TUCKER CARLSON: Less than 10 miles from the White House, a middle school is being terrorized by MS-13.
It’s called William Wirt Middle School. It’s in Riverdale, Maryland, and it’s one of many make up has been changed entirely and almost overnight by mass settlement of unaccompanied minors entering this country from Latin America.
Now according to the Washington Post, MS-13 members in the school start fights, sell drugs, (and) rape fellow students. Teachers say they fear being alone with a lot of these kids. They also fear saying anything about it because speaking out cost them their jobs.
It’s a tragedy that can be traced almost entirely to U.S. immigration policy, but elites don’t seem to care at all, and in fact crush any conversation about it by screaming “racist!.” Needless to say, their kids will never attend William Wirt Middle School or anything even approaching it.
Jose Aristimuno is the former DNC Press Secretary, and he joins us tonight. José, thank you for coming on.
JOSE ARISTIMUNO: Good to be with you.
CARLSON: What I found ironic about this story was, this is kind of the third iteration of the MS-13 story. First, we were told they don’t really exist, it’s a figment of your racist imagination. Then we were told (that) to attack them and call them names is immoral because they’re good people.
CARLSON: And now, we have the Washington Post telling us in detail about how they’ve destroyed this middle school and they’re terrorizing the students. Are we allowed to acknowledge that, or are we bigots for doing so?
ARISTIMUNO: Well, let me start by saying this: If you are undocumented in this country, if you are a criminal including being a member of MS-13, we don’t want you in this country and you should be deported.
Part of the issue here is people like yourself and some Republicans want to pinpoint and simply say, because your first name is Jose, or you are Latino, like me, you are automatically an MS-13 gang member.
CARLSON: You are a ridiculous person for saying that, I have never suggested anything like that and it’s appalling that you should say that. You are speaking a lie, and not for the first time.
What I said was what I read in the Washington Post, which is self-identified members are destroying the school. I bet you never send your kids to that school. But you have no problem with those people being in this country because it fits in that demographic that you approve of. The truth is, it’s a disaster.
An NBC reporter horrified MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Friday by failing to sufficiently condemn President Trump’s handling of the North Korea summit. The Deadline: White House host’s mouth hung agape and she stared on in disbelief while foreign correspondent Keir Simmons meekly suggested that perhaps the President had not completely doomed both the U.S. and North Korea to nuclear hellfire.
Wallace’s exchange with Simmons took an ugly turn when she requested he respond to part of a Washington Post article, which she read aloud:
Critics said Trump’s hasty jump into a poorly thought-out summit process had left the United States in a weakened position and Trump’s personal daliance with Kim elevated the stature of a brutal, authoritarian regime on the global stage.
“I want you to try to land there and let us know if that’s the impression that world leaders have,” she asked in a tone which indicated she expected an affirmative reply. Alas, Simmons failed to deliver.
Perhaps aware that he was about to disappoint Wallace, Simmons prefaced his reply with an anxious-sounding caveat: “I think we have to remember how very dangerous it appeared to be getting, how dangerous the conflict in North Korea is.”
He filibustered for a time, listing various international leaders who had expressed hope that the President’s diplomatic efforts would succeed, before finally getting to the meat of his point: “In that sense, I guess, we need to give President Trump a little bit of generosity in terms of how we assess how this is being tackled, being played.”
Wallace’s countenance darkened as he went on and especially with her non-verbal cues. Her evident disappointment appeared to fluster Simmons, and he began to trip over his own words as he soldiered through the rest of his analysis.
Unsatisfied, Wallace turned instead to anti-Trump Republican and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens to inquire whether he felt Trump was “sufficiently steeped in the substance of what is in the region’s national security interest.” Stephens indulged her with a firm, “[n]o,” and offered an armchair psychoanalysis of the President’s motivations in first seeking and then backing out of the summit.
As Stephens saw it, Trump had sprung into action after hearing on Fox News that he might win a Nobel Peace Prize for a successful summit – only to buckle at the fear of “being humiliated and unmanned,” by the North Korean leader. “So we’re not really dealing with an analysis of the situation. We’re dealing with a question of what is the outcome likeliest to flatter Trump’s vanity at any particular moment in time,” he concluded confidently.
This response sufficiently pleased Wallace, and the segment continued apace – albeit with no further questions fielded to the hapless Keir Simmons.
