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Climate crisis getting so dire DiCaprio’s *giving up private jets (*next Wed. only)

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:17

**Written by Doug Powers

Uh oh, it must be getting serious:

Leo DiCaprio is shoring up environmentally friendly plans for his foundation’s annual gala and auction in St-Tropez, sources tell us.

We hear that the star is ditching any private jets and will fly commercial to the glitzy French fête on Wednesday.

Organizers are putting the finishing touches on a “pescetarian” menu that will be “meat-free and feature local, sustainable fish and vegetables from area growers.”
[…]
Ecowarrior DiCaprio has gotten flack for taking rides on pals’ private planes to attend charity events, such as last year’s ­amfAR gala in Cannes, France, after picking up an environmental award in New York City.

I’m guessing DiCaprio was unable to find a private jet because they’d already all been booked by other climate crusaders attending the dinner, but he’ll definitely be the eco hero at the “Carbon Footprint Size: Godzilla” table. But just imagine how much more smug and condescending Leo’s lectures will be about your grill and lawnmower emissions after he makes the ultimate sacrifice by giving up private jets for a day — if that even happens.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Baltimore promotes ‘nobody kill anybody’ weekend… next month

Michelle Malkin - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:23

**Written by Doug Powers

With suggestions such as “try not letting Democrats run your city for decades on end” completely off the table, some Baltimore neighborhood leaders are looking for other ways to stem an out-of-control problem. Here’s the latest initiative:

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for a three-day ceasefire the first weekend of August to quell Baltimore’s violence. She admits that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and flyers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grass-roots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

It’s come to this:

**Written by Doug Powers

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This GOP senator’s NOT afraid to stand up to Trump (just don’t ask who it is)

Michelle Malkin - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:22

**Written by Doug Powers

The funniest paragraph I read all day is in a New York Times article about Trump’s meeting with dozens of GOP senators at the White House yesterday. During that meeting, Trump reminded them that the GOP promised to do away with Obamacare if voters gave them control in DC, and apparently not all of the senators were thrilled with the lecture.

The wind-up, reportedly from a GOP senator:

The president, he said, scares no one in the Senate, not even the pages.

Which GOP senator said nobody in the Senate’s afraid of Trump? Here’s the pitch, which preceded the above sentence:

A Republican senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wanted to preserve his relationship with Mr. Trump, put it more bluntly.

We have our “Anonymous Tough Guy Senator of the Day” award winner.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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NPR & Bill Nye share 2-step climate change fix: You stop having kids, then die ASAP

Michelle Malkin - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:54

**Written by Doug Powers

How to stop climate change? Here it is in two creepy, Orwellian steps.

Step one, from NPR: Your kids have become a real problem for eco-progressives, unless they work for NPR:

But there’s another way to help the climate. A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the biggest way to reduce climate change is to have fewer children.

“I knew this was a sensitive topic to bring up,” says study co-author Kimberly Nicholas on NPR’s Morning Edition. “Certainly it’s not my place as a scientist to dictate choices for other people. But I do think it is my place to do the analysis and report it fairly.”

The study concludes that four high-impact ways to reduce CO2 gas emissions include having fewer children, living without a car, avoiding airplane travel and eating a vegetarian diet.

By the numbers, any of these lifestyle changes drastically reduces carbon emissions compared to more common practices like recycling, using energy-efficient light bulbs and line-drying clothes.

  • having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 metric ton CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year;
  • Odds the above recommendations will get big thumbs-up from Hollywood eco-lefties who are eating hamburgers in their private jets after having arrived at the airport with their multiple children in SUV limos: HIGH.

    Step two from Bill Nye: Annoying older people and their skepticism they’ve developed after decades of exposure to sham artists need to kick the bucket:

    Bill Nye specifically targeted the elderly this week as he spoke out against climate change deniers, saying that climate science will start to advance when old people start to “age out,” according to a report.

    The “Science Guy” said that generationally, the majority of climate change deniers are older.

    “Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational,” Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with “due respect,” acknowledging that he is “now one of them.”

    “We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say,” Nye went on, adding that “age out” is a euphemism for “die.” “But it’ll happen, I guarantee you — that’ll happen.”

