25 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-7-20

  1. Release it Schifty, or they will.

    What the Schifty one doesn’t want you to see is the 53 witness who all said their was no crimes committed. If he released that, his whole charade collapses.

    https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/05/06/831799/

    “Richard Grenell to Adam Schiff: Either Release Hidden Transcripts or I Will Do It for You”

    “One of the most unprincipled and dishonest members of Congress is about to get his long overdue comeuppance.

    Back when the House Intelligence Committee still had professional and competent leadership and was focused on oversight of the Intelligence Community rather than a den of low IQ Machiavelli wannabes, back when actual hearings were conducted on actual issues rather than hanging on the words of a bewhiskered pencil-necked Eric Ciarmarella and a gravy-oozing Alexander Vindman, the committee conducted extensive interviews of 53 officials from the Intelligence Community, the FBI, and Justice to determine what evidence existed of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (SPOILER ALERT: there was none). Once the interviews were finished, the committee unanimously voted to release the transcripts. The transcripts were forwarded to the office of the Director of National Intelligence for declassification review and redaction of sensitive information…which is anything that exposes national security information, sources and methods, or tends to expose the routine levels of duplicity and dumb****ery that takes place within the intelligence agencies.”

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    “That should have been the end of the story. But the vote took place in September 2018 and in November 2018 the House flipped and Adam Schiff became chairman of the committee. Since then, the transcripts have been in limbo. Neither Dan Coats nor his successor, Joseph Maguire, placed a very high priority on exposing the attempted coup against President Trump that was hatched by James Clapper and John Brennan and so the matter sort of went fallow.

    Since then, though, a lot of things have happened. The Mueller report revealed the degree to which the entire investigation was a fraud designed to force Trump from office and, failing that, hamstring his ability to govern. Mueller’s major prosecution against Concord Catering has melted down. A failed attempt at impeachment was launched by Schiff. The Flynn guilty plea is totally discredited and all that remains is for the judge to toss the case or for Trump to issue a pardon. Devin Nunes’s investigation into the Carter Page FISA warrants has been totally vindicated and Schiff’s memo defending the warrants has been shown to be a series of lies detached from any relationship to the truth. More importantly, the Steele Dossier, which Schiff fluffed for four years, has been revealed to be an utter fabrication and known as such since before Mueller was appointed special counsel. And a fairly extensive purge of the office of the Director of National Intelligence has removed the bollards who covered for bad actors and installed former Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as director. Adam Schiff was not pleased to see his cabal of allies at DNI shown the door.”

    “Even though we know the declassification process is complete, Schiff took it upon himself to abrogate a vote by the House Intelligence Committee and order the DNI to not release the transcripts to anyone including the White House or Department of Justice.

    Unsuprisingly, it didn’t take long for Schiff and Grenell to openly clash. Schiff tried to interfere in the internal management of the DNI and received a public humiliation that is rarely visited upon a committee chairman.”

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    The 53 include Clapper, Cohen, McCabe, Yates, Podesta, Sessions, and others.

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  2. Tell some lies, write some revisionist history, get a Pulitzer.

    https://issuesinsights.com/2020/05/06/tell-a-lie-win-a-pulitzer/

    “Maybe you missed the news that the august New York Times won yet another Pulitzer Prize, this one for its much-debunked “1619 Project.” If you didn’t, we have a question: Is there any better illustration for why Americans now hold the big media in such low esteem?

    Nikole Hannah-Jones of the Times won the Pulitzer for Commentary on Monday, proving once again that the American media and its guiding institutions have continued to move far left, and that includes the Pulitzer Prize judges. Among major media, none have made the sinistral shift more determinedly than the New York Times under Executive Editor Dean Baquet.

    The 1619 Project is aptly titled. It’s not journalism so much as a twisted piece of progressive propaganda that even now is being imposed on thousands of grade-school students as part of our “education” curriculum. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragically true.

    The truth is, the essential outlines of the 1619 Project have been knocked down like bowling pins. In its own words, the alternate history proposes “to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story.”

    As the Times further elaborated, “Out of slavery – and the anti-black racism it required – grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, diet and popular music, the inequities of its public health and education, its astonishing penchant for violence, its income inequality.”

