Friday, September 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter Led to Record Number of Mass Shootings - Daniel Greenfield


by Daniel Greenfield


Three Democrat cities will account for 5,000 shootings.




Even as gun violence breaks records in New York City, Chicago, and Philly, the Democrats don’t have much to say about the epidemic of shootings or their pet cause, gun control. While activist Democrat prosecutors like Attorney General Letitia James have neglected to deal with the violence and are instead targeting the NRA, they aren’t really talking about gun control.

Mass shootings are rarely mentioned anymore even though there are more of them than ever.

A Washington D.C. mass shooting at a cookout last month that wounded 20 people was treated as another local crime story. And there are a lot of these local crime stories as shootings rise.

New York City has blown past 1,000 shootings, of all kinds, individual and mass, Philly hit 1,300, and Chicago is approaching 3,000 shootings.

3 Democrat cities alone will soon account for some 5,000 shootings.

These are the kinds of numbers we used to see out of Iraq. Now we see them in America.

The Gun Violence Archive recently tweeted that it "had never totaled more than 60 mass shootings in a single month - it has now eclipsed that number for four straight months, and September is on pace to do the same."

From 2014 to 2019, there was an average of 348 mass shootings. 2020 is far from over, but there have been 438 mass shootings, and the Gun Violence Archive estimates it will hit 590.

In just the first 8 days of September, there were 21 mass shootings.

And these mass shootings are inescapably tied to the Black Lives Matter violence that crippled police, wrecked public safety, and led Democrats to call for an end to cops.

Every full month in which Black Lives Matter riots and rallies took place has recorded more mass shootings than the first three months of the year combined.

There were 25 mass shootings in January and 95 mass shootings in June, the first full month of Black Lives Matter riots.

There were a total of 70 mass shootings in the first three months of the year and a total of 260 mass shootings in the previous three months which were filled with BLM violence.

Beyond the violence of the riots, which have included firebombs, shootings, stabbings, and multiple assaults on police officers, random drivers, shopkeepers, and anyone in the way, the Democrat political movement led cities to pull back police or tied up officers with the riots.

Gang members got the message and ramped up looting and territorial battles.

Between 2008 and 2018, murder was the leading cause for black men between the ages of 15 to 34 with over 55,000 dead. That’s over 10 times the numbers of US casualties in Iraq.

These are not normal numbers and they’re what we don’t talk about when it comes to gun violence. Gun control activists are eager to make suburban school shootings into the face of gun violence. Gun violence doesn’t come out of suburban schools, but urban ganglands.

That’s why the Democrats aren’t talking about gun control during the worst epidemic of gun violence in years. That and the reality that gun violence is associated with their support for BLM.

Cities that had fairly low levels of crime and were at the epicenter of the riots, Portland, New York City, and Austin, have achieved staggering increases in shootings and murders.

In Portland, where there have been over 100 days of Black Lives Matter riots, shootings shot up from 299 for all of 2019 to 488 for the year so far. In the first month of BLM protests, shootings nearly doubled from 31 in 2019 to 61. In August, the shootings nearly tripled relative to 2019.

In Austin, the murder rate rose 67%. At the end of August, the city recorded 3 murders in 24 hours. A homeless woman was shot when 60 hurricane evacuees began fighting in the street and shooting each other.

"We know we have at least 23 rounds discharged last night,” Chief David McKichan mentioned at one press conference.

In New York City, shootings rose 140% since the period roughly overlapping with BLM riots. And murders rose by over 50%. Behind those numbers are 90 murder victims. They’re part of the political price that Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Democrats paid for their support for BLM.

In the first full month of Black Lives Matter rallies and riots, the number of daylight shootings in New York City more than tripled. Daylight shootings are a mark of brazen gang violence.

By August, 43 people had been shot in 48 hours, and 3 people had been killed in one day.

Democrat leaders have responded to the wave of violence by decriminalizing it and attributing it to the effects of the pandemic and to social inequities.

“Gun violence is a symptom of social ills," Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who had falsely blamed police for setting fires, insisted.

“It’s been an exhausting 100 days for our city. But may I remind everyone just how exhausting it is to live while Black in America. Let me remind folks that the civil rights movement lasted a lot longer than 100 days and make no mistake – today’s struggle against police violence and creeping fascism is the new civil rights movement,” she wrote, cheering 100 days of BLM terror.

Exhausting is one way of putting it. July was Portland's deadliest month in three decades.

The BLM riots aren’t just a struggle session or cancel culture. They’re doing a lot more than terrorizing diners or burning down stores. The BLM riots and movement are killing people.

Democrats had spent years falsely claiming that guns, rather than criminals, kill people. Now they’ve moved on to blaming gun violence on social ills that will be remedied by defunding police and shifting even more money into the same broken and corrupt welfare state.

Crime, like homelessness, will just become another fact of life, if they have their way. Every increase in crime will be met with more welfare spending and less police until every major city becomes an unlivable war zone where only the poor and the foolhardy still make their home.

Even now the cities that have gotten behind police defunding are suffering massive violence.

