Required Reading – August 14 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most thought-provoking things we’ve read.

Mac Donald: Why ‘policing is racist’ is such a poisonous lie

“A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings. It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found. […]  The “policing is racist” discourse is poisonous. It exacerbates anti-cop tensions in minority communities and makes cops less willing to engage in the proactive policing that can save lives.”

Read more at the New York Post.

Ellis: NARAL Freaks Out Over Tennessee’s Proposed Bill Banning Abortion

“NARAL is in a tizzy. To be fair, if I believed that people should have the right to murder preborn humans, I’d be in a tizzy, too. Even among the mess that leftists and their sexual revolution have made of our society, the tide appears to be turning against abortion. The latest body-blow that fans of murdering the unborn are about to have to absorb comes from the great state of Tennessee. […]  NARAL’s hissy fit is evidence that the pro-abortion crowd is worried.”

Read more at PJ Media.

Kotkin: Europe’s Fading Cosmopolitan Dream

“In headier days, Europe’s leaders dreamed of a multicultural continent, its aging cities saved by millions of new migrants eager to join a stable, prosperous urbanity. This was the promise behind former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair’s Cool Britannia, the multicultural fervor of Herman Lebovics’s Bringing the Empire Back Home: France in the Global Age, and the early enthusiasm that greeted Germany’s refugee influx in 2015—estimated now at 1.6 million. That dream has faded, with Europeans now opposing new migration by wide margins. Once-peaceful German and Swedish cities have seen a spike in crime, a resurgence of anti-Semitism, and growing political unrest—all associated with the migrant influx. In 2016, Pew Research found that 59 percent of Europeans thought that immigrants imposed a burden on their countries. In addition, less than a third believe immigration has improved their countries, with 63 percent of Greeks and 53 percent of Italians, respectively, stating that immigrants have made things worse in their economically challenged countries. As the British political thinker Kenan Malik acknowledged in a 2015 Foreign Affairs essay, ‘multiculturalism’ has devolved from ‘an answer to Europe’s social problems’ to a fraught reality of ‘fragmented societies, alienated minorities, and resentful citizenries.'”

Read more at City Journal.



Required Reading – August 14 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Balsamo: Attorney General William Barr urges swift death penalty for mass shooters, cop killers, slams ‘social justice’ prosecutors

“He also said the government must have “zero tolerance” for suspects who resist the police and denounced protesters who threw water on New York City police a few weeks ago as “prancing punks.” […]  In his speech, Barr praised federal prosecutors who have brought more cases against violent criminals and drug dealers in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. But he added that more needs to be done, saying that most of the illegal drugs being trafficked into the U.S. are being brought in by Mexican drug organizations and other transnational gangs. “Obviously, the head of the snake is outside the United States,” he said. “We must destroy these cartels.” Barr took a hard swing at prosecutors who don’t . . .”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.


Prager: Meanwhile, This Is What LGBTQ Organizations Are Doing to Society

“Virtually every week, there seems to be another issue that preoccupies the country. But while our attention is focused on President Donald Trump, Google, Charlottesville, Russia, impeachment, Jeffrey Epstein, the next elections, racism, a trade war with China, the #MeToo movement or something else, LGBTQ organizations are quietly going about their work dismantling ethical norms, making a mockery of education, ruining innocent people’s lives and destroying children’s innocence. If you think this is overstated, here are some examples: . . .”

Read more at Town Hall.



Daley: A Pro-Gun Ruling Will Inflame Court-Packing Push, Dem Senator Warns Supreme Court

“Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island filed a legal brief before the Supreme Court in a challenge to New York City’s gun transportation regulations, advancing a broad indictment of the Roberts Court itself as he urged the justices to turn away the NRA-backed case. The brief, which follows back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, accuses the justices of delivering partisan decisions for monied Republican interests while warning of lasting damage to the Supreme Court’s legitimacy.”

Read more at Daily Caller.


Required Reading – August 14

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

U.S. Department of Interior: Trump Administration Improves the Implementing Regulations of the Endangered Species Act

“‘The revisions finalized with this rulemaking fit squarely within the President’s mandate of easing the regulatory burden on the American public, without sacrificing our species’ protection and recovery goals,’ said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. ‘These changes were subject to a robust, transparent public process, during which we received significant public input that helped us finalize these rules.’ […] The ESA directs that determinations to add or remove a species from the lists of threatened or endangered species be based solely on the best available scientific and commercial information, and these will remain the only criteria on which listing determinations will be based. The regulations retain language stating, ‘The Secretary shall make a [listing] determination solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial information regarding a species’ status.’ The revisions to the regulations clarify that the standards for delisting and reclassification of a species consider the same five statutory factors as the listing of a species in the first place.”

Read more from the Department of the Interior.



