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Romney Asks Trump to Apologize

Townhall.com - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 05:50
Romney's response to Charlottesville.
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New York Times on Palin Defamation Charge: We Were Pressed for Time

Townhall.com - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:40
Interesting arguments.
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Spanish Police Shoot 5 Dead After Second Terror Attack

Townhall.com - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:40
Spanish police shot five terrorists early Friday morning after they attempted to plow a vehicle into tourists on the Cambrils seafront, south of Barcelona. After the attackers car overturned, some began stabbing people.
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Mattis Repudiates Bannon's Claims on North Korea

Townhall.com - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:30
Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back Thursday on White House chief strategist Steve Bannons assessment about dealing with North Koreas nuclear threat, saying during a press conference that there will be strong military consequence if Pyongyang takes up military against the U.S. or its allies.
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Second attack: Spanish police kill four terror suspects in town of Cambrils (Update)

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:01

The town of Cambrils, Spain is about 60 miles southwest of Barcelona where earlier today a terrorist drove a van through a crowd killing 13 people. Reuters reports police in Cambrils are now saying there was a second “terrorist attack.” Six civilians were injured in the attack. From the Guardian:

The health department has said that one of the six bystanders injured in Cambrils is in a critical condition.

Spanish media including El Pais are reporting that a group of assailants in the town ran over several people in an echo of the day’s earlier attack in Barcelona. This has not been confirmed by authorities. However, police have said that six civilians and one police officer were injured.

The Washington Post reports four of the attackers were shot and killed by police:

Early Friday, police said they thwarted what they thought was an attempt at a second attack, in the Catalan town of Cambrils, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona, by fatally shooting four suspects. A fifth suspect was injured. They offered no additional details. Amateur video aired by Spain’s state TVE broadcaster showed several police cars speeding along what appeared to be a seafront boulevard as people screamed, followed by a brief volley of about 10 bullets.

CNBC has a bit more detail:

During the incident in Cambrils, which is more than two hours south of Barcelona by car, six civilians and one police officer were injured, authorities said.

Spanish newspaper El País described the Cambrils incident as “a new attack” and a “second attack.” The police said on Twitter that a bomb squad is determining whether the attackers in the town carried explosive belts.

This is all just coming in so take these as early reports with the usual caveat that these reports are sometimes wrong. This video appears to show some police running in the background before multiple shots are fired:

A second video appears to show the aftermath. Three men are lying on the ground, apparently dead:

From an official Twitter account for the Catalan police:

We're still working in #Cambrils. Situation under control. 4 perpetrators shot and 1 injured who is detained. Keep safe, follow our tips

— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017

In few minutes we are going to make several controlled explosions in #Cambrils. If you hear detonations DO NOT be alarmed, are controlled!

— Mossos (@mossos) August 18, 2017

I’ll update this post later as more details become available.

Update: So this was another vehicle attack, this time using a car. From the Guardian:

The five suspects were in an Audi A3 car, which was driven deliberately into pedestrians on the seafront in Cambrils on Thursday evening.

Police said some of the attackers were wearing what looked like explosive belts, adding that they were “working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could be linked to what happened in Barcelona”.

Police have reported the 5th suspect, who was injured, has now died.

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White House celebrates “infrastructure week” by … canceling infrastructure council

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:21

Actually, I don’t know if this week technically qualifies as “infrastructure week.” The real “infrastructure week” was back in June. And that was a sh*tshow too.

It was supposed to be a big week for infrastructure, though. That’s why Trump called that press conference in Trump Tower on Tuesday, remember — he was announcing an executive order to expedite the permitting process for infrastructure projects generated by whatever bill ends up passing Congress. The new infrastructure council, which the White House formed last month, was going to make recommendations on priorities for the bill. That was before he decided to spend 15 minutes riffing on the “very fine people” protesting via torchlight in Charlottesville last Friday. You won’t find a starker example of those comments derailing his policy agenda than this:

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday…

Trump had tapped New York developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom he described as friends, to lead the infrastructure panel, which he established by an executive order on July 19. But he had not announced any formal appointments to it. Through a spokeswoman, LeFrak declined to comment. Roth didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The council, which was supposed to have no more than 15 members representing real estate, finance, labor and other sectors, was designed to study and make recommendations to the president regarding the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects.

He did his friends LeFrak and Roth a favor by blowing up the council on the launchpad. If he hadn’t, they would have faced a hard choice about whether to turn on Trump and follow the lead of other CEOs in boycotting his business councils or to participate and weather the liberal backlash. Tough place for a New Yorker to be. Trump solved their problem for them, no doubt in the expectation that even if LeFrak and Roth were game, other would-be members would end up declining the invitations and embarrassing the White House.