Not all that long ago, the Democrats ran on vowing to stop mass shootings. Now they don’t want to talk about them. And who can blame them? Few murderers want to confess their crimes.

Democrats lied about crime and the cops, and thousands of people were wounded or died.


Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/09/black-lives-matter-led-record-number-mass-daniel-greenfield/

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China Threatens Total Economic War by Dumping Treasuries: Be My Guest - Gordon G. Chang


by Gordon G. Chang

Many Americans have been intimidated, saying Washington cannot oppose China because it owns Treasury debt. That is a hollow threat

  • China's Communist Party publicly talking about an American default is... essentially a declaration of intent to destroy the American economy. Washington should fight back.
  • No amount of persuading, cajoling or badgering has worked to convince China to accept agreements and norms.
  • Trump can hasten the departure of businesses from Chinese soil with tariffs and administrative measures restricting international commerce. The loss of access to the U.S. market would shake China. Last year, China's merchandise trade surplus against America amounted to 81.8% of its overall merchandise trade surplus, showing extreme dependence on the American market.... Trump can also order American companies to end their technical cooperation agreements with Chinese entities, prohibit portfolio investments in Chinese markets, and end all sales of tech products.
  • China may not recover from such actions. Case in point: There is now talk that Huawei Technologies, which six months ago looked as if it would take over the world's 5G networks, may go out of business because it is having difficulty buying chips to install in equipment
  • Many Americans have been intimidated, saying Washington cannot oppose China because it owns Treasury debt. That is a hollow threat... The net result of China carrying through on its threat is to leave U.S. Treasury obligations in the hands of countries far more friendly to the United States.

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On September 3, the Global Times, the Communist Party tabloid, reported that Beijing was "likely" to sell some or all of its U.S. Treasury holdings.

More important, the paper suggested the United States might for the first time ever default on its debt obligations.

China is certainly trying to destabilize the United States, and it looks as if it's about to declare total economic war on America.

Beijing has tipped its hand. The question for the Trump administration, therefore, is whether America should strike first.

Yes, it should, and Washington should hit Beijing as hard as it can. A vicious attack merits an overwhelming response.

"China," the Global Times reported, "may gradually reduce its holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds to about $800 billion from the current level of more than $1 trillion, as the ballooning U.S. federal deficit increases default risks and the Trump administration continues its blistering attack on China, experts said."

The Chinese paper then quoted Zhou Maohua of China's Everbright Bank: "Not defaulting before does not mean it won't default in the future, and risks are accumulating with the ballooning debts and the slumping economic outlook in the U.S."

Yes, debts are "ballooning." As a result, a two-year upward swing in the value of the dollar ended in March. Thank China for the reversal in the greenback's fortunes. Large federal budget deficits resulting from coronavirus-relief measures and the expectation that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates ultra-low have undermined the American currency.

Yes, Mr. Zhou, the American economy did "slump," suffering a stunning 31.7% quarter-on-quarter GDP plunge in the second quarter of this year. Nonetheless, the U.S. is slumping no more.

On the contrary, America is now quickly recovering. The economy added 1.8 million jobs in July and 1.4 million jobs last month, and most indicators point to strong growth in the quarter ending the last day of this month. For instance, the latest Atlanta Fed estimate, dated September 3, forecasts 29.6% GDP growth for this period. President Trump's Labor Day predictions of a "super V," suggesting a rocket-like recovery, cannot be far off the mark.

In any event, China's Communist Party publicly talking about an American default is grossly irresponsible. Its words are unwarranted, malicious-looking, and essentially a declaration of intent to destroy the American economy.

Washington should fight back.

For decades, American policymakers ignored criminal and other predatory Chinese trade practices in the hopes China would "enmesh" itself in the rules of the global economy. Unfortunately, those hopes have been dashed as Beijing has ramped up theft of American intellectual property and continued to violate trade and other obligations. No amount of persuading, cajoling or badgering has worked to convince China to accept agreements and norms.

In these circumstances, "decoupling" becomes attractive, as Trump discussed in his Labor Day press conference. "We lose billions of dollars and if we didn't do business with them we wouldn't lose billions of dollars," the President said, undoubtedly making economists gnash their teeth.

Trump's rationale for decoupling may not find support in classical economic theory — trade deficits do not necessarily translate into "losses" and are not considered inherently good or bad — but he is ultimately correct on the economic damage China has caused and what should be done.

Decoupling, in the first instance, means bringing manufacturing back to America, something that began in slow motion about a half decade ago as Xi Jinping, the Chinese ruler, started pushing foreign companies out, as companies decided to make goods close to customers, and as the difference in Chinese and American manufacturing costs narrowed.

Now, the pace of decoupling has picked up. President Trump's tariffs, imposed under the authority of Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 as a remedy for the theft of intellectual property, have convinced many businesses that U.S.-China trade friction — and uncertainty — will only worsen over time.

In addition, Beijing this year has doubled down on making itself an unreliable member of global supply chains. In March, for example, it threatened to throw the United States into a "mighty sea of coronavirus," in other words, to cut off critical supplies such as pharmaceuticals and medical protective gear.

