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Virtue-signaling: ICE protesters take down American flag & replace it with Mexican flag

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A group of protesters removed the American flag from outside an ICE detention building in Denver and replaced it with a Mexican flag and a graffitied Blue Lives Matter flag.

Protesters gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Aurora, Colorado on Friday night to demonstrate against reported planned federal immigration raids in the city.

Comment: The protestors accomplished what?

Eye 2

Jeffrey Epstein was said to be a witness against Wall Street; a Fox Business News investigation suggests otherwise

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Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein attendingLaunch of RADAR MAGAZINE at Hotel QT on May 18, 2005
How did convicted sex offender and billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein receive a relatively mild sentence for a crime that involved underage girls?

As the decade-old case continues to make headlines, one rationale goes something like this: Epstein, a friend of former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, was able to serve just 13 months in prison after being accused of sexually abusing more than 30 minors over a period of eight years by hiring an O.J. Simpson-like dream team of high-priced legal talent, while using his inside knowledge of Wall Street to make him a valuable informant in the government's crackdown of abuses following the 2008 financial crisis.

According to numerous published reports, Epstein, 66, was said to be a key witness in the prosecution of two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers, Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin. Both men were charged with securities fraud after the collapse of a pair of hedge funds they oversaw - one of the events that prosecutors believed sparked the 2008 financial crisis.

Comment: Epstein case has the potential to be the biggest scandal in American history


Independent journalist Tommy Robinson back in jail, this time for contempt of court

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Tommy Robinson pictured outside the Old Bailey.
The English Defence League founder, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty at the Old Bailey.

Tommy Robinson has been sent back to jail for contempt of court over an online broadcast featuring defendants in a criminal trial.

The English Defence League founder, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was handed a nine month sentence at the Old Bailey, but will only spend 10 weeks behind bars.

His previous time in prison for the same offence saw the sentence reduced to 19 weeks, and the far-right activist will be released after serving half of it.


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MindMatters: Words As Weapons: The Postmodern Political Strategy

Groucho Marx defined politics as "The art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." One could hardly come up with a better definition of postmodern politics. On today's show we discuss the psychological roots of this postmodern mayhem, which is manifesting in radical racial/gender politics in classrooms and universities, Antifa mobs on the streets, and mass censorship in Silicon Valley.

Running Time: 01:06:46

Download: MP3 — 61.1 MB

Eye 1

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner for calling out controversial facial recognition system

Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton
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Detroit police yank police commissioner Willie Burton from his seat.
Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was yanked out of his seat and arrested during a public meeting Thursday because the chairwoman wanted him to stop talking.

Burton was trying to call out the Board of Police Commissioners for holding illegal committee meetings that neither he nor the public were allowed to attend. During one of those closed-door sessions, commissioners quietly hashed out a policy for the city's pervasive and controversial facial recognition system.

But board chairwoman Lisa Carter didn't want to hear it.

As three police officers dragged Burton to the ground, officers held back protesters, some of whom were wearing masks to show their opposition to facial-recognition technology.

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Take 2

Ukrainian channel attacked with grenade launcher ahead of broadcasting Oliver Stone's documentary

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A crate with RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenades.
The office of a Ukrainian TV channel, which has been complaining about threats coming from nationalists over its editorial policy, was attacked overnight with a grenade launcher.

The building of 112 Ukraine was damaged on Friday night by a grenade apparently fired from a single-shot launcher. Two people reportedly drove by the premises, fired the explosive at the big logo of the channel on the building wall and fled the scene, leaving the used launcher tube behind.

Comment: Another Ukrainian TV channel was also threatened for participating in this show: 'We have nothing to quarrel about': Russians and Ukrainians speak for unity at televised conference


'We have nothing to quarrel about': Russians and Ukrainians speak for unity at televised conference

A general view of the Moscow Rossiya 1 studio hosting the televised conference between Russia and Ukraine
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A general view of the Moscow Rossiya 1 studio hosting the televised conference between Russia and Ukraine.
As politicians in Russia and Ukraine take the first steps to renew talks after years of strained relations, people in both countries have come forward in a televised "bridge" show to call for unity between the two nations.