Krumholz & Dulahunty: Why Mass Illegal Immigration Probably Costs More Than You’ve Been Told

“We must weigh the costs of illegal immigration to our local, state, and federal governments. Illegal workers and their families have access to taxpayer-provided benefits, such as free public schooling. If some of the current Democrat presidential hopefuls have their way, these workers will enjoy free health care, too (they already enjoy certain medical benefits). How large is the tally? According to a 2017 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, federal and state governments pay nearly $135 billion annually to cover the cost of an estimated 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children present in the country. FAIR found the cost of federal provision of medical care to be about . . . […]  But our point is not to represent FAIR’s study as definitive. It is that any sound analysis of the overall costs and benefits of mass illegal immigration has to probe much more deeply than merely looking at comparative food costs. And other costs should be added to the tally.”

Read more at The Federalist.



Kredo: U.S. Knocks Germany in Row Over Middle East Peace Process

“The Trump administration is pushing back against recent criticism from German representatives regarding U.S. efforts to foster peace between the Israelis and Palestinians in what sources described as an ongoing diplomatic fight over the American administration’s refusal to let the United Nations dictate the terms of the peace process. Following an unprecedented July 23 speech before the U.N. Security Council in which Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt scolded the body for its one-sided attempts to demonize Israel, Germany’s ambassador attempted to mischaracterize the Trump administration official’s remarks, sources told the Washington Free Beacon.”

Read more at Free Beacon.


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Newly Released Bruce Ohr Memos Suggest FBI Lied on FISA Application

Judicial Watch on Thursday released the “302” summary memos from Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s interviews with the FBI, confirming that the FBI, DOJ and State Dept. continued to have extensive contact with British ex-spy Christopher Steele well after he was fired by the bureau. Steele was reportedly fired in November of 2016 for leaking information from his dossier to the media.

Ohr met repeatedly with Steele until the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in May of 2017.

“These new Bruce Ohr FBI 302s show an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt on President Trump using the conflicted Bruce Ohr, his wife, and the Clinton/DNC spies at Fusion GPS,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The FISA courts weren’t informed of this corrupted process when they were asked to approve and reapprove extraordinary spy warrants targeting President Trump.”

According to the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, the memos undercut an FBI’s claim in the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications against former Trump adviser Carter Page.

During a Nov. 22, 2016 interview with the FBI, Ohr discussed meetings between dossier author Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and Yahoo! News reporter Michael Isikoff, who two months earlier had published an article that alleged that Page was under FBI investigation for contacts in Russia.

In their FISA applications, the FBI said that investigators did not believe that Steele was a source for Isikoff’s story. The Bureau relied on the unverified Clinton and DNC-funded Steele dossier to claim to the FISA court that Page was an agent of Russia.

In four FISA applications — which the FBI submitted in October 2016, January 2017, April 2017, and June 2017 — the FBI “does not believe that Source #1,” who has been identified as Steele, “directly provided this information to the identified news organization that published the September 23rd News Article.”

Employing an unethical intelligence-gathering practice known as “circular reporting,” the FBI also cited Isikoff’s article and at least one other news report about Page in the applications.

Mother Jones reporter David Corn published a story based on allegations from in the anti-Trump dossier on Oct. 31, 2016. After that article appeared, the FBI purportedly cut ties with Steele because of his unauthorized contacts with the media.

Ohr’s interview transcripts also reveal extensive contacts between Steele and the Clinton Campaign and State Department officials.

Ohr said that he knew during the campaign that Steele’s reporting was “going to the Clinton campaign, Jon Winer at the U.S. State Department and the FBI.”

“OHR was aware that Simpson was passing [Steele’s] information to many individuals or entities and at time [Steele] would attend meetings with Simpson,” the FBI transcripts also say.

Winer, who served as the State Department’s special envoy to Libya, was Steele’s main contact at Foggy Bottom. He was also a source for both Isikoff and Corn, who published articles touting Steele’s dossier.

Isikoff and Corn revealed in a book published last year that Winer vouched for Steele’s credibility as an intelligence source.

But the FBI’s overall assessment has proven false, as both Steele and Isikoff have acknowledged meeting in mid-September 2016.

“These FBI notes show that the FBI, the Justice Department, and the State Department were working with the Clinton spy ring at Fusion GPS in what I would call a coup attempt against President Trump,” said Fitton.

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino summed up on Fox and Friends what he thinks the FBI and DOJ were up to in 2016-2017. “You have to understand that this was an information laundering operation from the start,” he explained.

“There was an effort to target the Trump team with information that was factually inaccurate–that he was colluding with the Russians,” he said.

The way to make the non-factual story have credibility, Bongino further explained, was to have multiple people in and out of government talk about it. Bongino said Steele was used as a front in the operation because he FBI had used him as a source in the past. This way, he could give the hoax credibility.

