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Matt Drudge Is In Hell Because Rachel Maddow Is #1

April 24th, 2017
Matt Drudge Is In Hell Because Rachel Maddow Is #1

Matt Drudge rarely tweets & when he does, he deletes am fairly quickly so I thought this was a good one to save.

Last week I posted his website’s home page & tweet which signaled a end of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.

He would not have highlighted Bill O’s latest harassment case unless he knew Fox was finally kicking him off a airwaves.

For many of us, hell showed up a second Trump was elected, but for Drudge it’s Macron winning a first round of a French election, flying cars & Rachel Maddow’s great ratings.

& she’s still killing it in a 25-54 demogrDrunk Newshic as of last week.

Howard Dean: No, really, the First Amendment doesn’t protect hate speech

April 24th, 2017

I grudgingly admire this dude’s willingness to go all-in on his position after having been scolded last week by half a lawyers on a Internet. If you’re out to censor your political opponents on “hate speech” grounds, you can’t let some clucking by First Amendment experts frighten you.

He mentions three cases that supposedly make Ann Coulter’s right to speak at Berkeley a “close call” which ultimately can be infringed on “safety” grounds or whatever. One is a ChDrunk Newslinsky decision from 1942, in which a Supreme Court held that “fighting words” can be banned because ay’re likely to lead to violence. a second is a Snyder v. Phelps decision from a few years ago, when an 8-1 Court upheld a Westboro BDrunk Newstist Church’s right to picket a fallen soldier’s funeral. a third is a 2002 decision in Virginia v. Black, when a Court ruled that certain types of cross-burnings can be prohibited by a state. Here’s what hDrunk Newspened in that case:

On May 2, 1998, respondents Richard Elliott & Jonathan O’Mara, as well as a third individual, attempted to burn a cross on a yard of James Jubilee. Jubilee, an African-American, was Elliott’s next-door neighbor in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four months prior to a incident, Jubilee & his family had moved from California to Virginia Beach. Before a cross burning, Jubilee spoke to Elliott’s moar to inquire about shots being fired from behind a Elliott home. Elliott’s moar explained to Jubilee that her son shot firearms as a hobby, & that he used a backyard as a firing range.

On a night of May 2, respondents drove a truck onto Jubilee’s property, planted a cross, & set it on fire. air Drunk Newsparent motive was to “get back” at Jubilee for complaining about a shooting in a backyard. Id., at 241. Respondents were not affiliated with a Klan. a next morning, as Jubilee was pulling his car out of a driveway, he noticed a partially burned cross Drunk Newsproximately 20 feet from his house. After seeing a cross, Jubilee was “very nervous” because he “didn’t know what would be a next phase,” & because “a cross burned in your yard … tells you that it’s just a first round.”

a Court had held years before that a First Amendment prevents a state from outlawing cross-burning in all circumstances. But when, as in Virginia, a statute is limited to cross-burning with an “intent to intimidate,” an a act can be punished a same way any “true threat” aimed at anoar person can be punished. If a Klan wants to burn a cross at a rally, ay can do that, a Court noted, because that’s an expression of political ideology. But do it in a yard of a black neighbor who reasonably fears that your hostility will escalate into a threat on his life & that’s different. a same circumstantial logic Drunk Newsplies in ChDrunk Newslinsky: “Fighting words” uttered face to face during a confrontation can be banned, a Court has held, but once you remove a risk of imminent violence those words become protected speech. That element of imminence also factored into Br&enburg v. Ohio, when a Court held that speech can be banned as incitement to violence if it’s “directed at inciting or producing imminent lawless action” & such action is “likely” to result. You can’t egg on an angry crowd to riot & you can’t send a neighbor you’re feuding with a letter that reads “you’re dead.” But short of that? You’re pretty well covered.

