Yesterday was 9/11 again and my opinion on hit hasn’t changed.

 

The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.

When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.

So while the rest of the country puts on their sackcloth for 24 hours, I will respectfully pass on that. Instead, I will pop a cork to the passengers of Flight 93 for producing the first in many U.S. victories during the War on Terror and toast the troops who continue to win one of the toughest wars our country has ever fought.

 

They’ve be time to mourn when our enemies are dead.


Glenn Reynolds made this prediction on 9/11

 

VIRGINIA IS MAD. So am I. Hell, so is everyone. And the TV footage of jubilant Palestinians just proves what I’ve always suspected — they just don’t get it. They’ll learn. Oh, how they’ll learn. Even if it turns out that this was done by the Chinese, or disaffected high school students, their jubilation will be long remembered. The American role as “mediator” in the Middle East is over. Since — though they don’t realize it — that’s the only thing that has kept the Palestinians in the game since 1991, their future is likely to be grim, now.

 

Alas neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama saw fit to teach that lesson then along came Donald Trump…

President Trump appears to have undertaken a revolution in Middle Eastern diplomacy. Reportedly, the United States will eliminate refugee status for the descendants of Palestinian refugees of 1948, the only group of people anywhere in the world to inherit refugee status. The U.S. also reportedly will eliminate funding for UNRWA, the only UN agency dedicated to a single group of refugees, namely the Palestinian Arabs. . . .

This should have been done Sept 12th 2001. Who knew that it would take Donald Trump to see the Palestinians for what they are.


speaking about Trump and 9/11 this cartoon

and this op-ed

“Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”

are getting a lot of critique but you have to remember something. 9/11 was just a bunch of terrorists murdering Americans, Trump put the power of the left and their allies in the deep state at risk, no naturally that’s more important to them.


Breitbart reports that 10 NFL players protested this week. I looked them all up, they have something in common. None of them are rookies.

At National Review Kyle Smith has a mostly good piece about how the Democrats have become the Kaepernick party.

Nike’s net approval rating plunged an astonishing 34 points last week, the kind of polling shift you wouldn’t expect to see unless Air Jordans were proven to cause ankle cancer. Keeping Kaepernick front and center in the national discourse is a bad move for a sneaker company, a bad move for the pundits and activists who cheered it, and a bad move for any Democratic office-seeker. If voters get it into their heads that this November 6 is about whether you should kneel or stand for the national anthem, it won’t work out well for Democrats in the short or long term.

I think every democrat running in a swing district needs to have Kapernick campaign with him and if they don’t it proves they are racists.


I do take issue with one remark of Smith’s piece at NRO

President Trump is a political genius in much the same way that Wile E. Coyote is a mechanical genius, but he has proven that he has some lizard-brain, WWE-tinged sense of how to push the public’s buttons.

If Trump is Wile E Coyote, then how come he keeps winning and his enemies plots all end like this:

I’d say it’s Trump that plays Road Runner to Nevertrumps Coyote.


Back to 9/11 a sec I found this old interview of me from 2011 done on 9/11/2011

The key line is this

“Barack Hussein Obama in the worst free agent signing and most expensive free agent signing in the history of the country and every Democrat in congress and every Senator in congress and every Democratic governor whether they show up on stage with him or not is on his team.”

If I was Donald Trump I’d play that message every single day till election day 2018 and maybe even till election 2020

(It’s amazing how much I’ve aged since then)


In that same video I predicted the Democrats would lose that election day.

I’m repeating that prediction today


As we all watch the cone of Hurricane Florence head toward the east coast we need to be thankful that we have a full week’s warning and plenty of time for people to get ready. Imagine what it must have been like for people 100 years ago when you might get a day or two’s warning at best or 150 years ago when there would have been no warning at all.

We don’t understand just how lucky we are sometimes.


Is it just me or does anyone else have an awful feeling that the media/left is watching with breathless anticipation for Hurricane Florence to hit in the hopes that in the wake of massive flooding massive destruction and devastation they can blame Trump for not moving fast enough to score points this election cycle?

There was a time when such a thought would never have entered my head.


Finally it’s been amazing to watch the media suddenly get all protective of the church now that the scandals threaten Bishops, Cardinals and Pope that they perceive are on their side politically. It demonstrates abuse victims were merely a means to an end to the media/left enabling an attack on an institution who opposed them on abortion and gay marriage. But I’m not worried about the Church in the long run because it’s not the Bishops Cardinals or even Pope that will ensure the faith remains. it’s people like Lucy from California

Christ and Church are greater than any one Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Scandal or even era. Those things all change, God does not.