Bongino said that there is a distinct possibility that Steele didn’t even write most of the dossier.

“Now we know that Nellie Ohr in fact put together a dossier,” he noted. Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS while Steele was communicating with her husband. Bongino suggested that her research on Manafort made it into the dossier.

He also noted that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal in 2007 about Republican lobbyists representing controversial Russian clients.

“I encourage you to read that article today and then compare it to the dossier,” Bongino said. “It IS the dossier.” He compared Simpson’s article to a “movie script” that was already out there when they “slapped Steele’s name on it, changed a few of the names to Donald Trump.”

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Border Patrol Apprehensions Drop for Second Straight Month

Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli reported the lowest level of border apprehensions since March. Cuccinelli credits cooperation from Mexico for the decrease in apprehensions.

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According to the CBP:

There were 71,999 apprehensions in July compared to 94,908 in June, according to CBP. In May, there were 132,870 apprehensions — among the highest monthly rates ever recorded by CBP.

“The situation is improving by every available metric, but, I want to be very clear, that we remain at and beyond crisis levels in illegal crossings even as our initiatives to address irregular flows and mitigate humanitarian conditions are making an impact,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said in a statement.

The CBP also report that there were 2,000 fewer unaccompanied children and that family unit apprehensions were down by almost 15,000.

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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Democrats Push Trump on Background Checks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are urging President Trump to support a universal background check requirement for the purchase of firearms.

“We spoke to the President separately this afternoon and told him the best way forward to address gun violence in our country is for Leader McConnell to let the Senate take up and pass the House-passed universal background checks legislation and for the President to sign it into law,” the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.

“The President gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives,” they added.

Save lives? Universal background checks would not have stopped either of the two recent mass shootings. Both gunmen legally possessed their firearms so how would a universal background check requirement made a difference? The anti-Second Amendment crowd are quick to offer “solutions” to a ill-informed public but their “solutions” almost never would prevent the tragedies they are exploiting for their agenda. What percentage of firearms are sold privately that we need to stop that practice? Has anyone asked them that question?

Pelosi is also agitating that Trump force Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call the Senate back into session so there can be a big, public fight about gun control used to score political points.

“Today, as Speaker of the House, I am writing in good faith to request that you call the United States Senate back into session immediately under your powers in Article II Section 3 of the Constitution to consider House-passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation,” Pelosi wrote. McConnell rejected the request but said the Senate would take up some of the “solutions” offered by the gun grabbers.

“The discussion is focusing on two things: One is these red flag warnings. … There’s also been some discussion about background checks,” McConnell said. “There’s a lot of support for that … so those are two items that for sure will be front and center as we see what we can come together on and pass.”

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


It Is Only a Beginning, Always

The walk was as avoidable as the climb. 

The walk followed the fall, while the climb marked the collapse of more than a man or a political party, because the walk toward the presidential helicopter presaged the rush to board the last helicopter out of Saigon, because the wave outside Marine One—the flash of the double “V for victory” sign—foretold the fate of 11 Marines on a rooftop 9,000 miles from home, because the walk from the South Lawn of the White House foreshadowed our defeat in South Vietnam.

The walk marked the end of Richard Nixon’s tenure as the 37th president of the United States.

Forty-five years ago today, President Nixon did more for his country than members of Congress deigned to even ask of themselves.

That Democrats had the votes to impeach the president, that Senate Republicans said the president lacked the votes to stay in office, that they would vote to convict him in spite of his convictions—because of his convictions—proves what Patrick J. Buchanan said this fiasco was: an act of spite.

Who among the president’s enemies could have ended the draft without draining or exhausting our ability to wage war?

Who else could have repelled the Soviets by threatening total war, while saving Israel from total annihilation?

Who else would have risked so much for so few of so little, when the enemy controlled a sea of oil?

Who else could have desegregated the schools without losing the South?

Across the vale of years, the president’s words speak to us still:

It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.

Photo credit: Bettmann/Getty Images

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Criminal Illegal Alien Facing Deportation Allegedly Kills Father of Five in Car Crash

An illegal alien with a criminal history and revoked license allegedly killed a father of five in a careless driving accident in Colorado, last week, and some are asking why the habitual drunk driver and domestic abuser was not deported a long time ago.

The victim, Sean Buchanan, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock when the suspect swerved into his lane and killed him, according to Colorado State Patrol troopers. He was heading to his new house in Castle Rock where he intended to drop off his bike. His wife Kathy, who was traveling on a different route, was going to meet him at the house and drive back to Colorado Springs with him.

“He was amazing,” the grieving woman told Denver7 News. “It’s trying to figure out what the new normal looks like when the old normal was so good.”

