving a good indication that Nancy Pelosi is right to hold off on going “Impeachment Crazy” in the Great Lakes State like some of her less seasoned colleagues are hell-bent to accomplish. I have written about her reluctance right here at Red State.

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Lucky for all of you I am here to humbly break down some of the results from this poll released in the Detroit News today. According to the article…

Michigan voters oppose House lawmakers launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, though they’re split on whether he committed obstruction of justice, according to a new statewide poll.

The survey conducted last week of 600 likely Michigan voters and released to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV found that nearly 53 percent are opposed to the U.S. House starting impeachment hearings, while about 40 percent support impeaching Trump.

About 41 percent of respondents “strongly” oppose impeachment, while 27 percent “strongly” support it. Opposition to impeachment hearings was particularly high among independent voters at 59 percent.

What does this all mean?

*Michigan voters are split, however, the poll was conducted during the frenzy of the press going crazy during the Mueller press conference and the fall out from that. That 41% strongly OPPOSE impeachment and 27% strongly FAVOR it is amazing given the relentless efforts of liberal networks like CNN and MSNBC to try and compare this to Watergate without the actual water, gate or crime.

*59% of independents were against impeachment. This demographic is an incredibly important group for any candidate and absolutely vital for President Trump in this crucial swing state. Once again being this poll was taken during the foaming of the mouth after the liberal frenzy of the Mueller press conference shows not as much damage was done as Democrats hoped.

*Also the other question, if people were better or worse off than four years ago, had a result of 38 percent said better off, while 36 percent said they were the same, and 25 percent said worse off. While the better off column you would think would be closer to 50% with the economy roaring, that only a quarter of the people here in this rust belt state say they are worse off is a promising sign.

Overall, there are some good signs for Trump 2020 but some big concerns as well. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin won’t roll over easily as the Clinton campaign allowed them too in 2016. The groundwork is being laid as we speak and this detailed poll in Michigan gives a good indicator of where this is going.

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