Attack in Central Gardens

Is there any doubt that crime is out of control in Memphis?
Look what happened the past Sunday morning. Thugs in a stolen car pulled a gun on a woman walking her dog at 7:30 in the morning, fired it and grazed the dog.

Immediately there was an outpouring of responses on Nextdoor. Some were like this:

“This makes all teens look bad as well as Central Gardens. Memphis has gained a reputation that overshadows all the good and wonderfulness that is St Jude. I have never been afraid to live anyplace and I won’t start now. I have had a CCP for many years, and only carried it when I lived on a very rural farm. Even then I never considered using it unless attacked by a wild animal that I couldn’t Back away from.”

“I am very aware here and take precautions I shouldn’t have too. I no longer walk with my dog unless my ‘bodyguard’ is with me.”

“We should not feel compelled to live like this, I will not run.”

Others pressed for more cameras, seeing the answer in technology:

“People can, even if their neighbors don’t want to participate, put up a system that will capture most of what goes on at or around their homes. I did and it captures everyone and every car that goes by me on my corner lot both on Central and on Barksdale. It’s a stretch to capture plates on Central, but I can on Barksdale depending upon direction of travel. Even when it can’t, I get decent captures of faces and color/make/model of cars. The system isn’t crazy expensive either.”

“I guess my point is that each of us can do something and if we all did something, whatever we could, then we could get these scumbags off the streets.”
“I think it has a lot to do with cross town traffic. Those neighborhoods have cameras, but also don’t have high volume north-south (Maclean and Willett) streets like we have. Believe many crimes are crimes of opportunity. People with bad intentions always on look out for “soft” targets. Agree that a handful of cameras at high volume CG intersections would do much to discourage crime and certainly facilitate capture of perpetrators. I would happily contribute money to the cause.
agree that is some of it. But today was about intent and not just opportunity-police told me they jacked the car, drove here, tried to rob at Peabody and Willett, 3 mins later robbed at Willett and Carr. We had a neighbor shot at and grazed her dog all at 7:30 AM. They specifically came here to commit crime. Car was dumped 15 minutes later. If we had a network of high profile cameras that said we are watching you, that act would not likely have occurred with such a deterrent.
all these neighborhood streets need those large rounded speed bumps.
Reminding people to slow down.”

I’m not sure how speed bumps would deter crime like this.

Others blamed their own behavior:

“As long as we “invite” crime into the neighborhood, these incidents will not only continue, but accelerate. By invite, I’m referring to unlocked car doors, items left in vehicles in plain sight, unkept and vacant properties with places to hide. All these are under our control. I recently read on this app about a car “break-in” only to have the author admit that the car was unlocked. No break in, but a hell of an invitation. Criminals prefer the easiest method of entry, and for those that are either foolish or absent minded, these incidents are your own fault. SkyCop cannot solve this problem. As for the robbery this morning, the world is full of bad people doing bad things, and it’s very fortunate no one was hurt.
“So, what can be done? We’ve hired a security company who can only do so much, and increased the frequency of patrols. We have meetings with local law enforcement, and civic leaders. Yet, crime has increased. Those items mentioned above are a start. Turn on your outdoor lights…all night! The cost per hour of an energy efficient light is only a couple cents an hour. A lot less than a cup of coffee. Landscape lighting is another option, but may not work for everyone. Do not use door to door yard help….you may save in cost initially until he tells his friend, cousin, whoever what nice items you have in your backyard. Question people who seem out of place. I recently questions a gentleman who was riding his bicycle up and down the streets while walking my dog. He would slow and look up driveways, sometimes riding up the driveways. I took his picture with my cell phone, at which time he became very upset, explaining he was looking for work, and had worked for people in this neighborhood for years. I explained I did not know him, and that’s his actions were suspicious, and if he was sincere then having his picture taken was no threat. He rode off mad, and I felt better for asking.
There will always be crime, and we live in a city where one in five families live below the poverty level. Criminals are becoming desperate for many reasons, mostly drugs, but it could be something as simple as putting food in a family’s mouth. Our police are overwhelmed with violent crimes and killings, and theft takes a back seat, as it should. Armed robbery is another thing. Be smart, act smart, and don’t be afraid of questioning something suspicious. Call Phelps, a neighbor, or the police, because if your instincts tell you something is amiss, then it very well might be.
We live in a great neighborhood. Let’s keep it so.
My father in laws car was unlocked… it was also behind a 10ft locked fence at the end of a motion lit driveway. Removing items from your car won’t stop these morons from robbing people at gun point. I’m not sure what will but I’m all in for options to discuss. This has to end. NOW
A lot of research has been done by CGA on this matter. A camera project for the neighborhood is massive. To cover all street entrances/exists and alley entrance/exits, that is 50+ cameras. If you include intersections the number is about double. Neighbors in Central Gardens are not required to join the association; therefore, there isn’t a large participation rate by neighbors. Membership dues would barely cover one camera. The effort to add cameras in our neighborhood likely needs to be handled by the homeowners on each street/block. I have personally met with Justin at EyeOn Technologies and I highly recommend their product. It is superior to SkyCop and the neighbors would own it and have access to the footage.
The best way to avoid being a victim is to have constant situational awareness.”

