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|Democratic hypocrisy on sex and murder|
|[AMERICANTHINKER] Can you imagine the headlines we'd be reading if was a Republican? You might even be wondering, who is Ed Buck? Reporting on his crimes has been less than enthusiastic up to this point, but given the pattern of behavior and the increase in frequency of the "incidents," the story cannot be ignored for much longer.|
According to the police in West Hollywood, Ed Buck, a violent, dangerous sexual predator, lured homeless victims with money, drugs, and the promise of shelter to his home, where he apparently attempted to murder them with lethal injections of amphetamines. I generously used the word "apparently," since author Ian Fleming wrote, "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
On July 27, 2017, Gemmel Moore died of an "accidental overdose" at Buck's residence. Police decided not to press charges. Moore was only 26 years old. Then again in January of 2019, 55-year-old Timothy Dean allegedly died in Buck's house as the result of an overdose combined with alcohol toxicity. The coroner officially ruled that Dean's death was also an accidental overdose, but the newspaper headlines disturbingly suggested that a full fifteen minutes passed after Dean had become unresponsive, but before Buck called for an ambulance.
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|California’s Request for Federal Funding to Combat Homelessness Rejected|
|[AMGREATNESS] As the homelessness crisis in escalates, state officials requested increased federal funding to combat the issue, only to be rejected by Housing and Urban Development Secretary , as reported by ABC.|
The request letter was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and "mayors of the state’s 13 largest cities." The letter points out California’s recent increase in spending on welfare programs, and claims that the "[Trump] Administration has proposed significant cuts to public housing and programs like the Community Development Block Grant."
In a return letter signed by Secretary Carson, the Administration responded by pointing out that California "seeks federal dollars...from hardworking American taxpayers but fails to admit that your State and local policies have played a major role in the current crisis." Carson lists some of the state-based causes as being an "over-regulated housing market, its inefficient allocation of resources, and its policies that have weakened law enforcement."
Experts who spoke to ABC agree that "state and local policies...have led to the affordable housing shortage in California," while also admitting that simply spending more money "could take decades...to impact homelessness."
The dispute comes as President Trump has also threatened to hit California with environmental violations due to the pollution caused by the high rate of homelessness. State Democratic leaders have mostly shifted the blame onto the president with partisan attacks, further highlighting the vast political divide between the president and the heavily Democratic state.
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|California judge blocks law requiring Trump to submit tax returns to compete in state's 2020 primary|
|[FOXNEWS] A federal judge in Thursday granted the Trump campaign’s request to block a new law that requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns to run in the state’s primary elections.|
The law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in July would have left the sitting president off of the ballot in California’s March 2020 primary unless he submitted five years’ worth of his tax returns by a Nov. 26 deadline, the Los Angeles Times reported. Under SB 27, Trump would be included on the general election ballot in November 2020. Opponents of the law argue depressed GOP voter turnout in the primary could discourage voters from showing up to vote for the president in the main race.
"We are encouraged that the federal court has tentatively concluded that a preliminary injunction should be granted. We look forward to the court’s written order," Trump's attorney, Jay Sukelow, said in a statement, according to The Hill. "It remains our position that the law is unconstitutional because states are not permitted to add additional requirements for candidates for president, and that the law violated citizens’ 1st Amendment right of association."
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr., who was appointed by President George W. Bush, said he would issue a final ruling by the end of the month. He said he handed down an initial order from the bench to prevent the "irreparable harm without temporary relief" for Trump and other candidates should the law go into effect, according to the Times.
Thursday’s hearing consolidated five separate lawsuits filed against the state in response to SB 27. But Trump was the most high-profile defendant. Some argue the law was politically motivated and was conjured up by Democrats who are leading a widespread push to force the president to turn over his tax returns.
"The elephant in the room is President Trump's tax returns ‐ that's what this is about," England said during the hearing in Sacramento. "But it does have implications that are far-reaching."
Trump's lawyers said SB 27 would unfairly force the president to give up his right to privacy. Trump has already complied with federal law by submitting an annual report that provides an overview of his finances. The Ethics in Government Act (EIGA), which was enacted in 1976, applies to a range of high-ranking federal officials, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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|Still waiting for Dems to apologize to Kavanaugh|
|[NYPOST] It’s now been four days since The corrected ‐ er, retracted ‐ its attack against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Turns out the "new allegation" isn’t supported by the victim, a fact conveniently left out of the story.|
And still , Liz Warren, Beto O’ , Julian Castro, and haven’t apologized or reversed their calls for Kavanaugh to be impeached.
How long will it be before at least one of them shows the basic decency and fairness to take back the impeachment demand? We’re waiting.
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|Justin Trudeau stands exposed as phony like the ‘cancel culture’ left|
|[NYPOST] Justin Trudeau turns out to be even more of a vapid idiot than we’d thought. But what price will he pay for his idiocy? Canada’s ultraprogressive prime minister stands exposed as having donned black- or brownface at least three times in his younger years ‐ the most recent occasion apparently being in 2001, at age 29.|
The first image to surface came from a private school’s "Arabian Nights" gala where Trudeau was also kitted out in turban and robe.
