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The man who destroyed the FBI

Wyatt Earp. Elliot Ness. J. Edgar Hoover. Inspector Clouseau. James Comey. The names reflect a continuum, from greatness to farce and mediocrity.

In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached such depths of disgrace as James “Cardinal” Comey. The “Cardinal” was a sobriquet that FBI agents used to denigrate their leader. As Deputy Attorney General, he was called “drama queen.” Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unmatched in the histories of either of those illustrious organizations. He was the cult of personality. He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement. The Bureau and the public became the losers.

The Comey Memos, a 15-page suicide note, reveal a deeply tortured and troubled man. They have a hausfrau sentimentality. But they are telling nonetheless.

As we watch in amazement the mendacious and fiction-laced Comey book tour (truly a tour de farce), one is struck by the utter phantasm he has created around and about him. With each successive lie, he sinks to a new low. Ask yourself this question: Can you imagine William Webster or Louie Freeh mounting this psychodrama defense of their tenures as FBI director? To ask the question is to answer it.

The American people are being treated to a dose of reality about Washington, D.C. Comey is a symptom. The disease is a voracious, rapacious government filled at high levels by people of immense ego and viciousness. Whether it is the IRS’s Lois Lerner, Comey, or the political thugs Obama installed at the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Justice, the CIA, the DNI, and the NSC, they all share a common bond: allegiance to a cause unrelated to the Constitution, a cause borne of disdain for the average American and dedicated to power and its use and abuse against political “enemies.”

There now can be no doubt that there was a brazen plot by senior officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, NSC, and DNI to carry out two objectives: to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email server investigation; and if she lost the election, to frame Trump and his team for crimes they did not commit.

As a former U.S. Attorney, Independent Counsel, Special Counsel to the House of Representatives, and investigator for more than 40 years, I can say all the known facts of record and the reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom point to just that.

These individuals concluded, with Comey in the lead, that Donald Trump was not fit to be president. They loathed him and everything he stood for. They loved Hillary and everything she stood for. He had to be stopped. She had to be elected. And if she couldn’t be elected, he had to be immobilized, degraded, and run out of office. That meant that the rules of the constitutional game no longer applied because the end result – removing Trump – had a higher moral value. Indeed, it was a moral necessity. The Comey book tour underscores that maniacal belief.

Read the rest at: Comey

Climate Change is VERY active!

In a blow delivered to global warming purveyors, a new study discovered that a massive Greenland glacier that had been shrinking rapidly is expanding again.

NBC News reports that a new study published in Nature Geoscience examined the Jakobshavn glacier, in central west Greenland, the ice sheet’s fastest glacier and largest by volume discharge, and found that as opposed to the situation in 2012, when the glacier was shrinking 1.8 miles every year while thinning roughly 130 feet, over the last two years the process has been reversed.

The abstract for the study notes that the glacier “has been the single largest source of mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet over the last 20 years. During that time, it has been retreating, accelerating and thinning.” It links the growth and thickening of the glacier over the last two years to “to concurrent cooling of ocean waters in Disko Bay that spill over into Ilulissat Icefjord,” adding, “Ocean temperatures in the bay’s upper 250 m have cooled to levels not seen since the mid 1980s.”

The scientists note that their information was gleaned from two NASA data sets: the radar altimetry of the Oceans Melting Greenland mission and the laser altimetry of Operation Icebridge. The study states, “Between 2016 and 2017, we observe ice thickening of 20 to 30 m in the vicinity of the front … Repeat Glacier and Ice Surface Topography Interferometer (GLISTIN) measurements in 2018 show that the thickening continued at a similar rate near the front, but has now extended as far as 80km upstream and has spread laterally.”

The study acknowledges, “Over the past several years, ocean temperatures have cooled on the continental shelf in the vicinity of Jakobshavn Isbrae. We find that ocean temperatures in Disko Bay below about 150 m cooled by nearly 2 degrees centigrade between 2014 and 2016.”

Most importantly, the study states, “Jakobshavn Isbrae witnessed three decades-long episodes of rapid thinning since the beginning of the twentieth century. The latest started in 1997 and our observations of recent slowing and thickening could signal the end of that episode by 2017. Such episodic course reversals underline the difficulty of projecting contemporary trends into the future to assess glacier contribution to sea-level rise.”