    Nah, it’s not a cult at all. As usual, the alarmists are happy to point out what needs to happen but refuse to lead the way.

    People who are demanding that more taxpayer dollars be used to fuel their beloved programs — from “green energy” to the likes of NPR — really aren’t thinking through their dream of a world with fewer taxpayers.

    Bonus AGW lunacy:

    In an extensive feature about Al Gore in Elle Magazine, the back story to how the Goracle’s “Inconvenient Truth” was inspired by a ridiculous work of fiction speaks volumes:

    It all started, oddly enough, with the global-warming disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, which twigged people’s fears about how real the climate calamity might actually be.

    Perfect.

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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    Tropical storm-that-wasn’t dramatizes former presidential candidate’s 2016

    Michelle Malkin - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:13

    **Written by Doug Powers

    There was a tropical storm named “Don” last week, but I thought the story of this other tropical storm provided a great summary of how 2016 went for the Democrats:

    Your “and it never came near Wisconsin” joke here: _______

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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    Manufacturing hate for “Made in America”

    Michelle Malkin - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:29

    Manufacturing hate for “Made in America”
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2017

    It’s “Made In America” week in Washington, D.C. You’d think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance and success of our nation’s homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers?

    Enter Bill Kristol.

    The entrenched Beltway pundit ridiculed a festive kickoff event on Monday at the White House, where President Donald Trump hosted companies from all 50 states to showcased their American-made products.

    “Maybe it’s just me,” killjoy Kristol tweeted, “but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.” (That’s the Yiddish word for useless trinkets).

    Maybe it's just me, but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.

    — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 17, 2017

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to the engineers at Hytrol, the Arkansas-based conveyor manufacturer that brought a mechanical display of its technology to the State Dining Room. Hytrol’s late founder, Tom Loberg, started out as a gopher at an electronics parts factory during the Great Depression, worked his way up to designing Navy turbines, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, and entered the conveyor belt business after perfecting bag-transporting machinery for seed, grain and tobacco farmers.

    Hytrol’s state-of-the-art products are now used by companies ranging from Amazon.com to Office Depot to leading pharmaceutical, retail, food and publishing conglomerates around the world. A pioneer in the materials handling industry, Hytrol employs 1,300 high-skilled workers and will rake in revenues of more than $200 million this year alone.

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to the employees of Wisconsin’s Pierce Manufacturing, which displayed one of its 30,000 custom-built fire trucks on the White House front lawn. Pierce started out as an auto body shop operating out of a converted church and now boasts a 2,000-person workforce. The company produces the iconic aerial tillers, pumpers, tankers and rescue trucks driven by first responders across the country every day.

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Tell that to Iowa-based RMA Armament’s founder Blake Waldrop, a former Marine and police officer, who was inspired to manufacture stronger body armor after losing a comrade in Iraq to an IED attack. His ceramic plates, also featured at the “Made in America” event on Monday, have been purchased by police departments in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Waterloo, Iowa. Waldrop is working on partnerships to bring his products to the U.S. military and overseas.

    “I always tell people I didn’t invent armor any more than Steve Jobs invented the computer,” Waldrop told the Des Moines Register earlier this year. “I just found a better way to do it, just like he did.”

    “Tchotchkes”?

    Delaware’s ILC Dover participated in President Trump’s “Made in America” exhibition, too. Its trademark trifling bauble? The space suit worn by every U.S. astronaut since Project Apollo. Prolific inventor-turned-industrialist Abram Spanel, a Russian-born son of Jewish garment workers, spun off the company from his giant latex conglomerate that manufactured everything from girdles and swimwear to canteens and lifeboats.

    ILC Dover produced high-pressure suits and helmets for the Air Force before winning a contract to design suits for NASA. In addition to displaying spacesuits used on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, the company brought to the White House its DoverPac Flexible Isolator System used by pharmaceutical companies in their manufacturing processes; its Sentinel respirator used in the health care industry; and its SCape escape respirator used to protect U.S. government officials around the world from carbon monoxide, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants.

