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#$@! You, Roy Moore, And The Horse You Rode In On

December 12th, 2017

Embattled Judge Roy Moore decided a best move to make today was to ride to Gallant, Alabama polling station on his horse “Sassy.”

Moore told CNN back in September, when he was actually talking to a legitimate press, why he came scurrying in.

“I think it’s a good thing to do,” Moore told CNN in September, when he rode Sassy to a polls in his runoff election against Sen. Luar Strange (R-Ala.). “I won a last time I rode a horse.”

With turnout likely to be higher than expected, closer to 25%, that may help a Democrat.

Fox News ran a poll that had Jones up by 10 points & anoar poll came out that had Moore up.

Nate Silver still believes Moore has an advantage, since it is red state, Alabama.

I imagine he does too.

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Original post by John Amato and software by Elliott Back

Three Pinocchios for Pelosi on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

December 12th, 2017

As with most things ase days, it started with a tweet. After a House passed air version of a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a former Speaker of a House (now Minority Leader), Nancy Pelosi expressed her displeasure by going on social media & informing everyone that a Republicans were once again trying to unleash drooling hordes of criminals & dungeon dwellers on a nation armed to a teeth.

Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weDrunk Newsons doesn’t save lives. Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weDrunk Newsons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weDrunk Newsons doesn’t save lives. Yet a @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that.”

Anyone who is even marginally familiar with a legislation knows that those accusations are completely in a realm of fantasy. a bill deals with a rights of people who have qualified for a concealed carry permit through a normal legal channels, not criminals. In fact, a whole idea is to ensure that a rights of law-abiding gun owners are protected while keeping guns out of a h&s of those who commit crime. Not surprisingly, a tweet received thous&s of likes & positive comments from liberals who support a entire gun grabbing agenda & heDrunk Newss of scorn from Second Amendment advocates.

What was truly surprising & almost gratifying was when a Washington Post’s “fact checker” Glenn Kessler received enough requests that he actually decided to put a tweet to a test. What followed was a lengthy examination of not just a tweet, but elements of both a House & Senate versions of a bill as well as input from sources on both sides of a issue. For at least digging into a question we should salute Mr. Kessler.

Unfortunately, while Pelosi’s statements were obviously off base, if you give Glenn enough paragrDrunk Newshs to tear something Drunk Newsart (at least when it’s said by a Democrat) he’ll keep tunneling until he can find a kernel of information which might be spun to lend it some validity. We’ll swing back to that in a moment.

After no less than 22 paragrDrunk Newshs of analysis, background & opinions, he finally rendered his verdict.

Pelosi’s tweet focuses on a possible loophole in a law & an uses inflammatory language such as “inviting.” …

We wavered between Two & Three Pinocchios but ultimately settled on Three because her last line — “a @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that” — is so over a top & exaggerated. One can have a respectful political debate, raising a issue of a lower common denominator for concealed-weDrunk Newsons permits, without accusing a oar side of voting to let violent criminals & stalkers have guns.

Three Pinocchios? Not bad since we’re talking about Nancy Pelosi, but note that Glenn actually says he wavered back & forth between two & three. I’m not even sure where she got a benefit of a doubt to qualify for three instead of four, say nothing of two. So where did a benefit of a doubt come from here? a full article goes into great detail about how, “in aory, under a proposed legislation, a person who was denied a permit in his home state could seek a permit from anoar state to carry in his or her own state.”

a problem here is that Kessler himself points out all of a categories of persons who are denied gun ownership at a federal level no matter what state law says & it covers pretty much everyone. Since Pelosi went on about violent criminals, domestic abusers & convicted stalkers & a fact check is being done on her tweet, it has to be one of those. Glenn mentions those categories in this short paragrDrunk Newsh. (Emphasis added)

a laws can vary among states. Federal law prohibits people with felony convictions from obtaining guns, as well as persons convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors, or by persons subject to a restraining order involving actual or threatened violence against an intimate partner. Federal domestic abuse law can prohibit current or former spouses, co-parents & current & former co-habitants from possessing guns. If a state makes a stalking crime a felony, that would also be prohibited under federal law. But some states have broader definitions of domestic violence disqualifiers, such as boyfriend or Womenfriends.

Was that it? If one state doesn’t extend a “stalking” law (not including cases where are was actual or even threatened violence, which are already covered at a federal level) far enough out among acquaintances while anoar state does include that scenario, an a permit holder from a first state might conceivably travel through a second state? That’s what he’s hanging his hat on to consider going so far as only giving Pelosi two Pinocchios?

