Sunday, September 15, 2019

But, the honesty was refreshing. BTW the AR 15 is not a military weapon...

Mitchell: Beto’s Gun Remarks Make Passing Gun Control Harder

O'Rourke: 'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47'

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said that presidential candidate Beto Rourke's (D.) call for a mandatory buyback of AR-15s and AK-47s could make it harder to pass gun control measures.
"What Beto O'Rourke said last night may have actually complicated this measure for the Democrats on the hill who are trying to negotiate a deal," Mitchell said on her show Andrea Mitchell Reports Friday afternoon.
"Now Pat Toomey has tweeted out that what Beto had said has actually made it more difficult to get consensus on the background checks," she continued.
During the third Democratic debate, O'Rourke emphatically called for a seizure of AR-15s and AK-47s.
"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," he said. "We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore."
O'Rourke's call drew rapid criticism from legislators. "I agree with @ChrisCoons. This is an awful and extreme idea. Thankfully, there's not enough support in Congress to do it," Sen. Toomey (R., Pa.) wrote on Twitter. "But this rhetoric undermines and hurts bipartisan efforts to actually make progress on commonsense gun safety efforts, like expanding background checks."

Turkey says delivery of second S-400 battery complete...

Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems has been completed as of Sunday, and added that the systems would become active in April 2020.
Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey's purchase of the S-400 systems, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin's F-35 "stealth" fighter jets.
The initial parts of the system were delivered to Ankara in July despite warnings about possible U.S. sanctions over the purchase. The United States has also expelled Turkey from the F-35 program, but Ankara has so far dismissed the warnings.
In a statement, the Defense Ministry said the delivery of the second S-400 battery to Ankara was completed. Efforts to mount the systems and train personnel who will use them were continuing, it said, adding that it planned to activate the S-400s in April 2020.
The final parts of the second battery of Russian S-400 missile defense system arrive at Murted Airbase in Ankara, Turkey, September 15, 2019. /VCG Photo
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusglu told an interview with CNN Turk on Saturday that the S-400s would be activated despite repeated U.S. warnings.
"They (U.S. officials) told us 'don't activate them and we can sort this out', but we told them that we didn't buy these systems as a prop," Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkey would be open to buying U.S. Raytheon Co Patriot systems as well.
In an interview on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters he will discuss buying U.S. Patriot missiles with President Donald Trump this month in New York, where they are both expected to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting.
The Turkish president said his personal bond with the U.S. leader could overcome the crisis caused by the S-400s.
Though Washington has not yet announced whether it will impose sanction on Ankara, Trump has shown sympathy towards Turkey. He has not fully ruled out sanctions.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters outside the White House, September 9, 2019. /VCG Photo
On Monday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration was considering imposing sanctions related to Turkey's purchase of the S-400 systems, but no decisions have been made.
The dispute over the S-400 systems is one of several issues straining ties between the United States and Turkey that include the ongoing conflict in Syria, among others.
(Cover: The final parts of the second battery of Russian S-400 missile defense system arrive at Murted Airbase in Ankara, Turkey, September 15, 2019. /VCG Photo)

The astonishing dishonesty of the NY Times and the leftist liars.

The New York Times‘ Robin Pogrebin & Kate Kelly reported Saturday, in an article that appears in Sunday’s print edition:
Robin Pogrebin is the daughter of Letty Pogrebin Another kid going into the family business 







Book: Alleged Victim of Brett Kavanaugh Does Not Recall Incident


The alleged victim of a previously unreported claim of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh does not actually recall the incident — according to the same authors who published the claim Sunday.

The New York Times‘ Robin Pogrebin & Kate Kelly reported Saturday, in an article that appears in Sunday’s print edition:
We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. [Deborah] Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)
The article was adapted from Pogrebin and Kelly’s new book,  The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.

However, critics soon noted that the book itself refutes the allegation because the alleged victim reportedly does not even recall the event.
Carrie Severino of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network tweeted:
This is the blockbuster "new allegation" against Kavanaugh. Except it's not actually new. It was shopped to Senate Democrats at the time and they apparently found it impossible to nail down, so they ignored it - the same Senators who found the "rape boat" allegations plausible.
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This is the blockbuster "new allegation" against Kavanaugh. Except it's not actually new. It was shopped to Senate Democrats at the time and they apparently found it impossible to nail down, so they ignored it - the same Senators who found the "rape boat" allegations plausible.
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Neither do Kelly and Pogrebin nail it down. Not only does the alleged victim not confirm the story, she is reported to be denying it.
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Severino also tweeted that Stier “was a member of Bill Clinton’s defense team back during the Lewinsky investigation.”
Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, added:
NYT Reporters’ essay about a supposed second Yale incident omitted their own book reporting that completely undercuts it: alleged victim denies any memory of it. Journalistically indefensible, though gullible additional reporters are spreading it of course.
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I haven’t really complained about lack of corporate media coverage of our exhaustively reported and researched book. In part because it’s a huge bestseller, so it seems wrong. But comparing it to the coverage of this (*shockingly* weak) book is making me want to complain.
The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event. Seems, I don’t know, significant.
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a good deal of the legal and media case against George Zimmerman was based on a false witness.