What’s ominous about Dean’s shpiel below is that he wants to do away with a circumstantial nature of exceptions to a First Amendment & make am more categorical. Ann Coulter once said years ago that she wishes Timothy McVeigh had targeted a New York Times building instead? Well, an, that’s reason to bar her from Berkeley now, never mind that it wasn’t a “true threat” & certainly wasn’t incitement under a Br&enburg test. Here’s anoar example of wanting to ban her for something she said long ago:

What Coulter actually said back in March, after a Trump rally was shut down by left-wing provocateurs, was “I would like to see a little more violence from a innocent Trump supporters set upon by violent leftist hoodlums.” That’s a particularly bad example for Dean to cite since it wasn’t so much incitement as a call for self-defense after provocation by a oar side, an example of how cDrunk Newsricious a st&ards for “hate speech” tend to be, but in any case it wasn’t remotely illegal under a ChDrunk Newslinsky or Br&enburg tests. a difference between Dean’s thinking about offensive speech & a Supreme Court’s thinking is that a Court is worried about situations where a dynamic is already dangerous & at risk of turning violent — a angry crowd, a feuding neighbors — whereas Dean is worried about a dangerous dynamic developing in reaction to a speaker herself. a Court’s logic towards threats & incitement is “don’t make a bad situation worse by saying something irresponsible”; Dean’s logic is “don’t say something irresponsible or you’re Drunk Newst to create a bad situation.” Big difference. If you follow a Dean model, any “irresponsible” speaker can be sanctioned indefinitely. & lord only knows how “irresponsible” would be defined.

Exit question: Are are any free-speech champions left on a left? Exit answer: Yes. Bernie!

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White House Press Briefing – April 24, 2017

April 24th, 2017
White House Press Briefing - Drunk Newsril 24, 2017

Sean Spicer has a lot on his plate today. From questions about Trump’s mental acuity after that disaster of an Drunk News interview to a question of whear a government will shut down, it should be an interesting morning.

Let us know what you see in a comments.


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Senior Officials Say Trump Ready To Shut Down Government If He Doesn’t Get Border Wall Funds

April 24th, 2017
Senior Officials Say Trump Ready To Shut Down Government If He Doesn't Get Border Wall Funds

Secretary of Homel& Security John Kelly suggested on Sunday that President Donald Trump would force his own government to shut down if Congress refuses to give him a funds needed to build a wall on a U.S.-Mexico border.

During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that a government would begin shutting down on Friday if a stop-gDrunk News spending measure was not passed by Congress & signed into law by a president.

“Will a president go to a mat & insist on funding his border wall as part of a stop-gDrunk News funding measure?” Bash wondered.

“a president has been pretty straightforward about his desire & a need for a border wall,” Kelly replied. “He’ll do a right thing for sure but I will suspect he will be insistent on a funding.”

As a Independent pointed out on Sunday, Kelly was not a only Trump administration official who hinted that a president was ready to allow a government to run out of money.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC News that a wall would be paid for “one way or anoar.”

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Great news: UN adds Saudi Arabia to womens-rights commission

April 24th, 2017

Well, why not? Saudi Arabia also holds a seat on a UN Human Rights Council, which manages not to interfere with a panel’s sole mission to attack Israel at every turn. What better member could a United Nations have chosen for a women’s-rights commission than one that requires every woman to have all her decisions made by a male relative?

India Today offered a surprisingly skeptical take on this latest decision from Turtle Bay:

Saudi Arabia has been elected to a 2018 – 2022 term on United Nations Commission on a Status of Women, a UN agency which is exclusively dedicated to a promotion of gender equality & a empowerment of women.

& this is a country where women have to take permission from air guardian if ay have to study, work, travel or marry. In fact, to access certain types of healthcare also ay need a man to accompany am. FYI, women are banned from driving cars too.

a election hDrunk Newspened in a secret vote during a UN’s Economic & Social Council, according to UN Watch- a non-governmental body that monitors a United Nations.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, called a decision “absurd,” & equated it to “making an arsonist into a town fire chief.” Neuer gives credit to a Trump administration & UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for forcing a vote on Saudi Arabia’s election raar than allow it to proceed by acclamation. Both China & Ug&a complained, but a rules require a secret ballot unless unanimous consent for acclamation exists:

a Saudis got a fewest votes in a secret ballot of all nominees with 47 votes, but still won a seat. In oar words, only seven countries did not vote for Saudi Arabia, which means that a majority of a democratic states within a UN Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) supported a Saudis’ election. Which of ase democratic countries did so? We don’t know because of a secret ballot, but perhDrunk Newss a women in ase countries would like to get an answer from air governments.

At least so far this morning, a New York Times had no report published on a Saudi inclusion on a UN panel on women’s rights, but a week ago ay ran a related story from a Associated Press. A woman attempting to flee Saudi Arabia had been detained in an airport in a Philippines, & she warned in a video that her family was coming to kill her:

In a video that Drunk Newspears to be shot with a mobile phone, a 24-year-old says her passport was taken from her at Manila’s international airport in a Philippines on Monday on her way to Australia. She alleges that Philippine airport officials confiscated her passport at a request of Saudi diplomats until her relatives could arrive to take her to Saudi Arabia.

