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Five Killed, 26 Wounded In Chicago Shootings Over The Weekend

Via Daily Caller:

At least 31 people were shot and five of those victims were killed in Chicago this weekend as of Sunday afternoon.

The shooting spree in the city continues unabated with 26 wounded so far and five killed, according to a report in the Chicago Sun Times.

This weekend’s shootings bring the city’s toll so far this year to 973 people shot and 168 fatalities.

The latest shooting victims added to Chicago’s statistics include a 21-year-old male who was shot in the head in the Roseland neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Innovative Homeowner Beats HOA, Finds New Way To Fly Blue Lives Matter Flag…

That’s not how it works. (Sarcasm) Update to this previous story.

Via WOKV:

The St. Johns County homeowner who was asked by her homeowners association to remove a Blue Lives Matter flag from the outside of her home a month ago has now found a new way to get the message across.

A projector is now beaming the flag onto the homeowner’s Samara Lakes garage at night instead of having it hung from a flagpole attached to the home.

Jeff Gaddie – the father of the homeowner – tells our partner Action News Jax that his daughter had flown that flag for years before she got a letter requesting she take it down after a neighbor complained the flag was racist.

“It doesn’t seem to quite be covered that a projector from a vehicle projecting on your garage door is a violation of the HOA,” Gaddie added.

According to Gaddie, the letter claimed that only American and military flags were allowed to be on display, but Action News Jax found others on display in that neighborhood.

He also said that First Coast Association Management – the company in charge of enforcing the rules in that neighborhood – hasn’t gotten back to his daughter despite several attempts at contact on their part.

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HT: Law Officer

Sen. Ben Sasse Gives Perfect Response To DNC Chair’s Claim That He “Fights For Little Guy”

Clinton Lackey Stephanopoulos After Interviewing “Trump Country” Radio Host: “Let’s Talk To Smart People In New York”

The smart people that predicted a Hillary landslide in the election.

Via RCP:

George Stephanopoulos interviews conservative radio host Bill Cunningham for “the view from Trump country.” Stephanopoulos, host of the Sunday show This Week on ABC News, asked Cunningham to explain the “grip” Trump holds on his voters, why he is viewed as a “rock star” by supporters and if the radio host feels there are any “warning signs” of a Trump exodus.

“I think there’s a disconnect among the real people who live in America and the coastal elites,” Cunningham told Stephanopoulos.

After the interview, Stephanopoulos turned to the This Week roundtable which he referred to as, “bright, smart people here in New York City.”

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Wow: Interview Where George Soros Admits How His Amoral Character Was Formed

From “60 Minutes” interview, 1998:

Now the clip ends, and leaves off this sentence. “So the — I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.” But he had just said that he had in fact helped in the confiscation.

And what’s perhaps more distressing than the diffident words themselves, is the complete lack of compassion and the coldness with smiles of the answers.

Here’s the full interview, worth a watch, to see into the soul (what there is of it) of an self-admitted amoral man.

Trump To Have Dinner With Supreme Court Justices…

If kale is on the menu, Ginsburg will attend.

Via Washington Examiner:

President Trump will be having dinner with Supreme Court justices Thursday.

Trump’s newly confirmed Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch is expected to join. It’s not clear if all of the other eight Supreme Court justices plan to attend.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was critical of Trump throughout the presidential campaign. Trump called for her resignation after she questioned how he had gotten away with not releasing his tax returns.

The dinner comes the same day Argentine President Mauricio Macri is making an official visit to the White House.

Social Justice Warrior Participates In March For Science…

The stupid burns bright.

DNC Chair Tom Perez Says Every Democrat (And Every American) Should Be Pro-Choice

No room for pro-lifers, so the pro-life Democrats should jump ship….

WASHINGTON ― Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

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Global Antisemitism Drops 12%, But Surges By 45% On US Campuses…

Academia needs an enema.

Via JPost:

While violent incidents of antisemitism dropped 12% worldwide in 2016, US campuses saw a surge of 45% in antisemitism, according to data released Sunday.

The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University in collaboration with the European Jewish Congress released its Annual Report on Antisemitism for 2016 during a press conference held at the university.

According to the report, a total of 361 anti-Semitic violent incidents were reported worldwide, down from 410 in 2015.

The decrease in the number of all types of anti-Semitic incidents put together, as monitored by communities and governmental agencies, is most evident in France, where the Interior Minister announced a 61% decrease in all forms of antisemitism as well as in Belgium which witnessed a 60% decline.

