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General Mark Milley Says National Guard Troops Had Bayonets During Black Lives Matter Riots, Arson in DC Last Month

Black Lives Matter and Antifa cohorts riot and torch historic church in Washington DC.

Leftists torched the historic St. John’s Church, vandalized the WWII monument, vandalized the Korean War monument, vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, attacked police and national guard members with rocks, bottles and fireworks.

General Mark Milley confirmed this week that National Guard troops sent to Washington DC to protect America’s historical monuments during violent riots last month.

It is not clear which national guard troops he was talking about.

Last month General Milley famously told reporters he never should have walked with President Trump to the ruins of St. John’s Church. Milley was also against using the National Guard against violent mobs ransacking cities all over the US.

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‘Jane Doe’ Says She is Willing to Testify Against Epstein Pimp Ghislaine Maxwell (VIDEO)

Jeffrey Epstein’s pimp Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning by the FBI, and now she faces two counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, two counts of conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury.

Fox News reported Friday morning that a ‘Jane Doe’ is willing to testify against Ghislaine Maxwell.

An anonymous woman told Fox News that she was sexually assaulted dozens of times by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein beginning in 1991 when she was just 14 years old.

The Jane Doe said Maxwell not only facilitated the sexual abuse, she was in the room and took part in it as well.

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The anonymous woman said she became pregnant with Jeffrey Epstein’s baby when she was 16 years old and ultimately forced to have an abortion.

“The fact that I had to kill my child really affected me and my family,” said the Jane Doe.

The woman said Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell gang raped her as punishment for getting pregnant and having an abortion.

She was dropped off naked on her grandparents front yard after she was gang raped and was told she would be killed.

The FBI allowed these monsters to roam free for decades knowing they were sexually assaulting young women.

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OANN Cooked Up A Poll For President Trump To Snort, Shoot, Smoke, Or Pop. It’ll Make You Feel Good!

Fox’s inbred cousin One American News Network has released a poll of Arizona voters, and it is a holy wonder. Donald Trump is going to get all tingly in his orange bits when he discovers that he’s running four points ahead of Biden instead of four points behind. Martha McSally is not A IDIOT, though, so she’s probably not going to fall for a poll that shows her four points ahead of Democrat Mark Kelly, rather than trailing him by 10. On the other hand, she is getting pretty desperate, so …

Okay, let’s take a look at this poll, shall we? See if maybe there’s some way they manipulated the pool of “527 registered, likely voters in Arizona” sharing their opinions via “interactive voice responses and an online panel of cell phone users.”

Uhhhhhh, 47 percent of respondents to this poll voted for Trump four years ago, and only 33 percent for Clinton? Does that seem like a representative sample of the electorate?

via NYT

In fact, it does not!


They shaved off 11 percentage points worth of Hillary Clinton voters from the jump? Very subtle! Well if OANN deliberately undersampled registered Democrats, that would show up in the party registrations, right?

Hmm, let’s just compare that to the party breakdown according to Arizona’s Secretary of State.

Fam, we are shook! They look to have given Democrats a haircut here, too. Whodathunkit from a network that had to pull its own poll last month for being complete garbage! And just for good measure, let’s compare the racial breakdown of their sample set to the Census Bureau’s estimate that Hispanics make up 32 percent of Arizona’s population.

UH HUH. So when they say, “The results are weighted by voting demographics,” what they mean is “We arbitrarily decided that Democrats and Hispanics weren’t going to turn up at the polls, which gave us the whiter, more Republican sample set we were hoping for.”

So, now we know where they hid the salami — not that it was all that hard to find, TBH — let’s see if stacking the deck yielded any spectacularly silly results.

In 2016, CNN’s national exit polling showed Trump garnering eight percent of the African American vote, 28 percent of the Latino vote, and 27 percent of the Asian vote. OANN shows him at 22 percent with African Americans, 32 percent with Latinos, and a whopping 76 percent with Asians. And if you think that’s some crazy shit, they’re showing McSally beating Mark Kelly 53 to 47 among African Americans. Sounds legit!