May 24, 2018
7:16 p.m. Eastern
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I wish some reporters would go out and go door-to-door of the United States Senators and ask all the senators if Donald Trump or any president shot someone on Fifth Avenue [DAVID CORN LAUGHS], point blank in broad daylight, would you vote to remove him from office or not? And I’m telling you, you’re going to have a hard time getting dozens of those Republicans to say even then would they ever move to take this guy out of office.
HEIDI PRZYBYLA: No comment.
MATTHEWS: Cause they’re all scared to death. They’re all scared to death.
DAVID CORN: They would just send their thoughts and prayers, Chris.
MATTHEWS: Thank you, sir.
7:47 p.m. Eastern
MATTHEWS: Jason, is this Fox News nation? Is it basically taking the 40 some percent that have voted him and back him still and say, let’s remember what side we’re on? Don’t look at evidence, don’t think about black/white relations in this country, don’t think about we could cut deals and how we can get along with each other, think about how much we hate each other. Let’s fight. That’s what it seems like with them.
JASON JOHNSON: That’s exactly what it is, Chris. I mean, this is — this is dictator in training 101. Everybody hates you and I’m the one who loves you, right? The media hates you and the Department of Justice is out to get you and those black people are out to get you. They’re terrible and so, you know, this is — this has been Trump’s campaign all along from the white nationals he’s brought into his administration to everything else. But I will say this, Chris, in support, and remember a lot of these openers agree with Trump. They didn’t have to do this out of fear. You look at the owner of the Carolina Panthers, you look at some of the comments from the owner of the Houston Texans, these guys were just and angry and hostile towards their black working staff as Trump is from the White House.
7:58 p.m. Eastern
MATTHEWS: Trump Watch. Thursday, May 24, 2018. Let me underline, tonight, the words I spoke in ending Wednesday’s program. Until watching him on the White House lawn yesterday, I wasn’t sure how far Donald Trump would go in destroying this country’s most precious assets in order to protect himself from justice. Well now we know. His willing to use the Oval Office, the historic pulpit of the American presidency to trash the very institutions that have made this an exceptional country. A government of, by and for the people, a history of open and reasonable and generally respectful political debate, a free press. His personal assaults on a former FBI director and his raging nonsense about a spy ring are fresh proof of his readiness to destroy any faith in government integrity in order to save some reasonable doubt among some about his own integrity. And now he reverts again to the division that haunted this country since its origins: race, racism and the lingering cause of white supremacy. Yes, white supremacy. Telling the football players we watch on Sunday to behave as they are told is something we expect of apartheid regime, not a democratic one. Our rights to free speech fought for all this country’s life is not to defend popular speech, but what many, even a majority of the country doesn’t want to hear. You don’t need rights to say what is popular. But again, it’s been clear from his entrance into the political arena that Trump is willing to state what he knows is not the truth in order to divide this country. He did that early on with his sick claim that Barack Obama was a illeagl immigrant ineligible to be listed among our presidents and up through today, he badgers our institutions of press freedom and democratic government while dredging up the worst of our history in the order to advance himself. If you believe that the ends, his political survival, justifies such means — [FEED ENDS]
In the third season of Bill Nye’s not-so-humbly titled Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World, there are an unusually large number of shots taken at religion. Even more awkward are the clumsy attempts at what seems to be outreach to people of faith, they are almost painful to watch they’re so bad.
At one point he shows us a picture of himself serving as an altar boy as a child as if to say, “See! I’m like you!” but that doesn’t mean he was ever actually a believer. In episode five, “Evolution: A Fact of Life.” he brings out an ex-priest to talk to the audience. Why did he leave the priesthood? To become a scientist. That’s about the least helpful thing he could have done, and he doesn’t see that.
The most egregious comment is when “comedian” Maria Bamford pops up in episode three, “The Addiction Episode,” and says that it’s not so bad attending 12-step programs for recovery from addiction even though she’s an atheist and these groups talk about God and refer to “a higher power.” How? “I choose just to change those words to ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson.’” Gross.
Maria: I am an atheist. So, sometimes people have a problem with these 12-step support groups especially because there’s a lot of mention of a spiritual world. You know, God, “higher power” is used. I choose just to change those words to “Neil deGrasse Tyson.”
