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Another Weekend of Turmoil Over Monuments

An anti-confederate protest in Houston was so volatile, the cops’ horses wore protective gear (KTRK). If something even resembles a confederate flag, it’s coming down (NY Post). Duke rewarded those vandalizing a statue by removing it (Reuters). Statues were removed over night at the University of Texas (CBS News).  A historian makes a good case for keeping the monuments (National Review). Vandalizing non-confederate monuments continues (Townhall). In Boston, left-wing protestors harassed a peaceful Trump supporter (Washington Examiner). Alan Dershowitz says liberals are obligated to condemn the hypocrisy of the left (Washington Examiner). California is gaining in hate groups (San Jose Mercury).  Larry Elder on racism (PragerU). Meanwhile, it appears Pat Buchanan is defending white supremacy (American Conservative). And now there’s talk all this confederate outrage could backfire on Democrats in 2018 (Washington Examiner).

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Media Use of SPLC a Blight on Credibility

“Fake News” is a dirty word in the media.  The ultimate insult. The hope, in many media ranks, is it will someday be relegated to the word prison reserved for insults so awful, you can’t say them out loud in any company. The kind that even Rolling Stone refuses to spell out.

That it will someday soon be referred to as the “F-N word.”

But alas, today is not that day.  Fake News can still be spoken without an apology. You can write it in your Twitter rant without being fired or mocked or beaten up in your driveway.

Problem is, like a drug addict who returns again and again for one last binge, the big news outlets continue to embarrass themselves with what can be best described as “fake news.”

CNN, the network taking the brunt of this phrase, many times undeserved, earned it regardless once again this week with their list of hate groups, as provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Having the SPLC name hate groups is the equivalent of having Donald Trump decide what is real news.

In an attempt to appease their critics, but instead acknowledging a real issue, CNN added this caveat to their SPLC-driven story: “Some critics of the SPLC say the group’s activism biases how it categorizes certain groups.” Really?  Is that all? Some groups?  As they say in Atlanta, the home of CNN, “bless your heart.”  That’s southern speak for “you are clueless, my dear.”  Or you are simply pretending to be. Neither is fitting for a news outfit struggling to dodge the fake news moniker.

The Southern Poverty Law Center made news recently as they have deemed the Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group.  Why? They hold to a Biblical view of homosexuality.  One held by Barrack Obama prior to the 2012 elections. One held by most Americans until recently.

Respected writer David French was a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, and he still participates in their events.  Nobody accuses him of hatred. Following a pair of stories at ABC and NBC touting the SPLC’s take on ADF, French recently wrote in the National Review:

Let’s be clear. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the “civil rights watchdog group” that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke. It’s a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a “hate group” merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that it’s barely worth addressing.

Long forgotten by CNN, ABC News and NBC News is that five years ago this week, Floyd Lee Corkin targeted the Family Research Council offices after finding them on a Southern Poverty Law Center “hate map.”

The clear irony here is that the SPLC is filled with hate.  And they provide angry leftists with targets and maps to those targets.  On that day, five years ago, a hero emerged and stopped what would surely have been multiple deaths.  The SPLC insists they have no regrets. And the media did not hold them accountable. On the contrary, the media continue to come to the SPLC for their sacred list.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza, a sarcastic but sharp Twitteraholic, retweeted the CNN story.  A regular critic of fake news claims, he retweeted fake news from his colleagues.

And so for now, CNN has gifted its critics one more story to wave in the air, taunting the news giant, which seems completely unable to get out of their own way.

But they are not alone.  As long as groups like the SPLC receives legitimacy from the media, the media deserve to be mocked.  And mocked they will be.

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North Korea Lobs Another Threat at US

Saying only “absolute force” will work on Trump (ABC News). From another story: After President Donald Trump shocked his national security team with his off-the-cuff fire-and-fury remarks about North Korea on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is trying to walk back his boss’s comments—without saying Trump was off base. “What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un would understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson told pool reporters Wednesday morning (Weekly Standard). USA Today notes “The U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean is home to 7,000 American military personnel, strategic bombers and Navy ships within striking range of Pacific hot spots, including the Korean Peninsula” (USA Today). From David French: As my colleague Jim Geraghty notes today, among the lessons that the North Koreans took from the Gulf War was simple: “Don’t let the United States mass its forces.” I’d go even farther — given our military advances since 1991, the lesson is more simple: “Don’t let the United States strike first” (National Review). The New York Times, which claims Trump “seemed to cultivate this sense of alarm” believes there is no real threat (NY Times). Looking back at Bill Clinton’s deal that led him to claim North Korea was no longer in the nuke seeking business, Jim Geraghty notes “As with the Iran deal many years later, the deal with North Korea was not a formal treaty and thus never ratified by Congress. Of course, the North Koreans cheated; the U.S. provided oil, two light water reactors, and a new electric grid, altogether worth roughly $5 billion, in exchange for promises” (National Review). From Hillary Clinton, circa June, 2016: “Donald Trump’s statements about North Korea show that he has more interest in making Kim Jong Un like him than backing up our friends and allies in the region” (Newsweek).

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Protestors Call for Trump Impeachment

As the mainstream Democrat call to “resist” continues to battle against the election results in cities across America. The story talks of 46 separate “marches.”  Reasons for the call for impeachment don’t bother with the actual law regarding impeachment of the President.


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Dems Thump Republicans 11-2 in Baseball, Send Trophy to Scalise’s Office.

The Democrats, for the first time in a long time, beat the Republicans at something (The Hill). An update on Scalise: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday evening after undergoing a second surgery to deal with internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg following the shootout at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field, the hospital said. “The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time.” the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement, adding that Scalise has “improved in the last 24 hours” (USA Today). CNN found a way to continue partisan politics (Twitter). Unfortunately, “Dozens of congressional staffers erupted into boos, jeers and even vulgar gesticulations Thursday when President Trump appeared in a video at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park” (Washington Times). From Peggy Noonan: What we are living through in America is not only a division but a great estrangement. It is between those who support Donald Trump and those who despise him, between left and right, between the two parties, and even to some degree between the bases of those parties and their leaders in Washington. It is between the religious and those who laugh at Your Make Believe Friend, between cultural progressives and those who wish not to have progressive ways imposed upon them. It is between the coasts and the center, between those in flyover country and those who decide what flyover will watch on television next season. It is between “I accept the court’s decision” and “Bake my cake.” We look down on each other, fear each other, increasingly hate each other. Oh, to have a unifying figure, program or party (WSJ). Meanwhile, as the shooting brings back the gun debate, a Tennessee homeowner captures and holds two escaped inmates who killed two security guards. We are all thankful that Tennessee homeowner had a gun (Fox News).

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New York Times Blames Palin for Giffords Shooting

The New York Times editorial board shocked respectable writers everywhere, insisting “when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs” (NY Times).  From the Washington Examiner: There is no proof that the Tucson shooting was inspired by the crosshairs map. There’s no evidence Loughner ever saw the map or even followed Palin. The shooter reportedly didn’t watch television, he didn’t read the news and he didn’t listen to talk radio. “He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the Left. He wasn’t on the Right,” said Loughner’s high school friend Zach Osle (Washington Examiner). From Ross Douthat, written right after the Gabby Giffords shooting (NY Times). A look at how the left reacted to the Giffords shooting in 2011 and is reacting quite differently today (Hot Air).

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