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The New York Times Book on Brett Kavanaugh is Getting Clobbered by its Fox Rival Championing ‘Justice’

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP)

 

So how’s the recently-released book on much-hated/much-loved Brett Kavanaugh doing?

Firstly, there appears to be some missing information, as observed by Fox News:

The…book, titled The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, faced a bumpy road at the outset as its authors faced criticism for not including what many saw as critical information about a sexual misconduct allegation they relayed in an excerpt published by The New York Times.

As for the sales report, well, it ain’t so good:

(NYT) writers Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly saw just over 2,000 copies sold in the week it debuted mid-September, market research data revealed. The data came from the NPD Group’s BookScan tracker, which covers about 80 percent to 85 percent of print sales.

The slump might certainly be attributed to the public’s hopes to never, ever hear about the hubbub again, given the climax of madness during Brett’s confirmation hearings (here and here).

Somehow, certain groups reached the fever pitch of insisting that all women should always be believed in all circumstances about all things. The hysteria even came with nonsensical phrases such as “Believe All Victims”: Of course, victims should be believed; but you first must determine whether they’re victims. Therefore, investigation must precede surety.

But not in that moment of madness.

So are the no-good numbers due to disinterest? Not if another book is any indication — one that was, incidentally, written by Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway and Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino.

Justice on Trial has trounced the other Brettfest:

In the first week after publishing Justice on Trial, the book saw more than 17,000 book sales and it eventually reached multiple bestseller lists. Justice on Trial sales slowly declined to roughly 1,700  around the time The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation was released. But by the second week of publication for that book, it had already fallen behind Justice on Trial in weekly sales.

As of the week of Sept. 22 – 28, Hemingway and Severino sold more than 55,000 copies and enjoyed 15 weeks ranked among Amazon’s top 10 selling books. That included two weeks as No. 1 and four weeks as No. 2. By contrast, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh ranked 68th on Amazon after its release and quickly dropped to 168th in the following week.

Regnery Publishing, which released Justice on Trial, told Fox News that it sold over 100,000 copies in ebook, print and audio formats.

Looks like Donald Trump has an opinion as to why the new book’s done so poorly:

“I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony! They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation… She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management. The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times!”

He’s a man with an opinion, folks.

Will The Education of Brett Kavanaugh rally? It remains to be seen.

For more on the aforementioned missing info, here’s Fox once more:

The initial excerpt contained allegations that Kavanaugh’s genitalia was thrust in a woman’s face during his college years. When The Times published the excerpt in its opinion section, it omitted the fact that the alleged victim herself had no memory of that happening. According to the reporters, that omission was an “oversight” by the paper’s editors.

-ALEX

 

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WSJ’S Kimberly Strassel: Impeachment will Only Shock Voters with the Democrats’ Double Standard

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., departs the Capitol en route to a speaking event in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Pelosi will meet with her caucus later as more House Democrats are urging an impeachment inquiry amid reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

 

On Friday, Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel made a pointed observation about the Democrats’ increasing impeachment chant: The public is seeing an overwhelming double standard.

On Fox & Friends, she laid it out:

“They don’t understand how Democrats can say this is an impeachable offense when Democrats seem to have no problem with Hillary Clinton’s campaign directing Russian disinformation to the FBI against the Trump campaign.”

Furthermore, she said, Dems choosing — of all things — Trump’s phone call as basis for the major move is “mystifying.”

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

She makes a good point — why this, and why now? Could it be they’re becoming ever-certain they can’t win 2020? If that isn’t it, they need a new game plan. And if that’s it, they need a new game plan.

As for it being “mystifying,” Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel bolstered the claim in a piece for The Daily Caller:

The key question with Trump’s Ukraine call, though, is whether the president’s actions, advisable or not, rise to the level of an impeachable offense. It’s hard to argue they do. The president did not, as was first reported, offer a quid pro quo to the Ukrainians. He did not condition any U.S. support on a Biden investigation. The Justice Department has already looked at the totality of the call and determined that Trump did not break the law.

