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Curator claims Barbra Streisand tribute museum is part of the #MeToo era

According to the NY Post, there’s a museum exhibit devoted to Barbara Streisand that showcases “the way she was, is and perhaps always will be.”

It’s called “Hello Gorgeous,” and features costumes, photos, videos and more at the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-el.

According to museum curator Warren Klein, “It’s the perfect exhibition for the #metoo era,” who calls Streisand “a strong, driven woman” — one who refused to change her surname, or her nose, to suit the norm. (There are rumors of Streisand’s numerous plastic surgeries, of which she denies.)

Streisand did not contribute any items to the exhibit. Read about the “Hello Gorgeous” museum display here.

I wonder if the exhibit will feature any of the following photos?

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Obama warns 2020 democrat candidates about leaning too far left

Too late.

From Yahoo: Former President Barack Obama offered an unusual warning to the Democratic primary field Friday evening, cautioning the candidates not to move too far to the left in their policy proposals, even as he sought to reassure a party establishment worried about the electoral strength of their historically large primary field.

Speaking before a room of wealthy liberal donors, Obama urged Democrats to remember the long, combative slog of his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, arguing that the 16-month battle ultimately made him a stronger general election candidate.

“For those who get stressed about robust primaries, I just have to remind you I had a very robust primary,” he told the group of several hundred donors and organizational leaders in Washington. “I’m confident that at the end of the process we will have a candidate that has been tested.”

Yet, he also raised concerns about some of the liberal ideas being promoted by some candidates, citing health care and immigration as issues where the proposals may have gone further than public opinion.

While Obama did not single out any specific primary candidate or policy proposal, he cautioned that the universe of voters that could support a Democratic candidate — Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans — are not driven by the same views reflected on “certain left-leaning Twitter feeds” or “the activist wing of our party.”

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,” Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

Read the whole story here.

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Good news! Judge rules “ISIS bride” is not a US citizen

ISIS bride Muthana and her child

Back in February I told you about Hoda Muthana, an American jihadi bride living in a refugee camp after fleeing ISIS’s last stand in Syria. She left Alabama in 2014 in order to join ISIS. She called for US Muslims to ‘spill all of the blood’ by launching terror attacks during Memorial Day events.

She claims she was “brainwashed” and made a big mistake. Read that whole story here.

Muthana then changed her mind and was begging the US to allow her to return home.

Thankfully a judge turned down her request.

NY Post reports that a judge ruled that America is under no obligation to let her back into the country. From their report:

Judge Reggie Walton (appointed by George W. Bush) found there was enough evidence to prove Muthana — the US-born mom who fled her home in Alabama to join the terror group in Syria in 2014 but has been begging to come back to the US — was born while her father was a Yemeni diplomat, BuzzFeed News reported.

The judge said Muthana’s father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, can’t provide financial support to either her or her 2-year-old son, Adam, who was born in ISIS territory, without facing potential charges of providing material support to terrorism.

Christina Jump, one of the lawyers representing the Muthana family, confirmed the judge’s ruling in a statement obtained by The Post.

“While we are disappointed with and disagree with the Court’s ruling today, this is not the end of our client’s legal options. We will wait to read the Court’s written opinion, and will evaluate our available options at that time,” Jump said.

Ahmed claimed in a lawsuit against the Trump administration that he surrendered his diplomatic status on June 2, 1994, months before his daughter was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. Her family said Hoda also had a legitimate passport when she left the US to join ISIS.

The Obama administration initially determined she was not a citizen and notified her family that it was revoking her passport in January 2016.

Babies born in the US are typically granted citizenship, but those born to foreign diplomatic officers are exceptions, under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

In previous interviews, Hoda, 25, has claimed she’s a “changed” woman who no longer holds the same ideology as ISIS followers.

“I hope America doesn’t think I’m a threat to them and I hope they can accept me,” she said in February, speaking from a refugee camp in northern Syria.

Read the whole story here.

Actions have consequences, girlfriend.

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Why Drudge Report went to the dark side

Begun as an email newsletter, Matt Drudge‘s the Drudge Report became a news aggregator website in 1996.