What’s it going to take to get his agenda back on track? Maybe … it never gets back on track:

The president’s top advisers described themselves as stunned, despondent and numb. Several said they were unable to see how Mr. Trump’s presidency would recover, and others expressed doubts about his capacity to do the job

Many in the White House said they still held on to the hope, however slim, that the new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, could impose order on the disarray even as Mr. Trump hopscotches from one self-destructive episode to the next.

“The Kelly era was a bright, shining interlude between failed attempts to right the Trump presidency and it has now come to a close after a short but glorious run,” said a GOP operative to WaPo. A senior official who’s thinking of whether to resign told Reuters, “After yesterday, it’s clear that there is no way for anyone, even a Marine general, to restrain his (Trump’s) impulses or counter what he sees on TV and reads on the web.” Expectations that Kelly would impose more discipline on Trump are one major casualty of Tuesday. It’s YOLO from here on out.

The other major casualty is whatever remaining goodwill existed between Trump and Republicans in Congress. The tone of the criticism over the past few days has been striking in its harshness. Watch Bob Corker and Tim Scott below, and remind yourself that Corker was in the running to be Secretary of State. It’d be shrewd of Trump to lie low for awhile and avoid any further needless antagonism, especially with the Russiagate probe still uncertain and impeachment a (small) possibility, but there he was on Twitter this morning taking shots at Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake. I don’t think he could execute a tactical retreat even if he were convinced he’d benefit from doing so. It’s not in his nature. This conflict with his own caucus is going to spiral. How does that end?

Sen. Tim Scott says Trump’s “moral authority is compromised” https://t.co/t4wV19NF6Y

VICE News Tonight, 7:30 on @HBO pic.twitter.com/euHq11Ha3C

— VICE News (@vicenews) August 17, 2017

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Charles Krauthammer seems to think Steve Bannon’s fate will be same as that of Anthony Scaramucci

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:05

Charles Krauthammer claimed during the Thursday airing of “Special Report With Bret Baier” that he felt White House chief strategist Steve Bannon “Scaramucci-ed” himself after giving a wide-ranging interview to American Prospect.

Bannon in the interview undermined President Donald Trump’s North Korean rhetoric, and claimed that there’s “no military solution” to the conflict with the country. He also excoriated white nationalists, which he called “clowns,” “losers,” and “fringe elements.”

After his abrupt interview went viral, it was reported, however, that Bannon did not think his comments were being recorded, or had been on the record at all.

Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, addressed Bannon’s interview and compared it to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s explosive — and exposing — interview with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, which was said to have a part in his ouster.

Krauthammer on Thursday claimed that he believed Bannon’s actions, however, were not part of a greater plan to distract the country from the president’s “bad week,” and instead, could be extremely damning to his reportedly tenuous relationship with Trump.

“I think Bannon just got Scaramucci-ed,” Krauthammer told his fellow panelists. “Actually, he was self-Scaramuccied. It’s kind of like a Japanese version of it where you … actually impale yourself.

“This was completely unnecessary. I suspect he thought he was speaking with somebody that would not publish this. But part of the reason that it is so inexplicable, and it … can’t be a part of a larger strategy, is that on North Korea … he totally contradicted the president. He ridiculed his position,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer noted that Bannon’s apparent correlation of Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong un as “amateurs blundering about” perhaps the most “damning part in terms of his standing with the president.”

See the rest of Krauthammer’s comments in the video below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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Wolf Blitzer made a very bizarre comparison to the Barcelona attack, and got torched for it

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:48

Viewers were astounded and confused at the bizarre comparison CNN’s Wolf Blitzer made during the cable network’s coverage of the terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday.

Jim Sciutto seemed to make the attempt to tie the attack in Barcelona to that in Charlottesville, Virginia, by white supremacist at an “alt-right” rally against left-wing counterprotesters.

“But the final point I would make, Wolf, is just this note,” Schiutto said. “That in light of the uproar of the last several days, 5 days apart you have a white supremacist in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill, and here you have attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists, using vehicles apparently to kill as well.

“Those shared tactics that should be alarming,” he concluded.

“There will be questions about copycats, there will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all,” Blitzer responded, “at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions.

“They used the same killing device,” he explained, “a vehicle going at high speed going into a group, a large group of pedestrians.”

“And as local police are saying,” he added, “at least one person is now dead, 32 injured, many of them in critical condition, right now, they fully expect the death toll to go up.”

Some took to Twitter to criticize Blitzer for offering that terrorists in Europe might have been somehow inspired by the white supremacist attack in Virginia.

.@wolfblitzer is an absolute moron and an embarrassment to his profession in speculating that #Barcelona is a #Charlottesville copycat.

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) August 17, 2017

I call for @wolfblitzer to be fired for trying to insinuate that #Barcelona is a #Charolettesville copy cat. You sir, are NO journalist.

