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  2. Daily Wire Hank Berrien August 23 2017 On Tuesday, the federal jury in Las Vegas considering the case against the four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents during the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014 decided none of them were guilty. After four days of deliberations, they jury decided that Richard Lovelien, Steven Stewart, Eric Parker and O. Scott Drexler were innocent of conspiracy and extortion; jurors could not reach a verdict on weapons and assault charges against Parker and Drexler. Las Vegas defense lawyer Shawn Perez said, "Both Ricky and I were teary-eyed. I was shaking ... I have gotten not-guilty verdicts before, but this was really special to me." Las Vegas defense lawyer Jess Marchese added, "(Parker) is getting released as we speak. He's ecstatic." Trisha Young, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, said, “While we are disappointed with the verdicts, we thank the jurors for their service. At this time, the government has not announced its decision regarding the retrial of Eric Parker and O. Scott Drexler.” Back in April, a jury deadlocked on charges against the four men, but convicted two other defendants on multiple counts. Conspiracy charges against all six men failed. (Snip)
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  7. Via Meadia Sean Keeley August 22 2017 The U.S. sanctions list on North Korea just grew a little longer, as the Treasury Department turns up the heat on Pyongyang’s enablers in China and Russia. From The Associated Press: (Snip) If nothing else, the new sanctions show that the Trump administration is serious about exposing and closing the tortuous financial paths exploited by China and Russia to prop up Pyongyang. Holding both countries’ feet to the fire in order to isolate North Korea is a certainly a worthy cause. Whether these moves will actually change the stubborn behavior of the regime in Pyongyang, alas, is far from certain
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  9. Dear MSM I am very glad to see that I am not the only person who doesn't get it. For the last 10-15 years I've been saying "I Don't Get It." Now I see I'm just like you...with one small difference, I understand that I Don't Get It, and I've accepted it.....Apparently You Don't. With no due respect Valin (skinny old white guy)
  10. Because it never gets old: Police blast Phoenix rioter in crotch with pepper-ball cannon By Robert Laurie Oh, dear me. When a fully-triggered leftist decides to kick a can of teargas back at the police during a riot, you can be fairly certain it’s not going to end well for him. He’s basically begging the police to fire back, so he can claim some sort of politically correct victim status.
  11. Ricohet Lighting a Match to History Member Doug Kimball / August 22, 2017 / 9 COMMENTS There will always be those who are bigoted and racist. There will always be those who believe that race is always a problem, holding them back. Both are wrong. As a nation we have done more than any other to erase race, origin, sex, age, religion and sexual preference in how we deal with others in the conduct of our daily lives. We aren’t perfect. Our freedoms allow our citizens the liberty to be ugly. But we are the most open, generous and forgiving country that has ever been; a place where everyone is offered an opportunity to rise beyond his natal station. There is a call from the Left and the media that all symbols of the losing cause in the Civil War, after more than a century and a half, be purged from the public eye and destroyed. They inspire racists and bigots, we are told. However, ritual removal of all confederate memorials will do absolutely nothing to remove the purple scar of slavery from America’s history.
  12. Phoenix Rally: Trump Attacks Media for Dishonesty, Media Melts Down Posted by Mary Chastain August 23, 2017 at 11:30am Don Lemon thinks Trump is trying to start a civil war. Last night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Phoenix, AZ, where he trashed the media for its dishonesty about his remarks about Charlottesville. He also railed against the GOP in Congress for not repealing Obamacare. From Fox News:
  13. Scarborough: “Chilling” that “so many Americans” voted for Trump Posted by Mark Finkelstein August 23, 2017 at 8:30am Warned you: “watch out, America, watch out Republicans, you better not do this” Looks like Joe Scarborough might be getting bored with attacking Donald Trump. So now he’s turning on the people who put Trump into office. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough cited comments made by James Clapper after Trump’s remarks in Phoenix last night, and by Michael Hayden in 2016, questioning Trump’s fitness for office, specifically with regard to the potential use of nuclear weapons. Joe then referenced a statement made by Mika Brzezinksi prior to the election in which she warned Americans against voting for Trump. (more…)
  14. AEI Frederick W. Kagan August 22, 2017 President Trump’s decision to recommit to Afghanistan was right and important. He explained the stakes of the fight accurately: to prevent al Qaeda and ISIS from regaining the base from which al Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks and from which both would plan and conduct major attacks against the US and its allies in the future. He also described the minimum required outcome: an Afghan state able to secure its own territory with very limited support from the US and other partners. This outcome is essential to American security and it is achievable. Recent commentary has cast doubt on the feasibility of any kind of success in Afghanistan. The doubts are understandable, but their framing is incorrect. Yes, America has had troops in Afghanistan for 16 years. But it is wrong to suggest the US has been pursuing a single policy or strategy in that time, and equally wrong to suggest that no progress has been made. (Snip) Afghanistan suffers from multiple challenges beyond ANSF capability as well, including a dysfunctional government (partially imposed upon it by the US after the contested elections of 2014); the fragmentation following the death of key leaders of the Northern Alliance of Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazaras that has been a key partner for the US since the 1980s; and the deterioration of security in the previously relatively peaceful north. There is still no agreed-upon political accommodation among the vast majority of Afghans who reject the Taliban, moreover — the people whom we most need to support. But there is no reason to despair of meeting these challenges. As General Petraeus said of Iraq, “hard is not hopeless.” The policy President Trump just announced is yet another change in the kaleidoscopic strategy the US has pursued in Afghanistan since 9/11, but it is largely a positive one. It seeks to reverse the focus on withdrawal that characterized Obama’s approach after 2011, recognizes the importance of trying to win in Afghanistan, attempts to establish a reasonable definition of success, and begins to make available the resources necessary to achieve such a success.
  15. While They Rage, Trump Builds By Roger Kimball| August 22, 2017 What’s the highest pleasure known to man? Christian theologians talk about the visio beatifica, the “beatific vision” of God. Alas, that communion is granted to very few in this life. For the common run of mankind, I suspect, the highest pleasure is moral infatuation. Like a heartbeat, moral infatuation has a systolic and diastolic phase. In the systolic phase, there is an abrupt contraction of sputtering indignation: fury, outrage, high horses everywhere. Delicious. Then there is the gratifying period of recovery: the warm bath of self-satisfaction, set like a jelly in a communal ecstasy of unanchored virtue signaling. The communal element is key. For while individuals may experience and enjoy moral infatuation, the overall effect is greatly magnified when shared. One case in point was afforded by the mass ecstasy that accompanied Maximilien Robespierre’s effort to establish a Republic of Virtue in 1793.
  16. Why a U.S. Senator’s Impending Trial Has Democrats Worried Jury selection begins in case against New Jersey's Menendez, charged with bribery, conspiracy, lying by Edmund Kozak | Updated 23 Aug 2017 at 6:29 AM Jury selection for the trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez began Tuesday, more than two years since the disgraced politician was indicted on a number of bribery and corruption charges. The trial, which centers on a slew of charges surrounding Menendez’s relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, a corrupt Medicare fraudster who is also facing charges, has a potential to not only end Menendez’s career but also to tip the balance of the Senate even further in favor of the Republican Party. Democrats are not exactly displaying enthusiasm at the prospect of the imminent trial.
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  19. The Federalist How Senate Leaders Can Use Existing Rules To End Democrat Stonewalling Getting the Senate back to work doesn’t require changing its rules. Republicans have all the tools they need to curb Democrats’ ability to obstruct their agenda. By James Wallner AUGUST 23, 2017 Democrats have threatened to filibuster Republican efforts to debate important legislation on the Senate floor. But this is nothing new. The filibuster has been used in the past to frustrate both Democratic and Republican majorities. It has prevented both liberal and conservative policies from passing. This has made it the bane of Senate majorities, their co-partisans in the House of Representatives, and the president. Consequently, senators have proposed various reforms over the years to clamp down on the minority’s ability to delay the legislative process. Most recently, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., called for changing the Senate’s rules to make it easier to start debate on the floor. He would do so by making the motion to proceed to legislation non-debatable (i.e., not subject to a filibuster).
  20. after lee: charlottesville and beyond View all posts from this blog By:Wayne Allensworth | August 23, 2017 Was it for this That on that April day we stacked our arms Obedient to a soldier’s trust? To lie Ground by the heels of little men, Forever maimed, defeated, impugned? —Donald Davidson, “Lee in the Mountains” There are times when I feel as though I’ve awoken in a madhouse, a madhouse that cannot possibly be the country I was born into. Following Donald Trump’s heroic news conference in New York the week of the Charlottesville riot, and his subsequent “tweet storm,” in which our president, in defending historical monuments, displayed more common sense and sanity than our media, political, academic and economic establishments are accustomed to, I could only conclude that to display sanity these days is an heroic act in itself. I walked away from the computer screen long enough to scan the bookcase in my son’s room and pulled from the shelf a volume I had treasured as a boy, a beautifully illustrated biography by Henry Steele Commager and Lynd Ward entitled America’s Robert E. Lee. I had often borrowed it from the library of my elementary school and had found a copy of it decades later in a used book store. The book ends with Lee at Appomattox: So ended the Army of Northern Virginia—Lee’s army . . . As he sat astride Traveller his men crowded around him, many with tears streaming down their cheeks, not cheering, but saluting the leader who had never failed them. Then he turned, and rode off into history.
  21. Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes The Challenge of Modernizing Islam (New York, 2017) July 17, 2017 Foreword to The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face (New York: Encounter, 2017) by Christine Douglass-Williams. For more information on the book, click here. My library contains a wall of books about modern Islam. But hardly a one of them covers the topic of this important study by Christine Douglass-Williams. With all the attention paid to Islamists, who has the time or energy to devote to modernizing Muslims? Indeed, the paucity of books on anti-Islamist Muslims symbolizes their larger predicament: they are threatened, marginalized, and dismissed as frauds. Threats come from the Islamists, the advocates of applying Islamic law in its entirety and severity as a means to regain the medieval glory of Islam. Islamists attack modernizers with words and weapons, rightly sensing that these liberal Muslims pose a profound challenge to the current Islamist hegemony. However much they dominate today, Islamist reactionaries fully understand modernity's great appeal, not to speak of its victories over two other modern radical utopian movements, fascism and communism. They know their movement is doomed because Muslims will opt for the benefits of modern life, so they fight modernizers tooth and nail. The Left marginalizes. One might expect that the many differences between socialism and Islamism would make the two camps enemies. One would be wrong. The intensity of their common hostility toward the liberal order brings them together. Leftists overwhelmingly prefer the Islamist program to the modernizing one and so reject the modernizers, going so far to revile them as anti-Islamic, a truly choice insult. (Snip) ____________________________________________________________________________________________
  22. My son tells me CNN is crashing and burning. I don't know....
  23. I have family members who agree with Don Lemon, and one who isn't sure.
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