    Sorry, but this error-riddled narrative doesn’t deserve the Pulitzer. America’s founding was in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, not 1619, the year that the first chattel slaves were brought into the colonies.

    That date is important, since the entire 1619 project hinges on the initial claim that maintaining slavery was a “primary motivation” for later colonists to rebel against England. Unfortunately for the Times, that was immediately, and definitively, debunked by historians of both the left and the right.”

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  3. Thanks for your help, now @#$% off.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/06/cuomo-state-volunteers-thanks-help-heres-tax-bill/

    “Cuomo To Out-Of-State Volunteers: Thanks For The Help — And Here’s Your Tax Bill”

    “No good deed goes unpunished. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit New York like a Category 5 hurricane, Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio put out an all-points bulletin for as many volunteers as possible to boost their health-care resources. Thousands of people responded, in many cases with the help of their employers, who continued to pay their salaries while coming to the rescue of New York.

    Now that the crisis has passed, Cuomo reportedly wants to give these heroes a souvenir of their time in the Empire State — a tax bill, according to WPIX:

    Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

    He addressed the issues Tuesday at a news conference.

    “We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.”

    Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York.

    That was news to the volunteers, including those at Samaritan’s Purse, which set up a temporary hospital in New York City. No one told him that their workers would create a tax liability on Day 15 that rates as one of the highest in the nation:”

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    And as for Samaritan’s Purse, they get a kick in the rear and insulted too.

    Ungrateful whelp.

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  4. Cuomo needs to be held accountable.

    https://nypost.com/2020/05/05/this-nursing-home-disaster-is-on-you-gov-cuomo-goodwin/

    “Two weeks ago, Gov. ­Andrew Cuomo was first asked about his policy that forced nursing homes to admit ­patients infected with the coronavirus.

    “That’s a good question, I don’t know,” the governor answered, turning to an aide.

    On Tuesday, Cuomo was asked about a report from the Associated Press that his team had added more than 1,700 deaths to the count of those who died in nursing homes, bringing the total to at least 4,813.

    “I don’t know the details, frankly,” the governor answered, turning to an aide.

    Sgt. Schultz reporting for duty!

    Cuomo is legendary for micromanaging and has been praised for his detailed daily briefings during the pandemic. He has closed schools, religious services and businesses because each human life is “priceless.”

    So with known nursing home deaths representing 25 percent of all deaths in the state, it beggars belief that the governor didn’t know anything about his office’s fatal policy two weeks ago or the new death totals now.

    The only way either could be true is through an extreme case of plausible deniability. Thus, if there’s no proof he knew, he can’t be held responsible, right? Which was the whole point of the Sgt. Schultz defense.

    That was a sitcom. This is life and death.

    And if you are the governor of the state that is the national epicenter of the deadly outbreak, you don’t have the luxury of not knowing, or pretending not to know, about the horrendous carnage in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. And if your policies contributed to that carnage, the decent thing to do is to own your mistakes and fix them.”

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  5. This makes it even worse. They knowingly exposed the most vulnerable among us to health care workers they knew were infected.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2020/05/06/poll-most-americans-are-still-very-wary-of-reopening-the-economy-n2568222

    “New York Allowed Workers With Known COVID-19 Diagnoses to Remain on the Job at Nursing Homes”

    “Yesterday brought the terrible news that New York had increased its Coronavirus death toll by more than 1,600 lives lost, based on new data out of nursing homes. That spike — coupled with disturbing reports about the current, more contagious strain of Coronavirus perhaps infecting people who’d recovered from a previous strain, as well as unpleasant revisions of a closely-watched model — set off a fresh round of pessimism and fear among many Americans. There’s no sugarcoating this sort of tragedy:

    The coronavirus crisis at New York’s nursing homes is even worse than previously thought. Monday night, the state Department of Health issued new data, adding more than 1,600 people who were presumed to have died of the virus in nursing homes, but did not have a confirmed diagnosis, to the official toll. As of May 3, according to the new data, 4,813 people had died from the virus in nursing homes. The new data does not include nursing home residents who died in hospitals. The number of deaths of nursing home residents, either at nursing homes or in hospitals, stood at 3,025 on April 28, and another approximately 100 people died at nursing homes from April 29 to May 2, according to state figures.