— Oh Susie Cue ® (@OhSusieCue) August 17, 2017

@wolfblitzer Really, Barcelona a copycat of what happened in Cville? Seriously? Can you not provide fodder to the fake news narrative?

— Andy VB (@30ThirtySix6) August 18, 2017

CNN has been in a feud with the president, who calls it the epitome of “fake news,” while many journalists have used their platform on the network to attack Trump.

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If someone’s going to primary Trump in 2020, why not Flake?

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:41

Just something I’ve been thinking about since the president dropped this tweet early this morning.

Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Of all the ways he could try to take out Flake to punish him for his endless criticism, touting Ward is the oddest. McCain beat her handily in the primary last year, after all. And she has a habit of wandering into needless controversies, from holding a hearing on, um, chemtrails to publicly calling on McCain after his cancer diagnosis to hurry up and step down in hopes that she might be appointed to his seat. Even stranger, the White House has been vetting more formidable challengers to Flake over the last few months. He’s in a lot of trouble in Arizona; a serious opponent really might be able to knock him off in a primary. Having Ward as an opponent would be his best bet for survival. And if Ward beat him, she might be easy pickings for a credible Democrat like Kyrsten Sinema in the general.

So why is Trump pushing her instead of one of the White House’s favored candidates, knowing that any presidential hype for Ward makes it that much harder for a second primary challenger to Flake to get traction? Who knows?

Trump aides were taken aback by the tweet. Many of them are deeply skeptical about Ward’s ability to defeat Flake…

The White House has met with two other prospective Flake opponents, Arizona state treasurer Jeff DeWit, who was a top official on Trump’s campaign, and former state GOP chairman Robert Graham…

People close to DeWit and Graham were also surprised by the Thursday tweet and said the two prospective candidates had been given no advance warning that the president would be weighing in on Ward’s behalf. DeWit and Graham had been waiting for weeks for word from the White House about where the president stood and whom he wanted to support.

Ward does have a Trumpy vibe to her and more importantly she (or her Super PAC) has $300,000 of Trump backer Robert Mercer’s money. Maybe Trumpworld really is going all-in on her despite the hard lessons Republicans have learned about nominating “colorful” candidates like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Christine O’Donnell in otherwise winnable Senate races. McConnell’s going to have an aneurysm at the thought of losing Flake and seeing him replaced by either a populist loose cannon in the Trump mold or a Democrat.

But that’s one of the reasons why Flake primarying Trump in 2020 as revenge would be fascinating. A Kasich primary challenge would feel stale by comparison after 2016. He’d run from the center, not from Trump’s right, which would be intriguing to many Republicans but not to the sort of conservatives and populists who populate right-wing media. I think Kasich would also convince himself that he has a small chance of winning, which he wouldn’t have unless Trump grew so radioactive politically that he shouldn’t even bother trying to get reelected. Flake has none of those problems. He would run from the conservatarian right (except on immigration, notably, where he’s more libertarian); he’d be a fresh face to most of the national Republican primary electorate; and he would understand up front that he had no chance of winning but was running merely as an evangelist for conservative principle. He’s soft-spoken and personally appealing too whereas Kasich is frequently abrasive.

Maybe most importantly, Flake has a lot of friends in the U.S. Senate. Normally you wouldn’t dream of senators from a sitting president’s party supporting one of their own in a primary challenge to him, but given the trajectory Trump is on, anything’s possible by 2020. He’s attacked McConnell recently, he attacked Flake this morning, and he took a shot at his frenemy Lindsey Graham on Twitter over Charlottesville. A lot of ideological conservatives in Congress would have a hard time backing Trump over a true believer like Flake even though it’s what the party’s (short-term) interests call for. Flake seems to relish the true believer role too: The crux of his critique of Trump is that the president’s neither a conservative nor a decent person. He’s not going to win a Republican primary with that argument but he might do better than you think (remember, fewer than 70 percent of GOPers supported Trump on Charlottesville this weekend). And he could inflict some pain on Trump that lingers into the general election. Candidates like Marco Rubio made the case last year in the primaries that Trump was grossly unfit for office but (a) that was a pure hypothetical and (b) it was undermined when Rubio himself embraced Trump in the general. Flake will have four years of data by 2020 that he can use to try to make the same case. And no matter what happens, it’s almost impossible to imagine him endorsing Trump afterward the way Rubio did.

Win or lose in 2018, Flake could pay Trump back two years later. If he’s out of office, he’ll have plenty of time to prepare. If he’s still in office, he’ll have already faced down the dragon and survived and won’t have to worry about Arizona voters again until 2024.

