Shootings in De Blasio’s NYC

Shootings in De Blasio’s NYC on Track to Surpass 2018, 2019 Combined

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference at City Hall on January 3, 2020 in New York City. The NYPD will take actions to protect the city and residents against any possible retaliation after the deadly US …
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Shootings in New York City at this point in 2020 are on track to surpass the number of shootings witnessed during this time frame in 2018 and 2019 combined.

The New York Post reports there have been 821 shootings so far this year, whereas there 466 shootings in 2019, at this point, and 449 shootings at this same time in 2018.

The total for 2018 and 2019 combined at this same point is 905, so there is a chance the 821 shootings thus far in 2020 could grow enough to overtake 2018 and 2019 totals before the end of the year.

Moreover, there were 1,099 shooting victims at this point in 2018 and 2019 combined. There are already 1,000 shooting victims in NYC in 2020 alone.

Breitbart News reported 16 shootings left 20 victims in NYC on Sunday, August 2, 2020, alone.

On August 6, 2020, Breitbart News reported June gun purchases in NYC were up 121 percent over where they were in June 2019.

The Post reported there were 52,252 background checks performed for people wanting to buy guns in New York in June. The great majority of those background checks–31,003–were for rifle purchases.

Purchasing a rifle involves less red tape inasmuch as it does not include the permitting process one must go through for a handgun.

Gun violence is commonplace in numerous Democrat-controlled cities around the country. For example, at least 35 were shot, 4 fatally, over the last weekend in Chicago, and one person was killed and as many as 20 others injured in a Sunday morning shooting in Washington, DC.

On August 6, 2020, CBS 3 reported that 100 children have already been shot in Philadelphia this year.

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Trump: Convention speech

Trump: Convention speech locale is White House or Gettysburg

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up to members of the media as he walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, after returning from Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump says his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination will be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination will be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield.

“We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C.,” he tweeted.

He tweeted that a decision on the location of the Aug. 27 speech will be made soon.

Both sites are federal property raising legal and ethical issues for their use in a political event. The Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania could also resurface the president’s defense of monuments to heroes of Confederacy.

Trump’s original plans to address the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, were upended by the coronavirus. Now almost the entirety of the convention will be conducted virtually.

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Opening schools brings almost no COVID risk

Bad news for teachers’ unions: New UK mega-study shows that opening schools brings almost no COVID risk

By Monica Showalter
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Here’s some news that shows us just how bright the U.S. teachers’ unions are:

One of the world’s largest studies of its kind is expected to conclude that there is little evidence that coronavirus is transmitted in schools, according to a UK media report on Sunday, giving a boost to their proposed reopening next month.

Professor Russell Viner, President of the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told ‘The Sunday Times’ that a forthcoming report by Public Health England (PHE) would help put parents’ minds at rest as the UK prepares for a full reopening of schools after lockdown and the current summer holiday period in Britain.

“A new study that has been done in UK schools confirms there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted in schools,” Viner told the newspaper.

“This is some of the largest data you will find on schools anywhere. Britain has done very well in terms of thinking of collecting data in schools,” he said.

The study was carried out in 100 institutions in the UK and is expected to be published later this year. About 20,000 pupils and teachers in 100 schools across England were tested to monitor the spread of the disease up to the end of the summer term – which runs from April-July in Britain.

“It is absolutely essential for schools to reopen in September. The risks to children from Covid are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” he said.

The teachers’ unions, in fact, have a “very big megaphone,” as the Christian Science Monitor quotes one person as saying, in keeping the schools closed because it’s all so supposedly unsafe.  Never mind about the kids not getting any education, which is certainly the case with little kids who are not naturals for Zoom-style learning.  Even the Mexicans do a better job of such shutdowns, offering all courses on television, knowing that even the very poor have television.  Not the teachers’ unions here.

Here’s their stance, using the example from Los Angeles.  According to National Review:

“This is a painful decision, but we have to keep health and safety first,” L.A. schools superintendent Austin Beutner told the local Fox affiliate on Wednesday. “There’s no substitute for being in school, we understand that. But we can only be in school when all at the school are safe.”