Back to that double standard thing, it is a good question: How does Trump speaking to a foreign government about looking into an opponent compare to Hillary Clinton funding the Steele dossier, which was the foundation of Russian collusion mania?

Many paying attention are surely unimpressed. And they’ll be more so, as the process continues.

Trump has defended his phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “perfect,” and — as I covered here — he’s called this latest torch against him a “witch hunt.”

As reported by Fox, he’s also lambasted the maneuver in the House as a “Democrat scam.”

Whatever it may be called, it’s set to hurt the party for a number of reasons (here and here).

In a Friday column for WSJ, Kimberley gave credit for the ongoing Democratic foot-shot where she believes it’s squarely due:

If the latest impeachment push continues to backfire, Democrats can thank their duplicitous House Intelligence chairman, Adam Schiff.

-ALEX

 

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Robert De Niro Gets Sued for Gender Discrimination, Harassment; Listen to Profanity-Laden Rant Against Employee

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Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

Actor Robert De Niro doesn’t like President Donald Trump. He’s made that clear again and again.

But he’s done it, not by disagreeing with policies, but by being crude and obnoxious, cursing the president out on live television, infamously saying “F**k Trump” live on the Academy Awards last year. Two years before that he even threatened to punch Trump in the face.

He claims to be upset with the actions of the president.

But now he’s facing a federal lawsuit from someone who’s very upset with his actions.

Graham Chase Robinson, a woman who used to work for De Niro has brought a claim of gender discrimination and fostering an abusive working environment against him.

According to Fox Business, her attorney Jeremy Heisler said, “Ms. [Graham Chase] Robinson has no choice but … to send him a message: the Harvey Weinsteins of this world should realize their approach is extinct. You can no longer intimidate women. You can no longer threaten them.”

Variety details some of the allegations in the suit.

De Niro purportedly used sexist language, calling female employees “c—s” and “bitches,” and referred to Robinson, who was his executive assistant, as his “office wife.”

“Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores,” the lawsuit reads. “He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals. He does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Ms. Robinson is a casualty of this attitude.” ….

In her suit, Robinson says she was underpaid compared to male colleagues and given “female duties like housework.” De Niro allegedly joked to Robinson about his Viagra prescription, asked her to imagine him on the toilet and suggested she could get pregnant using sperm from a married male co-worker.

Fox Business also notes that the suit claims De Niro allegedly gave her “unwanted physical contact” in addition to unwanted “sexually charged” comments.

Now an audio has been released in which De Niro goes on a profanity-laden rant against Robinson.

“You’re living in Spain, and you’re f***ing upset with me because you tell me how nice you have it and you f***ing don’t answer my calls? How dare you. You’re about to be fired. You’re f***ing history,” the “Goodfellas” actor can be heard shouting into the phone. “How dare you. With all the good things you do. This is f***ing bad. How dare you f***ing disrespect me how much you did. Don’t be angry with me ’cause I’m pissed off ’cause I didn’t get a simple thing that I need right now here in California, where I’m here less than 24 hours, you gotta be f***ing kidding me, you spoilt brat!”

Warning for graphic language

Robinson’s team said that De Niro’s people knew they were going to sue and so they sued her first, accusing her of not doing her job, charging for personal expenses and misappropriating frequently flyer miles. She reportedly made an astonishing $300,000, according to Variety.

Her attorneys are now arguing that those comments have wrongly damaged her reputation.

A De Niro spokesperson said that De Niro denies all the allegations.

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Trump on Impeachment: Nancy Pelosi is Afraid, of Republicans Taking the Senate and ‘AOC and Plus 3’ Taking Her Place

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President Donald Trump gestures towards members on the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after returning from United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

 

Donald Trump is a different kind of president. He’s certainly not afraid to call people by name and call out their shenanigans.

