Have You Forgotten: This week we commemorate the 9-11 terrorist act against America. As most Americans mourn and remember…others have forgotten. Share this video.
Unfortunately the external threats to our country have now moved to internal terrorists who hate America and the American idea as much as those terrorists did.
Elect Biden and Riots Stop: Now former Vice President Biden and liberal Democrat allies say if we elect Biden in 2020 he will bring peace and reconciliation to our country? Somehow he and President Obama in 8 years were NOT able to create an acceptable system of “social justice” when they controlled the White House…but now will be different?!?
A couple of problems:
First, talk about your classic Mafia-like extortion of American voters. If you vote for Biden, we will stop the “resist” movement’s riots and looting and bring reconciliation and peace to your neighborhoods. Extortion used to be illegal.
Second, the rioting and looting that the Democrats unleashed in their “resist” movement is kind of like the genie you let out of the bottle and can’t get back in. They have lost control of their managed chaos.
Third, Marxist Antifa and Black Live Matter organizations have taken advantage of legitimate calls for social justice and are advocating an all out revolution to overthrow our form of government. They openly say they want to destroy capitalism, defund police, kill police officers and “white people” while chanting “Death to America.” The crazy left is now organized and are dangerously manipulating legitimate protesters around the country.
Don’t let the Democrats blackmail you into voting for Biden!
Don’t believe their duplicitous campaign ads. Listen to what is being said on the streets. No reason NOT to believe the rioters. They are telling us EXACTLY what they want to do.
Don’t let candidates who don’t respect the rule of law bully you into voting for them.
America has thrived partly because it relies on the rule of law to create a level playing field. There is no doubt we need to do better, but there is no greater country in the world, with greater opportunity for all than America!
P.S. Is there a reason “demonstrators” have to demonstrate at night and not during the day? That seems to help their “rioter” friends who wear hard hats, carry bats and start fires? Just asking.
Mail-In Voting Fraud Set-Up: Bloomberg’s Hawkfish political firm has “warned” of a Trump landslide that isn’t?!? Yes, they are making an argument that Trump could win on election day but thousands or maybe millions of legitimate and fraudulent mail-in ballots could change the results. Read the article below.
At a time of such political division in our country, creating a scenario and encouraging a mail-in system of voting without protections to protect against fraud isn’t helpful. They are creating an excuse to challenge the election.
The progressive left didn’t “accept” President Trump’s victory last time and are now trying to set up the narrative to “resist” again if Trump wins re-election.
States that have used mail-in voting took years to create a system that insured the integrity of the system. Anyone who wants to vote by mail can request an absentee ballot, that has safeguards to protect against fraud. But the mass mail-in voting scheme Democrats have pushed around the country is dangerous and a threat to our democracy and the peaceful transfer of power that makes America unique in this world.
Love It or Leave It: You have to admit that it’s “funny” that Democrat Mayors are “relocating” due to “peaceful protests”. Just let that sink in for a minute.
Three Questions for Liberals: There are three question that would destroy most of the arguments on the left:
- Compared to what?
- At what costs?
- What hard evidence do you have?
“There are very few ideas on the left that can pass all three of those kinds of things.”
Protests vs Riots – But Mostly Peaceful: “Right to Peaceably Assemble” is granted. “Right to Vandalize, Destroy Public & Private Property, Assault, Injure, Kill, Inflict Fear, Public Nuisance & Hide – These & Other Criminal Behaviors Under the Cover of Angry Mobs” is not.
The problem is innocent people, families and private businesses, who had NOTHING to do with police shootings or excessive force are being targeted and terrorized by arsonists, vandals, looters and rioters.
Obamagate: The weaponization of both domestic and foreign intelligence against a presidential campaign from a sitting administration solely for political purposes to prevent the smooth transition of power and weaken his presidency to limit his legislative successes.
That’s what Obamagate is all about…they spied, they lied and tried to cover it up.
This should NEVER happen to ANY American…there should be bipartisan outrage!!!