“As it stands, the only people guaranteed to benefit from the premature physical reopening of schools amidst a rapidly accelerating pandemic are billionaires and the politicians they’ve purchased,” the UTLA study concludes.

“We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health,” the study reads. The study also supported a moratorium on charter schools, saying they “drain resources from district schools” and received “federal small business bailout loans even though state funding did not decline this school year.”

So little kids, and every other level of student, get just distance learning with no personal attention, while teachers’ union members get paid bloated six-figure salaries with full pension benefits, all for doing almost no work.  Such a sweet deal — safety first, don’t you know — and it will always be safety first for this bunch, into eternity, because there’s no such thing as life without risks, even before COVID.  It’s all just too dangerous for them.

Actually, it’s just a hog wallow for them, an opportunity to hold school openings hostage to their favorite pet projects.  They’ll go back to teach when charter schools are banned, leaving less competition to their presence, and police are defunded — not a bright move in inner-city schools where discipline is already nonexistent.

None of these demands have anything to do with any dangers from COVID.

Now even COVID carries little danger from COVID, as the U.K. study shows.  Safety first?  Nope, it’s unions first, and who cares about little kids?  Hey, they’ll learn somehow, or better yet, grow up ignorant and third-world-y, the better to manipulate at the polls and provide a client base for vast armies of government welfare bureaucrats.

And sure enough, interest in homeschooling is soaring, as I noted here, as parents look for alternatives to private schools.

Increasingly, the unions don’t have a leg to stand on as they refuse to go back to work.  The U.K. study shows that children are not big vectors for the spread of COVID.  The rest of the world is noticing and carrying on.  Schools in Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and much of the rest of Europe are already opening.  Only America’s little kids get left behind.  If this isn’t an argument for getting rid of teachers’ unions, what is?

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Trump’s triumphant-end run

Trump’s triumphant-end run around the Democrats

By Andrea Widburg
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Animals that are ambush hunters tend to be very still until they have their prey where they want them. Then, the ambush hunter is an explosion of efficient motion and the prey . . . well, the prey is toast. With Saturday’s executive orders and press conference, Trump proved himself to be a masterful ambush hunter, and the Democrats found themselves being hapless prey.

As with so many of their initiatives in 2020, the Democrats got greedy. Time and time again, they’ve used the excuse of the Wuhan virus and George Floyd’s death to advance hard-left policies unrelated either to the virus or to the exceedingly rare instances when American police wantonly kill black men.

When the virus first appeared, Trump, in good faith, allowed Fauci to lead him down the primrose path. This meant giving in to, and signing off on, the Democrats’ demands for stimulus bills. His agreement made the Democrats foolhardy. With the economy on life support, deaths from the virus dropping, and Americans desperately wanting to go back to work, the Democrats decided that they could again lard the latest stimulus bill with all manner of things. They assumed Trump would be either trapped or compliant.

What they hadn’t realized was that Trump, like a cat watching a rat draw near, was just waiting for the right moment to spring. Saturday was that day. In the kind of press conference that helps win elections, Trump explained that he was cutting through the Democrats’ ridiculous negotiating tactics and using his executive power to bring relief directly to Americans. Here’s the entire press conference, including his walking away at the end when CBS’s shrewish and disrespectful Paula Reid refuses to stop screaming questions at him:

The executive orders Trump signed do four things:

  1. Create a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 annually. The executive order will be retroactive to August 1 and end on December 31, putting more money in employees’ pockets.
  2. Continue enhanced unemployment benefits at $400 per week, which is $200 less than the Democrats were demanding, which Trump alleges (probably correctly) makes going back to work more attractive.
  3. Extend the eviction moratorium on federal subsidized housing.
  4. Suspend student loan payments. (It’s to be hoped that Trump will not ultimately endorse Elizabeth Warren’s demand that the Wuhan virus should be used as an excuse to forgive all student loans. If someone was stupid enough to get a $300,000 gender studies degree, taxpayers should not be on the hook.)

As Trump acknowledged to reporters in the Q-and-A session, the Democrats will sue but it won’t be a good look for them. The moment Trump announced his executive orders, psychology says that Americans immediately felt ownership of these benefits. They’ll resent any effort to reverse them and will be unimpressed by arguments about executive overreach — especially because all that the Republicans have to say is “Dreamers” and “DACA” to show how hypocritical Democrats are being.