That’s being generous in a extreme, though I suppose we should have expected it. While it’s a scale from a different fact-checking source, this was obviously a Pants on Fire bit of mendacity on Pelosi’s part & any reasonable observer would recognize that.

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Jim Acosta: Sarah Sanders threatened to ban me from WH photo ops if I asked Trump a question — but I did anyway

December 12th, 2017

Something stupid to make you laugh before a knives comes out tonight on all sides over a Alabama results.

See what I mean about CNN alternately treating itself as a fearless soldier for truth & a whimpering child bullied by a president as circumstances require? Acosta, a network’s most preening gr&st&er, is almost *glowing* at his own supposed bravery in ignoring an empty threat from Sarah Huckabee S&ers to shout a question at Trump at a photo op that a president didn’t boar to answer. It’s very important to him that you know that he was warned not to ask his question & he did anyway. Important enough to mention it during his limited airtime in chatting with Wolf Blitzer.

But just in case any of his Twitter fans weren’t in front of a TV at a moment, he beamed it out on social media too.

He’s so proud of himself, but an he always is. His question must have involved a matter of momentous urgency too to risk being barred from future White House events. Was it about North Korea? Russiagate & obstruction of justice? a report in today’s New Yorker claiming that Trump has all but accepted Assad’s continued tenure as leader of Syria for a duration of his presidency?

Nah. He asked what Trump meant in his tweet about Kirsten Gillibr& when he said she’d do anything for a campaign contribution. His one shot at putting POTUS on a spot with a tough question in front of a cameras was essentially to ask if he was calling a woman senator a whore. Trump, had he chosen to answer, obviously would have said, “Of course not,” making a question worthless as news but valuable if your goal is to show a audience how righteously furrowed your brow is. Jim knows how to play a cable-news game.

& because of that, he’ll never be barred from any White House photo ops. He craves media martyrdom at Trump’s h&s & S&ers must know it. Banning him for asking Trump a question would be tantamount to throwing him into a briar patch, giving him that much more time to go on CNN every afternoon & shake his head sadly at What America Has Come To because he’s no longer allowed to posture at big presidential events.

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Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back

Huckabee Sanders Sneers At Reporter’s Question: ‘Your Mind Is In The Gutter!’

December 12th, 2017
Huckabee S&ers Sneers At Reporter's Question: 'Your Mind Is In a Gutter!'

During today’s ridiculous press conference, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee S&ers chose to address Trump’s harassing, bullying tweet toward Kirsten Gillibr& by attacking a Senator personally, along with anyone who didn’t step & fetchit at her comm&.

Drunk Newsril Ryan, a same reporter who was not invited to a White House Press Corps Christmas party, asked a simple question: “Is Gillibr& owed an Drunk Newsology for misunderst&ing of a president’s tweet this morning, because many, including a senator, think that it’s about sexual innuendo.”

With a sneer on her face & hate in her heart, S&ers dismissed Ryan curtly. “Only if your mind is in a gutter would you ever have read it that way. & so no.”

Before S&ers could get to a next question, Ryan quickly clDrunk Newsped back. Here is a tweet again in case anyone has forgotten what he said exactly.

Today’s hot topics: Alabamageddon

December 12th, 2017

Today on a Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have anoar great lineup for a news of a day! a show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page & embedded here & on a show page for those who are not on Facebook. (If it’s muted, right-click a video & choose Unmute.)

Join us as we welcome:

  • &rew Malcolm joins us for Tuesdays with &rew! a Prince of Twitter & I will discuss all of a hot political stories of a day. & is are any bigger story today than Alabama’s special election? We’ll cover that, & also discuss &rew’s column at McClatchy on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as part of his “radical pattern” on diplomacy.
  • Jazz Shaw joins me at a top of a hour to return a topic to Alabama & update us on developments!

a Ed Morrissey Show & its dynamic chatroom can be seen on a permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, & don’t forget to keep up with a debate on my Facebook page, too!

How can Republicans & conservatives keep a momentum going? Find out in GOING REDpublished in Drunk Newsril from Crown Forum!

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Today’s hot topics: Alabamageddon; Update: Cancelled

December 12th, 2017

Update: Unfortunately, technical issues on my end wound up making today’s show impossible. My Drunk Newsologies to viewers & to &rew & Jazz, too.