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The 9/11 Tribute in Light Emphasizes Bill de Blasio’s Failure
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s official reason for canceling the 9/11 Tribute in Light was to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. But the likely real reason — obvious, if sad — is that the unity that the beams signal would show him up. For despite his campaign promises to weave a single story of the “tale of two cities” (one rich, one poor), he has pitted group against group and dealt unevenly with his constituents. The lights would represent what he could not achieve: a city united.
The mayor has been outmaneuvered, thank God. Whether it was through the intervention of Governor Andrew Cuomo or President Trump, or the Sergeants’ Benevolent Association’s plan to host its own memorial tribute, or the ferocity of the public outcry, it’s the result that matters. The lights will shine on 9/11.
As they should. Prior to the recent flight to the suburbs, New York was a city of over 8 million people. It can be hard even to comprehend the possibility of oneness on such a colossal scale, let alone to feel it. But that’s precisely what the beams restore to us — if only for a short while. As they project heavenward, the twin lights remind us New Yorkers of the day when, in the hour of our greatest trauma, we rediscovered that we were a people, and, at the risk of sounding hokey, that we loved one another. That discovery was made for us, though, and was transmitted to us by the bravery of others, when working-class men under the shields of the FDNY, the NYPD, and the Port Authority rushed into the flames and mounted the stairs until the towers buried them in a fiery crash.
‘You’re Not Allowed To Film’: The Fight To Control Who Reports From Portland
“YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO FILM!” is a cry you hear incessantly at protests in Portland, Oregon, always shouted at close range to your face by after-dark demonstrators. You can assert that, yes, you can film; you can point out that they themselves are filming incessantly; you can push their hands away from covering your phone; you can have your phone record them stealing your phone—all of these things have happened to me—and none will have any impact on their contention that “YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO FILM” and its occasional variation, “PHOTOGRAPHY EQUALS DEATH!”
I cannot say who came up with these anti-camera battle cries. But it’s easy to understand why protesters use them: to shape the narrative the country sees about the protests. And that narrative, in my estimation after many weeks covering street clashes in a city where I lived for 15 years, is 90 percent bullshit.
I wondered, the first time I attended the protests at the federal building back in July, who all these young people with PRESS emblazoned on their jackets or helmets were. I asked one such guy who he worked for.
“Independent Press Corps,” he told me. As it turned out, dozens of other young PRESS people happened to work for the same outfit, which I at first assumed was a fancy way of saying “I want to report stuff and stream it on my Instagram.”
This turned out to be naive. The IPC is an organized group in league with the activists, and it is usually their footage you see streamed online and recycled on the news: mostly innocent protestors being harassed and beaten by police.
The police indeed have tear-gassed and beaten people; there has been brutality. It is equally true, but featured less prominently in the news coverage, that activists spend hours every night menacing and setting fires to police stations and other institutions: City Hall, Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters, and last week Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment building (until he agreed to move out). With the PRESS crew recording part of the story and the “YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO FILM!” crew harassing other journalists, the result can be a misleading view of the protests. It’s a revolution via the cellphone video they allow you to see.
Facebook’s Rittenhouse Mistake
Will Facebook let users share this editorial? We’ll see. The social-media giant seems to have declared Kyle Rittenhouse’s fatal shooting of two people amid riots in Kenosha, Wis., a mass murder. Mr. Rittenhouse’s lawyer says his client was attacked and acted in self-defense, but Facebook has banned any “praise and support” for him on the site, including links to contribute to his legal representation. Searches for his name on the platform also come up empty.
This is an alarming resort to censorship on an issue of public concern by a company that has advertised its support for First Amendment values. Even more than most political controls on content, this blackout is troubling because it seems targeted at users’ expectation of freedom of speech and Mr. Rittenhouse’s right to due process.
By taking down links to pay Mr. Rittenhouse’s legal fees, the company is interfering with his ability to raise money for his defense in a way other criminal defendants might. The fact that the platform may only be used to declare Mr. Rittenhouse’s guilt, but not his innocence—though lawyers say the self-defense argument is plausible—could prejudice a jury pool in the high-profile case. One of America’s most powerful companies is effectively giving its official imprimatur to Wisconsin prosecutors’ case against a specific defendant.
