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Today’s was a conflicted show. On the heels of the terrible Alexandria, VA shooting of Steve Scalise by a Leftist literally out for Republican blood, the mood of America and in the Saloon is somber.
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Tonight in the Saloon:
Threat of “dirty bomb” shuts down Port of Charleston involving the Maersk Memphis;
NYPD to be forced to reveal its terror tactics if NYC Council passes bill;
Fox News has removed its motto “fair and balanced;” why is that?
DHS rescinds Obama era policy protecting illegal immigrant parents;
Russia probe exposes Loretta Lynch; blowback is looming for the Demorats;
Independent counsel Mueller expands the investigation into “Trump obstruction”;
We have callers and a discussion ensues;
The Scalise shooting reveals the pervasive violence endemic to Leftists nationally;
Kel Fritzi is coming back as special guest next Tuesday, June 20th; be there!
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And so it was on Wednesday, June 14th, when a man who quite publicly, vocally and vehemently said “it’s time to destroy Trump & Co.” decided to spill blood.
Filled with the vigor of the Righteous Left and emboldened by recent overt acts and displays of violence against Conservatives, Trump and the GOP, a man decided he was going to kill as many Republicans as possible on a baseball field.
House majority whip, several others, shot at congressional baseball practice
by David Laufer and Michael Memoli
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot at a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning by a gunman who appeared to have targeted members of Congress.
Police in Alexandria, Va., located just outside of Washington, D.C., said they were investigating a “multiple shooting” and a suspect was in custody. Five wounded people were being taken to area hospitals for treatment, the police said.
Two police officers and two or three congressional staff members were among the wounded, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on CNN.
The shooter “was going after elected officials,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) told CNN from the scene of the shooting. The location of the congressional practice session, in preparation for an annual charity baseball game, was well known in the area, he noted.
Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona, present at the time of the shooting, had this description.
Scalise, 51, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was standing on second base, fielding balls during batting practice when the shooting began, Flake said.
U.S. congressman undergoes another operation after shooting
by Susan Cornwell and David Morgan
U.S. Representative Steve Scalise underwent a third operation on Thursday, a day after suffering serious wounds when a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice, a source familiar with his condition said.
Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana who is the No. 3 House Republican, suffered injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip on a baseball field in Alexandria where he and other lawmakers were practicing for a charity baseball game.
Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois opened fire on the lawmakers. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist.
The U.S. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally.
“Both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. “We currently have no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful.”
Hodgkinson, who had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media, died after being wounded by police.
This should, in retrospect, come as no shock to those persons who are thinking clearly and have been cognizant of their surroundings for roughly the past year. That is to say, political violence has quite primarily been the result of Leftist elements, both organized en masse and singly such as this event.
The response on the Left has consisted of the same old: stop guns stop guns too many guns. Then came the wildly-inflated statistics, from Virginia Governor Terry Macauliffe.
Terry McAuliffe: ‘We Lose 93 Million Americans a Day to Gun Violence’
by AWR Hawkins
While speaking to reporters about the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said now is not the time to talk gun control but we must admit “we lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.”
Then there was this loving, tolerant and caring response on Twitter by the Huffington Post’s Jesse Benn directly following the shooting. From GotNews.com:
BREAKING: @HuffPost Contributor @JesseBenn Endorses Shooting of House Majority Whip @SteveScalise
There was also this, an email sent to Republican Claudia Tenney directly after the shooting of Scalise, from TheHill.com:
GOP rep. received threatening email with subject line ‘One down, 216 to go…’ after lawmaker shooting
by Olivia Beavers
The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received a threatening email with the subject line “One down, 216 to go…,” shortly after a shooter opened fire on GOP lawmakers who were at a congressional baseball practice, according to her office.
“Did you NOT expect this? When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit. Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance,” the email said.
Let us remember that Demorats have already called for violence and “blood in the streets.”
MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CO-HOST “MORNING JOE”:
“So, broad question about the future of the Democratic Party, especially given your firsthand experience with what we’ve all been through. There’s so much going on here that we clearly see, you know, places where you — we can criticize what the administration is doing, but how does the party rebuild? How do you prevent overreach in a situation like this? How do you prevent a continuation of the bubble in a situation like this, and how does the party reclaim its reach across the country while fighting these battles?”
SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA):
“…So, the way we get outside the bubble is we take advantage of this tremendous public outcry against the administration. What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this. And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it and that’s going to help us do our job and do it better.”
What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this. And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it and that’s going to help us do our job and do it better.