Russians and Ukrainians have engaged in a two-hour-long civil dialog for the first time in several years, as part of a televised 'politics-free' discussion show We need to talk hosted by the Russian state channel Rossiya 1. The show was originally supposed to be co-hosted by a private Ukrainian channel NewsOne - until it canceled its participation due to death threats against its journalists and pressure from the government in Kiev.

Rossiya 1 still managed to give voice to both Russians and Ukrainians, including both prominent public figures and ordinary people, by inviting some of them to its Moscow studio and contacting others via Skype.

Snakes in Suits

Why is no one talking about Barry Krischer, the Florida prosecutor who let Epstein get away?

Jeffrey Epstein, Barry Krischer

As Chief Prosecutor, Krischer had made his reputation with a zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting juveniles as adults. But after Epstein had abused underage girls, Krischer, according to the detective on the case, ignored police efforts to charge him with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and instead the billionaire abuser was indicted only on a minor charge of solicitation of prostitution.
The Florida prosecutor who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to get away with the abuse of children is a very popular guy in Palm Beach.

The YWCA of Palm Beach County ("eliminating racism, empowering women") offers the Barry Krischer Humanitarian Award and the Domestic Violence Council has a Barry Krischer scholarship.

Last year, the ADL honored Krischer with its Jurisprudence Award.

The Florida Bar had honored Kirscher with a lifetime achievement award and he's still listed as a member in good standing. Even Jeb Bush had bestowed a Peace at Home award on the prosecutor.

Krischer sits on the Criminal Justice Commission and offers training to law enforcement, court personnel and child welfare providers on dealing with crimes of sexual violence. His bio states that he remains active in "child welfare issues" through his work with the Department of Children and Families.

The former Palm Beach County State Attorney had made national news three times during his career. Once when he went after Rush Limbaugh, then after Ann Coulter, two Republicans, and when, after being handed the case of Epstein, a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, he gave him a pass.

Barry Krischer is a Democrat. Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire donor to Democrats.


Mr. Potato

Bill and Hillary Clinton booed at Billy Joel concert

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"Initial cheers turned to boos from the audience"

It's official: Bill and Hillary Clinton are pariahs in the Democratic Party. If the low ticket prices ($10) for their book tour appearances didn't already demonstrate that, then maybe a crowd booing them at a Billy Joel concert will.

According to Fox News, the famous former First Couple prompted groans and boos from the crowd of Billy Joel fans in attendance at his concert in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

"After the Long Island-born legend dedicated a song to the former first couple and flashed them up on the screen at Madison Square Garden, initial cheers turned to boos from the audience," reports the outlet.

Exactly what prompted the boos is anyone's guess, but the duo's unpopularity has been ongoing since the 2016 election and has only snowballed since. As The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti reported back in May, the Clintons recently had to slash their book tour while reducing ticket prices to as low as $10.

"Organizers were forced to 'slash listed prices and even offer discount ducats through Groupon to boost sales' at Seattle's WaMu Theater," Zanotti reported. "Even the best seats in the house, which once cost around $1700, were available Friday night for around $800 — more than half off the suggested retail price. Even 'The West Wing's' Bradley Whitford, who emceed the event and conducted the interview with Bill and Hillary Clinton couldn't manage to salvage the affair."


The majority of US soldiers and citizens say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting

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U.S. Army Capt. Matt Anderson and Sgts. (Ret.) Daniel Harrison and Noah Galloway ride in a helicopter to Forward Operating Base Fenty near Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2014.
Nearly 18 years since the start of the war in Afghanistan and 16 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, majorities of U.S. military veterans say those wars were not worth fighting, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of veterans. A parallel survey of American adults finds that the public shares those sentiments.

Among veterans, 64% say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States, while 33% say it was. The general public's views are nearly identical: 62% of Americans overall say the Iraq War wasn't worth it and 32% say it was. Similarly, majorities of both veterans (58%) and the public (59%) say the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting. About four-in-ten or fewer say it was worth fighting.

Veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are no more supportive of those engagements than those who did not serve in these wars. And views do not differ based on rank or combat experience.