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“Gun-Totin’ Left-Wingers Demonstrate at the Arizona Capitol: Is Bloodshed on the Horizon?”

Hey, lefties with guns, that’s cool.

At least, that was my first impression upon seeing about 40 or so assorted anarchists, Brown Berets, and members of a group calling itself the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club across the street from the state Capitol, openly armed to the proverbial teeth.”

Counter-demonstrators at the MAGA march included heavily-armed Brown Berets, anarchists, and assorted left-wingers.

The Phoenix John Brown Gun Club’s Motto: “Putting The Red Back In Redneck”.

More at the Phoenix New Times

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Remember The Islamists Who Attacked The ‘Draw Muhammad’ Competition In Garland, Texas In 2015?

Two men traveled from Phoenix, AZ to shoot the place up.

CBS has learned that the FBI knew they were planning the attack and did nothing to stop it. They had an undercover agent in contact with the men. He was in a car right behind them when they started shooting.

What has been going on with the FBI under President Obama?

“60 Minutes investigates first ISIS-claimed attack in U.S. and what the FBI knew”

Anderson Cooper: After the trial, you discovered that the government knew a lot more about the Garland attack than they had let on?

Dan Maynard: That’s right. Yeah. After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, to him “Tear up Texas.” Which to me was an encouragement to Simpson.

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And this past November, Maynard was given another batch of documents by the government, revealing the biggest surprise of all. The undercover FBI agent was in a car directly behind Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi when they started shooting. This cell-phone photo of school security guard Bruce Joiner and police officer Greg Stevens was taken by the undercover agent seconds before the attack.

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Dan Maynard: I can’t tell you whether the FBI knew the attack was gonna occur. I don’t like to think that they let it occur. But it is shocking to me that an undercover agent sees fellas jumping out of a car and he drives on. I find that shocking.

Anderson Cooper: That he didn’t try to stop–

Dan Maynard: He didn’t try to stop ‘em. Or he didn’t do something. I mean, he’s an agent, for gosh sakes.”

More here at CBS News

Also here

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Not The Brightest Bulb In The Chandelier

A few replies to her are here

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John Harwood Gets It But Thinks Its Bad

He calls the idea of limiting government radical. That proves he is a leftist – a progressive. At least half of Americans think American government – at all levels – is too intrusive and too powerful. Harwood calls that notion radical.

This term, ‘Radical’ is a new way for progressives to hurl bad names at us. It’s just another word with a bad connotation. It is a tactic they use. They embrace terms like ‘Racist’, ‘Mysogynist’, ‘Homophobe’, and others to bludgeon others into shutting up.

“Clinton collaborator John Harwood: Republicans “radically opposed to government itself””

On this question of opposition party versus governing party, the modern Republican party is radically opposed to government itself. They’re radically opposed to taxation. What is governing? Governing is about taking action to solve people’s problems. They want government to do less rather than more. And so what they’re trying to do on health care is an act of negation, it’s an act of taking things away that President Obama did.”

From here

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Twenty Or Thirty Anti-Trump Protesters Attack 2,000 Pro-Trump Marchers, Get Their Asses Kicked

The video below shows an anti-Trump divot, dressed in black, attacking peaceful pro-Trump marchers. The attacked fight back. Somehow that’s not fair, I guess. It looks like there were a lot more news people there than counter-protesters.

“Violence breaks out at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach”

Pearsall said about 2,000 marchers and 30 counterprotesters showed up to the noontime march, held at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

The counterprotesters lined up on the beach trail and were hoping to stop the marchers from progressing, said Byron Lopez, 20, of Santa Ana.

But when marchers approached the area, the counterprotesters parted and people were able to pass through until the violence erupted.

Lopez said he was there as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and did not participate in the violence. He said the masked men were part of Antifa, an anti-fascist movement.”

More at the LA Times

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Tulsa Police Officer Runs Over Woman Shooting At Him

I’d call it a good decision. They were right in front of an elementary school. Had he shot at her he would have endangered the people in the school.

Warning – graphic video.

The incident unfolded Saturday at around 2:24 p.m. at 89th Street and Harvard Avenue, near Jenks East Elementary School, Tulsa World reported.