The threat, far from frightening Americans, galvanized President Trump into taking action, such as his August 6 executive order requiring the buying of "essential" drugs from U.S. businesses. Other countries, including Japan, are moving in the same direction, also trying to get their companies out of China.

Trump can hasten the departure of businesses from Chinese soil with tariffs and administrative measures, like enhanced customs inspections, designed to prevent China-made goods from coming into the U.S.

The loss of access to the U.S. market would shake China. Last year, China's merchandise trade surplus against America amounted to 81.8% of its overall merchandise trade surplus, showing extreme dependence on the American market.

Trump, employing his powers under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 and even the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, can also order American companies to end their technical cooperation agreements with Chinese entities, prohibit portfolio investments in Chinese markets, and end all sales of tech products.

China may not recover from such actions. Case in point: There is now talk that Huawei Technologies, which six months ago looked as if it would take over the world's 5G networks, may soon have to stop shipping network equipment because it is having difficulty buying chips. Although it is now the world's largest seller of smartphones, Huawei will have to end production. The Chinese company announced that production of its Kirin chipsets, for use in its mobile devices, will stop on the 15th of this month.

All this brings us back to the Global Times's threat to sell U.S. Treasuries. Chinese officials have been talking about dumping U.S. debt — the so-called "nuclear option" — since at least the middle of 2008.

Many Americans have been intimidated, saying Washington cannot oppose China because it owns Treasury debt. That is, however, a hollow threat even though China is the second-largest holder of those obligations, carrying $1.074 trillion of them, according to Treasury Department figures.

Chinese officials have not carried through for several reasons. For instance, if they sell Treasuries, they get back dollars because 100 percent of America's obligations are denominated in its own currency. If Chinese officials mean to hurt America, they have to convert the proceeds of the sales into other currencies. That conversion will drive the values of those other currencies through the ceiling, and the central banks in those countries will have to rebalance values. In other words, they will have to reduce the values of their currencies by buying... dollars.

The net result of China carrying through on its threat is to leave U.S. Treasury obligations in the hands of countries far more friendly to the United States. Yes, the Chinese can cause turmoil in global markets for a few weeks, but the end result of their effort will be a United States that no longer feels beholden to Chinese communists.

Moreover, any move to suddenly attack the dollar by selling Treasuries will tend to make the renminbi extraordinarily expensive, thereby killing off the Chinese export sector, still a mainstay of the Chinese economy.

China has already unloaded about a trillion dollars of Treasury obligations since the middle of 2014 to support the value of its own currency, and there has been no effect on either the global markets or America's ability to borrow.

The tenure of China's Communist Party depends on its continual delivery of prosperity to the Chinese people, so that organization exists only with the permission of the United States. After the hostility evident in the Global Times threat of last week, it is time to withdraw that permission by cutting off trade, investment and technical cooperation.

So, China wants to sell American debt? Be my guest.

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Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China, a Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow, and member of its Advisory Board.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16485/china-threatens-dumping-treasuries

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The 'Woke' Indifference to Jew Hatred - Judith Bergman


by Judith Bergman

Twitter has even tried to claim that the genocidal variety of Jew hatred, the kind at which Iran's leaders excel, does not violate its rules.

  • Twitter itself plays a significant role in promoting anti-Semitism.
  • Despite thousands of complaints, Twitter left most of the rapper's (Wiley's) tweets up for six days and only decided to ban him for life after a 48-hour boycott of the platform by thousands of British users, including Home Secretary Priti Patel.
  • Twitter has even tried to claim that the genocidal variety of Jew hatred, the kind at which Iran's leaders excel, does not violate its rules.
  • It appears that the self-righteous outrage of the wokerati is absent when the person at the receiving end of racism is a Jew.


In Britain, the rapper Wiley recently went on a 48-hour anti-Semitic rant on Twitter, spreading conspiracy theories and insults against Jews, and said they should be shot. Despite thousands of complaints, Twitter left most of Wiley's tweets up for six days and only decided to ban him for life after a 48-hour boycott of the platform by thousands of British users, including UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Pictured: Priti Patel on September 8, 2020 in London. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Jew hatred in the United States has grown more prevalent in recent years.. In 2019, there were 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents, according to a May report by the Anti-Defamation League. It was the highest number in 40 years. The incidents included 61 physical assault cases, 1,127 instances of harassment and 919 acts of vandalism.

Antisemitism is also peaking in several European countries: In 2019, Germany, with 2,032 incidents, saw the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes in nearly two decades. The United Kingdom registered "a record number" of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 for the fourth year in a row with 1,805 incidents -- "the highest number ever logged in a calendar year and a 7% increase on 2018", according to a report in The Guardian. In France, anti-Semitic attacks surged by 74% in 2018 compared to the previous year and an additional 27% in 2019. One violent attack in 2018 was the brutal murder of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old French Jewish Holocaust survivor, who was murdered in her Paris apartment by two men, who shouted "Allahu Akbar" as they stabbed her 11 times and set her apartment on fire.