How did those crank-yankers at OANN manage to find McSally beating Mark Kelly with less of the white vote than she got in 2018 when she lost to Kyrsten Sinema? It’s magic!

Or perhaps it’s done by piling leading questions on top of a GOP oversample. Those onanists asked a full four questions using the word “riot” (Whom do you trust to prevent violent riots in American cities?; Is rioting an effective way to change policy?; Is activating the national guard an effective way to prevent further rioting?; Who is more responsible for the riots across the country?), two about support for the police, and one about blaming China for the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, before Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers went through the roof, the pollsters from Sienna and the New York Times had Biden up 7 and Kelly up 9. But now that shit’s hitting the fan courtesy of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, OANN wants you to believe that the Grand Canyon State is coming home to the GOP.

Yeah, you bet.

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Phony ‘Non-Partisan’ Project Aims to Gin Up a Biden Landslide

If ever there were a left-wing partisan, it would be Rosa Brooks. Her leftist resume includes serving as special counsel in George Soros’s foundation. She also held two different jobs in the Obama administration. And as I chronicled back in 2006, she was a virulent hater of then-President George W. Bush, analogizing him to Hitler, and enumerating the various ways in which she hated everything he did and stood for.

So it is nothing short of a fraud upon the public when Brooks and her comrades try to pass off as “non-partisan” a “project” she has devised whose clear aim is to stampede voters into handing Joe Biden a landslide victory.

Brooks’s so-called Transition Integrity Project has war-gamed four different election scenarios. In three of them, President Trump illicitly schemes to hold onto power. The only scenario guaranteeing “integrity” in the transition, and avoiding a “constitutional breakdown,” is the one in which Biden scores such a smashing win in both the popular vote and the Electoral College that Trump is helpless to overturn it.

Lefty Ed Luce of the Financial Times appeared on Thursday’s Morning Joe to promote the “Project.” Luce himself has collaborated on the Project’s work. Further proof that its self-conferred “non-partisan” label is a sham.

 

Luce and Joe Scarborough combined to give away the Project’s true aim. Scarborough said that the Project’s exercises are “extraordinarily important, just so that Americans can go into the fall with their eyes wide open.”

Luce agreed: “forewarned is forearmed,” and the Project will help people see what will happen, “so we’re better able to anticipate and prevent them from happening.”

Translation: give Biden an overwhelming victory, or else we’re headed to the catastrophe of a “constitutional breakdown!” Indeed, the very title of Luce’s column, “How America could fail its democracy test,” implies that Americans fail the democracy test if they don’t hand Biden a big win.

Note that in the “good” scenario in which Biden wins a smashing victory, after leaving office the Project imagines Trump getting “Saudi funding to launch MAGA TV.” Luce must have been thinking of Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Center was funded with “tens of millions” from the Saudis.

Note also that Brooks’s co-founder of the Project is one Nils Gilman. He holds three university degrees, all from Berkeley—that hotbed of non-partisanship. Gilman works at the Berggruen Institute, whose goal is to promote American’s transition from capitalism. Gilman has written a long article proposing, in place of capitalism, something he calls “mutualism.” He describes it as a system in which [emphasis added] : 

“ensuring the fair distribution and deployment of wealth becomes a central function of the state. We believe that predistribution means addressing wealth inequality not only with redistributive policies but also via the direct public ownership of wealth-generating assets.”

Yup, what could be more “non-partisan” than destroying capitalism and replacing it with the kind of redistributionist utopia he proposes? 

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
Morning Joe
7/2/20
6:37 am EDT

Ed Luce on Morning Joe 7-2-20MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Joining us now is US national editor at the Financial Times, Ed Luce. He is out this morning with a new piece, entitled, How American Could Flunk Its Democracy Test. 

And Ed, some would say we already have. But take us through your theory.