Study lead author Ala Khazendar, a NASA glaciologist on the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) project, said that the natural North Atlantic Oscillation vacillates between climbing and dropping; he added that although the water can get cooler, ultimately it will get warmer and the melting will increase.

Read the rest at: Climate Hoax

Are Democrat leaders Crazy?

After almost two weeks of critical media coverage of Joe Biden’s handsy history, poll after poll indicates most Democrats do not care. The latest Quinnipiac poll—of California, no less—has the yet-to-announce Biden easily leading Bernie Sanders and favorite daughter Kamala Harris. This poll also has Harris performing better among white liberals than nonwhite voters.

These findings are mostly news to the progressive elites at the top of Democratic politics and the establishment media. The data suggesting the Democratic Party is an upstairs/downstairs coalition in which a small faction of disproportionately white progressives dominate a more diverse rank-and-file has been piling up in studies by More in Common, Pew, and Gallup. In recent days, some in the media have finally begun to notice.

At The New York Times, resident propellerheads Nate Cohn and Kevin Quealy find that “[t]oday’s Democratic Party is increasingly perceived as dominated by its ‘woke’ left wing. But the views of Democrats on social media often bear little resemblance to those of the wider Democratic electorate.” They add: “The outspoken group of Democratic-leaning voters on social media is outnumbered, roughly 2 to 1, by the more moderate, more diverse and less educated group of Democrats who typically don’t post political content online.”

Cohn and Quealy report that approximately a quarter of Democrats are progressive ideologues; only a tenth might identify as democratic socialists. “The rest of the party is easy to miss,” they write. “Not only is it less active on social media, but it is also under-represented in the well-educated, urban enclaves where journalists roam.”

Similarly, Third Way—a group representing centrist Democrats—has released a poll finding a similar chasm between the woke mob on social media and other Democrats: “On the question of whether Democrats want a candidate who will appeal to a broad range of voters or move left to energize progressives and liberals, voters who do not post on Twitter prefer broad appeal by 57 points, while active Tweeters prefer broad appeal by a much narrower 27 points.”

Read the rest at: CrazyDems

California Voters against Sanctuary Cities SUPPORT Death Penalty!

Lawmakers and presidential candidates got a glimpse on Thursday of what California voters feel about the death penalty, the governor, horse racing, sanctuary cities and other hot topics.

On the death penalty, California voters appear to be divided. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 41% favor capital punishment for people convicted of murder. On the opposite end of the spectrum, 48% prefer life in prison without the chance of parole.

California voters are also split when it comes to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executing any of the 737 inmates on death row. Based on poll results, 44% side with Newsom’s move while 46% disapprove of it.

“The governor has spoken, but California voters are closely divided on whether to put the lights back on in San Quentin’s death chamber, 13 years after the last execution,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. “They also are divided on the question of execution vs. life without parole.”

The hotly contested issue of sanctuary cities also divides California voters, with 46% reporting that sanctuary cities should be able to handle immigrants “as they see fit” and 47% saying that sanctuary cities should be forced to adhere to federal immigration standards, according to the poll.

When it comes to approval ratings, 40% of voters approve of the job Newsom is doing in Sacramento while 33% disapprove. Back in February, Newsom held a 39-28% approval rating, according to another Quinnipiac University poll.

Read the rest at: Death Penalty

Why wont millennials to commit ?

It’s well documented that millennials tend to make different lifestyle choices than baby boomers do, from waiting longer to get married and have children to spending their money on health, wellness, and experiences rather than material goods.

But boomers and millennials also want very different types of houses, and it’s creating a major problem in the real-estate market.

Fifteen years ago, boomers were building large, elaborate houses in states like ArizonaFloridaNorth Carolina, and South Carolina, The Wall Street Journal reported. Now, faced with the effort of maintaining such houses, they’re looking to downsize.

The only problem? Young people aren’t interested in buying their houses, according to The Journal.

“Homes built before 2012 are selling at steep discounts – sometimes almost 50%, and many owners end up selling for less than they paid to build their homes,” Candace Taylor wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

“These days, buyers of all ages eschew the large, ornate houses built in those years in favor of smaller, more modern-looking alternatives, and prefer walkable areas to living miles from retail,” Taylor wrote.

Younger buyers are also uninterested in outdated interior design.