The growth in anti-Semitism comes a mere 80 years after millions of Jews were rounded up in Europe and subjected to enslavement, mass shootings, "medical experiments", and industrial mass murder in Nazi concentration camps, for no other reason than being Jewish.

In our hypersensitive, hyper-racialized "woke" culture, where speaking obvious truths such as "all lives matter" will get you immediately cancelled, terminated from your job and classified as racist, one would assume that the rise in anti-Semitism would prompt maximum outrage. Promoting anti-Semitism, however, rarely gets anyone -- apart from the occasional white supremacist -- cancelled. This double-standard continues despite hate speech being generally considered completely unacceptable and dangerous, as reflected in the policies against hate speech of the social media and tech giants.

Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Black Muslim Nation of Islam, and considered by many a professional anti-Semite, has promoted conspiracy theories about Jews. He has called them "satanic" and "termites" and praised Hitler as "a very great man". Celebrities and others who promote Farrakhan rarely ever experience the public excoriation and the accompanying cancellations that normally accompany people who exhibit such racism. His speeches and interviews are freely available on YouTube, which has dubiously declared that it stands "in solidarity against racism and violence". Evidently, that solidarity does not extend to anti-Jewish racism. Instead, YouTube relays the message that, to paraphrase Orwell, some racism is more racist than others.

A new streaming TV channel, Fox Soul TV, "dedicated to the African American viewer" according to its website, was planning to broadcast a speech by Farrakhan on July 4 but changed its programming, presumably because of the push-back the channel experienced on Twitter.

Chelsea Handler, an American comedian, recently promoted a video clip of Farrakhan on her Instagram account, praising Farrakhan for the "strong video" about white people and black power. Several Hollywood celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, "liked" her post. Handler only took it down after much criticism, and offered a half-baked apology in which she said:
"I still consider this message to be quite powerful... Perhaps Farrakhan's anti-Semitic views took form during his own oppression. We know now that the oppression of one race leads to an oppression of all races."
Nobody cancelled Handler for promoting an anti-Semite.

Several other celebrities have also been promoting Farrakhan's brand of Jew hatred on social media. In early June, the rapper Ice Cube, apparently an admirer of Farrakhan, let loose in a series of tweets, which, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writing in The Hollywood Reporter, "involved some creepy symbols and images ... [and] implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks". Despite a history of anti-Semitism, Ice Cube's recent tweets caused barely a scratch in his image. As late as July 29, the rapper published an op-ed in The Hill.

Typically, "wrongthinkers" who make the career-crushing mistake of publishing their thoughts on social media receive no mercy and are greeted with instant "cancellation". Apologies that are offered, however groveling, are usually not accepted. Expressing un-woke sentiments on social media is a sin for which there can be no forgiveness, as academics, media personalities and others have learned.

In the rare cases, however, when anti-Semites do experience sustained push-back and even consequences to their careers, there seems to be a strong willingness by those who would usually do the cancelling to forgive and forget. US media personality Nick Cannon, for instance, was recently fired by ViacomCBS after he promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast; nevertheless Fox did not fire Cannon from his role as host in the network's reality series The Masked Singer. "When we were made aware of Nick Cannon's interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick," Fox said in a statement.
"He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate... Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind."
Twitter itself plays a significant role in promoting antisemitism. In the UK, the rapper Wiley recently went on a 48-hour anti-Semitic rant on Twitter; he not only spread a number of conspiracy theories and insults against Jews, but also said that they should be shot and that he was coming to "sit with" them in Golders Green, a Jewish neighborhood in London. Despite thousands of complaints, Twitter left most of the rapper's tweets up for six days and only decided to ban him for life after a 48-hour boycott of the platform by thousands of British users, including Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Twitter has even tried to claim that the genocidal variety of Jew hatred, the kind at which Iranian leaders excel, does not violate its rules. When asked recently by Israel's Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs why Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called to "eliminate" the Jewish state on Twitter, remains free to tweet while President Donald Trump's tweets were flagged for violating Twitter policies on hate speech, Twitter's Head of Public Policy, Government & Philanthropy for the Nordics & Israel, Ylwa Pettersson, responded:
"We have an approach to world leaders that presently says direct interactions with public figures, comments on political issues of the day or foreign policy saber-rattling on military and economic issues are generally not in violation of twitter rules".
Pettersson was then asked, whether "Calling for genocide is OK, but commenting on political situations is not?" She replied:
"If a world leader violates our rules, but if there is a clear interest in keeping that on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides some more context about the violation and allows people to click if they wish to see that type of content. That is what happened for the Trump tweet. That tweet was violating our policies regarding the glorification of violence, based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet, and the risk that it could possibly inspire harm and similar actions".
For those who need reminding of just how little it actually takes to be banned for life from Twitter (when the offending issue is not anti-Semitism) last year the platform removed Meghan Murphy, a Canadian feminist who had committed the speech crime of not calling a transgender person by their preferred pronoun.

It appears that the self-righteous outrage of the wokerati is absent when the person at the receiving end of racism is a Jew.