[Bill Nye and Audience: Laughing and Cheering]
Bill: He’s a friend of mine.
Bill: He’ll be flattered.
No doubt Tyson, who bashed Christianity on his own science show, would be flattered. But the idea that someone would think some other regular non-deity was raised above the rest of us seems fairly creepy to me. The fact that the audience laughed and cheered was a fairly good indication that they were comfortable with a human lording over us. Then again, I believe that the higher power is God, so it sounds like this crowd doesn’t really care what I think.
The thing Nye doesn’t seem to realize is that people of faith aren’t anti-science, so we don’t need his bizarre lectures. Rather, we use science as a way to explain and make sense of what God has made. The two go together perfectly well. He doesn’t even understand faith itself. In fact, in episode six, “What is Your Pet Really Thinking?”, he asks specialists in animal behavior if animals can also have religion because, it seems to him, “What religion really gives people is community. People worship together, they hang out together, they look out for each other with this framework.” This is a guy who really doesn’t get it.
Something else he doesn’t get? Feminism. In the second episode “Surviving in a World Without Water,” which is really just a climate change episode (they had to give it a slightly different name since he covered that in the very first episode of the first season.) In this episode, he paints global warming as a feminist issue. “The main thing we can do for climate change,” Nye told a panel he was moderating, “is raise the standard of living for women and girls.” Then, in the same episode, he shares a satirical video of a dystopian future without water where one woman is unable to fulfill her dream. Watch to see what her dream is.
Julie: Kristin Miller is your typical American girl. Like many of us, she suffers with a critical water shortage, but the way it affects her is a little different.
Kristin: You know, I’ll be honest with you, it’s difficult. You dream of following in the footsteps of the great women in your family but, I guess, climate change – well, she had other plans.
Julie: Kristin Miller is the heir to a wet t-shirt empire.
So, in this future, just 29 years from now in 2047, her dream is to win a wet t-shirt contest? He also has Kristin give climate change, the thing he calls “the most serious issue facing humankind,” the pronoun “she.” Kristin collects her tears in a bowl so that she might someday be able to wet her t-shirt down to win a trophy. An empty spot waits for it with her mother’s and grandmother’s. After Nye had just made a point about how this is a feminist issue, this was incredibly tone deaf satire. Way to stand up for the women and girls, Bill!
This series of Bill Nye Saves the World had an unusual amount of religion bashing and taught us that, if we don’t stop climate change, we might have to live in a world without wet t-shirt contests. I’m pretty sure you’re going to be ok if you skip it.
April 18, 2018
7:22 p.m. Eastern
SEAN HANNITY: Let’s look at the Mueller crime family. Of course, we are now on day 329 of the Mueller witch hunt and there’s still zero evidence of collusion. Imagine that. [SCREEN WIPE] Remember this whole witch hunt started when Mueller’s best friend, James Comey, leaked his personal, potentially classified notes. [SCREEN WIPE] During his tenure at the FBI, We all know about the special treatment that Hillary Clinton received from the Bureau. [SCREEN WIPE] Knowing what we now know about what is obvious deep state crime families trying to take down the President. [SCREEN WIPE] Aren’t you now glad that Trump fired Comey.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Welcome back to Hardball. That was Fox News host Sean Hannity spinning conspiracy theories on his show last week, arguing that Clinton, Mueller and Comey crime families — that’s what he calls them — are out to get President Trump. Well, before this segment aired — that did — the President tweeted: “Big show tonight on [Hannity].” He was promoting what Sean was about to say. On Monday, it was revealed that both Trump and Hannity had — were clients of lawyer Michael Cohen. They share a lawyer. Well, at least in case of Trump, a fixer. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reports that: “The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trump’s world — an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some white house aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff.” The author of that article, of course, Robert Costa, who’s a national political reporter from The Washington Post and MSNBC political analyst and David Jolly, former Republican congressman from Florida. I don’t want to be a media critic. I try to avoid that because I am in the media and I think it’s like a baseball player complaining about another baseball player. What I do focus here is on is the possible extraordinary influence that Sean Hannity might have on this President. How would you describe it when he gives that deep state conspiracy stuff about how it’s all a plot by bureaucrats and the federal agencies to get this particular President and he’s not just echoing the president, He may be forcing the President to echo him which is a thought I want you to dwell on for a second. Robert?
