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CNN’s 7-hour Climate Town Hall extravaganza cheered by activists

HARD PASS for me and this “extravaganza.”

From MSN: Organizations that advocate for the health of the climate and the urgency of global warming are praising CNN after the network announced that its climate-focused town halls next week will run for seven hours.

On Sept. 4, the network will broadcast 10 back-to-back town halls with Democratic presidential candidates focused on climate change, running from 5 p.m. ET to midnight. Network anchors and hosts Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Erin Burnett will do the questioning.

“Tackling the climate crisis is one of the top polling issues among voters this election, which is why it is important that CNN is doing the right thing and devoting so much time to a conversation that the public wants to hear,” said Adam Beitman, a spokesman for the Sierra Club. “The network deserves kudos. We’re hopeful that this is just the start of CNN and other TV news outlets devoting much more airtime to the climate crisis, which threatens the health and safety of communities across the country.”

“We’re glad that CNN is devoting this town hall to the climate crisis,” said Denis Dison, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “After four years of climate denial from the White House, the next U.S. president will have to take bold action to put America at the forefront of a clean energy economy, so the least we can expect is for the political media to press the candidates for realistic plans about how they intend to do that.”

“Devoting hours of air time to the climate crisis is a good step that we hope spurs other networks, news outlets and organizations to follow suit,” said Laura Daniel Davis of the National Wildlife Federation.

Many climate advocacy organizations are displeased, however, that the Democratic National Committee has not agreed to host a climate-focused candidate debate. “CNN has stepped up where [chairman] Tom Perez and the DNC deliberately dropped the ball,” said CREDO Action campaign manager Jelani Drew-Davi. “Seven hours of content focused on the climate crisis is huge for over half a million grassroots activists who pushed the DNC for an official climate debate.”

But, added Drew-Davi, “town halls and summits simply don’t get the same viewership that an official DNC debate does.”

A spokesman for Greenpeace USA also framed the town halls in the context of a potential climate debate. “The format of CNN’s town hall shows exactly why a DNC-sanctioned climate debate would have been ideal: to have the candidates all on stage at the same time discussing how they would combat the climate crisis,” said Ryan Schleeter. “The seven-hour format makes it incredibly difficult for viewers to compare the candidates’ policies and make an informed choice as to who is best positioned to act in the interest of people and the planet.”

CNN, which did not respond to a request for an interview about the town halls, is not the only game in town, however. The network’s left-leaning competitor, MSNBC, is partnering on a two-day climate change forum at Georgetown University on Sept. 18-19. MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi will moderate the forum and interview 2020 candidates about how they would address the crisis.

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This is CNN: Don Lemon sticks hand down his shorts, rubs penis, then wants bartender to smell his fingers

On August 11, 2019, Dustin Hice, a a former Hamptons bartender, sued the openly-gay CNN anchorman Don Lemon, 53, for a “demeaning, unprovoked and offensive assault” in July 2018 at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor, a part of the Hamptons where New York’s wealthiest residents have multi-million dollar weekend homes.

In the lawsuit obtained by Mediaite, Hice said he encountered Lemon at the tavern when he went out for drinks with friends following his shift at The Old Stove Pub in Bridgehampton, NY. Hice said he offered to buy Lemon a vodka drink called a “Lemon Drop” but Lemon declined. Hice said Lemon approached him later that night, where the assault took place. The lawsuit reads:

(Lemon) put his hand down the front of his own shorts, and vigorously rubbed his genitalia, removed his hand and shoved his index and middle fingers into (Hice’s) mustache and under (Hice’s) nose.

Lemon proceeded to ask questions about Hice’s sexual preferences, saying, “Do you like (vagina) or (penis)?” The lawsuit reads: “While saying this, Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into (Hice’s) face with aggression and hostility.”

In the suit, Hice also said Lemon’s off-screen demeanor was in stark contrast to the “Me Too” advocate whom he often saw on TV: “When the cameras are turned off, however, Mr. Lemon’s actions are in stark and disturbing contrast to the public persona he attempts to convey.”