Judith Bergman, a columnist, lawyer and political analyst, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16311/woke-jew-hatred

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When Pro Athletes Use Facts, Stats and Data - Larry Elder


by Larry Elder

And when they don't.




Reacting to the shooting of a Black man by a white Kenosha, Wisconsin, cop, a tearful Doc Rivers, the Black NBA Los Angeles Clippers Coach, held a postgame press conference.

Rivers said: "All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back. It's really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. And I'm so often reminded of my color. ... It's just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better."

"We're the ones getting killed"? "We're the ones getting shot"? "And all you do is keep hearing about fear"?

NBA superstar LeBron James (pictured above) made a similar comment: "I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America. Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified. Because you don't know; you have no idea. You have no idea how that cop that day left the house. You don't know if he woke up on the good side of the bed. You don't know if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed."

Sports is a game of numbers, statistics and records. It's one of the many things we like about it. Where are the numbers, stats and records that show the police engage in "systemic" brutality against Blacks? Why don't the players and coaches who complain about police brutality employ the same use of numbers, stats, data, logic and reason to determine the truthfulness of the claim that cops are killing Black people because they are Black?

We argue over whether this player is better than that player or whether this team is better than that team. It's fascinating to watch a coach of an NBA team dissect the game, stat sheet at his side, during the postgame press conference.

An ex-professional basketball player-turned-broadcaster responded to a critic's complaint about the player's "disappointing" NBA career. Given the expectations coming out of college about this player's future, the critic argued that the player underperformed in his pro career. The ex-player responded that such a comment can only come from somebody who's never played basketball at the highest level. Citing his career statistics, he surgically dismantled the critic's case. For each of the three teams he played for, he said, his role changed. One team wanted him to be more of a scorer while another team wanted him to concentrate on defense, leaving the scoring to others. On his third team, he played an entirely different position with entirely different expectations. My career, said the ex-player, must be seen in this context.

When a player's agent argues to management that his client deserves more money, the agent uses stats and data to make the case. In turn, the team relies on stats and data to make their case.

Any analysis of whether cops are killing Blacks because they are Black would begin with noting the approximately 50 million police-civilian interactions that occur every year. Out of these 50 million interactions, about 11 million people are arrested. In recent years, about 60,000 cops have been assaulted annually.

All of this resulted in about 1,000 people being killed by the police on average in recent years, with almost all suspects resisting with a weapon or resisting violently. Of the 1,000 killed annually, approximately 250 were Black and 500 white. The percentage of police shootings that involve a white cop and an unarmed Black suspect is less than 4% of the total. The percentage of white cops killing unarmed Black men who did not reasonably pose a threat is even smaller. Recall that Black suspect Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, was "unarmed," but his DNA was found on the office's gun, indicating that Brown was attempting to grab it.

For perspective, 27 Americans on average from 2009 to 2018 died annually after being struck by lightning. And, as Manhattan Institute's Heather Mac Donald explains, "A police officer is 18 1/2 times more likely to be killed by a Black male than an unarmed Black male is to be killed by a police officer."

Is it too much to ask that sports celebrities, who parrot lines like "systemic" police brutality against Blacks, ask for facts first? Too much to ask them to then apply the same kind of logic and reason they must rely on in their own profession?

If they did so, they would learn the good news — that there is no evidence of "systemic" police killings of Blacks, and that the unfortunate instances should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Can training be improved? Of course. Would it be helpful if officers wore body cams? Absolutely. Let's focus our energy on these things and set the hysterics aside.


Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/09/pro-athletes-use-facts-stats-and-data-their-jobs-larry-elder/

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It's Not About Trump vs. Biden; It's about Civilization vs. Anarchy - Civis Americanus


by Civis Americanus


Trump is all we have between us and the statue-topplers.



Some of my Democratic friends have asked me how I can possibly consider voting for Donald Trump in light of his vulgar comments about women and his alleged disrespect for fallen American soldiers. The answer is that the election is not about Donald Trump or Joe Biden; it is about the future of the United States. The renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson's "Plague, Panic, and Protests — the Weird Election Year of 2020" requires about 30 minutes, but it is worth hearing if you have the time.

The "woke" Democrat left has published proven lies about President Trump to the effect that he advised people to swallow or inject themselves with disinfectants and bleach to cure coronavirus, and that he forced illegal alien detainees to drink out of toilets. Trump asked, and the context was that the question was for medical doctors to answer, whether disinfectants and ultraviolet light can be used inside the human body. Experiments are being tried with ultraviolet light, and inhalable antiviral drugs have been around for a long time. Detention centers have fixtures that consist of a toilet and sink as a single unit, and detainees drink from the latter and not the former. These proven lies about President Trump reflect on the credibility of the left's other accusations.

Let Shakespeare Explain

Assume, however, for the sake of argument that everything the Democrats say about Trump is true. It is nonetheless far more important that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Democratic Party not have the presidency than it is for Donald Trump or any Republican to have it.