Defending Mr. Rittenhouse’s right to a fair hearing, and the public’s right to see information about the shooting, is not a defense of the teen’s actions. The untrained minor exercised terrible judgment in leaving his hometown to act as an amateur police officer amid the looting and arson in Kenosha, and he has been charged with illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.
Media Didn’t Report What It’s Really Like In Kenosha, Wisconsin, So I Will
The scene on Tuesday night was something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries. Men and women stood with baseball bats, hand-guns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns in front of their businesses and homes.
Kenosha, Wisconsin is situated in the southern part of the state, about an hour and a half from Chicago, and has a population of approximately 100,000. Republican Rep. Bryan Steil, who represents Kenosha in Wisconsin’s First Congressional district, told The Federalist the city “is like a lot of cities in Wisconsin.” Steil says Kenosha is “family-centered” and “hard-working.”
Kenosha became a very different place after police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times. Subsequent video footage showed that Blake was armed with a knife and had been wrestling with officers, threw off a Taser, and was disregarding police commands to stop after they were called to address a domestic violence complaint.
Following the shooting that left Blake paralyzed, rioting erupted in the city. Although the first night was relatively peaceful, after the second night, things were “spiraling out of control,” said Steil. Fire and looting consumed uptown and downtown Kenosha, and Steil said the city was no longer the “Kenosha we know.”
In uptown Kenosha, on Tuesday night, a woman, who said she has lived in Kenosha for more than 40 years, broke down in tears, saying her city felt like a “war zone” and she was “terrified.”
Biden can’t blame Trump for the anarchy in Democrat-run cities
For months, Democrats ignored or excused the chaos engulfing our cities. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) went so far as to raise bail money for those arrested during the riots in Minnesota. The looting and vandalism went completely unmentioned at the Democratic convention. In his acceptance speech, Joe Biden condemned the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, but not the violence that was taking place in Portland, Ore., that very week.
Now, all of a sudden, Biden is finally speaking out. What changed? The polls. A new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll finds 77 percent of Americans are extremely or very worried about crime in our nation’s cities, and a majority believe that local officials are not arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators. So, Democrats have come up with a new strategy: Instead of ignoring the violence, they are trying to blame it on President Trump. The anarchy, the vandalism and assaults on ordinary citizens in Democrat-run cities, they say, is not the fault of Democratic leaders. It is “Donald Trump’s America.”
Let’s go back to the very beginning. The unrest we are witnessing today was sparked by the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Who oversaw the city’s police force and its policy and procedure manual that explicitly allowed the “knee-to-neck” restraint technique that took Floyd’s life? It was local officials in the Democratically controlled city, not Trump. In virtually every major city where violence is taking place, Democrats run the cities, and the cities run the police forces.
Democrats play with matches. Does Joe Biden get burned?
The Democrats have been playing with fire for months like foolish, thoughtless kids playing with matches in the hayloft of a barn.
Yet now that the barn is burning around Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, they’re in full panic mode, trying to put that fire out.
President Donald Trump seeks to take advantage, rightfully wrapping urban violence and Democratic calls to defund police around Biden’s candidacy. Will it hurt Biden in key suburban precincts of vital battleground states like Wisconsin?
It could. And the prospect has caused great wailing and teeth-gnashing among liberal media.
“This rioting has to stop,” said CNN’s Don Lemon. “It’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It’s the only thing right now that is sticking (for the Republicans).”
You think so, Don? Really?
But if this weren’t hurting Biden and just hurting, say, shopkeepers in Kenosha and the residents there, and ruining their livelihoods, making them fearful, would we see such media anxiety?
Would The New York Times admonish rioters if the violence didn’t give Trump the high ground in battleground states?
No. Urban violence has been going on for months. But now the worry sets in.
