Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Left Warms Up To North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. The Left just loves them dictators, the more brutal the better.

The Left Warms Up To North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is growing in popularity on America’s political left-wing as the despot engages in a war of words with President Trump.
Progressives have shown an increasing willingness to embrace the brutal dictator as a means of attacking Trump, and some in the media have given the brutal dictator friendly, celebrity-like coverage.
Left-wing activists, meanwhile, are eagerly spreading pro-North Korea propaganda and making excuses for the dictator’s murderous activities. (RELATED: North Korean Defector Describes In Detail Kim Jong Un’s Extremely Brutal Executions)
Un’s public attacks on Trump on Tuesday prompted praise for the dictator by some in the media.
Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak fawned over Un in a column published Friday morning.
Dvorak was giddy about Un’s use of the word “dotard” to describe Trump. “Sorry, Trump, you were trumped,” she wrote of the insult. “Kim Jong Un insult level: Expert.”
Comedian and Women’s March speaker Chelsea Handler claimed Un’s rhetoric was “a little bit more sane” than Trump’s, and suggested the U.S. and North Korea “trade” leaders, adding that the “U.S. and Syria are the only two countries opposed to the Paris climate deal.” (RELATED: Women’s March Praises Cop-Killing Terrorist As ‘Sign Of Resistance’)
“Kim Jong Un is right,” liberal writer Toure wrote in response to the dictator’s attack on Trump’s “unprecedented rude nonsense.”
BuzzFeed, meanwhile, posted an article on Friday titled, “I Think We Need To Talk About Kim Jong Un’s Pants Because They Are Amazing,” that gushed over the dictator’s clothing choices.
Refuse Fascism, a leading “resistance” group against Trump, has been spreading pro-North Korea propaganda for months now.
Trump warned North Korea last week that if America “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Refuse Fascism quickly denounced Trump’s remarks as a “fascist gangster” who posed “an immediate mortal threat to the 25 million people of North Korea, and in fact to the entire planet.”
Trump’s warning to UN about what will happen if North Korea starts a war means “that the Trump regime poses a greater danger to the people of the world than Hitler did,” the activist group declared.
The group, which was launched as a direct response to Trump’s election, includes a mix of left-wing activists and academics on its list its “initiators,” including Harvard professor Cornel West. West was a member of the DNC’s 2016 platform committee and campaigned on behalf of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.
Refuse Fascism has framed the U.S.-North Koreas standoff as “the largest military power in the world bullying a small, isolated country and terrorizing the people of that entire region.”
In July, Refuse Fascism issued a statement accusing the U.S. of using a “playbook of demonization” against Kim Jong Un. The statement urged Americans to put aside their country’s and “act in the interests of humanity instead.” The statement urged against “thinking like an American.”
Workers World Party, one of several activist groups organizing demonstrations against Confederate statues, has taken a decidedly pro-North Korea position.
On Sept. 12, Workers World published an open letter to “Comrade Kim Jong Un.” The letter said that the American communist group “sends its heartfelt congratulations to the Workers’ Party of Korea and to the people of the DPRK for your courage and honesty in standing up to U.S. imperialism.”
“Be assured of our continued solidarity, in word and in deed, as we struggle within the ‘belly of the beast’ for the socialist future,” the letter added.
Both Workers World and Refuse Fascism have consistently echoed North Korean talking points that demonize America while excusing Un’s genocidal regime and have attacked American media reporting that they think reflects too negatively on North Korean leaders’ oppression of their own people. (RELATED: Kim Jong-Un Guns Down Five Senior Officials With An Anti-Aircraft Gun)

Evidence we have a rogue administrative state: when the people's representatives are ignored by the bureaucrats.