    It’s a crying shame D.C. is infested with effete talking heads whose only successfully manufactured product is condescending hostility toward the real movers and shakers in America. Patriotism is gauche and “off-putting” to incurable Trump-bashers like Bill Kristol, who supported Hillary Clinton and her foreign-subsidized pay-to-play cash machine over Donald Trump’s unapologetic nationalism.

    Could Trump and his family’s own companies do better in hiring American and manufacturing in America? Sure.

    Could the White House be doing more to freeze foreign worker visas at both ends of the wage scale and truly put American workers first? Undeniably.

    But to nastily deride the makers and job creators proudly showing off their wares in the nation’s capital at the invitation of our commander in chief takes a special level of anti-Trump lunacy and arrogance.

    “Maybe it’s just me,” Kristol snarked as he heaped scorn on “Made in America” week.

    Yes, it is just you, Kristol, and the rest of your Beltway Swamp “schmendricks” who turn their noses at the “tchotchkes” that help save lives, move mountains and break barriers across the galaxy.

    The rest of us give praise and thanks.

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    O-care remains, but just wait until the GOP takes control of Congr… oh, wait

    Michelle Malkin - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:20

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Michelle summed it up nicely earlier:

    Whelp. If it's a day that ends in "-day," it's another mortifying McConnell head-banging-against-the-wall day for the GOP…#oldiebutgoodie pic.twitter.com/dbfzt4n0Gs

    — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 18, 2017

    It’s official: Obamacare’s most likely going to be around for quite a while:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug late Monday on the Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system and pledged the chamber will now focus on only dismantling the 2010 health care law.

    “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” the Kentucky Republican said.

    His statement came after GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas said they did not support the latest Senate health care draft and would not vote for a motion to proceed. Lee and Moran joined Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine in opposition to the procedural motion, leaving McConnell without the votes needed to move forward on the Senate bill.

    McConnell said the Senate will now take up the House-passed health care bill and amend it with legislation the Senate supported in 2015 to repeal the 2010 health care law “with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

    For some reason the metaphor about the dog finally catching the car comes to mind. Give ’em a break though — they only had several years to prepare.

    It’s gotten so bad that C-SPAN2 is considering using this to end every U.S. Senate broadcast day:

    Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer’s reminding America of the Dems’ definition of “bipartisanship,” which is “doing whatever the Democrats want”:

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “The door to bipartisanship is open right now" https://t.co/0GOf2RwE1y

    — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 18, 2017

    What I heard was “now that it’s clear Republicans can’t repeal it, your responsibility is to now fix the Dems’ signature train wreck.” How many Republicans will fall for it?

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Bernie Sanders’ wife pays homage to Hillary explaining FBI investigation

    Michelle Malkin - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:49

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Does this kind of defense against an FBI investigation sound familiar?

    Who says Sanders didn’t learn anything from Hillary about crises control during the campaign:

    A Vermont Trump campaign chair’s efforts to prove Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife committed bank fraud are “sexist,” Jane Sanders charged in a new interview.

    “I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK,” she told the Boston Globe.

    Brady Toensing’s crusade that led feds to probe a land deal she made as president of Burlington College is sexist, Sanders later argued, because it presumes her husband intervened to help her obtain a bank loan. That isn’t true, she claimed.
    […]
    Sanders, who helmed the since-shuttered liberal arts school from 2004 to 2011, has come under Justice Department scrutiny over allegations she falsified loan documents for a 33-acre campus expansion, local Vermont site VTDigger first reported in April.

    Unreliable sources tell me that when the wife of the anti-greed socialist senator from Vermont was told she could get sent to “the big house,” she replied “good, that’s my favorite of our three.”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Elizabeth Warren reminds downtrodden on Martha’s Vineyard she’s fighting for them (open thread)

    Michelle Malkin - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 12:40

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Another fine summer Sunday is upon us, and with it the accompanying global warming has swept in another open thread with some odds and ends that slipped through the cracks during the week. Off we go…

    Nobody can visit Martha’s Vineyard without coming away with the impression that the struggle is real. So, not unlike Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed up at a Vineyard town hall to remind the marginalized and downtrodden that she’s fighting on their behalf:

    The headline is befitting somebody with Dances With Identity Fraud’s resume, and the crowd roared in approval after Warren pledged to redistribute everybody’s wealth except those who live on Martha’s Vineyard.