King Henry V said on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt, "Besides, there is no king, be his cause never so spotless, if it come to the arbitrament of swords, can try it out with all unspotted soldiers. Some, peradventure, have on them the guilt of premeditated and contrived murder; some, of beguiling virgins with the broken seals of perjury[.]" If Henry V had dismissed every man with a questionable background, he would probably have had to fight the French the next day by himself. This assumes he was himself qualified to remain, given his purportedly riotous youth in the company of people like Falstaff.

Duke Prospero said similarly of his minion Caliban, "He does make our fire, fetch in our wood, and serves in offices that profit us." President Trump serves similarly in offices that profit us by holding at bay the forces that intend openly to have a "revolution" and "transform" the United States.

The Extreme Left of 2020 Is as Dangerous as the Nazis of 1930

The Democrats keep trying to associate President Trump with white supremacists even though he has repudiated and condemned them. White supremacists are meanwhile powerless to do much more than parade around in their sheets and hoods. They sometimes commit violence for which legal remedies, including the immediate use of reasonable physical force in self-defense, are available. They have no influence or support in Congress, and they do not have any ability to get people fired from their jobs.

The "woke" left does have the power to "cancel" people the same way the Nazis, Soviets, and Chinese communists forced their political opponents out of educational and employment opportunities. Black Lives Matter, unlike white supremacists, has the support of corporations like Starbucks, sports organizations like the NFL and NBA, and major universities. The best way to imagine the menace from BLM is to think of the Ku Klux Klan when it enjoyed the support of a good part of the country more than 100 years ago. The behavior in both cases involves (1) propaganda to incite racial tensions between Americans and (2) civil disorder under color of same. The leaders of BLM and white supremacist hate groups are symbiotes that need one another to survive because, if either disappeared, the other would have no enemy against which to rally its deluded followers. The image of a black hand gripping a white hand in friendship (once handshakes become safe again) is the one thing that Black Lives Matter, "Unite the Right," and the Democratic National Committee fear the most.

Hanson describes clearly how Democratic mayors and police chiefs have taken the side of rioters, looters, and vandals. These criminals have been, like the Nazi Brownshirts of 1938, given free rein to re-enact the Night of the Broken Glass in cities around our nation. Leftist district attorneys not only fail to prosecute the aggressors, but file criminal charges against anybody who defends himself against them. It's OK for somebody to reach into your car to punch you while somebody else throws a hasty roadblock in front of your car, but it's not OK for you to shoot either of them to prevent what you reasonably believe is an attempt to drag you from your vehicle and beat you Reginald Denny–style. (This is not an accusation that the individuals involved planned to do this; it is solely what the driver believed reasonably at the time.)

Kenosha has meanwhile made it clear that it is also OK for convicted child sexual predator Joseph D. Rosenbaum, who also had an extensive record of assaulting corrections officers while in prison, to rob you of a firearm he is prohibited to handle as a convicted felon, but it's not OK for you to shoot him in self-defense. It's OK for Anthony Huber the Domestic Abuser to bash your head in with a skateboard to take your firearm that he also is prohibited to possess, and possibly murder you with it, but it's not OK for you to shoot him, either. My perception is therefore that people who are supposed to protect us have sided instead with felons like Rosenbaum and Huber against the productive elements of our society. This is why potential jurors (all citizens) need to be pre-educated to shut down prosecutions of this nature assuming a judge lets them get into the courtroom in the first place.

Hanson goes on to add that the Democratic Party no longer represents the working and middle classes. "The wealthy are always immune from the consequences of their own ideology." The Democrats are also trying to turn the United States into a one-party banana republic by eliminating the Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court. The Democratic and not the Republican Party therefore wants to establish an actual dictatorship at the expense of the ordinary working American.

Hanson adds that it is no longer about progressivism versus conservatism; it is about Civilization versus Anarchy, and Trump is all we have between us and the statue-topplers. We must therefore vote straight Republican for House, Senate, and president on November 3. If you want to vote ahead of time, deposit your ballot in a drop box (example here) to ensure that it is counted.


Civis Americanus is the pen name of a contributor who remembers the lessons of history and wants to ensure that our country never needs to learn those lessons again the hard way. The author is remaining anonymous due to the likely prospect of being subjected to "cancel culture" for exposing the Big Lie behind Black Lives Matter.

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/09/its_not_about_trump_vs_biden_its_about_civilization_vs_anarchy.html

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Texas federal judge rules mail-in voting procedure unconstitutional, orders officials to fix signature verification - Danielle Wallace


by Danielle Wallace


Texas election officials now must notify voters within one day if their mail-in ballot is going to be rejected


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A federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that the state’s system of verifying signatures on mail-in ballots was unconstitutional and should be immediately corrected in advance of Election Day in November. 
Judge Orlando Garcia, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled that the existing procedure involving verifying whether a signature on a mail-in ballot matches the one required across the flap of the carrier-envelope “plainly violates certain voters’ constitutional rights.”
“In light of the fundamental importance of the right to vote, Texas’ existing process for rejecting mail-in ballots due to alleged signature mismatching fails to guarantee basic fairness,” Garcia wrote, adding that the procedure is “inherently fraught with error with no recourse for voters.”