A third deadline has now passed for the FBI and Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents related to the Trump dossier. And for a third time, the bureau has not produced the material.
The dossier is a collection of what former FBI Director James Comey called "salacious and unverified" allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign figures in the 2016 campaign. The Russia allegations were compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, who was commissioned by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which is thought to have been paid for the work by wealthy supporters of Hillary Clinton. The FBI reportedly considered taking over the dossier project in the fall of 2016, when the campaign was at its height, leading Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to say the dossier matter raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics."
Both Grassley and the House Intelligence Committee have been interested in learning if the FBI ever used the "salacious and unverified" dossier as a basis for requesting surveillance on anyone in the Trump circle. Those questions only intensified this week with reports that the FBI wiretapped Trump associate and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the transition period.
Four weeks ago, on Aug. 24, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the FBI and Justice Department, seeking all internal FBI reports "incorporating, relying on, or referring to" information provided by Steele, his sources, or Fusion GPS. The committee also asked for documents on any FBI or Justice "efforts to corroborate, validate, or evaluate" Steele's information. And the subpoena sought any surveillance applications that included any information or were based on any information, provided by Steele.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes originally set a Sept. 1 deadline for production of the dossier documents. The FBI did not comply. Nunes then extended the deadline to Sept. 14. The FBI did not comply. Then Nunes extended the deadline again, to Sept. 22. Now, again, the FBI has not complied.
It is not unusual for deadlines to be extended. It is not unusual for feet to be dragged. But at some point, there will have to be a resolution to this standoff. A congressional subpoena is not something a government agency can ignore forever.
But it seems likely that the dispute will eventually rise to a higher level. Nunes is a committee chairman, but he does not speak for the entire House. In addition, he has been weakened by Democratic accusations that he leaked classified information — a matter that seems stuck in the Ethics Committee. Given that, if Nunes is to prevail in the subpoena affair, it seems likely he would have to have the support of Speaker Paul Ryan. If the speaker stands behind Nunes' efforts, the subpoena will have more weight and be more difficult for the FBI and Justice to defy. If on the other hand, Ryan does not stand behind the chairman, the FBI and Justice might be emboldened to delay forever. (A spokesman for Ryan did not immediately answer phone and email inquiries.)
There's a lot at stake. Nunes is currently traveling in the Middle East, so it is not clear what the next step will be, or when it will happen. But so far, the FBI and the Justice Department do not appear to be in the mood to comply with the subpoena.

When the street terrorists have more privileges then the innocent.

Surrounding protesters start smashing up your car. You fear for your life. What can you legally do?

Surrounding protesters start smashing up your car. You fear for your life. What can you legally do?
What can you do as a driver if protesters are surrounding your car, busting out your windows, and you're in fear of injury — or worse, your life? Attorneys from Tennessee and North Carolina weigh in. (Image source: YouTube screenshot) 

A growing trend in our protest-fevered country is the practice of demonstrators blocking traffic and preventing drivers from getting to work, parents from picking up their kids, a husband driving his pregnant wife to the hospital — any number of inconveniences from the mundane to the deadly serious.
As you might imagine, if protesters are just blocking your vehicle’s path — and nothing else — the options at your disposal aren’t many. If you can’t drive around them without hitting them or somehow reverse your car, you’re pretty much out of luck until police arrive — or unless you can convince them to let you through.
However, not all protesters who block traffic are peaceful.
A Pennsylvania state representative brought up the issue, declaring on Twitter last Saturday that if protesters ever tried to stop his car with “negative intentions,” he wouldn’t stop “under any conditions.”
We’ve all seen videos and read stories about demonstrators who got the idea in their heads that they could turn their anger toward drivers they’re inconveniencing. Maybe they didn’t like that a frustrated motorist leaned on his horn a whole bunch, and now they’re clustering at the guy’s window and yelling and starting to mess with his car. It seems a favorite alpha-dog tactic is climbing atop the roof — even confidently sitting on the hood — with the trapped driver at the wheel. Maybe a few of them decide to key or kick the side panel or slash the tires.
Here’s a clip from a motorist who said protesters against Donald Trump converged upon his vehicle and broke his windows. One guy even taunts the driver, remarking that he’s “surrounded.” (Content warning: Strong language)

What if you’re that driver — and it gets worse?

