The first salvo against Donald Trump was fired only a few seconds into the Oscars’ opening monologue.
After a joyous opening musical number by Justin Timberlake performing “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that brought the crowd to its feet, host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at the 89th Annual Academy Awards and threw out one POTUS joke after another:
“This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel also had this to say: “I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone thanks to him.”
Don’t like the police? Call a crackhead.
Via Kentucky Com:
An Eastern Kentucky police chief has removed large decals with the Punisher skull and “Blue Lives Matter” from eight police cars after a backlash following the publication of a Herald-Leader story.
The Catlettsburg Police department, which employs eight full-time and two part-time officers for a population of about 2,500, featured the images on the hoods of its 2013 and 2017 Ford Interceptor sedans and sport-utility vehicles, assistant police chief Gerry Hatzel said. The stylized skull was from “The Punisher” comic book series.
The logo was praised by local residents but raised questions among others in the commonwealth.
The designs were spearheaded by Police Chief Cameron Logan, who worked with a vinyl decal shop in Louisiana to get the decals printed. Logan installed the decals on all the police vehicles in December. He would not discuss how much the decals cost.
“That design is basically to give back to the police officers,” Logan, who has been with the department for 13 years, said before reversing course on the emblems. “Our lives matter just as much as anybody’s. … I’m not racist or anything like that, I’m not trying to stir anything up like that. I consider it to be a ‘warrior logo.’ Just ’cause it has ‘Blue Lives Matter’ on the hood, all lives matter. That decal represents that we will take any means necessary to keep our community safe.”[…]
HT: Law Officer
Via Daily Caller:
Self-proclaimed “sanctuary city” Toronto is the latest destination for “asylum seeking” illegals who are crossing the New York border in record numbers.
Since January, thousands of illegals have arrived in Canada at remote border crossings in Manitoba and Quebec, claiming to be seeking asylum from President Donald Trump’s administration.
Because of a loophole in the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, they are subject to deportation if they arrive at an official border crossing but safe passage if they cross anywhere else.
Now the refugee flood has spread to Ontario border towns and not just at remote outposts.
Working fast food is not a career.
Wendy’s says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year.
A typical location would have three kiosks, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Higher-volume restaurants will be given priority for the kiosks.
Wendy’s chief information officer, David Trimm, said the kiosks are intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs. Kiosks also allow customers of the fast food giant to circumvent long lines during peak dining hours while increasing kitchen production.
Trim estimates the company will see a return on its investment in less than two years.
“They are looking to improve their automation and their labor costs, and this is a good way to do it,” said Darren Tristano, vice president with Technomic, a food-service research and consulting firm. “They are also trying to enhance the customer experience. Younger customers prefer to use a kiosk.”
Chicago is getting fast and furious.
Via Law Officer:
The Chicago Police Department report at least 33 gang related shootings in Back of the Yards and Brighton Park over the past nine months have been tied to semi-automatic rifles as several gangs boost their firepower. At least 46 people have been shot in the attacks, 13 fatally.
Police say this is the only area of the city where rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s are regularly used, a menacing new development in the gang fights.
It’s unclear how many of the high-powered rifles are on the street, but police suspect they are being passed around by members of four Hispanic gangs in the Deering police district, which covers parts of the South and Southwest sides.
Via Daily Caller:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say that under the new Trump administration, they’ve been empowered to carry out their jobs, instead of being punished for insubordination and told not to arrest illegals.
The New York Times interviewed 17 ICE agents across the country to talk about how the new atmosphere created under the Trump administration has allowed them to properly deport illegals. The Times described the agency under Trump as a “whirlwind of activity.”
“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,” said one ICE agent, who had worked with the agency for 10 years. “Now those people are priorities again. And there are a lot of them here.”
Via Free Beacon:
Union leaders in California continued a protest even after neighbors and police informed them they were at the wrong house because their target, Rep. Steve Knight (R., Calif.), had moved away months ago.
The group of over 50 protestors, who arrived in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) vans, carried a fake coffin to the house to send a message that Knight’s votes in Congress were “killing” them, according to a report in the local Antelope Valley Press.
Police arrived at the scene to alert the union protestors that they were in the wrong place, but the activists—who had already been informed of this fact by neighbors—decided to continue the protest anyway. The police removed the protestors from the home’s driveway and front lawn, where they were holding a candlelight vigil.
An aide to California State Assembly Leader Anthony Rendon defended the protestors, saying that it was not an “embarrassment.”
“I don’t see that this was an embarrassment,” said Rendon aide Darren Parker. “What I saw was people are looking for solutions to uncertainty and sometimes they don’t get the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed.”
Parker added that he was pleased by the turnout at the failed protest.