Trump also explained to Americans that he had to sign these executive orders because the Democrats’ demands were “ridiculous.”

Even people who aren’t huge Trump fans were impressed. Paul Mirengoff, who can’t warm up to Trump but knows he’s better than Biden, called Trump’s actions on Saturday a “political masterstroke.” While Mirengoff is concerned, as everyone should be, about executive overreach (something at which Obama excelled), he recognizes the political strength behind Trump’s having emerged suddenly and overwhelmed the Democrats:

[A]s a political matter, Trump’s move looks like a masterstroke. Since the days of FDR, the public has always seemed to approve of presidents who act to ameliorate suffering while Congress diddles. A flurry of activity, even of the futile or potentially counterproductive kind, makes a president look energetic and caring.

People who underestimate Trump routinely do so at their peril. Everything he does is calculated, including tweets that send his political opponents scurrying around like cats chasing a light while he’s getting things done to help the American people.

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Portland cops

August 9, 2020

Portland cops using Alinsky tactics on rioters

By Thomas Lifson

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Here is one more reason to respect and love the brave men and women of the Portland Police Bureau, standing up for 72 straight nights of riots destroying the formerly lovely downtown of Oregon’s largest city. They have not only kept their sense of humor, one among them is applying Alinsky’s tactics to the thugs. Watch and listen to the video in this tweet:

Male PPB officers detaining a female protestor and patting her down w/ no female officers present. I asked if they had a female officer to do patdown, one responded by “nope” the other said, “how do you know I don’t identify as a female?” Other officers laugh.

Male PPB officers detaining a female protestor and patting her down w/ no female officers present. I asked if they had a female officer to do patdown, one responded by “nope” the other said, “how do you know I don’t identify as a female?” Other officers laugh. #PortlandProtests pic.twitter.com/bSabNSHXSf

— Shauna Sowersby (@Shauna_Sowersby) August 9, 2020

As my colleague Andrea Widburg pointed out yesterday about President Trump, the Portland cop shop is applying Alinsky:

Rule 4 (“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules”), Rule 5 (“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”), and Rule 6 (“A good tactic is one your people enjoy”).

Hang in there, Portland Police!

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Completely preventable deaths of N.Y.’s elderly

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“Extortion 17”

Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and Seal Team Six

By Daniel John Sobieski
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Benghazi liar and former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice has seemingly risen to the top of Joe Biden’s VP list, which would make a unique pairing of someone who can’t tell the truth and someone who can’t remember the truth.

One of the chief unmaskers of Trump officials caught up in deep state surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign and an architect of the attempted coup against Trump, Rice recently lied again by pushing the false claim that Trump ignored reports of Russian bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and was doing Putin’s bidding by callously letting American soldiers get killed. As reported by Axios:

Former national security adviser Susan Rice says President Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin following news that Russia allegedly offered bounties for those who targeted American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday:

“And now we learn that even when it comes to the blood of American service members, this president picks Putin over our troops.”

This was, as Trump says, fake news. The Russians have little money to throw around and the Taliban is trying to kill our troops anyway, for free, troops Trump is bringing home. Yet the woman who went on five talk shows to spread the lie that an Internet video got four Americans killed, including a U.S. Ambassador, at a Benghazi compound that Obama/Biden/Rice left unprotected, has the chutzpah to express concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Of course, she has said that she wants to see Joe Biden elected and would willingly be his VP. She would be Biden’s Rasputin, pulling his strings, completing the fundamental transformation of America begun by Obama. So she ignores Biden’s culpability for Benghazi, as she ignores her own, and ignores Biden’s key role in getting Navy Seal Team 6, the unit that killed Bin Laden, slaughtered in a revenge ambush in Afghanistan.

Biden is not above exploiting the sacrifice of our young men and women who put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. He’s done it before and gotten them killed in the process. Yet while critics of President Trump’s foreign policy accuse him of recklessness and immaturity that place the nation’s security at risk, Biden’s service in the Obama administration provides us with an example of why he should not be trusted with the nation’s security or the lives of its heroes. That example is the tragedy of an operation known as Extortion 17.