“Design trends have shifted radically in the past decade,” Taylor wrote in The Journal. “That means a home with crown moldings, ornate details and Mediterranean or Tuscan-style architecture can be a hard sell, while properties with clean lines and open floor plans get snapped up.”

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Can we NOW label democrats TREASONOUS?

President Trump late Wednesday night slammed Democrats in Congress for “putting our Country at risk,” presumably for their inaction and pushback regarding the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a vague tweet, Trump called congressional Democrats “TREASONOUS” and accused them of having an “Open Border mindset.”

Donald J. Trump    @realDonaldTrump

I think what the Democrats are doing with the Border is TREASONOUS. Their Open Border mindset is putting our Country at risk. Will not let this happen!

Earlier Wednesday during an appearance at a fundraiser in Texas, President Trump said he may “have to call up more military” to deal with the crisis on the border.

He criticized Democrats for refusing to pass stricter immigration laws and said that “the border is going to be an incredible issue” come the U.S. presidential election in 2020.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump called on Congress to “get rid of the loopholes” and declared that “[e]verybody is now acknowledging that, right from the time I announced my run for President, I was 100% correct on the Border.”

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We are betting Mexican-Americans will think ‘Mexico first! REALLY?

Things quickly got tense when Fox News’ Tucker Carlson grilled a Mexican official about why Central American migrants coming through his country couldn’t remain there.

The Daily Caller reports:

Speaking with Guanajuato Secretary of Migration Juan Hernandez on Wednesday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News host began by asking why Hernandez’s own words from the past wouldn’t constitute a “hostile act” against the United States.

“I want to read three quotes from a Mexican government official, and these are direct quotes,” Carlson said. “‘We are betting Mexican-Americans will think ‘Mexico first,’ even unto the seventh generation. Mexican immigrants to the United States are going to keep one foot in Mexico. They are not going to assimilate in the sense of not being Mexican,’ and final quote, ‘We recognize the Mexican population is 100 million in Mexico and 23 million who live in the United States. We are a united nation.’”

“Those quotes are from you,” Carlson told Hernandez. “And I wonder if a government takes that position, that it’s sending foreign nationals to your country. That is a hostile act. So why are we sending money to a country committing hostile acts against us?”

“No, it’s not, my friend, no, no it’s not a hostile act at all,” Hernandez said before stating that the quote was from “about 15 years ago.”

Before ending the interview, Carlson chastised Hernandez, calling the apparent unwillingness of the Mexican government to stop Central American migrants before they get to the U.S. border “not the behavior of an ally.” Carlson then added, “They are not welcome. They are not here legally. We have a process and they are not going through the process. So that is an act of hostility and you can lie about it all you want but we know that it is.”

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Senate Committee Passes Bill Mandating Free Abortions

A California Senate committee approved an abortion expansion bill Wednesday that would force all public colleges and universities to provide abortion drugs to students on campus.

The Daily Californian reports the state Senate Health Committee voted 7-3 to move forward with Senate Bill 24, a new version of a bill that even pro-abortion Gov. Jerry Brown called “unnecessary” in 2018.

The bill would require all public colleges and universities in California to provide abortion drugs to students on campus. It would require that the drugs be offered for free to students up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

“SB 24 is an important step toward ensuring the right to abortion is available to all Californians and that our college students don’t face unnecessary barriers,” said state Sen. Connie Leyva, the sponsor, in a statement. “Students should not have to travel off campus or miss class or work responsibilities in order to receive care that can easily be provided at a student health center.”

Leyva, a pro-abortion Democrat, pushed similar legislation in 2018. However, Brown vetoed it, saying the measure was “not necessary” because abortions already are easily accessible to college students in California.

“According to a study sponsored by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from five to seven miles, not an unreasonable distance,” Brown said when he vetoed the bill. “Because the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus, this bill is not necessary.”

Leya re-introduced her bill anyway this year, and new Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he supports it.

On Wednesday, pro-life advocates urged the committee to consider the potential risks and liabilities of forcing colleges to provide abortion drugs.

Marylee Shrider, political advocacy chair for Californians for Life, cited FDA statistics showing the serious risks associated with abortion drugs. The FDA has documented at least 4,000 cases of serious adverse events, including more than 1,000 women who required hospitalization; in addition, at least 22 women died after using the drug.

“Medication abortions on college campuses are not only unnecessary, they are contraindicated,” Shrider said.