And what if it gets worse —and you happen to be that driver? What if a brick flies through your side window or a baseball bat slams down upon your windshield — all while you (and God forbid, your kids) are scared for your life?
There also are numerous stories and clips featuring motorists who’ve decided that enough was enough and just plowed through protesters blocking their way. Indeed, a Pinto could be surrounded by every NFL lineman who’s ever existed — along with Andre the Giant, Atilla the Hun and Al Capone — but once a driver hits the gas, none of them will be able to stop the vehicle.
But that isn’t the point. Everybody knows a car can get through protesters. The question is: Does the law allow it?
(Content warning: Strong language)

What does the law say?

The quick answer is that a motor vehicle is pretty much universally considered a deadly weapon if a driver uses one to purposely hit another person. Therefore a driver has to be acting in self-defense and in fear for his life or serious bodily injury to do so.
So, if protesters are sitting on a hood and scratching the side panels with their keys, then no — a driver can’t plow through them. The protesters’ crimes don’t match up with the driver’s crime.
But if protesters are shattering a windshield with bricks or baseball bats? If they’re brandishing other weapons? If they’re threatening to grab the driver and drag him from the car? That’s a different ballgame.

‘How serious is this mob?’

TheBlaze spoke to Nashville criminal defense attorney Kevin Kelly of Eastside Legal, LLP, who said Tennessee law includes a “solid self-defense statute.”
In the case of a driver surrounded by protesters, Kelly said there “has to be reasonable belief on the part of the guy in the car that he’s in danger of imminent bodily injury” for him to hit anybody.
He also said drivers need to ask themselves other questions: “How serious is this mob? Are they armed? Do they have bats?”
In Tennessee, Kelly said there’s a kind of “stand-your-ground law” that dictates a person doesn’t have to retreat from a scene if the person has the right to be in that location. And again, he said, whatever force a person defending himself uses can’t exceed the force that’s threatening him.
“Is the crowd loud, angry and large?” Kelly asked. He replied that if it is, that’s not enough of a reason for the motorist to drive into the crowd.

A protester gets in the face of a motorist. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
A protester gets in the face of a motorist. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Kelly also suggested that as opposed to hitting the gas and tearing through a crowd of protesters, a driver in fear for her safety could be justified in slowly moving a car ahead and “nudging people aside” to escape danger.

What are the consequences?

T. Greg Doucette — a Durham, North Carolina, attorney — echoed to TheBlaze much of what Kelly explained.
Doucette noted that in his state, if protesters are “beating on windows” and the driver in his attempt to escape hits one of them while “inching forward” and exercising “due care and caution,” the driver may be charged with something like vehicular battery — but will nevertheless possess a strong defense due to the circumstances.
If the stakes rise and protesters have bats or guns or axes, and the driver hits a protester while he tries to escape, Doucette said the “odds of getting charged are slim,” and the chances of getting acquitted on the grounds of self-defense are “very high.”

A protester is caught on video attempting to smash a vehicle's passenger-side window. The video seems to indicate he succeeded. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
A protester is caught on video attempting to smash a vehicle’s passenger-side window. The video seems to indicate he succeeded. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Doucette added that he’s looked at laws in other states and said they’re essentially the same.
But he also pointed out that beyond the criminal aspect is the civil aspect of the law. In other words, a driver who hits protesters while escaping from what he believes is life-threatening danger may survive a criminal inquiry — but that won’t stop protesters from suing him.
Doucette said that civil liability varies by state, but 30 of them specifically look at who was at fault and to what degree — and that if a driver in our scenario is only 10 percent at fault, he’s responsible for only 10 percent of costs. In addition, Doucette said in North Carolina, there’s “contributory negligence,” which means if a suing protester was in any way responsible for his injuries, he likely will get nothing.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé buy $26M Hamptons mansion

