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Another Hollyweird project to Boycott: Facebook’s “Five Points” with Kerry Washington producing

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Kerry Washington promoting abortion on her TV show Scandal

Kerry Washington has only one perspective: That of a rabid proggie. From the Daily Beast (in 2016):

“Four years ago, acclaimed actress Kerry Washington penned a stirring op-ed for The Daily Beast about why American women should support the reelection of President Barack Obama.

President Obama knows the importance of women’s rights and women’s health. He was raised by a single mom, and he has been surrounded by smart, strong women ever since—he’s married to one and he’s a father of two. So for our president, women’s issues aren’t just political, they’re personal for him as well,” she wrote.

On Friday night, less than two months away from the general election, a pregnant Washington made an appearance on HBO’s late-night talk show Real Time with Bill Maher in order to make another plea to American women: vote for Hillary Clinton over women-bashing Donald Trump.”

That was rather rich considering that the real #waronwomen exists in Hollywood.

Kerry has appeared in the TV show Scandal as Olivia Pope. In 2015, her character had an abortion. From the Washington Post:

So Thursday night’s “Scandal” stunned quite a few viewers when D.C. fixer Olivia Pope had an abortion, a storyline that came out of nowhere. The audience had no idea that Olivia, finally together with President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), was pregnant. Fitz didn’t even know she was pregnant.

In the middle of the episode, viewers suddenly saw Olivia arrive at a medical office and then lie down on an operating table as a doctor began the procedure. There was no dialogue from Olivia — just the sound of “Silent Night” playing in the background, along with voice-over of Olivia’s father Rowan (Joe Morton) delivering this speech in another scene:

“Family is a burden … a pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness. You think you’re better off with people who rely on you, depend on you, but you’re wrong, because you will inevitably end up needing them, which makes you weak, pliable. Family doesn’t complete you. It destroys you.”

“It’s (the abortion) not spoken of in the episode at all,” Beers said. “It just happens, there’s no lead-up.”

“That’s what I thought was so brilliant about it,” Goldwyn added.

Expect Kerry’s new show to push another liberal agenda. And seeing how the show is based in Chicago, I would not be surprised if that agenda was gun control.

From Variety: Facebook is continuing its push into scripted programming with an order for a drama series that boasts “Scandal” star Kerry Washington among its executive producers, Variety has learned exclusively.

Titled “Five Points,” the series is set on the South Side of Chicago and takes a look at high school students from five unique points of view. When a life changing event occurs, all of these different perspectives will be necessary to understand the truth. The cast currently includes “CSI: Cyber” alum Hayley Kiyoko and actress and model Madison Pettis. It will air on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for original shows.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Indigenous and Facebook in order to tell this important, thought provoking and compelling story,” Washington said.

The series was created by Adam Giaudrone, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Along with Washington, Jon Avnet and Jake Avnet of Indigenous Media will also executive produce with Indigenous’ Sage Scroope and Ben Fast will also producing. Rodrigo Garcia and Thomas Carter will also executive produce, with Carter also directing the 10-episode series. Indigenous Media is the studio. Pilar Savone, executive vice president of development and production for Washington’s Simpson Street Productions, will also executive produce.

“We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented Kerry Washington join our producing team,” said Jon Avnet, co-founder of Indigenous Media. “Her strong perspective coupled with Thomas Carter’s gifted direction will take ‘Five Points’ to the next level.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Good business practice: More gun control measures proposed for Illinois

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Just another “feel good” proposal that will do absolutely NOTHING to address Chiraq’s gang and gun violence.

From MyFoxChicago: At least two gun control measures could be addressed in the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly.

The proposed measures come as reaction continues to the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and more than 500 wounded, The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported.

The legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, would ban the sale of assault weapons, large-caliber rifles, bump stocks that allow rapid firing of weapons and large-capacity magazines, which are described in the bill as holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition.

Moylan has previously proposed similar measures, but they haven’t passed the legislature. He thinks circumstances may change since it was discovered that Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, had reserved hotel rooms in Chicago overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival last summer. Paddock didn’t use the rooms.

“I’m passionate about it this time because of the events that happened in Las Vegas,” Moylan said. “Especially since the guy was scoping out a Chicago site, I think this bears a lot of weight on it. I would hope I get a lot of support, both on Republicans and Democrats.”

Rep. Kathleen Willis, a Democrat from Addison, has also proposed a measure. Her proposed bill* would create state licensing of gun dealers in Illinois.