The report credited the reason for this drop to increased security measures and the heavy presence of soldiers and police surrounding Jewish institutions as well as the fact that an increasing number of Jews avoid appearing in public spaces with identifying attributes, such as a Kippah.

In contrast, English speaking countries saw a rise in antisemitic incidents: The UK saw an increase of 11%, though the rate of violent incidents decreased by 13% while antisemitic incidents in Australia increased by 10% this past year.

One of the most startling findings is a 45% increase in antisemitism on US campuses, which the report stated have become a hot-bed for antisemitism, often under the guise of anti-Zionism and due to increased pro-Palestinian movements, such as BDS on campuses.

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DHS Sec: Trump Will Be Dealing With A North Korea Capable Of Striking U.S. By End Of First Term

Hence the reason to be concerned now. Clinton enabled them, Obama kicked the can down the road. But at some point, you run out of time.

Via Free Beacon:

Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly said Sunday that he believes President Trump will be dealing with a nuclear North Korea, able to strike America, by the end of his first term.

Kelly’s statement came during an interview in which CNN’s Dana Bash asked Kelly about a recent Los Angeles Times article which said that, in spite of $40 billion in spending by the Pentagon, missile defense systems meant to defend against a nuclear strike by North Korea or Iran failed six times out of nine in simulated attacks tested since 2004.

“Is the U.S., at this point, capable of shooting down a North Korean missile if it were headed towards California or anywhere else in America?” Bash asked.

Kelly declined to comment specifically, insisting that any knowledge he had on the issue was classified. But Bash pushed him: in his capacity as Homeland Security Secretary, could Kelly say for sure whether or not the homeland was safe?

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Gay Seattle Mayor’s Alleged Sex Abuse Victim: He Should Resign…

Democrats don’t resign, they persist. Update to this previous story.

Via Red State:

One of the two men who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexual assault when they were teens in the 1980’s has spoken out about what he and his lifelong friend, Jeff Simpson, went through. Lloyd Anderson, now 51 and living in Florida, spoke with the Seattle magazine The Stranger and said his only goal is to have Ed Murray resign as mayor.

Anderson, who pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching his wife’s teenage niece in 1998 and is a registered sex offender, says that he took responsibility for what he did and he wants Ed Murray to do the same for his alleged misconduct.

“I just don’t think that the person should get away with it. I did what I did, I admitted to what I did, and I think that if anybody in this world has done it, then he needs to come forward and they need to say, “Yeah, and I need to pay for what I did. I did what I did, I’m guilty, and I shouldn’t have done it, and I need to take the consequences that come along with that,” you know, and that’s something I think every person needs to do, especially in this particular kind of thing. Because it can wreck a person for their lives, you know. I mean, it screwed me up my whole life.”

Anderson states that he is non-political and doesn’t consider himself a Democrat or a Republican. He also told The Stranger that while he is “kind of a Christian,” he has a live and let live attitude toward gay marriage. “Well, if it makes them happy, you know, then I think that’s alright,” Anderson said. Essentially putting to rest the accusations that Anderson’s accusations are politically motivated or anti-gay.

Anderson also went into some detail of the alleged abuse. Saying that Murray was “almost violent” when Anderson was performing sex acts on Murray. According to Anderson, Murray allegedly paid him $15 to $30 for on more than one occasion.

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Poll: 67% Say Democrats More Out Of Touch Than GOP, Trump

67% is a mammoth number in political polling. That’s a huge indictment of the Democrats and proof people really are getting how far left they’ve gone.

Via Free Beacon:

More Americans say that the Democratic Party is “out of touch with the concerns of most Americans” than either the Republican Party or President Trump, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

According to the survey, 67 percent of those polled said that the Democratic Party was “out of touch” with common American concerns, and only 28 percent said the party is “in touch.” Six percent said they had no opinion.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: US Won’t Reveal ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Toll…

Good call.

Via Military Times:

The ear-splitting explosion from America’s “mother of all bombs” has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week’s use of the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan.

The April 13 attack on an ISIS tunnel and cave complex near the Pakistani border marked the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. U.S. military officials have said the 11-ton bomb effectively neutralized an ISIS defensive position.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, however, called the use of the weapon “an immense atrocity against the Afghan people.”

The Afghan government has estimated a death toll of more than 90 militants. It said no civilians were killed.

Reporters traveling with Mattis in Israel asked for his assessment of the bomb’s damage, but he refused.