    Looking at data from across the country, nursing homes have been absolutely ravaged by this virus, accounting for a wildly disproportionate percentage of overall deaths in many places. As we’ve explored previously, very elderly Americans are among the most vulnerable to this disease in our society. This raises serious questions about some of the decisions made by New York’s leaders, whose mandates almost certainly contributed to the extreme risk in nursing homes that have resulted in so many deaths:

    Neal Nibur has lived in a nursing home for about a year, ever since he had a bad bout of pneumonia. Now, the 80-year-old man has not only his own health to worry about but that of his neighbors at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., residence. Four new patients recently arrived from the hospital with Covid-19. They were admitted for one reason, according to staff members: A state guideline says nursing homes cannot refuse to take patients from hospitals solely because they have the coronavirus. “I don’t like them playing Russian roulette with my life,” said Mr. Nibur, who is on oxygen…At the epicenter of the outbreak, New York issued a strict new rule last month: Nursing homes must readmit residents sent to hospitals with the coronavirus and accept new patients as long as they are deemed “medically stable.” California and New Jersey have also said that nursing homes should take in such patients. Homes are allowed to turn patients away if they claim they can’t care for them safely — but administrators say they worry that refusing patients could provoke regulatory scrutiny, and advocates say it could result in a loss of revenue.

    Nursing homes were required by the state to accept Coronavirus-positive patients. And that’s not all:

    The state Health Department allowed nurses and other staff who tested positive for the coronavirus to continue treating COVID-19 patients at an upstate nursing home, The Post has learned. State officials signed off on the move during an April 10 conference call that excluded local officials from Steuben County, who protested the move…The state Health Department’s decision to allow coronavirus-positive nurses to continue working at Hornell Gardens came after two days of testing revealed that one in three of the facility’s residents and staff had the deadly virus. It came after officials reported three deaths at the facility, Wheeler said.

    In fact, this was statewide policy, reversed only a week ago:”

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  6. Gee, who didn’t see this coming?

    “COMMON CORE HAS LED TO ‘HISTORIC’ DROP IN ACHIEVEMENT SCORES, STUDY FINDS”

    https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/common-core-has-led-to-historic-drop-in-achievement-scores-study-finds?

    “The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has led to a “historic” drop in student achievement scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” a new study reports.

    In the decade before the adoption of CCSS throughout most of the United States in 2013, mathematics and reading NAEP scores for both fourth and eighth grade were gradually increasing at a fairly steady rate, states The Common Core Debacle: Results from 2019 NAEP and Other Sources, published by the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. This rate of growth had been occurring at roughly the same pace as it had been since before states began launching their own individual curriculum standards in the 1990s, writes author Theodor Rebarber, CEO of the nonprofit education organization Accountability Works.

    Many involved in the education industry said they were dissatisfied with this pace of improvement, and they sought to remedy it by pushing states to drop their curriculum standards and adopt a single, national standard, which became Common Core. Promoted heavily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Obama administration, CCSS was touted as being necessary to improve U.S. academic competitiveness with other nations on international testing, raise NAEP results, lower the achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers, and reduce the same gap between low- and high-income children.

    Now, a decade after their adoption by most states and six years after their implementation, the Pioneer Institute report makes clear Common Core has had the opposite effect from what was promised. NAEP scores from 2013 to 2019, after the implementation of CCSS, have decreased by a “statistically significant” amount, the study found. Scores for both fourth and eighth grade in reading and math are down, with eighth grade scores decreasing at a rate nearly equal to their rate of growth before the implementation of Common Core.

    Achievement Gap Widening

    More frighteningly, the study observes, scores are falling sharpest for low-income, black, and Hispanic students.

    “U.S. students at the top, the 90th percentile, have continued to make gradual improvements that generally maintain the pre-Common Core trend line, ultimately neither helped nor harmed,” Rebarber writes. “But the farther behind students were before Common Core, especially those at the 25th and 10th percentiles, the more significant the achievement decreases have been. These declines appear to have wiped out the gains that lower-performing students made in the decade prior to Common Core.”

    The report also includes summary analyses for seven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York, chosen “mainly based on their size and geographic distribution.” All seven states performed worse on the NAEP after CCSS than they did in the decade prior to its adoption. In Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York, students’ scores declined in math and reading in both fourth and eighth grade.”

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  7. Huh. And I’ve been told recently this could never happen…..