Miguel Ramirez Valiente, a Salvadoran national who has been in the country illegally for 14 years, had sought and received refuge in a Colorado Springs church last December to avoid deportation. His “plight” received sympathetic media attention at the time.

“Ramirez Valiente stood at the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday and told reporters he was seeking sanctuary to fight for the chance to remain with his wife and three children,” CNN reported.

His wife Alisha Ramirez Valiente told reporters that she didn’t know what she’d do if authorities sent her husband back to El Salvador.

“The government shutdown is tearing our family apart. My three children and I are terrified that he will be deported. His children need him. So do I,” she said. “I hope that him being in sanctuary will give him enough time for the government to reopen and his motion to be reviewed.”

Eight months later, the Buchanan family has been “torn apart” by the “undocumented immigrant” touted by CNN as a victim of President Trump’s government shutdown and draconian immigration policies.

Those familiar with Ramirez Valiente’s arrest record know better. One close acquaintance told Denver7: “This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with. He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.”

His arrest record shows charges for reckless endangerment in 2011 and domestic violence in 2016, both cases apparently dismissed by the El Paso County District Attorney.

In 2018, he plead guilty to a 2018 charge of driving under the influence and his license was revoked, according to court records and Colorado State Patrol.

One day before the deadly crash, his probation for that DUI was extended because he had not completed alcohol therapy and community service.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz asked a couple of good questions:

How could someone be so known to authorities as a habitual public danger and also an illegal alien, yet he was going to alcohol therapy? Why was he not going to alcohol therapy in El Salvador?

Horowitz also had some questions for the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church after its “callous disregard for human life.”

How many others with criminal records are they harboring? Does Rev. Nori Rost still feel he is “honoring the country’s history of providing a safe haven for those fleeing violence”? Can they at least do a background check before thwarting the law of harboring illegal aliens?

Valiente was not arrested on scene because authorities were unable to determine the level of his intoxication. Colorado State Patrol said he was taken to the hospital.

“Most of time we do not arrest on a fatality accident, unless there is a high risk of intoxication, because at that moment we are not sure of charge,” Master Trooper Gary Cutler said. “We continue the investigation and then submit the investigation to D.A.’s office with recommendations and D.A. is who actually files the charges on that.”

A woman who knows Valiente told Denver7 that she thought he should have been arrested at the scene.

“He just had a DUI, and he’s driving with no license, and he killed somebody, like you shouldn’t walk away from that.”

She added: “My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped. You’re here and you’re a hard worker and you’re not causing trouble and doing bad things that’s fine, but he had already been in trouble, several times and now we have a death because of it.”

Not surprisingly, despite this tragic news, CNN has thus far neglected to offer a sequel to their Valiente deportation story.

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Report: Trump Leaning Toward Pete Hoekstra or Fred Fleitz for DNI

President Trump is continuing to vet candidates for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) post, and to the Intelligence Community’s chagrin, he is reportedly leaning toward  “Trump loyalists” former congressman Pete Hoekstra and President of the Center for Security Policy Fred Fleitz.

IC insiders have been making their swampier preferences known through the news media.

One intel source told Yahoo News this week that virtual unknown Kevin Meiners, an official in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is also being considered for the job.

Another IC favorite is Sue Gordon, a career intelligence official who would have already taken the helm if Trump wasn’t resisting appointing her as acting director.

Gordon has briefed Trump on occasion and has earned immense respect from both the intelligence agency veterans she helps lead and her congressional overseers. “You couldn’t find a more competent person to see ODNI and the community through this process,” said the retired senior military officer.

According to Yahoo, outgoing director Dan Coats actually shielded his staff from Trump because the president “repeatedly criticized the work of the nation’s intelligence agencies and cast doubt on their conclusions.”

Hoekstra is the current U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and congressional staffer who also served on the National Security Council under Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Hoekstra has had “several meetings” with Trump about the role over the last two months, and has a “good relationship” with the president, a former campaign adviser told Yahoo.

Fleitz has 25 years experience serving in various U.S. national security positions, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, the CIA, and as a senior staff member with the House Intelligence Committee.

Fleitz has advocated for “sharply scaling back or eliminating” the ODNI “to make American intelligence great again.”

The president first raised the possibility of the DNI job with Fleitz back in February and Fleitz reportedly considered taking the position.




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Upcoming Movie Features Trump Supporters Being Hunted for Sport by Liberal Elites

A gruesome new movie “satire” that features liberal elites hunting “deplorables” for sport has studio executives feeling skittish in the wake of several mass shootings that have horrified the nation in recent weeks.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Studios is having now having second thoughts about “the Hunt” which is scheduled for release on September 27.

The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.