As author and attorney David Shestoksas points out in his review of  Betrayed: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father, Biden betrayed the heroes that killed Bin Laden to further his political ambitions.”

Vice-President Joe Biden, at an awards banquet on May 3, 2001,[2] remarked:

“Admiral James Stavridis … can tell you more about… the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday… I’d be remiss also if I didn’t say an extra word about the incredible events, extraordinary events of this past Sunday.  As Vice President of the United States, as an American, I was in absolute awe of the capacity and dedication of the entire team, both the intelligence community, the CIA, the SEALs.”

Less than a day after Biden’s remarks [SEAL team member] Aaron Vaughn called his mother Karen:

“There’s chatter and all of our lives are in danger including yours, Mom.”

On August 6, 2011, in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan, Aaron Vaughn and 30 other Americans,[3] including 15 members of SEAL Team VI[4] were killed when their fifty year old helicopter, designated Extortion 17, was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

Joe Biden’s loose lips got members of Seal Team 6 targeted for revenge and killed in an Afghan mission known as Extortion 17. As Investor’s Business Daily recounted on May 28, 2013:

Extortion 17 was the call sign of a special operations mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, that responded to an Army Ranger unit engaged in a firefight with the Taliban and in need of backup.

The Chinook helicopter carrying the rescue team was shot down by a Taliban-owned rocket-propelled grenade over the Wardak Province on Aug. 6, 2011, killing 38, including 30 Americans and 15 members of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden just three months prior.

The shoot-down was described at the time as a “lucky shot,” but the families of the dead SEALs believe that, like Benghazi, it was a pre-planned operation of revenge facilitated by a government that put them in harm’s way without adequate support and with a bull’s-eye painted on their backs.

At a Pentagon briefing on Monday, May 2, 2011, a senior defense official was asked if it was a Navy SEAL team that found and killed the world’s most wanted man. The terse and proper response was: “Not going to comment on units or numbers.”

Then on May 3, Vice President Joe Biden got up to speak at a dinner at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council to spill the beans about Adm. James Stavridis and “the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday.”

From that moment, the families believe, the Taliban looked for an opportunity for revenge, and a government more concerned with politically correct rules of engagement than victory helped them get it.

Credit: Wallpaper Flare

Biden skated on the leak that got SEAL Team 6 targeted for revenge. Like Hillary Clinton at Benghazi, he put lives in jeopardy and got men killed.

The deaths of more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that took out Osama bin Laden is connected to a loose-lipped vice president who sometimes likes to pose as a presidential action figure.

To be a politician takes more chutzpah than courage. The chattering class, as the mainstream media is sometimes called, were more worried about how the successful Bin Laden raid by Navy SEALs  might affect President Obama’s reelection chances in 2012. So did administration officials, as the leaks and chest-thumping began almost immediately.

SEAL missions depend on bravery, courage, skill, daring — and secrecy. Initially, when President Barack Obama announced that “a small team of Americans” had killed Osama bin Laden, he did not identify that it was the SEALs.

Karen Vaughn, the mother of slain SEAL Aaron Vaughn, blames Joe Biden for her son’s ambush and death:

On May 3, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable: He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing. His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.

Karen Vaughn, the mother of slain SEAL Aaron Vaughn, says that within hours after Mr. Biden’s comments, her son called to tell her to wipe away every piece of information regarding the family on social media, Facebook and Twitter. “I never heard Aaron that afraid in his life,” Mrs. Vaughn said in an interview. “He told me: ‘Mom, we’re picking up chatter. We’re not safe. You’re not safe. Delete everything.’”

According to Mrs. Vaughn, Mr. Biden essentially placed a bull’s-eye on her son’s back — and that of all the other SEALs. He leaked classified information. SEAL Team 6 is a covert unit, which is supposed to operate in the shadows. This is how they are able to conduct deadly raids on terrorist groups. Their reward, however, for killing the world’s foremost terrorist mastermind was to be outed by their own government.

In a damning video speech, Charles Strange, the father of Navy SEAL Michael Strange, also lays the ambush of Extortion 17 right at the feet of Joe Biden.