Street artist Sabo (WS)

by baldilocks

At the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash interviews Sabo, “America’s Preeminent Right-Wing Street Artist.”

In this most liberal of cities (where even unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Republicans) and out of these modest digs, Sabo runs a one-man torture emporium. His victims include everyone from lefty politicians and Big Tech overlords to smug celebrities who never cease to subject us to the hot blasts of their virtue-signaling.

When inspiration strikes, Sabo might hijack a billboard, as he did last year with one advertising the film The Greatest Showman. It featured the actress Zendaya on a trapeze, and Sabo added a smirking Al Franken behind her with his lechy come-hither hands outstretched. Or he might crank out cheeky T-shirts with the letters “DOU” next to a picture of Che’s face.

The fashionable hypocrisy of the left drives Sabo bonkers, which explains the “F— Tibet” sign in his living room. It’s not that he doesn’t feel for the Dalai Lama’s oppressed people. But he’ll see some L.A. fashionista in a Mao shirt hauling a Free Tibet tote bag, “And I’m like, ‘You realize the reason Tibet needs to be freed is because of the f—ing Communists?’ These are the idiots I have to deal with.” No Third Way-ist, Sabo calls leftism a “mental disorder.” But whatever his stunt, he has been earning national headlines of late. Not too shabby for a lone street artist with a surly streak and a copy of Photoshop.

It’s a great read, but you might want to skip it if you have PC eyeballs. Sabo has had a tough life and is no polished pundit. Thank God for that last part.

And, yes, that most liberal of cities that Labash mentions is my Los Angeles. I haven’t been able to see any of Sabo’s work up close because I’m always a day late and a dollar short when Sabo presents his work on, say, the outside of a bus stop shelter on Hollywood Blvd. The work is quickly removed by the city.

A few months back, Sabo was banned from Twitter due to his witty and in-your-face offerings, so that should tell you how good and how on target he is.

This one — of Ted Cruz — is my favorite. Sabo created it for Cruz’s 2014 senate campaign and the senator received it well.

Here’s a link to Sabo’s website. I’m going to check and see if he gives his LA fans a head’s-up before he strikes again.

(Thanks to Evil Blogger Lady)

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As I pointed out a few days ago the 2002 Wellstone funeral ended up costing Democrats a Senate seat in Minnesota and was widely credited with helping the GOP in a midterm election that would normally have been considered bad for them and suspected that one of the reasons why Sarah Palin was not invited was they didn’t want reaction shots of her while the speakers decided to make the event a nevertrump extravaganza and closed my piece saying:

Now I could be completely wrong about this and I hope I am but given the history of the last two years and the willingness of anti-trump forces to cross lines that were hitherto sacrosanct, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Well I spent the day flying to Atlanta and visiting with my Pal Vinnie, his brother Joe and finally having the pleasure of introducing my wife of thirty years to their 90 year old father who is a gentleman who can tell you real stories of Jim Crow in the 40’s having lived through it as a black man.  My wife and I had a spectacular evening chatting about life, history and the lot around the dinner table in the old fashioned way so I missed all the the McCain funeral.

Alas it’s apparent that my hopes that celebrating a life well lived was not enough for those in attendance:

It’s a fair knock to say that Meghan’s shots at Trump were impolite, not so much to Trump himself but to Trump supporters who admired McCain and tuned in today in good faith to hear a celebration of his life, not to have more mud flung at their guy. (I wonder how small the overlapping section is at this point in the Venn diagram of “Trump supporters” and “McCain admirers.”) Ivanka herself and Jared Kushner were in the audience to pay their respects and found themselves having to sit through this. Awkward, to say the least. Ultimately, though, what we dislike about “politicizing a funeral” is that it takes an occasion devoted to the deceased and turns it into a platform for the speaker’s agenda.

Now while I’d be a tad inclined to give Meghan a bit of slack as the death of her father might have clouded her judgement a tad, ex President’s Obama and Bush have no such excuse:

John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation’s leaders.

The nearly three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual.