About 20 seconds into the video, police can be heard saying, “She’s running!” and then, “Shots fired!”

Five seconds later, 21-year-old Madison Sueann Dickson is seen running down a sidewalk. She appears to be holding a black object in her hand, which police identified as a gun, the paper reported.

Moments later, the police car drove up on the sidewalk and rammed into her, causing her to fall, and go beneath the hood. Only then does the officer, Jonathan Grafton, bring the car to a halt.”

More at the NY Post

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More Evidence That Progressivism Is A Mental Disorder

Harris is a US Senator. She has Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was California’s Attorney General which explains a lot about that state.

“KAMALA HARRIS WON’T VOTE FOR GORSUCH BECAUSE HE RULES WITH THE LAW NOT FEELINGS”

Harris

The stakes don’t get any higher. Some argue that if a nominee has a stellar legal resume, he or she is qualified to sit on the bench and our job is done. I disagree. As U.S. senators, we have an obligation to also examine a nominee’s legal approach and ask whether he or she considers the impact of those decisions on our society and the daily lives of our people.”

More on Harris’ foolishness here

And at the San Francisco Chronicle

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An Argument For Increasing The Voting Age To 30

Democrats have succeeded in reducing the voting age. Now we have children deciding who will be elected and how much you will pay in taxes. I have contended for a long time that young people do not have the maturity nor have their brains completely developed until about age 30. It is refreshing to see that they, themselves, also see their immaturity.

“At What Age Do Millennials Consider Themselves Adults? The Answer Will Stun You.”

A new report has found that millennials don’t consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30.

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to The Wrap, research compiled by David Poltrack, CBS’ chief research officer and their ratings expert, as well as Nielsen Catalina Solutions, found that millennials consider themselves adults at age 30 because that’s when they typically are completely responsible for themselves – they no longer reside with their parents and pay entirely for their own bills.”

From the Daily Wire

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Washington Pos Sympathizes With London Terrorist

This kind of thing indicates an illness that infects western journalists. Khalid Masood was an evil man who sought to further the world-wide control that is called Shariah. He killed people and injured many more in his effort to do so. His acts should be remembered for what they were: Hateful and violent. Instead, the Pos writers are treating him with sympathy.

They also call him a loner. If he was alone in his act why have other people been arrested as accomplices? The ‘Loner’ title is designed to elicit even more sympathy because it indicates he suffered from mental problems. It is a false narrative.

“After privileged childhood, London attacker became a troubled loner”

A handout photo made available by the Metropolitan Police shows Khalid Masood, the man behind the terror attack in London. (Metropolitan Police Handout/EPA)

LONDON — On the final night of a troubled, disjointed life that began in the affluent English countryside and ended in a deadly rampage on the streets of London, Khalid Masood returned to his roots.

He had lived for years in the British Midlands, known to neighbors as a devoted gardener but otherwise all but invisible, an urban ghost who left few traces after a series of criminal convictions and a mysterious trip to Saudi Arabia.

Yet on Tuesday night, at age of 52, Masood rented a car and drove to southeast England, where he was raised. At a hotel in the seaside town of Brighton — not far from the gentle and well-to-do towns where classmates from his prep school days remembered him as a happy, soccer-loving teenager — he exchanged jokes with the manager and went to sleep.

He was “friendly and smiley” and said he was visiting friends, the manager, Sabeur Toumi, told British broadcasters on Friday.

The next morning, Masood checked out and drove to London to commit the worst act of terrorism on British soil in more than a decade. By the time he was shot dead by security forces inside the gates of Parliament, more than 50 people lay wounded in the shadow of Big Ben, four of them mortally.”

More at the Washington Pos

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“Oh, If Only We Were Nicer To Them They Wouldn’t Kill Us” Is Playing Into The Hands Of The Islamists

This woman understands Islam and its goals. She has spent a lifetime trying to warn the west but many western leaders still think that we simply are not nice enough to the radicals.

“Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Liberals: Terrorists “don’t say thank you for being PC”

Islamists only seek a Sharia-compliant world, Ali said, in the wake of Wednesday’s attack in London, a city with progressive leadership, “and whoever is in their way is their enemy.”