The RPG that felled the SEALs could have just been a random act of war. The Taliban could have just gotten lucky. Or they could have been plotting and waiting for revenge, looking for helicopters that might be carrying more SEALs on another mission, a big bullseye painted on their backs by a vice president who forgot that loose lips can sink ships, and can get Navy SEALs killed.

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Eleven Mistakes By The Democrats

Blue State Blues: Eleven Mistakes the Democratic Establishment May Regret in November

Nancy Pelosi Hoyer Perez (Alex Wong / Getty)
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The polls suggest that former Vice President Joe Biden has a sizable lead in the presidential race. But President Donald Trump appears to be closing the gap, and Biden could lose an otherwise winnable race.

The media like to focus on what they perceive as Trump’s various errors over the past few months, but the Democratic Party establishment has made some reckless choices over the past year that it may have cause to regret, if and when it is forced to understand why it lost:

1. Pursuing impeachment before evidence. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could have waited until the morning of Sep. 25, 2019, when the transcript of Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine was to be made public, before announcing an impeachment inquiry of Trump. Instead, she insisted on making her decision the prior evening — making it clear that Democrats’ motives were purely political, and condemning the country to a pointless, divisive trial.

2. Delaying the articles of impeachment. After insisting that impeachment was an urgent priority, Pelosi then delayed the transfer of the articles of impeachment to the Senate for four weeks. It reinforced the public impression that the whole exercise was futile — and it meant that Congress would be focused on impeachment precisely when the coronavirus hit American shores. From January 15 to February 5, while the coronavirus spread, Congress did absolutely nothing about it.

3. Changing the debate rules to help Michael Bloomberg and hurt Bernie Sanders. In January, the Democratic National Committee changed the debate rules, dropping a requirement that candidates have a minimum number of donors. It was a change designed to help Bloomberg qualify for the Nevada debate so he could oppose Sanders. Not only did Bloomberg perform badly, but the episode reminded Sanders voters that the party was willing to rig its own primary — again. Biden would have to shift to the left even after securing the nomination to bring Sanders voters back into the fold.

4. Consolidating behind Joe Biden. Before the Democratic primary, conventional wisdom held that Joe Biden offered the party an opportunity to appeal to the working-class voters Trump won in 2016. But after Biden began running, it was clear that he was simply too frail to govern, if elected. Democrats had a field of alternative candidates; even Sanders, while older than Biden, was more capable. Democrats gave otherwise winnable voters a reason to stick with Trump.

5. Refusing to unite behind the president to fight coronavirus. Instead of offering support to President Trump in the fight against the pandemic after his Oval Office address in March, Democrats used the opportunity to attack him. Biden, who had run for months on a promise to unify the nation, simply divided it further. It was a shortsighted calculation that hurt the nation’s ability to carry out a common policy, and that undermined the core message of Biden’s campaign.

6. Pushing for the economy, and churches, to be shut down indefinitely. It was not necessary that the entire economy be shut down — certainly not everywhere. But Democrats made clear they preferred the shutdowns and imposed draconian restrictions on small businesses, and even churches. Meanwhile, they gave the Black Lives Matter protests (and riots) a complete pass, indicating that they did not take their own rules seriously and just wanted to exacerbate the damage.

7. Delaying coronavirus relief bills. Pelosi was desperate to deny Trump any credit for helping Americans. She disrupted a bipartisan deal on relief to present her own “Heroes Act,” laden with pork. She delayed the extension of the Paycheck Protection Program for half a month. And she refused to compromise on federal unemployment benefits, which expired.

8. Backing the “defund the police” insanity. The public outrage over the death of George Floyd provided Democrats an opportunity to talk about the need for racial healing. But they went too far when the Black Lives Matter movement, a Marxist revolutionary front, demanded that elected leaders “defund” or even “abolish” the police — and Democrats largely complied. Biden tried to have it both ways, arguing that he would merely redirect funds, which amounts to the same thing.