*I tried to find more about this “state licensing” bill yet couldn’t locate anything more than proposed in this story. No doubt it will involve more bureaucratic and prohibitive actions that will do nothing to stop Chiraq’s gang and gun violence.

“This bill is something that has been worked on for 15 years,” Willis said. “I don’t think that it is definitely tied to the Las Vegas shootings. I think this is a good business practice bill.”

She said 16 states already require a state license for gun dealers in addition to a federal license.

Legislators are expected to meet in Springfield for the session starting Oct. 24.

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Chiraq passes 500th fatal shooting with 3 dead, 19 hurt in weekend gun violence

From MyFoxChicago: A man shot dead Friday evening was the 500th person to be killed in city gun violence since the start of the year during a weekend in which three people have been killed and at least 19 others wounded in Chicago shootings.

The city reached 500 shooting homicides about a week later than it did last year, on Sept. 29, 2016, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. At this point last year, there had been 511 people shot to death.

In all, 537 deaths have been ruled homicides in the city since the start of this year, according to Sun-Times data.

The 18-year-old became the 500th person shot to death when he was found unresponsive by officers about 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of East 83rd Street in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, according to Chicago Police. He suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his identity, pending notification of his family.

Two other men were shot to death about 10:50 a.m. Saturday in the Pilsen neighborhood on the South Side. Alexis Salgado, 20, and a still-unidentified 18-year-old man were driving in the 1800 block of South Throop when they flashed a gun at someone standing on the street, authorities said. The person on the street pulled out their own gun and fired shots at the vehicle, striking both men. Salgado suffered a gunshot wound to his body and tried to get out of the vehicle, but collapsed; the younger man was shot in the neck, and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 5:21 a.m. Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 21-year-old man was standing on the corner in the 2400 block of South Whipple when a black vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, striking the man in the left leg, police said. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 18 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said. 

Last weekend, five people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in citywide shootings between Friday evening and Monday morning.

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Playing politics in exchange for American lives: California “lawmakers” approve sanctuary state bill

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Kate Steinle: Murdered by an illegal alien in sanctuary San Francisco

The death of Kate Steinle meant nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to demorats in California.

I cannot express here, within our guidelines, how outraged I am with the so-called lawmakers of that state. 

From Fox News: Lawmakers in California on Saturday passed “sanctuary state” legislation even as President Trump and his administration have vowed to crack down on jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents.

The bill approved early Saturday limits police cooperation with federal immigration authorities and is intended to bolster protections for illegal immigrants in the state.

But the acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday warned of “tragic consequences,” saying the policy “will make California communities less safe.”

“By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety,” Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, said in a statement. “Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders.”

Homan said ICE wants to work with local law enforcement to prevent “dangerous criminal aliens” from being released back onto the streets.

The legislation will now be considered by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who announced his support after the top state Senate leader agreed to water down the bill and preserve authority for jail and prison officials to cooperate with immigration officers in many cases.

The bill that passed Saturday prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person’s immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts. It also prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.

The legislation follows Trump’s vow to crack down on sanctuary cities. Such policies limit just how much local law enforcement officials cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The debate about sanctuary cities intensified in July 2015 when Katie Steinle, 32, was killed as she strolled along the San Francisco waterfront with her father. Steinle was fatally shot by a illegal alien with a criminal record who had slipped into the U.S. multiple times illegally.

On Friday, a federal judge in Chicago has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t withhold public grant money from so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber made the ruling Friday, in which he granted Chicago’s request for a temporary “nationwide” injunction.

The ruling means the Justice Department cannot deny grant money requests until Chicago’s lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a “likelihood of success” in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with the requirements.

The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration in August after it threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, and refused to comply with the Justice Department’s demand that it allow immigration agents access to local jails and notify agents when someone in the U.S. is about to be released from custody.

At least seven cities and counties, including Seattle and San Francisco, have refused to cooperate with new federal rules regarding sanctuary cities.

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Hillary Clinton launches book tour with tickets selling for up to $1,200

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The pity party rolls on, at a price of course.

From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton will be back in the spotlight this fall for an unprecedented, big-ticket book tour for her new tome What Happened, with tickets priced as high as $1,200. 

On Monday, the ex-Democratic nominee announced ‘Hillary Clinton Live,’ a 15-city tour, which includes stops in a handful of states she lost in the election last year.