ED LUCE: Well, this is based on exercises I did with a group called the Transition Integrity Project. It’s a non-partisan group that conduct, much like the Pentagon does war games. They do electoral war games. And they have four scenarios for this November election. Three of which ended up in a constitional breakdown by January. This is equally divided, the players, between Republicans and Democrats. I participated in one of them, and it was extraordinary to see how in those three-out-of-four cases, President Trump simply refusing to leave office, and using the awesome powers at his disposal, to federalize the National Guard for example. Deploy Bill Barr to contested states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and so forth to stop recounts. Trump would be prepared to use those amazing powers at his disposal. 

. . . 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Well, Ed, we have long believed, conservatives I think, that you hope for the best, you plan for the worst. So these exercises are extraordinarily important, just so Americans can go into the fall with their eyes eye open. 

. . . 

LUCE: I think forewarned is forearmed. This Project: it’s a very important Project, set up by Rosa Brooks of Georgetown, and Nils Gilman of the Berggruen Institute This project is not an exercise in prediction or forecasting. It’s taking us through exercises so we’re better able to and prevent them from happening . . . It’s very interesting, the fourth of those scenarios the Transition Integrity Project conducted, the one that didn’t result in constitutional breakdown, which was where Biden wins very clearly–both the Electoral College and the popular vote. Trump still doesn’t want to quit office, until the President-elect Biden offers him a blanket pardon. At which point Trump leaves office and gets Saudi funding to launch MAGA TV.

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DNC-TV: CNN Doesn’t Air Trump Economic Briefing, Attacks Jobs Numbers

On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Jim Sciutto refused to air any live coverage of President Trump’s White House press briefing about surging employment, despite MSNBC even airing the address. Instead, the partisan hack brought on Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell to downplay the jobs report while the briefing was happening and blunt any information that could benefit Trump in the 2020 campaign. All of it an effort to bolster the election chances of their candidate, Joe Biden.

Right off the bat, Rampell bashed the jobs report:

 

 

RAMPELL: The bad news is this is a snapshot that was essentially taken in mid-June. That’s when the survey from the Labor Department was fielded. And since then, of course, we have seen a huge spike, a resurgence of infections, and reclosing of a lot of the very industries that seemed to do a lot of the rehiring. So leisure and hospitality, for example, had — had been responsible for about two of all — two of every five job — jobs that were added and leisure and hospitality establishments have been reclosed in Texas, in California, in Florida, et cetera. So that, alongside a number of other metrics that we’ve seen in the — in the couple of weeks since this survey was fielded have suggested that the recovery may have sort of plateaued or even maybe stalling out despite these very strong looking numbers from mid-June. 

She was not interested in acknowledging that the economy is recovering. CNN cares about Biden winning the presidency, and Trump overseeing a strong economy hurts the Democrat’s chances.

Never mind that the 4.8 million jobs gained in June is the largest recorded increase in U.S. history. Forget that the unemployment rate is declining and the stock market is going up.

Sciutto joined in on the gloom and doom predictions:

Big picture issue here, right, is that — that you can’t sustainably ride the roller coaster here, right? That, you know, many economists and health experts will make the point and business owners I have talked to that — that the two go hand in hand. Economic recovery and controlling the outbreak because when you have people getting infected at big rates again, then that invariably brings shutdown which brings economic consequences, right?

Most absurdly, Sciutto even suggested the administration might be lying about the numbers:

Help me out with something that I just can’t understand because every time these numbers come out, there’s a question about categorization and are the headline numbers somewhat misleading? Our Christine Romans was making the point yes, 11.1% official unemployment, but in reality, it’s closer to 12 because — because of how the Labor Department is categorizing people. Can you explain that? 

After undermining the jobs report for several minutes, Sciutto finally played a short taped clip of the press conference:

SCIUTTO: It’s hard. I mean, listen, there are a lot of jobless coming across the transom at once. So — so — so it’s sorta like drinking from a fire hose. Catherine Rampell, so good to have you break it all down for us. Thanks very much. The president has been speaking at — at the White House, touting these jobs numbers. Here’s what he said just moments ago. Let’s have a listen. 

[Cuts to video]

DONALD TRUMP:  The unemployment rate fell by more than two percentage points, down to just about 11%. We’re down to the 11% number. We started at a number very much higher than that. As you know, we broke the record last month and we broke it again this month in an even bigger way. This news comes on top of May’s extraordinary jobs report which was revised upwards, by the way, to 2.7 million jobs. It was 2.5, that was last month. And that was a record setter. 

It is worth noting that CNN aired all of Biden’s partisan campaign speech on June 30th. It is clear which candidate the DNC-approved channel is promoting to its viewers. The NewsBusters Twitter page showed the Big Picture: 

CNN does not care about covering good economic news, it only wants to see Trump fail.

This Democratic propaganda was brought to viewers by Amazon, Tractor Supply, and Big Lots.

 

Read the full  transcript here:

CNN Newsroom

07/02/20

9:38:43 AM

JIM SCIUTTO:  The U.S. economy created 4.8 million jobs last month. The unemployment rate falling to 11.1%. We should add 1.4 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. Those of course a measure of folks who lost their jobs. CNN political commentator Catherine Rampell joins us now. So–so, Catherine, this was the result of reopening in — in many states and a bigger number than expected. How good of the news is this? How — how good of a piece of news is this? 

CATHERINE RAMPELL (CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR; WASHINGTON POST OPINION COLUMNIST):  So the good news is that, yes, employers were able to rehire. There was some concern that once they laid off their employees they would become sort of unattached to those previous relationships, it would be hard to get them rehired again. The bad news is this it a snapshot that was essentially taken in mid-June. That’s when the survey from the labor department was fielded. And since then, of course, we have seen a huge spike, a resurgence of infections, and reclosing of a lot of the very industries that seemed to do a lot of the rehiring. So leisure and hospitality, for example, had — had been responsible for about two of all — two of every five job — jobs that were added and leisure and hospitality establishments have been reclosed in Texas, in California, in Florida, et cetera. So that, alongside a number of other metrics that we’ve seen in the — in the couple of weeks since this survey was fielded have suggested that the recovery may have sort of plateaued or even maybe stalling out despite these very strong looking numbers from mid-June. 

SCIUTTO:  Big picture issue here, right, is that — that you can’t sustainably ride the roller coaster here, right? That, you know, many economists and health experts will make the point and business owners I have talked to that — that the two go hand in hand. Economic recovery and controlling the outbreak because when you have people getting infected at big rates again, then that invariably brings shutdown which brings economic consequences, right?

RAMPELL: Right 

SCIUTTO: Is that — is that how folks should be looking at this? 

RAMPELL: Right. And it’s not just the official government shutdown decree that matters here. There’s actually a new working paper from a couple of economists at the University of Chicago that finds that what seems to matter for business activity and — and presumably resulting in hiring has to do with how fearful people are of getting sick, independent of whether the government actually tells them you must stay home

SCIUTTO: Yep.

RAMPELL: — or tells them you can’t go to work.

SCIUTTO: Yep.

RAMPELL: — So if there is fear out there of people getting sick, they’re not going to resume their normal economic activities.

SCIUTTO: Yeah, they’re not going to go to the restaurant, they’re not going to go on a plane for vacation.  Help me out with something that I just can’t understand because every time these numbers come out, there’s a question about categorization and are the headline numbers somewhat misleading? Our Christine Romans was making the point yes, 11.1% official unemployment, but in reality, it’s closer to 12 because — because of how the labor department is categorizing people. Can you explain that? 

RAMPELL: Yeah, they’re — they’re trying really hard to get these numbers right and every time this jobs report comes out there’s a little note at the bottom basically expressing the frustration. They say that we’re telling our — our people who are administering the surveys to collect the data a certain way, but you know, we’re in a weird time right now. This survey was not designed for what happens during a pandemic. And the result is that a number of people who are responding to these surveys are saying, yeah, I’m still employed, I still have a job, I was just absent for work for other reasons. When in fact, they should have been counted as being on temporary layoff.

SCIUTTO: Right. Okay.

RAMPELL: — So that’s what that miss-categorization issue has to do with. It’s not, you know, a conspiracy. They’re — they’re trying to get it right.

SCIUTTO: I see.

RAMPELL: It’s just really hard to measure.

SCIUTTO: It’s hard. I mean, listen, there are a lot of jobless coming across the transom at once. So — so — so it’s sorta like drinking from a fire hose. Catherine Rampell, so good to have you break it all down for us. Thanks very much. The president has been speaking at — at the White House, touting these jobs numbers. Here’s what he said just moments ago. Let’s have a listen. 

[Cuts to video]

DONALD TRUMP:  The unemployment rate fell by more than two percentage points, down to just about 11%. We’re down to the 11% number. We started at a number very much higher than that. As you know, we broke the record last month and we broke it again this month in an even bigger way. This news comes on top of May’s extraordinary jobs report which was revised upwards, by the way, to 2.7 million jobs. It was 2.5, that was last month. And that was a record setter. 

 

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Screamin’ Preacher Scarborough Commands: Believe Fauci! Wear Your Mask!

Could Joe Scarborough be on the verge of one of those later-in-life, dramatic, personal transformations? Working through his personal history, and consumed with hatred of Donald Trump, could Joe end his days in a state of religious fervor, transforming from TV personality into unordained preacher, roaming the country, declaring and repenting for his life of sin, and bidding others to join him in his search for redemption?

The possibility is posed after Scarborough opened today’s Morning Joe wtih yet another of his quasi-religous sermons, complete with table-pounding, and needle-pinning screams. The gist was that Dr. Fauci is simply telling the truth about the virus, whereas President Trump has been peddling lies. Joe begged people to believe Fauci. 

 

 

In the course of doing so, Scarborough invoked his Baptist faith, called himself a sinner, extolled the notion of deathbed conversions, quoted Elton John lyrics. Everything short of snake-handling and speaking in tongues–at least for now.

Mika Brzezinski sat by during her husband’s agitated ramblings, occasionally laughing nervously as Joe waxed rapturous. When Scarborough finally wound down, Mika observed, “wow, right out of the box!”

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
Morning Joe
7/3/20
6:03 am EDT

Joe Scarborough MSNBC 7-3-20JOE SCARBOROUGH: Dr. Fauci again is doing what he’s been doing from the beginning! He’s been [starts to scream] telling you the truth! And you haven’t wanted to hear it! So you put up these stupid!, stupid conspiracy theories on Facebook!, where you say he and a cabal of George Soros types are just making this up. To make millions of dollars. 

. . . 

Friends, people who voted for me, they believe the lies, they believe the stupidity. They believe the conspiracy theories. When guess [pounds table] what Dr. Fauci’s been doing from the very beginning? . . . You didn’t believe him when it was in New York City. You thought this was a conspiracy theory. You thought this was like Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon in a Burbank, like, movie studio. Oh, he really wasn’t on the Moon, was he!? It was just a sound stage in Burbank. That’s what you thought when it was in New York City. 

Well now, from the end of the world to your town, as Elton John sang in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys, suddenly, Texas is now telling people they have to wear masks! 

Oh, is that [affects crying voice] really a threat to your individual freedoms, to make sure you don’t die? To make sure your children don’t die!? Is that how you define freedom? To make sure your neighbors don’t die!? To make sure people that you go to First Baptist church with don’t die!? That’s your [yelling] definition  of freedom? What a perverse! [pegging the sound system] — what a perverse way to look at freedom . .  

No, understand this. It’s not too late for you. I am a Baptist. Thank God Jesus believes in grace. Cuz I am a sinner saved by grace. I believe in deathbed conversions. I was glad to hear that John Wayne on his deathbed converted to Catholicism, I said praise the Lord, cause Jesus says he’ll take deathbed conversions. He’ll take the person that comes out in the field at the very end and starts working in the field, and pay them as much as the person who’s been in the working all day. 

So please, as Marjorie plays Just As I Am in the background, please, please, make your conversion. Not to science. I’m not asking you to embrace science over Jesus. I’m just saying — just talk to your doctor, okay? This is basic medicine. This is Doc Hollywood stuff. This is not hard, okay? Just basic medicine. 

Dr. Fauci is telling you the truth. Why? Because there’s no great conspiracy theory. He just wants you to live. He just wants your child to be able to go back to school. And do it safely. He just wants you to be able to go back to the restaurant that you love, with your family, after going to Sunday school and church. And have a good time with your family. He wants to make sure you don’t lose your job or the small business that you’re running, doesn’t get destroyed. 

This is all basic, simple stuff. And I understand there’s been a guy in the White House who’s been trying to convince you otherwise of this — this is a culture war. This is no more of a culture war than cancer’s a culture war! . . .  [Pounds table] This is basic science, this is basic medicine. Follow the doctor’s advice, and let’s all live to tell about this, okay?

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: And with us on this Friday–wow! Right out of the box. 

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The Top Five Most Patriotic Movie or TV Scenes

Hollywood produces a lot of liberal, anti-American films and the year 2020 has seen a lot of America bashing from the left. But, occasionally, filmmakers get things right, offering movies and TV shows that showcase the best about our country. In honor of Independence Day, we at NewsBusters compiled five of the most patriotic movie or TV scenes. 

Movies such as Red Dawn and Rocky IV captured a time when Hollywood actually portrayed the U.S. as a force for good and not evil. Other films on this list showed our country at its best, fighting for freedom. This isn’t a comprehensive list. So, your favorite may not be on here. But see the videos below for what made the list. 

 

5. Rocky IV 

“Ludmilla:” (Brigitte Nielsen): You call him a killer. He’s a professional fighter, not a killer. We are getting death threats. We are not involved in politics. All I want is for my husband to be safe, and to be treated fairly. You have this belief that you are better than us. You have this belief that this country is so very good and we are so very bad. You have this belief that you are so fair and we are so very cruel.

“Nicoli Koloff” (Michael Pataki) : It’s all lies and false propaganda to support this antagonistic and violent government.

“Paulie” (Burt Young): Whoa. Violent? Hey, we don’t keep our people behind a wall with machine guns.

“Koloff”: Who are you?

“Paulie”: Who am I? I’m the unsilent majority, bigmouth.

 

4. Red Dawn

 

 

“Erica” (Lea Thompson): [closing narration] I never saw the brothers again. In time, this war – like every other war – ended. But I never forgot. And I come to this place often, when no one else does… In the early days of World War III, guerillas – mostly children – placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.”

 

3. Independence Day 

 

 

“President Thomas Whitmore” (Bill Pullman): Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

 

2. Patton

 

Patton (George C. Scott): Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war… because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

 

1. John Adams

 

Abigail Adams (Laura Linney): [Reading the Declaration of Independence.] And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. 

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Berlin to rename metro station after racism row

The Mohrenstrasse subway station in Berlin on June 4, 2020 | John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

Decision comes after years of debate over the name of the station.

BERLIN — Authorities in Berlin have agreed to rename the Mohrenstrasse metro station because of a racist slur in its name, the city’s mass transit operator BVG said Friday.

In German, Mohr is an outdated term for people of African descent, widely in use during the 18th and 19th centuries. Duden, Germany’s standard dictionary, calls it “archaic” and “discriminatory by contemporary standards.”

Debate over the name of the station on the U2 subway line has been running for years, but was reignited following the death of George Floyd in the U.S. and the subsequent protests as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Out of understanding and respect for the controversial debate about the street name, BVG has decided to discontinue using it,” the company said Friday.

The station, opposite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s favorite supermarket and close to a number of embassies and ministry buildings, will be called Glinkastraße in future after a local street named after Russian composer Mikhail Glinka.

“As a cosmopolitan company, and one of the largest employers in the capital, BVG rejects all forms of racism or discrimination,” the company said.

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6,000 Vets To Denounce Trump Over The 4th Of July Weekend

Grassroots groups will be running a full-page ad in Pennsylvania featuring 6,000 vets agreeing with Gen. Mattis and denouncing Trump.

According to a statement from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee provided to PoliticusUSA:

This Fourth of July weekend, grassroots groups will run a full-page ad featuring 6,000 veterans who agree with former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis that we must “hold accountable” President Donald Trump for making “a mockery of our Constitution.”