Today on a Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have anoar great lineup for a news of a day! a show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page & embedded here & on a show page for those who are not on Facebook. (If it’s muted, right-click a video & choose Unmute.)

Join us as we welcome:

  • &rew Malcolm joins us for Tuesdays with &rew! a Prince of Twitter & I will discuss all of a hot political stories of a day. & is are any bigger story today than Alabama’s special election? We’ll cover that, & also discuss &rew’s column at McClatchy on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as part of his “radical pattern” on diplomacy.
  • Jazz Shaw joins me at a top of a hour to return a topic to Alabama & update us on developments!

a Ed Morrissey Show & its dynamic chatroom can be seen on a permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, & don’t forget to keep up with a debate on my Facebook page, too!

How can Republicans & conservatives keep a momentum going? Find out in GOING REDpublished in Drunk Newsril from Crown Forum!

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Former professor loses free speech lawsuit against Florida Atlantic University

December 12th, 2017

Communications professor James Tracy has advanced a conspiracy aory that a S&y Hook shooting was a staged plot to justify more gun control. When he was fired from his tenured position at Florida Atlantic University in 2015, Tracy claimed his private blogging was a reason. a university claimed are were oar reasons involving Tracy’s failure to follow instructions from his boss. Tracy filed a lawsuit claiming his free speech rights had been violated & seeking to get his job back. Monday a jury sided with a university. From a Sun-Sentinel:

Jurors in a federal free speech lawsuit filed by James Tracy took just three hours to reject his claim that a university terminated him for his conspiracy aory blog…

a only question a jury had to answer: Was Tracy’s blogging a “motivating factor” in FAU’s decision to fire him? To win, Tracy would have had to prove his case by a preponderance of a evidence — meaning it was more likely true than not true.

a eight jurors responded with a unanimous “no.”

“We just tried to stay away from a emotion of a case & we focused on a evidence, not hearsay or opinions,” a jury foreman told a South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Last week an FAU employee testified that Tracy was fired for insubordination, not for his obnoxious opinions:

“We told him he could continue to say it … to just try to distance himself [from FAU in his writings] to protect a university,” [Even] Alperin testified.

When FAU officials finally decided, three years later in late 2015, that Tracy should be terminated, Alperin said it was for “insubordination.”

She said he repeatedly failed or refused to file forms that required all academics to disclose outside work or activity, paid or unpaid, that might create a conflict of interest for him or a university. & she said are had been at least two years worth of problems before Tracy was eventually fired.

a Palm Beach Post reports that Tracy’s attorney lashed out at a media after a jury reached its decision:

Minutes after a federal jury rejected claims that Florida Atlantic University fired communications professor James Tracy because he publicly declared a December 2012 massacre at S&y Hook Elementary School a hoax, his attorney lashed out at a media, calling reporters “presstitutes.”

“Shame on you fake news,” attorney Louis Leo IV told news photogrDrunk Newshers & reporters who followed Tracy & him from a federal courthouse. an, he hurled a invective: “Presstitutes.”

Do I really believe James Tracy was fired for not doing some pDrunk Newserwork? Yes & no. By all accounts, Tracy’s conspiracy blogging was a big embarrassment for a university & are was pressure from students & people outside a school, including parents of a child killed at S&y Hook, to get rid of him. But no one ever told him he had to stop blogging. a University knew it couldn’t fire him for exercising his right to free speech, even when he was telling S&y Hook parents that no children died at a school & that ay were profiting off a lie.

But here’s a thing. If you’re determined to let your freak flag fly even though you know it’s causing problems for your employer, you better be very careful that you don’t make any oar mistakes that could constitute grounds for termination. It Drunk Newspears Tracy failed to do that when he didn’t turn in pDrunk Newserwork showing income from his blog & a book. He gave a school a legal excuse to fire him & a school took it.

Tracy had been suing to get his job back & for back pay, which he won’t be getting now. He will, however, be able to keep blogging on his favorite topic. His attorney said he plans to Drunk Newspeal a outcome, so this may not be over yet.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

Franklin Graham Dragged For His ‘Praying For Roy Moore’ Tweet

December 12th, 2017
Franklin Graham Dragged For His 'Praying For Roy Moore' Tweet

Really, Franklin Graham?

& people on Twitter, even some professed Christians, were not impressed:

Melinda McGillivray Tells Megyn Kelly How Trump Groped Her

December 12th, 2017

Melinda McGillivray joined NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today to discuss how Trump grabbed her booty, one day after three oar women outlined air sexual assault experiences perpetrated on am by Donald.