Others opined:
“This is so sad. Criminals are getting so bold. The problem is that the system essentially spits them back out without any real repercussions, especially if they are minors. The cops can arrest them if found, but not much else will likely be done past that point, nothing that will really make a huge difference anyway. I hope this lady that was attacked starts carrying something……. Even if it’s just pepper spray. And i hope her dog is ok.”

That appears closer to the truth. At least none blamed poor socio-economic conditions.

It’s interesting that no one has faith in politicians to solve the problem. With an election for mayor coming up, how about pressing the issue of crime on the candidates? How much can a neighborhood group do against the avalanche of crime we face?

It would be interesting to know how many of these people vote. Do they vote law and order? Do they believe in the second amendment? In liberal Midtown, I doubt it.

We’re in an ever escalating crime situation and yet continue to elect people who refuse to address the issue, except to pour more money into schools and summer time youth activities, release criminals early, make marijuana legal and ease up on illegal immigrants. Do they really think this will help?

Bishop Denies Racism Charge

The CA loves to promote racism.

They act as if they don’t like it, but obviously they love it. They promote it at every opportunity. They see racism in every corner.

Last week they found it at a Catholic Church in Collierville. According to their story, black female employees of a cleaning service accused the parish priest of racism.

Two women are alleging that a priest at Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville racially discriminated against one of them by rejecting her as a house cleaner on the basis of race…According to the letter, the two women are employees of Master Building Service Contractors, which also does house cleaning for Kowal. Other employees cleaned the church and the parish school, according to Nick Signaigo, who owns Master Building Service Contractors with his father.

When Emily Weaver, who is white, was reassigned, she took LaShundra Allen, who is black, to Kowal’s house to train her as a replacement.
There, the women were told by the pastor’s secretary, “I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people,” according to the letter from Holland.

The office staff said Allen could not clean Kowal’s home due to his dog, according to the letter, even after they went to ask Kowal whether the dog could be crated during the cleaning.
“In no uncertain terms, Father Jacek knew that an African American woman was about to clean his home,” the letter says. “He made no effort to come meet Ms. Allen. He made no effort to correct any statement about his dog being a ‘racist.’

“The two church office employees then reiterated that Father Jacek ‘did not want (Ms. Allen) there’ and that they needed to leave. Both Ms. Allen and Ms. Weaver were shocked, humiliated, and felt severely disrespected by this treatment and the statements.”

The letter says “it is quite easy to see the racism in this exchange,” including that the dog may not be allowed around people of color or may be allowed to be aggressive toward people of color. The letter also said the interaction “most strongly suggests that Father Jacek and his staff did not want an African American woman cleaning his home,” likely due to racial profiling.

Although this has not appeared in the newspaper, a response was sent by Bishop David Talley. Here’s what he wrote:

