NY Times Tipped Off Shooter to GOP Practice Field Around Time He Moved to Area
“Republican Representative Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and two Capitol Police were shot during baseball practice on Wednesday morning.
Scalise was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself off the field after he was shot.
The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson was a Bernie supporter who was obsessed with Trump-Russia conspiracy theories. He is now dead.
The New York Times tipped off the GOP shooter on the GOP baseball practice field in an April article.
“When members of Congress practice in the early mornings in an Alexandrea, Va., public park for their Congressional Baseball Game, plainclothes United States Capital Police are sitting there in a blac S.U.V.”
Hodgkinson moved to the area and scoped out the the baseball field since April.
Hodgkinson asked lawmakers, “Are those Republicans or Democrats?” before gunning down Rep. Scalise and his security detail.”
Bill Maher Apologizes for ‘N-word’ Use, Gets Lecture From Michael Eric Dyson
“Last week during his HBO “Real Time” broadcast, host Bill Maher sparked a controversy with his use of the “n-word” during an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). On this week’s broadcast, Maher apologized for it and explained it why apologizing was appropriate to his audience and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson.
“I thought you were going to be easy on me and you shouldn’t,” Maher said. “But you know, honestly, I’ve said both. I mean, I remember when Mitt Romney was running he’s had a book, ‘No Apologies.’ You know, like America should never apologize. No, apologies are sometimes appropriate. There is a lot of bullshit apologizing in America, and I am against that. We shouldn’t apologize for slavery and Japanese internment and Abu Ghraib and Indian genocide and Tuskegee?”
“So when it’s appropriate — this was appropriate,” he continued. “And I’ll tell you why — for black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are. It has caused pain. I’m not here to do that. Now, the guy who was here, it’s not his fault. I feel bad about him, the senator. It’s all on me. But he said a weird thing. The comic mind goes to a weird place sometimes. But it doesn’t matter that it wasn’t said in malice — if it broke that pain to people. That’s why I apologize freely, and I reiterate tonight. That’s sincere.”
Dyson emphasized to Maher why the “n-word” should be off-limits, but added it could be a “teachable moment” for Maher and others.”
“In a monologue considered witty by teenagers, teenagers in adult bodies and those who hate President Trump, CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said about President Trump, “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,” and “You’re turning into a real prick-tator.”
Not to many of us.
And not just not witty but obscene, which is particularly disturbing because it was broadcast on network television, not cable television.
But more than anything, it exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society. To anyone — liberal or conservative — who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late-night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.
Along with virtually every other American, I never knew Johnny Carson’s politics. I would not have been surprised if he was a liberal or a conservative, a Democrat or a Republican. In his 30 years as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC, he never so much as hinted as to how he identified politically. He poked fun at whoever was in power.
The reason he didn’t let on where he stood politically is he believed that he had a much greater responsibility: to offer Americans of all political persuasions an island of good-natured fun, a place where all Americans could laugh together every night.
And, of course, it is inconceivable that he would have used the language Colbert used. Kids could watch “The Tonight Show” because he — and we — lived in a pre-left age, when grown-ups thought they had a responsibility to be good models to young people — in other words, a responsibility to be adults. But the left has never been comfortable with growing up.
Those who mock the Trump motto, “Make America Great Again,” who claim they don’t understand how anyone could think America was ever great, might begin to understand what many of us mean, in at least this one way: Prior to the Age of the Left, during which we have lived since the mid-1960s, there were places in America where Americans could enjoy life and one another without politics intruding, not to mention hate-filled politics like Colbert’s.
Americans could watch sports events without athletes showing contempt for the American flag and the national anthem; without sportscasters and sports writers labeling as racist anyone who used the team name “Redskins”; without sports shows injecting politics into their programing, as ESPN does now so often that many sports fans no longer watch it.
It was an America where elementary teachers referred to their students as “boys and girls.” Today, teachers in more and more states are directed not to use those terms, as some 6-year-old may not identify as a boy or a girl.
It was an America where kids were proud of the American flag. Today, in the Age of the Left, students on a growing number of American campuses vote to have the flag removed from their campus because in their view, it symbolizes not freedom and sacrifice but slavery, oppression and imperialism — ideas put into their heads by leftist high school teachers and college professors.
And it was an America in which Superman’s self-proclaimed mission was “truth, justice and the American way.” A few years ago, however, Superman announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a “world citizen.”
One could list a hundred ways America was indeed great (without ever ignoring serious moral flaws). Now, one can list a hundred ways in which America has lost that greatness. The descent from Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert is just one example.