Eh, who are we kidding. Mike Pence is probably going to be the nominee. Right, Democrats? Exit question: Is Trump going to promote Ward again at his rally in Phoenix next week? Or will the festivities be limited to pardoning Joe Arpaio?

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Windex produces an ad that’s making everyone cry. See why now.

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:15

Windex revealed a commercial spot earlier in August that’s gained viral status, and it revolves around children, parenting, and how quickly time passes by.

The ad, whose tagline reads, “What’s between us, connects us. Give Life a Sparkle,” features the bond between a father and a daughter throughout the years beginning at birth.

At the time of this writing, the ad campaign video has been viewed on Facebook over 2 million times, and based on comments on both Windex’s Facebook and YouTube pages, it resonated on a very positive, feel-good level with many people — especially parents.

See the ad spot below.

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Heart-ache: Motor City Madman says Senator K. Rock a no-go

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:01

Can this week get any worse? You may scoff at the suggestion that Kid Rock isn’t serious about his political career and running for an office that pulls down less in a year than he makes in an average tour date. However, the sourcing for this is none other than The Nuge, who tells Michigan radio host Frank Beckmann that the effort to draft The Other Rock for a 2018 Senate race has the star laughing up his sleeve … and all the way to the bank. Via Twitchy and Sopan Deb:

!!!!!!!!! Ted Nugent tells MI radio host: "[Kid Rock] ain’t running for jack squat. Okay? He never intended – he never thought about it." pic.twitter.com/5uGW2hDcuR

— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 17, 2017

Perhaps Rock (Ritchie) never intended to run, but it’s not completely coming out of his nether regions, either. Republican fundraisers have been after the Kid to get into the race, although the Associated Press noted last week that they haven’t been able to connect directly to him:

The head of a major Super PAC aligned with Senate GOP leadership encouraged performer Kid Rock to run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

The comments from Steven Law in an interview Friday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program were surprising. But Law insisted he was quite serious, saying his group would “be actually very interested” in a Kid Rock candidacy. …

Law said he hadn’t spoken with Kid Rock. But he said that despite the entertainer’s redneck image, “the truth of the matter is that he’s done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he’s a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy, and he’s a shrewd businessman.”

Law is a former chief of staff to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and runs a political action committee dedicated to protecting and bolstering the Senate GOP majority. In next year’s midterms, Republicans will have to protect two endangered incumbents while playing offense against 10 Democratic Senate incumbents in states won by President Donald Trump.

In fact, former GOP presidential candidate and governor George Pataki issued an endorsement for Rock earlier this week:

Kid Rock is exactly the kind of candidate the GOP needs right now. #KidRockForSenate @KidRock
https://t.co/gWagkLPcBb

— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) August 15, 2017

If this was a joke or some kind of ironic commentary on politics — still a very good possibility — Pataki hasn’t yet dropped the big reveal. And contra the Nuge, KR explicitly stated on his potential campaign website that he didn’t need this kind of buzz to sell swag. Kid Rock swag sells itself, man (language warning):

During this time while exploring my candidacy for US Senate, I am creating a 501(c)(4) – a non-profit organization for the promotion of voter registration. Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows. Since the announcement, the media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something. I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell/promote whatever I damn well please (many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bullshit about it). But either way, money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our ‘register to vote’ efforts.

One thing is for sure though…The democrats are ‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now…and rightfully so!

Maybe all of this is just a lark, as Nugent says, or at least started that way. That doesn’t mean KR might not be taking it seriously now. It’s easy to get one’s head turned by popular praise and assume it’s a legitimate political phenomenon. We’ve been getting a lot of that lately.

There is an upside to this, however, if Nugent’s right. It makes it clear which Rock becomes president in 2024, assuming that’s what Dwayne Johnson is cooking. You like pancakes, right?

 

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Authorities say possible 2nd attack planned in Barcelona

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:00

Two police officers were run over at a security point Thursday in Barcelona and received minor injuries. Early reports were unclear as to whether the incident was related to the horrible terror attack in Barcelona earlier Thursday.

Authorities found the driver of the car on the outskirts of Barcelona while a bomb disposal expert checked his vehicle.

The truck attack in Barcelona took the lives of 13 people with more than a hundred injured.

ISIS has released a statement saying that their adherents performed the attack.

“The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states,” said the terror group through their news agency.

Police have arrested two men, one a Moroccan and another from Spain’s north African enclave, but the driver who fled on foot is still at large and being sought by authorities.

Later Thursday police performed an operation related to the attack and there were some reports of shots fired. Authorities told people to stay in their homes while officials said they might be under a second terror attack.

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The Boston Red Sox may want to change the name of Yawkey Way. You already know why.

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:25

The Boston Herald on Thursday reported that Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry will make an effort to change the name of Fenway Park’s Yawkey Way in a play to avoid being “haunted” by the racist legacy of Tom Yawkey.