Jay-Z and Beyoncé buy $26M Hamptons mansion

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have dropped $26 million on a Hamptons mansion in one of the East End’s most exclusive enclaves.
Page Six has confirmed that the superstar duo bought a sprawling, 12,000-square-foot home on East Hampton’s exclusive Georgica Pond.
The property at 81 Briar Patch Road is called the Pond House and has been on the market for eight years. It first hit the market in 2009 for $39.5 million. From that point forward, it underwent several price cuts, eventually dropping to $28.99 million in 2013. Neighbors include billionaire Ronald Perelman, Steven Spielberg and Martha Stewart.
Bey and Jay’s new seven-bedroom property sits on 2 acres and has 203 feet of Georgica Pond frontage. It was expanded and renovated by builder Jeffrey Collé, who worked on it for three years.
Interior touches include hand-carved heated marble tubs, white oak paneling and carved stone fireplaces. Outside, the new owner gets a pond-fronting infinity-edge pool and spa, an outdoor dining space and a wraparound terrace.
A detached 1,800-square-foot guest cottage boasts a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Sources tell Page Six that Jay and Bey have been searching for a Hamptons pad for some time after previously staying out East in homes of their famous friends, including Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The sale went down last week, when the couple were spotted at art fair the Bridge, an art fair held at the Hamptons golf club of the same name. Jay and Bey were photographed making their way around on a golf cart, as they picked out art for their new home.
Galleries offering works of art including those by Richard Prince and Chris Martin included Marlborough Contemporary, David Zwirner, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, and David Kordansky.

Entitled to violence...

Teen who punched principal in face gets sweet deal from judge

A hot-headed teen got a slap on the wrist Friday for slugging a Manhattan principal who told him to turn down his music.
Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson granted Luis Penzo, 19, youthful offender status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge — as long as he stays out of trouble for three years he’ll dodge prison and a criminal record.
“You made us very proud,” the judge said of the surly teen’s compliance with a family therapy program.
Penzo, who sauntered into Manhattan Supreme Court Friday wearing a white T-shirt and red gym shorts, offered no apology for the October 2016 beatdown of Principal Matthew Tossman.
He previously admitted to the attack on Tossman of the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising.
“He grabbed my Beats and was very aggressive so I lost control,” he confessed, according to court papers. “I hit him two times.”
When the principal asked him to turn down his music, Penzo dropped the headphones on the floor and left the music booming, prosecutors said.
Tossman reached for the device and Penzo pounced on him, leaving the educator with two black eyes and a laceration that needed seven stitches.
Penzo at the time attended Murry Bergtraum High School, which is housed in the same building as Tossman’s school.
Defense lawyer, Donna Henken, declined to comment.

Societal devolution and the myth of improper incarceration.

3 teens arrested after armed threat to kill McDonalds employees when food was not ready

Kyle Emmanuel Harris (Fairfax County Police)

When their order was not ready as fast as they wanted, three men argued with McDonalds employees and one showed a gun and threatened to kill the employees, police say.
The three men went into the McDonalds in the Chantilly Shopping Center at about 9 p.m. Thursday. When their food was not ready, an argument broke out. One man pulled up his shirt to show a gun in his waistband and threatened to kill the employees, according to a statement from Fairfax County Police.
After leaving the restaurant, the three men were arrested nearby.
Kyle Emmanuel Harris, 19, of Chantilly was charged with brandishing a weapon, simple assault, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.
Erisk Cruz, 18, of Centreville was charged with possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.
Brian Abrego, 18, of Manassas was charged with disorderly conduct.
(Photos for Erisk Cruz and Brian Abrego were not available.)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Memo to Jimmy Kimmel: ObamaCare Doesn't Pass The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test' Either...Kimmel is a typical poorly informed virtue signaler.