“For many years we have not been calculating the results of warfare by simply quantifying the number of enemy killed,” Mattis said.

But the Pentagon sometimes announces death counts after attacks on extremists.

On Jan. 20, for example, it said a B-52 bomber strike killed more than 100 militants at an al-Qaida training camp in Syria. That same day, the Pentagon said more than 150 al-Qaida operatives had been killed by U.S. strikes since Jan. 1.

On Jan. 25 the Pentagon said U.S. strikes in Yemen killed five al-Qaida fighters.

Mattis, who assumed office hours after President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, hasn’t publicly discussed such numbers. He said Thursday his view was colored by lessons learned from the Vietnam war, when exaggerated body counts undermined U.S. credibility.

“You all know the corrosive effect of that sort of metric back in the Vietnam war and it’s something that’s stayed with us all these years,” said Mattis, who was in Tel Aviv to meet Israeli government leaders on Friday.

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North Korea Threatens To Sink USS Carl Vinson

Lil Kim’s crew mouthing off again…

Via Daily Caller:

North Korea warned Sunday that it is prepared to sink President Donald Trump’s “armada” if necessary.

A U.S. Navy carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is moving into waters off Korea. The strike group, which Trump previously called a “very powerful armada,” is taking part in joint drills with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force in the Western Pacific.

The Vinson and the accompanying destroyers and cruisers are expected to move into position near Korea “within days,” Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, without going into specifics.

“Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling party, wrote Sunday, expressing the North’s perpetual defiance. Calling the Vinson a “gross animal,” the paper stated a strike on the carrier would be an “example to show our military force.”

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After The Debacles in Kansas And Georgia, DCC Shifts Money and Resources To Montana…

The race will turn into a prairie dog fight.

Via Helena IR:

Mary Reckin has noticed a change in the Flathead Valley.

It started after last fall’s election, when Republican Donald J. Trump won the presidential race in Montana by 20 percentage points and Democrats went from holding all but one statewide office to a lone one retained, the governor’s seat.

But after the Democrats took such a drubbing, Reckin said people began showing up — so many came to meetings of the Flathead County Democratic Women the room was too crowded to hold them all.

“That really energized people. It’s the start of something really wonderful,” she said. “We’ve more than doubled attendance.”

Then came rallies for Rob Quist, a Democrat who until January was best known as a member of the legendary Mission Mountain Wood Band. Quist, from Creston, is running to fill Montana’s empty seat in Congress against Republican Greg Gianforte, a Bozeman businessman who lost the governor’s race last fall to incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock in a vote close enough nobody knew the winner when they went to bed on election night.[…]

But late last week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told that publication it was committing six figures to the race. Other groups, including one of the country’s largest political action committees, mobilized the same day, connecting Quist with a small-donor network that raised more than $825,000 in the Georgia election. In that state Democrat Jon Ossoff is heading to a June runoff after getting 48.1 percent of the vote against 11 Republican candidates.

Gianforte’s support nationally could be considered more more normal or expected, though neither of those words are quite right for this election. Montana hasn’t had to replace a congressman since 1969. This time around the state needs a new representative after Ryan Zinke was picked by Trump to be Secretary of the Interior.

While a search for Quist’s name on the DCCC website still turns up a goose egg, Gianforte is plastered all over the website for the other party’s equivalent organization, the National Republican Campaign Committee. Big-time Republican super PACs, as well as the NRA, have made major ad buys in the state as well.

On the Wednesday before the DCCC dropped money into the race, Quist dismissed narratives that national groups had overlooked his election.

Right after he became the nominee in January after going four rounds with eight other hopefuls, Democratic heavyweights MoveOn.org, a political action committee that works to advance progressive politics, and Daily Kos, a political blog, sent out emails encouraging their followers to support Quist.

“One-third of our contributions are coming from out-of-state,” he said.

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BREAKING: Marine Le Pen Makes It Into Second Round Of Frances’ Presidential Election

Le Pen will face Emmanuel Macron in the May runoff.

Via Daily Mail:

France’s far right National Front sent shock waves through Europe tonight after leader Marine Le Pen made it into the second round of nation’s presidential elections, according to exit polls.

The hard-line anti-immigration candidate stormed into the final ballot to face centrist independent Emmanuel Macron.

Le Pen, 48 came second in the national poll behind Macron with 22 per cent of the vote in the tense election which saw 11 candidates vying for the role, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

Tonight Le Pen and her supporters were celebrating in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont, 120 miles north of Paris.