Even more incredible than this to me however is the fact that there are people on the left who are absolutely giddy about it, in fact one was so giddy he took the trouble to tweet me about it:

Allahpundit states the obvious

Meghan’s going to spend the next 48-72 hours being lectured by Trump fans for her supposed lack of decorum, never mind that POTUS could start belching into the mic at his rallies like Booger from “Revenge of the Nerds” and would be cheered for his show of “authenticity” and refreshing disdain for political politesse. It’s a valid criticism in this sense: If the roles were reversed and Ivanka Trump had chosen the occasion of her dad’s funeral to take a shot at McCain, no doubt the entire political class would start clucking about “politicizing a funeral” too.

And apparently the trend of turning funerals into political forums was not confined to McCain’s. Apparently groping Ariana Grande was not the only outrageous thing that took place at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

“Then this orange apparition had the nerve to say she worked for him! You lugubrious leech!” he bellowed, apparently meaning that President Trump is a sad and mournful bloodsucker. “You dopey doppelganger of deceit and deviancy!” he continued, sticking with the alliteration theme. “You lethal liar, you dimwitted dictator! You foolish fascist!!!”

His use of the word “fascist” brought many in the cheering crowd to their feet.

Nothing says respect for the dead like using them as a prop for political attacks.

Now it’s clear that those in attendance loved those attacks and that many on the left cheer them but in an election year where your base is already energized the last thing you want to do is to energize your opponents and I can’t think of anything that’s more likely to make Trump voters run to the pols than what took place at these two funerals. The effect of all of this is going to be Wellstone on steroids.

The only thing more shocking than their actions is their apparent ignorance or indifference as to what the electoral effects of said actions will be.

If you judge a man by the wisdom of his enemies one must conclude Donald Trump has to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

Cue Renfield:

Closing thought. While I’ll take the political advantage given my side, I’d just as soon have done without said advantage for the sake of showing respect for the dead by allowing both the McCain and Franklin funerals to be about remembering the deceased.

An obvious pairing of concepts.

by baldilocks

I think we already knew this. How else to you think those ads are able to show you what you’ve just been shopping for?

While the public has been focused on the ongoing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has largely avoided public scrutiny about its data collection practices despite having the ability to collect far more personal data about consumers across a variety of touchpoints. There have been efforts to document individual practices by Google such as their efforts to circumvent controls on Safari.  More recently, an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that Google continues to track location data even after a consumer has turned off the setting.  While these research efforts have been important to the public policy dialogue, no research exists which looks at the breadth and depth of data collected by Google.

In “Google Data Collection,” Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers and their most personal habits across all of its products and how that data is being tied together.

Listed are the key findings of the 55-page report (linked above) that one can download.

And people wonder why I sometimes leave my phone at home.

Even when I do that, however, I know that there are cameras everywhere here in Los Angeles and that it has been so for at least a decade. And I bet that they aren’t all government cameras.

We are surrounded by eyeballs, but I don’t fear it. That’s isn’t to say that something bad couldn’t happen due to the basic disappearance of privacy. It is to say that it doesn’t pay to be afraid of the intrusiveness.

Fear creates clouded thinking. It interferes with the clarity that is essential to finding a solution to this problem.

I am very far from ready to toss my devices in the trash, but I don’t want them in every aspect of my life either.

There is middle ground and it can be found. I’m sure of it.

In the meantime, however, watch your digital steps.

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There has been a lot of pixels, Ink and TV time dedicated to the Conviction of Paul Manafort and the sudden decision of Michael Cohen to cop a plea in order to keep the dogs from the door, however there are two points that are getting very little play here.

The first is the both Cohen and Manifort have been around for a long while, in fact the authorities had looked a Manafort during the Obama years and decided he wasn’t worth going after even though the crimes he committed all appear to be from said era. Likewise the authorities seemingly had little or no interest in Mr. Cohen’s activity prior to election 2016.

The one difference, their association with Donald Trump and thanks to the foolish refusal of Jeff Sessions right at the start of his tenure the deep state has had the opportunity to go all in:

it is also perhaps irrelevant to the larger point: Rosenstein’s wife is connected in various ways to the Clintons, to Mueller, and to other figures involved in the “RussiaGate” investigation. Some observers have said it was never necessary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from this investigation, and that appointing Mueller as Special Counsel, under the DOJ supervision of Rosenstein, was a trick to ensure that these pro-Clinton/anti-Trump operatives could have carte blanche to run their “Deep State” conspiracy to sabotage the Trump administration.