And on Friday, the Commander-in-Chief accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being a scaredy cat.

Who’s Nancy shakin’ in her boots over? Seemingly, it’s the Quad Squad. Trump said House Democrats are following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her compadres, not the Speaker. Is that why Pelosi moved forward with impeachment, despite being unable to name a “high crime or misdemeanor” that would warrant it? When asked about impeachment in the House, here’s what he had to say:

“They all vote with AOC and plus three; Nancy Pelosi is petrified of them.”

The Donald believes she has good reason to fear: Republicans are coming to oust her.

“I mean, she’s afraid that she is going to lose her position. Nancy Pelosi will lose her speakership right after the election when the Republicans take over the House.”

As for impeachment, the President insisted it’s a witch hunt, just like Russian collusion:

“Should’ve never happened. Just like Russia collusion should’ve never happened. That was a witch hunt. … Should’ve never happened.”

But Trump’s not worried about it, because he’ll be fine in the Senate:

“It think this: We have a great relationship in the Senate. I have a 95% approval rating in the Republican Party. I believe the senators look at this as a hoax, it’s a witch hunt, it’s a disgrace.”

Despite his allegation of Nancy knockin’ at the knees, Pelosi appears to think the same of Trump. On Wednesday, CNN reported the Speaker claiming he’s afraid of House Democrats and the probe that’s coming:

“I think the President knows the argument that can be made against him and he’s scared, and so he’s trying to divert attention from that to where (he’s) standing in the way of legislation.”

That’s all fine and good, but the Dems look to be in a real pickle. Despite their talk, in addition to the reasons I covered here, many congressional Dems may not want to be associated with something as pointed as an actual impeachment.

The Daily Wire stated it aptly:

Democrats have been sidestepping the requirement to bring impeachment proceedings to a full vote on the House floor. More than 30 members of the House Democratic caucus represent congressional districts that voted for Trump during the 2016 election cycle. The Democratic Party largely gained its House majority after a wave of the party’s moderate candidates were elected in those purple districts during the 2018 election cycle.

Nonetheless, putting aside the ravings of AOC, it seems to me the more seasoned Dems in the House may be interested in impeachment because they already know 2020’s a no-go. They have no candidate on deck who can possibly defeat The Donald, and they appear to have given up arguing the superiority of their policies a long time ago.

I miss those days — the Idea days.

-ALEX

 

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Van Jones: Democrats are in a Lose-Lose Situation with Impeachment. Is He Right?

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Political commentator and former Obama advisor Van Jones told CNN’s Erin Burnett Thursday night the Democrats are really shooting themselves in the foot.

Boy, are they.

Erin asked Van what he’s heard from the many voters to whom he’s spoken regarding Dems’ drive to the impeachment hoop.

Van believes the coordinated attack is just going to galvanize Republicans in an election year.

He makes a good point:

“You know, it’s a tricky thing, the impeachment process, because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag.”

He recalled a similar situation in the 90’s:

“I remember when I was anti-Bill Clinton from the left and they tried to impeach him and suddenly Clinton was my best friend.”

He’s right. It’s the nature of things.

Take two middle school brothers who fight constantly. Regardless of their turmoil with one another, if you mess with one, they’ll both beat the snot out of you. People come together when there’s a threat.

But, in Van’s estimation, those opposing Trump are in a mess if they don’t impeach, too — their base is expecting action.

“So, I think you get cross currents in this thing. At the same time, Democrats are in a lose-lose situation. If they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed, and you feel like maybe Trump gets away with too much. If you go through with the impeachment, though, you can divide the country further, you can take the oxygen away from your candidates and you still don’t solve the problem of foreign interference.”