She pointed to Brown’s statement debunking the notion that students have to travel hours to get abortions.

Read the rest at: LifeNews

A Pro-Choice Review of Pro-Life Film “Unplanned”

This film will challenge you in a way that politically-charged Facebook disputes never will.

By Bridgette Bayley

I have always been Pro-Choice. When I was invited to attend the showing of Unplanned, I hesitated. “I can’t go there, I’m a Libertarian, I really do not want anything to do with that”.

“Just come with me and be respectful and try to have an open mind. If anything, you’ll just reconfirm what you believe, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself because it’s a hard subject, ” my friend pleaded.

I conceded and agreed to go and to keep an open mind, the same way I would expect them to do at an event for a cause I support. I wish I had asked more questions. I almost wish I had not gone. Before the film, we got our drinks and smiled in front of the movie poster for Instagram, I had no idea how quickly our smiles would be wiped from our faces.

Unplanned was a bloody, emotional spiritual roller coaster. I find it ironic how the, self proclaimed “conservative” Pro-Life crowd, often preaches facts over feelings, but used this narrative to tug on my heart strings in a way that actually made me reflect on a subject that I felt so confident on my beliefs of.

I was moved to tears several times during the film and actually appreciated the way that the workers of Planned Parenthood were portrayed. The women in the clinic were made to seem like they really did believe what they were doing was morally right and that they were helping the “patients”. This was important to me because I knew there were members of the audience who have never seen the inside of a Planned Parenthood facility.

By the end of the film, I was completely distraught, questioning everything I had ever believed about what abortion really was. I was hungry for more information, I went to Google, I talked with friends and I prayed.

This is not my story of how a movie made me change my political affiliation and I still have many more questions about the validity of what I saw but I went into that theater, thinking there was NOTHING that could go onto that screen that would make me question myself and I was wrong. What I saw DID make me question myself and my beliefs and I believe that EVERYONE should go and test themselves as I did.

If you are already Pro-Life, go and see that these people who work in those facilities BELIEVE they are helping and that is why they are there. If you are Pro-Choice, please go and expose yourself to a different perspective and compare that to your own reasons for your vote. If you’re unsure and just curious, GO.

This film will challenge you in a way that politically-charged Facebook disputes never will.

Read the rest at: PP Dies

Che Guevara and Jesus one in the same!

The University of California-Los Angeles hosted a seminar Thursday that compared communist dictator Che Guevara to Jesus, with the speaker calling Guevara a “quasi-divine cosmic force” and showing numerous art pieces depicting Guevara with a crown of thorns and crucified.

UCLA Professor Emeritus of Art History David Kunzle was invited by the Department of Religion to make Wednesday’s presentation, titled, “Chesucristo: The Fusion in Image and Word of Che Guevara and Jesus Christ,” which was based largely on his book of the same name.

“Che Guevara, once the epitome of armed struggle, has evolved to an avatar of justice, peace, and love, as Jesus always was but no longer is exclusively,” Kunzle said. The professor referred to Guevara’s portrayal in one of the slides of his presentation as “a quasi-divine cosmic force.” During the course of the lecture, Kunzle labeled Jesus “leader of an armed guerilla struggle against Rome” and drew a parallel between Guevara’s execution and Jesus’ death.

Kunzle also referred to Guevara as a “hero of the Cuban Revolution,” and referenced depictions of him as landscape and nature.

“As God created light — is light — Che is radiance,” the professor said, referring to his name as a “sacred trinity of letters” at another point.

The event, which Campus Reform attended, was largely filled with fellow UCLA faculty and staff. The hour-long presentation was followed by a thirty-minute Q&A period, where some of the attendees mentioned their own visits to Cuba and one faculty member ruminated on his experiences personally meeting Guevara.

Kunzle showed photos depicting Guevara with a halo, his head with a crown of thorns, and Guevara as Christ with the Virgin Mary hovering over him. Guevara was also shown graphically crucified in the nude in place of Jesus at Calvary, with Bolivian soldiers standing in for Romans and peasants acting as the apostles.

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Time is NOW racist!

One of the privileges of being a tenured professor in the field of “studies” is that you can make up crap out of thin air and majors in the field, fellow faculty, and progressive media all go “Ooooooh!” in amazement.