The public Jersey Street extension outside of Fenway Park, named after Henry’s predecessor Yawkey, has long been a point of contention for many people.

Yawkey — a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame — was the owner of the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976, and was often criticized for being the last of the major league baseball teams to integrate black baseball players onto their team.

“I discussed this a number of times with the previous mayoral administration and they did not want to open what they saw as a can of worms,” Henry told the Herald via email. “There are a number of buildings and institutions that bear the same name. The sale of the Red Sox by John Harrington helped to fund a number of very good works in the city done by the Yawkey Foundation (we had no control over where any monies were spent). The Yawkey Foundation has done a lot of great things over the years that have nothing to do with our history.”

Henry claimed that if the ball were in his court, he would rename the street “David Ortiz Way” or “Big Papi Way” — another reference to David Ortiz, who retired in 2016.

“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets,” Henry said. “But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

The Red Sox had a long, contentious history with integration, and despite eventually allowing men of color to join the team, refused to sign legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson prior to the Dodgers picking him up as the first black baseball player in the MLB.

Baseball itself was integrated in 1947, but the Red Sox didn’t sign their first African American player until 1959 — Pumpsie Green.

“We ought to be able to lead the effort and if others in the community favor a change, we would welcome it — particularly in light of the country’s current leadership stance with regard to intolerance,” Henry said about attempting to change the name of Yawkey Way.

Update: The original version of this post incorrectly named “Yankee Stadium.” It has been updated for accuracy.

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That was quick! Some progressives ready to dump Washington, Jefferson monuments too

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:21

“Are we going to take down statues to George Washignton? How about Thomas Jefferson?” Trump asked during his press conference Tuesday. Two days later a number of progressives have embraced the idea, i.e. maybe statues of Washington and Jefferson should go too.

The Washington Free Beacon highlighted this clip of CNN political commentator Angela Rye making Trump’s case. “I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue. They all need to come down,” Rye said. Another member of the panel, the Daily Beast’s John Avlon, cut Rye off and warned she was “feeding into Steve Bannon and Trump’s talking points,” but Rye didn’t back down. Here’s the clip (pulled by the WFB):

Yesterday, TMZ got one of their man-at-the-airport interviews with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. Odom sounded a lot less strident than Rye, but he ultimately reached a similar conclusion. “What is a statue there for, right? It’s there to inspire us. It’s there to teach us. It’s there to give us hope,” Odom said. He continued, “I think that’s why we erect them, right? And so if we decide as a community that this bronze commemoration is no longer doing that, if it’s no longer inspiring us, if it’s no longer making us feel great about ourselves then they come down for a while or forever.” He went on to say, “We’re even allowed to do that with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington…They’re not off the table for discussion. I think it’s a great question.”

Today, Vice published a piece titled “Let’s Get Rid Of Mount Rushmore.” It’s a far left perspective but the author doesn’t actually argue for the destruction of Rushmore, instead he pivots to a hypothetical question: “If Rushmore ever did get ‘blown up,’ what should those dudes be replaced with?” BTW, even that question he says was prompted by a story at the Daily Caller about ‘blowing up’ Rushmore. He’s not suggesting someone should blow up Rushmore.

I have a couple of points to make on this. First, on the question of Confederate monuments, I think Leslie Odom Jr. is on to something here. Some monuments are about remembering our history—those at battlefields, those at cemeteries—and some are meant to be more than just reminders. They are meant to celebrate someone or to inspire people. And that means that if the people of Charlottesville or Baltimore don’t want a monument to Robert E. Lee, they should be free to remove it. If they want a monument to Harriet Tubman instead, they should be free to erect one. This is America. It’s up to us.

That said, the freedom to choose is not a license for anarchists to go around destroying statues that offend them. Some of the new iconoclasts are so eager that they burned a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago. These are public monuments so decisions about their fate need to be made through local or state governments. If you want a statue removed, make your case to your elected representatives.

The other point on this is that Trump was on to something Tuesday when he warned that the same logic would apply to Washington and Jefferson as to these other monuments. Some in the media reacted as if this was a wild leap or a ridiculous suggestion, but it really wasn’t. In fact, Al Sharpton is already suggesting public funds for the maintenance of the Jefferson Memorial should be cut off. From the Daily Caller:

“When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds you’re asking me to subsidize the insult of my family. I would repeat that the public should not be paying to uphold somebody who has had that kind of background,” Sharpton told CBS host Charlie Rose…

Jefferson “had slaves and children with his slaves. And it does matter,” Sharpton continued.

“I think that people need to understand when people that were enslaved and robbed of even the right to marry, and had forced sex with their slave masters, this is personal to us.”