Memo to Jimmy Kimmel: ObamaCare Doesn't Pass The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test' Either 

Health Care: Apparently, decisions about how to reform the nation's $3.2 trillion health care system must now win the approval of a late-night comedian who once hosted "The Man Show," which featured girls in bikinis bouncing on trampolines. Well, if health care reform has to face the "Jimmy Kimmel test" to be morally acceptable, why isn't he denouncing ObamaCare?
For those who don't know, Kimmel became the reigning expert on health reform because his newborn son was born with a heart defect. All Kimmel had to do was give a tearful monologue that included a plea: "If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. I think that's something that whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?"
Kimmel went on to say that "no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it."
Voila, the "Jimmy Kimmel test" was born.
Unfortunately, it was Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy who coined that phrase, and promised that any ObamaCare replacement plan approved by the GOP would pass this new, amorphous test.
So, when Cassidy's bill, co-authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, came out, an anxious nation wondered: How would Kimmel rule?
Not surprisingly, Kimmel's answer was that Cassidy's bill failed the JKT.
But what nobody has bothered to point out is that ObamaCare itself fails this test. Because for millions of Americans, ObamaCare is entirely unaffordable, and getting less affordable by the year.
Thanks to annual double-digit rate hikes, millions of middle class families find themselves unable to afford the premiums, let alone the deductibles or copays. In fact, the uninsured rate among those who aren't eligible for ObamaCare subsidies climbed this year, according to the Commonwealth Fund. The Gallup survey found that the uninsured rate increase in the second quarter of this year, which it attributed in part to "rising insurance premiums" and "the lack of competition" for ObamaCare plans.
Even with ObamaCare's "guaranteed" coverage, it still leaves patients exposed to massive health care bills. Standard plans in the exchanges come with family deductibles that can top $13,000. The Kimmel "out-of-pocket spending cap" rule doesn't mean anything to families who can't even afford the annual deductible.
Not only that, but almost every ObamaCare plan offered in the exchanges is now an HMO with very narrow provider networks. Patients who go out of network get zero coverage. Got that, Kimmel? Zip. Zero. Nada. According to HealthPocket, almost 60% of ObamaCare plans have no out-of-network coverage.
Plus, those out-of-pocket maximums don't apply to patients who go out-of-network to find the right doctor or hospital.
That's why there have been numerous accounts of ObamaCare enrollees who can't afford the "Affordable Care Act." In fact, a survey by the liberal Commonwealth Fund found that about 40% of ObamaCare enrollees say they aren't confident that they could afford care if they got sick.
If the test is that "no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it," ObamaCare gets an "F."
Just to be clear, we are not arguing that lawmakers should pour still more money into ObamaCare until Jimmy Kimmel is satisfied. The point is that Jimmy Kimmel doesn't know what he's talking about.
Just because ObamaCare promises something, doesn't mean it's actually delivering it. And the Republican plan, because it relies on states and not the federal government, has a better chance of providing affordable health care to more people than ObamaCare ever could.
At one point in his latest disquisition on health care, Kimmel admitted that "health care is complicated. It's boring. I don't want to talk about it."
Oh, if only he would follow his own advice.

Valerie Plame Wants To Warn You About The Jews

Valerie Plame Wants To Warn You About The Jews

I can’t stand anti-Semitism, which is just one of the many reasons I’m not on board the Alt-Right White Nationalist Pepe Train to Kekistan. I want nothing to do with those idiots. They can take their #RedPill and shove it where the Sonne scheint nicht. 
You know who does agree with them, though? Valerie Plame. Yes, that Valerie Plame.

This is nothing new, either:

Nonetheless, I won’t assume Valerie Plame is a Nazi until Antifa says it’s okay to punch her.
If you want to read the article she thinks is so nifty and judge for yourself, here’s an link. A quick excerpt:
For those American Jews who lack any shred of integrity, the media should be required to label them at the bottom of the television screen whenever they pop up, e.g. Bill Kristol is “Jewish and an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.” That would be kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison – translating roughly as “ingest even the tiniest little dosage of the nonsense spewed by Bill Kristol at your own peril.”
Putting warning labels on Jews. Gee, where’d these guys get that idea? Maybe a nice yellow star would do the trick.
Has anybody called on Naomi Watts to disavow this woman? Just kidding, that’s only fair game (ahem) when Republicans screw up.

P.S. Here comes the backpedal…

She misunderstood an article titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” Right.
P.P.S. Say, I wonder how this will affect her fundraising effort to buy Twitter and ban Trump?