By 2003, Drudge Report became so popular it made almost $1.3 million a year in advertising revenues. In 2006, while dissing the Drudge Report, Time magazine named Matt Drudge one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2007, New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg said that according to Nielsen/NetRatings, the Drudge Report got three million unique visitors a month, or approximately one percent of the population of the United States.

So successful is the Drudge Report that it has made its creator and editor Matt Drudge, 53, a multimillionaire, with an estimated net worth of $150 million.

What made Drudge Report so popular was its conservatism. Indeed, in 2001, Drudge told the Miami New Times that “I am a conservative. I’m very much pro-life. If you go down the list of what makes up a conservative, I’m there almost all the way.”

Drudge Report had supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But then I began to notice a change since Trump’s presidential inauguration when Drudge Report increasingly posted links to anti-Trump (and therefore anti-“Deplorables” — the 63 million Americans who had voted for him in 2016) mainstream media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post.

Simply put, I didn’t go on Drudge Report for CNN. So I stopped reading Drudge Report.

Sometime before WordPress took down FOTM on August 15, 2018, in comments on FOTM I broached the subject of Drudge Report ceasing being conservative. To ensure I wasn’t imagining things, I did a search online and found other websites saying the same thing. A longtime FOTM reader who had effusively praised FOTM and “Dr. Eowyn” took such issue with my observations about Drudge Report that he became verbally abusive. After I banned him from commenting, he sent me an email in which he stooped to racist and gender insults. All of which completely baffled me why he had so much invested in a news aggregator site that he took any criticism of Drudge Report as a personal affront.

Then TrailDust noticed the transformation of Drudge Report as well, and wrote two posts warning our readers:

A couple of our readers speculated that Matt Drudge turned to the dark side because he’s gay and has a new boyfriend. The never-married and childless Drudge has consistently denied the rumors of him being homosexual, but in January 2016, Southfloridagaynews.com reported that he had given away half of his real estate holdings to Juan Carlos Alvarado, his roommate of eleven years.

Citing a YouTube video by Josh Bernstein, Kelleigh Nelson of NewsWithViews has another explanation for why Matt Drudge went to the dark side. Below are excerpts from her November 9, 2019 post, “Drudge Sells Out Trump, Helps Democrats“:

Drudge used to break stories before the mainstream media or Fox News even knew about them; they went to Drudge to find out the latest.  Josh Bernstein recently exposed what has happened to Drudge.  He says we should boycott Drudge and I agree with him.

In a surprising turn, Drudge Report removed ads between the end of May and mid-July of this year according to Danny Rogers, a cofounder of the Global Disinformation Index, a project that’s analyzing domains to generate “risk ratings of the world’s media websites.” After noticing an absence of ads on Drudge around May 31, Rogers told BuzzFeed they didn’t see any ads on Drudge until about July 12.

During that period, Drudge cast off his advertising representative of close to 20 years, Intermarkets, in favor of a new and unknown company, Granite Cubed. It has no record in the digital ad industry, was only registered as a company in March of this year, and lists no staff or owners on its websites. Yet it just landed one of the biggest websites in the US.

Corporate records show that Granite Cubed is owned by Margaret Otto. According to Pathmatics, a marketing and advertising platform owned by Margaret Otto, she and her husband, Adrian, have close ties to both Matt Drudge and his father, Bob Drudge. The Ottos have known the Drudges since 1999.  Pathmatics, a marketing intelligence platform, estimates that over the past 12 months the site generated more than $30 million in ad revenue. Another estimate from the Global Disinformation Index, to be published in a report next month, pegs revenue at $9 million per year.

The Otto’s also acquired another company in 2017 founded by Bob Drudge called Refdesk.  Adrian Otto joined Google Cloud in 2017 and is their technical director. Matt Drudge is now in bed with Google and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.

Alphabet Inc., Google subsidiaries, and YouTube all detest President Trump and everything on the Drudge Report has switched from supporting conservative sites and our president to leftwing media who despises President Donald Trump and his supporters.  Drudge’s links now go to mainstream media like CNN and MSNBC.  Conservative media is rarely seen anymore.

Drudge gave up his relationship with his conservative advertising company of 20 years and joined with the enemies of freedom because they are family vested via Matt’s father, Bob Drudge.