I suspect the dirty little secret is folks in DC in general and the FBI and in justice in particular know about dozens if not hundreds of Manaforts and Cohens who have been operating in DC and NY for years doing the very same things that these two men have been convicted of or pleaded out to, however as they were in the service of folks like the Clintons or the Obamas or any of the establishment bigwigs in either party they have and will continue to be allowed to function secure in the knowledge that as long as they serve the right masters rather than the wrong one they will be allowed to thrive.

If they succeed in “getting Trump” then the deep state will be able to function without fear. After all VP Mike Pence’s association with President Trump was almost incidental. Prior to being picked as VP he not only functioned within the deep state but showed a willingness to back down when confronted by the left (remember the religious protection law in Indiana cave?)

However they have forgotten one important thing, that Trump is not a regular pol so the normal standards that might drive others out of office don’t apply:

These voters knew who Trump was going in, they knew he was a thrice-married, Playmate dating, Howard Stern regular who had the morals of an alley cat. They were willing to look past all of that because of how institutions had failed their communities for three consecutive presidencies.

Right now the value of Trump to the Trump voter is he is all that stands between them and handing the keys to Washington back over to the people inside Washington. That’s it. He’s their only option. You’ve got to pick the insiders or him.

This is a fact, a fact so dangerous to the establishment that apparently Facebook is busy blocking this article by Salena Zito in the NY Post to keep it from being widely read.

Even worse for the deep state the people that Facebook is desperately trying to keep from spreading what Salena Zito is talking about understand that DC is full of unprosecuted Manaforts and Cohens and see this act for what is it, a warning to them, abandon Trump or you are next.

Its’ why the fall election is so critical, because if the left can win and impeach Trump, though they try to deny that’s the plan, then they’ll be in a position to use half of a full branch of government as a weapon, not just against Trump but against those crowds who support him.

But if they fail and the GOP keeps the house (and Trump is doing all he can to bring about that result) what then?

And that’s the 2nd thing that is being missed where the real danger to the DC establishment lies in these prosecutions it’s the probability of a Jacksonian Trump responding if they fail

What happens when a Billionaire with decades of knowledge what’s been going on (remember Trump has dealt with big city Democrats all his life) in DC and elsewhere decides to pay back the Democrats and the Deep State in the same coin going after protected operatives with the full force of the law untill they sing?

Does anyone seriously believe he wouldn’t?  Does anyone think that Trump the ultimate Jacksonian who was willing to go toe to toe with China, Europe, Nato, Germany, the only GOP leader who has been willing to fearlessly take on the media (without censoring them btw) would be afraid of striking back when the time is right and do so very loudly and very publicly?

If I was a Manafort or a Cohen of the left in DC I’d be really scared right now.

Can someone explain to me why I’m hearing about this for the first time on Hotair?

Welch brought the flag to make a statement about the right not having ownership of it at protests. He says he didn’t have any problems until a couple of Antifa members approached him and demanded he relinquish the “fascist symbol.”

As he carried his flag, two antifascist activists, dressed in black and covering their faces, approached Welch and demanded he turn it over to them, calling it “a fascist symbol,” he said…

The armed counter-protester then uses the weapon to club Welch on the back of the head, causing him to collapse instantly. The demonstrator with the weapon wanders off.

“My bones turned to Jell-O and I just went down,” said Welch, who believes he was struck with a metal object affixed to the end of the weapon.

A crowd of onlookers watch as Welch lies on the ground in a fetal position. Another antifa activist, holding a shield, appears to stand above the injured man and jabs him with a makeshift weapon.

“I remember thinking there was a very good chance that I could be beaten to death,” Welch said.

Welch eventually made it to an urgent care clinic and received four staples in his scalp to close the wound. He also claims it took him 3 days to recover from a concussion.

Well violent thugs are going to violent thug and after seeing the Mob in action in Boston this doesn’t surprise me one little bit but I must admit that this line from the victim really struck me.

Reflecting on his experience being the target of violent Antifa goons, Welch told the Oregonian, “It’s kind of like you’re playing into your opponents’ hands when you do that sort of thing. That’s not what I was there for.”

In other words, yeah being almost beaten to death was bad, but giving the right a talking point, now that’s a tragedy.

He should have stopped worrying, it not as if the MSM or social media companies were going to report on this kind of thing, after all the violent ANTIFA thugs are their babies.