But it is a powerful one.
And it is but one more result of perhaps the most important rule of life of the past 100 years in America and around the world: Whatever the left touches, it ruins.
The universities, the news media, the entertainment media, the fine arts, the courts, the high schools and the elementary schools (and soon, the preschools — once they’re government-funded and universal) — all ruined wherever leftism has achieved dominance.
Now it is the turn of late-night TV as embodied by Stephen Colbert. Or, as he himself put it on election night on Showtime, “I’m your host, Stephen f—— Colbert.”
Immigrant Charged With Slitting 2 Doctors’ Throats, Shooting at Police Had Previous Record of Bank Robberies
“Boston, MA – Bampumim Teixeira was arraigned from his hospital bed on multiple charges, including two counts of murder. Teixeira, who is an immigrant from Africa murdered two doctors in cold blood.
Teixeira has a criminal history as well. He received a light sentence by a liberal judge for 2 bank robberies.
According to immigration law, immigrants in the state can be deported if they are sentenced to at least one year or 365 days.
TGP received a tip: A sanctuary city, pro-immigrant, liberal judge, Lisa Grant (Deval Patrick appointee) gave Teixeira a 364 day sentence so he wouldn’t be deported. Had the judge given him the appropriate sentence it is extremely likely both doctors would still be alive.
Teixeira also worked as a security guard at the building prior to jail so he knew how to get inside and may even have had a card key access. Robbery was the motive.”
Backpack full of jewelry discovered at South Boston murder scene
|| Boston Globe
Deportable alien allowed to remain in the United States after felony bank robbery conviction murders two Boston doctors
“A Chelsea man accused of viciously murdering two doctors in a South Boston penthouse had once worked in a security job at the complex and apparently had filled a backpack with jewelry before he was shot by police Friday, according to details that emerged Monday.
Police discovered the backpack inside the door to the $1.9 million condominium unit after police shot and subdued Bampumim Teixeira there, prosecutors said. He was wearing black clothing and dark-colored gloves, authorities said.
Teixeira, 30, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to killing the doctors — Lina Bolaños, 38, and Richard Field, 50 — whose bodies were discovered bound and whose throats had been cut, according to authorities and information provided to the Globe.
Teixeira had been in a security job at the condominium complex near the MBTA’s Broadway Station sometime before 2016, according to a police report. Boston detectives were told about his work at the complex when they were investigating an earlier robbery at a bank. He completed his sentence for two bank robberies last month.
Field worked at North Shore Pain Management, a business he helped create. Bolaños was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Pappas did not say how authorities believe Teixeira reached the top of the Macallen Building.
However, his work at the building emerged during a 2016 investigation of a Boston bank robbery. Security workers at the complex identified Teixeira for detectives and said he had worked there, according to Boston police reports.
Teixeira completed a nine-month sentence in April for two robberies at the Summer Street branch of Citizens Bank in downtown Boston in 2014 and 2016.
His former girlfriend, who asked not to be identified, said in an interview Monday that she had never noticed any of her jewelry or possessions being missing. The man she had dated seemed completely different from the one charged in a double murder, she said.
“Something is wrong with him,” the woman said.
Teixeira texted and called her unexpectedly on April 22, the former girlfriend said. He told her that she would never see him again and that he did not plan on living for long, the woman said.
Property records show that Field paid $1.94 million for the 2,025-square-foot penthouse on July 17, 2013. The apartment is part of the 148-unit Macallen Building.
In 2014, Bolaños paid $710,000 for a two-bedroom condominium unit across the street at 150 Dorchester Ave., property records show. The district attorney said she was living with Field.
The Macallen is one of two buildings in the Court Square condominium complex, which includes a glass-and-red-brick structure at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Broadway. Trustees from the Court Square Press Condo Association released a statement Monday, expressing shock at the killings.
“There are no words that can fully convey our sadness for the families of both victims,” the statement said.
Current and former residents described tight security staffed 24 hours a day. The complex did not have doormen but employed a concierge service that had employees in the lobby who controlled access to the buildings. Residents could also enter the building through the secure parking garage.
Palladion Services provided the concierge service until Feb. 18, when the complex switched to a new company. It could not be determined what precipitated the change. The new company, Highbridge Concierge, calls itself a premium residential management company.”