9. Calling the riots “peaceful protest.” When Democrats insisted, after weeks of violence in Portland and elsewhere, that the riots were in fact “peaceful protest,” they set themselves up to be ridiculed by Republicans — and they sent a signal to voters that they did not take concerns for public safety and stability seriously. Together with their support for “defund the police,” and violent attacks on public monuments, the Democrats suburban voters into the Trump camp.

10. Having Joe Biden move further left and talk about “revolution.” Since securing the nomination, Biden has moved left rather than pivoting to the middle. His rhetoric has become radical — from promising to “fundamentally transform the country,” to calling for “revolution.” He also adopted the “Biden-Sanders Unity” platform in an effort to appease the “democratic socialist” wing of the party, promising more upheaval when most voters just want to get back to normal.

11. Insisting on vote-by-mail. Democrats hoped for months to exploit the coronavirus to impose a nationwide vote-by-mail mandate, including the “ballot harvesting” that is legal in California but regarded even in the Third World as fraud. By supporting a broken process, even after one in four Democratic mailed-in ballots in New York City was rejected, the Democrats ensured that the November election would be fraught with legal challenges and rejected by half the country.

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Biden refusing to take a cognitive test

Biden, by refusing to take a cognitive test, proves he needs one

By Andrea Widburg
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In July, President Trump baited a cognitive test trap for Joe Biden. On Tuesday, that trap started to close around the confused and combative Democrat presidential candidate.

It’s evident to anyone paying attention that Joe Biden is showing signs of cognitive decline.  He always was a liar, a buffoon, a blowhard, and an ignoramus, but those were personality traits. What we see now is someone who is experiencing true age-related dementia. Those who have seen a loved one diminish before their eyes can recognize that Joe’s mental lights, like the banks of light in a stadium at the game’s end, are going out one by one.

During an interview with Chris Wallace last month, Donald Trump made a big deal out of saying that he had taken a standard cognitive test and that it was “very hard.” A lot of people ripped Trump for saying that, because it made him sound silly, but I was pretty sure that Trump was baiting a trap for Biden.

The moment Trump said the test was hard, every leftist pundit in America insisted it was dead easy. Even Don Lemon claimed it was easy, despite being unable to distinguish a hippo from a rhino.

The trap started to close on Biden on Tuesday night when he had an interview with CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett. The full interview won’t air until tonight, but a couple of segments were leaked out. The most damning was Biden’s response when Barnett asked him, “Have you taken a cognitive test?”

Biden was instantly outraged. This anger is a common response from people who retain enough mental competence to know they are losing their abilities. Fully cognitive people respond with reason or humor, not with anger.

In addition to anger, people who are losing their faculties are often defensive and will turn threatening questions back on the questioner. In Biden’s case, he essentially said it was easy to imagine that a black journalist was a junkie.

The disaster kept going when Bide confused Trump with Don Lemon, for it was Lemon who confused animals on the test, not Trump, and lapsed into near gibberish. As you can see, the whole thing is a trainwreck:

No matter how you look at it, this is a miserable and embarrassing performance. It also probably wouldn’t have happened if Trump hadn’t earlier goaded the media into insisting that any moron could pass the cognitive test.

In addition to being angry and racist, Biden also lied (or perhaps he just forgot). Biden explicitly told Barnett, “No, I haven’t taken a test.” This statement directly contradicted what Biden said in June when he told a reporter that, when it came to cognitive decline, “I’ve been tested. I’ve been tested constantly.”

CNN tried to rescue Biden by saying that what he told Barnett “clarifies” his earlier assertion that he was regularly tested. Reading the CNN article, though, shows that CNN uses the word “clarifies” as a stand-in for either “lies” or “forgets.”

What almost got lost in the shuffle was the fact that, in the same interview, Biden was also incoherent when asked about his plans for dealing with China. He offered only a mad swirl of meaningless words.

Significantly, he isn’t stuttering, which happens when the speaker gets stuck on a single word or sound. Instead, Biden is a pathetic man trying to cope with the fact that he can’t hold onto a thought for more than one or two seconds at a time:

Did you get that? Neither did Joe or anyone else listening.

I’m not ordinarily nasty about people suffering from something as serious and tragic as dementia. However, Joe is still sufficiently cognizant to realize what’s going on. If he had any moral decency, he’d withdraw to allow the Democrat party to line up a legitimate candidate. Joe, however, has never had moral decency, and he’s not going to start now.