Rutgers University’s Brittney Cooper is a master at this. The associated professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies who once opined that Jesus was “potentially queer” or was “married to a prostitute,” called black city officials she did not like “white supremacists in Blackface,” and had nothing but words of “the four-letter variety” after the US Supreme Court allowed for religious exemptions to the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate, now says that the very concept of time itself is … racially biased.

In an interview with NPR last week, Cooper said that the way we “position ourselves in relationship to time comes out of histories of European and Western thought”; in other words, “white people own time.”

Time has a history, and so do black people. But we treat time as though it is timeless, as though it has always been this way, as though it doesn’t have a political history bound up with the plunder of indigenous lands, the genocide of indigenous people and the stealing of Africans from their homeland. When white, male European philosophers first thought to conceptualize time and history, one famously declared, Africa is no historical part of the world. He was, essentially, saying that Africans were people outside of history who had had no impact on time or the march of progress. …

Now, we also see this idea that black people are people either alternately outside the bounds of time or stuck in the past in a scenario where, much as I’m doing right now, a black person stands up and insists that racism still matters, and a person – usually white – says to them, why are you stuck in the past?

Cooper goes on to note that white people are taught that time is linear (it’s not? To coin a cliché, isn’t the science settled?), but for African-Americans time “doesn’t exactly work that way” because they live with “the residue of past historical trauma,” not to mention a present “filled with racial animus” and a “precarious future.”

Read the rest at: Time is Racist

Christian school students protest traditional gender and marriage speaker!

Students at Baylor University are pushing to have Matt Walsh’s speech on campus canceled. Walsh is a Christian conservative writer for The Daily Wireand Baylor is a private Christian university in Waco, Texas.

Walsh was invited by Baylor’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter to give a speech April 9 titled “The War On Reality: Why the Left has set out to redefine life, gender and marriage.”

Because of Walsh’s well-known traditionally conservative opinions on the topics, some Baylor students started a petition to block the speech from happening. The petition is titled “Stop Matt Walsh, Conservative Blogger, from Delivering Anti-LGBTQ Speech at Baylor,” and so far has garnered nearly 2,100 signatures.

“This [speech] cannot be allowed to take place. Please remove this from campus events,” the petition states. “For the benefit of all LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and future students, this harmful hate speech must be kept off of our beloved campus.”

At the same time, Baylor students who support Walsh giving the speech also started a petition, which has garnered more than 2,300 signatures.

“This is a free speech issue. No one has to agree with him. No one has to listen to him. He was invited by those on campus who do want to hear what he has to say, and he should be allowed to speak his mind,” the petition stated.

When asked by The College Fix what he thought about the attempts to block him from speaking, Walsh said it’s “just another example of the decline of our university system.”

“College should be a place where challenging ideas are embraced and engaged,” he said. “Instead people expect to only be exposed to ideas that fit into their ideological framework. It’s a sad state of affairs.”

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Should the CIA stop providing information to Shifty Schiff?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by J Scott Applewhite/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10180190l) House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., walks through the Hall of Columns at the Capitol as House Democratic chairs gather for a meeting with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in Washington House Democrats, Washington, USA - 27 Mar 2019

Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday said he believed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) should withhold information from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). His reason? Schiff leaks information “like a screen door on a submarine.”

According to Gowdy, who also served on the Intelligence Committee, he has never seen a chairman called to resign the way Republicans have called Schiff to resign over his comments and actions relating to the Mueller probe.

“Have you ever seen anything like that?” Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo asked Gowdy. “Nine Republicans are asking the chairman [Schiff] to step down. What is your reaction to Adam Schiff’s behavior?”

“Never seen that before,” Gowdy said. “We had a lot of bad days the eight years I was in Congress but we never voted to remove or ask a chairperson to step down.”

But Schiff is also unlike past chairmen.

“Adam is a deeply partisan person. He did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became the next president. And he’s done everything he could, since he failed at that, to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency,” Gowdy explained.

Teachers Unions Oppose Sex with Students crime bill!

Yesterday at a hearing for a bill (HB 5817) that would make sex between school employees and students a crime—even after they’ve turned 16, the legal age of consent in Rhode Island—both teachers’ unions made their objections known. NEA RI didn’t have anyone testify but Pat Crowley did sign in to the hearing and note his opposition to the bill. I suspect the NEA also submitted written testimony. James Parisi of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) did testify—in fact, we sat beside one another, each offering our very different opinions on the bill.