    After reminding the audience that “words matter” using a Trump example, Warren helped show why Dems will continue to lose by approaching the opposition like this:

    “Every one of you knows somebody who lives in a state with a Republican senator . . . Urge them to get out, please. Urge them to go to the office, carry a sign. Urge them to make their voices heard, and make your voice heard. Pick up your phone, email, tweet, every part of this. We need the sound; we need your energy from the grassroots up. It’s democracy.”
    […]
    She said it is critical to speak with those who hold opposing views: “This is the moment, you’ve actually got to reach out and talk to your crazy uncle.”

    Elizabeth Warren diagnosing somebody as crazy should be the new clinical definition of sanity.

    *****

    Progressives & socialists like Bernie Sanders don’t see any inconsistencies here:

    *****

    Phil Donahue’s memory in regards to the history of American politics seems to be less comprehensive than mine:

    Former talk-show host Phil Donahue on Saturday reflected on President Trump’s administration, calling it “the darkest political moment in American history.”
    […]
    “He can shoot a gun down Fifth Avenue, right?” Donahue added, referencing Trump’s past claim. “All of a sudden we got a crotch-grabber for a president.”

    Bill Clinton unavailable for comment.

    *****

    No words:

    Jesse Watters debated a protester from ANTIFA, short for anti-fascism, a group calling for violence against the “Trump- Pence regime.”

    Kevin from the Boston ANTIFA branch penned an open letter on the anarchist site ItsGoingDown.org urging liberals and progressives to violence to take down President Trump.
    […]
    “What about when an ANTIFA member stabbed a police horse in the neck with a knife,” Watters continued. “Was the horse a racist Trump supporter?”

    “Yes,” the protester said.

    Talk about the ultimate dilemma for PETA.

    *****

    Your Sunday laugh, courtesy of one of the media warriors fighting back against Trump’s “fake news” accusations:

    Maybe she meant to say “WWI,” but it would still be wrong.

    Humble suggestion for NBC News: A “This Day in History” segment featuring Mitchell and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would be ratings gold.

    Have a good Sunday all!

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Trump-blocked on Twitter: A new class of ‘victims’ are born

    Michelle Malkin - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 17:23

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Well, it seems there’s a new class of “victims” in America:

    Others have joined in and are suing Trump and a couple others in the WH for blocking them on Twitter because apparently it’s too much trouble to jus go pretend to have been injured in a fall at Trump Tower:

    A group of Twitter users blocked by President Trump are suing him and two White House aides, arguing that the president’s Twitter account serves as a public forum, which would make it illegal for Mr. Trump, as a government official, to prevent individuals from reading it.

    “President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech,” the suit reads.

    The blocked users describe Mr. Trump’s frequent use of Twitter feed as “a kind of digital town hall in which the president and his aides use the tweet function to communicate news and information to the public.”

    One of the people suing Trump went into greater detail in Fortune Magazine:

    So when President Donald Trump blocked me in June, apparently for suggesting that Russia influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, he harmed me professionally. Even though I knew @realDonaldTrump was important to my career, it still took me at least a few days to recognize how being blocked by the president on Twitter would affect me as a public intellectual.

    It seems to me the real headline on that one should be “Area ‘Public Intellectual’ Can’t Figure Out How to Still See Tweets From People Who Have Her Blocked.”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Al Gore undaunted by inconvenient truth about Antarctic iceberg

    Michelle Malkin - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 16:05

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Another day, another natural occurrence for Al Gore to blame on your air conditioner, car and barbecue grill but definitely not his mansions and private jet flights to emergency summits about limiting emissions:

    It’s actually a jarring reminder that Gore’s an agenda-driven, greedy science hack. The same article Gore cites as more evidence of what’s being caused by global warming debunks Al’s “settled science”:

    There is no scientific consensus over whether global warming is to blame.
    […]
    “While it might not be caused by global warming, it’s at least a natural laboratory to study how breakups will occur at other ice shelves to improve the theoretical basis for our projections of future sea level rise,” said Thomas P. Wagner, who leads NASA’s efforts to study the polar regions.