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  9. 25,000 dead, many due to his horrible and deadly nursing home and public transit policies, so let’s have his son do a puff piece on him.

    THIS is CNN.

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  10. A picture is worth a thousand words. And none of them were true or accurate.

    You’ve probably seen the pic, a protester in Michigan screaming in the face of 2 police officers while protesting the Gov’s tyrannical overreach.

    But what the pic doesn’t provide is accuracy. Do to the angle the photographer took the pic at, it looks like he is screaming at the 2 cops in the photo. But a closer look shows the 2 cops are unconcerned with him, and he does appear to be yelling between and past them at someone behind them. This deception is intentional. What’s missing is context and info that accurately describes what is actually happening.

    Now here’s the rest of the story….

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/michigan-man-now-famous-capitol-231726547.html

    “As photographs of gun-carrying protesters in Michigan’s Capitol building made the rounds nationally, one has emerged as a defining image of last week’s demonstration over the governor’s orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    An unmasked man, mid-scream, yelling within inches of two police officers.

    There have been memes and chatter on social media about the screaming protester, even misidentifications of him as a Los Angeles activist.

    But he isn’t from California. He is from New Hudson, Michigan. And his name is Brian Cash.

    “Yes, that’s me,” the 52-year-old flooring installer told the Free Press on Monday when asked to confirm whether he is the man in the photo, taken by Jeff Kowalsky, a photographer working for Agence France-Presse (AFP).

    Cash, who said he has now been to four protests in Lansing in the past month, said he was demonstrating against the inequities of the governor’s executive orders, which he called “just ridiculous.”

    Cash said he wasn’t yelling at the state troopers seen in the photo – “I didn’t scream in anybody’s face” – but at an officer positioned behind them who he said he saw assault a woman the day before. Three women were removed from the public gallery for the state House of Representatives on April 29. The incident was caught on video, showing a woman being forcibly removed. The incident prompted an announcement by the Michigan State Police that it was investigating the confrontation between individuals and House police.

    The next day, when the now-infamous photo of him was taken, Cash said he was in the Capitol when he saw the officer.

    “I was there chanting, ‘Let us in,’ and I saw that guy and I just, I just kind of lost it a little bit,” Cash said. He said that he was asking the man, whom he called a “red coat,” a reference to the red coats they wear, “if he wanted to try to throw me around like he did that girl yesterday.”

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    Here’s why he was yelling.

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    But the media wasn’t trying to be accurate, it was just more tabloid sensationalism.

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  11. AJ – (Back to last night’s comments.) The man with the realistic looking air gun (or whatever it was) did not have the gun when he was in the hallway and ordered to the ground. Then he was on the ground, ready to be cuffed, and IIRC, one or two officers approached him to do that, but the one in charge demanded that he crawl down the hallway towards him. Doing so made his shorts start to pull down, so he reflexively reached back to pull them up. He could have been cuffed earlier when he was flat on the ground.

    The caregiver who was shot was also on the ground and had no weapon, real or fake on him, and was pleading with the officers to listen to him and not shoot. But he was shot anyway.

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  12. Huh…. again.

    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242552796.html

    “FDLE releases list of COVID-19 deaths. Top medical examiner calls it a sham.”

    “Acting under intense pressure from a coalition of Florida news organizations and open-government advocates, the state Wednesday evening released a list of every Florida fatality documented by a medical examiner resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The information was so riddled with holes, however, that it sparked as many questions as answers.

    Missing from the data set were the names of those who have perished from COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus infections, the probable cause of death (there can be multiple factors) and the circumstances of the person’s demise.”

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    “The head of the Florida Medical Examiner’s Commission, which governs the state’s 21 medical examiners, has insisted the information — including the names — is subject to disclosure under the state’s public records law. The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, which oversees state health regulators, has warned the examiners to keep the information secret.

    “The Department of Health is telling the medical examiners it cannot release this information that the medical examiners have been releasing on a regular basis,” said Barbara Petersen, president emeritus of the First Amendment Foundation, an open-government watchdog in Tallahassee.

    “For whatever reason, our governor is trying to hide information — first about nursing homes, and now from medical examiners. They are trying to paint a rosy picture by refusing to provide us accurate information that allows us to make informed decisions about the health and safety of our families,” Petersen said.