As it currently stands, Rhode Island is one of a few states where it is perfectly legal for teachers and other school employees to have sexual relations with their students once they turn 16. It’s literally a dirty little secret—almost no one seems to be aware of this loophole in the law and yet it leaves high school students without any protection from those who would sexually abuse them after their 16th birthday. We are also a state who, after a year long investigation by USA Today, received a grade of D for how well we track and share information about teachers who are also alleged abusers.

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Is Taxation Theft?

Since Democrats took over a majority in both the New Hampshire House and Senate, they have been on a drunken late-night ‘Amazon Prime’ spending spree with YOUR tax dollars. And of course, they have to RAISE TAXES even more to pay for all of their ridiculous spending, to the tune of $417 MILLION new taxes and fees!

From The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy:

To help fund its more than half-billion dollars in new spending, the House budget includes a sales tax on marijuana transactions ($4 million), business tax increases ($94.1 million), a new capital gains tax ($150 million), and a new wage tax (payroll tax) to fund a compulsory paid family and medical leave program ($168.6 million).

To point out the ridiculous behavior of NH House Democrats, some Republicans have been using the phrase ‘Taxation is Theft’ when speaking at the well during house sessions, in one form or another. From Young Americans for Liberty:

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Protecting Babies from Being Aborted Is ‘Bad for Business’

Speaking on Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Georgia’s Democratic 2018 gubernatorial candidate held nothing back about people who are pro-life — and declared that said her state’s fetal heartbeat bill is “evil.”

The bill, titled H.B. 481, seeks to limit abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy unless the pregnancy was conceived by rape or incest. Georgia’s current law allows abortions to be performed up to 20 weeks. State lawmakers passed the fetal heartbeat bill at the end of March. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp (shown above right), who campaigned on the issue, has until May 12 to sign it into law.

Discussing a potential filming boycott in Georgia if the bill does become law, Abrams told host Joy Reid, “I think it’s a call to action and a call to attention. I do not support a boycott of our state. I think you re-victimize women in particular when you take away the jobs that have come to the state … I think it’s very shortsighted of our business community and our political leadership to realize that these jobs can go elsewhere.”

“Georgia grew its film industry on the back of the shutdown of the tax system in Georgia and North Carolina,” she also insisted. “Those are still available if those governors, now Democrats, refund those credits.”

“We’ve seen governors across the country saying, ‘You can bring your jobs here,’” she added. “Georgia has to realize [that] while we are enjoying an extraordinary boom in the film industry, there’s nothing that says it has to stay here. We have to be friendly to businesses and to the women who work in businesses.”

And then came this: “You should not have to worry about controlling your bodily autonomy because the governor has pushed such an abominable and evil bill that is so restrictive,” she said. “It’s not only bad for morality and our humanity — it’s bad for business.”

This individual is now apparently thinking of tossing her hat into the already jam-packed 2020 Democratic race for the presidency.

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FOXX pulls the race card! REALLY!

The Chicago prosecutor whose office dismissed charged against Jussie Smollett defended the decision on Saturday, saying the “Empire” actor was treated no differently than thousands of other defendants whose charges were similarly dropped since she took office.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx made the comments during a defiant and emotional address at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s Rainbow Push Coalition. Foxx openly wondered if her race had something to do with the harsh criticism she’s faced since her office announced that charges against Smollett had been dropped. The actor was accused of staging what he claimed to be a racist and homophobic attack in January.

“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” she said. “As someone who has lived in this city, who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me … that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change.”

Foxx, who recused herself from the case after she communicating with a Smollett relative during the probe, reiterated that she welcomes of an independent investigation into the way she and her office handled the case. She also reminded the audience that her office did the same thing for the nearly 6,000 low-level defendants who had their charges dropped with “deferred prosecution” during her tenure.

Further, she said that under the law, Smollett could be fined a maximum of $10,000 and that the actor did pay that amount because his $10,000 bond was forfeited.

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Asking LARGE students to walk is Fat Shaming?

Junk food. Fat young woman eating unhealthy food while thinking about nice green salad

A Pennsylvania college may have removed signs promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle after concerns they were “shaming” students and made them feel guilty. According to The Dickinsonian, administrators at Dickinson College decided to remove signs urging students to “take the stairs.”