He apologized for that one Wednesday, then owned up to singing "Day O" in blackface at a high school talent show. (Apparently, no one was checking his old yearbooks until now.)
And Thursday, up popped an early ’90s video of Trudeau in blackface and an Afro wig.
He’s apologized: "I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better, but I didn’t. And I’m really sorry."
Of course, he can’t claim that, bad as it looks now, people didn’t see donning blackface as such an invariably, horribly racist sin back then: Too much of the left spent too many days last year demanding Megyn Kelly’s scalp simply because she’d made that observation ‐ even though she never actually donned the offensive makeup.
She also apologized, on air and with tears ‐ but still lost her job.
Then again, the rules seem to be different for liberal sinners: Virginia’s Democratic governor and lieutenant gov both held on after their younger-days blackface photos surfaced.
To us, this is mainly just fresh proof that Trudeau is a phony ‐ a chameleon whose current perfect-PCness is a pose in pursuit of popularity and power. But is it worth his resignation? No. This scandal will simply be one more thing for Canadian voters to take into account in their coming elections, where polls already had him in trouble.
We can’t let "cancel culture" overtake all ‐ shaming people for past actions to the point that they get kicked off social media or, worse, lose their jobs.
The greater sin is that many liberals use such tactics to get rid of those they don’t like, while fellow travelers get let off the hook. Will they be outraged equally and fairly, or turn such incidents into witch hunts? We already know the answer. You can win mercy when you generally say all the right (i.e., left) things and vote or govern accordingly. Otherwise ...
Better to stop getting hung up on every tweet, every ill-advised costume, every long-ago foolishness and instead focus on what’s important: Who a person is today.
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|Bill de Blasio finally gives up on presidential bid — but not on torturing New York|
|[NYPOST] Mayor has finally realized what the rest of the country did long ago: He has no chance of being president of the United States.|
But that doesn’t mean he’s done torturing New York.
Oh, on the plus side, New Yorkers will no longer have to wince as their mayor abases himself before tiny "crowds" in New Hampshire and Iowa (though we will miss the awkward pictures of him and corndogs).
And (fingers crossed) those pathetic "We’re nearly there, send us $1 to help put us over the top" emails will stop, too.
Or maybe they won’t, since you have to expect de Blasio will rapidly turn his eye to some new side project that he’ll want cash for. His top goal, after all, is to maximize his income and his ambitions when term limits force him out at the end of 2021.
New York law doesn’t give him a golden parachute, so he’s determined to sew his own ‐ however many City Hall favors he has to sell to do it.
Ironically, de Blasio dropped out the day after the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced new settlements with donors to his old Campaign for One New York nonprofit ‐ developers who got what they wanted from the city and in turn paid off the mayor’s pocket "charity," which funded his political ambitions.
When he shut down CONY in the course of dodging prosecution for his corrupt pay-to-play games, the mayor promised to stop taking money from groups or people with city business. Yet his now-done presidential campaign relied overwhelmingly on such donors ‐ particularly the Hotel Trades Council, which has won several City Hall favors.
But all that dirty money wasn’t enough to buy him success in the prez race. He dragged at below 1 percent in the polls, and proved unable to get even token $1 donations to meet the minimum needed to qualify for the Democratic debates.
Now what? You know what he won’t do is pay any more attention to his day job than he absolutely has to ‐ after all, it was boredom with that work that left him chasing hopeless presidential dreams for months. Running the city will be left to his deputy mayors, agency heads and the permanent bureaucracy.
The only exception: whatever projects or people he can use as props to bolster his national progressive reputation ‐ that is, "ensuring that New York City remains the vanguard of progressivism," as he vowed in his NBC.com column on his withdrawal.
There’s a terrifying statement. What experiments will a bored and ambitious de Blasio foist upon us now?
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|CA Senate Passes Resolution Telling Pastors to Embrace LGBTQ Beliefs|
|[CBN] California Senate passed a resolution telling Christian clergy to accept and support LGBTQ ideology, even if doing so violates their Christian beliefs.|
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR-99) was introduced by Democratic state Assemblyman Evan Low of San Jose on June 4 as a way to gather support for LGBTQ identity and behaviors.
CBN News previously reported that more than two dozen doctors, counselors, former homosexuals, and other Christian leaders signed a letter condemning the resolution, which they said violates religious freedom.
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|Pete Buttigieg: Here's a better way to do Medicare-for-all|
|[WAPO] Pete Buttigieg is mayor of South Bend, Ind., and is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.|
Earlier this year, I lost my father to cancer. I make decisions for a living, but nothing could have prepared me for the kind of decisions our family faced as his illness grew more serious. But as challenging as that time was for my family, one thing we did not have to worry about was whether his illness would bankrupt our family. Because he was covered by Medicare, we were free to focus on what mattered most.