She said anyone who does not understand that should not be legislating policy.

Ali also expressed support for Trump’s travel ban saying that although it was rolled out clumsily, she believes Trump takes the threat of terror seriously.”

From here

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In Case You Didn’t Know, Elections Have Consequences

The National Rifle Association is dedicated to defending the rights of individual Americans, especially with regard to the Second Amendment. We members are proud of the work they do and we believe that our Association has all the rights to political opinions that leftist groups enjoy. We are thankful that the NRA’s political arm, the Institute For Legislative Action, has become active in national politics. Leftists hate them – and us – because the NRA supports individual rights over the power of the state.

“NRA to Campaign Against Red State Democrats who Oppose Gorsuch”

The Washington Examiner quoted a letter from NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox, in which he wrote, “The NRA has every confidence that Judge Gorsuch will protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners and will faithfully apply the Constitution in the cases that come before him. He has our strongest support for confirmation.”

Cox added, “Because of the importance of this issue to NRA members and gun owners throughout the country, votes on his confirmation will be considered in future candidate evaluations and we will notify our members accordingly.”

The New York Times shows that Senators Baldwin, Brown, Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, Nelson, and Tester already voted against the confirmation of pro-Second Amendment Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those votes, plus any votes against Gorsuch, could only be expected to unleash the NRA’s unfettered campaigning power against the Red State Democrats.”

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Senator Schumer Commits Political Suicide And Takes Democrats With Him

Newly elected President Donald Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court. Everyone, including many Democrats, agrees that Gorsuch is an impeccable candidate for the bench.

From Wolf Blitzer: “I think he did a great job this morning. I think the Democrats have done a pretty poor job, but I think the reason they have done a poor job is there’s not a lot to beat this man up on.”

From John King: “The democrats have not even bruised, blemished anything to this judge so far.”

From MSNBC’s Ari Melber: “I didn’t see a single glove laid on him. He performed himself admirably.”

From CNN’s Gloria Borger: “Judge Gorsuch is completely qualified and everybody knows it. He is totally and completely qualified and he’s exactly the kind of a nominee you would expect from a Republican, period. This is what elections are about.”

From here

Senator Schumer, however, has decided to oppose him. His arguments are weak and based entirely on politics. Everyone knows it, too. Schumer has raised his opposition to a ridiculous level. Gorsuch will be confirmed and he, Schumer, will be made a fool. Even the Washington Pos admits that Democrats who follow Scumer’s lead and oppose Gorsuch will be fighting for their political lives.

Several Democrats, especially those facing upcoming reelection battles in states that Trump won, are facing opposition from conservative organizations bankrolling a multimillion-dollar ad campaign designed to bolster Gorsuch.

There are also competing views among Democrats about whether to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination — which could provoke the Republican majority to rewrite the rules — or instead avoid confrontation and preserve the filibuster threat for the future. Retaining the filibuster could force Trump to select a relatively moderate nominee if in the coming years he gets a chance to replace a second Supreme Court justice.”

Schumer is playing the same game that got Democrats minority status after voters rejected them in the 2010, 2014, and 2016 elections. The people know he does not have the future of the country at heart. Rather, he is playing political games in the hope of short-term political gains. This is the game Harry Reid played when he ran the Senate and invoked the ‘Nuclear Option’ to halt Republican filibuster. Now The Republicans in the Senate have that and can use it against a Democrat filibuster.

Democrats have caused their own demise and Schumer is embracing the foolishness.

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A Simple Beauty

Having worked wood in one way or another for most of my life I enjoy the simple pleasures that I find when watching Mr. Paul Sellers’ videos. Normally they are straight-forward how-to pieces. Here he has entered a field of art. The video is brief but complete. I hope you enjoy it as I did.

Fibonacci spirals occur throughout nature, but I thought you would like to share my experience when I sharpen an edge, work my wood and share it with a gifted filmmaker.”

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Inspired By A Paper Clip, Design Company Proposes Ridiculous New Building In Manhattan

Someone would Haveto fly between the legs. And if a terrorist flew into one leg would the whole thing fall over?