Do I think Sharpton is going to prevail? As Allahpundit noted earlier, the public isn’t on board with anything close to this, even after the events in Charlottesville last weekend. So keeping the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument seem like safe bets for the time being. But sooner or later the left will come for them as well. They already are.

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Rush Limbaugh has an interesting theory on why the GOP allows ‘leftists’ to tear America apart

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:05

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, during the Thursday airing of his nationally syndicated radio show, claimed that the GOP is standing aside while “leftists” destroy America.

Limbaugh opened his segment with a direct shot to the media, in which he said, “The media is dividing this country and tearing it apart, and because of fear of the media, way too many on our side are unwilling to stop or even try to explain or oppose this.”

“Identity politics,” he continued, “which we have been focusing on in recent weeks — intensely in recent days — is the primary weapon being used to divide the country.”

Limbaugh noted that “black people and white people who were never slaves are fighting white people and others who were never Nazis over Confederate statues erected by Democrats,” and added that “somehow it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.”

The radio host condemned mainstream media outlets like CNN, which he claimed only spin stories, and speak out of the sides of their mouths, in order to sabotage the GOP, Republicans, conservatives, and the Trump administration.

About CNN, Limbaugh added, “The questions continue to be asked, and as such, the Republicans have no brand. They have no credibility. They can’t get anything in their agenda done because they won’t condemn whatever went on in Charlottesville, or because they wish to condemn also the violence perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and the anarchists and the Antifa people and so forth. Which, if you do that, CNN and others just jump right down your throat as though you’re a bigot and a racist for daring to point out that the violence everywhere in this country often starts by people on the left. And not only is the violence in this country often started by people on the left, they are the sole practitioners of the violence in 99% of protests.”

“Ninety-nine percent of protests you don’t even see the Republicans showing up,” Limbaugh said. “It’s a relatively new phenomenon that opposition to the left is showing up at protests. But it still isn’t mainstream Republicans showing up. They just don’t do it. And it isn’t mainstream conservatives showing up to protests. You disagree with the premise, 99% of all violent protests and riots in this country start and are engineered and practiced by the left?”

About the response to Trump’s remarks about the Charlottesville terror attack, Limbaugh said, “It was a genuine unhinged hysteria from all over the place, in the Drive-By Media and in Washington. And however the media goes is how the Republican Party is gonna go.”

Not to leave out the GOP, Limbaugh claimed that many Republicans jump ship on Trump anytime the mainstream media set their sights on the Trump administration.

“Media goes crazy on Trump, Republicans say, ‘Oh, God, there goes our brand. Oh, jeez. We’re never gonna win again.’ And they abandon Trump publicly,” he explained. “But in their case, they really do. They then go silent. And there isn’t any push-back against any of this, and the problem there is the push-back is not just against Trump.
What the media is doing is not just to Trump. They’re dividing the country, and they are smearing everybody who is not a left-winger or a Democrat or an activist. They’re smearing everybody. They’re smearing talk radio. They’re smearing people that voted for Trump. They are smearing elected Republicans, Republican staff, doesn’t matter where they are, everybody’s being smeared here.”

Limbaugh concluded with a suggestion of his own for the Republicans.

“If I may be bold here, if I may be helpful, Republicans, the idea here that you fear damage to your brand? You’re about 30 years late in realizing this, and the reason that you have ongoing fear of your brand is that for the first time it somebody’s fighting back against these allegations, and that’s what’s making you nervous,” he blasted. “You’ll note that it’s Donald Trump fighting back against all this that’s really what makes the Republicans nervous.”

“For 30 years, the Democrats have been able to call Republicans anything with impunity — racist, bigot, sexist, homophobe, and add on to that — and there’s been never any pushback,” Limbaugh said. “All there is, is Republicans trying to kiss up to the media so that they individually are not included in the smear. Well, this is what pushing back looks like, just like this is what trying to strip power away from the establishment looks like.”

He added, “This is what it looks like when you push back. It was never gonna be easy, and it was never gonna be pretty. Somebody is trying to save the Republican brand by defending it against all of these smears: Racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia. Too many Republicans have been conditioned to go along with the allegation and to ask for exemption from it.”

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Trump on Barcelona: Study what Gen. Pershing did to Muslims when he fought them

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:41

The media’s in a fact-checking frenzy over this but I think they’re missing the point.

Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

He’s referring to stories about Pershing’s campaign in the Philippines against Muslim rebels at the start of the 20th century. Many a right-wing blog post and email chain since 9/11 has featured tales of Pershing using pigs or pig’s blood to terrify the Islamic enemy into submission, sending them into the afterlife with the promise of damnation after they’d been tainted by an unclean animal. The most famous story, told by Trump himself on the campaign trail last year, involves Pershing supposedly having 50 bullets dipped in pig’s blood in preparation for executing Muslim fighters. He had 49 shot, then freed the 50th so that he could go warn the rest of his comrades what the U.S. had in store for them if they continued fighting. Allegedly they quaked in horror, were pacified, and the Philippines had no “Muslim problem” for decades. It’s a parable about the foolishness of political correctness, especially in war. If you want to beat a vicious enemy, you fight as dirty as you need to. If that means turning their religious beliefs against them, go for it.

Tthere’s no evidence that that specific incident happened. There are reports of intimidation tactics involving pigs being used in that conflict, though. Pershing himself wrote that another American commander had had a dead pig buried with Muslim rebels. (“It was not pleasant to have to take such measures, but the prospect of going to hell instead of heaven sometimes deterred the would-be assassins.”) Another commander told Pershing in a letter, “I understand it has long been a custom to bury (insurgents) with pigs when they kill Americans.” Sean Davis notes a report of Pershing having prisoners sprinkled with pig’s blood and bringing a pig’s head to a negotiation with a Muslim leader. The “50 bullets” story may be apocryphal but using pigs as a religious weapon probably isn’t. Maybe Trump got wind of that since last year and made his tweet about Pershing today less specific for that reason. Or maybe he still thinks the “50 bullets” story is true but just ran out of characters in his tweet.

Again, though, all of this is beside the point. The point is that he’s all talk. No one seriously believes he’d try to implement a policy like this, of using pigs in Afghanistan to intimidate the Taliban. It wouldn’t work, for one thing. Jihadis would get propaganda mileage out of it; the tactic might end up boosting their numbers rather than pacifying them. But even if it did work, Trump wouldn’t give the order. Mattis, McMaster, Kelly, Dunford and other officers wouldn’t implement it if he did, and they’d almost certainly be able to talk him out of doing it if he ever semi-seriously proposed it. Remember, talking tough about waterboarding was one of Trump’s signatures during the primaries as a way of showing voters that he wouldn’t be soft on the enemy the way the other politically correct Republican candidates were. Then he got elected and talked to Mattis, and presto change-o — he wasn’t for waterboarding anymore. He isn’t for deploying pig’s blood either. This is just blowhard-ery he puts out for his fans to signal “toughness” with no intention of acting on it. True to his past, it’s a show. Imagine spending 15 years after 9/11 talking about taking off the gloves with jihadis, getting elected president of the United States, and your main initiative to actually take off those gloves is tweeting.

Julius Krein is, or was, a hardcore Trump fan who founded the website Journal of American Greatness last year to advocate for Trumpian nationalism and then founded the magazine American Affairs to put some meat on the bone policy-wise. Today he has an op-ed in the Times declaring that he’s done:

Yet after more than 200 days in office, Mr. Trump’s behavior grows only more reprehensible. Meanwhile, his administration has no significant legislative accomplishments — and no apparent plan to deliver any. Wilbur Ross’s Commerce Department has advanced some sensible and appropriately incremental changes to trade policy, but no long-term agenda has been articulated. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue’s recently proposed legislation offers a sound basis for reforming immigration policy, but seems to have no prospects and has received comparatively little attention. The administration inexplicably downgraded infrastructure and corporate tax reform — issues with potentially broad-based support — to pursue a warmed-over version of Paul Ryan’s Obamacare repeal, which ended, predictably, in a humiliating failure.

Nothing disastrous has occurred on the foreign policy front — yet — but the never-ending chaos within the administration hardly inspires confidence. Many senior-level appointees are still not in place, including the assistant secretaries of state, for example. And too many of those who are in office appear to be petty, clueless, and rather repulsive ideologues, like Steve Bannon, who seem to spend most of their time accusing one another of being “swamp creatures.” It’s pathetic. No wonder an increasing number of officials are simply ignoring the president, an alarming but understandable development.

The Trumpian bargain on the right last year was that the policy payoffs would more than make up for his personal peccadilloes. He’s going to fart out nonsense on Twitter but he’s also going to get you ObamaCare repeal, tax reform, a jobs stimulus in the form of a giant new infrastructure bill, and all sorts of other goodies. You’ll take the bitter with the sweet. He delivered on Gorsuch but that’s basically been it — it’s all bitter Twitter nonsense and West Wing chaos. The Pershing tweet is almost an unintentional parody of his own ineffectiveness. He’s touting a terrible policy as a model for what should be done in the war on terror knowing he doesn’t have a whisper of a chance of actually making it happen. His chief duty as president at this point is trolling.

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Breaking: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s tech has been indicted on four counts

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:37

The scandal surrounding former DNC Chair and current Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and her former computer tech intensified when Imran Awan was indicted on four counts Thursday.