    This is my favorite part:

    Some climate scientists believe the warming in the region was at least in part a consequence of human-caused climate change, while others have disputed that, seeing a large role for natural variability — and noting that icebergs have been breaking away from ice shelves for many millions of years.

    In other words, “it could be caused by Al Gore’s patented doomsday shtick that’s been around for a couple decades, or something that’s been happening since the Earth formed — you be the judge.”

    Good news for Gore & his rich jet-set global warming alarm-sounding friends, though: No need to evacuate their multi-million dollar beachfront homes:

    Larsen C, like two smaller ice shelves that collapsed before it, was holding back relatively little land ice, and it is not expected to contribute much to the rise of the sea.

    Uh oh, the fish Gore saw swimming in the streets of Miami are at risk of running out of water.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    HuffPost embarking on dangerous mission to explore mysterious middle America

    Michelle Malkin - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 19:18

    **Written by Doug Powers

    The fact that HuffPost is approaching this like they’re intellectual Eloi setting off to observe a bunch of cow-tipping Morlocks speaks volumes, but it’s sure to bring with it some fantastic moments of bewilderment and discovery:

    Having made its name as a home for liberals and the blog posts of coastal elites, the recently renamed HuffPost is seeking to reinforce its new, less partisan image with a seven-week bus tour through Middle America to “listen and learn what it means to be American today,” the site will announce on Thursday.

    Starting in September, a traveling party of rotating HuffPost staff members led by editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen will visit more than 20 cities, eschewing the coasts for the likes of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Oxford, Mississippi and Odessa, Texas. At each city, the site will host events, roll out planned stories with local media outlets, send out reporters to write about the communities and collect stories from residents “in their own words.”

    I can’t wait for the “Darwin explains the Galapagos tortoise”-style field notes from HuffPost — if they survive the trip. In the meantime, HuffPost staffers will spend the next few days watching lots of Dukes of Hazzard while being briefed on things like local customs and how middle Americans use corn dogs, used tires and Skoal as currency. And if the progressive climate change alarmism is correct and the coasts do flood, they’d better pick up on it quick because that’s where they’re going to be living!

    HuffPost middle America tour diary entry, day 1: Our tour began with HuffPost management accepting a gift from our strange new friends — a large, leather-bound book. A simple but friendly people, they seem eager to introduce us to their customs and familiarize themselves with ours.

    HuffPost middle America tour diary entry, day 27: Things suddenly took an unpleasant turn after Arianna came to a stunning realization:

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Will new wrinkle in Trump Jr./Russia story render MSM temporarily incurious?

    Michelle Malkin - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:05

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Safe prediction: Much of the same MSM that suddenly started clamoring to be the next Woodward and/or Bernstein in mid-January after a drooling 8-year trance won’t be overly curious about this new wrinkle in the Donald Trump Jr./Russian lawyer story. Here’s why:

    The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.

    This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.

    Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding the president’s eldest son.

    There are reasons some Democrats aren’t super eager to dive head-first into certain areas of the RussiaGate pool, and that might be one of them.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley talked about it Wednesday morning:

    .@ChuckGrassley: Russian lawyer’s visa was denied, so what was she doing in the U.S. at the time of the meeting with Donald Trump Jr.? pic.twitter.com/Qy62ml32ff

    — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 12, 2017

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    The crisis in America’s crime labs

    Michelle Malkin - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 08:09

    The crisis in America’s crime labs
    by Michelle Malkin
    Creators Syndicate
    Copyright 2017

    Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty.

    There is a crisis in America’s government-run crime labs — and it’s not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic.

    In April, Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan made national headlines after investigations and lawsuits over her misconduct prompted the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to order the largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history.

    Prosecutors were forced to dismiss a stunning 21,000-plus drug cases after Dookhan admitted to forging signatures, misleading investigators and purposely contaminating drug samples en masse over nearly a decade. Dookhan pleaded guilty to dozens of charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence. Hundreds of defendants have had their convictions tossed on appeal.