“Oiio studio has unveiled designs for curved skyscraper ‘The Big Bend’ as solution to expensive zoning laws”

The race to build the world’s most spectacular skyscraper has reached new heights – and taken a turn in direction.

Designs for ‘The Big Bend’, a slender tower that would transform Manhattan’s skyline, have been unveiled.
Described as the ‘longest building in the world’, the project’s concept drawings reveal a skyscraper reaching an apex then curving back down. And featuring an elevator system that can travel in curves, horizontally and in loops.”

Read more at the UK Daily Mail

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So The ‘Deep State’ Lives?

This is political theater. The FBI is dragging their feet and Nunes is tired of it. To build a fire under them he has told reporters that they are not cooperating. FBI director Comey has refused to give the Congress details of his bureau’s investigations when he was on the stand. Congressional leaders allowed him to clam up but Nunes is pushing back. If he can make this work he will be remembered. Conservatives will call him hero and Democrats will call him foul names.

“NUNES: FBI IS NOT COOPERATING WITH OUR INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP CAMP SURVEILLANCE”

The FBI is not cooperating with the House of Representatives’ investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said today.

During an explosive press conference outside the White House, Nunes told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign. Nunes said sources within the intelligence community presented him with the information. He spoke to the press after briefing the administration.

“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how communications from Gen. Flynn’s calls were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”

“And I’ll tell you, NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes continued, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter, which is now a couple of weeks old.”

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Is There Anything Smaller Than ‘Micro’?

Macro and Micro are opposites. Macro means large. Macro economics means the study of economics on a large scale. Micro means small. Microscopes are built so we can see things that are too tiny to be seen with an unaided human eye. In normal parlance small means relatively insignificant yet now ‘Micro’ has taken on an unusually powerful significance among the perpetually aggrieved, and spelling challenged, moonbats at university.

The dictionary of Newspeak is getting smaller. Prohibited words will soon outnumber those which are allowed.

“Profs advised to avoid ‘microinequities’ in class”

Two universities are offering faculty guides advising professors to “challenge the gender binary” and avoid “microinequities” in the interest of making classrooms gender inclusive.

Carnegie Mellon University, for one, has produced a guide for creating an inclusive learning environment warning professors that using gendered language, forgetting student names, or other “small unconscious behaviors” in class can make women and minority students feel that they are not valued.

To combat the threat of being non-inclusive, professors are told to steer clear of “microinequities,” which are defined as “small unconscious behaviors…that certain groups experience repeatedly.”

More at Campus Reform

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With All His Obfuscating FBI Director Comey Revealed Something Important

In his time before the Congress Director Comey tried really, really hard to resist giving up any information at all. Even so, it appears that he did say something that has some importance.

“Comey to Congress: Russians DID NOT Give Podesta’s Emails to WikiLeaks”

Comey said something interesting today that nobody’s picked up on yet because they’re so distracted by this other stuff, which I can understand. He was asked specifically if WikiLeaks was furnished their information on Podesta and the phone calls by the Russians, and Comey said no.”

From here

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Undoubtedly Unattractive Leftists Seek To Ban Man’s Best Idea

According to the linked article this ‘Study’ was not done by any accredited scientific entity. It was done by a group of ‘Volunteers’. The writers of the article accept the conclusions of these volunteers but they should not. Reporting a ‘Study’ released by a bunch of agenda-driven activists is misleading. The article includes several images of one volunteer, Sarah Egner, and no one else, giving the impression that the ‘Group’ who released the ‘Study’ may consist of just one person.

“Yoga Pants: The newest environmental pollutant”

Yoga pants and comfy clothes blamed for rise in ocean pollution and contaminated seafood because microfibers wash into the sea

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Plastic fibers from yoga pants and fleece jackets may be polluting the oceans and finding their way into fish, oysters, and other wildlife, researchers say.

Clothes made from nylon, polyester and other synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers every time they’re washed. The ‘microfibers’ are then flushed into the waterways and eventually make their way into the sea.

One study, conducted by volunteers in Florida, revealed 89 percent of their samples included at least one piece of plastic. Among those, microfibers made up 82 percent of the plastic found.”