David Marcus in “The Federalist” has a good piece on this, headlined “Democrats are freaking out, and they should be.”
Mark Hemingway also focuses on it in a column I read on RealClearPolitics.com: “Protest Violence and the See-No-Evil Media.”
Not all journalists have ignored the cost on lives and livelihoods destroyed. But the most nakedly partisan media outlets are beside themselves. Liberal pundits have curled up in their fetal default position to concentrate on Orange Man Bad, to keep Kenosha out of mind.
Biden: The Violent Riots Will Continue Unless You Vote Democrat
Biden may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on elected officials in his own party to stop allowing murder and looting in the cities they run shows you how weak he is.
Now that polls won’t let them ignore the rioting, looting, murder, and arson this summer in Democrat-run American cities, openly cheered on by leftists like the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times author Nikole Hannah-Jones, Democrats have made a hard pivot to — what else? — “Blame Trump.”
We saw the blame-shifting begin last week with House Speaker “Republicans are domestic enemies” Nancy Pelosi. Today, it came straight from Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden:
Biden just made Democrats’ election subtext public. He said the quiet part loud: The chaos will continue until voters pick Democrats.
Democrats have been saying this implicitly ever since Trump won the election, of course. They have been the agents of chaos in the streets, in the administrative agencies, in the courts, and in the Congress. Democrats are the ones who said “impeach!” the second the ballots came out against them. They are the ones who used federal spy powers to subvert an American election before it happened, and then after.
Bloomberg group warns Trump will appear to win big on election night
A top Democratic data and analytics firm told “Axios on HBO” it’s highly likely that President Trump will appear to have won — potentially in a landslide — on election night, even if he ultimately loses when all the votes are counted.
Why this matters: Way more Democrats will vote by mail than Republicans, due to fears of the coronavirus, and it will take days if not weeks to tally these. This means Trump, thanks to Republicans doing almost all of their voting in person, could hold big electoral college and popular vote leads on election night.
Imagine America, with its polarization and misinformation, if the vote tally swings wildly toward Joe Biden and Trump loses days later as the mail ballots are counted.
That is what this group, Hawkfish, which is funded by Michael Bloomberg and also does work for the Democratic National Committee and pro-Biden Super PACs, is warning is a very real, if not foreordained, outcome.
What they’re saying: Hawkfish CEO Josh Mendelsohn calls the scenario a “red mirage.”
“We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump,” he said.
“When every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be some day after Election Day, it will in fact show that what happened on election night was exactly that, a mirage,” Mendelsohn said. “It looked like Donald Trump was in the lead and he fundamentally was not when every ballot gets counted.”
The Pinnacle of Looting Apologia
Last week, NPR’s Code Switch published an interview with Vicky Osterweil, the author of In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action. NPR summarizes the book as an argument that “looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society.” If the real, lasting change you wish to effect is burning society to cinders and crippling for a generation its ability to serve its poorest citizens, then I suppose I am forced to agree. Osterweil sees an upside. Looting is good, she says, because it exposes a deep truth about the great American confidence game, which is that “without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.” She came to this conclusion six years ago, and in her book, which is written “in love and solidarity with looters the world over,” she defends this view as ably as anyone could.
Osterweil’s argument is simple. The “so-called” United States was founded in “cisheteropatriarchal racial capitalist” violence. That violence produced our current system, particularly its property relations, and looting is a remedy for that sickness. “Looting rejects the legitimacy of ownership rights and property, the moral injunction to work for a living, and the ‘justice’ of law and order,” she writes. Ownership of things—not just people—is “innately, structurally white supremacist.”