Last month an allegation of racial discrimination was raised against Fr. Jacek Kowel, pastor of the Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, by two employees of Master Building Service Contractors, a cleaning company that cleaned the church, school and rectory. By letter from their attorney, the employees requested an investigation by the Diocese, though they declined to speak directly with the diocesan investigator. After a thorough investigation, we are certain that the claims of racial bias and discrimination are unfounded and that Fr. Kowal did nothing wrong. Normally our investigations are not made public. However these charges were raised in detail to the media, garnering national attention. Thus, in this particular case it is appropriate to respond publicly.
On Friday, May 3 Fr. Kowal was finishing his celebration of morning Mass and getting ready for the annual May crowning celebration. He was approached by members of the parish staff. They told Fr. Kowal that the cleaning company employee who typically cleans his rectory had arrived unannounced that morning to the parish office, and informed the parish staff that she was quitting her employment. She wanted to enter the rectory with her replacement in order to train her. The parish staff had informed the cleaning company employees that Fr. Kowal was at the May crowning, and could not leave the church to come to the rectory and crate his dog, a German Shepherd named Ceaser. The housekeeper indicated that she would be happy to crate the dog without its owner. Being concerned that this might be a danger, two parish staff members left the office and went to the church to ask Fr. Kowal his thoughts. Fr. Kowal told his staff that the women should not enter the rectory and try to place the dog in a crate without him present, as he was concerned that they would be at risk of being bitten. While the current housekeeper had been properly introduced to the dog by Fr. Kowal, he was not able to leave at that time to introduce his dog the replacement employee. Fr. Kowal’s response would have been the same with respect to any new employee or visitor unknown by the dog, regardless or race or ethnicity.

At the time the cleaning company employees came to the office, the parish staff knew that Fr. Kowal’s dog was in the rectory outside of his crate. They were aware that the dog was very protective of his home, and there was a risk that the dog would bite a stranger entering the rectory without his owner present. The staff were aware that years ago the dog had been threatened by a person who happened to be African American, causing the dog to be somewhat more agitated initially around strangers with darker skin, until the dog gets to know them. The replacement employee who was planning to enter the rectory was an African American person the dog had never met. A parish staff member told the women that she was concerned about them entering the rectory because “Fr. Jacek’s dog is kinda racist.”
Although the parish staff member’s choice of words was highly unfortunate and imprecise – they were not motivated by racial animus. Rather, the concern by all involved was the safety of these women, one of whom was a stranger to the dog, and they knew that attempting to crate the dog would be dangerous when its owner was not present. Their concern was to prevent the cleaning company employees from being injured. And the parish staff were aware that in 2017 Fr. Kowal had been bitten on the hand by the dog while trying to crate him in an agitated state.
The cleaning company employees interpreted this incident as a pretext by Fr. Kowal, motivated by a desire not to have an African American housekeeper. This is simply not true. In fact, at his previous assignment as pastor, Fr. Kowal employed an African American housekeeper the entire five years he was pastor.

In conclusion, after our thorough investigation, I find these particular allegations of racial discrimination to be unfounded. As bishop, I wish to emphasize that all human persons are created in the image of the one God and enjoy an equal dignity. Therefore, all forms of racial discrimination are sinful and wrong. What occurred at Incarnation, however, simply was not a case of racial discrimination.
Most Reverend David P. Talley

That sounds like a reasonable and logical explanation of what happened.

We are in a new era of McCarthyism. Only this time it’s not Communists that politicians see everywhere, it’s racist.

Today being charged with racism is about the most heinous slur that can be hurled. It is also one of the most difficult to deny. How do you deny a negative?

That’s what makes it so damnable for media and eager Democrats to accuse anyone they don’t like of being racist.

It will reach a tipping point, just as the McCarthy hearings did, but we’re not there yet.

More Climate Hype

A few blogs back, I predicted that the CA would soon say that July was the hottest month on record.

Not that it really was – especially here – but the fabricated data would say that.

On cue, Friday’s paper headlined: “July is Earth’s hottest month ever recorded.” Not only that, but “July’s heat comes on the heels of what was the hottest June on record…For the year to date, 2019 is tied with 2017 as the second warmest year on record. It’s virtually certain 2019 will be one of the five warmest years on record.”

Probably August will be the hottest one on record, too.

Notice the years. Is it a coincidence that Trump was president in both years? I think not.
The next day we were treated to this headline: “Climate change still threatens Colorado River after wet winter.” Why stop the snowball of scare momentum, eh?

Now we no longer face heat, but drought and less water, too! What’s next? Famine and pestilence?

What does all this mean? According to the AP story, “Lake Mead, a key reservoir on the Colorado River, has enough water to avoid mandatory cuts to users next year.” In other words, we’re in the favorite territory of today’s crack journalists – speculation.

The story continues, saying that “many states declared an end to short term drought this year” and understands that there is such a thing as “weather whiplash.” In other words, Mother Nature has her natural swings back and forth.

Never ones to ignore climate hysteria as a political tool, the New York Times and WaPo got on board the scare train with stories about Greenland’s ice cap melting. The Times said, “The warmth increased the surface melting of Greenland’s vast ice sheet, which covers about 80 percent of the island. Analysis of satellite data by the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., showed that melting on Wednesday extended across 380,000 square miles, or about 60 percent of the total ice area.