Over the Aug. 3 weekend, ESPN pulled an ad for the film that it had previously cleared, while AMC ran the spot during the season premiere of its drama The Preacher. It’s unclear whether the ads were identical, but the one yanked by ESPN opened with a sound resembling an emergency broadcast signal. A rep for ESPN parent Disney declined to comment on the move, but an ESPN source says no spots for the film will appear on the network in the coming weeks.

The Hunt stars Betty Gilpin from GLOW and Hilary Swank, representing opposite sides of the political divide. It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey. The script from Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter revolves around third-rail political themes. (Original title: Red State Vs. Blue State.)

After politically motivated attacks left 34 dead in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Gilroy, California, some studio employees are “questioning the wisdom” of this plot line.

“Employees in different departments were questioning the wisdom of making such a movie in these times,” a filmmaker with ties to Universal told the Hollywood Reporter. “In light of the horrific [recent shootings], is this not the most craven, irresponsible, dangerous exploitation?”

The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. “War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.


It’s hard to know what is in the mind of Hollywood producers, but the movie trailer seems to cast the deplorables in a sympathetic light and the liberal elites as the villains. It could also be relying on the element of “wish fulfillment” in minds of liberal audience members, as a friend noted. Whatever the case, this movie seems like a very bad idea in light of recent events.

As Angelo Codevilla noted in an unsettling piece at American Greatness today, Americans are growing more and more accustomed to hating each other.

What should happen, what can happen, when the real, existing violent organizations of the Left—Antifa and the several radical black organizations—try to exclude or to punish? Several cities—Portland, Oregon and Charlottesville, Virginia among them—have had their streets taken over. What happens when these organizations organize mobs to harass their least favorite people? What happens when some of them wind up dead?

At a certain point, the other side shoots back. Here as elsewhere, the several police forces may be expected to split and take opposite sides. Then the army’s special forces become the arbiters, and the war rages.

As the nation teeters on the edge of civil war, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) stoked the flames of division on Tuesday by doxxing on Twitter 44 private citizens in the San Antonio area who donated to President Trump’s re-election campaign. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Castro doubled down on his tweet, saying he hoped it would cause potential donors to “think twice” about donating to the president’s reelection campaign.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there are now reports that leftist goons are placing flyers on GOP cars calling for Trump supporters to be placed in death camps:

A Universal executive told THR that the movie “is meant to show what a stupid, crazy world we live in,” adding, “It might even be more powerful now.”

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8 Chan Deplatformed Again, Owner Called Before Congress

Internet message board 8chan has been deplatformed once again and the owner has been called to testify before Congress about a reported connection between the board and the El Paso massacre shooter. 8chan was initially dropped before Cloudflare following the news that a manifesto allegedly belonging to the El Paso shooter was posted on the message board. The manifesto has not yet been confirmed to belong to the shooter.

On Tuesday, 8chan was dropped by its new technical services provider, Epik. “8chan was offline on Tuesday after Seattle-based Epik became the latest provider to cut ties. In a statement, Epik’s chief executive, Rob Monster, cited concerns about its inadequate enforcement and a greater possibility of violent radicalization.” The owner of 8chan Jim Watkins posted a video on YouTube saying that the alleged shooter manifesto was not originally posted on the message board but copied from Instagram. Reuters doesn’t mention this in their story.

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House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee wants to talk to Watkins.

The committee’s Democratic chairman, Bennie Thompson, and Mike Rogers, its ranking Republican, sent a letter tmsnrt.rs/2YuWNQ7 to Watkins to appear, calling the El Paso massacre “at least the third act of supremacist violence linked to your website this year.”

Although Epik has dropped 8chan, the company continues to host The Daily Stormer, Gab and InfoWars. Epik owner Monster explained that 8chan was different than the other sites because “nobody has a vested interest in personal accountability, since you always get a new persona,” he said.

“Think of 8chan as a large community of 1 million people that are now looking for a home,” Watkins said in a video he posted on YouTube. Keep looking, Jim.


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Twitter Will Not Verify Candidates Until They Win Their Primaries

Social media platform Twitter has decided it will not verify the accounts of users running for 2020 office until they win their primary contests. Verification by Twitter allows a blue check mark to appear by the name of the user. I have one.

The policy, which a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill on Tuesday is a continuation of the tech giant’s practices in the 2018 midterms, is intended to recognize the seriousness a candidate receives by being verified. However, it comes amid warnings that foreign operatives have in the past sought to impersonate political candidates.

Recognize the seriousness? I thought the point of verification was that the user is who they say they are, not that they have received some kind of corporate “stamp of approval.”

“Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance,” the platform said at the time. Exactly, so why the change in policy?

“We appreciate that Twitter is an important tool for politicians to communicate to the electorate, and that verification is an important contextual signal for the public – which is why we’ve been very intentional and thoughtful about this policy,” the Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.