By the time you read this we should know if Keith Ellison has won the primary in Minnesota to compete for the AG position in the fall but regardless of the result I’d like to note an oddity.

Two days ago on twitter I expressed the opinion that if I was a support of Keith Ellison I would take the accusations against him with a grain of salt because they came out within 48 hours of a primary election.

Now this doesn’t of course mean that I think Ellison’s guilty (I’m not familiar enough with the evidence to make an intelligent judgement although there are developments),

Nor does it mean that I think he would make a good AG for Minnesota ( I want to see him lose big in the general if nominated) but it’s my opinion that having defended Judge Moore when such stuff was suddenly dug up and thrown at him after decades of silence during an election I can’t fault Ellison voters if they greet this with natural suspicion, particularly two days before an election.

But regardless of the strength of the evidence against him it’s hard not to note the double standard the media is employing here.

Now the media double standard is no unremarkable that it’s almost not worth mentioning but there is one person whose absence really jumped out at me.

Gloria Allred.

While there has been at least one woman’s group that has called on Ellison to resign there is no sign or trace of Gloria Allred in Minnesota.

No press conferences with victims, no press releases, in fact as you can see from the graphic at the top of this post, no sign of Gloria and Keith at all.

This seems odd, after all isn’t all about protecting women from powerful men of high authority who are oppressing them? Roy Moore was a judge running for office, Herman Cain was a radio talk host running for President but Keith Ellison is co-chair of one of the two major political parties in the nation and a sitting member of congress. Surely such a powerful man abusing women is right in Gloria’s wheelhouse, after all she had time to tweet about the president of USC stepping down last week

but oddly she hasn’t managed even a single tweet about the Ellison case.

So my question is this: If Gloria Allred is really a champion of women, particularly women who have been abused by powerful men, why is there no trace of even a comment by her on the Keith Ellison case?

Might the answer be that rather that being a champion of women that are victimized by powerful men that she’s just an attack dog released by Democrats to suit their political needs?

Of course Gloria could prove me wrong by getting involved in the case or at least commenting on it, and as I’m writing this before work and scheduling it for 1 AM on Wednesday it’s entirely possible that Gloria is even now in Minnesota scheduling a press conference standing beside the women in question.

But I wouldn’t bet the house on it.

Closing Thought: Some might argue of course that if Ellison loses his primary then it’s all moot, so of course Gloria would not get involved, but I’d say not after all he is a sitting member of congress and one of the heads of the Democrat party, surely a man with that much power oppressing women is worth Allred’s time isn’t it? Come to think of it, it’s funny how once Moore lost and Cain withdrew you never saw Ms. Allred in connection to those cases again isn’t it?


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We hear “White privilege”  bandied about by the Democrat left as the source of all kinds of evil in the black community and we’ve equally heard the words “Black Lives Matter” used as a club against police, republicans, conservatives and any enemy of the left (and adopted as a name by anti-police radicals) as they argue that these “privileged” groups don’t care about the lives of black Americans and target them for violence.

Now if you want to make a case that Black Americans are targeted for violence, there is no better example than the reaction to what happened in Chicago last weekend.

A violent weekend in Chicago left 10 people dead and dozens more wounded, police said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday.

However, CPD says it has seen a citywide reduction in shootings by 30 percent this year.

What’s really interesting in this story is the use of language in the embedded video, it’s “gun” violence not “gang” violence even though the driver of this violence are the gangs of Chicago.

The largest shooting, which injured eight people, happened in the South Side’s Gresham neighborhood as a group, including a 14-year-old girl, was standing in a courtyard just before 12:40 a.m.

The crowd had gathered after attending a funeral repass, said Fred Waller, Chicago police chief of patrol.

During a Sunday news conference, Waller voiced frustration at gang members whom he blamed for taking advantage of large summer crowds to use as cover to take revenge.

The gang members do not fear repercussions from the law, Waller said.

“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit,” Waller said.

The press asked radical catholic priest Fr. Michael Pfleger to comment.  I’m not a big fan of Fr. Pfleger or his protest without a permit that John wrote about here Sunday but he has a real point here

“It’s absolutely outrageous. It’s a state of emergency in our city,” Pfleger said Sunday in response to the series of mass shootings earlier in the day. “Someplace else in the country, the whole country would be talking about that this morning. All world news and national news would be talking about that. Four types of mass shootings going on in Chicago with those numbers, and it’s a weekend in Chicago, a rough weekend. No it’s not a rough weekend! It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s unacceptable.”