The ad, run by veterans organization Common Defense and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, will run first in the Harrisburg Patriot-News in Pennsylvania — the state where American democracy was born and the first Constitutional Convention was held.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people,” said Mattis, a 4-star Marine general who Trump appointed to lead America’s military. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership…We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

…..

“I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but he is using the uniform we served in against our fellow citizens, and it isn’t right. It’s unpatriotic,” said David Michael Weissman, an Army veteran from Florida who co-signed Mattis’s statement and is quoted in the ad.

Here is the full ad:

The ad is going to reach a ton of Republican voters in central PA, which is the heart of Trump’s support in the state.

Trump is facing a coalition of Democrats, progressives, liberals, Independents, and Republicans that has not existed in modern American politics. Obama had the left and middle united behind him, but he didn’t have as much moderate Republican support as Biden does.

The ad is devastating, and it, along with the efforts of others, is hitting Trump across the political spectrum with a message of rejection that could lead to his defeat in November.

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OANN Cooked Up A Poll For President Trump To Snort, Shoot, Smoke, Or Pop. It’ll Make You Feel Good!

Fox’s inbred cousin One American News Network has released a poll of Arizona voters, and it is a holy wonder. Donald Trump is going to get all tingly in his orange bits when he discovers that he’s running four points ahead of Biden instead of four points behind. Martha McSally is not A IDIOT, though, so she’s probably not going to fall for a poll that shows her four points ahead of Democrat Mark Kelly, rather than trailing him by 10. On the other hand, she is getting pretty desperate, so …

Okay, let’s take a look at this poll, shall we? See if maybe there’s some way they manipulated the pool of “527 registered, likely voters in Arizona” sharing their opinions via “interactive voice responses and an online panel of cell phone users.”

Uhhhhhh, 47 percent of respondents to this poll voted for Trump four years ago, and only 33 percent for Clinton? Does that seem like a representative sample of the electorate?

via NYT

In fact, it does not!


They shaved off 11 percentage points worth of Hillary Clinton voters from the jump? Very subtle! Well if OANN deliberately undersampled registered Democrats, that would show up in the party registrations, right?

Hmm, let’s just compare that to the party breakdown according to Arizona’s Secretary of State.

Fam, we are shook! They look to have given Democrats a haircut here, too. Whodathunkit from a network that had to pull its own poll last month for being complete garbage! And just for good measure, let’s compare the racial breakdown of their sample set to the Census Bureau’s estimate that Hispanics make up 32 percent of Arizona’s population.

UH HUH. So when they say, “The results are weighted by voting demographics,” what they mean is “We arbitrarily decided that Democrats and Hispanics weren’t going to turn up at the polls, which gave us the whiter, more Republican sample set we were hoping for.”

So, now we know where they hid the salami — not that it was all that hard to find, TBH — let’s see if stacking the deck yielded any spectacularly silly results.

In 2016, CNN’s national exit polling showed Trump garnering eight percent of the African American vote, 28 percent of the Latino vote, and 27 percent of the Asian vote. OANN shows him at 22 percent with African Americans, 32 percent with Latinos, and a whopping 76 percent with Asians. And if you think that’s some crazy shit, they’re showing McSally beating Mark Kelly 53 to 47 among African Americans. Sounds legit!

How did those crank-yankers at OANN manage to find McSally beating Mark Kelly with less of the white vote than she got in 2018 when she lost to Kyrsten Sinema? It’s magic!

Or perhaps it’s done by piling leading questions on top of a GOP oversample. Those onanists asked a full four questions using the word “riot” (Whom do you trust to prevent violent riots in American cities?; Is rioting an effective way to change policy?; Is activating the national guard an effective way to prevent further rioting?; Who is more responsible for the riots across the country?), two about support for the police, and one about blaming China for the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, before Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers went through the roof, the pollsters from Sienna and the New York Times had Biden up 7 and Kelly up 9. But now that shit’s hitting the fan courtesy of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, OANN wants you to believe that the Grand Canyon State is coming home to the GOP.

Yeah, you bet.

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