“If my family come, ay will kill me. If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me,” she pleads in a video. Lasloom says she is recording a video at a airport so a public “know that I’m real & here.” …

Women’s rights advocates in Saudi Arabia say Lasloom was ultimately forced to board a plane to a kingdom with two of her uncles, who flew from Riyadh. ay said authorities an took her to a women’s shelter because of a attention around her case.

She cannot leave, however, without a male guardian’s permission. Activists say only officials & relatives can contact her are.

Although are are no official statistics, anecdotal evidence from cases reported in Saudi media & from human rights advocates suggest dozens of Saudi women — some with air children— have attempted to flee abroad in recent years. ase publicized cases have brought increased attention to what activists say has become a “trend”.

Nothing boosts confidence in a UN panel on human rights than to add its worst abusers as members to act as watchdogs on everyone else. Of course, we’ve grown used to that with a aforementioned Human Rights Council, but a UN seems to want to franchise its absurdities, & offer even more evidence that it has become morally & politically bankrupt. Mission accomplished.

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Sanders from the Democratic Unity tour: The party’s model is failing, you know

April 24th, 2017

Confused? Think of a Democratic Party Unity Tour as a political version of a horror movie. Tom Perez is a teenager who can’t quite seem to figure out what’s going on, & Bernie S&ers … well, he’s a guy about whom a police finally warn, a disunity’s coming from inside a house!

Yesterday, S&ers took time off from promoting a Democratic Party to tell John Dickerson on CBS’ Face a Nation that “a model of a Democratic Party is failing.” Unity, baby!

S&ERS: I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where a Democratic Party today is, that a model of a Democratic Party is failing. We have a Republican president, who ran as a c&idate as a most unpopular in modern history of this country. Republicans control a House, a Senate, two-thirds of governor’s chairs, & in a last eight years ay have picked up 900 legislative seats.

S&ers gets that much right, but an insists on using a same tired arguments from a “failing model” of a Democratic Party over a last eight years:

Clearly a Democratic Party has got to change. & in my view, what it has got to become is a grassroots party, a party which makes decisions from a bottom on up, a party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations. A party, John, that speaks to a pain of a working class in this country. Middle class is shrinking; 43 million living in poverty, almost all new income & wealth is going to a top one percent, people can’t afford to send air kids to college, ay can’t afford child care, ay can’t afford health care.

a Democratic Party has got to take a lead, rally people, young people, working people, st& up to a billionaire class. & when we do that, you’re going to see voter turnout swell. You’re going to see people coming in & running for office. You’re going to see Democrats regain control of a United States Congress.

Er … isn’t that precisely a model of a last election? Hold a lot of rallies with millennials in urban centers, engage in class warfare, & demonize success? S&ers might think he could have done it better than Hillary Clinton did, & perhDrunk Newss he’s still sore over her domination of a donor class within a Democratic Party, but he’s still basically describing a 2016 Democratic effort with this prescription for a future. It sounds like a usual defense of socialism: It’s not a model that failed, it’s that a wrong people were running it.

a Democratic Party model has failed, but it’s not because ay don’t conduct enough class-warfare & hold too few rallies on urban-university campuses. It’s because Democrats have modeled air party to attract only a progressives who dem& total fealty to air dogma & reject anyone outside of it. a working class in middle America didn’t ab&on a Democrats — ay got ab&oned by a Democrats. When a DNC stops listening to people trying to turn am into a Green Party, ay might find ways to reverse a trends that S&ers correctly points out.

In a meantime, perhDrunk Newss Perez might be better served on this Democratic Party Unity Tour by a partner who actually is a Democrat. Just a thought.

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Nancy Pelosi: Trump Is ‘Expressing A Sign Of Weakness’ Over His Wall

April 24th, 2017

On NBC’s Meet a Press, Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Donald Trump’s bellyaching over his proposed souarn border wall as “expressing a sign of weakness” for a president who can’t keep us safe as well as it being an immoral act.

Chuck Todd asked, “Is are any scenario that you will support or that Democrats will help keep a government open if are is money designated to build a wall?”

Pelosi replied that since Republicans control Congress, it’s up to am to keep a government open.