    Despite a district judge concluding that her actions were “nothing short of catastrophic,” Dookhan served a measly three years in prison before being released last spring.

    Another Massachusetts state crime lab worker, Sonja Farak, abused her position to pilfer and ingest the drugs she was supposed to be testing over an eight-year period. Instead of cleaning up, two former assistant attorney generals covered up for Farak and misled a judge who last month dismissed several of the cases tainted by the narcotics-addicted lab worker. Upwards of 10,000 prosecutions may eventually be overturned.

    The fraudster’s fate? Crackhead and meth junkie Farak received a mere 18-month jail sentence for snorting the evidence, plus 5 years’ probation. The two assistant AGs left their jobs for higher-paying positions in government.

    Law journals and scientific publications are filled with similar horror stories that have spread from the New York City medical examiner’s office and Nassau County, N.Y.’s police department forensic evidence bureau to the crime labs of West Virginia, Harris County, Texas, North Carolina and jurisdictions in nearly 20 other states.

    It’s the wrongfully prosecuted and convicted who suffer the heaviest deprivations — and taxpayers who must foot the astronomical bill for all the costs and damages incurred by crime lab corruptocrats and their enablers.

    As I’ve been chronicling in my newspaper columns and CRTV.com investigative reports, many state crime labs and police departments are particularly ill-equipped and inadequately trained to interpret DNA evidence, especially “touch” or “trace” DNA — minute amounts of DNA of unknown origin often transferred through incidental contact — which has resulted in monstrous miscarriages of justice against innocent people.

    The aura of infallibility conferred on crime lab analysts by “CSI”-style TV shows exacerbates the problem when juries place undue weight on indeterminate DNA evidence of little to no probative value. Just last week, North Carolina’s Mark Carver, who was convicted of murdering a college student based on dubious touch DNA that was likely the result of investigators’ contamination, won a new court date for a hearing that may set him free.

    Costly errors and gross misconduct will continue as long as politicized prosecutors operate with a “win at all costs” agenda and stubbornly refuse to admit their failures. Dark history seems to repeating itself at the Oklahoma City Police Department, home of the late forensic faker Joyce Gilchrist. Known as “Black Magic,” Gilchrist conjured mountains of phony DNA evidence out of whole cloth in collaboration with an out-of-control district attorney over two ruinous decades.

    Gilchrist, whose tainted testimony sent 11 inmates to their deaths, passed away two years ago unpunished and unrepentant.

    Now, nearly a quarter-century after Gilchrist’s misconduct was first exposed, Oklahoma City has been rocked by secret hearings held two weeks ago in the case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw. He was convicted in 2015 on multiple sexual assaults after being railroaded by incompetent and biased police detectives and a DA’s office more concerned about appeasing the social justice mob than seeking the truth.

    My investigation of Holtzclaw’s case helped publicize the flawed, sloppy testimony by OCPD crime lab analyst Elaine Taylor and assistant district attorney Gayland Gieger, who misled jurors with false assertions about trace skin cell DNA tied to one accuser found on Holtzclaw’s pants — the only indirect forensic evidence in the case. One of the key attendees at the secret hearings last month was Taylor’s OCPD crime lab supervisor, Campbell Ruddock.

    Taylor and Gieger failed to fully inform the jury of unknown male DNA found on Holtzclaw’s pants, as well as DNA mixtures from multiple unknown female and male contributors, which clearly supported the hypothesis of innocent, nonsexual DNA indirect transfer. But Gieger baselessly claimed the DNA came from vaginal fluid (when Taylor conducted no such confirmatory tests for body fluids nor used an alternate light source). Gieger recklessly yoked the phony DNA “smoking gun” in one accuser’s case to all of the accusers’ allegations. At least two jurors publicly stated after trial that the shoddy DNA evidence persuaded them of Holtzclaw’s collective guilt.

    Secrecy about the crime lab crisis is a toxic recipe for more wrongful convictions. The solution lies in greater transparency, external scrutiny, stiffer criminal penalties and real financial consequences for forensic fraudsters and fakers. It’s time to incentivize more whistleblowers, instead of more destructive witch hunts.