At some point, though, Biden’s handlers will have to deal with what’s happening. It’s one thing for a candidate to have a low-key “front porch” campaign, as Warren G. Harding did 100 years ago, and as Garfield, Harrison, and McKinley before him.

It’s another thing entirely for a political party to have a campaign that revolves around “Help, I’m locked in the basement, and I can’t get out.” Eventually, the American people are going to figure out that neither the Democrat candidate nor the Democrat party wishes them or their country well.

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Nunes slams Yates

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No more wall

Joe Biden: ‘There Will Not Be Another Foot of Wall Constructed in My Administration’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) stated Tuesday that construction of the southern border wall will cease if he is elected president.

Biden’s comments came during an interview with Yahoo! News’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in which he was asked whether he was “willing to tear that wall down” that President Donald Trump has worked to construct. Biden answered:

No, there will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration, number one. Number two, what I’m going to focus on, and the fact is that somebody in this group written a lot about the border. I’m going to make sure that we have border protection, but it’s going to be based on making sure that we use high-tech capacity to deal with it. And at the ports of entry, that’s where all the bad stuff is.

When questioned about land confiscations, Biden simply responded, “End it.” Garcia-Navarro attempted to elaborate on her land confiscations question before Biden interjected and said, “End. End. End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it. Withdraw the lawsuits. We’re out. We’re not going to confiscate the land.”

In addition to his comments, Biden also claimed Garcia-Navarro “made me president” by reminding him that President Barack Obama was known as the “Deporter-in-Chief” for “moving more than three million people during the Biden-Obama administration.”

The interview with Biden is set to air on Thursday at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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Sally Yates testifies

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Donald Trump is our Amigo

Latinos: Donald Trump is our Amigo

By Jonathan J. D’Oleo
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It’s been said that the enemy of our enemy is our friend. This could be the case with Donald Trump and the Latino voter who once crossed the border in search of a system of law and order where faith and family are protected and respected as the bulwarks of society; where freedom and entrepreneurialism are promoted and not demoted by big government; where the justice system works; and people are well behaved, both in the public square as well as in their domestic affairs.

Trump is the enemy of crime and the friend of micro, small, medium, and big business. Businesses that, together, fuel our nation with the energy and ingenuity to continue to lead the world in the development of value-added tools that empower us to do more with less even as we harness the full potential of our industriousness.

Yes, President Trump may use harsh words when he’s in the stump. Yet, more often than not, the core of his message is in correspondence with truths that we all must acknowledge if we are to see our families and nation vigorously grow; our unity and peace solidly restored; and our principles and philanthropy thrive in the midst of poverty-stricken segments of society as well as in government institutions that are morally downward spiraling.

Yes, President Trump crosses the line every now and then, using epithets that are unbecoming to his office. Nonetheless, despite his imperfections, he is our friend because he has demonstrated to truly love this nation that we have made our own. A testament to that is the fact that he has worked like very few contemporary presidents have in the noble task of preserving and promoting the fundamental faith, family, and free-market values that made this country great in the first place.

Such values are, as a matter of fact, at the heart of who Latinos are as a people. Those were the values we sought as we left our homelands; those are the values we seek as we delve in this great, big melting pot called America.

Regrettably, there are some nonorganic agents in the pot that are perniciously dialing up the temperature to the point of evaporating faith, family, and free-enterprise into oblivion. But they will not succeed in that perverse undertaking if we rise to put the brakes on their reckless and selfish rioting that has taken the life and property of citizens who were and are law-abiding.

On that front, President Trump has been pushing back hard since day one. Moreover, he has not merely been on the defensive, but rather has taken the lead in championing the core values of American tradition amid fierce opposition coming, not only from the Democratic party, but also from the media and U.S.-based groups, some of which can be classified as outright terroristic.

Regarding immigration, Donald Trump is all for the legal kind. Illegal immigration, though, ought to be penalized just like any other crime. Needless to say, if this violation is not properly castigated, then people are going to be encouraged to break the law as they cross the border and even as they operate from within. Be it in the heartland or in the sanctuary cities along our eastern and western coastlines.