ROBERT COSTA: It’s an understandable story for a long time watchers of President Trump, Sean Hannity, a New Yorker, brash, conservative, relishes his anti-establishment persona. As the president returns to his roots in a sense during this presidency, ignoring at times the advice of his traditional advisers, he’s turning to people like Sean Hannity and often Sean Hannity to give him counsel informally, phone calls late at night, sometimes early in the morning as they think through their own lives and the President’s agenda.
MATTHEWS: Well, let me give some logic to this, first of all, to David Jolly. You know, I’ll check this on you. If you’re on the air three hours a day, I think three hours a day that Sean is, it takes a particular talent to be on the air in talk radio. I don’t know if I’d be any good at it or not because you really have to have a good ear for the audience and you begin to develop a conversation with your regular audience, the ones who’s tune in every day that give you the big bucks and the big audience, obviously. Is that what he’s checking on? Is it like a polling operation, calling up Sean, is the President saying, is this working? Is that working? What should I be pushing? What should I be playing down? Where is the action? How are the people reacting to this? Is that what he’s using it for? And so, what’s so wrong with that if he’s using him as his guy with an ear to the ground.
DAVID JOLLY: Sure. If it’s measuring the pulse of the body politic, perhaps there’s nothing wrong with that. But I think this feeds into a bigger suspicion and it’s this. There’s a difference between lack of experience and lack of credibility. Frankly, most presidents come to the job without the experience necessary to be commander in chief on day one. But this feeds into the lack of credibility that I think a lot of Americans have when it comes to Donald Trump and the fact is Sean Hannity is not a subject matter expert.
JOLLY: If you look at Bush 43 came in, he was young. The legitimacy of the election was questioned, but he surrounded had himself by seasoned advisers, Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Rumsfeld. Whether you agreed with their ideology or not, you knew he was in trusted hands. In this case, Sean Hannity is not seen as a trusted hand, a subject matter expert, a man who never graduated from college is giving policy advice to the President of the United States and I think that’s the concern and anxiety this story that Robert so ably reported on creates within the American people.
MATTHEWS: Is that the overlay, the dangerous red line here, Robert, as you report it is not that he’s giving him political advice which Sean would be good at because he does have his ear to the ground. He’s on the air all day long — four hours a day, including radio. He knows what’s working with the conservative base. The poll, the right-wing poll, if you will, but he’s not an expert on regional studies with China or regional studies with the Middle East. Is he getting policy advice or political advice from Sean Hannity?
COSTA: The way it’s described to me by White House officials and friends of the President is that it’s feedback. That Hannity to the President represents that base, that base conservative voter who listens to talk radio who may have voted for President Trump. He’s not looking to Hannity for policy advice. But he trusts his own instincts but he also trusts as someone who has a mass audience, has to cater to a mass audience and he sees Hannity as someone in a similar position in that respect, trying to play to that base and keep that audience.
April 11th, 2018
Via: Los Angeles Times:
“Not in my backyard” protests helped block homeless housing in Temple City, delayed it in Boyle Heights and, last month, killed Orange County’s plan to relocate homeless people to shelters.
Now, Los Angeles officials want to turn NIMBYism on its head â€” by paying property owners to put houses for homeless people in their backyards.
In August, the county Board of Supervisors approved a $550,000 pilot program to build a handful of small backyard houses, or upgrade illegally converted garages, for homeowners who agree to host a homeless person or family. Then in February, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded L.A. a $100,000 Mayor’s Challenge grant to study the feasibility of backyard homeless units within the city limits.
Rents under the county’s pilot program would be covered by low-income vouchers, with tenants contributing 30% of their incomes. The county is also sponsoring a design competition, streamlining permits and providing technical aid and financing options.
While the idea of backyard homeless units might seem far-fetched, officials hope it could be a fast and relatively inexpensive way to house the most stable individuals among the 58,000 homeless people in L.A. County.
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On Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, during a segment on the decision not to charge two Baton Rouge police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in 2016, liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye blew up and and got into a heated debate with conservative commentator Ben Ferguson. At one point, she accused him of being “out your damn mind,” and eventually repeatedly told him, “You’re sick,” because he defended the officers.