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Two Texas voters, George Richardson of Brazos County and Rosalie Weisfeld of McAllen, joined by organizations representing Texans with disabilities, veterans and young voters, filed a lawsuit over a year ago arguing that the way state law allows local election officials to reject mail-in ballots based on mismatching signatures violates the 14th Amendment.

Though early voting election officials could compare signatures on file with the county clerk or voter registrar made within the last six years, the existing procedure did not provide voters whose ballots may be rejected due to a potential signature mismatch the opportunity to "verify his or her identity, demonstrate that he or she did indeed sign the relevant documents, or otherwise challenge a signature verification determination." Garcia, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton, ruled that the state’s procedure was creating a “severe” burden on voters and failed to give “meaningful pre-rejection notice.”

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Gualala, CA, July 4, 2020 - Person mailing United States absentee ballot for voting in an election by mail.
Gualala, CA, July 4, 2020 - Person mailing United States absentee ballot for voting in an election by mail. 
“In order to protect voters’ rights in the upcoming November 2020 elections,” Garcia ruled that the Texas secretary of state must issue an advisory to all local election officials within 10 days of his decision notifying them of the new requirements for rejecting mail-in ballots on the basis of a perceived signature mismatch during the current election cycle.

Voters whose signatures are perceived to be mismatching must be mailed a notice of the election board’s determination within one day, and, in the event that a voter believes his or her ballot was improperly rejected, the voter may seek to verify the ballot by contacting an election official via phone or mail, Garcia ruled. 

If a phone number was included on the voter’s original ballot application, an election official must also make at least one phone call within one day notifying the voter that his or her ballot is pending rejection based on a perceived signature mismatch.

Texas offers the opportunity to vote by mail to voters who are outside of their county of residence during an election, voters with disabilities, voters 65 years-of-age or older, and certain voters confined in jail but otherwise eligible to vote, according to the ruling. 


Danielle Wallace

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-mail-in-voting-unconstitutional-signature-verification

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'Implications of PA's collapse may not be as dramatic as assumed' - Ariel Kahana


by Ariel Kahana

Study by the Bithonistim security and defense forum finds that should the era of Palestinian Authority, in its current form, come to an end, better alternatives could present themselves.


Power struggles over post-Abbas era rage largely under the surface, for now

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas | Photo: AFP/Abbas Momani



The prospect of the Palestinian Authority imploding should not concern Israel as much as it does, a new study by the Bithonistim security and defense forum, presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, concluded.

Netanyahu had asked the forum's top members, including former head of the IDF Intelligence Directorate's Research Division Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, to study the reification the PA's potential economic collapse would have for Israel in a meeting they held about two months ago.

The study was compiled while Israel was still debating how to extend sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley under the US's Middle East peace plan, a move which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned would render the PA null and void.

Kuperwasser found that while "it is in Israel's best interest that the Palestinian Authority remain intact, its dissolution in part on in full will present alternatives that are not must worse."

Kuperwasser presented five scenarios should the Ramallah-based government implode: the termination of all PA activity; a suspension of PA activity; the transfer of government to local elements; a succession struggle in the post-Abbas era, and a takeover of the West Bank by Hamas – the terrorist group that usurped control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah in 2007 in a military coup.

Chances of any of the scenarios coming true are low, the former MI chief said in his report.
Instead, Kuperwasser believes that even if the PA announced a termination of all its activities, "Domestic and international pressure – by the Europeans and the Democrats in the US, as well as by the pragmatic Arab states – would push it to resume its rule."

The study found that the financial fallout entailed in the PA's collapse will not be as high as predicted by left-wing officials, noting that Israel should be able to fund the West Bank's civilian expenses with the taxes it collects for the Palestinian Authority under the mechanism set in place in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

However maintaining the Palestinian security forces would most likely entail a hefty expenditure he said.

Still, Kuperwasser criticized what he called "the Israeli 'addiction' to the existence of a viable Palestinian Authority, which has created a weakness on Israel's part. … It seems that some in the defense establishment have, for years, sought to promote this notion vis-à-vis decision-makers."

Bithonistim forum Director Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Aviv, who is among the study's signatories, told Israel Hayom that the government "must be ready and have contingencies in place to deal with the possibility that the Palestinian Authority dissolves. There are better alternatives [to the PA's rule) that won't undermine Israel's interests and won't require it to rule the Palestinian people."

Ariel Kahana

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/10/implications-of-pas-collapse-may-not-be-as-dramatic-as-assumed/

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Behind the scenes of Israel's rapprochement efforts with UAE - Ariel Kahana


by Ariel Kahana


PM Netanyahu's adviser and an Emirati minister held secret meetings in London, Abu Dhabi and Nicosia for years an in effort to foster normalization between the Jewish state and the Gulf sheikdom.


Behind the scenes of Israel's rapprochement efforts with UAE

Tony Blair | File photo: Gideon Markowicz


Secret meetings between Yitzhak Molcho, formerly a top adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which took place in various European and Persian Gulf capitals formed the foundation that led to the historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Israel Hayom learned this week.

