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https://spectator.org/four-stages-of-marxist-takeover-the-accuracy-of-yuri-bezmenov/

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It’s important to understand that this is a revolutionary moment in American history, and it isn’t a bad idea to act in ways that would fall under the traditional description of “accordingly.”

But it’s also important to understand that the revolution taking place in America is not yet a “kinetic” one. That may come soon, or it may not. The battle taking place presently is a war of information — or disinformation, as the case may be.

And the revolution is a Marxist revolution. You should make no mistake about that. The groups fomenting it, the intellectuals promoting it, and the money financing it are all quite open about who they are.

    In any other time in American history a presidential candidate would have dumped Duckworth as a potential VP the minute she came out against George Washington.

The object of this information revolution? To begin with, defeating Donald Trump and installing Joe Biden as the Hard Left’s puppet president. Biden is, for now, palatable to the American people in ways that actual communist Bernie Sanders, spawn of a communist Pete Buttigieg, Sandinista sympathizer Bill de Blasio and other far-left revolutionary (remember: Sanders has spent years traipsing around the country calling for a revolution) figures were not. But despite his lack of bona fides, Biden offers something quite beneficial to the Left — he is wholly incapable of executing the duties of President of the United States owing to a clear deficiency of mental function which shows itself every time he makes a public appearance. Couple that with Biden and his handlers being so utterly devoid of principle and scruples that he and they are willing to serve as an empty vessel into which might be poured whatever horrors the Left is willing to use him to bring on.

Joe Biden isn’t Vladimir Lenin. Biden is Alexander Kerensky, the Russian politician who served as the vessel for the revolutionaries to overthrow the old guard in 1917 and then, once he had proven himself useful toward that end, was shuffled aside so the real power could assume control. And as in Kerensky’s case, what comes after will bring the end of all that we know.

They’re not even trying to hide this anymore. Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullors repeatedly says “We are trained Marxists.” Antifa’s imagery, dogma, public statements — all straight from the Marxist playbook. The bleatings of the Democrat Socialist crowd, including AOC, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and the rest — unabashedly Marxist. What do you think every one of these “community organizing” outfits catching oversized checks from the Soroses of the world are teaching to their new recruits? Where do you think critical race theory, repressive tolerance, and intersectionalism, the tools of the cultural revolutionaries setting fire to all our traditions and institutions, came from? They came from the Frankfurt School, all of whom were Marxists.

This playbook was written long ago. If you think that Bernie Sanders or Kshama Sawant or Alicia Garza are smart enough to dream up a plan for taking down the greatest society the world has ever known, you are out of touch with reality. The only way they could have been as effective as they have so far is to follow somebody else’s plan. Which they are doing.

The reason you believe a Marxist revolution on these shores is far-fetched is that your faith in America’s institutions makes you believe the loss of your freedom and prosperity are impossible.

That confidence isn’t a flaw in your character. To the contrary, it’s a sign of your patriotism. But this moment makes that confidence unwarranted, if not obsolete.

Joe Biden is telling you that if he wins in November he will “transform” America. He’s telling you that he will institute massive, crushing tax increases. He’s talking about getting the Post Office into the banking business (not just putting the Post Office in charge of ballot security, banking as well), while his fellow Democrats are talking about creating a cashless society — the combination of which will effectively eliminate private finance AND the cash economy, meaning no escape from the tender mercies of the IRS and government regulators who will then be able to audit and analyze all of your financial transactions.

Now is where you should be thinking about China’s new social credit scoring system, elements of which are already creeping into our society, and how that might merge with government banking and the elimination of cash.

The frightening promises Biden is making to the Hard Left in this country while he vets anti-American loons like Tammy Duckworth — who openly discusses the defenestration of George Washington and calls Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson “dead traitors” because Trump praised them at Mount Rushmore, then pretends to be insulted when people rightly call that the offensive idiocy that it is — as his vice presidential choices, show that he is the Left’s puppet. Biden jumped in to defend Duckworth after her insane ranting, in case you missed it; in any other time in American history a presidential candidate would have dumped her as a potential VP the minute she came out against George Washington.

You shouldn’t believe the polls which show Biden with such huge leads. But the reason those polls are delivering the numbers they do should make you concerned.

Those polls are trash, because Trump voters are “shy voters.” If you’re voting for Trump, are you really going to tell a stranger over the phone who you’re voting for? Doing so might put you on a list, get you doxxed, get you fired from your job, beat up, or worse.

Why do you as a Trump voter worry about that? You, and everyone else in America, are being demoralized.

There is a video interview from a long time ago that you should see if you haven’t already seen it. It’s one of those things that many of our readers may have seen years ago and then forgot about — but all of a sudden it’s incredibly relevant again. The interview dates back to 1984, and it was conducted by the author, filmmaker, and John Birch Society gadfly G. Edward Griffin with a Soviet defector and former KGB operative named Yuri Bezmenov.

Forget about Griffin’s background. He was something of an Alex Jones of his time, and he’s still around in his dotage, obsessing about things which cost him his relevance. It’s Bezmenov who matters. The Russian was involved at relatively high levels as a propagandist par excellence before leaving the USSR for Canada, and he laid out in excruciating detail the process by which a free society might be brought to collapse.

Bezmenov didn’t dream that up. It wasn’t even a secret. Nikita Khrushchev, who ran the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964, was quite open in predicting the destruction of the United States and furthermore said it would happen in the way that every society eventually collapses — internally.

“We will take America without firing a shot,” Khrushchev said. “We do not have to invade the U.S. We will destroy you from within.”

Khrushchev and the Soviets weren’t just bragging. What he was talking about was an entire system of Marxist indoctrination and takeover they had perfected and executed in country after country during the 20th century. Eastern Europe. North Korea. North Vietnam, then all of Vietnam. Cuba. Nicaragua. Later, Venezuela. Various African countries, including South Africa, the communist bloom of which has only recently come to pass. Some of those countries went communist because the Soviets rolled the tanks in; most went communist because the pre-communist society collapsed for various reasons. All went communist after they had been infiltrated with Marxist revolutionaries.

The point being that there was a template in place for how to penetrate a society with Marxist ideals and implode it so that the revolutionaries would control the ruins. Bezmenov, whose father was a high-ranking Soviet military official and who was trained to be an elite KGB overseas operative, was taught the template and put to work in India attempting to infiltrate that country and bring it into the Warsaw Pact. He also worked at the Soviet RIA Novosti news organization, editing and planting propaganda materials into foreign media. The man knew exactly what he was talking about when he outlined how a Marxist revolution might be America down without firing a shot, just as Khrushchev had predicted.

Of course, the Soviet Union didn’t take America down. We won the Cold War and they lost. The USSR collapsed before we did, mostly because America had a leader in Ronald Reagan who had the vision and will to pressure the Soviets into collapse and openly talked of a day when Soviet communism was on the ash-heap of history.

But Reagan also warned that freedom is a fragile thing, and that it’s never more than one generation from extinction. That warning expired when Reagan did, as Americans grew far too complacent after the USSR fell apart and we forgot what communism means. And as the cold warriors of the 20th century passed into the history books, what replaced them was an American cultural and political elite either ignorant of the Marxist threat and how it might materialize, or far more concerned with the rise of Islam.

That’s how you got a red diaper baby like Barack Obama elected president of this country for two terms. It’s also how you got Republican state legislators, governors, and congressmen fully invested in throwing money into education, and particularly higher education, without a second of thought as to what they were funding. The teachers’ unions were the largest donors to Bernie Sanders. What do you think that tells you? Why are you surprised the schools are turning out students who think Washington and Jefferson were villains?

Back to Bezmenov, who warned us in 1984 that a free society collapses in four stages and the first is demoralization. What he meant by demoralization is a process by which students in schools controlled by disciples of leftist thought would be indoctrinated into a set of values and beliefs foreign to those of the American tradition. Bezmenov said, in 1984, mind you, that this would happen when the 1960s and 1970s student radicals began to control the educational institutions, and their project would be to throw out traditional Judeo-Christian morality, classical education, and American patriotism. Is there any doubt this has happened? Our young people are the least patriotic in our nation’s history, and the most ignorant of the cultural, intellectual, and ideological patrimony of which they are heirs.

It’s even worse than that, because the cultural Marxist project not just in our schools but in our media and entertainment institutions has poisoned those against the country. Remember when the NFL was an escape from politics? Remember when the movies Hollywood made extolled American values and made viewers feel good about their country?

When was the last time you saw anything from American education or corporate media that made you feel good about your country?

The first goal of revolutionary propaganda, particularly the Marxist variety, is to demoralize. It’s to depress you and make you believe your civilization is lost. Once you succumb to that, you are, in the words of Ming the Merciless, “satisfied with less.” Why do you think ordinary white people are so willing to apologize for the sins of their ancestors and to confess to being racist without even knowing it? Why do you think corporate America is blindly endorsing a Marxist revolutionary organization which openly declares war on the nuclear family?

That’s demoralization, and according to Bezmenov it’s the first step in engineered societal collapse.

What’s the second step? Destabilization.

Bezmenov describes that as a rapid decline in the structure of a society — its economy, its military, its international relations. We’ve discussed in this space the unquestionable impetus on the part of Democrats to keep the economy as hamstrung as possible with COVID-19 shutdowns, and those continue despite a precipitous decline in death rates as testing ramps up across the country. It’s clear the virus is no longer a significant threat to the health of Americans who don’t already have serious medical issues, and yet COVID hysteria is increasing, rather than decreasing. Just Wednesday the Ivy League shut down all its sporting events planned for the fall semester, an absurd decision which is nonetheless likely to be copied by other universities dominated by leftist political activists (the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC are all in various stages of planning conference-only schedules this fall, which makes no sense whatsoever). The virus is the perfect platform by which to impose the economic destabilization the Left has wanted all along.

No, that isn’t a conspiracy theory. They’re telling you it’s what they’re after. Do you believe Ilhan Omar was off-script when she suggested dismantling America’s economy as a system of oppression earlier this week? Ilhan Omar, who paid a political consultant $900,000 in fees last year, money which came from somewhere, isn’t smart enough to say these things without having the script written for her. She’s being trotted out to introduce them because she’s already radioactive and a lightning rod for criticism, and also because she’s (1) black, (2) Muslim, and (3) an immigrant, and even an illegal one. To criticize her statements as cracked bears the signature not of incisive reasoning but rather racism. So when other Democrats join her call you are no longer allowed to object.

Google Omar’s statements and what you’ll find is a loud cacophony of gaslighting by left-wing media outlets like Common Dreams, The Nation, the Washington Post and others attacking Republicans for reacting to what they saw and heard on video as “meltdowns” and “losing their minds.” Even Snopes, the left-wing site purportedly acting as a fact-check operation, declares that Omar didn’t actually say what she said.

That’s destabilization. They’re fully engaged in it, whether you believe they’ve been successful or not. But ask Mark McCloskey, for example, whether he thinks it’s outlandish to suggest the American order has been destabilized. McCloskey told Tucker Carlson that after the police told him they couldn’t protect him after the incident where he and his wife used guns to protect their property from a mob of Black Lives Matter trespassers, he called around to private security firms for help and was given advice to get out of his house and let the mob do what they would. Does that sound like a stable society to you?

The third stage is crisis, the catalyzing event that builds on the first two stages to bring on the change the revolutionaries are looking for. Looking for a crisis? Take your pick. We barely even remember the fact that we just had only the third presidential impeachment in American history half a year ago, a constitutional crisis which was wholly and completely manufactured directly out of thin air. We progressed immediately from that to COVID-19, which was unquestionably a manufactured crisis — not that the virus itself isn’t deadly to a certain portion of the population, but if you think the panic and destruction it’s caused doesn’t smack of manufacture then it’s clear you’ve been demoralized.

And then the George Floyd riots and the paroxysms of violence and virtue-signaling those have brought on, complete with the current campaign to bowdlerize American history and culture in an increasingly indiscriminate fashion. That’s a crisis, everybody, and it’s a completely manufactured one. The speed of the cultural collapse that followed Floyd’s death — when the legal system moved very swiftly against the police officers responsible for it — makes it undeniable this was planned and only needed a catalyst.

What’s the fourth stage? Normalization. As in, a “new normal.” The statues and monuments are gone, the ball games are out, or at least you aren’t allowed in the stadium to watch them (and you’ve got to watch them on TV interspersed with commercial spots and in-game messaging pushing whatever memes and narratives the ESPNs and NBCs of the world and their Madison Avenue partners wish to implant in your mind), the schools have purged American history and culture, the Universal Basic Income checks have replaced your job which you can’t do because the small business where you used to work has gone under thanks to the virus.

And Biden is president. For a little while, until it’s clear he’s incapacitated per the 25th Amendment, and then somebody else that you didn’t vote for is in charge of the country.

Out goes Kerensky. In comes … who knows what?

Let’s hope your confidence none of this can happen is well-placed. Let’s hope Bezmenov was a crank like people think G. Edward Griffin is.

But just to be sure, let’s make damned sure Biden and the Democrats take an historic beating in November. We don’t want to find out what’s behind the curtain in Biden’s basement. Too many nasty things are already peaking out at us from there.

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Spin Zone / Election Strategy Going Forward
« on: July 09, 2020, 11:38:08 AM »
Well, it seems the dems have decided to run a campaign of keeping their candidate hidden from the public.  Seems they want to limit his exposure to only friendly media types, and let him do a few prescript speeches in which they can do several run throughs to keep the image of dementia in check.

 No debates.  They will use some phony pretenses to avoid a debate situation. 

 His running mate.  More and more it looks like Tammy Duckworth will be his running mate.  Of course this will piss off the radical blacks, but Duckworth brings a candidate that has absolute moral authority, and that can not be questioned, period.  Never mind she is a radical leftist herself, mainly a boring dud when it comes to public appearances and totally non inspiring.

 IOW, a train wreck  of a political campaign.

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Watch how quickly Covid and the protest die away.

https://pjmedia.com/columns/robert-spencer/2020/07/09/criminal-investigation-of-trump-coming-supreme-court-rules-he-must-turn-over-tax-records-n625187

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The U.S. Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold a subpoena from a grand jury in New York for President Trump’s tax returns and related records. The president’s attorneys had argued that presidents are immune from criminal investigation while in office, but seven justices, including the Trump-appointed Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, voted to deny this. And so now it is certain: whatever is found in Trump’s tax records, no matter how benign, no matter how innocuous, the president will be subjected to a criminal investigation. This is as certain as death, taxes, and Democrat rage.

The Court’s ruling may be entirely sound on legal grounds. But it assumes an America that is not rent by civil conflict, an America in which judges are still more interested in dispensing impartial justice rather than in using their position to advance their political agenda, an America in which the full weight of the political and media establishment is not bearing down on the president, determined to discredit and destroy him, and remove him from office.

That America no longer exists. The America we live in now is the America in which Michael Flynn was ferociously persecuted for years, bullied into pleading guilty to spurious charges, and on the brink of serving a long prison sentence, all as part of an elaborate effort to frame President Trump on equally spurious charges that would serve as grounds for his impeachment and removal. The America we live in now is the America in which Roger Stone is about to go to prison for the crime of supporting the president and being caught up in the same effort to frame him. The America we have is one in which numerous people, notably Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and a host of others are getting off scot-free for far more serious offenses than anything Flynn or Stone were even accused of doing, because they have the good fortune to be among the privileged classes, the reigning political elites.

In this atmosphere, only the most naïve and blinkered, or only those who are so much a part of the old system that they cannot or will not see how seriously it is breaking down, could possibly think that prosecutors in New York are going to treat Trump’s tax records fairly and impartially. Anyone who has been paying attention to the political scene ever since Lois Lerner, Obama’s director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, used the IRS to harass and discriminate against conservative organizations, knows that the New York prosecutors are not out to administer justice, they are out to get Trump. And they know that with tax laws being as complicated as they are, and with Trump’s financial records being of necessity as voluminous as they must be, it will not be hard to establish the appearance of impropriety, even if they don’t find any instance of the president actually breaking the law.

The forthcoming Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster evaluates the presidents of the United States, from Washington to Trump, on the only basis upon which they ever should be evaluated: were they good for America and Americans? It discusses how Trump, unlike any other president in American history, faces an entrenched, anti-American, globalist, socialist cabal that is bent on destroying him for the crime of putting America first, and of extricating the United States from numerous aspects of the old international order established after World War II that have proven to be detrimental to American sovereignty and to the well-being of the American people.

That’s what this is all about. It isn’t about possible tax irregularities. It certainly isn’t some high-minded effort to show that no one is above the law; if no one were above the law, there are numerous Obama administration officials who would be sitting in prison cells right now. All this is about is yet another attempt by the political elites to destroy the biggest threat to their hegemony that they have faced since the international order from which they benefit so much personally and professionally was established.

Trump, as Rating America’s Presidents shows, is – as he himself has often avowed – an American president, not the president of the world, not the leader of the foremost cog in the globalist machine, with its decline being carefully managed for the benefit of international socialism. That is why the elites hate Trump with such incandescent hatred. That is why New York prosecutors want his taxes. That is why they are 100% certain to find irregularities in them that, they will insist, require prosecution.

That is also why Trump must ultimately prevail against this new challenge as he has prevailed against all the others. For America, and Americans, it will make the difference between continuing as a free people, or continuing to degenerate into globalist socialist drones.


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Spin Zone / Pro Sports
« on: July 06, 2020, 05:51:21 PM »
I don't follow any pro sports.   But I have to wonder why a player would be worth so much money.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/29418825/sources-chiefs-patrick-mahomes-agree-10-year-extension

 

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Spin Zone / Democrat strategy of fear, chaos, and despotism
« on: July 05, 2020, 07:15:30 PM »
https://noqreport.com/2020/07/05/democrat-strategy-of-fear-chaos-and-despotism/

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In the midst of so much continuing calamity, it has become difficult to fully grasp the sequence of events of the past six months. On January 16 of this year, in an exercise of consuming partisanship, leftist Democrats voted to impeach President Trump on baseless charges. Holding secret hearings in which their own star witnesses actually debunked the charges, they nevertheless engaged in shameless grandstanding as they marched the paperwork over to the Senate for the trial. Of course the Senate immediately dismissed the charges and rebuked the House for its despicable political stunt.

Next came the Wuhan virus “pandemic,” which quickly moved to center stage as an apocalyptic threat to humanity. Here again, leftist Democrats could barely contain their exuberance as they uttered one dismal prophesy after another, demanding businesses be shut down across the nation, devastating hard-working business owners and driving employees out the door and onto unemployment rolls, while throwing the markets into an unprecedented tailspin.

Eventually, public sentiment began to push back against efforts to keep the nation interminably in this wholly unnecessary lock down. But although “Red” state governors and public officials advocated restoring freedom and opportunity as expediently as possible, leftist Democrats relished their newfound authoritarian rule, refusing to cede any of it back to the peasantry. Consequently, many “Blue” states and municipalities suffered excessive and wholly unwarranted hardship, even including the needless loss of life.

But while those leftist Democrat officials saw no reason for honest, sincere Americans to be allowed the luxury of normality in their lives, they were perfectly willing to allow leftist activists to congregate in enormous numbers, the moment they had an excuse to attack innocent citizens and destroy their livelihoods. Hence while Churches were told to stay closed and threatened with legal action if they didn’t comply, lawless mobs were unleashed across America to advance the Democrat agenda as they rioted, looted, and committed arson. People could not legally congregate inside Churches to Worship God. But violent anarchists could gather outside to burn those Churches down!

Lately, the rioting has been losing its emotional impact, so on cue we are suddenly confronted with that “second wave” of the Wuhan virus, with all the dire prognostications droning on just as incessantly as they did on the first go around. Do leftists really believe Americans will so easily fall for all the fear mongering on this “cry wolf/sky is falling” rerun? The short answer is a resounding “YES.” Sadly, they may be right.

With a massive increase in testing, new cases of the virus are showing up. But as with the first onslaught, the fatality rate is extremely low. The numbers were so unimpressive in the spring that medical and public authorities had to play statistical games in order to sufficiently inflate them. More than once since then, investigations have revealed indefensible fraud, and real deaths have been revised sharply downward.

Meanwhile, every other dire side effect of this “plague” was grossly exaggerated and exacerbated to the maximum extent by leftist politicians and their Fake News media minions. Fear mongering reports of “possible” shortages early on caused store shelves to be empty of toilet paper, and this was loudly celebrated by the media. The same tactic was attempted with meats and other commodities, but never quite caught on.

This time however, the left is going into overdrive. Nancy Pelosi is demanding that masks be made mandatory. It is so disappointing that, once again, leftist Democrats are gaining “converts” just by turning up the heat. Throughout all of this, the positive effects of masks on the virus proved negligible, while their pitfalls are many. And with all the Democrat finger pointing going on, no mention is being made of the truly horrendous and unnecessary deaths caused by Democrat policies that put Covid-positive patients in nursing homes to maximize disease and death.

So the issue of the day is not keeping people healthy or restoring a flourishing nation, but insisting everyone wear masks. In the same sense that the riots were not about improving the lives of non-white Americans, the masks have shown no positive impact on virus numbers while presenting many hazards of their own. No matter. Americans must be taught to understand that they have no option other than compliance. Pay homage to “Black Lives Matter” and wear a mask. That way we all understand who’s really in control. And that’s the real message.

Yet as ominous as this is, it does not connote uncontested power on the part of the Democrats. Rather, it reflects their desperation and vulnerability. They are truly in their “end game,” and have been that way since election night 2016. Their only option is to fight to the death. So they keep turning up the intensity of their attacks, and our side keeps getting blindsided by them. Such successes will either lead to their eventual victory, or be the catalyst that results in the total implosion of their sick, perverted “cause.”

When President Trump was able to get his stimulus enacted, the Democrats were totally boxed in. Their response was to attempt a “one up” stimulus bill of their own, with even bigger outlays to the American people. But the stunt was as transparent as cellophane, with a singular purpose of regaining the loyalty of those who vote based on which party hands out the most to them.

Next was the news that black Americans support President Trump in unprecedented numbers, possibly even exceeding 40% of voters. Leftists could barely contain their sheer panic over that one. Again, their response was to turn up the pandering, by appearing in African garb, kneeling for the cameras in a nearly comical staged event. Once again, this shameless grandstanding totally backfired, as blacks were indignant over such embarrassing condescension and the total contempt it ultimately revealed.

The tendency of “our side” to grow anxious and dispirited at times like this is understandable. But such a reaction is wholly premature. Instead, this is the time to rally the people of Real America, in order to highlight the vast contrast between the nation’s future envisioned by conservatives and President Trump, as opposed to all of the horrible events that have wreaked horrendous damage on our nation since January. Abhorrent as things have been, they are but a glimpse of the suffering and devastation that would inevitably ensue if the Democrats are ever able to inflict them from a position of uncontested power.

The germs may have been real and just a “naturally” occurring event. But the societal disease that ensued was entirely deliberate. Americans should never forget its real source, and vote those responsible for it out of office.


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Looks like not all black lives matter  :'(

https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/armed-black-marxists-swarm-innocent-familys-car-then-shoot-and-kill-their-8-year-old-daughter/

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ATLANTA — 8 year-old girl died when she was shot multiple times by armed black Marxists.

 

The night following Independence Day turned out to be a very violent one in the city of Atlanta. While fireworks were going off in the skies over the city, Atlanta Police were busy investigating multiple shooting calls which left an 8-year-old girl dead and people wounded all over parts of the city.

 

Police said Turner was riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend when they exited the interstate at University Avenue. The driver tried to turn into the parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road when he was confronted by an “group of armed black individuals” who had blocked the entrance.

 

“At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help,” police said in a statement.

 

According to Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee, 23 people were shot and wounded during the overnight hours of Saturday night, July 4, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 5.

 

Police identified the child Sunday as Secoriea Turner.


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Spin Zone / Biden Campaign Refuses To Release Cognitive Test Results
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:59:07 PM »
https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/03/biden-campaign-refuses-to-release-cognitive-test-results/

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Biden Campaign Refuses To Release Cognitive Test Results
July 3, 2020 By Jonah Gottschalk

Its been three days now since former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that he’s been “tested and am constantly tested” for cognitive decline. The media has, unsurprisingly, swept this story under the rug, but the candidate’s claim still raises a lot of questions.

Who’s been doing these assessments? Why are we only hearing about these “constant” tests after the cognitive question has plagued the campaign for well over a year? And most importantly, Biden never actually said what any of the results were. So what were they?

The Biden Campaign has not responded to The Federalist’s request for those results.

It is one thing to claim a cognitive assessment would be insulting and refuse to take one. It is another to take it multiple times, only to hide the results. Biden himself didn’t even directly state they were good, but voters are left to assume it.

Cognitive deterioration is deadly serious, particularly if we’re discussing someone who could be in charge of the nuclear arsenal for eight years. While the topic should be discussed as the serious mental health issue it is, rather than fodder for campaign ads, the public has a right to know what exactly is going on.

It’s not as if questions about his cognitive status are not somehow confined to Infowars. A recent poll by Rasmussen showed nearly 40 percent of voters think the presumptive Democratic nominee has dementia, including 30 percent of independents likely to vote. One in five Democrats believe it as well. That’s not “may have dementia” either; that’s voters who are convinced Biden suffers from the disease.

After confirming the test’s existence, Biden said one more thing. “I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.” Just one problem; Trump’s already done his side of the competition. In 2018, the President took a Montreal Cognitive Assessment as part of a medical exam. The President passed with a perfect score, which was confirmed by Rear Admiral and Doctor Ronny Jackson.

If Biden can’t wait to compare scores with his election opponent, he’s got everything he needs. He’s on the record stating he’s taken the assessment multiple times, and President Trump has already taken and released his results. So what is he waiting for?

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Spin Zone / What we need is social media distancing
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:53:04 AM »
https://spectator.us/need-social-media-distancing-protest-internet/

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Nearly three months into lockdown, 40 million Americans were unemployed. Kids lost out on three months of schooling. Businesses shuttered, many never to open again. Mental health suffered. People lost their homes. Tens of thousands died alone in hospitals, family members were prevented from holding the hands of their loved ones in their final days, and in many cases they weren’t allowed to bury them or hold a funeral.

Parents struggled to balance distance learning and work. Teachers worried that their most vulnerable students weren’t logging in to class. People couldn’t receive medical treatment or attend birthdays and graduations.

But humans are creative, resilient creatures, and it didn’t take long before we adjusted to living online. Necessity forced ingenuity. AA meetings, fitness classes, happy hours and business meetings all pivoted to Zoom. We started group chats with family members and college friends to stay connected. Mostly, we shared memes.

We posted pictures of the dog we adopted, or the sourdough we attempted to make, or the projects in our houses we’d been putting off forever that we finally got to finish, just to try to stay optimistic. There were silver linings, too. Much ink was spilled about learning to slow down, finding joy in being home with the family. All that time commuting — was it worth it? Who did we value — and why? Instead of honoring celebrities, athletes and musicians, we applauded nurses, doctors, truck drivers and grocery-store cashiers. We smiled at each other with our eyes as we stood six feet apart in lines. A feeling of solidarity and grit in the face of a common hardship pervaded, for a brief moment.

Pundits wondered, naively, ‘Did COVID-19 kill the culture wars?’

The world stopped and we were forced to sit with the uncomfortable truths we’d been avoiding about ourselves, our marriages, our choices. But instead of looking deeply within for the solutions, many of us sought escape in substances and Netflix, and searched for answers on social media. It went from an addiction we needed to get over to the only way we could feel connected to one another.

The majority of us reluctantly went along with the shutdown in order to flatten the curve and help hospitals catch up. We applauded our doctors and nurses on the front line every night in our cities. We became familiar with terms such as ‘social distancing’ and PPE. Masks became the must-have fashion accessory of the spring season, even though we weren’t entirely sure if we needed to wear them. Many of us became armchair epidemiologists and constitutional lawyers.

We fought about whether or not our government was doing the right thing. Some people felt it was authoritarian overreach and took to the streets in protest. They were widely condemned and told they were killing grandma for the sake of a haircut. But many were struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. With lack of trust in our leaders, media and experts at an all-time high, conspiracy theories and disinformation flourished. As the lockdown dragged on, tensions rose. The smiles of solidarity became averted eyes.

Then, on May 25, as some states were beginning to open up, an officer put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for a full, excruciating eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd told the officer he couldn’t breathe, and he called for his dead mama as he died. The whole world saw the video — over and over again.

And the pent-up population took to the streets, enraged. Protest is the appropriate reaction to what we witnessed, and it’s inspiring to know we aren’t all so hopeless or dead inside that we are no longer moved. People are rightfully furious about police brutality. But being smack dab in the middle of a pandemic, the protests turned out to be gasoline on the smoldering embers of the culture wars.

Overnight, the same people who were shaming Christians who wanted to go to church so Jesus could save them from coronavirus were out in the streets. The non-protesters were furious that they were still being told to stop everything while thousands of people marched. They watched helplessly as cities were looted and burned by anarchists and opportunists.

The subsequent mainstream-media gaslighting campaign was mind-bending. After all the sacrifices, people had some questions about why one week protesting was killing grandma, but the next it was acceptable for thousands of people to gather. It was a valid question. If you dared to ask it, you were called a racist. ‘The true virus is white supremacy,’ we were told. Protesting is okay if the cause is righteous. Sorry, wanting to provide for your family or hold your mother’s hand while she dies just isn’t righteous enough?

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases have continued. States now wrestle with how best to reopen. We have an election in four months. Resentments are festering. Some centuries old. Some decades. Some months. All of this is going to get worse.

Social media escalates the tensions. It’s a hotbed of anonymous trolls, agents of chaos and bad-faith arguments. It brings out the worst in us because the algorithm rewards us for being tribal, divisive and emotional. It preys on our worst instincts. The algorithm doesn’t want to be fed compassion, nuance and reason. Peace isn’t profitable. Social media demands the scalps of the canceled. It wants nothing less than our souls and war.

So if you feel insane, I promise you — you are not alone. We live in mad times and in an effort to keep up with the chaos, we end up on social media trying to make sense of it all. But there we find an even crazier virtual battleground, and that only feeds the madness in real life. If we want to save ourselves from the toxic virus of hate, we need to start practicing social media distancing. Before it’s too late.

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https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/nfl-will-play-black-national-anthem-week-1-game-fall-will-honor-victims-police-brutality-helmet-decals/

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How many Americans knew there were TWO national anthems — one for black Americans and one for everyone else?

Well this fall the NFL will play the black national anthem before every week 1 game.

Four weeks after commissioner Roger Goodell vowed to listen to and work with players in their fight for racial equality, the NFL is in the process of solidifying plans to honor victims of systemic racism with a number of in-game programs during opening week of the 2020 season.

Starting with the nationally televised regular-season opener between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 10, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem, will be performed before every Week 1 kickoff, before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a person familiar with ongoing discussions. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because plans have not yet been finalized and announced by NFL officials.

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Spin Zone / Time to update the language of the Constitution
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:22:12 PM »
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/505071-time-to-update-the-language-of-the-constitution?amp

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The United States Constitution protects rights and liberties, but its gender and racially-oriented language undermine the promise of equality it proclaims. Its gendered and racist words stand in the way of true reconciliation in this divided country and have no place in any modern society. It is the Constitution's purpose to reflect America's modern values of equality and inclusion.

Consider the 14th Amendment. No part of the Constitution speaks more forcefully to the power of law to transform social relations. It guarantees that no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." And yet the Constitution still today counts a slave as "three-fifths" of a person. Or consider the 13th Amendment: It abolishes slavery, but the Fugitive Slave Clause - which requires escaped slaves to be returned to their masters - remains in the Constitution as a painful reminder of America's original sin.

The Constitution's outdated language extends also to gender. It tells us that men alone can be president, referring only to "he" or "his" when referring to the presidency. Of course, this did not prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming the first woman, in 2016, to lead a major party into the general election. Nor does it stop other women from vying for the nomination now. But when Jeannette Rankin (R-Mont.) became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1916, some argued that the Constitution's use of the masculine pronoun disqualified her.

Some will say that the Constitution's racist and gendered language should not matter because women can run for office and Black persons are full citizens of the United States. But imagine how schoolchildren must feel when they read the Constitution in their basic civics course. Some will be made to feel less than welcome in their own country. Others may wonder why some of their classmates are singled out for unjust treatment. Many will internalize that the highest law of the land creates a hierarchy of citizenship.

It is no accident of history that the Constitution does not delete obsolete texts. The First Congress debated whether a constitutional amendment should entail changes to the original text but ultimately chose to record changes in the higher law as sequential amendments to the end of the document. This question of constitutional form did not arise in the abstract. It was forced upon Congress by an amendment proposal to insert new words before "We the People," the preambular battle cry that opens the doors to the Constitution. Roger Sherman, one of a select few to sign all three of America's constitutive texts - the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution - argued that changing the founders' original words would threaten the integrity of the Constitution and even risk its ruin.

But James Madison saw things differently. He argued that changes should be integrated into the original text, not appended at the end. Rather than leaving the mistakes of the past visible to the world, it was better to erase those texts that time had overrun or that present exigencies suggested should be removed. Had Madison won this battle generations ago, the Constitution would have an altogether different appearance today. No longer would it speak in racist and gendered terms. It would celebrate equality and inclusion, and give Americans a text proudly to call their own - one in which they would see themselves and their hopes reflected.

Some countries have learned this lesson. When the Norwegian Constitution was adopted in 1814, it declared in its text that "Jesuits and Monastic orders shall not be tolerated" and "Jews are furthermore excluded from the Kingdom." Today, there is no hint of this hateful language that once appeared in Norway's higher law. Its constitution has justly been updated to reflect modern values.

But not so in the United States. At least not yet. The Constitution is replete with obsolete and outdated language that weakens rather than enhances the feeling of belonging that a constitution should generate among a country's citizens. It is time to update the Constitution to reflect America's modern values of equality and inclusion.

Richard Albert is a constitutional law professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions."

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Unfuckinbelievable.   And these are supposedly republicans.

https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/07/01/republican-senators-propose-abolishing-columbus-day-replacing-it-with-juneteenth/

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This is an odd story, not necessarily because of the proposal to make Juneteenth, which is traditionally a Texas holiday, a national holiday, but because these Republican Senators are proposing to do away with Columbus Day in the same amendment.

Their reasoning is not because Columbus is bad, but for supposed economic reasons.

One night after Tucker Carlson excoriated the GOP for being weak and pursing things that ultimately don’t matter, these GOP Senators were apparently dead set on proving his point.

I don’t personally have a problem with Juneteenth being celebrated as a federal holiday, though I do think it’s a little manufactured how quickly we went from most people not knowing what it is to corporations and news outlets virtue signaling non-stop about it. Regardless, it seems perfectly reasonable to me to have a holiday commemorating the freeing of slaves. Given that Emancipation Day was not actually the day of slavery ending, Juneteenth seems like a decent enough choice.

But Johnson and Lankford’s excuse for why Columbus Day must now go is so typical as to border on parody. They are actually worried about the economic impact of Americans having too many holidays.

Spoiled Senators are worried you may get too many days off from work as they barely lift a finger half the year as you pay their salaries. Makes sense, right? Even if these Senators didn’t realize the optics involved, it’s so tone deaf.

Of course, this could also just be a stealth way for them to support getting rid of Columbus Day as a sacrificial offering to the left. Democrats have no care about the historical context of Columbus, nor how important he was to the founding of Western civilization in the New World. All they care about is that he fought wars and brought disease with him. Every historical figure must be judged by modern standards and then erased from antiquity.

If the Senate wants to make Juneteenth a holiday, then they are free to do so. But getting rid of Columbus Day, something that has been engrained in American culture going back to the 18th century, seems like a really ridiculous move. Trust me, Americans are not being underworked, nor will the economy suffer over a single day (where most not in civil service will still work anyway). They can stand to get an extra holiday.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/505334-reparations-bill-gains-steam-following-death-of-george-floyd?amp

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Legislation exploring whether Black Americans should receive restitution for slavery may soon get a huge boost, as a growing number of Democrats are hoping to move reparations this summer as another response to the death of George Floyd.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will huddle Wednesday to discuss their next legislative steps as Democrats seek to confront racial inequality following the police killing of Floyd last month.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), the lead sponsor of the reparations bill, H.R. 40, said her proposal is attracting greater interest within the caucus since Floyd's death, which sparked mass protests for racial justice around the country and the globe. She's hoping to tap that energy to bring her bill to the floor for a historic vote before year's end.

"We now have an opportunity, through H.R. 40, to have the highest level of discussion about systemic racism and race. And we are able to do it in a manner that is bringing people together; that acknowledges that Black lives matter; and acknowledges that there has to be a response," Jackson Lee said Tuesday.

"There is no better time for H.R. 40 to be part of the national dialogue, and part of the national legislative response."

Since Floyd's death on May 25, House Democrats have already approved several proposals designed to tackle racial disparities and social injustice across different facets of American society, including legislation to overhaul the criminal justice system and expand access to health care.

Party leaders have also scheduled a vote this week on a sweeping infrastructure package, which includes provisions aimed at boosting both the economy and access to services in poor, minority and other vulnerable communities.

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Spin Zone / Mask
« on: July 01, 2020, 11:44:41 AM »

So the new battle cry in government is everyone should put on a mask.  The Wicked Witch of the West wants to federally mandate it.  More and more of the political elite are demanding it.

 It's almost beginning to look like a cult.  No good reasoning, most don't understand the science, just "put the fucking mask on as you are told!"

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Spin Zone / No Bubba, it's not a noose..........
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