The rest of the remedy is more violence, which she celebrates as an underrated engine for social justice. The destruction of businesses is an “experience of pleasure, joy, and freedom,” Osterweil writes. It is also a form of “queer birth.” “Riots are violent, extreme, and femme as fuck,” according to Osterweil. “They rip, tear, burn, and destroy to give birth to a new world.” She reserves her most pungent criticism for advocates of nonviolence, a “bankrupt concept” primarily valuable for enlisting “northern liberals.” Liberal is pejorative in this book. Martin Luther King Jr. is grudgingly acknowledged as a positive figure, but not as positive a figure as he would have been if he had kicked some white-capitalist ass and put a few pigs in the ICU. The “I Have a Dream” speech was, Osterweil writes, “the product of a series of sellouts and silencings, of nonviolent leaders dampening the militancy of the grass roots” and “sapping the movement’s energy.” More to her taste is Robert F. Williams, who practiced armed resistance, and Assata Shakur, who murdered a New Jersey police officer and remains a fugitive in Cuba. The violence needn’t be in self-defense—Shakur’s certainly was not. Osterweil quotes the “wisdom” of Stokely Carmichael: “Responsibility for the use of violence by black men, whether in self-defense or initiated by them [emphasis mine], lies with the white community.”
Boom: 5M new gun owners, with 58% black and 40% women
Gun sales have exploded this year with the help of millions of first-time shooters, according to the industry’s trade group.
There are 5 million new gun owners, and many are minorities, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The group said that its surveys of gun stores found that 58% of the firearm purchases were by black men and women, “the largest increase of any demographic group.”
What’s more, said the group, “women comprised 40% of first-time gun purchasers.”
Gun store owners this year have attributed the jump in sales to the 2020 election and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s call for a gun ban, fears related to the coronavirus crisis, and ongoing Black Lives Matter-related riots and killings in cities.
Bogus Fact Checks on Suburban Zoning Issue
Although a small army of media fact-checkers claim otherwise, Joe Biden wants to end single-family zoning in America’s suburbs. On the first night Republican National Convention, Patricia McClosky said that Joe Biden and the radicals now running the Democratic Party “want to abolish the suburbs altogether by ending single-family home zoning.” McCloskey’s claim set off a frenzy of media fact-checks, all insisting that it just isn’t so. Nonetheless, McCloskey had it right.
The most egregiously mistaken McCloskey fact check was also the most widely disseminated. Thomas Beaumont’s fact check for the Associated Press was, like many other AP stories, reposted and reprinted at scores of local news outlets. Yet this supposed fact check was utterly confused and thoroughly mistaken. According to Beaumont, “Biden does not propose banishing single-family homes.” Or again, “[Biden] does not support requiring municipalities to refrain from building single-family homes as a condition for getting money from HUD — the heart of the distorted claims by Trump and the McCloskeys.”
The distorted claim here is Beaumont’s, who to all appearances has no idea what “ending single-family home zoning” actually means. It has nothing to do with “banishing single-family homes.” When a given location is zoned for single-family homes, it means that only detached, single-family homes can be built in that area. In other words, single-family zoning prevents apartment complexes or other relatively dense forms of housing from being built in residential neighborhoods reserved for single-family homes with yards. So “ending single-family zoning” means, not banishing single-family homes, but permitting the construction of apartment buildings and other dense forms of development in areas previously set aside for single-family home construction only.
Breaking Down the Pentagon’s 2020 China Military Power Report: A Quest for PLA Parity?
The report puts key concerns front and center: arguably, China’s meteoric military progress in recent years has not simply narrowed the gap in limited niches, but has in fact pursued parity and even selective superiority to the degree that, broadly interpreted, “China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas”.
My first impression is that this is the latest and greatest of the Pentagon’s China Military Power reports since their inception two decades ago. At 173 pages, it is quite possibly the longest and most substantive. A high-water mark in public analysis from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to date, it begins with a self-critical stocktaking of previous editions, yielding striking conclusions concerning the rapidity and relative comprehensiveness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s progress. This wake-up call regarding the current advanced state, and rapid forward advancement, of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) military capabilities, should land loudly on the desk of Members of Congress and all other U.S. foreign policy and defense community stakeholders. Essential reading, indeed!
The report puts key concerns front and center: arguably, China’s meteoric military progress in recent years has not simply narrowed the gap in limited niches, but has in fact pursued parity and even selective superiority to the degree that, broadly interpreted, “China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas”: