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Monday News Roundup: CHOP Shooting, BLM Marxists, Roosevelt Statue, and NYC/Chi Murder Race

All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men and women to sit silently by and do nothing. – Anyone who thought that the American Taliban’s – aka, Antifa/BlackLivesMatter – efforts to tear down monuments and erase U.S. history would be limited to heroes of the Confederacy was living in a fantasy world.

Over the past few weeks, they came for Christopher Columbus, and good men and women did nothing to stop them.

Then they came for Thomas Jefferson, and good men and women did nothing.

Next they came for George Washington, and good men and women did nothing.

Now, they have come for Teddy Roosevelt, and good men and women are nowhere to be found to defend him. The target over the weekend is the magnificent statue of the progressive Republican President who is responsible for tens of millions of acres of National Parks and National Monuments as well as the nation’s anti-trust laws, which has sat in front of New York’s Museum of Natural History since 1940.

Teddy Roosevelt Statue at Museum of Natural History to Be Removed

Activists have for years claimed that the images of the Native American and African American walking astride Roosevelt’s horse are somehow demeaning, although both are rendered as proud, noble and strong. Both the museum and the city have resisted removing the statue for many years due to public opposition to the move, but over the past few weeks, the impulse to engage in virtue signaling obviously just became too strong.

So, Roosevelt is gone, and in a week few will even remember this happened.

What will they go after next? This is entirely predictable: The major monuments in Washington, DC, the U.S. Constitution, your guns and your churches. If you doubt me, just sit back and do nothing and watch.

Oh, and in case you missed it, the founder of Black Lives Matter admits she is a “trained Marxist”:

Because of course she is. You will never see this reported on CNN or MSNBC.

Defund the police? Here’s what you get. – Speaking of New York City, Marxist Mayor Bill De Blasio’s policies of releasing hundreds of felons from Rikers Island and defunding his police department have led to a very predictable outcome: The Big Apple is starting to look a lot like Baltimore and Chicago.

As reported by the New York Post:

The New York City Police Department is investigating more than a dozen shootings that took place in 24 hours.

Authorities say at least 19 people have been injured during shootings Saturday across the city’s boroughs.

The violence comes as the city sees a spike in shootings following the New York City Police Department disbanding the plainclothes unit last Monday.

There were 28 shooting incidents with 38 victims from last Monday to Friday, compared to only 12 during the same week last year, according to the New York Post.

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Actions have consequences. New Yorkers elected this evil buffoon not once, but twice, so they get what they deserve. But it is sad to see this once-great city descending back into the pits of hell from which Rudy Giuliani rescued it just 20 years ago.

The “good news” for New Yorkers is that they still have a ways to go to catch up with Chicago. – The bad news is that De Blasio will keep doubling down on evil policies until his city is #1.

Over the father’s day weekend, 101 Chicago residents were shot, and at least 14 have died at last count, although the bodies are still being counted, so that number could still rise.

From a report in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago saw its highest number of shootings victims in a single weekend this year with 101 people shot across the city from Friday evening to Monday morning, 14 of them fatally. Five of those killed were minors.

The latest child fatality happened early Monday in Austin on the West Side.

Two boys, 15 and 16, were walking in an alley at 12:18 a.m. in the 4700 block of West Superior Street when someone fired at them, possibly from a gray sedan, according to Chicago police. The 15-year-old was shot in his leg, chest and abdomen. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead. The other boy, 16, was hit in the ankle and taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition.

A 13-year-old girl was killed and two other teens were wounded Saturday night in Austin on the West Side.

The girl was inside a home about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North LeClaire Avenue when the shots were fired, and she was struck in the neck, police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her as Amaria J. Jones.

Two boys, 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when one of them noticed a red laser pointing at him and heard gunfire, police said. The younger boy was struck in the back and the older boy was struck in the leg. They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

A 3-year-old boy was fatally wounded about two hours earlier when someone opened fire at his father while they were driving in Austin.

The toddler, identified as Mekay James, was struck in the back about 6:25 p.m. when someone in a blue Honda pulled behind the black SUV the boy’s 27-year-old father was driving in the 600 block of North Central Avenue and fired several rounds, authorities said.

A police source said the father was believed to be the intended target of the shooting.

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It’s a war zone, folks, and the city is saddled with an abject lunatic – Lori Lightfoot – in charge. America’s great cities – all run by Democrat political machines for decades – are dying.

The “Summer of Love” continues in Seattle. – Yet another shooting took place in the so-called CHOP zone in Seattle last night:

So, two nights, two shootings, one dead, two in critical condition in a local hospital. It’s like a three square-block version of De Blasio’s pit of hell.

But still, the mayor and governor do nothing.

Democrats: Can’t live with them, would love to live without them.

That is all.

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Twitter Begins Move to De-Platform President Trump

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II

Don’t look now, but Twitter is beginning its move to de-platform the President. – Twitter took the first step towards what will almost certainly become an eventual de-platforming of President Trump’s account Wednesday. Check out the little blue blurb at the bottom of the tweets below:

Hilariously, clicking on the “Get the facts” note takes you to completely false articles by corrupt outlets like CNN on the matter of mail-in voting. But that’s what Twitter does.

Look, you should expect the President’s account to be banned completely well before the Republican National Convention in August. Twitter already moved to restrict paid political advertising on its platform when it became obvious that the Trump Campaign was miles ahead of the Democrats in the social media space. That’s what all of this Kabuki theatre over the past week between Morning Mika and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been all about – they’ve just been setting the stage for the final act.

All of the social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and all the rest – are completely in the tank for the Democrats and in the pocket of the ChiCom government. They are going to do whatever they can to get China Joe Biden – or whomever the Democrats actually nominate – elected this year.

As I was writing this, President Trump responded to Twitter’s action by – you guessed it – issuing more tweets:

That’s great, but it’s a little late in the game. In August of 2018, as it was becoming apparent that the Democrats had a chance to take over control of the House of Representatives, I wrote a piece advising Mr. Trump to channel his inner Teddy Roosevelt, and use his second two years in office to employ the nation’s anti-trust laws against the social media monopolies.

Here, in part, is what I wrote at that time:

So, imagine this scenario if you will:  Executives from ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron and Total all get together in a room talk about implementing the exact same gasoline price increase on the following day.  Then they all go out the following day and implement that exact same gasoline price increase while publicly admitting what they’re doing.

Those folks are in a hell of a lot of trouble under our nation’s anti-trust laws, wouldn’t you say?  Yes, if you have firing synapses in your cranial cavity, that’s exactly what you would say.

It wouldn’t matter if you like those oil companies or hate those oil companies, and it doesn’t matter if you like their customers or hate their customers.  Those companies are all publicly traded corporations who together control a major share of the U.S. gasoline market, and are thus prevented from engaging in monopolistic behavior, such as fixing prices for their products.  Thus, assuming the Department of Justice actually performed its job – which is always a crap shoot these days, I admit – those executives would soon find themselves on the receiving end of subpoenas soon likely to be followed by indictments.

Now, imagine another scenario:  It’s January 2019 and President Donald Trump finds himself and his administration under unending assault from congress, where the Democrat Party has managed to win a thin majority in the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections.  No, I don’t think this is likely to actually happen, but play along with me here.

The President is very frustrated because, as hard as it has been to get congress to do anything with its current thin GOP majorities in both houses, it is now impossible to get anything through the new #Resistance Democrat House.  The Democrats are in the process of trying to impeach and remove him from office, but won’t be able to come up with the votes in either house of congress to do so, as their own house members who won traditionally GOP districts in 2018 are reluctant to adopt that fool’s errand as their own.

So, it’s gridlock in Washington, DC, and Donald Trump is not a guy who deals well with gridlock.  He’s got two more years to get stuff done before his re-election bid rolls around, and is left with accomplishing things either through the regulatory process, executive orders or, if he can get his attorney general to act, the courts. What to do?

It may be that several giant social media corporations just answered that question on Monday.  The leaders of Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Pinterest all got together and decided – at the persistent urging of CNN and various leading Democrats – to remove radio talk show host and conspiracy promoter Alex Jones from their platforms permanently.  The same kind of monopolistic action denying an American citizen access to their platforms and the commerce he derives from them on the same day.  Classic corporate trust behavior.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you like these giant corporations or hate these giant corporations; it doesn’t matter if you like Alex Jones or hate Alex Jones.  These companies are publicly-traded corporations who cannot by law band together for the purpose of restraint of trade or denial of access to any class of people, and that’s exactly what they did to Mr. Jones on Monday.  And it’s what these huge corporations, along with their sister social media platform, Twitter, have been doing to conservative users of their products for years now.  This is why, whenever they get caught denying access to conservatives, they always blame the issue on some sort of “glitch.”

And it’s not just trust behavior that they are executing here.  They’re also in blatant violation of campaign finance laws.  In a very real way, their actions amount to massive in-kind political contributions to the Democrat Party.  They apparently believe they are above the law, and if Jeff Sessions turns out to be the worthless swamp skunk many believe him to be, they could be right, at least for the time being.

But if the elections go the wrong way this November, President Trump will likely be looking for ways to keep on #Winning on domestic policy during his second two years in office.  Playing a Teddy Rooseveltian Trust Buster to the foil of these increasingly radicalized and abusive Big Tech corporations might have a real appeal to him, and could end up being just the ticket to taking the congress back in 2020 and winning a second term in office.

Stranger things have happened.  Hell, stranger things happen every day, don’t they?

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Yes, stranger things do happen every day, and they are only going to keep growing ever more strange in the social media space until the Justice Department begins to take real actions to restrain them from their blatant interference in our national elections. DOJ has been taking some baby steps in this direction over the past two years, but now it’s time to bring out some big guns.

Because, left to their own devices, these social media monopolies will do everything they can to swing this election China’s way. It’s as certain as that sun you see rising every morning in the east.

That is all.

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Anti-Trust Actions Against Big Tech Firms Are About to be a Thing

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Meanwhile, in news that actually matters to Americans… – While everyone else is focused on President Donald Trump’s first state visit to the future Islamic Republic of England, paying tribute to a monarchy that is doomed to fall within a generation, I thought I’d focus on something of actual substance.

If you perused the Drudge Report this morning – which I still do despite his lurch off into leftist paranoia over the past year – you would find the following links at the right side of the landing page:

PLANET TECH ROCKED: AMAZON PRIMED FOR ANTITRUST…

GOOGLE Dominance No Longer Sure Thing…

Scrutiny by Justice Dept Has Been Building…

Few political allies, history of complaints…

WIRE: Big Tech Should Be Afraid. Very Afraid…

Europe’s record offers cautions for battle…

I’ve been wondering how long it would take us to arrive at this specific point in our nation’s history, when the trust-busting ghost of Teddy Roosevelt would ride back onto the stage in the person of Donald J. Trump and a Justice Department led by a real, fully-functional Attorney General named William Barr. Well, folks here we are.

Regular readers of The Campaign Update might recall that way back on August 7, 2018, I predicted this day would arrive and that when it did, President Trump would unleash the full force and fury of the Justice Department, the IRS, the SEC and every other government agency in his arsenal – including the Federal Elections Commission – to rein in the big tech giants who have been busily undermining the very foundations of our individual liberties by denying freedom of unpopular speech to an entire class of right-wing pundits.

I wrote that August 7 piece right after several of the tech giants had banded together in clearly anti-trust fashion to de-platform radio talk show host Alex Jones and his various enterprises. Here is part of what I wrote at that time:

The leaders of Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Pinterest all got together and decided – at the persistent urging of CNN and various leading Democrats – to remove radio talk show host and conspiracy promoter Alex Jones from their platforms permanently.  The same kind of monopolistic action denying an American citizen access to their platforms and the commerce he derives from them on the same day.  Classic corporate trust behavior.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you like these giant corporations or hate these giant corporations; it doesn’t matter if you like Alex Jones or hate Alex Jones.  These companies are publicly-traded corporations who cannot by law band together for the purpose of restraint of trade or denial of access to any class of people, and that’s exactly what they did to Mr. Jones on Monday.  And it’s what these huge corporations, along with their sister social media platform, Twitter, have been doing to conservative users of their products for years now.  This is why, whenever they get caught denying access to conservatives, they always blame the issue on some sort of “glitch.”

And it’s not just trust behavior that they are executing here.  They’re also in blatant violation of campaign finance laws.  In a very real way, their actions amount to massive in-kind political contributions to the Democrat Party.  They apparently believe they are above the law, and if Jeff Sessions turns out to be the worthless swamp skunk many believe him to be, they could be right, at least for the time being.

But if the elections go the wrong way this November, President Trump will likely be looking for ways to keep on #Winning on domestic policy during his second two years in office.  Playing a Teddy Rooseveltian Trust Buster to the foil of these increasingly radicalized and abusive Big Tech corporations might have a real appeal to him, and could end up being just the ticket to taking the congress back in 2020 and winning a second term in office.

You can read all of those pieces to which Drudge is linking this morning, and you should. They do a fine job of laying out part of the rough road that lies ahead for the social media tools of the Democrat Party. If you only have time to read one, read the Bloomberg piece by Shira Ovide titled “Google Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid.” Ovide lays out the DOJ investigation into Google’s obviously Democrat-tilted practices, but you can bet that similar investigations are ongoing right now into the equally-blatant anti-conservative practices taking place on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, Pinterest and all the rest.

Because they have all been blatantly engaged in a coordinated assault on the ability of a specific class of people to engage in interstate commerce, no different than the practices by Standard Oil and all the other trusts that Teddy Roosevelt busted during the early years of the 20th century.

President Trump has yet to really focus on this topic personally, other than an occasional tweet or press statement slamming one tech giant or another. But the existence of this many reports at a single point in time by a variety of media outlets tells you that the wheels of justice within these government agencies have been turning steadily behind the scenes and stuff is about to get real publicly pretty soon. Coordinated media reporting like this does not take place by accident. It happens because people involved are feeding reporters information in order to set the stage for the next steps to come.

The President will turn his focus to the subject at a strategic point in time that is most advantageous to him politically, because the politics of all of this are very strong for him. That could happen as early as his return from the G20 Summit in late June, or months from now at a key point in the presidential campaign.

One thing we can be sure of is that the modern-day version of Teddy Roosevelt will be coming at some point, and when he does, hell is coming with him.

That is all.

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Fake News Talking Heads Scorch Trump For Agreeing to a 10 Year-old Kid’s Request

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Was he 1/1024th Indian, too? – Hey, we’re gonna need a new nickname for Fauxcahontas, ‘cuz now she’s pretending to be the reincarnation of Teddy Roosevelt.

That’s right, your favorite fake Indian decided yesterday that she needed a new schtick to help her bust through what has pretty much been a virtual media blackout on covering campaign, and decided it would just be a great thing start talking about breaking up all the big monopolies, as The Bull Moose did in the early 20th century with Standard Oil, the railroads and other big industrial “trusts”.

Of course, these days, the monopolies are not industrial in nature, but digital. Thus, Little Mouth Always Running’s announcement centered on busting up companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google. No word if Senator Whose Granny Had High Cheekbones plans on grabbing some of the long-dead President’s DNA so she can run a test on it, but it seems likely.

Speaking of media blackouts… – Unless you watch Fox News, you will have no idea at all that the U.S. military now believes that this very weekend will spell the death of ISIS as Allied troops overrun the few remaining square miles of territory still controlled by the terrorist group in Syria.

As the U.S. military-led offensive to rout the Calliphate cancer once and for all had been conducted over the last month, Fox has been the only television channel giving it any real coverage, with the others refusing to air film and photos of thousands of terrorist “soldiers” surrendering on the battlefield.

This is all in preparation for keeping President Trump’s January commitment to withdraw all but a handful of U.S. troops from Syria. That is exactly what needs to happen, given that ISIS still enjoys widespread support among the Syrian people, and that is an ongoing self-inflicted wound that no amount of U.S. military action can resolve.

The problem of ISIS is a problem of the Islamic soul, and continuing to have U.S. military personnel come home in body bags due to their involvement in this hopeless fight is a foolish action started by foolish presidents that this President was elected to end.

In case you get your news from the three major TV networks and missed it… – The effort by Chicago’s law enforcement community to make actor Jussie Smollett pay for his shameful hoax continued late Friday as a grand jury returned an indictment against him containing 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

The news-fakers at CNN ran a grudging story on its website with the following headline:  “Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts for Allegedly Making False Reports.” The story’s first four paragraphs are structured to read like a defense of a falsely -accused man:

“‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, who authorities say filed false reports of a crime, has been indicted on 16 felony counts by a Cook County grand jury.

The indictment charges Smollett, 36, with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Mark Geragos, one of Smollett’s attorneys and a CNN legal analyst, said the actor maintains his innocence and called the indictment “prosecutorial overkill.”
“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines,” Geragos said.”

Some of you non-Millennials may remember Mark Geragos as one of the sleazebag lawyers who defended both Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson. His career proves that even monsters are entitled to a strong defense under the law.

Ol’ Jussie’s not a monster – he’s just a Trump-hating jackass who perpetrated a poorly-planned hoax that wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and the Chicago Police are going to hold him responsible for that, Geragos or not.

Why are DC media people and Never-Trumpers such pedantic creeps? – President Donald Trump just keeps driving America’s media nitwit class nuts, often without even trying.

Friday was a great example, as the President traveled down to Alabama to witness the devastation caused by this week’s terrible tornadoes, and visit with some of the survivors and families of victims.  During the course of that trip, the President was asked by several folks he met with at a local church facility if he would agree to sign their bibles. Those asking included several children and victims’ family members.

Being a normal person with an actual heart and not a pedantic Washington, DC media creep, the President readily agreed to sign the bibles – if he had refused, he would have been scorched by our fake news media, of course. But hey, he was scorched anyway, with talking heads on CNN and MSNBC tsk-tsking about the spectacle of an American president actually autographing Bibles of all things.

California Congressman Ted Lieu weighed in with a typically nasty tweet, but then had the good sense to delete it after he’d received massive pushback from his followers, admitting he’s so clueless he didn’t even know why the President was in Alabama in the first place. You just can’t make this stuff up:

Matthew Dowd, a minor figure in the Never-Trump movement who at one time in the past pretended to be a conservative, didn’t even have that much sense. Dowd issued at tweet in which he said “I don’t know who it is a worse commentary on: Trump actually signing Bibles in Alabama, or the people asking him to sign a Bible. Lordy Moses,” demonstrating his typical elitist’s contempt for both the current POTUS and ordinary Americans who are coping as best they can with a massive tragedy.

The truth is that tweet says a lot about Matthew Dowd, and none of it is good.

That is all.

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While the Fake News Media Focuses on Flag Etiquette, Trump Keeps Winning

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

But…but…but…all the “smart” people at CNN and the NYTimes assured me this could not happen. – When President Donald Trump (I never tire of typing those three words) announced on Monday that his administration had reached a new trade agreement with Mexico that would replace NAFTA, he didn’t leave the accurate reporting of it to the whims of the fake news media.  Knowing that if he just made a statement about his final call with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to seal the deal, he would soon be facing anonymously-sourced fake news stories from CNN and the New York Times claiming that he insulted Mr. Nieto or his wife, or perhaps his dog, the President chose a different approach:  He simply invited the White House press corps into the Oval Office to listen to his call with Nieto live, as it took place.

Thus, fake news averted, for the most part, although fake news outlets like Reuters managed to report on the deal while leaving out mention of the most key parts of it, such as the new requirement that manufacturers of automobiles and other hard products in Mexico give their workers collective bargaining rights for the first time.  Another critical provision, that 45% of auto parts made in Mexico must be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour, also received short shrift from the fakest fake news outlets like CNN and the Times.

These toady outlets for the Democrat Party are loath to accurately report on these aspects of the new deal since they represent gigantic wins for America’s blue collar workers, workers who were just a few years ago a major cog in the Democrat Party’s voter base.  Under this new agreement, those workers will no longer have to compete with Mexican workers making $1 per hour in order to hold onto their jobs.

Interestingly, as I type this piece this morning, Fox News is airing a clip of then-candidate Barack Hussein Obama, in a Democrat primary debate on August 7, 2007, advocating for exactly the reforms to NAFTA that are contained in this new agreement, in order to “protect American workers.”  Thus does Donald Trump not only keep his own campaign promises, he keeps the promises made – and broken – by America’s Biggest Mistake.

WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING. – The markets kind of liked the news of the agreement with Mexico.  The NASDAQ went berserk, closing above the 8,000 mark for the first time ever.  The S&P 500 also closed at a record high of 2,896, while the Dow Jones Industrial average gained 259 points to close above 26,000 for the first time since February 1.

Democrats and fake journalists all across America fell into fits of depression at this happy news for everyone else.

This is Donald Trump, preparing to make like Teddy Roosevelt. – A few weeks ago, the Campaign Update focused on how President Trump might conduct a new strategy for his second two years in office should the Democrats gain control of one or both houses of congress in the upcoming midterm elections.  The piece, titled “Trump’s Post-Midterm Move:  Make Like Teddy Roosevelt”, posited that a Donald Trump faced with a hostile congress that would stonewall any new legislation might decide to focus on using the powers of his office and regulatory agencies to rein in the abuses of social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, which are without question today’s version of the industrial “trusts” that Mr. Roosevelt faced down and broke up at the turn of the 20th century.

This wasn’t just mere speculation on my part:  It’s a well-educated guess based on the President’s past statements and demeanor in office thus far.  This morning, Mr. Trump gave us a preview of potential coming attractions via his Twitter feed:

Over the past couple of weeks, the President has also fired similar shots across the bows of Facebook and Twitter.  As the Campaign Update has pointed out many times over the past 20 months, Mr. Trump doesn’t just burp these tweets out between sips of Diet Coke for no reason.  Every tweet he sends is sent for a tactical purpose, and many turn out to be stage-setters for actions he plans to take.

The powers of the presidency, when focused by an extremely strong personality like Donald Trump, can be a very daunting opponent for even the most gigantic corporation to face off with.  Standard Oil learned this lesson the hard way about 115 years ago.  The creeps who have set themselves up as the arbiters of free speech and restricters of the public’s right to know at these social media giants might want to start paying attention to the messages they are being sent by this particular President and start adjusting their practices accordingly.

But they won’t.

Just another day in fake news media and abusive social media America.

That is all.

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