“While the public verification form is on hold, our teams around the world continue to verify select Twitter accounts, which include elected officials and government agencies. In the US, once candidates win their primary elections and/or qualify for the general election ballot for Congressional, Senate or Gubernatorial races we will verify their official Twitter accounts.”

How can candidates prevent (RUSSIAN?!?) trolls or troublemakers from impersonating them? That’s exactly what one Democrat party member fears.

“We are very troubled to hear that they’re unwilling to do it in the primary,” Ray Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, who last month claimed a fake account was created to impersonate New Hampshire Democrats, told CNN. “They should know that they’re being used to disseminate misinformation and character assassination.”

Thankfully, Twitter assures that they have a policy against election interference.

“Our rules prohibit manipulating or interfering in the election process, including posting or sharing content that may suppress voter turnout or mislead people about when, where, or how to vote,” the spokesperson told The Hill.

“Our rules also now address key issues impacting the integrity of elections, including: (1) fake accounts engaged in a variety of malicious behaviors, (2) removing accounts that deliberately mimic or are intended to replace accounts we have previously suspended for violating our rules, and (3) the distribution of hacked material that contains private information or trade secrets, or could put people in harm’s way.”

(Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Black Support for Kamala Harris Craters After Tulsi Gabbard’s Hit

Black support for Senator Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) presidential campaign has cratered in the wake of opposing candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) blistering attack on her record as California’s attorney general in the second Democratic debate.

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said during the debate.

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”

Harris–who mocked Gabbard’s “zero–one percent” standing in the polls and described herself as a “top tier” candidate in a recent interview–saw her overall support collapse into the single digits in two major polls.

In a Morning Consult poll Tuesday, Harris’ support dropped to 9 percent. In the Quinnipiac poll, it dropped from 12 percent to 7 percent. Among black voters, she’s now at an abysmal one percent.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came out as the big winner in the second round of debates, solidifying her second place status with 21 percent ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) 14 percent. Former Vice President Joseph Biden retained his his front-runner status with 32 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic.

In the morning Consult poll, Biden leads with 33 percent, and Sens. Sanders and Warren come in second and third with 19 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Gabbard is still polling at 1 percent, but that’s still better than the 14 other Democrat candidates who have less than 1 percent, according to Quinnipiac.

Ironically, Black Democrats are turning on the very candidate former president Barack Obama is rumored to favor.

In order to become the front runner, Harris has peel away black support from Biden. But they’re running away from the “dirty cop” as fast as they can.

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Paul Krugman Is KKK-razy

Yesterday’s alchemist is today’s academician. 

He tries to convert leaden ideas into the fool’s gold of medals, awards, medallions, newspaper columns, and various sinecures, including the guarantee of lifetime employment. He maintains the false impression of respectability with the same assiduousness he brings to footnoting nonsense, like one of the anonymous unpaid editors who revise history via Wikipedia

He is an economist.

His name is Paul Krugman.

By asserting that tax cuts exact the ultimate tax, that they cut apart lives by cutting the social safety net, that the price of expanding personal treasure and enriching the Treasury is blood, that every cut in the marginal tax rate corresponds to an uptick in gun violence among the marginalized, that these cuts constitute a deliberate plan by Republicans to defy destiny by attacking demography, by having white nationalists kill blacks and other minorities, by libeling so many, Krugman reveals his paranoid and vile ideology.

In Krugman’s world, racism is an exclusively Republican phenomenon.

Never mind the real world, where Barack Obama brings a gun to a knife fight

Put aside, too, the debate about the influence on Obama’s politics by an agitator whose work revels in radicalism, whose works bear the respective titles Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals.

In Krugman’s world, Republicans have a monopoly on violent words and deeds.

In Krugman’s world, free markets eliminate free will, unleashing the creative destruction not of capitalism but of Klansmen.

In Krugman’s world, stubbornness trumps facts.

What a sad world, indeed.

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Required Reading – August 6 Evening Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Wall:  Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton indicted on federal embezzlement charges

“Cullerton, D-Villa Park, is accused of collecting more than $274,000 in salary and benefits, but doing little or no work for the union, according to the grand jury indictment handed up Friday. Cullerton, a veteran, took the union job several months after he was elected in 2012. The 49-year-old is facing 39 counts of embezzlement, one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and a single count of making a false statement about a health care matter. […]  Federal prosecutors allege that Cullerton used the proceeds from the alleged scheme to pay personal expenses, including his mortgage, utilities and groceries.”

Read more at ABC Chicago.



Schreckinger: Biden Inc.