As Ferguson made the argument that the officers who were trying to arrest him had acted lawfully in shooting him because he was resisting arrest while reaching for a gun that was in his pocket, also noting that he had illegal drugs in his body, Rye responded: “You are out your damn mind.”
The two then went back and forth a bit before she added: “You’re out of your mind because let me tell you why. This is the only country — this is the only place in the world where someone will get killed, and we talk about what’s in their system.”
After the two argued back and forth again for a while, Rye insisted: “What I’m telling you is he was not fighting police — what I’m telling you is, he was fighting for his life and mercy. And if you don’t understand that, I don’t know how to help you!”
Host Don Lemon, apparently not getting the point that it’s perfectly fine for people to possess guns as long as they behave lawfully, oddly injected: “So, Ben, do you have something against someone — people carrying guns?”
Ferguson clarified: “You don’t get to negotiate with the police when you have a gun in your pocket and you’re fighting them and resisting arrest while they’re tasing you.”
Rye concluded by repeatedly stating, “You’re sick.”
A bit earlier in the previous segment during a discussion of the NRA accepting contributions from other countries, Rye had gone on a rant claiming that the Second Amendment “doesn’t even apply to black lives.” Rye:
The Second Amendment doesn’t even apply to black lives. The Second Amendment doesn’t even apply to Philando Castille, to Alton Sterling. No, it does not.
So while we’re talking about the NRA and who is here to protect, I want to know who the Second Amendment protects because it certainly does not protect people who look like me. I am not here for the NRA who continues to defend gun revenues and gun money over the lives of black and brown people.
For anyone wondering how former MSNBC host Ed Schultz has been occupying his time since the far-left host was booted from MSNBC a couple of years ago, the answer to that question would seem to be that he’s going even further off the rails if his current show from this past week is an indication.
Schultz — who currently hosts the Russia Today network’s The News with Ed Schultz — actually gave an unchallenged forum to an anti-Israel activist — Miko Peled — who not only called the Israeli government a “racist” regime that is engaging “genocide” against Arabs, but the guest even called for the U.S. to take military action against the Jewish state by sending the Sixth Fleet to the Gaza Strip and forcing Israel to end its blockade.
Schultz set up the segment by running a report from correspondent Anya Parampil in which she highlighted claims by Palestinian Arabs that a number of Gaza residents have died of cancer because Israel refuses to allow them to cross into Israel for treatment in Jerusalem. No mention was made of why the blockade exists in the first place — to constrict the activities of the terrorist group Hamas — or the fact that Egypt, which also shares a border with the Gaza Strip, takes part in the blockade as well.
The RT host introduced the report by recounting that “Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip continues to have dire consequences for Palestinians living in the region,” before adding that “Residents there live in constant fear of the Israeli army.”
In a pre-recorded piece, Parampil spent nearly three minutes of recalling complaints by Palestinian Arabs about shortages of water and medical supplies, and claims that several dozen residents have died of cancer because Israel would not allow them to cross the border to be treated. After noting that she as a journalist was allowed to get a permit to travel between Israel and Gaza, she concluded: “But for too many Palestinians — even those diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses — there is no such magic pass, only a death sentence handed down by an ever-present occupation.”
Not mentioned is that, according to the Israeli Defense Forces, some medical technology is restricted from importation because it can be used by Hamas for military purposes.
Schultz then brought aboard Peled as a guest, who began by reacting to Parampil’s report by complaining that Israel has made Gaza into a “concentration camp.” Offering no pushback, Schultz followed up: “Why would the Jewish people do this?”
After commenting that it is “only some Jewish people,” Peled aimed vitriol at the Israeli government: “It’s a regime that is racist — it’s a regime that is brutal — it’s a regime that was the state of Israel — a state that was built after a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing. It’s been engaged in what I believe is a genocide.”
Schultz soon fretted that the “mainstream media” have not given more attention to complaints against Israel by Palestinian Arabs as he followed up: “This message — that story that just played by Anya Parampil and how you have described this — we don’t hear in the mainstream media in America. Why not?”
After complaining that “Israel has an incredibly strong lobby” in the U.S. and Europe, Peled called for U.S. military action against Israel as he added: “They should have the Sixth Fleet there forcing the end of the siege of Gaza, forcing Israel to allow medical care, forcing Israel to allow for these children to get clean water and proper nutrition.”
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