    ***

    Brian Bates’ comprehensive website on Daniel’s case: HoltzclawTrial.com

    Facebook updates from Jenny Holtzclaw.

    Petition to Gov. Mary Fallin to free Daniel Holtzclaw.

    Coming soon: HoltzclawTrial podcast.

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    NY Times’ David Brooks describes ordeal of lunching with a rube

    Michelle Malkin - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 16:14

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Michelle wrote years ago that NYT columnist David Brooks will “never let an opportunity pass to remind you that he is an intellectual and you are a grimy member of the unwashed masses.” Brooks’ Tuesday column proves that nothing’s changed:

    I was braced by Reeves’s book, but after speaking with him a few times about it, I’ve come to think the structural barriers he emphasizes are less important than the informal social barriers that segregate the lower 80 percent.

    Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

    American upper-middle-class culture (where the opportunities are) is now laced with cultural signifiers that are completely illegible unless you happen to have grown up in this class. They play on the normal human fear of humiliation and exclusion. Their chief message is, “You are not welcome here.”

    Gee, how does that “chief message” spread anyway? Hopefully later she ordered a bottle of Dom Perignon, pronounced it “Dome Purr-ig-non,” and stuck Brooks with the check.

    Some of the smartest people I’ve known have had “only a high school degree,” but then, without an elitist world where smarts are measured by a piece of paper from a university instead of how many times a day somebody’s so very wrong, people like Brooks’ NYT colleague Paul Krugman wouldn’t end up with Nobel prizes.

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    Former future leader of free world now hawking ‘nasty’ shirts for Planned Parenthood

    Michelle Malkin - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:14

    **Written by Doug Powers

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something seems to have gone horribly awry for Hillary Clinton at some point between this…

    And this…

    Hard to believe she lost, isn’t it?

    The proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, which in turn goes to Democrats, who in turn complain that PP doesn’t have enough money and needs continued taxpayer funding.

    Meanwhile Hillary, a PP “Champion of the Century,” appears headed for her own home shopping show on TBS peddling abortion merch and doing so “for the children.”

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Science! More proof that climate change alarmists have ALL the bases covered

    Michelle Malkin - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:23

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Popular Science, yesterday:

    Popular Science, March of last year:

    It certainly looks like they’ve got all the “climate change” bases covered there. Climate “science” sure can turn on a dime! All we can really be sure of is no matter what happens this coming winter — record warmth or historic cold — it’ll be because Trump ripped up the Paris Agreement.

    What say you, Al Gore?

    Thought so.

    (h/t Tom Nelson)

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    ‘New tone,’ Bernie-style: GOP health bill would be like several 9/11’s every year

    Michelle Malkin - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 22:55

    **Written by Doug Powers

    It seems like less than a month ago that Bernie Sanders put out a statement condemning the Alexandria shooting by a nutjob who had volunteered on his campaign while other Dems called for dialing down the extreme rhetoric. Wait, it was less than a month ago — but already Sanders is back to doing his thing after a break of maybe 10 minutes, if that:

    “Now obviously nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction,” Sanders said at a rally in Morgantown, W.Va. “But what experts at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate, is that if 23 million Americans were to be thrown off the insurance they currently have, which is what the House bill would do, up to, up to 28,000 Americans every single year could die.”

    Sanders then compared the Republican health care plan to the Sept. 11 terror attacks carried out by al Qaeda that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

    “That is nine times more than the tragic losses we suffered on 9/11, every single year,” Sanders said.

    Sanders will of course link political rhetoric to violence, but only when it suits his narrative.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Journalism! Dem shoots GOPers, WaPo examines role of right-wing talk radio (open thread)

    Michelle Malkin - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 12:30

    **Written by Doug Powers

    Another Sunday is upon us, so here’s our weekly cavalcade of odds & ends.

    Leading off, remember not long ago when an MSNBC-loving Bernie Sanders-supporter went unhinged and tried to assassinate Republicans at a congressional baseball game? If you’re the Washington Post, how do you frame that? Easy!