Their ventures, over nearly half a century, have regularly raised conflict-of-interest questions and brought the Biden family into potentially compromising associations. This investigation offers the most comprehensive account to date of the politically tinged business activities of Biden’s brother and son, and is the first time former associates of James and Hunter have alleged that the pair explicitly sought to make money off of Joe’s political connections. […]  The Biden Family: A political and financial timeline […]  James Biden, known socially as Jimmy, is seven years younger than Joe and a dead ringer for his famous older brother. He worked as a salesman and served as the finance chairman of Joe’s first Senate campaign in 1972 before embarking on a career as a serial entrepreneur. In the 1970s, as Joe was entering the Senate and taking a seat on the Banking Committee, James obtained unusually generous loans from lenders who later faced federal regulatory issues. Joe Biden was in touch with two of those banks about his brother’s loans, . . .      […]  During the Obama years, several months after James joined a construction firm as an executive, the firm received a contract worth more than a billion dollars to build houses in Iraq while Joe oversaw the U.S.-led occupation of that country.

Read more at Politico.


Greenfield: In 5 States, 1 in 5 Prisoners are Muslim

“At 1%, Muslims are still a small percentage of the population. But there’s one place in America where they are vastly over-represented. State prisons. Take Maryland, which has an estimated 70,000 Muslims, making up over 1% of the population. But of Maryland’s 18,562 prisoners, 5,084 were Muslims.

That’s 27.4% or over 1 in 4 prisoners. […] In 5 states,  . . .  […]  Combine all those Muslim prisoners into a city and you have a population larger than Youngstown. […]  The current cost of incarcerating Muslim federal prisoners is taking $670 million a year from taxpayers.”

Read more at Front Page Mag.



Required Reading – August 6 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Rives: Unconstitutional ‘red flag’ laws attack the rights of people who might, maybe, at some point, commit a crime

“Everyone who values our rule of law and the general premise our country was founded upon (that our rights are fundamental, inalienable, and pre-political) should agree with the legal challenges seeking to overturn “red flag” laws across the country. I have not read one such state law yet that is constitutional, and the legal philosophy behind these laws is dangerously illegitimate. […]  The “red flag” laws are stripping citizens of their protected right to keep and bear arms without due process and without any precursor of actual criminal conduct or even inchoate acts. […] Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have some version of a red flag law.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.



Barkoukis: Trump Suggests Tying Background Checks to Immigration Reform After Mass Shootings

“‘We cannot let those killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, die in vain. Likewise for those so seriously wounded,’ he tweeted. ‘We can never forget them, and those many who came before them. Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform. We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!’ […]  ‘The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country,’ he said. ‘Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!'”

Read more at Town Hall.


Skurkiss: Antifa is arming

“The incessant hate campaign against President Donald Trump and his supporters by the media and the Democratic Party is pushing the left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome into the danger zone. The current issue of the New Republic, a premier publication of liberalism, has an article titled “Antifa Is Arming Itself Aganist a Trump Crackdown.”  Left-wing radicals are overwrought about transgressions they imagine the president and his supporters might commit. As a result, . . .”

Read more at American Thinker.

KBO • News

Trump Supporters Spend the Day Picking up Trash in West Baltimore

Hundreds of conservative volunteers participated in a massive cleanup in West Baltimore Monday, organized by grassroots activist and ardent Trump supporter Scott Presler (aka #ThePersistence on Twitter) after the president called Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional district a “dangerous and filthy place.”

According to WBALTV, the effort began at 8:00 a.m. and involved nearly 300 volunteers who “removed a toilet, chairs, tables and spare tires, among other things, from piles of trash in a West Baltimore alley.” They also weed-whacked and picked up leaves in an attempt to beautify the struggling neighborhoods.

Some volunteers paid “out of pocket for port-a-potties, food, water and a dumpster,” WBALTV reported. Sam’s Club pitched in by donating 1,000 water bottles to the activists.

“This isn’t about Trump or anti-Representative Cummings,” Presler says in the video below. “This is about we want to help our fellow citizens and we want to come together as a family because we’re all Americans.”

The conservative crew managed to completely clear out a couple of trash-ridden alleys:

“I think it’s great. It’s a good thing,” said Arnold Tyree, of Baltimore.

“This is our city, and we need to clean it up,” said Kenny Ebron, of west Baltimore.

People came from not only the surrounding areas, but also Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey to help with the clean-up, Presler said.

Some residents thanked President Trump for bringing national attention to the community’s problems.


Some of the trash the crew picked up was almost 11 years old.

Volunteers said that they would try to keep the effort going.

“I’m going to try and keep it going myself,” Dustin Fifer, of Baltimore, told 11 News. “It won’t happen overnight but slowly, if we get the ball rolling, it will get bigger and bigger and people will realize that people care about this place.”

In just the first few hours, the group cleaned up two blocks of alleys and sidewalks. The hope is to make the effort a monthly event.

The volunteers cleared out piles of trash in vacant lots — including furniture and TVs — and organizers said they believe they hauled out 12 to 14 tons of trash, including three complete dumpster loads.