In reference to that, the DailyKos wrote: “VA-Sen: Tim Kaine (D) Calls For “Fight In The Streets” Against Trump, So Lets Push Him To Fight”.
What about the calm, enlightened, cooperative, unifying and tolerant speech of DNC Chair Tom Perez?
There are, naturally, following threats to the families of Republicans, from Politico.com:
‘This is how we’re going to kill your wife’
Police blanket a town hall by GOP Rep. Tom Garrett after a series of ‘credible’ threats.
by Kyle Cheney
MONETA, Va. — “This is how we’re going to kill your wife.”
That’s the message Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) said he received in a series of recent threats that targeted him, his family and even, at one point, his dog. And it’s the reason, he said, that his town hall here in this sleepy Virginia community on Tuesday night was ringed by law enforcement.
When Garrett took the stage at Eastlake Community Church, the walls in the 300-seat room were lined with security — some uniformed and some in plainclothes. The presence was noticeable all night, as Garrett aides enforced rules to keep audience members from disrupting the event.
Though the town hall proceeded without significant incident — one woman was removed by police for repeated disruptions — security personnel made their presence felt, approaching hecklers throughout the evening and standing watch at all entrances and exits. The high security presence, Garrett said later, was the result of threats that Capitol Police, state police and intelligence officials “have deemed to be credible and real.”
This is not just an emerging trend, it is a pattern, as recognized by Newt Gingrich.
Tucker Carlson speaks to Mark Steyn regarding the violence and hate/labeling rhetoric of the Leftists.
Concurrently, this is the most cogent and logical thing I’ve heard issue from Paul Ryan’s mouth in close to a year.
Will Ryan come to understand how his prior pablum, conciliatory, bipartisan and compromising speech has led to this current state? Unlikely. The GOP gives, the Demorats take and spew venom and violence.
Completely unreasonable speech from the Left also accompanies this blather, from Breitbart.com:
Rep. Barbara Lee: ‘I Don’t Agree with States’ Rights’ Because Trump Does
by Penny Starr
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said on Tuesday that she does not agree with states’ rights because President Donald Trump believes in restoring states’ authority on a wide range of issues, including education and health care insurance markets.
Lee made the remarks at the left-wing Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where she referenced states rights as it applies to Trump’s decision this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement, a move she claims would hurt the U.S. economy.
No states rights. Simply to be a contrarian no matter the idiocy or illegality.
You know, call me wacky, but this discourse from the Left appears to clearly contain violent language to me. And not just from the Political Left. From the so-called “Celebrity Left” as well. Let’s examine this issue. Let’s look at some examples.
1. Shakespeare in the Park Stabs ‘Trump’ to Death in Performance of ‘Julius Caesar’
New York City’s Public Theater staged a production of Julius Caesar during its 2017 summer program, but with a twist on the classic play — Caesar looked just like Donald Trump, with a business suit and tie and a familiar blond hair-do. As happens in the play, the Trump-like Caesar is eventually brutally stabbed to death by his associates in the Senate.
The character’s similarity to Trump sparked outrage, and sponsors Bank of America and Delta Air Lines pulled their funding from the theater.
2. Kathy Griffin Holds President Trump’s Severed Head
Please check my post here about that event, where I covered the issue in massive detail.
3.Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face”
The Oscar-winning actor participated in a voter registration PSA during the 2016 presidential race, but was filmed going off on Trump in a monologue during an outtake.
“He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, he’s a bullshit artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes,” the 73-year-old Godfather star said in the clip.
“He’s an embarrassment to this country,” he added. “He talks [about] how he wants to punch people in the face. I’d like to punch him in the face.”
4. David Simon: “Pick Up a Goddamn Brick” if Trump Fires Robert Mueller
The creator of the HBO crime drama The Wire reacted to rumors that the president had considered firing the special counsel appointed to oversee the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, by suggesting that Americans “pick up a goddamn brick” if the president followed through.
“If Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller and is allowed to do so, pick up a goddamn brick. That’s all that’s left to you,” Simon tweeted June 12.
The writer-producer later denied his tweet was an incitement to violence.
5.Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to Fuck Paul Ryan to Death”
Bit of an oxymoron, that one. The 52-year-old Avengers director — who released a star-studded PSA in support of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 race — took to Twitter in January to wish an untimely and unfortunate end to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“Violence solves nothing. I want a rhino to fuck @SpeakerRyan to death with its horn because it’s FUNNY, not because he’s a #GOPmurderbro,” Whedon tweeted.
Shortly after the November 8 election, the director tweeted that Trump “CANNOT be allowed a term in office.”