“That is about four times the median extent for the end of July over the past four decades. But while the extent of melting has been higher than average this year — including a day in June that set an early-season record — it is less than the record 2012 melt season, when warm temperatures persisted for much of the summer and at one point nearly 100 percent of the ice sheet was melting.”

Now besides heat and drought we can have flooding! (By the way, hasn’t it been a particularly uneventful hurricane season?)

Except,

The Danish Meteorological Institute, which has a key role in monitoring Greenland’s climate, last week reported a shocking August temperature of between 2.7C and 4.7C at the Summit weather station, which is located 3,202m above sea level at the the centre of the Greenland ice sheet, generating a spate of global headlines.

But on Wednesday it posted a tweet saying that a closer look had shown that monitoring equipment had been giving erroneous results.

“Was there record-level warmth on the inland ice on Friday?” it said. “No! A quality check has confirmed out suspicion that the measurement was too high.”

The point of all this is that Joe and Jane Reader don’t have access to questioning whatever the media outlets declare. I’d say 99% of us are not trained in meteorology nor do we have the true information available about the dreaded climate change issue.

Media uses it as a political weapon. So far, they have only managed to indoctrinate young people with this idiocy. The more experienced among us have seen climate swings throughout the decades. Yes, it is unusually hot some years. Some years it is unusually cold. What does that mean?

It means it’s weather and we have not, nor will we ever be, nor should we be able to tame it fully.

Stocks Manipulated

Yesterday’s 800 point plunge in the Dow doesn’t pass the sell test.

Why would it drop like that? What disaster looms? Didn’t make sense. Pundits pointed to an inverted rate curve. Sounds like a deliberate attempt to confuse average Americans with impressive sounding language.
Whenever words are manipulated, you know you are being manipulated.

Instead, maybe it’s the Chinese playing with us or the Chinese friendly investors who are willing to take a short term loss to make a point.

Sound like a conspiracy theory?

Financial analyst Jack Hellner points out that “the yield curve inversion yesterday was a very weak excuse to drive down the market, yet the media pretended and hammered home the theme that it is a sign of impending doom.”
Hellner writes:

Why is the media lying to the public about the last time interest rates inverted?

The media has been trying to scare the public about the dangers to the economy since before Trump was elected. And the gloomy forecasts are going to get worse the closer we get to the 2020 election because facts haven’t mattered for a long time, only power for Democrats. The media and other Democrats are essentially trying to talk the country into a recession. They would rather have people dependent on government and they need their votes. Facts are irrelevant.

The media along with other Democrats say that Trump is running on fear but every day they try to scare the public, especially the young, with fears of a recession or we are going to die in a short time because of climate change.

Today the doom predictions are very loud because of the stock market declining. We are being told that interest rates have inverted for the first time since 2007 and that signals a recession. Why hasn’t the media done a few minutes of research since the yield curve inverted so recently and the doom predictions were the same then as today?

Why has the media chosen to ignore that interest rates inverted on March 22nd of this year and the stock market has hit all-time highs since then, and the U.S economy and especially the job market have done very well since then.

Most journalists are not really journalists investigating and reporting. They are campaigning for Democrats with talking points. The media is more dangerous to our freedom and prosperity every day.

When will they tell the truth?

The truth is that the yield curve is inverted for one reason only. The fed funds rate is over 2% for overnight money, so why the heck would institutional investors buy three month money at below the ten year bond yield of 1.59% when they can get over 2% for overnight money? It is time that Fed chairman Jerome Powell aligned its overnight rate with the market. Then the yield curve will not be inverted.

The Federal Reserve forgot that their job was to protect against inflation — which is low. It is not to slow down the economy because statistically it looks great. As long as inflation is low, they should let the market soar. Efficiency, productivity, low taxes and fewer regulations explain why our economy is doing much better than most of the World. Thank goodness we have a president who is much smarter and has more common sense than the so-called experts. And he is certainly 100% smarter than the journalists and other Democrats that trash him on a daily basis.

Get Ready for Oct. 3

We’re not too far off from our next election on October 3.

Although the mayor’s race is the most important on the upcoming ballot, there are other races in it, too. There are 13 seats up on the City Council.