Lemon and CNN not just deny the allegation, they’re accusing Hice of blackmail. A CNN spokesperson told USA Today:

Don categorically denies these claims. The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon.

But Hice’s former boss at the Old Stove Pub, George Gounelas, who is named in the lawsuit, has come forward as a witness corroborating Hice’s account.

Brian Flood reports for Fox News, August 15, 2019, that in an exclusive interview, George Gounelas, who managed Hice at the Old Stove Pub in July 2018, described what happened that night at Murf’s Backstreet Tavern:

“Dustin worked for me as a bartender [and] we went out after work one night. We were standing there and he said, ‘Hey, that’s Don Lemon.’ Murf’s is a place you go to drink after you’ve been out drinking. We had just gotten off of work. So that’s why we ended up there, because we worked in the restaurant business. So by the time everything is done, we can only hit a late-night spot.”

Gounelas said Hice approached Lemon to strike up a conversation but the CNN host declined. Gounelas and Hice then offered to buy Lemon a drink, which Lemon also declined. A few moments later, Lemon came up to them:

“Don Lemon has now come around the corner and is standing face to face with us. There is a beam, a pole, in the place. Don’s standing up against the pole, face to face with Dustin, I turn around and I’m standing right there between the two of them. He’s saying, ‘So you like me? Is that why you’re bothering me?’”

Gounelas said Hice responded, “Nah, man, I just wanted to say, ‘What’s up?’.” Gounelas couldn’t recall what Lemon said verbatim, but it was “along the lines of, ‘Do you like me? Is that why you’re bothering me, because you wanna f*ck me?'”

Gounelas said:

“He [Lemon] put his hands down his pants, inside his board shorts, grabbed his [genitals], and then came out with two fingers and, like, clipped Dustin’s nose up and down with two fingers asking ‘do you like p*ssy or d*ck?’”

Gounelas said he isn’t sure if Lemon, who is openly gay, was being confrontational or simply flirting:

“I guess it’s a little of both. If someone had done that to me, I probably would have punched him. But I think it might have been flirting. I think Dustin was more in shock… If someone was flirting with me like that I’d say, ‘alright man I’m not gay.’ I wouldn’t go up to a girl like that. It could be his way of flirting.”

Gounelas said he laughed during the incident, but Hice didn’t think it was a laughing matter:

“Dustin was in this shock mode saying, ‘Bro, did that just happen? That was disgusting.’ The whole thing is like, I go out in the Hamptons, I live out here, I have a restaurant, I get it, people get crazy. To me, it was just another thing. To [Dustin], he was like shocked. This is the only thing he could talk about, not in a good way, like ‘I can’t believe that sh*t happened.’”

Hice continued to work for Gounelas at the now-shuttered Old Stove Pub for the duration of the summer. Gounelas said the incident happened in the presence of others:

“The place was packed. I’m sure other people saw. It was a known thing in the Hamptons, not like this quiet thing. Everybody knew Dustin and what happened to him. Every time we went out, every bartender offered him a Lemon drop shot, making fun of him. He got some sh-t for it.”

Lemon offered a six-figure settlement before talks broke down and Hice filed the formal complaint, according to a source close to Hice’s attorney.

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Hypocritical left call for boycott of Tucker Carlson, ignore racist/homophobic comments by lefty pundits

Of course proggies are calling for a boycott of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson but they said absolutely NOTHING about Don Lemon’s blatantly racist comments or MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski homophobic slurs to attack Mike Pompeo.

So typical of their double standards.

From MSN: At least 18 advertisers have now dropped “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after the Fox News host said in a show last Thursday that immigrants to the United States made the country “poorer” and “dirtier.”