“Why not take the stairs if you are physically able?” the signs, at least one of which appeared by a campus elevator, asked, the paper reported. “By taking the stairs for two flights in lieu of the elevator, you will expend 14-20 calories.”

“These signs were effectively fat shaming as they promoted weight loss as a positive thing”    

Campus Reform sought multiple times to confirm the Dickisonian‘s report with the school but did not receive any response.

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The signs also reportedly calculated the number of calories an average student would burn each day, stating that if they took the stairs, they could “expend the equivalent [of] 2.5 to 5.4 lbs” in their four years of college.

Sophomore Prabhleen Kaur was not happy with the signs.

“I began to feel guilty every time that I took the elevator,” Kaur told the Dickinsonian.

After taking the stairs and experiencing adverse effects, dizziness and difficulty breathing, she decided to get the administration involved, along with the help of Amy Farrell, a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies professor, and fellow student James van Kuilenburg.

[RELATED: Colleges dropping ‘Fat Studies’ courses in 2018]

“These signs were effectively fat shaming as they promoted weight loss as a positive thing,” van Kuilenburg told the Dickinsonian. “It had a negative impact on campus to have a series of signs that glorified a dangerous narrative that feeds into eating disorders.” Van Kuilenburg added that he hopes Dickinson will shift toward promoting body positivity and place “less emphasis on dangerous social body expectations.”

Campus Reform reached out to Farrell multiple times for comment, but she did not respond in time for publication.

Farrell reportedly forwarded van Kuilenburg’s opinions on the signs to Brenda Bretz, vice president of campus inclusion, who claimed to the Dickinsonian that the school subsequently took the signs down because “we do not support any signs that directly or indirectly shame a group of individuals.”

“We suspect that these were signs routinely placed by a vendor associated with servicing the elevators at some point in the past,” she said, according to the Dickinsonian.

[RELATED: ‘Fat-shaming’ by doctors is ‘physically harmful,’ doctor says]

But College Democrats President Preston MacLean told Campus Reform that the school had a right to keep the signs up.

MacLean noted that Dickinson “shouldn’t get in the game of social engineering” when it comes to whether or not the signs should stay up, but should take more of a passive role.  The College Democrats president argued that the college supports healthy living, despite what some say.

“Men’s Health Magazine, in 2006, named our campus among the top 25 healthiest campuses in the country,” he said. “This is the result of having world-class dining and athletic amenities and based on our surveyed exercise and eating habits…[it’s] disingenuous to claim the school is somehow against health and fitness…I think the school does plenty to encourage and facilitate a healthy and active lifestyle.”

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10-round limit on magazines is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

Breaking news out of California where a Judge Roger Benitez just ruled that the state’s ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds is unconstitutional:

Cam Edwards    @CamEdwards
Corey Uhden  @CACoreyU

More from attorney Gabriel Malor:

“The judge characterizes Heller as a simple hardware test in concluding that magazines that hold more than ten rounds are protected.” 

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Chicago turning Socialist?

Chicago voters made history Tuesday night — in more ways than one. While national headlines have understandably pointed to the election of Lori Lightfoot as the first black female mayor in Chicago history, the runoff elections saw another development that will transform the city’s political landscape: the victory of a bloc of democratic socialist city council members.

At least three open democratic socialists, Byron Sigcho-LopezJeanette Taylor and Andre Vazquez, won their elections. Another, Rossana Rodríguez-Sánchez, is in first place in her race, though votes are still being counted. All of these candidates were endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and are set to join two other democratic socialists — Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and Daniel La Spata — elected to the city council during the first round of voting in February. This is no small feat.

With socialism rising in popularity across the country, as illustrated by the explosive growth of DSA in recent years, figures like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have pushed left-wing policies once considered fringe — such as Medicare-for-all and free college tuition — into the national spotlight. But never in modern U.S. history has a slate of democratic socialists taken power in a major American city.

As the Chicago Sun-Times recently reported, these victories will mark the most socialists elected to office in Chicago in more than a century. Once they take their seats, these new members are poised to have a dramatic impact on the city’s political future.

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Who would cut the Special Olympics budget while raising Legislator Pay?

New York State Cuts Its Special Olympics Budget

The federal government isn’t cutting its funding for the Special Olympics, but New York State is, according to its budget.