He may not be wrong, though it’s for silly reasons. Over the last two years or so, Democratic leaders and talking heads on the boob tube have said some of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard come out of people’s mouths. I’ve been astonished by the move from debate of issues to totally outlandish, self-cancelling claims about Trump and his supporters — like Trump wants to round up people and murder them (here), is setting up leaders to be murdered (here), is a white supremacist who’s afraid of black people (here), aches to be an evil dictator (here), and is potentially part of a “thousand-year reich” (here). Not to mention that’s he’s conspiring against America and in cahoots with foreign enemies.

I believe that rhetoric has frightened and inflamed a portion of the populace, which is now demanding action for the boogie man to be booted from Pennsylvania Avenue.

But here’s another lose-lose: The more they take the ladle and scoop out Ukraine, the more Joe Biden’s gonna be in the soup.

Joe’s political worth will be sacrificed for the thrill of the hunt via impeachment proceedings, which will leave Dandelion Elizabeth Warren to face Venus Fly Trap Trump on the debate stage. That poor lady will be absolutely eviscerated.

And voilà: Trump 2020.

The Democrats have really blown it.

What are your thoughts? Is there any winning move here in their assault on Trump’s presidency? Let us all know in the Comments section, which you can now access from your mobile phone without switching to the desktop version of the site.

-ALEX

 

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Time For The Democrat Party Rank And File, To Rise Up

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Oliver Cromwell
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Rank and file Democrats who care about their party and their country, need to rise up and wrest back control of the Democrat Party. Today’s Democrat party bears absolutely no resemblance to the party of our fathers and grandfathers. They are nowhere near being a loyal opposition party—a party that might disagree on methods, but nevertheless values and supports shared national objectives.

Why? The Leadership. The Leadership of today’s Democrat party can be divided into two camps. One, is the corrupt old guard of Tammany Hall or Daly Machine days. That camp has always corrupted the power of office for personal enrichment. They are the ones who came into government with personal net worths of less than a million dollars and then somewhere along the way and despite a government pay check of less than 200 grand per year, manage to amp their personal wealth up into 10’s even 100’s of millions. The most recently open and notorious member of that camp is of course, former Vice President Joe Biden, Democrat Presidential Primary candidate and along with his son, subject of a Ukrainian corruption investigation.

Then there is the new breed, who are flat out, insane. They advocate the murder of children in the womb. Even if one of their intended victims manages to survive the procedure and lies gasping for life on a stainless steel clinic table, they are still willing to see it killed. While busily screeching for a “living wage!’ they are busily importing more uneducated, low-skilled, some criminal, some diseased people who, drive down wages, take entry level jobs, denying low skill Americans the opportunity to get a leg up and who refuse to assimilate into our culture.

Speaking of culture, they browbeat normal Americans into believing they must actively promote child abuse in the form of genital mutilation of minors in order to promote the “transgender” agenda. On more than a few occasions they have used the full force of law to drive real Americans into penury for defending their right NOT to participate in ceremonies promoting deviant and disordered behavior.

The list goes on and on….and it ain’t just the Democrats. There is a special circle in Dante’s Inferno reserved for pusillanimous RINOs such as Mitt Romney, YEB! or like Jeff Flake…John McCain is already keeping a seat warm for him. They are flat out evil. The only reason they give any consideration at all to the folks they purport to represent, is so they are available on a two year and four year cycle to flip the lever “D.”

For our Republic to survive, it needs two healthy parties who each believe in the Constitution and the American culture of individual liberty. Lifetime Democrats need to get rid of these leaders—and right now. They should borrow from Oliver Cromwell

It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.

Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.

Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?

Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?

Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.

I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!

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Ukrainian Prosecutor: We Are Now Reviewing the Biden-Linked Burisma Case

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FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed the drug test last year and was discharged in February. In a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 16, Biden doesn’t say why he was discharged. He says he’s embarrassed that his actions led to his discharge and that he respects the Navy’s decision. The vice president’s office declined to comment.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Ukraine’s top prosecutor is now confirming that they will be doing a review of the investigation into Burisma, the company which had Hunter Biden on its board.