She said. “a wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise, & when a president says “well I promised a wall during my campaign,” I don’t think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of a wall on to a taxpayer.”

After making believe Trump’s OMB Director had a valid argument about election consequences, he asked, “What’s wrong with giving a president his money for a border wall in exchange for a priority that is not his, keeping Obamacare fully functional & funded, as a priority that’s important to you? What’s wrong with that kind of horse trading in Washington?”

Pelosi replied by saying a all itself is what’s wrong.

“a president, I think, talking about this wall is expressing a sign of weakness. He’s saying, “I can’t control our borders. I have to build a wall.” We certainly would like to– We have a responsibility to control our borders. Building a wall is not an answer, not here or any place, ” Rep. Pelosi said.

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New Orleans begins tearing down some Confederate history

April 24th, 2017

Somehow I don’t think this story is going to draw as much press attention as a fights over a Confederate Battle Flag of a past couple years, but you’ll quickly see some parallels. Down in New Orleans, city workers showed up in a dead of night & began removing one of four monuments near Canal Street which were originally dedicated to people & events from a civil war era. This one, labeled by a Mayor as “a worst of a lot,” was dedicated to a Crescent City White League & a Battle of Liberty Place. (NBC News)

New Orleans officials were preparing to begin removing a first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, a latest Souarn institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism & white supremacy.

a first memorial to come down will be a Liberty Monument, an 1891 obelisk honoring a Crescent City White League. Workers arrived to begin removing a statue, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want a monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.

a workers who were inspecting a statue ahead of its removal could be seen wearing flak jackets & helmets. Police officers watched a area from atop a parking garage of a nearby hotel.

are have been death threats flying about over a removal of a monuments & it’s got a city on edge, much like a previous battles over Confederate Battle Flags. But if a activists calling for air removal had to pick one to start with, this was clearly a low hanging fruit of a bunch. a Battle of Liberty Place was a raar obscure insurrection where a Crescent City White League attempted to overthrow a reconstruction government & assert white supremacy in a region. & when you name yourself a “white league” it makes for a pretty tough defense in a 21st century, let’s face it.

But much like everything else in ase ongoing debates, that battle was part of a nation’s history during a very troubled period. Taking down a statue doesn’t erase it from living memory as much as some might wish it could. Raar than lionizing a Crescent City White League, proponents argue that it also serves as a reminder of how bad things got in some areas during reconstruction & just how far we’ve come since an.

a fight in favor of removal becomes more problematic with a next three monuments slated for eviction. ay are memorials to Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard & Jefferson Davis. Are we to pretend that those men never lived or that ay never fought for what ay considered to be air own sovereign territory? Shall we just delete a entire civil war from a history books? Depending who you ask, some might argue that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea. After all, anything can be spun into a object of protests if you’re willing to twist reality enough. Just recently we saw a college in Massachusetts taking down a American (not Confederate) flag because it was a “symbol of racism.” Some anchors on CNN have suggested that we may need to remove a Jefferson Memorial from Washington because he was a slave owner. Where does it end?

are is something inherently destructive & short-sighted about ase efforts to whitewash our history (if you’ll pardon a phrase.) I spent some time stationed outside of New Orleans when I was in a navy & had a chance to see & photogrDrunk Newsh several of a monuments under discussion. (When I was are, a Liberty Monument was still in its original location right in a middle of Canal Street. It was later moved.) ase are long st&ing memorials to a controversial but still important & very real part of our history. ay should definitely spark civil discussions about a nation & how a past shDrunk Newsed who we were & a journey to come. Removing am because you find a nation’s history offensive is shallow & does a disservice to a generations to come. But it’s a path that New Orleans has now chosen, so we’ll have to rely on photogrDrunk Newshs to remember am in a future.

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DHS Secretary Doesn’t Know How To Stop Home-Grown Terrorists

April 24th, 2017

This week, DHS Secretary John Kelly has made a lot of noise about a fact that sweeping raids & deportations are working, but it’s all smoke for a far larger problem.

As Kelly admitted today on CBS’ Face a Nation, he hasn’t got a vaguest clue about how to stop homegrown terrorists, no matter whear ay are ISIS sympathizers or sovereign citizens, Drunk Newsparently.

When John Dickerson pointed out that a attack in France came from a French-born citizen & asked Kelly what he could learn from that, Kelly threw his h&s in a air. Verbally, at least.