He is correct that the whole country should be talking about this, that the world news and the national news should be all over this and that the howls out outrage should not stop until this violence which is directed against Black Lives is stopped, but in once sense Fr. Pfleger is being disingenuous when he decries this earlier in the piece as”gun violence” because both he and I know the issue here isn’t guns, it’s gangs.

I also strongly suspect that Fr. Pfleger knows his cry for national media attention to the issue will go unanswered because these gang members and the Democrat pols who rule Chicago (the last GOP mayor left office in 1931) are the best of buddies:

Most alarming, both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.

The paradox is that Chicago’s struggle to combat street gangs is being undermined by its own elected officials. And the alliances between lawmakers and lawbreakers raise a troubling question: Who actually rules the neighborhoods—our public servants or the gangs?

That’s from a post I wrote on Martin Luther King day in 2014 so is this

The irony of course is the families of the slain know the gangs are the driving force behind the killings of their children, the problem is with the gangs the source of political power on both the local & state level (how many gang generated votes have helped keep Illinois blue?) there is no incentive for those enjoying the financial or political rewards to do a thing about it and as the gangs are largely of color, there is no reward for the professional demagogues nationally to do so either.

The media know what the source of the violence is but to report on it means acknowledging two things harmful to the Democrat party

  1.  That it’s black on black gang violence, not rogue cops or white radicals that has been preying on the black citizens of Chicago for decades
  2.  That Democrats have for decades protected these killers for the sake of keeping power not only on the city level but to provide votes on the state and federal level

If the gangs had been white or the pols in bed with these gangs had beenrepublicans, the media’s hue and cry would be never ending and the good folks of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT and Washington Post would not rest until national action was taken and a parade of pundits and activists from Black Lives Matter and other racial groups would be demanding action for the victims of this senseless slaughter and those who perpetuate it both behind the trigger by their actions and those in office protecting them to be brought to justice.

Alas for the black citizens of Chicago living in fear or dying in agony as it’s not 1931 and their plight can’t be blamed on rogue cops, or white man named Capone, or Trump supporters in MAGA hats or a corrupt GOP Mayor or pol, in fact their deaths don’t fit any of the media’s preferred narratives so said media and the liberal/radical activists like Black Lives Matter who they promote have decreed the dead of Chicago shall remain a local story to be briefly noted, regretted, and then ignored.

After all one can’t risk highlighting gang violence or corrupt Chicago pols when a story like that could strengthen President Trump’s hand nationally in an election year.

Call it “Democrat privilege”.


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Ebenezer Scrooge: What are they?
Ghost of Christmas Present: They are your children! They are the children of all who walk the earth unseen! Their names are Ignorance and Want! Beware of them, for upon their brow is written the word “doom”! They spell the downfall of you and all who deny their existence!
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Tommy Robinson has won an appeal of his sentence in the UK:

Robinson’s barrister argued that although the judge was right to immediately order the video be removed from Facebook, he should have adjourned contempt proceedings against Robinson to give him more time to consult with lawyers.

He was arrested at around 10.45am, did not get legal representation until midday and the hearing that saw him handed a “manifestly excessive” prison sentence started after lunch, Mr Dein said.

He argued that proceedings were “unnecessarily and unjustly rushed”, causing Robinson’s representative at the time to miss potential mitigating factors that could have lowered his sentence.

Robinson’s real “crime” has been to report on trials that the UK finds uncomfortable, namely crimes involving Muslim immigrants preying on young women. Here is the video

In America this is what we call “journalism” but in 2018 England this is called “crime” and for this crime Robinson was tried sentenced and jailed in less time than it took me to drive from Fitchburg MA to Lancaster PA where I am writing this post and then put a gag order on discussing it that prevented journalists from talking about it.

Now Tommy is free on bail which means he will still face retrial and given that Britain is what it is these days I’m not all that optimistic about his chances. This is what happens when a society is more afraid of speaking about crimes and who is committing them then about said crimes themselves and embrace ignorance over facing reality.

But it’s at least a small triumph that worldwide public opinion kept up pressure to the point where it was more expedient to allow him bail.

In the end it up to the British people to decide if this is the country they want to live in, may they make a wise decision.



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