Reporter Mike Matthews describes it:

There is also one ballot question, the Memphis Public Safety Officer Benefits Sales Tax Initiative.
Ballotpedia explains:

A yes vote is a vote in favor of increasing the city’s sales tax by an additional 0.5% (from 2.25% to 2.75%) in order to fund health benefits and pensions to the levels provided in 2014 and 2016, respectively, for fire and police public safety officers; any additional revenue was earmarked for roads or pre-kindergarten education.
A no vote is a vote against increasing the city’s sales tax by an additional 0.5% (from 2.25% to 2.75%) to fund health benefits and pensions for public safety officers, thereby leaving the existing public safety health benefits and pension plans and the existing total sales tax rate within the city of 9.25%.

I will be going over that issue and the candidates in subsequent posts.

Meanwhile, you can find out your voting location and voting districts at shelbyvote.com, the website of the Shelby County Election Commission. You put in our address and it will give you your district.
You can find out what races you will be voting in here: https://www.shelbyvote.com/sites/default/files/documents/Precinct%20Splits%20in%20the%20City%20of%20Memphis.pdf

Readers Don’t Subscribe to Their Ideas

There is a pathetic plea in this morning’s CA.

It comes from the editor. The headline reads: “Why The CA keeps asking you to subscribe.”

If it were a good newspaper and he a good editor, that request would not be necessary. Memphians would – as they used to – subscribe wholeheartedly to something that provides news and valuable information on your doorstep every day.

Even in the days of the internet, a quality journalistic effort in paper form would command loyal readers. People are interested in the goings on of their neighborhood. We all want to know about crime, births, deaths, events, business transactions and opportunities here.

That’s not what we’ve been getting from the CA for years.

No more can you find news of record like births, divorces, property transfers, etc. The leadership deems that unnecessary. They overlook the fact that often stories can be gleaned from the basic facts. They don’t even want to list deaths daily unless someone pays a substantial amount. Sometimes the death notice appears a week after the death. That is ridiculous.

As for crime and crime statistics, you can forget that. Unless it is a big name involved in a crime or something particularly heinous, the CA refrains from discussing it much at all. Perhaps they are afraid of the racism charge. Perhaps they want to downplay anything that looks bad on their preferred elected officials.

In any case, crime is something that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Another problem with the CA is their obsession with Republican politicians, especially the ones in Nashville. They will find anything that can smear one and are not happy until a scalp is in hand. It is clear they are after DA Amy Weirich locally as they pepper papers with stories putting her in a bad light. Even though many dirty deeds are done by Democrats, you can forget much mention of that.

Just look at the way they portray President Trump. They will find something in everything he does to criticize and carp.

Issues? They only matter if they buttress liberal thinking on immigration, climate change, race relations, economics or culture. You’d be hard pressed to find much conservative viewpoint even on the editorial pages.

As for editing, the CA has gotten remarkably sloppy. People are incorrectly identified, not identified, with wrong headlines and cutlines. Readers see those errors and correctly assume other errors have occurred, too. It hardly supports the idea of journalistic integrity when they don’t even care about their own accuracy.

Editor Russell’s arguments for subscription mention the high cost of covering stories in depth (most of which are too long and too opinionated). He writes, “We need your support to continue doing watchdog journalism, compelling beat coverage and, of course, traveling with the Tigers’ basketball team.”

Used to be advertisers paid for much of the cost of a newspaper. That’s the real problem for them. They can’t get enough ad revenue, particularly after newspapers lost the classified ads to the internet.
Frankly, I can’t remember when the paper did honest “watchdog journalism” or “compelling beat coverage.” Can you?

He continues, “The CA newsroom is full of talented, hungry journalists eager to tell the story…” What he doesn’t say is that the talent got the hell out of there and went to the Daily Memphian or some other place because they saw the downsizing slide.

The piece ends with the editor quoting a former editor of his who said “journalists are on the front lines of history and they get a front row seat to the good, the bad and the unusual. I feel that way every day in Memphis.

“I hope you’ll join the ride.”
On a mad roller coaster careening out of control? No thanks, especially when the cost of that ride is outrageously high. And when I can get better coverage for free on Nextdoor, blogs and TV coverage.

Dems Eat Their Own

The current Democrat party is not about ideas. It is about race and a common hatred for President Donald Trump.

You can see it in Elizabeth Warren who insisted she’s native American. American alone won’t do; there has to be some ethnicity to it. Hence we have WASPs like Beto O’Rourke taking on a Spanish sounding name and speaking it to show how in touch he is. Ditto Corey Booker, who although black, showed he can speak a rehearsed line in Spanish thereby upping the others on ethnicity.