Throughout February, protestors organized by the state Democratic Party have targeted the Southern California Republican at his local office. The protestors said that their efforts were based on an online guidebook called “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.”
— Brittny Mejia (@brittny_mejia) February 26, 2017
Attacked by crazy leftists, who is then arrested.
BREAKING: Leftists attack Trump supporters rallying for boycott of #Oscars ceremony on the Hollywood boulevard in LA .
Liberal tolerance.. pic.twitter.com/4dlJn3e6h3
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) February 26, 2017
Junior may have taken some blows to the head during the chariot races. Update to this previous story.
A government ethics expert wants the federal government to investigate former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s $138,000-a-year payout from a combination of worker’s compensation and Social Security disability benefits.
The Chicago Tribune reported Jackson receives $100,000 per year in worker’s compensation benefits because he has bipolar disorder and depression and another $38,400 per year in disability benefits. Craig Holman, from the watchdog group Public Citizen, called that amount of money “breathtaking” for a former congressman.
“I can’t imagine in any way that his bipolar disorder would have been caused in any way by his congressional duties,” Holman said. “It’s really troubling to see someone who goes to prison for corruption coming out of prison (and collecting that money).”
Jackson was released from prison on 2015 after using his campaign fund for personal enrichment. He served in Congress for 17 years before quitting in 2012.
Jackson was convicted for using about $750,000 in campaign funds for vacations, furs, celebrity memorabilia and other items, the Tribune reported.
His attorney argued his conditions have worsened following his divorce, but didn’t state how his job as a congressman may have caused those conditions.
This is from last year, but it shows the problems that Democrats have saddled themselves with with Perez. Ellison was far left, but Perez is not much better.
Via Free Beacon:
Politico reported on Monday that many influential Democrats are floating Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton, despite his history of scandals.
Perez endorsed Clinton in December and has campaigned for her in recent weeks. Political insiders speculate that Perez would help Clinton shore up portions of the liberal base that she has lost to her socialist rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), in nearly half of the primaries. Perez would also bring diversity to the ticket, since both Clinton and Sanders are elderly white people.
Round up the usual suspects.
Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned.
The Philadelphia police say this was an act of vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the corner of Frankford and Cheltenham avenues.
Aaron Mallin of North Jersey made the disturbing discovery Sunday when he came to visit his father’s grave.
“It’s just very disheartening that such a thing would take place,” Mallin said.
He says he knows this doesn’t look good, but is hoping that somehow this wasn’t an anti-Semitic attack.
“I’m hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids. But the fact that there’s so many, it leads one to think it could have been targeted,” Mallin said.
The damage is widespread all across the cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected.
Mallin just doesn’t understand how someone could do this.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week.
Scott decided to ban placards from his North Charlestown meeting in hopes of averting the raucousness that erupted at dozens of town halls during the first congressional recess of Donald Trump’s month-old presidency.
The senator also required the crowd submit questions in writing ahead of time after other Republican lawmakers faced a wave of anger on issues ranging from Trump’s immigration and healthcare policies to the president’s ties to Russia.
Despite Scott’s precautions, arguments broke out and constituents told one another to shut up, though many in the audience – mostly white and over the age of 50 – said the senator remained respectful and sincere. And it never degenerated into an all-out shouting match.
Scott, the only African-American Republican in the U.S. Senate, began his town hall by pulling slips of paper from a box and reading the questions aloud. But the overflow audience of 300, evenly divided between Trump opponents and supporters, reacted with loud boos and cheers, even before he could begin to answer.
To a question about a rise in hate crimes, Scott said the trend predates the president’s campaign.
“We can blame Trump for a lot of things but I don’t think we can blame him for this one,” he said, following a pattern of distancing himself from Trump without directly criticizing him.
“Some people have come to the conclusion that this president has already failed,” Scott said. “I hope that most of us, whether you voted for him or not, hope that he succeeds.”[…]
The session almost broke down when a man stood up and faced the crowd as audience members were peppering Scott with loud comments. “Let the man answer the question,” the man said on the senator’s behalf. “Sit down and shut up.”
Two men who wore red “Make America Great Again” hats clapped loudly. Arguments broke out in the crowd.
Eventually, Scott threatened to walk out.
“I know we prefer to blame Trump for our incivility,” he said. “Let me ask, if we want to continue this conversation, that we do so in a way that no one feels threatened.”
His admonitions appeared to work. Order was eventually restored, and Scott gave up on picking questions from the box and started calling on audience members if they raised their hands. The session ended on a relatively civil note.