The Trayvon Martin Hoax Comes Crashing Down

A new book and film exposes how much of the legal and media case against George Zimmerman was based on a false witness.
 
 
September 13th, 2019
emember Skittles and iced-tea?
In the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman, the media went to great pains to characterize the teenager as an innocent kid who was shot for wearing a hoodie while black. After all, this depiction fit their narrative—their narrative of a country filled with racist rednecks just waiting for a chance to shoot innocent and unarmed black teenagers.
Four years had passed since the country had elected its first black president. With an election coming up, the media no doubt was worried that President Obama’s novelty had worn off. Candidate Obama had portrayed himself as a transformational figure who would heal the country’s deep racial wounds. By 2012, it was obvious that he was keeping the status quo.
With a mediocre economy, growing questions about the efficacy of Obamacare, and a lethargic base waking up from a hope hangover to find that the president had left them hanging on the change part, the media knew that President Obama couldn’t win on his record. The media would need a controversy to galvanize the base and shame moderates into reelecting President Obama.
And so, when an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a man claiming self-defense, the media pounced. They routinely used a years-old photo of Martin as a smiling young child. Zimmerman was depicted with a mugshot. The message was clear: Martin was just a young child wearing a hoodie and eating Skittles while Zimmerman was a deranged menace.
When it came out that Martin may have attacked Zimmerman, the media ignored images of his bloodied face and head and instead fixated on a grainy surveillance video taken long after Zimmerman received medical attention.
When it came out that Martin had been suspended from school for possession of marijuana, the media immediately ran stories condemning “drug stigma” and arguing that “Martin’s possible experimentation with pot should be no threat to his reputation.”
When it came out that Martin may have been on top of Zimmerman punching him “MMA style,” the media focused on the fact that Zimmerman did not exhibit extensive brain damage after the attack
And when some perceptive observers raised questions about the testimony of Rachel Jeantel—the woman who Zimmerman’s prosecutors said was Martin’s girlfriend and had been on the phone with him during the last minutes of his life—the media fired back with indignation. The testimony of teenagers is beyond reproach. Unless they happen to be wearing MAGA hats.
With the benefit of some excellent investigative work by film-maker Joel Gilbert, many of these revelations and the ensuing questions are returning with staggering force.
Gilbert’s most recent film and book, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America, provide painstakingly researched evidence that seem conclusively to show that Rachel Jeantel was not Martin’s girlfriend and was not on the phone with Martin in the moments before his death. In other words, a good deal of the legal and media case against George Zimmerman was based on a false witness.
Gilbert will be holding a press conference on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to share the details of his research and investigation. But if the past is any indication, the mainstream media likely will bury the story or derisively try to discredit the evidence provided. When reality and the facts oppose their narrative, they show utter contempt for the truth and jealously guard their narrative.
But their narrative is failing. Remember “hands up, don’t shoot”?
While the media lies and spins, our country is being torn apart. Most Americans don’t have the time to carefully consult primary sources and suss out the truth. Nuance and judicious examination are too often thrown out the window to favor visceral and easily mobilized outrage. It is too easy to appeal to victimhood and play on the emotions of citizens for political points.
But the truth is too important to be marginalized for an easy narrative.
Exceedingly few would view Trayvon Martin’s death as anything but a senseless tragedy—a young life ended entirely too soon. The real question is how can we stop such heartbreaking tragedies from occurring. By ignoring the true circumstances behind Martin’s death, we stop ourselves from having an honest conversation about the real problems in our society. In the case of Zimmerman, the media created an easy scapegoat to sidestep the difficult question of how we make our communities and our lives better.
Unfortunately, members of the mainstream media will continue spinning their simplistic and misguided narratives to generate outrage, increase turmoil, and ultimately feed a healthy audience on the divisions, misery, and suffering of our country. But we must continue to focus on the truth. Because the only way we can make the future better is by learning from the past—the true past.