    “It’s a disservice to the citizens of the state of Florida.””

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  13. So is it the “bright spot” others claim it is?

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/496485-florida-emerges-as-bright-spot-in-covid-19-fight

    “Florida has reported 37,439 positive coronavirus cases and 1,471 deaths, ranking it eighth in the U.S. for the number of confirmed cases despite being the nation’s third most populated state.

    The case and death numbers point to something many may find surprising: Florida has not become as much of a hot spot as other states such as New York, California and Michigan.

    The state has fewer cases per capita than other heavily impacted states, such as Louisiana. According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida has had a total of 176 cases per 100,000 people compared to Louisiana, which has had 644 per 100,000 people.

    Most of the Sunshine State entered its first phase of reopening on Monday, with restaurants, retail stores and museums allowed to operate at no more 25 percent capacity with social distancing restrictions.

    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who took criticism last month for his initial reluctance to issue a statewide stay-at-home order, touted the progress his state has made in a press conference on Tuesday.

    “The fact of the matter is, Florida has met all the gating criteria to be into phase one,” DeSantis said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

    Experts say there are a variety of reasons, including individual willingness to self-quarantine, that could explain why the state appears to have avoided being hit harder by the virus.”

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  14. The worm is squirming.

    I think it’s cute though that anyone still acts like he has even a shred of credibility left.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/russia-transcripts-collusion-schiff-panic-mode-sources

    “Sources say Russia probe transcripts affirm officials came up empty on collusion: ‘Schiff is in panic mode'”

    ” Transcripts of House Intelligence Committee interviews that have been cleared for release show top law enforcement and intelligence officials affirming they had no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, senior administration and intelligence community officials told Fox News on Wednesday.

    This would align with the results of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — which found no evidence of illegal or criminal coordination between President Trump, the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016 — but the numerous transcribed interviews could raise further questions about committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s past statements saying that there was “direct evidence” of collusion.

    “Schiff is in panic mode,” a senior administration official told Fox News.”

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  15. And your point?

    Yes, cops make mistakes and do stupid things sometimes. Criminal things even. And they are dealt with.

    That’s not the same as a country-wide ban on weapons (handguns are next in Canada) that Canada enacted, and which led to the stupid response from the 3 clowns with weapons drawn on a little girl in space suit. Their actions were a direct result of the communist type gun laws that strip rights just enacted by Trudeau. They promised a zero tolerance crackdown to come for those possessing one of the 1500 weapons they just banned, after a joke of a period of time where you can own it, but never use it, and they just showed us what that will look like. Your examples are the rogue acts of some out of control outliers. The other is a systematic crackdown on a national level by the rulers and their enablers. There’s a huge difference.

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  16. It’s about time….

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/07/breaking-doj-drops-flynn-prosecution/

    “Breaking: DoJ Drops Flynn Prosecution; Update: Prosecutor Pulling Out Of All Remaining Cases?”

    “Get ready for lots and lots of palace-intrigue coverage of this major bombshell. The Department of Justice has filed a motion today ending all prosecution of Michael Flynn for obstruction of justice, ending one of the key cases developed by special counsel Robert Mueller. In fact, the DoJ all but accused Mueller of violating the scope of his investigation — a curious position given the memo Rosenstein issued that explicitly named Flynn as a target:

    The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for Trump and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Russia investigation.

    The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. It comes even though prosecutors for the last three years had maintained that Flynn had lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in a January 2017 interview. Flynn himself admitted as much, and became a key cooperator for Mueller as he investigated ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

    In court documents being filed Thursday, the Justice Department said it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” The documents were obtained by The Associated Press.

    The Justice Department said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.””

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    Van Grack has cracked. But he still needs to be disbarred and imprisoned.

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  17. The time to speak out against this is now, before it happens…..

    FEMA camps are coming.

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  18. Pay attention to what he says around the 6:10 mark, “remove people from their homes to other facilities. “

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  19. AJ – You ask me, “And your point?” But in neither of your first two comments to me about that incident, and nor in the post we were discussing, did you mention the zero tolerance laws. Your mention of fascism in the post seemed to me to be about those police officers being too rough or too reactionary. So my point was that police officers in the states also often act in the same way. I was not following anything about Canada’s gun laws, so your post did not connect the dots to that.

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