These back-channel negotiations were made possible thanks to the efforts of Former British Premier Tony Blair, who also served as special Quartet envoy to the Middle East until 2015.
Molcho headed these setter talks from 2015 to 2018, when he was forced to step down as Netanyahu's adviser over allegations that he was involved in a tainted deal to procure German submarines for the Israeli Navy – an accusation that has since been refuted.

According to senior political sources, Molcho's meetings with the Emirati minister were held in London, Abu Dhabi and Nicosia and were mediated by Blair personally.

The talks helped rebuild trust between Israel and the UAE in the wake of the animosity created by the 2010 assassination of top Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai by Mossad intelligence agency officers.

Molcho relayed messages of rapprochement from Netanyahu to UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which led to several phone calls and eventually, to meetings in 2018.

In a special interview with Israel Hayom, slated to be published Friday, Blair said that it was Israel's agreement to shelve its plan to extend sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley under the US's Middle East peace plan that created the opportunity to push for normalizing ties between the two states.

The real breakthrough came after a substantial process that was years in the making, he explained.


Ariel Kahana

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/10/behind-the-scenes-of-israels-rapprochement-efforts-with-uae/

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Erdogan: ‘We are not a society that has an army – we are a nation that is itself an army’ - Robert Spencer


by Robert Spencer

Erdoğan: ‘There is No Power that Can Stand in the Way of this Country’


Where is that army going? Erdogan gives a hint: “Do the people of Greece accept what will happen to them because of their greedy and incompetent leaders? Do the people of France accept the price they will pay because of their greedy and incompetent leaders? Are the brotherly peoples of some North African and countries in the Gulf content with their futures growing darker as a result of their greedy and incompetent leaders? The citizens of countries that are tens of thousands of kilometers away and are eyeing Turkey’s democracy, constitutional state, and regional interests – do they realize that this process will turn around and harm them?”

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: ‘There is No Power that Can Stand in the Way of this Country’; We Will Not Hesitate to Sacrifice Martyrs in this Fight – Are the People of Greece, France, Certain North African and Gulf Countries Prepared to Make Such Sacrifices?,” MEMRI, August 30, 3030:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an August 30, 2020 speech in Ankara that was uploaded to his official YouTube channel that Turkey is not a society with an army but a “nation that is an army within itself, […] there is no power that can stand in the way of this country.” He said that Turkey will not hesitate to sacrifice martyrs in the fight against its enemies. Erdoğan asked whether the peoples of Greece, France, and certain countries in North Africa and the Persian Gulf are prepared to make the same sacrifices because of their “greedy and incompetent leaders.” He stated that Turkey has never been a colonizer, rather it is a civilization that conquers the hearts. Erdoğan added that the fact that Turkey is brought to the forefront of negative subjects is a sign of the fascism and animosity of its opponents.
Following are excerpts:
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: “As some historians have said, we are not a society that has an army – we are a nation that is itself an army.
[…]
“When we combine our technological superiority, our fully developed human resources, and our spiritual power… With Allah’s permission, there is no power that can stand in the way of this country.
[…]
“Now, with a more booming voice, with a more sincere faith, and with more trust in ourselves than yesterday, we say to our enemies: “Bring it on.” Everyone who would stand against us on land, at sea, and in the air has seen Turkey’s legitimacy and its determination in protecting its rights, interests, and capabilities based on international law. Be sure that those who have not seen it will face this reality in the field, at the diplomatic table, and in international platforms. We do not run away from a fight. We will not hesitate to sacrifice martyrs and wounded people in this fight. For our independence and our future, we will not hold back from roaring all together as 83 million people, and running over the dams that get in our way, like a flood.
[…]
“The real question is this: Can those who oppose us in the Mediterranean Sea and around it accept the risk of the same sacrifices? Do the people of Greece accept what will happen to them because of their greedy and incompetent leaders? Do the people of France accept the price they will pay because of their greedy and incompetent leaders? Are the brotherly peoples of some North African and countries in the Gulf content with their futures growing darker as a result of their greedy and incompetent leaders? The citizens of countries that are tens of thousands of kilometers away and are eyeing Turkey’s democracy, constitutional state, and regional interests – do they realize that this process will turn around and harm them?
[…]
“We are aware that we are under siege, and if they could, they would not give this nation [so much as] a breath of air, a sip of water, or a bite of bread. Everything we do, we have done despite them, and we will continue to do so.
[…]
“Throughout its history, Turkey has never been an aggressive country. The Turkish nation is one of the rare peoples that does not have the stain of colonialism in its past. Certainly, our civilization is one of conquest, but our understanding of conquest is not based on taking control of underground and aboveground riches along with land. On the contrary, our understanding of conquest is first the conquest of hearts.
[…]
“Throughout the world, and particularly in Europe, we are in a period in which xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Turkishness, and discrimination are on the rise. Despite this, the fact that Turkey is being brought to the forefront of every negative subject is not a vulnerability of our nation. Rather, it is a sign of the fascism and animosity in the back of their minds.”

Robert Spencer

Source: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/09/erdogan-we-are-not-a-society-that-has-an-army-we-are-a-nation-that-is-itself-an-army

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