It all makes for a startling shift for a publisher best known for a strategy rooted in changing nothing about his site’s operation. It’s also causing the ad industry to look closely at the mysterious new firm and its high-profile customer.

Bigger bucks must be involved.  Shades of Anthony Scaramucci.

Here’s the video of Josh Bernstein:

It must be said that Bernstein’s account is of Matt Drudge switching Drudge Report‘s advertising representative to a new and unknown company, Granite Cubed, the husband-and-wife owners of which have ties to Matt’s father, Robert Drudge, who is a Democrat. But Matt’s father (and mother too) has always been a Democrat, and a constant (Robert Drudge being a Democrat) cannot explain a variable (Matt turning against Trump and embracing the liberal media). Nor does Matt changing Drudge Report‘s advertising representative explain his political transformation — changing advertising representative likely is a result, not the cause, of his political transformation.

And so, the reason for Matt Drudge’s and the Drudge Report‘s transformation remains a mystery.

H/t Maziel

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Trump Impeachment witchhunt hearings begin today – Watch live

The Demonrats’ witchhunt of President Trump rises to a feverish pitch today with Day One of their impeachment hearings.

Click here to watch the impeachment hearings.

This is an Open Thread – feel free to comment as you watch the hearings.

On the ostensible reason for the impeachment hearings, see:

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Don’t kid yourself: The corporate liberals care nothing about protecting women

Ever since the #MeToo movement started, we’ve been told by democats that we must #BelieveWomen.

Yet when it comes to telling womens’ stories of abuse and harassment, the media and progressives do everything they can to bury the stories to protect their friends in high places.

Apparently it’s only acceptable to #BelieveWomen when they accuse republican men (even with scant-to-no proof).

NBC killed Ronan Farrow’s expose on Harvey Weinstein in their desire to protect predators.

ABC News spiked a story exposing the truth behind pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Obviously, the above two stories have a certain power couple connection – the Clintons. Funny how the two alphabets killed these stories at the time Hillary Clinton was running for president. Just a coincidence, I guess.

Now comes word that Nike is apparently victim-shaming a women runner who claims that Nike’s former trainer, Alberto Salazar , put her through physical and mental abuse.

The NY Post reports that athlete Mary Cain, while working with Salazar on Nike’s Oregon Project, the coach forced her to lose weight and ignored her acts of self-harm. Just 17 at the time, Cain describes scenes where Salazar would weigh her in front of her teammates and publicly shame her if she wasn’t hitting her weight.

Nike cut ties with Salazar this year after he was banned for 4 years from athletics for doping offenses.

Nike says they will launch an investigation and from their statement: “These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto’s team as recently as April of this year and had not raised these concerns as part of that process.”

The NY Post says that other women are backing Cain’s claims. From their report:

Multiple prominent runners, including New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, have spoken out in support of Cain. Olympic runner Kara Goucher backed up Cain’s allegations and criticized Nike’s handling of the situation on Twitter Friday.

“So [Nike] responds to [Cain],” Goucher wrote. “Takes the time to victim shame Mary, before saying they will investigate. I hope you come to me, because I have stories to match all of Mary’s claims and so much more. Don’t let this be more lip service, actually do something.

Read the whole NY Post story here.

As a result of this scandal, Nike CEO Mark Parker is stepping down to become executive chairman of the company on January 13, 2020. He endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Just another example of progressives’ and their double standards: They claim to care about women yet put politics, power and profits over the truth and well-being of women.

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The “swamp” vs. Real America

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“Epstein didn’t kill himself” printed on California brewery’s beer cans

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Ha! I may have to buy some of this just for kicks.

From NY Post: A California beer maker is selling a special, limited batch with “EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF” printed on the bottom of its cans.

Tactical Ops Brewing started printing the special message Wednesday on the blue cans for the Freso-based firm’s Basher Oatmeal Stout.

Manager Carlos Tovar told Fox 26 that he got the idea about a week ago — which would have been when famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden made international headlines by insisting Epstein’s autopsy “points toward homicide rather than suicide.”

Tovar said the Epstein conspiracies are “a big thing right now” — with his beer-can phrase exactly the same words as a former Navy SEAL blurted out at the end of an unrelated TV interview, making him go viral.