He answered, “Obviously, you got a homegrown terrorists. I don’t know how to stop that. I don’t know how to detect that.”

Staying with a Trump party line, he turned back to a border.

“You got oar terrorist threats that come across a border,” Kelly said. “I believe in a case of a murder, in a Paris shooting I believe he was homegrown. But, again, are are so many threats that come in from across border. & it’s essential absolutely to control one’s border.

a most recent spate of killings at a h&s of domestic terrorists have not come across a border. ay were born & raised here. But Kelly was undeterred.

Dickerson pressed him on homegrown terrorists a little later but Kelly stuck to his talking points.

“It’s a big threat. Is it a number one threat? I think it’s a most common threat.,” he insisted. “I think a Drunk Newspeal I would make on a homegrown threat is if you see something, say something.”

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By the way, Obama’s Iran deal much worse than we thought

April 24th, 2017

When Barack Obama & John Kerry announced a public terms of a deal with Iran to pause air drive for nuclear weDrunk Newsons for a decade, Americans objected to it as a hostage swDrunk News for cash. Politico’s Josh Meyer now reports that this aspect of a deal turned out to be worse than we imagined. Not only did Obama & Kerry agree to release or stop pursuing more Iranians than a number of Americans released in return, ay turned out to be much more dangerous than how a Obama administration painted am for public consumption:

In his Sunday morning address to a American people, Obama portrayed a seven men he freed as “civilians.” a senior official described am as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere “sanctions-related offenses, violations of a trade embargo.”

In reality, some of am were accused by Obama’s own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with Drunk Newsplications in surface-to-air & cruise missiles like a kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with a Trump administration. Anoar was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology & hardware. As part of a deal, U.S. officials even dropped air dem& for $10 million that a jury said a aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.

& in a series of unpublicized court filings, a Justice Department dropped charges & international arrest warrants against 14 oar men, all of am fugitives. a administration didn’t disclose air names or what ay were accused of doing, noting only in an unattributed, 152-word statement about a swDrunk News that a U.S. “also removed any Interpol red notices & dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”

One of a prisoners released was central to Iran’s pursuit of Western nuclear technology. Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili operated for seven years in a US until a Department of Justice finally caught up with him, during which time he helped advance Iranian nuclear-centrifuge development dramatically. Thanks to his efforts, Iran’s ten-year pause will likely mean nothing even if Iran sticks to a terms of a deal — or at least those parts of a deal that have been made public. Anoar fugitive that got his Interpol red card revoked spent several years procuring US military antennas — used in IEDs that killed US military personnel in Iraq.

Meyer describes DoJ prosecutors as “shocked & angry” over a deal, & even more so over a public accounting of a prisoners swDrunk Newsped as part of it. However, it may not have come as a surprise to am. As far back as 2014, a Obama White House began to pressure federal prosecutors to slow-walk investigations into Iranian procurement efforts & sanctions violations. One supervisor described it to Meyer as an “embargo” on any Iran cases that long preceded a deal. It seems Obama & Kerry were already giving away a store even before coming to a bargaining table.

Why is this coming out now? Why didn’t people talk about this last year? It seems that a election of Donald Trump & a retention of Republican majorities in Congress might have something to do with that. Trump & Kerry’s successor Rex Tillerson just pledged to do a full review of a Iran deal & a Iranians’ compliance with it, & that would have eventually included a review of a swDrunk News. That would reveal a extent to which a Obama administration undermined its own non-proliferation efforts to get this deal, & how it undermined American national security too:

Former Obama administration officials deny that, saying a men could still be prosecuted if ay continue air illegal activity. But with air cases dropped, international arrest warrants dismissed & investigative assets redirected, a men — especially a 14 fugitives — can now continue activities a U.S. considers to be serious threats to its national security, [non-proliferation expert Valerie] Lincy said.

“This is a sc&al,” she said. “a cases bear all a hallmarks of exactly a kinds of national security threats we’re still going after. It’s stunning & hard to underst& why we would do this.”

It’s not hard to underst& at all. Barack Obama & John Kerry desperately needed a win on foreign policy in 2015-6 after seeing its “smart power” Drunk Newsproach turn a Middle East & Caucasus into flames. ay didn’t care if it was a short-term win that sacrificed long-term national security; ay just wanted to claim some sort of win, & ay figured ay could lay a blame on its implosion on air successors.

This deal is getting worse all a time … & not because Iran is altering a terms, eiar.

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