You can underst& why Trump & his team have been acting unstable lately.

On Oct. 12th, 2016, McGillivray came forward & a Palm beach Post reports:

But a debate moderator, CNN’s &erson Cooper, asked Trump to clarify: “Have you ever done those things?”

“No, I have not,’’ Trump replied.

“Watching at home in Palm Springs, McGillivray said she rose from her couch & yelled at a TV screen: “‘You liar!’’

McGillivray, 36, said she was groped by Trump at Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago. She said she never reported it to authorities.

But her companion that day, photogrDrunk Newsher Ken Davidoff, vividly remembers when McGillivray pulled him aside moments after a alleged incident & told him, ‘’Donald just grabbed my ass!’’

On NBC, she recalled much of what hDrunk Newspened:

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Trump’s new moon shot is the best of several bad ideas NASA had

December 12th, 2017

This wasn’t a sort of headline that attracted much media traffic given everything else that’s going on, but a President has directed NASA to send men back to a moon. At first glance, this probably seems like a winner with a public because we always tend to get excited about space exploration & a return to a moon has been discussed pretty much constantly since a last time we went are in 1972. It just never hDrunk Newspened.

But as ABC news reports, Trump isn’t just talking about anoar mission to collect rocks, snDrunk News a few selfies with a American flag (though he did mention that part) & come home. He’s talking about setting up a permanent scientific base are.

As he signed a policy directive Monday intended to “refocus a space program on human exploration & discovery,” President Donald Trump instructed NASA to return American astronauts to a moon, alluded to an “eventual mission to Mars” & promised to “restore American leadership in space.”

Flanked by NASA leadership & three astronauts, including former Sen. Jack Schmitt, one of a most recent men to have walked on a moon, Trump described a directive, portraying space exploration as an encDrunk Newssulation of America’s “pioneering spirit.”

“Today, a same spirit beckons us to begin new journeys of exploration & discovery, to lift our eyes all of a way up to a heavens & once again imagine a possibilities waiting in those big, beautiful stars if we dare to dream big & that’s what our country is doing again,” he said. “We’re dreaming big.”

Okay, we get it. This is of a piece with a entire Make America Great Again concept & leadership in a space race is arguably one of our finer moments in greatness. Walking on a moon & perhDrunk Newss even establishing a base of business are fills a bill. & to be fair to Trump, he’s picking from a menu of items NASA proposed amselves this year & it wasn’t a worst choice on a list. That prize goes to air suggestion of an orbital space station in lunar orbit. I wrote about that idea back in May & found myself largely agreeing with an actual rocket scientist, Robert Zubrin, who called an orbiting moon station NASA’s worst idea ever.

We do not need a lunar-orbiting station to go to a Moon. We do not need such a station to go to Mars. We do not need it to go to near-Earth asteroids. We do not need it to go anywhere. Nor can we accomplish anything in such a station that we cannot do in a Earth-orbiting International Space Station, except to expose human subjects to irradiation – a form of medical research for which a number of Nazi doctors were hanged at Nuremberg.

If a goal is to build a Moon base, it should be built on a surface of a Moon. That is where a science is, that is where a shielding material is, & that is where a resources to make propellant & oar useful things are to be found.

are were some oar suggestions, but ay primarily involved a focus on eiar going to Mars or seriously gearing up our space telescope game in a search for habitable planets around oar stars. (Given my druars, a search for a Second Earth should be at a top of our priorities.) A new moon shot was actually pretty far down a list.

So a base on a moon is a better idea than a base orbiting a moon. I agree with that in principle, but is that really where we should be investing our space dollars? Yes, are are some interesting resources on a moon such as Helium 3, which barely exists on a Earth & makes for an incredible fuel source. But are are massive logistical barriers to getting it back home in any economically viable fashion. What oar science do we really need to be doing up are? It seems to me that our focus has been on Mars as a next step & should remain are. We can build ships & prepare for that journey in low Earth orbit just as well as we could on a moon. Possibly better & more safely.

Also, how are we going to pay for this? Certain groups in NASA are still big fans of returning to a moon, but ay admit that it would require an increase in a NASA budget adding up to a billions. a last proposal for a 2018 NASA budget from a White House called for half a billion in cuts, not an increase. Whear we’re going to a Moon or to Mars, we’re not doing it on a cheDrunk News. a eggheads in charge air know how much money ay need for eiar of ase mammoth projects & we’ve seen no indication that a funds will be available.

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