Everybody in that party must have some kind of victimhood for validation. For Buttigieg it’s being gay. For Kamala Harris it’s being part black and Indian (no, not the native American Warren Indian). Etc., etc.

So it’s not a surprise that this mentality trickles down to our Memphis Democrats.

Jim Strickland is finding that out the hard way.

No matter that he took down the Confederate statues (without citizens’ approval) in the dead of night. No matter that he is a member of the NAACP or has black department heads in his administration.

That’s not good enough for mayoral challenger and fellow Democrat Tami Sawyer. She has CNN poltical commentator and activist Angela Rye to level the charge of Dixiecrat, aka racist, against Strickland.

Rye was attending a luncheon for Sawyer Thursday and was a guest speaker. According to the CA, “Rye said she didn’t know Strickland personally, but she didn’t like him and that when she thought of perpetrators of racism and bigotry, she though of him. She offered few specifics of why she thought he was racist or why she had compared him to an offshoot of the Democratic Party that espoused white supremacy and seceded from the party during the 1948 presidential election.”
So who is Rye?

Wikipedia says, she is “is an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC.[1] She is a liberal political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst…. The organization has quickly become a powerful voice and advocate for today’s young professionals of color nationwide. Under her leadership, IMPACT formed critical partnerships with the National Bar Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Urban League, Rainbow/PUSH, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, Black Leadership Forum, and many other organizations.”

She has also worked for Maxine Waters (Impee fawty fi). She grew up in Seattle and was the daughter of a political activist/community organizer.

Dodoodad.com says “As of 2019, Angela Rye has an estimated net worth of $2 million and her annual salary is reported to be around $200,000. As we try to unravel her personal life, we discover the secret of what makes her tick and to whom she has been dating. She was previously in a relationship with rapper Common.” Common was invited to the White House by Obama despite outcry over lyrics in his songs that advocated burning George W. Bush and supporting crimes against police.

Strickland’s people expressed astonishment that someone would go after him on race. After all, he’s a Democrat and aren’t they all immune from any charges of racism? His assistant, Steven Reid, said, “this kind of hateful and divisive rhetoric doesn’t even demand a response.”

Funny, Dems accuse us of racism no matter the circumstances and when we give that reply, it is scoffed at.

Strickland finds himself in a tenuous position. He has done many things like the statue removal that irk Memphians, so he has lost some votes there. He can claim to be pro black all he wants, but in the face of two black candidates, can this save him?

This obsession with identity politics cannot end well for Democrats. That would be a good thing. We all need to concentrate on being Americans period – no hyphenations – just Americans.

It will be very interesting to see what happens on election day October 3rd.

Debunking the Charlottesville Lie

One of the favorite things the Left likes to slam Trump about is the protest in Charlottesville a few years back.

They cast him as endorsing neo Nazi, white Supremacists because he said “there were some fine people on both sides.”

At the time, most of us knew exactly what he meant. Unfortunately others twisted what he said and omitted the context to make him look like a racist.

Prager U has made a video unraveling this stupidity. Here is the transcript of the snippet recorded by Steve Cortes.

Politicians lie.

We all know that.

That is not an indictment of all politicians—it’s simply part of the game.

It’s our job, as informed citizens, to figure out the truth. And that’s where journalists and the media come in. They are supposed to help us ferret out fact from fiction. So when they get a fact wrong, that’s bad.

When they get a fact wrong, know it’s wrong, and don’t correct it, that’s worse. That’s not getting a fact wrong; that’s a lie. And that’s journalistic malfeasance.

The best (or maybe worst) example of this followed a presidential press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

You remember what happened that previous weekend: A group of white supremacists held a

“white pride” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The ostensible reason was to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

An Antifa group showed up to counter-protest. The mayor and the police were totally unprepared to deal with the violence that ensued. Tragically, a young woman, Heather Heyer, was run over and killed by a neo-Nazi.

The press conference itself was raucous. The media was antagonistic. The president was combative.

Out of it all, one phrase eclipsed the thousands of words exchanged: The media reported that President Trump described neo-Nazis as “very fine people.”

Only, he didn’t. In fact, he didn’t even hint at it. Just the opposite: he condemned the neo-Nazis in no uncertain terms. So then, who were the “fine people” he mentioned?