Bloody Clashes As Trump Protesters, Supporters Exchange Blows At Berkeley Rally
Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Says Eric Holder Among ‘The Real Criminals’ Responsible
“The 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry by a 7-time previously deported illegal alien could have been prevented, says the agent’s brother Kent Terry in an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas. Terry’s family hopes the Trump Administration will now go after “the real criminals” responsible for putting the “Fast and Furious” guns in the accused killer’s hands.
A task force including Mexican law enforcement officials, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. Border Patrol Border Patrol BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agents arrested accused killer Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, in Mexico earlier this week, Breitbart Texas reported. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas stated immigration officials deported Osorio-Arellanes seven times before he returned illegally on December 14, 2010, as part of a Mexican bandit “rip crew.” The accused killer of Agent Terry opened fire on the BORSTAR team in southern Arizona that had been dispatched to find the “rip crew” which had been robbing other drug and human smuggling convoys in the area.”
Intellectual Intolerance – Stunning Speech From Stanford University Provost Exposes “The Threat From Within”
“In a remarkable – for its honesty and frankness – statement on the intellectual rot within America’s Ivory Towers, Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy lay bare the challenges that higher education face in the coming, increasingly divisive, years.
The Threat From Within
Universities are a fundamental force of good in the world. At their best, they mine knowledge and understanding, wisdom and insight, and then freely distribute these treasures to society at large. Theirs is not a monopoly on this undertaking, but in the concentration of effort and single-mindedness of purpose, they are truly unique institutions. If Aristotle is right that what defines a human is rationality, then they are the most distinctive, perhaps the pinnacle, of human endeavors.
I share this thought to remind us all why we do what we do – why we care so much about Stanford and what it represents. But I also say it to voice a concern. Universities are under attack, both from outside and from within.
The threat from outside is apparent. Potential cuts in federal funding would diminish our research enterprise and our ability to fund graduate education. Taxing endowments would limit the support we can give to faculty and the services we can provide our students. Indiscriminate travel restrictions would impede the free exchange of ideas and scholars. All of these threats have intensified in recent years – and recent months have given them a reality that is hard to ignore.
But I’m actually more worried about the threat from within. Over the years, I have watched a growing intolerance at universities in this country – not intolerance along racial or ethnic or gender lines – there, we have made laudable progress. Rather, a kind of intellectual intolerance, a political one-sidedness, that is the antithesis of what universities should stand for. It manifests itself in many ways: in the intellectual monocultures that have taken over certain disciplines; in the demands to disinvite speakers and outlaw groups whose views we find offensive; in constant calls for the university itself to take political stands. We decry certain news outlets as echo chambers, while we fail to notice the echo chamber we’ve built around ourselves.
This results in a kind of intellectual blindness that will, in the long run, be more damaging to universities than cuts in federal funding or ill-conceived constraints on immigration. It will be more damaging because we won’t even see it: We will write off those with opposing views as evil or ignorant or stupid, rather than as interlocutors worthy of consideration. We succumb to the all-purpose ad hominem because it is easier and more comforting than rational argument. But when we do, we abandon what is great about this institution we serve.
It will not be easy to resist this current. As an institution, we are continually pressed by faculty and students to take political stands, and any failure to do so is perceived as a lack of courage. But at universities today, the easiest thing to do is to succumb to that pressure. What requires real courage is to resist it. Yet when those making the demands can only imagine ignorance and stupidity on the other side, any resistance will be similarly impugned.
The university is not a megaphone to amplify this or that political view, and when it does it violates a core mission. Universities must remain open forums for contentious debate, and they cannot do so while officially espousing one side of that debate.
But we must do more. We need to encourage real diversity of thought in the professoriate, and that will be even harder to achieve. It is hard for anyone to acknowledge high-quality work when that work is at odds, perhaps opposed, to one’s own deeply held beliefs. But we all need worthy opponents to challenge us in our search for truth. It is absolutely essential to the quality of our enterprise.
I fear that the next few years will be difficult to navigate. We need to resist the external threats to our mission, but in this, we have many friends outside the university willing and able to help. But to stem or dial back our academic parochialism, we are pretty much on our own. The first step is to remind our students and colleagues that those who hold views contrary to one’s own are rarely evil or stupid, and may know or understand things that we do not. It is only when we start with this assumption that rational discourse can begin, and that the winds of freedom can blow.
We wish John well in his future endeavors as we are sure there will be a groundswell of hurt feelings demanding his resignation for dropping another truth bomb on their safe space.”