As of Wednesday morning, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, CareerBuilder, TD Ameritrade, Just For Men, United Explorer credit card, ScotteVest, Voya Financial, Zenni Optical, Pacific Life, Indeed, Bowflex, SmileDirectClub, NerdWallet, Minted, Ancestry.com, IHOP, Jaguar and SodaStream had all told TheWrap or stated publicly that they plan to suspend advertising on the program.

“SodaStream has asked Fox to remove us from the time slot,” the company said in a tweet Wednesday.
A spokesman for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company told TheWrap in a statement: “We have pulled our advertising off of Tucker Carlson’s show.”

On Monday, Carlson addressed the growing boycott campaign against his sponsors over his on-air remarks about immigration, telling viewers that he would not be intimidated.

“You’ve seen it a million times, it happens all the time,” he said. “The enforcers scream ‘racist’ on Twitter, until everyone gets intimidated and changes the subject to the Russia investigation or some other distraction. It’s a tactic, a well worn one. And it won’t work with the show, we’re not intimidated. We plan to say what’s true until the last day.

The pressure, however, has only grown with each defection, as liberal pressure groups like Media Matters for America and Sleeping Giants have kept up the pressure on Twitter. Activists like Jordan Uhl and Judd Legum posted real-time updates to their massive followings of companies whose ads appeared on Monday night’s show.

“We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants,” a spokesperson for Fox News told TheWrap in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home. He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far left activist groups with deeply political motives.

The statement continued: “While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.”
The flap began when Carlson remarked on Thursday night that immigrants have made the United States “poorer and dirtier and more divided.”

“As a company, we strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements. Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in. We will not be advertising on Mr. Carlson’s show in the coming week as we reevaluate our relationship with his program.”

The boycott metastasized from there.

“We are actively working with our media buyers to confirm that SmileDirectClub is no longer running our ads around any political opinion shows,” the company told TheWrap on Monday.

Employment giant Indeed said Monday it has stopped advertising on Carlson’s show and has “no plans to advertise on this program in the future.”

Indeed responded in messages to several Twitter users that the company hadn’t run ads on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” for “over a month now.”

Read the whole story here.

FYI proggies: How’d that call for boycott (driven by Media Hogg) of Laura Ingraham’s show work out?

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Are Ferguson riots a planned event?

A day after the Nov. 24 Ferguson riots, Washington Post published a fascinating article by the Post‘s senior editor Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery on how the riots had an inorganic staged character. In their words:

The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has produced an expectation of ugliness. What occurred Monday night — and may continue in the days ahead — is rioting as planned event, so pervasively predicted, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests.
A news media obsessed with predicting the next step, a security apparatus equipped to put down almost any uprising, and a political power structure apparently seeking to head off violence by predicting it have combined to produce an unprecedented sense of inevitability, reducing what has historically been an explosion of frustration to a kind of staged performance. […] Monday night’s violence became on-demand programming for a nation that flits from one blockbuster event to the next.

If you read the entire article, you’d know that Fisher and Lowery did not mean the riots were really “planned” and “staged” events, orchestrated like some theatrical performance. But Fisher and Lowery inadvertently may have come closer to the truth than they realized.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch


To begin, why did St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch schedule his announcement of the grand jury’s decision for 8 p.m. central time? Anyone with half a brain knows that the night provides just the perfect cover of darkness for looters, vandals, and arsonists to commit mayhem, which was precisely what happened.
Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse asks that and other questions, as well as points out ten oddities about the night of Nov. 24, 2014:
1. Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities had more than three months to prepare for the violence that would follow the announcement of the grand jury decision. The mainstream media endlessly hyped this controversy and everyone knew that trouble would be brewing.  But despite an enormous amount of time to prepare, very little was actually done to prevent any violence from happening.
2. Anyone involved in law enforcement knows that crowd control is far more difficult after dark. But prosecutor McCulloch made the decision to make the public announcement about the grand jury decision in the evening. This also ensured that instead of being tied up with work or school, a maximum number of protesters would be able to be involved in the violence.
3. The announcement of the grand jury decision was perfectly timed to provide the largest possible number of prime time viewers for the big news networks.
4. Just like back in August, no law enforcement authorities of any kind responded while dozens of businesses were vandalized, looted and set on fire.
5. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says National Guard troops were purposely held back from intervening in the rioting that was unleashed when the grand jury decision was made known to the public. The troops had been readied a week before by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, but as gunshots rang out in the night and looters torched buildings, they were nowhere to be seen. In a press conference, Knowles said the Guard troops were available but were not deployed when city officials asked.
6. Instead of being deployed for crowd- and riot-control, the Daily Mail reports that the heavily armed National Guard troops were limited to “keeping the peace at a courthouse, patrolling the outskirts of town and preventing disturbances in other suburbs” as violence raged in the heart of Ferguson on Monday night.
7. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has accused Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of holding back the National Guard troops because of pressure from the Obama administration. Kinder told Fox News:

“Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”

8. According to the Washington Post, a Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Attorney General Eric Holder had expressed to Governor Nixon “displeasure and frustration” about Nixon’s activation of the National Guard because doing so “escalated” the situation in Ferguson.
9. Firefighters in Ferguson did not immediately respond to calls to put out the multiple fires that were set by protesters. As a result, many businesses burned to the ground. (See “Ferguson: Before and After the Riots”)
10. In the worst of the “war zones,” journalists with cameras and microphones were crawling all over the place, but hardly any police was seen.
Snyder concludes by asking:

How is it possible that law enforcement could have failed so badly?  Could it be possible that this was orchestrated on purpose?

All of which brings us to this video of St. Louis County police officer Dan Page (who was a Green Beret and sergeant major in the U.S. Army) who gave an extraordinary speech to the Oathkeepers of St. Louis and St. Charles in 2012:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF2zKzXYAwQ&sns=fb
Here’s a transcript:
“Contractors are going to come in, maybe me. People like me who don’t have a side; they’re gonna kill you. You’re going to start seeing people — that person sitting right next to you, a few years from now will not be sitting here ’cause they’ll be gone. Somebody like me’s gonna come in and kill you….”
[Page passes out copies of what he calls “a proposed Constitution” that’s been drafted, ordered under George W. Bush] The new Constitution is all ready to go. They only need the right incident to bring it down, and they’re working on that right now. We’re not very far away from an event that’s gonna bring what you call martial law, but that term will never be used by the way, “Emergency Police Powers” will be.
“I know that there’s a big target on my back… I still carry a secret clearance…I get briefed every six months, I still do. You’re going to start seeing more, the news media will start banging on something, could be Ukraine, could be we don’t know. That’s how psychological warfare works: they talk about this, and this is happening over there [gesturing to his left]. It’s called a distraction….
“So number one is there’s gonna be an emphasis upon an international event, the news media’s gonna pound it, pound it. The second thing is you’re gonna start to see a group or a person guilty of racism or something along those lines. They’re gonna start pounding on that. They want your attention over here [gesturing to his right]. The third thing you’re gonna start seeing is people being arrested for domestic terrorism. The fourth thing you’re gonna see is…what I call ‘ancient hates, ancient madness, ancient revenge.’ When these things start to happen, people are gonna start rioting, the EBT cards are gonna shut down. Can you imagine what’s gonna happen in our St. Louis County when the EBT cards go down, when the ATM machines don’t work… Think about what’s gonna happen when the inner cities start to ignite, people are gonna start killing people they don’t know….”
[At the 3:23 mark] “Do you know how the Muslims take care of you? They cut your head off. Obama is allowing hundreds of thousands come in every week…. Muslims are passive until they gain parity with you or they exceed you in numbers, and they will kill you. I told my commander I’m not gonna obey an undocumented president [referring to Obama not being constitutionally eligible to be president]. And I left — I took two years early retirement.”
In other words, in 2012, many months before Ukraine (and Crimea) became an international crisis in which the Obama administration has locked the United States in opposition to the Soviet Union, Dan Page had already predicted that the U.S. news media would “pound on” Ukraine.
In 2012, two years before Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown and so ignited racial riots in Ferguson and St. Louis and protests across America, Officer Dan Page had already predicted that “a group or a person” would be accused of racism, which would arouse “ancient hates” and “people are gonna start rioting.”
In the August riots in Ferguson, Officer Page made the news when CNN reporter Don Lemon complained to the police department that Page had shoved him.
On August 23, 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a day before, on August 22, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announced that “officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the department, has been suspended pending a review by the internal affairs unit” after Lemon brought the video of Page’s “incendiary” 2012 speech to the attention of Belmar.