The answer: He was referring to another group of Charlottesville demonstrators who came out that weekend—protestors who wanted the Robert E. Lee statue removed and protestors who wanted to keep the statue and restore the park’s original name.

This is what President Trump said about those peaceful protestors: “You also had some very fine people on both sides. . . . You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of—to them—a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

A few moments later, in case there would be any misunderstanding, he makes his meaning even more explicit. “…I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists. They should be condemned totally.”

Lest you have any doubts that good people were in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Robert E Lee statue, the New York Times confirmed it in a story they published the next day, August 16.

“’Good people can go to Charlottesville,’ said Michelle Piercy, a night shift worker at a Wichita, Kansas retirement home, who drove all night with a conservative group that opposed the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee. After listening to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, she said it was as if he had channeled her and her friends… who had no interest in standing with Nazis or white supremacists…”

There’s another simple test that we can employ to prove that the president was not referring to the neo-Nazis as “fine people.” It’s so obvious, it’s painful to mention: The president’s daughter and son-in-law are Orthodox Jews. His grandchildren are Jewish.

And if that is still not enough to convince you, how about this: Does anyone believe that Donald Trump thinks there are “good” Antifa, the leftist thugs who were counter-protesting the neo-Nazi thugs? After all, if those two groups were the only ones involved, and there were “fine people on both sides,” that means the president believed that there were fine Antifa people.

Even MSNBC should have found that hard to swallow.

Again, the “very fine people on both sides” President Trump described at the press conference were the people who wanted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and the people who wanted to keep it. Both of these groups were non-violent protesters—fine people with very different ideological views.

The scandal of Charlottesville is not what President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s what the media said President Trump said about neo-Nazis. It’s a scandal because news reporting is supposed to be about gathering facts, not promoting an agenda.

In Charlottesville, they got it exactly backwards. We have been living with the consequences ever since.

Plainly put: ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the others spread a malicious lie that has poisoned our national dialogue.

They should apologize to the American people for what they have done.

Don’t hold your breath.

Actually, I have a better idea. Let out a big sigh of relief.

Because now you know the truth.

I’m Steve Cortes, CNN political commentator and columnist for Real Clear Politics, for Prager University.

I post this so that when family or acquaintances confront you with this nonsense, you can tell them the truth.

Left Proves It Is Violent

Our side gets blamed for all the violence in our society, even when the facts prove differently as they do in the case of both the Dayton and El Paso shooters.

Neither of them adhered to Conservative beliefs, but media is steering us that way so as to shame voters and deny Trump a victory next year.

When I think of violence, however, I think of Kathy Griffin and her holding up Trump’s head; Madonna’s desire to burn down the White House; Robert DeNiro’s constant calls for hurting Trump; the attack on Barron Trump plus countless others.
That’s not enough for Hollywood. They want more as in a new film that depicts liberals hunting Trump supporters for sport.

Here’s Matt Margolis’ report:

Kathy Griffin claims she can’t get work following her photoshoot with a decapitated and bloody Trump head, but don’t let that fool you. Hollywood clearly still likes the idea of promoting violence against people who aren’t good and obedient leftists, because Universal Pictures is set to release a thriller called The Hunt on September 27, which features left-wing “elites” hunting Trump supporters for sport.

In the past few days we’ve been hearing a lot about how Donald Trump’s rhetoric is apparently to blame for the El Paso shooting, yet Hollywood apparently lacked the foresight to think that a movie promoting violence against “deplorables” might be in bad taste until after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, as only now is Universal rethinking their promotional strategy for the film.

“Did anyone see what our ratf**ker-in-chief just did?” one character asks early in the screenplay for The Hunt, a Universal Pictures thriller set to open Sept. 27. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

In the aftermath of mass shootings within days of one another that shocked and traumatized the nation, Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire. The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.

Over the Aug. 3 weekend, ESPN pulled an ad for the film that it had previously cleared, while AMC ran the spot during the season premiere of its drama The Preacher. It’s unclear whether the ads were identical, but the one yanked by ESPN opened with a sound resembling an emergency broadcast signal. A rep for ESPN parent Disney declined to comment on the move, but an ESPN source says no spots for the film will appear on the network in the coming weeks.

According to THR, the movie “features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.”