Charlie Daniels: It’s Only a Matter of Time Before There Is Blood on the Streets
– CNS News
“Over a century ago, the United States of America went through a divisive and bloody Civil War that separated the people of this nation bone from marrow. It split friends, families and eventually the nation itself as a line was drawn dividing the Union States of the North from the newly formed Confederacy of the Southern States.
Ostensibly, the war that followed was fought over the abolition of slavery, a devilish practice that never should have been allowed in the first place, and although it was the basic issue for the conflict – as is the case so much of the time – there were a myriad of other issues involved.
One – in my opinion – was just plain stubbornness and pride and the dogged determination that the South would not let itself be told what to do by the other half of the country, but trade, tariffs and different attitudes and beliefs about just how far a federal government could go in setting the tone and making laws to be obeyed by all the states were also involved.
The point I’m trying to make is that the feelings festered so long and ran so deep that men whose fathers had stood shoulder to shoulder in the war for independence faced off across fields of battle and killed each other.
The Civil War never should have happened, and had cooler heads prevailed on both sides, never would have. Southerners had to know that slavery was an abomination to the principles they had fought and died for in the Revolution.
No man has the right to own another man, to reap the fruits of his labor for nothing, to consider his children nothing more than commodities to be sold off or traded away on a whim, separating families and breeding human beings like livestock.
But instead of acknowledging the very obvious evil of this situation, politicians from the South, convinced that the economy of the Southern States was dependent on slavery, chose to become a separate nation and soon after over six hundred thousand Americans lost their lives in a senseless war that would set the Southern States back a half century.
Surely, had it been approached by fair, level-headed men on both sides of the issue, abolition could have been achieved without war. But the rhetoric grew ever hotter. Brash young men on both sides, who had never fired a gun in anger, viewed a war as the pinnacle of romanticism, and implacable politicians refused to give an inch.”
…..Continue reading the op-ed by Charlie Daniels @ CNS News
JFK’S HISTORIC SPEECH ON ‘THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESS’ | MAR 2016
“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
Judge Dismisses Al-Aulaqi Govt Targeted Killing Case | Dec 7, 2010
– The Volokh Conspiracy
“Presswires are reporting that Judge John Bates has dismissed the case which the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights sought to bring on behalf of Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s father, contesting the ability of the President to target an American citizen hiding abroad in Yemen who the government says is a targetable participant in a terrorist group covered by the AUMF. (Thanks commenter Dom, the opinion is here; thanks also Instapundit, & corrected grammar above.) The news story points to standing problems for the father.
U.S. District Judge John Bates said in a written opinion Tuesday that al-Awlaki’s father does not have the authority to sue on his son’s behalf. But he says the case raises serious issues about whether the United States can plan to kill one of its own citizens.
Quick update: On a fast read of the opinion – well, anyone interested in these questions needs to read it post haste. Far from merely being a narrow discussion of standing, it goes on to discuss the political question doctrine in great detail, and concluding on this point:
…this Court recognizes the somewhat unsettling nature of its conclusion — that there are circumstances in which the Executive’s unilateral decision to kill a U.S. citizen overseas is “constitutionally committed to the political branches” and judicially unreviewable. But this case squarely presents such a circumstance. The political question doctrine requires courts to engage in a fact-specific analysis of the “particular question” posed by a specific case, see El- Shifa, 607 F.3d at 841 (quoting Baker, 369 U.S. at 211), and the doctrine does not contain any “carve-out” for cases involving the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. While it may be true that “the political question doctrine wanes” where the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens are at stake, Abu Ali, 350 F. Supp. at 64, it does not become inapposite. [p. 77 opinion, emphasis added]
The one point I’d add to Ben’s discussion is that it seems to me that Judge Bates’ motivation was to provide at least the beginning of clear institutional settlement on a crucial aspect of the executive’s national security prerogatives, even if it was arguably “mere” dicta.I’d also note in passing that this holding illustrates in a backhanded way one of the aspects of the Alien Tort Statute that I find troubling, at least as applied to conduct outside the territorial United States. Viz., it confers special rights upon aliens that are not available to US citizens – including, in this case, a citizen named Al-Aulaqi. His alien father can at least begin to bring a claim that the citizen son cannot, because he is, well, not an alien.This makes sense to me in one context only, viz., when the conduct occurs in the territorial United States, and the alien present in the US might suffer at the hands of state courts or US citizens, who themselves have ample avenues open to them; it levels the playing field. Abroad, arguably, it gives aliens something that US citizens don’t have.”….Continue reading more @ The Volokh Conspiracy
Jesse Watters Interviews New York City High School Snowflakes Protesting Travel Ban