Ruslan Ryaboshapka, the country’s prosecutor general, announced at a press conference that they would be doing a review of 15 cases including that of the Biden-linked firm to make sure that they were properly investigated.

According to Fox, Ryaboshapka said, “We are now reviewing all the cases which were closed, fragmented or investigated earlier in order to make a decision on cases where illegal procedural decisions were taken.”

He said he had not been influenced by anyone to make this decision and was making it of his own accord.

Questions have been raised about Hunter Biden being on the board of Burisma despite having no experience in the energy business, but while his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, was the point man on Ukraine for the Obama administration.

These questions were intensified by video of Joe Biden in 2018 admitting on camera that in 2016 while he was Vice President, he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor at the time. Biden said if they did not fire him, he would get the U.S. to deny them aid. The prosecutor at the time, Viktor Shokin, has said under oath in an affidavit that he was in fact investigating Burisma and that he was fired because of Biden’s pressure. Biden claims he wanted Shokin fired because of corruption.

From Fox News:

It is unclear how much money Hunter Biden made while serving on the board of the firm, but reports have estimated he made up to $50,000 per month — which would be up to $600,000 a year.

Fox News has also obtained notes from an interview Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted—with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor who replaced Shokin and eventually closed the Burisma probe. He said he “believes Hunter Biden receives millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma,” according to the notes.

Fox News reported Wednesday on notes from another interview Giuliani conducted with Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor Biden helped oust, in which he claimed he was told by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt to back off the Burisma probe. According to interview notes, Shokin claimed Pyatt – currently the ambassador to Greece – told him to handle that investigation “with white gloves.”

My colleague Streiff has pointed out how unusual Hunter’s compensation is compared to others and based on his experience (or lack thereof).

Biden and Democrats have tried to excuse the behavior, calling the facts “debunked conspiracies.” Then they should have no problem with people looking into why the investigation was shut down and what was going on with Burisma, right?

Let’s see what the alleged “anti-corruption” Ryaboshapka has to say.

But the Bidens have to be more than a little concerned that someone with a reformer reputation is now looking into the closure of the case. Joe Biden isn’t going to like this.

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Virginia Police Chief Publicly Tans the Hide of His Officer for Reporting an Illegal Immigrant to ICE. The Public Strikes Back

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In Virginia Tuesday, Fairfax Count Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. publicly rebuked one of his officers.

What’d the cop do wrong? During a routine traffic stop September 21st, they discovered the driver had no license and no legal status in the country.

Therefore, the officer contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In a press release, Chief Edwin lambasted the act as “unacceptable,” further claiming it had “damaged” the department’s reputation.

The incident was described in detail:

The officer found that one driver did not have a Virginia Operator’s license and obtained the driver’s information to conduct a check to verify the DMV record. During the query of the driver’s information, the officer received notification from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), that the driver was wanted by ICE for an administrative violation warrant on file for the failure to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer then contacted the ICE agent that was listed as the point of contact on the confirmation of the warrant. The ICE agent advised the officer that they were close by and responding to the location of the traffic crash. The FCPD officer then issued a uniform summons to the driver for not having an operator’s license. The driver signed the summons.  However, the officer then decided to detain the driver through a custodial detention and turned over custody to the ICE agent.

And Edwin said that was crappy:

If the response reads “OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT OF REMOVAL” and the individual is not in custody or being taken into custody for any other violation of law, officers shall not confirm the hit through LESC and shall not take the individual into custody based solely upon the IVF hit. The majority of such administrative warrants represent civil violations of immigration law.

Then he bore down on the offending cop:

As a matter of full transparency to our community — our police officer violated our longstanding policy and deprived a person of their freedom, which is unacceptable. We have been informed by ICE that the driver was released after three hours and issued an ankle monitor. When I learned of this event, I directed an immediate internal investigation to look at all factors in this matter to ensure that all are held accountable for this violation.