Belmar told the Post-Dispatch that Page’s comments defaming President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court, Muslims and various sexual orientations, and especially his self-description as “an indiscriminate killer” were “beyond the scope of acceptable police conduct.”

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Going After Our Guns

In the wake of the terrible massacre of 20 first-grade kiddies (and 6 adults) by an evil, likely-deranged lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the usual gun-control hyenas are braying.
This time, however, they may succeed in their gun control agenda, at least in getting assault weapons banned.

The Usual Hyenas:

Don Lemon
CNN anchor Don Lemon (pic above) went on an anti-gun rant on Monday morning: “We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets. They should only be available to police officers and to hunt al-Qaeda and the Taliban and not hunt elementary school children.”
In a Twitter exchange on Saturday, MSNBC host Ed Schultz asked “Why should anyone own an assault rifle ?” and proposed a “confiscation of these types of weapons”. He also told one poster that “a Glock pistol qualifies as an assault weapon.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg renewed his perennial call for punitive federal gun control laws in the United States by lying that shooting deaths “only happen in America.” Not true. There have been shootings in other post-industrial societies, including Oslo, Norway; Winnendon, Germany; Kauhajoki, Finland; Beslan, Russia; Monash University, Australia; Dunblane, Scotland. (For those shootings, go here.)
Chicago mayor and former Obama White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is calling for a nation-wide ban on assault weapons. When he was Obama’s COS, Emanuel famously said that “No crisis should go to waste.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) has pledged to revive a law banning assault weapons at the opening of the next session of Congress in January.

Ominous Signs:

The powerful pro-2nd Amendment National Rifle Association (NRA) shut down their Facebook page and have not had any Twitter activity since the massacre on Friday morning. NRA officials have kept quiet. On Twitter, NRA president David Keene and NRA members have received death threats — calls for them to be shot. The irony of anti-gun people issuing death threats appears to be lost on everyone.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who has been a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights with an A rating from the NRA — is signaling he’s changing his mind. On Monday outside the Virginia Capitol, Warner said: “I‘ve been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. I’ve got an A rating from the NRA. But the status quo isn’t acceptable. I’ve got three daughters. They asked me on Friday evening, ‘Dad, what are you gonna do about this?’ There’s got to be a way to put reasonable restrictions, particularly as we look at assault weapons, as we look at these fast clips of ammunition.”

Obama’s Hypocrisy

Gun rights advocates believe Obama will now focus on making gun control a top issue; one said, “It’s in his DNA to push this issue. This would be his crowning achievement, if he can ban guns.”
What is noteworthy is that, despite Obama’s decrying of gun violence, since he has been president, prosecutions for breaking gun laws have diminished sharply — a drop of 40% since the zenith reached under George W. Bush, which was 11,000.

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Meanwhile, the American people are responding with an upsurge of gun purchases, even more than the marked increases in gun buying since Obama first occupied the White House.
In Colorado, for example, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation received 4,154 requests for background checks from potential gun buyers on Saturday, the day after the Connecticut shooting. That was so many the CBI couldn’t process them all and the backlog grew to nearly 18 hours. Extra staff was brought in over the weekend and workers are still trying to clear the backlog.
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