I want every family to have that same freedom. But as anyone who has ever visited a doctor knows, health care in the United States remains too expensive, too complicated and too frustrating. The system seems almost designed to leave us feeling powerless and confused.
As president, I will put Americans in charge of their own health care with affordable choices for all. I’ll ensure that every American has access to affordable coverage either through private insurance or a public alternative. If a private insurance plan through your employer or the marketplace isn’t affordable, you can get a plan that is. It’s what I call "Medicare for All Who Want It."
Many Democrats have proposed a Medicare-for-all plan, and while each of us would achieve universal coverage, there’s a real difference between the plan I’m announcing on Thursday and the ones offered by candidates such as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). Rather than flipping a switch and kicking almost 160 million Americans off their private insurance, including 20 million seniors already choosing private plans within Medicare, my plan lets Americans keep a private plan if they want to. If private insurers are unable or unwilling to offer better plans than they do today, competition from this public alternative will naturally lead to Medicare-for-all.
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|Yang: Climate Change May Require Elimination of Car Ownership|
|[Free Beacon] Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said the United States may have to eliminate private car ownership to combat climate change during MSNBC's climate forum at Georgetown University Thursday morning.|
He told MSNBC host Ali Velshi that "we might not own our own cars" by 2050 to wean the United States economy off of fossil fuels, describing private car ownership as "really inefficient and bad for the environment." Privately owned cars would be replaced by a "constant roving fleet of electric cars."
A video posted by the GOP War Room shows Velshi asking Yang what measures he sees the world taking to fight climate change by 2050.
"You have this ability to envision the future, right, with your proposals on universal basic income. You've played the whole chess game out and you see what it looks like on the other end. Play the chess game out on climate change," Velshi said. "What does the world look like to you in 2050? What physically do you think we will do differently than we do today that will result in us fighting climate change?"
"Well I mentioned before that we might not own our own cars. Our current car ownership and usage model is really inefficient and bad for the environment," Yang said.
"You guys all probably agree with this because you're quite young," he told the Georgetown University crowd, adding an anecdote about driving a 1985 Honda Accord as a young man.
Yang then proposed an alternative to individuals owning their own cars.
|US-backed SDC demands Syrian gov’t recognize their autonomy in northern Syria|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian government recently sent a letter to the Democratic Forces (SDF) as a "separatist terrorist militia" that is destabilizing the country. Security-General criticizing the U.S.-backed Syrian |
The letter accused the Syrian Democratic Forces of working with the U.S. and Israel to undermine the government , while "committing crimes for the International Coalition against the Syrian people," accusing the SDF of now "kidnapping, torturing, killing and displacing civilians."
in response to the government’s letter, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (political wing of the SDF), Ilham Ahmed, told Asharq al-Awsat that Damascus’ accusations were baseless and false, adding that they are attempting to please with these claims.
"This approach will not serve the political solution and the ‐threatening with wars and battles to impose control over the entirety of Syrian territory only prolongs the conflict," she said.
Ahmed said the Syrian Democratic Council is relentlessly working to reopen talks with Damascus in order to reach a political settlement.
The SDF co-chair also demanded that the Syrian government recognize the autonomous administration in northern and eastern Syria.
"We have consistently indicated through our statements, and we have repeatedly called on the Syrian government to begin engaging in a comprehensive political process to resolve the Syrian crisis, recognize the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria," the co-chair said.
|US continues to arm Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objections|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. military is still arming the Syrian Kurds in northeastern Syria, despite the Democratic Forces (SDF). regime’s objections and demands that they discontinue their support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian |
Citing a U.S. defense official on Wednesday, the AFP News Agency reported that the American military was still providing weapons and military equipment to the Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
According to the AFP report, the weapons and military equipment are being supplied to the Syrian Democratic Forces so that they can continue their fight against the ( / /IS/ ).
"We continue to provide very tailored arms and vehicles to the SDF" for use against IS, said Chris Maier, the director of the working group on the fight against the jihadists at the Department of Defense.
"We’re very transparent about what those supplies are," Maier said, adding "We provide monthly to a report of what those arms and vehicles are."
Earlier this week, local sources in the al-Hasakah Governorate reported that a U.S. military convoy consisting of 150 supply vehicles entered the northeastern Syria city of al-Malikiyah.
These reports come just a week after the U.S. and armed forces implemented a safe zone in northern Syria; they have already begun joint patrols.
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|Save the Date: Oct 10 Dem Prez Candidates to Debate LGBTQ Issues|
|[CNN] Human Rights Campaign Foundation ... will host a CNN Democratic presidential town hall in California...focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.|
HRC said the October 10 primetime event..will take questions from the audience and CNN journalists on specific LGBTQ concerns as well as their plans to promote equality and civility.
... former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have accepted HRC's invitation to participate in the event.