In his wrap-up, the chief championed diversity while lamenting the damage caused by the officer — who was dadgum suspended:

Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE. This matter damages our reputation and the longstanding policy that I have stated many times that our officers shall not act as immigration agents. The officer involved in this event has been relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation. It is my duty to enforce our FCPD – and Fairfax County – policies and hold all accountable for their actions.”

Does a press release strike you as a surprising bit of much in this case?

It certainly struck some. As a bit of hooey.

The Washington Times reports:

[O]ffers of assistance and support for the officer poured in…and Chief Roessler was harshly criticized for attempting to make an example out of the officer.

But surprise! Due to the public outcry, there was a flip-flop:

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. announced Wednesday that he had canceled the suspension and restored to duty an officer who had turned an illegal immigrant over to ICE.

This was surely a disappointment to activists, who’d praised Edwin for his bold step and solidarity with their community.

Check out Hump Day’s altogether different tune:

“We have one of the best police forces in the U.S. and I have confidence that our officer will represent us well throughout his career.”

Well, that was nice.

But not too nice — the investigation’s ongoing.

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The Far Left’s Worse Nightmare: A Study Reveals a Huge Increase in Americans Carrying Guns

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Some strange stuff is goin’ down.

A long time ago, government — as representatives of the people — declared that the citizenry would have guns.

An organization was formed to protect those rights.

Now the government is trying to take them away.

One step in that process is the defeat of the organization supporting them.

By “the government,” I mean, of course, select individuals who’ve been elected to office.

Political hopeful Beto wants to confiscate America’s best-selling hunting rifle.

And holy moley, Michigan Rep. Haley Stevens is raging against the NRA:

But what’s the current will of the people?

Take a ganders at this:

A report released by the nonprofit Crime Prevention Research Center this week needs a trigger warning: Nearly 19 million U.S. citizens have permits to carry a concealed handgun.

Just since last year, the number’s grown by 8 percent — an increase of 1.4 million.

A whole lot of those guns, as you know, would be semi-automatic — which clueless goobers on MSNBC and CNN have unendingly denounced as if the designation means a machine gun.

Sorry, major news networks; it’s a machine gun free-for-all.

19 million. Semi-automatic.

Take that, goofy memes!

So which states do you think have the highest concentration of gun-wearers?

Well, in first place, Roll Tide: ‘Bama is a titanic wave of firearm ownership. Some folks there prefer open carry — don’t be scared if the dude behind you at the Citgo’s sportin’ a Glock like he’s Wyatt Earp.

A whopping 26% of adults in the Heart of Dixie have concealed carry permits.

Indiana trails with 18. South Dakota hits the list with 16.

Across the nation, 7.3% own cards.

Three states — Georgia, Texas, and Pennsylvania — have more than 1 million permit holders.

Florida has 2 million.

And here’s something: 16 states don’t require permits.

As the report notes, we’re likely headed away from the permit years:

“As more and more states decide not to require permits, the number of people who can legally carry a handgun will increasingly outpace the number of permit holders.”

Some Democrats may not like the 2nd Amendment, but it appears there’s a cultural chunk of America — otherwise known as voters — who fancy it.

And those 19 million are the ones who followed the rules by getting a proper permit. Anti-gun legislation would only affect them, not the criminals who don’t much pay attention to prohibitions against stuff like mass murder.

Food for thought.

America’s packin’.

-ALEX

 

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Fake News Media is Really Going to Hate Clint Eastwood’s New Movie

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A long time ago, in a media culture far, far away…

Fake news bounced onto the scene in the form of Richard Jewell and hasty accusations of terrorism and murder.

The Daily Wire offers an interesting description:

Before there was Brett Kavanaugh, before there was Nicholas Sandmann, and before there was Officer Darren Wilson or George Zimmerman, there was Richard Jewell: an innocent man whose life was nearly destroyed when the media and the FBI falsely accused him of domestic terrorism for no other reason than the fact he was a white fat southerner.