Conservatives and Republicans have been following the case closely and speculated on the odd details so far known.

Amran was arrested by the FBI and Capitol Police as he tried to flee the country via a flight at Dulles International Airport. Thursday he was indicted on four counts including bank fraud, and giving a false statement to authorities.

His wife, Hina Alvi, was also included in the indictment.

Awan was at the center of a criminal probe over breaches of security at the House of Representatives. Even though news of his allegedly illegal acts had been publicized months before his arrest, Schultz only fired him after he was caught, fueling speculation that there was more to the story.

Some members of the Democratic National Committee have distanced themselves from Wasserman Schultz. Progressive DNC member Nikki Barnes was especially outspoken in her criticism of the former DNC chair.

“This adds to Debbie being rebranded as the Democrats’ disastrous destruction,” Barnes said. “Those of us on the DNC know we have to rebrand ourselves and earn the people’s trust. And unfortunately Debbie’s name does not scream trust.”

“It screams power,” she continued. “It screams limited access. It screams WikiLeaks now. DNC lawsuit. It screams a lot of negative things to the public. That’s not how we want to rebrand ourselves.”

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Bill O’Reilly explains why Trump was correct in calling out ‘alt-right’ as well as ‘alt-left’

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:15

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wrote a column for The Hill on Wednesday, and in it, he claimed that President Donald Trump was correct in calling out both the “alt-right” and the “alt-left,” and added that the media’s preoccupation with the tragedy is a ploy to further damage the Trump administration.

O’Reilly excoriated several media outlets in his op-ed, and noted that the only mistake Trump made was to inject “different opinions into a story where only one point of view is tolerated by the media: Nazi thugs are totally responsible for everything that happened in Charlottesville. Period. If you dissent then you are a Nazi sympathizer.”

The former Fox News host added that Trump’s response was directed at his base as well as the media, who he says have been fixated on white nationalists in recent months.

“To understand why the president is elongating the controversy,” O’Reilly explained, “you have to realize the depth of his resentment towards the activist left. From the beginning of his foray into politics, the hard left has demonized him in vicious ways. Entire news organizations are working to destroy him.” He noted that Trump and his supporters are “very, very angry” about the media’s portrayal of the administration.

O’Reilly continued:

“So the president vents by attacking ‘fake news’ and highlighting the sins of the left every chance he gets. For him, this is fair payback for what he has endured. He sees his opponents as dishonest, deserving of constant disparagement.

That’s what is happening in the Charlottesville situation. Mr. Trump knows that Nazi sympathizers are bad people but to him they are few in number and have little significance.”

O’Reilly added that it’s “the truth” that white supremacists egged on violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but countered that by saying that “some radical leftist counter protesters wanted the same thing, knowing they would likely get a press pass for their violent actions.”

“That’s exactly what happened,” O’Reilly wrote. “For the Trump-hating left it worked out great. They confronted and exposed the vile Nazis, while also managing to bait the president into a controversy that has hurt him.”

O’Reilly concluded with a warning that the U.S. is entering the early phases of a civil war.

“In America there is, indeed, a civil war underway,” he said. “And the president along with his supporters will lose that war unless they fight it smarter. Anytime Nazis are involved you condemn them and walk away. That’s all. There will be time to expose the hard left fanatics down the road. It’s all about picking your spots. It’s all about an effective wartime strategy.”

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Last Obamacare insurer in Iowa wants 57% rate hike next year

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:01

Medica, the last remaining insurer in Iowa, has re-filed its rate requests for next year. The company is now asking for a 57% premium hike. From the Des Moines Register:

Iowans who buy their own health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange would see their rates increase nearly 57 percent next year under a revised rate proposed Wednesday.

The proposal is 13 percentage points higher than previously was estimated by Medica, the one remaining carrier selling individual policies in Iowa next year.

Medica attributed the additional increase to uncertainties over federal health care subsidies, the insurer said in a release.

Back in June, Medica had requested a 43% rate request for next year. The additional 13% added to the request yesterday is intended to cover the company in the event President Trump cuts of cost-sharing payments.

As I noted back in June, the Iowa Insurance Commissioner has the ability to deny or alter rate requests submitted by Obamacare insurers. However, as the only remaining insurer in the state, Medica is in a unique position. If the commissioner were to cut the premium rate too low, the company could still decide to bow out altogether, leaving the state with no insurer next year.

Wednesday, the White House announced those payments would continue through August but made no promises beyond that. From CBS News:

The Trump administration will make Obamacare payments to insurers for August, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

The president has repeatedly said he might end the payments, known as cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, which are currently slated to cost the government $7 billion during this fiscal year and $10 billion in 2018.

Earlier this week the CBO estimated cutting the payments to insurers would force them to raise rates about 20 percent.

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