From the UK Daily Mail

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San Francisco Moonbats Seek To Punish Businesses That Bid On Border Wall

There is no freedom in the City By The Bay. It’s run by power-mad leftists who seek to control others through the use of force. We, here at the Real Revo, have often observed that socialism is such a bad idea that it has always required force to bring people and companies into line with its tenets. Here we see another case of the truth behind that observation.

It is fair to ask if any business that is run by people who want their company to succeed should even consider doing business in San Francisco. The people who run the city are entirely willing to change the rules after agreeing to a contract. If your business finds one city official who is somehow offended by something you did, said, or allegedly said, he or she have the power – and the inclination – to destroy both you and your company.

“2 SF supes seek to punish companies for bidding on border wall”

Any company looking at President Trump’s proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States as a business opportunity may soon want to reconsider if it wants to do business with San Francisco.

Two supervisors will introduce legislation Tuesday that would bar San Francisco from contracting with companies that seek a deal to work on the wall during the bidding period, regardless of whether the companies win a contract.

“It is time to move beyond symbolism and use the power we have as a city to fight for the values we hold most dear,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who is introducing the legislation with Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

“What we are saying is that we are not going to spend billions of dollars and line the pockets of businesses that engage in work that goes against the values that we hold most dear,” she said.”

More at the San Francisco Chronicle

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Even More Than A Conservative Supreme Court This Is What The Left Fears

Beginning under Franklin Roosevelt and continuing until it was massively expanded during Johnson, Carter, Reagan, both Bushes and Obama, the leviathan was built, populated with bureaucrats, and funded with deficit spending. No President has tried to reduce the size of government until now. Donald Trump has promised many things. One of them was to reduce government control.

What scares hell out of progressives is that he is methodically going after his promises and keeping them.

“To Truly Beat The Bureaucrats, Trump Needs To Shut Their Agencies Down”

Do Republicans really think that fewer than 5,000 appointees can win against 2.8 million federal employees who have a vested interest in absolutely nothing changing?

If there is to be real change in our form of government, the Trump administration needs to avoid the fatal flaw of previous Republican administrations: choosing to play the game by the Left’s rules.

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So my advice to President Trump is this: don’t play the game by the current rules. Change the rules by which the game is played. It’s time to cut the leviathan of government down to size. Trump’s hiring freeze is a good step in the right direction. It stops one of the reinforcing loops. But he needs to reverse the loop and cut the federal workforce by no less than 25 percent in four years. Trump should then consolidate and shut down departments.

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Once departments are shut down, bulldoze the buildings to the ground. Shatter them, plow them under, then build beautiful parks, Liberty Parks, over where the departments used to stand. Trump should also then consider “farming” some departments out to states, further breaking the leviathan apart.”

Read the rest at The Federalist

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CNN Sides Against Gorsuch

In an article at CNN titled, “Democrats are powerless to block Neil Gorsuch — but they still have a decision to make”, writer Gregory Kreig takes the Democrat’s side. I guess that is not surprising. Every writer and commentator there has adopted the position that anything and anyone proposed by President Trump must be opposed. Kreig, however, is realistic enough to understand that Democrats will be unable to halt just about anything because they lost so many seats in the election and have become a small minority party. He also bemoans the fact that Democrats designed and implemented the so-called ‘Nuclear Option’ under Harry Reid, leaving it as a tool for the new Republican majority.

By using the so-called “nuclear option,” the GOP can eliminate the filibuster and allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes. And while there is some anxiety in the ranks about what would be a permanent overhaul to Senate procedure, the nominee’s popularity with Republicans of almost all stripes and factions will make it that much more tempting. President Donald Trump, for one, has publicly encouraged McConnell to “go for it.”

So what is a Democrat to do?
Progressive groups and other outside interest organizations are clear on the question. Resist. That’s where the action is on the left right now and they are demanding Democratic senators do everything in their power to oppose Gorsuch.

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For Democrats, the upside in going to the wall to block Gorsuch is more concrete. In the short term, it could galvanize a fractured and dispirited base. Taking a longer and more speculative view, effectively pushing Republicans to the change rules now would also provide a future Democratic majority and president a smoother path to confirming their own pick.”