The far right leader had security authorities on high alert, with rioting expected across the country in protest due to her election success.

More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to the 66,000 polling stations for Sunday’s election, which comes after Thursday’s deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain.

French intelligence have warned of there would be “public disturbances in the case of the presence of parties in the second round that are extremist,” according to Le Parisien newspaper.

Le Pen has vowed to offer French voters a referendum to leave the EU and wants to leave the Euro, known as Frexit.

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Why Can’t The Clintons Just Go Away?

The media keeps giving them the spotlight.

Via NY Post:

Since losing the most winnable presidential election in modern American history, Hillary Clinton has, among other things: given a series of high-profile speeches, joined Gov. Cuomo at his public unveiling of tuition-free college, refused to rule out a run for mayor of New York and issued an online video message exhorting fellow Democrats to fight on in her name.

“The challenges we face,” she said, “as a country and a party, are real.”

Clearly, Hillary still sees herself as the leader of the Democratic Party. And why shouldn’t she? Democrats have been locked in an abusive relationship with the Clintons for decades, enabling, explaining, convincing themselves that next time will be different. Party faithful hew to Hillary’s excuses for losing to Donald Trump: It’s James Comey’s fault, plus the Russians, white supremacists, misogynists, the deplorables and immobilized millennials, among other things.

Her losses in 2008 and 2016 have been framed as things that happened to Hillary — not one, but two Black Swan events that stymied her historic destiny.[…]

Hillary’s Twitter feed indicates that she’s learned nothing. She posts about social issues and identity politics through the prism of her loss. She remains woefully out of touch and she still doesn’t get what her husband did way back in 1992: It’s the economy, stupid.

Unless deprived of oxygen, Hillary and her cohort will press on, further retarding party progress. Stars such as Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are fighting for column inches, airtime and party dominance as the Clintons stubbornly remain.[…]

Chelsea Clinton, meanwhile, is reportedly being groomed for a congressional seat and this week appeared on the cover of Variety as a “Woman of Power.” She’s never looked happier, and she’s never attempted to look so hip, outfitted in jeans, a white T-shirt and black leather jacket. Who could she be hoping to reach?

“This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines,” Chelsea said. In true Clintonian mixed-messaging, she’s ruling out a run for office while continuing to raise her profile, offering policy-free platitudes to heartbroken Dems. “Talk about what’s really at risk in this moment,” she said. “Raise your voice and help others raise their voices.”

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BREAKING: North Korea Detains American Citizen Trying To Leave Pyongyang

We reported previously that they would start detaining/kidnapping Americans to use as leverage. They haven’t even gotten around to faking a charge against the guy yet. All Americans should get out of North Korea as soon as possible.

Via ABC:

North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.

Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Park said Kim, who is 58, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang’s international airport. A university spokesman said he was trying to leave with his wife on a flight to China.

The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained recently, but could not comment further. The embassy looks after consular affairs for the United States in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

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Left Eats Left: Union Says CAIR Fired Three For Labor Organizing…

Who are you going to believe?

Via Washington Examiner:

The union attempting to organize the national headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the Muslim civil rights group has fired three staffers in an effort to undermine the labor group’s bid. CAIR says the union is spreading “misinformation.”

The charges and counter-charges are the latest escalation in the ongoing fight between CAIR and the Maryland-based Service Employees International Union Local 500, which has been trying to organize its staff since October.

“They are union-busting,” Christopher Honey, spokesman for the union, told the Washington Examiner Friday. “They have created a really hostile workplace atmosphere.”

He said CAIR recently dismissed three staffers who were working for the union, and that was the reason why it filed an unfair practices complaint on Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency. “They even delayed when their cost-of-living increase would go into effect until after they got rid of these people,” Honey said.

CAIR, which has generally allied itself with liberal groups, flatly denied the charge. “No employee has been discharged for anything to do with a union. In fact, the one employee they are referring to tendered his resignation more than 30 days ago and CAIR found a replacement, so clearly there is misinformation being disseminated. That said, CAIR respects the privacy of its employees and will not comment on personnel issues,” it said in an email to the Washington Examiner.

The unfair practices complaint means that an April 24 workplace election that the labor board had scheduled has been indefinitely postponed until the dispute is resolved. The fight involves a bargaining unit of 17 employees at CAIR’s Washington headquarters, according to Honey.

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