Richard’s problems began on July 27th, 1996, and the catalyst was — ironically — a heroic deed.

At the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, the AT&T security guard discovered a backpack filled with three pipe bombs.

He notified police, and they began to clear the area.

The bomb went off, tragically killing one person and injuring 111. Another died of a heart attack.

Here’s a bit more detail from the The Guardian:

Jewell was one of about 30,000 police and guards, the largest peacetime security force in US history, enlisted to protect the Atlanta Olympics. He’d been hired as a temporary contractor by the security firm Anthony Davis Associates and had been on duty for nearly seven hours in Centennial Park when he spotted the unattended pack beneath a bench near the tower at 12:58am. Nine minutes later a 911 call from a nearby phone booth told dispatchers: “There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have 30 minutes.”

At 1:15am, a team of security officers including Jewell began clearing the area. The contents, three pipe bombs surrounded by masonry nails, detonated roughly 10 minutes later before all spectators could be removed. Among the fallen were Alice Hawthorne, a 44-year-old cable TV company receptionist from Georgia who died of “multiple penetration injuries” from the flying metal fragments, and Turkish cameraman Melih Uzunyol, 40, who died of a heart attack while rushing to film the scene.

If not for Richard, many more lives would’ve been lost.

For a moment, the 33-year-old Danville, Georgia native was hailed as savior. He was all over television and in the papers.

But then, holy crap, a twist — the FBI turned to him as potential suspect:

[W]hen Piedmont College president Ray Cleere phoned the FBI the following afternoon to suggest that Jewell, a former campus security guard at the school with a reputation for overzealousness, might have planted the bomb himself in order to play the hero, the FBI looked further into his background.

For three months, Richard got the 1990’s version of the outrage mob.

Back then, that was only possible via the media; trolls and social justice warriors and generally most of the dumbest things happening right now didn’t yet exist.

But boy, the media hammered the guy.

It was the worst journalism has to offer. Richard seemed wholly convicted by the press, before anyone knew what was what.

At 4.50pm on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a special edition led by a 10-paragraph, 365-word story with no attribution that stated Jewell was the “focus of a federal investigation”. The banner headline screamed: FBI suspects ‘hero’ guard may have planted bomb.

Seven minutes later CNN broadcast the story, holding the Journal-Constitution up to the camera. At 5.11pm, the Associated Press released a wire story attributed to its own sources. Shortly after, NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw said on air: “The speculation is that the FBI is close to ‘making the case’, in their language. They probably have enough to arrest him right now, probably enough to prosecute him, but you always want to have enough to convict him as well. There are still some holes in this case.”

A second-day opinion piece in the Atlanta newspaper only doubled down on the scoop: “Like this one, he became famous in the aftermath of murder. His name was Wayne Williams,” columnist Dave Kindred wrote, referencing the serial child murderer. “This one is Richard Jewell.’’

And now, the Fake News fiasco’s gettin’ a bit of what-for, from none other than one of Hollywood’s greatest directors: Clint Eastwood.

The trailer for the new movie’s out, and it socks it to the media machine somethin’ fierce.

As noted by TDW:

Indeed, it is all about the narrative. At one point in the trailer, a journalist (played by Olivia Wilde) tells her newspaper editor that “Jewell fits the profile of a lone bomber, a frustrated white man who is a police wannabe who seeks to become a hero.” She says this without a lick of evidence to support her claims.

“We’re running it,” her editor says in reply.

Remind you of a maybe a few other things in the news these last couple years?

The film’s based on Vanity Fair’s 1997 article, “American Nightmare — the Ballad of Richard Jewell.”

Enjoy the trailer for Richard Jewell — starring Kathy Bates, Sam Rockwell, and I, Tonya’s Paul Walter Hauser — above.

Clint Eastwood sure doesn’t go for cultural Marxism goofiness — see here. I’d say he’s gonna tell it like it is.

Can’t wait.

-ALEX

 

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