Read the rest at CNN

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I Don’t Know Who Took Over FNC From Roger Ailes But I’m Impressed

Judge Andrew Napolitano worked for Fox News Channel for a number of years. His job description called him a ‘Legal Analyst’. Not long ago he wandered off the legal reservation and got himself caught up in conspiracy topics that had nothing to do with legal analysis. He reported that several people, who he would not name, had told him that former President Obama had spied on Presidential candidate Trump.

For a long time I respected Napolitano. He had insights that few others could produce. But somehow he contracted the illness that has been plaguing CNN and the other three-letter news bureaus. Instead of hard news they are reporting rumors, innuendo, and lies.

I respect whomever is making decisions at FNC because they called Napolitano on his errors and cut him off. That is the right way to run a news bureau. If you don’t have good reporters doing good news you are not a news channel. One by one the mainstream news sources have fouled their nests and their reputations. The trusted sources all produced false news. Their former stars are all disgraced yet the companies still allow the people they have left to produce falsehoods.

The removal of Judge Napolitano is a pleasant change in a world where lies are increasingly accepted. Someone cares about the future of Fox News and is protecting its reputation for truth.

“Judge Napolitano OFF THE AIR at Fox News”

Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.”

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Americans Have A Term For This. We Call It ‘Stepping On Your D*ck’

Actually, it appears that the change was planned before Schultz made his stupid comment but the Daily Mail is connecting the two. We reported on Schultz’ inanity when it happened and noted that other coffee companies are making hay out of it. Black Rifle Coffee, for instance, consequently promised to hire as many veterans.

“Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz prepares to step down amid on-going boycott by Trump supporters following his vow to hire 10,000 refugees and rumors of a Democratic presidential bid”

Howard Schultz will step down as Starbucks CEO on April 3, as announced in December of last year

Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, is weeks away from stepping down from his role at the giant coffee chain next month.

The move was announced in December 2016, and Schultz will remain at the company as executive chairman. Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ chief operating officer, will take on the role as CEO on April 3, 2017.

Earlier this year, Schultz made a vow to hire thousands refugees in response to President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the chain since January 29, when Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over five years.”

More at the UK Daily Mail

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“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

Nancy Pelosi Says President trump is ‘Projecting’ when he says Democrats refuse to work with him. Then says Democrats won’t work with him. FTN’s Dickerson notices her inconsistency and calls her on it, “Then he’s right”.

How does someone this stupid learn to breathe?

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Democrats Don’t Care About What’s Best For The Country…

… Nor do they care about what is best for the people. They are the party of division and hate. They are willing to destroy the United States for a short-term gain. They are desperate because we the people have turned our collective back on them and their foolish claims and their illegal actions. They are angry at the people because they lost the 2016 election so badly as well as 2010 and 2014. They are doing destructive things instead of doing what is best for the future and the people. They are digging their grave ever deeper.

They are unable to block the new President’s nominee for the Supreme Court because they don’t have the votes. Instead they are cynically trying to destroy a good man. If they succeed in getting the Judge to reply to their demands he will be destroyed by a Democrat-complicit media. From all accounts he is too good a man to have treatment like that.

“Democrats hope to corner Gorsuch in confirmation battle”

Judge Neil Gorsuch

Senate Democrats hope to force Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch into revealing his opinions on abortion rights and the legality of President Trump’s travel ban during confirmation hearings that begin Monday.

Supreme Court nominees are usually circumspect when asked to share their views on issues that could one day make their way to the court, a standard that Gorsuch’s defenders say was set by liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her confirmation hearing in 1993.

But Democrats argue that Gorsuch’s nomination is different given Trump’s repeated attacks on judges.

“I think he has an obligation to show unequivocally and emphatically his support for an independent judiciary and his own independence from Donald Trump,” Sen. Dick Blumenthal, D-Conn., told Yahoo News.

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Democrats, including Blumenthal and Schumer, have threatened to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination if they decide he is outside of the “mainstream,” but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would have no problem changing the chamber’s rules to let Gorsuch pass through on just 50 votes.”

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