The company joked on its Facebook page that the boss’s dabbling in the conspiracy may see employees meeting the same shady endings.

“Tovar has sooooo got us all suicided. Lie and say nice things at our funerals,” the firm joked.

Only one batch — about 54 packs — will be made, the brewery told Fox 26.

Despite the latest uproar over Epstein’s death in his Manhattan lockup in August, New York’s chief medical examiner stood by her office’s ruling that the pedophile committed suicide. “We stand by the determination,” Dr. Barbara Sampson said.

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Pigs fly: Liberal Tucson, AZ rejects sanctuary measure

Via CBS News: Voters in one of Arizona’s most liberal cities rejected an initiative Tuesday that would have made Tucson the state’s only sanctuary city amid concerns that it went too far in restricting police officers.

The measure drew fierce opposition from the mayor and city council, all of them Democrats, who said the initiative risked public safety and millions of dollars the city gets from the state and federal governments.

The measure was pushed by activists who wanted to give a voice to Tucson’s Latino community. They said it would have sent the message that immigrants are safe and protected in Tucson at a time when many are fearful of President Trump’s immigration policies.

The initiative, known as Proposition 205, would have put new restrictions on when police can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.

It explicitly aims to neuter a 2010 Arizona immigration law known as SB1070, which drew mass protests and a boycott of the state. It prohibits sanctuary cities in Arizona and requires police, when enforcing other laws, to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

Courts threw out much of the law but upheld the requirement for officers to check immigration papers.

“It will put into law that we will not, as we move forward, collaborate in the federal effort to terrorize, detain, separate and deport our community members,” said Zaira Livier, executive director of the People’s Defense Initiative, which organized the effort that became Proposition 205.

Tucson’s mayor and city council members, all of them Democrats, were opposed to the measure because they worried about unintended consequences and the potential for losing millions of dollars in state and federal funding. They say Tucson police have already adopted rules that go as far as legally possible to restrict officers from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Read the whole story here.

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The Trump Effect: America’s 50 safest cities

Yesterday, I did a post on the good news, ignored by the MSM, that in 2018, the United States had nearly the lowest violent crime rate in more than three decades, as far back as many Americans can remember, of 369 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 Americans.

Violent crimes rate is a population-adjusted measure of incidents of rape, robbery, homicide, and aggravated assault

A message for millennials: John Roman, a senior fellow with social research institution NORC at the University of Chicago, said: “If you are under the age of 40, you’ve never been safer than you are today.”

Using data from the FBI, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crimes rates to identify America’s 50 safest cities. Only the 294 midsize and large cities tracked by the FBI with populations of at least 100,000 were considered.

Below are America’s 50 safest cities:

50. Boca Raton, Florida

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 204.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 8.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

49. College Station, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 203.3 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 31.8%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

48. Clovis, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 197.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 12.7%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.9%

47. Rochester, Minnesota

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 194.0 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 5
  • Poverty rate: 10.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.2%

46. Henderson, Nevada

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 188.3 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 15
  • Poverty rate: 9.1%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 4.4%

45. Torrance, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 181.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 7.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.8%

44. Pembroke Pines, Florida

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 181.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 8.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

43. Centennial, Colorado

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 180.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 4.3%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.8%

42. Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 180.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 12.0%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.8%

41. Provo, Utah

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 175.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 25.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.7%

40. Simi Valley, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 168.2 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 6.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

39. Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 165.5 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 7
  • Poverty rate: 8.9%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

38. Stamford, Connecticut

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 165.1 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 3
  • Poverty rate: 9.3%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.7%

37. Sunnyvale, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 163.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 6.6%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.2%

36. Rancho Cucamonga, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 161.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 8.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

35. Santa Clara, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 161.6 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 7.7%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.4%

34. Alexandria, Virginia

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 159.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 4
  • Poverty rate: 10.5%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.2%

33. Meridian, Idaho

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 159.0 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 9.8%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.5%

32. Coral Springs, Florida

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 155.2 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 10.0%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

31. Corona, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 154.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 6
  • Poverty rate: 11.6%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

30. McKinney, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 151.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 7.0%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

29. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 142.3 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 3
  • Poverty rate: 7.6%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.0%

28. Cape Coral, Florida

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 142.1 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 3
  • Poverty rate: 12.7%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.4%

27. Plano, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 138.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 5
  • Poverty rate: 7.0%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.3%

26. Carrollton, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 138.2 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 5
  • Poverty rate: 10.1%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

25. Santa Clarita, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 134.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 4
  • Poverty rate: 8.8%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 4.3%

24. Bellevue, Washington

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 132.1 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 7.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

23. Lakewood Township, New Jersey

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 125.3 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: N/A
  • 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

22. Round Rock, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 120.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 8.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

21. Surprise, Arizona

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 120.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 7
  • Poverty rate: 9.1%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 4.7%

20. Amherst Town, New York

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 119.5 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: N/A
  • 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

19. Temecula, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 119.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 6.8%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

18. Edison Township, New Jersey

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 118.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: N/A
  • 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

17. Sandy Springs, Georgia

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 117.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 11.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

16. Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 117.1 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 7
  • Poverty rate: 8.0%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

15. Orange, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 113.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 3
  • Poverty rate: 12.5%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%

14. Richardson, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 113.0 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 10.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

13. Port St. Lucie, Florida

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 112.9 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 12.1%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.8%

12. Woodbridge Township, New Jersey

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 112.0 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: N/A
  • 2018 unemployment rate: N/A

11. Allen, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 107.6 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 5.1%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

10. League City, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 100.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 6.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.6%

9. Glendale, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 98.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 1
  • Poverty rate: 15.6%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 4.4%

8. Thousand Oaks, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 97.4 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 14
  • Poverty rate: 5.7%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.0%

7. Pearland, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 95.0 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 3.8%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.4%

6. Gilbert, Arizona

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 94.6 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 5.9%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

5. Frisco, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 86.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 3.9%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%

4. McAllen, Texas

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 84.5 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 25.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 4.7%

3. Murrieta, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 80.2 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 2
  • Poverty rate: 8.9%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.5%

2. Naperville, Illinois

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 68.7 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 4.4%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 3.0%

1. Irvine, California

  • 2018 violent crime rate: 55.5 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 homicides: 0
  • Poverty rate: 13.2%
  • 2018 unemployment rate: 2.8%

On May 22, 2019, the New York Times published an op/ed admitting that Democrat-run cities are unlivable. Indeed, the governments of the failed cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are both run by all Democrats. (See my post on this here.)

Although elections of mayor and city councils are non-partisan, I thought it might be interesting to find out the political parties of the mayors and city council members of America’s top 5 safest cities. Their party ID information was very difficult to find. In some cases, I could find none.

(1) Irvine, California

Irvine is a city of more than 212,000 residents in Orange County, southern California, part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The City Council is comprised of the Mayor and four City Council members who are elected at large by registered voters of the City:

(2) Naperville, Illinois

Naperville is a city of more than 141,000 people 28 miles west of Chicago in DuPage and Will counties, Illinois. The state’s 5th largest city, Naperville is the wealthiest city in the Midwest and the 11th wealthiest in the U.S.

Naperville has a council-manager local government. The City Council is comprised of the mayor and eight Councilmembers elected at large:

(3) Murrieta, California

Murrieta is a city of more than 103,000 people in Riverside County, in the center of the Los Angeles-San Diego mega-region in southern California.

Murrieta is represented by Republicans in the California State Senate and Assembly, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Murrieta has a council-manager type of local government:

(4) McAllen, Texas

McAllen is a city of more than 142,000 people in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley in the southern tip of Texas, about 70 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico.

McAllen is represented by all Democrats in the Texas State Senate and State House of Representatives.

McAllen has a council-manager type of government. Its City Commission is comprised of:

Note: There is no information on McAllen city government’s website on the members of its City Commission, other than their names and email addresses. No biographies. Nothing. News articles say voter turnout in McAllen is abysmal.

(5) Frisco, Texas

Frisco is a city of more than 116,000 in in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Collin and Denton counties, Texas, about 25 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Frisco has a council-manager type of government. Its City Council is comprised of:

~Eowyn

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