“I’m thankful that [Trump] brought attention to Baltimore,” Presler told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s important to know that although we are the best, freest, greatest country in the world, we still have our problems, and we can’t look at the world just through rose-colored glasses.”

Presler said that “people all over the country” have been messaging him to start cleanups in their local cities. “We did something very special in Baltimore yesterday — it’s having a nationwide effect,” he tweeted.

KBO • News

Lindsay Graham Is Going to Tell You About Red Flag Gun Laws

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) spoke with Shannon Bream last night to explain his plan for federal “Red Flag Laws.” The purpose of these laws is to remove firearms from dangerous individuals. Graham’s murky proposal is in response to two deadly massacres last weekend and politicians are scrambling to look like they are “doing something.” Graham was short on the specifics in his segment but it sounds like due process for your gun rights are not a priority despite Graham saying they are.

Graham describes his program as a federal grant for states to create their own Red Flag laws. Some states already have them. Sen. Graham claims there will have to be imminent threat to oneself or others, before the police can go to a judge, there would be a hearing for police to present their case using a “more likely than not” standard, seven days later there is a full-blown hearing. That doesn’t sound like due process to me, the cops take your guns away for 7 days and you have to hire an attorney to get you firearms back. This sounds terrible.

Watch Graham:

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Required Reading – August 6

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Lifson: How Comey set a trap for prosecutors when leaking his memos

“Had the Department of Justice acted on the criminal referral that Inspector Horowitz reportedly issued regarding James Comey’s leak of memos, it would have fallen into a trap. Credit Comey with the legal sophistication you’d expect from a head of the FBI, but also credit the team assembled by Attorney General Barr for avoiding the trap. […] . . . the Twitter account labeled “Undercover Huber” provided a detailed and expert analysis of the weakness of the case against Comey, illustrating the wiliness of the lawman in structuring his actions in a manner that would strengthen his defense against prosecution to the  point

Where a not guilty verdict was probable.”

Read more at American Thinker.



Thornton: Politicizing Murder with Lies

“The bodies in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton were still in the morgue when the progressive “carrion-picking crows” started politicizing the murders. But everything they said about gun control, “white nationalism,” and Trump’s culpability was based on lies and stale clichés recycled for political gain.

The argument that more gun control laws will lessen substantially such murders has been disproven with facts over and over. In the Nineties, gun homicides fell by half, even as the number of guns increased 56%. The reason has been obvious since Prohibition in the Twenties: if enough people want something, black markets and criminal gangs will exist to get it for them. We’ve spent about a trillion dollars on reducing the availability of drugs, yet any savvy teenager in America can get just about any drug in less than a day. Likewise, someone bent on mayhem can circumvent the most stringent gun control laws. Just look at the crime rate in Democrat-controlled cities like Chicago, D.C., or Baltimore. They have some of the most restrictions on guns, and some of the highest murder rates. Yet after the El Paso massacre, . . .”

Read more at Front Page Mag.



Linge & Levine: Feds probing AOC’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti after sudden resignation

“The Feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff and lead rainmaker, who suddenly resigned Friday, federal sources told The Post. The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide who quit along with Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent, the sources said. Trent left to join the congresswoman’s 2020 re-election campaign. The brash Chakrabarti, who masterminded Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign and steered her proposed Green New Deal, . . . The two PACs being probed, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, were both set up by Chakrabarti to support progressive candidates across the country.”

Read more at NY Post.



A Tale of Two Tweets About the Same City

If you were to show the corruption and decay of an American city, if you were to show the avaricious nature of one-party rule and the ruinous effects of indulging all appetites, of the corpses of teens and children and the bloated corpus of the body politic, if you were to show the inside of that body—an alimentary canal of moral filth and monetary waste—you would have the basis for an award-winning TV show.

You would have a show about criminals of different means but a common end: self-enrichment. 

You would have the chance to show that no one has a lawful but just monopoly on violence, that a badge is no different than a stripe—the two represent warring factions—in a state of all against all, where brutality is the code of the street, where all other codes, including a police officer’s duty to enforce the law without breaking it, are irrelevant.

You would also have the chance to show how the city substitutes one institution for another, turning schools into jails and jails into schools; jails that school boys in the rites of manhood, that pervert what it means to be a man, that respect no other right—neither the rights of man nor man’s ability to reason—except the right to exercise might.

Were you to film and broadcast this show, you would call it “The Wire.”

Critics would applaud you, President Obama would commend you, and media would laud you.

If, however, you were to describe the real-life character of the show—the city of Baltimore—in 275 characters, as President Trump did, you would be called a racist, a bigot, a fascist, a nationalist, and a xenophobe.

But you would not be wrong.

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