Promotional materials for her first stop, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., promises Clinton plans to ‘let loose’ and tell her audience a ‘personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story’ of her election loss and recovery.

The website promoting the tour, HillaryClintonBookTour.com, features a quote from Clinton too.

‘In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,’ she said. ‘Now I’m letting my guard down,’ she pledged.

The tour kicks off on September 18 in D.C. and continues on all through fall.

Clinton is making stops in the trio of states that are largely blamed for her election loss: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Sticking to blue areas within those states, she’ll head to Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 9 – exactly one year to the day that she gave her concession speech – and then head on to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30.

Clinton is hitting up a trio of Canadian cities too, making appearances in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.   Top-tier ticket packages in those cities cost $3,000 Canadian dollars for two seats, or, in American dollars, about $1,200 a pop.

There are cheaper seats in the states with tickets costing between $50 and $350 to see Clinton in Broward, Florida – another state that she lost to now-President Trump.  Clinton will also visit UC Davis, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Portland.

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady already gave audiences a taste of What Happened in the form of two clips from its audio book, which were aired on Morning Joe last week.

In one of the clips, she talks about what it was like to have Trump breathing down her neck, literally, during the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. ‘It was incredibly uncomfortable he was literally breathing down my neck,’ Clinton said. ‘My skin crawled.’

Clinton said that no matter where she walked onstage, Trump followed.  ‘Staring at me, making faces,’ she said, adding that she would have loved to have ‘hit pause’ and ask everyone in the audience, ‘well, what would you do?’

‘Do you say calm, keep smiling and carry-on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, “Back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up!“‘ Clinton said.

What Happened hits bookshelves on September 12.

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Abe Lincoln statue torched in Chiraq

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Open season on destroying anything related to America’s history.

From NBC Chicago: An Abraham Lincoln was damaged and burned in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood late Wednesday, Ald. Ray Lopez said.

The statue was found burned near 69th Street and Wolcott, authorities said.

“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism,” Lopez wrote on Facebook along with an image of the charred structure. He encouraged anyone who has information on what happened to contact police or his office “immediately.”

Police did not immediately have information on what happened.

The statue, a bust of Lincoln, was erected by Phil Bloomquist on Aug. 31, 1926.

It is one of many that have been vandalized across the country in wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and the president’s comments that followed.

On Tuesday, someone vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, writing “F— law” in red spray paint on a pillar at the monument. 

Cities and states accelerated their plans to remove Confederate monuments from public property Tuesday as the violence over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville moved leaders across the country to plan to wipe away much of the remaining Old South imagery.

The changes were publicized as President Donald Trump defended Confederate statues in wide-ranging remarks.

“This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I notice that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down,” Trump said during a visit to Trump Tower in New York. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?

Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to call out a Republican senator who had criticized his equivocal remarks on bigotry and hatred, and to lament at “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart” by removing “beautiful statues and monuments” honoring Confederate leaders.

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Illegal alien deported twice now in ICE custody charged with 6 robberies in Chicago, suburbs

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Rahm Emanuel: Fighting to keep illegal aliens safe

Mayor Rahm Emanual wants to harbor these illegal aliens and is suing the federal government for monies to do so. Good luck with that strategy demorats!

From MyFoxChicago: A man who has been deported from the United States twice was indicted last week for six robberies in Chicago and several suburbs since December.

Jose Cruz Morales-Cortes, 45, was indicted on six counts of robbery on Aug. 1, according to a statement from the FBI.

Morales-Cortes, of Gary, Indiana, was deported for being in the country illegally on March 26, 2004 and again on Aug. 29, 2016, the FBI said. He was caught in the country again on Jan 20, 2017, and was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when he was indicted for the robberies.

According to the indictment, Morales-Cortes is accused of robberies on the following dates at the following businesses:

  • Dec. 17, 2016, at El Coyote, 11532 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip;
  • Dec. 26, 2016, at El Chisme Express, 5955 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago;
  • Dec. 27, 2016, at Taqueria Los Gallos, 4252 S. Archer Ave.;
  • Dec. 30, 2016, at Nuevo Mexico, 1920 Mannheim Road in Des Plaines;
  • Jan. 2 at El Mariachi, 18329 Torrence Ave. in Lansing; and
  • Jan. 3 at Taco’s and Burrito’s Rancho Grande, 3444 Rodge Road in Lansing.

He was also indicted on one count of being in the U.S. without permission from the Department of Homeland Security after having been deported in the past, the FBI said.

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