Al Qaeda source mourns him:
Sorry, dude, he’s now languishing in hell where he belongs…
Via The Hill:
Five Oscar nominees in the foreign-language film category released a statement ahead of the awards show condemning “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism in the U.S.” — a statement that is likely the first of many political comments expected during Sunday’s Academy Awards.
The group said it would dedicate the Oscar of whichever film wins to those working toward unity, and the films’ directors said they reject the borders symbolically defining their category.
“We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of unity between nations and the freedom of the arts,” the directors said in the statement.
Spurred in part by a spate of controversies over anti-Semitism in one of the state’s towns, Montana lawmakers advanced a bill Saturday that pledges solidarity with Israel by refusing to do business with firms boycotting the Middle Eastern country.
Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen of Culbertson said his bill allows Montana to stand in solidarity with Israel. His bill “sends the message that we will not send our taxpayer dollars to companies which chose to participate in the boycotting and sanctioning of one of our nation’s strongest allies,” Knudson said.
The bill would direct the Montana Board of Investments to sever ties with companies supporting a pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel. It would also bar public agencies — including counties, cities and towns — from doing businesses with companies that don’t agree to certify in writing that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.
Opponents said the bill is well-intentioned but a potential infringement on free speech. Some argued Montana should stay out of global politics.
Nevertheless, the House endorsed the measure 59-41 on preliminary vote. In doing so, Montana is seeking to join other states that have passed similar bills.[…]
The proposal takes aim at the so-called BDS movement — Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — that is seeking international support against Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
“BDS is nothing less than modern-day anti-Semitism,” said Rabbi Chaim Bruk, in a statement released by Knudsen’s office. Bruk applauded the Montana House for “standing with the Jewish people in Montana and their eternal bond with Israel.”
But not all Jewish leaders supported the proposal. Laurie Franklin, the congregational leader of Har Shalom in Missoula, acknowledged that the bill “was well-intentioned” but would place “unacceptable restraints on free trade and free speech.”
Franklin, who advocates improving relations between Israelis and Palestinians, said the bill is an unnecessary foray by the state into global politics.
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind…
Via The Daily Wire:
At a ratio of about 98.7% (spitballing, might be higher), for the sin of being a Christian or supporting Trump and border security, for opposing abortion, or just wanting to live your life with as little government intrusion as possible, whenever you turn on a TV or radio, watch a movie, open a magazine, look at the news, attend a class, crack a book, or catch a game, in ways subtle and not, you are smeared as an “ist,” a “phobe,” or a greedy teabagger.
From the moment you choose to be something other than a Leftist, all around you within our news and entertainment culture, you’re surrounded with constant challenges to your beliefs and attacks on your humanity and morality.
And unless we restrict our cultural lives to only evangelical movies, conservative talk radio, Christian rock, and black and white TV shows (an environment that probably resembles the real Hell), we can’t hide away in safe spaces.
And this is a good thing.
Oh, sure, it’s sometimes annoying. But adversity is healthy; for in this reality we toughen up, learn to tolerate differences, better articulate our beliefs, open ourselves to challenging ideas. And as a result, we learn, we grow, and we acquire the kind of emotional and spiritual depth required for any life that is truly fulfilling.
The Left, on the other hand, has devolved into a bunch of angry, shallow, unhappy, bitter sissies, who are incapable of dealing with any kind of difficulty, most especially an election loss.
Look at the college campus, the news media… Watch the Left launch into hysterics when even a small blight appears on their ocean-sized monopoly over the culture — a “24” or a Fox News.
Everyone should revisit Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Although published way back in 1953, the novel almost perfectly predicted what has happened to the modern Left, not just here in America — everywhere, most especially Europe.
Set in the future, Bradbury’s society has become so hostile towards any kind of adversity, most especially the concept of exposing themselves to contemplative thought or challenging ideas, that they not only burn all the books, they numb themselves with drugs and reality television, and cancel out even the possibility of self-reflection with a bombardment of relentless stimulus in the form of gadgets, pop culture, social media and overall pleasure-seeking.
Because of the ceaseless happy-faced advertising that blares through ever-present speakers, the hero of our story, Montag, can’t even read an illicit Bible on public transportation.
In keeping with the fine tradition of Democratic rigging…
Via Daily Mail:
President Donald Trump again waded into Democratic Party politics Sunday morning, suggesting yesterday’s race for Democratic National Commitee chair was ‘rigged.’
‘The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally “rigged.” Bernie’s guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!’ Trump wrote.
Yesterday, President Obama’s former labor secretary Tom Perez beat out Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who had the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Perez quickly turned around and asked Ellison to be his No. 2.
Speaking to Jake Tapper this morning, Perez laughed off the president’s latest tweet.
‘Well, you know, Congressman Ellison and I got a good kick out of that,’ he said on State of the Union.