The original title for the film was Red State Vs. Blue State, so the political themes of the movie are clearly important to the plot. THR says that The Hunt “made some executives at Universal skittish back in May 2018, when film chief Donna Langley acquired the script and fast-tracked it at a modest $18 million budget,” but several studios “did not pursue it because of the explosive premise.” One studio executive reportedly didn’t even bother reading the script because “The idea seemed crazy.” The movie was produced by Jason Blum, who also produced other well-known horror flicks like The Purge, Paranormal Activity, and Get Out.

The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. “War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.

How exactly did anyone think this was a good idea even before the El Paso and Dayton shootings? In June 2017, a Bernie Sanders supporter and left-wing activist shot at Republican members of Congress who were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity. The shooter had specifically inquired as to whether the team practicing was made of Republicans or Democrats. The same year, Senator Rand Paul was assaulted by his own neighbor and just this past week had part of his lung surgically removed because of injuries sustained in that attack. Apparently, some in Hollywood are more than willing to promote violence against Trump supporters. Meanwhile, Democrats and liberals in the media want us to believe that it’s Trump’s rhetoric that needs to be toned down.

They do this at their own peril. More and more people have other choices in entertainment than movies and network TV. I highly recommend YouTube. Search for a topic and many videos will appear. Practical information, historical accounts, crafts, pet videos, religious ones; they are all 1000 times more interesting than a lame, botoxed Hollywood has been actor/actress promoting leftists causes like transgender rights or spouting how removing guns from citizens will cure all society’s ills.

Their time is running short and they know it.

More Oddities With Omar

Ilhan Omar continues to perplex.

It’s not just her skewed view of politics or her supposed marriage to her brother. Her life is all around weird.

She appears to have engaged in fraud about her background, but no one dares bring any legal charges against this member of The Squad.

The Daily Mail had found out even more odd behavior:

Ilhan Omar has been seen getting up close and personal with married aide Tim Mynett, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Last week, DailyMailTV revealed Omar was dining and holding hands with a mystery man at a secluded Italian restaurant outside of Los Angeles back in March. That man can now be identified as Mynett, who had tried to prevent a bystander from taking a video of them.
The Minnesota congresswoman, 37, has been carrying on with Mynett, 38, a campaign fundraising strategist, for several months, according to a source.

Mynett is married to Dr. Beth Mynett, but DailyMail.com has confirmed that he has recently left their marital home and is now living in a D.C. apartment.

Photos show that Mynett and Omar are constantly by each other’s sides at events, traveling to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin and Seattle together.

Mynett has even spent time with Omar’s daughter Isra, 16, who is a budding activist, as the threesome were photographed together on two separate occasions, most recently in July.

Omar’s camp has paid Mynett’s company – E Street Group – more than $250K in consulting fees and travel expenses, dating from last August until June 11, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The intimate dinner came to light days after DailyMail.com revealed Omar had recently split with her husband Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her three children.

Mynett and Omar, through her spokesperson Jeremy Slevin – repeatedly refused to comment when asked by DailyMail.com if they were having an affair.

Mynett is currently a partner at E Street Group, which bills itself as providing national progressive strategies for candidates, nonprofits and advocacy efforts.

Mynett started the firm in July of 2018, according to LinkedIn – only one month before Omar started paying the company for its services.

Previously, Mynett worked as former Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison’s national finance director. Omar took over Ellison’s seat when he ran for Attorney General.

Federal Election Commission records show Omar’s team began paying Mynett’s company in August of 2018, splashing out $62,500 by the end of 2018.

Payments continued into 2019, with $5,000, $10,000 and $12,000 chunks being shelled out every month, totaling just over $253,000 in a single year.

In January, Mynett posted an image on his Instagram of Omar’s name plaque outside of her congressional office, writing: ‘It’s been one hell of a journey. Incredibly proud of this fearless woman.’

Mynett is currently living in a luxury residential complex in DC’s trendy Petworth neighborhood where a two-bedroom apartment costs around $3,000 a month.

DailyMail.com approached him outside but the veteran political operative initially refused to confirm his identity, saying: ‘This is bizarre, I don’t know what you’re talking about.’

Mynett is now living alone in an apartment, which is about a 10-minute drive from where he previously lived with wife Beth Mynett, a high-flying doctor 17 years older than him, and their young son. Beth, 55, who is medical director for the DC Department of Corrections, was similarly reluctant to talk about her husband’s relationship with Omar. ‘I have no comment at this time,’ she told DailyMail.com.

Would any of us smelly Walmart people get by with so much alleged fraudulent behavior?