    Journalism!

    *****

    In the week leading up to the Trump/Putin meeting at the G20, CNN was chock full of reports about “sources” who told them Trump wouldn’t bring up Russian hacking. And then of course reality struck again:

    CNN all week: An anonymous source says Trump won't confront Putin about Russia meddling in the election!

    Today: https://t.co/ik4daHedVA pic.twitter.com/bVTdhlnXWn

    — Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 7, 2017

    THIS, is CNN.

    *****

    Chuck Schumer wasn’t happy about Trump’s meeting with Putin:

    Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called the meeting with Putin “the lowest moment of all” and an “embarrassment to our country and our ideals”.

    It looks like the only way Trump could have gotten Schumer on his side would have been to assure Russia he’d have more flexibility after his re-election and then hand Putin a reset button.

    *****

    Great news for Republicans! Hillary Clinton’s looking for ways to help get Democrats elected next year:

    Hillary Clinton wants to play a role in next year’s midterm elections. It’s just not clear yet what that role will be.

    Clinton has already launched a PAC aimed at helping congressional Democratic candidates in 2018, signaling the former first lady, senator and secretary of State is ready to help her party with fundraising.

    She also is looking at the House districts she won in last year’s presidential contest against Donald Trump as part of an autopsy of her failed campaign, according to two sources who have spoken to the former secretary of State.

    Meanwhile, Dems appear to be handling the news that Hillary plans to “help” them next year with trepidation:

    *****

    NYC Mayor and G20 Resistor Bill de Blasio has said he remains “undeterred in our efforts to bring New Yorkers off the streets.” Hopefully for New Yorkers, “undeterred” de Blasio gets deterred pretty soon before nobody has a place to live:

    There’s no worse news than hearing that progressive/socialist/communist leaders are working to “help” you.

    *****

    Photo of the week:

    That feeling when you're overthrowing capitalism but just can't resist taking a selfie on your iPhone 7 pic.twitter.com/Z6axp3GGb5

    — Jimmy Rushmore (@JimmyRushmore) July 7, 2017

    Nothing captures the beauty of anti-capitalist anarchy quite like an iPhone.

    *****

    Finally, how will “The Resistance” spin this one? “Trump blows Marine’s cover”? We’ll see:

    VIRAL VIDEO: Last night, before boarding Marine One, @POTUS​ retrieved a Marine's hat, and the moment is taking the Internet by storm. pic.twitter.com/ul4CNjUQ3H

    — Fox News (@FoxNews) July 9, 2017

    Have a good Sunday all!

    **Written by Doug Powers

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    Hillary’s unused ‘victory’ confetti now inside therapy snow globes for her glum fans

    Michelle Malkin - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 17:05

    **Written by Doug Powers

    On election night in November, the Hillary Clinton campaign was ready to shower her victory partiers with a whole lot of confetti, but instead, the party favor containers ended up like the copy of Monogamy Forever somebody once gave Bill: Unopened. But that confetti is now being turned into therapeutic “art” for #StrongerTogether support groups:

    Early on election night last November, artist Bunny Burson looked to New York City’s Javits Center ceiling, expecting confetti to fall to celebrate Hillary Clinton becoming the nation’s first woman president. But the confetti never fell.

    Crushed by Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump, Burson began an almost two-week journey to track down the confetti, which she thought would make great material for artwork.

    She used the confetti to turn a window at Bruno David Gallery in Clayton into a massive snow globe titled “And Still I Rise.” Her purpose? To flip Clinton’s defeat into inspiration for women and girls.

    The result? Snow globes filled with unused “victory” confetti floating in actual election night tears that fell at Hillary HQ:

    Order yours **today!

    **Not available in Wisconsin.

    And of course the proceeds will go you-know-where:

    Burson said this exhibit would travel next to Colorado in December. She plans to make 1,000 snowglobes with the leftover confetti and sell them and give the funds to Planned Parenthood. Going to their clinics is apparently what women do to “be bold and dream big.”

    Like Hillary said, “our children are watching” — unless they’re not allowed to live.

    **Written by Doug Powers

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