I could go on and on and on with comments made by Cher, Micky Rourke, Lea DeLaria, rappers Snoop Dog, Everlast and YG, Marilyn Manson, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Judd, Madonna, et al.
Then there’s everyone else, as I illustrated in detail via my November 12th blog post wherein Leftists of all stripes were openly calling for Trump’s assassination on social media.
An interesting point about that post. Persons have asked me, “BZ, why not just copy those Tweets and paste them into your article instead of making photos of each one?” Easy answer: because I’ve had many, many Tweets disappear into the ozone. When I make a JPEG out of a Tweet, they are immured forever.
Paul Joseph Watson makes a nice overall summary here.
The Left makes hyperbolic attacks because they cannot win on fact-based issues. Leftists “do not want to hear thoughtful disagreement.” They do not wish to hear any disagreement at all.
McConnell: Not a ‘snowball’s chance in hell’ I’ll relent on SCOTUS
by Lauren French and John Bresnahan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of staunch House conservatives there isn’t “a snowball’s chance in hell” that he will back down from his opposition to confirming a Supreme Court justice before a new president is elected.
McConnell’s comments came after Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, urged him to stay the course and not back down from a fight with the White House and Senate Democrats.
At first blush I must admit that I am surprised. Considering the history of the GOP, I expected Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP to do what they do best: bend over and capitulate to Obama, Demorats and Leftist pressure.
After all, the GOP is responsible — good or bad — for the creation of Donald Trump.
Voters and a number of conservatives got tired of the GOP reneging on its promises and going back to what I term its GOPEE (GOP Establishment Elite) roots. That means: “we’ll go along to get along because, at the end of the day, we’ll be bending elbows with our good friends the Demorats at local DC watering holes.”
Washington (CNN) In an unprecedented move, Senate Republicans vowed to deny holding confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee — even promising to deny meeting privately with whomever the President picks.
The historic move outraged Democrats and injected Supreme Court politics into the center of an already tense battle for the White House.
Yes, let the Leftist Demorat breast-beating commence.
“I don’t know how many times we need to keep saying this: The Judiciary Committee has unanimously recommended to me that there be no hearing. I’ve said repeatedly and I’m now confident that my conference agrees that this decision ought to be made by the next president, whoever is elected,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.
Why would the GOP stick to its guns now? you may ask. Because they realize the SCOTUS results are indeed so entirely critical.
Because, after all, wasn’t it the Demorats who said that elections have consequences?
“Elections have consequences and Eric, I won.” — Barack Hussein Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009
Well, ladies and gentlemen, elections do in fact have consequences. So swig a big cup of Get The Fuck Over It, Demorats. Finally, the GOP may actually wield the power it possesses. After all, the Obama Administration has been lording its power over the Republicans and the American Taxpayers for almost eight years now.
But can the GOP-controlled Senate actually do this?
Apparently yes, it can.
And here’s the further rub, bub: McConnell made this play before Barack Hussein Obama was able to float a specific name for Scalia’s SCOTUS replacement into the public political ether. Boo-hoo.
Thanks for reminding us that elections have consequences, Demorats.
Fornicalia Congressman Devin Nunes of the 22nd district spoke on the Hugh Hewitt show Wednesday afternoon, and revealed a bombshell: not only did the DOJ tap the phones of reporters, but Nunes indicated the DOJ tapped the telephones of the House of Representatives in the gallery area — where not only reporters use the phones, but various DC politicians.
HH: The idea that this might be a Geithner-Axelrod plan, and by that, the sort of intimation, Henry II style, will no one rid me of this turbulent priest, will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Parties, that might have just been a hint, a shift of an eyebrow, a change in the tone of voice. That’s going to take a long time to get to. I don’t trust the Department of Justice on this. Do you, Congressman Nunes?
DN: No, I absolutely do not, especially after this wiretapping incident, essentially, of the House of Representative. I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where I’m sitting right now, the Cloak Room.
HH: Wait a minute, this is news to me.
DN: The Cloak Room in the House of Representatives.
HH: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
DN: So when they went after the AP reporters, right? Went after all of their phone records, they went after the phone records, including right up here in the House Gallery, right up from where I’m sitting right now. So you have a real separation of powers issue that did this really rise to the level that you would have to get phone records that would, that would most likely include members of Congress, because as you know…
DN: …members of Congress talk to the press all the time.
HH: I did not know that, and that is a stunner.
DN: Now that is a separation of powers issue here, Hugh.
Not only were conversations of the reporters tapped, but conversations of DC politicians as well.
Let’s see how this little gem just happens to play out.