The United States boasts one of the most welcoming and fair immigration systems in the developed world. People who desire to come to America should, therefore, work through that system and shy away from entering on their own terms.

Nobody is in favor of letting strangers into one’s home without permission and proper screening. On that basis, our immigration system is designed to grant non-U.S. persons access to the country only after successfully completing a process whereby the immigration officer can determine, among other things, that the individual will have no recourse on public funds. Moreover, if the person is granted permission to work in the U.S. and/or become a U.S. permanent resident, the immigration system, after a period of validation, allows such a person to become a full-fledge American citizen, with all the rights and responsibilities appertaining thereto.

Having said this, I’ll conclude by stating that in the upcoming presidential election Latinos face a clear choice. On the one hand, we have a bold and effective, albeit imperfect, leader in the person of Donald Trump. On the other hand, we have a person whose competence is seriously in question and whose overall policies, if implemented, could bring our nation to an irreversible state of economic mediocrity and to an irremissible condition of moral bankruptcy.

The latter option, represented by Joseph Biden, promises Latinos lax immigration policies and government benefits of the kind that tend to hold individuals back from effectively developing as parents, professionals, and taxpaying workers.

Latinos, however, know better. And, if we apply good judgement, we will overwhelmingly reject Biden’s offer. Why? Because we actually want the opposite of what he offers. We are and want to continue to be independent individuals and responsible parents. We are and want to continue to be citizens that add value to the system through our enterprising spirit and commitment to bring about the greatest achievements that our brains, hands, and hearts can muster, not only in fashion, arts, construction, agriculture, hospitality, and entertainment. But also, in math, science, politics, religion, literature, and every other virtuous realm of endeavor that human beings can pursue under heaven as we put on wings, breakdown shackles, and sever fetters.

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Communists endorse Joe Biden

Communist Party Leader Endorses Joe Biden

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Communist Party leader Bob Avakian has announced his support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.

Avakian, the founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, told his followers in a statement on Saturday that they should vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” said Avakian in his statement. “And if, in spite of mass protest demanding the removal of the Trump/Pence regime, this regime remains in power when it is time for voting, then — using all appropriate means to work for the removal of this regime must include voting against Trump.”

Avakian went on to clarify that he does not want his followers to vote for a third party candidate, and that their vote must be for Biden.

“To be clear, this means not a ‘protest vote’ for some candidate who has no chance of winning, but actually voting for the Democratic Party candidate, Biden, in order to effectively vote against Trump,” wrote the communist leader.

Avakian added that he still considers Biden and the Democrat Party “representatives and instruments of this exploitative, oppressive, and literally murderous system of capitalism-imperialism,” but that all of that needs to be disregarded for now, as ousting Trump is more important.

“But this election is different,” affirmed the communist leader.

“The question is not whether Biden and the Democrats represent something ‘good,’” Avakian continued. “Biden is not ‘better’ than Trump, in any meaningful way — except that he is not Trump and is not part of the move to consolidate and enforce fascist rule, with everything that means.”

“To approach this election from the standpoint of which candidate is ‘better’ means failing to understand the truly profound stakes and potential consequences of what is involved,” he added. “The fact is that there can be one — and only one — ‘good’ that can come out of this election: delivering a decisive defeat to Trump and the whole fascist regime.”

Bob Avakian has also endorsed violent fringe movements in the past, such as the Shining Path — a Maoist rebel movement that tried to overthrow the government of Peru by using guerrilla warfare — in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In May — before the death of George Floyd — Biden called for “revolutionary institutional changes” in America.

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8 Democrat myths debunked

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions

Notwithstanding Democrats’ attempts to prevent William Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled major fake news headlines over the last two months.

By Margot Cleveland, 3, 2020

When Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee last Tuesday, Democrats’ rhetorical questions reinforced eight falsehoods previously peddled by left-wing media. Notwithstanding these attempts to prevent Barr from setting the record straight, the attorney general dismantled much of the fake news that has made headlines over the last two months.

Here are the highlights of the media myths congressional Democrats paraded for the public during the hearing.

Myth 1: Barr overruled prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone because of a Donald Trump tweet.

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