New York’s budget for the Special Olympics decreased from $200,000 in 2018 to $150,000 for this year. Meanwhile, every one of the state’s 213 lawmakers will ultimately receive a raise that is almost the same amount cut from the games for disabled athletes.

Stacey Hengsterman, the president of Special Olympics New York, said in a statement reported by WKBW:

The budget process is always difficult and we are grateful we had so many champions advocating on our behalf. We will continue to work with our representatives in state government to hopefully increase these funds and continue to grow this important program.

State Assemblyman Patrick Burke, a Buffalo Democrat, said in a statement, according to WKBW: “I will be pursuing this further to ensure that funding to the Special Olympics of New York cannot be harmfully impacted.”

New York lawmakers agreed on a budget for fiscal year 2020 on March 31, one day before the fiscal year started.

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Jobless claims the lowest in 50 years! Thanks Obama?

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a more than 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite slowing economic growth.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000 for the week ended March 30, the lowest level since early December 1969, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 216,000 in the latest week. The Labor Department said only claims for California were estimated.

Claims have shown no sign of a pickup in layoffs even as the economy has lost momentum as the stimulus from a $1.5 trillion tax cut package fades. Companies are experiencing a shortage of workers, which contributed to a recent slowdown in hiring.

Job growth has slowed from last year’s roughly 225,000 monthly average pace. The pace of increase, however, remains more than sufficient to keep up with growth in the working age population, holding down the unemployment rate.

The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 4,000 to 213,500 last week, the lowest level since early October 2018.

The claims data has no bearing on March’s employment report, which is scheduled for release on Friday. According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 180,000 jobs last month after a meager 20,000 in February, which was seen as pay-back after robust gains in the prior two months.

The unemployment rate is forecast unchanged at 3.8 percent.

Thursday’s claims report showed the number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid decreased 38,000 to 1.72 million for the week ended March 23. The four-week moving average of the so-called continuing claims slipped 8,000 to 1.74 million.

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No Network ads for YOU!

It seems that the same blackballing efforts that plagued “Gosnell” are beginning to plague the anti-Planned Parenthood movie “Unplanned.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, TV networks are now refusing to run ads for the PureFlix movie that received a wide theatrical release on Friday.

Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and other cable networks other than Fox News have completely blocked “Unplanned” trailers from their platforms.

“If you haven’t seen a commercial for Unplanned, an anti-abortion movie critical of Planned Parenthood, it isn’t for lack trying on the part of marketers, whose efforts have been consistently rebuffed by TV networks,” reports THR. “Pure Flix, the distributor behind the box office hit God’s Not Dead and other movies aimed at Christians, opens the movie in 1,000 theaters today, but outside of the Fox News Channel, every other mainstream television outlet has declined to air the ad.”

The networks have reportedly given the makers of “Unplanned” ambiguous excuses for the decision. Lifetime, for instance, said they would not run ads due to the “sensitive nature of the film,” an obvious deflection, especially when considering that Lifetime previously promoted “an interview with Scarlett Johansson where she pitches Planned Parenthood,” according to the marketers.

“The Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Food Network, each of which are owned by Discovery, also refused to sell ad time for ‘Unplanned’ due to the ‘sensitive nature’ of the movie, say those who tried buying air time,” the report continues. “Other networks that refused to advertise the movie include the Hallmark Channel and USA Network, the latter of which is owned by NBC Universal.”

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Tuckers kicks CNN’s back side!

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson absolutely dominated CNN last week, beating their entire prime time line up combined in total viewers by over 1,000,000 viewers — and CNN is not handling the news well.

CNN’s entire prime time line up garnered 2,474,000 total viewers compared to Carlson’s 3,475,000 total viewers.

Ratings from Nielsen Media Research for 03/25-03/29:

  • FOX News Tucker Carlson: 3,475,000 total viewers; 625,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic
  • CNN Cooper: 810,000 total viewers; 203,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic
  • CNN Cuomo: 875,000 total viewers; 217,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic
  • CNN Lemon: 789,000 total viewers; 228,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic

Fox News’ ratings exploded last week after Attorney General William Barr sent his letter to Congress saying that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

At first, CNN responded to the blow out in ratings with CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming: “Since the letter’s release on Sunday, there hasn’t been much news.”

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