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This Statistic Hints At A Worse Economy Ahead

The Coronavirus downturn has so far not spread to real estate prices but that may be about to change. A new statistic shows that the number of Americans who have missed housing payments reached a new high in July, extending the number of consecutive months of “historically high” missed housing payments to four.

The ApartmentList.com survey of renters and homeowners found that 32 percent had failed to make a full on-time payment in July. That includes 19 percent who did not make any payment at all 13 percent who made partial payments.

July’s total is marginally higher than May and June, which saw totals of 31 and 30 percent respectively. In April, the first month after the onset of the pandemic in the US, 24 percent of housing payments were missed.

Renters are so far more affected by the crisis than homeowners, but missing payments are at a critical level for both groups. Thirty percent of homeowners missed payments but a staggering 36 percent of renters were behind for the month. Unsurprisingly, low-income and young Americans are most impacted by this aspect of the crisis. Residents of medium and high-density urban areas were most likely to miss payments.

It is not clear how many residents have missed more than one payment but it is likely that quite a few Americans are now more than one month behind. This raises the prospect of a looming wave of evictions and foreclosures if the economy does not improve. The one-time assistance payments authorized in March having been spent long ago by those Americans on the cusp of financial ruin.

The share of missed payments increased despite many states reopening in June and many workers being recalled. As new virus cases surge around the country, the prospect of new shutdowns means that a the recovery will be limited for the foreseeable future. In Georgia, I’ve noticed that many businesses are closing or returning to limited service even without a new emergency order from the governor.

CNBC notes that a federal eviction moratorium was established in March. Other states and municipalities have also enacted moratoriums, but these programs are expiring. The federal guidelines expire in August and cover only about a quarter of renters. Even if the eviction bans are extended, many property owners will find it increasingly difficult to make their own mortgage payments if they can’t get money from their tenants.

Other deadlines are looming as well. Enhanced unemployment insurance expires at the end of July and the moratorium on layoffs for companies who took CARES Act loans expires at the end of September. Finances for many Americans are about to get much worse. More payments will be missed and renters and homeowners will slip further behind.

The bottom line is that the economy is not going to return to normal until people feel safe, despite the urging of political leaders. Most people aren’t going to feel safe until there is either a reliable treatment or vaccine or until the virus runs its course. None of those options is going to be reality soon.

Accepting that reality leaves the government with limited options. President Trump and Congress can either come together on another aid package or they can stand by and watch the country slip into an economic crisis that is likely to dwarf the Great Recession. Government handouts are not without costs and down sides, but, in the current health crisis, they seem to be the least-worst option.

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Cuomo Blames Trump for Scam COVID Cure His Wife Peddled

CNN’s Chris “Fredo” Cuomo wrapped up Thursday’s PrimeTime with a tirade blaming President Trump for scammers selling and hurting people with a false coronavirus cure federal investigators called “toxic bleach.” But a Huffington Post article from back in April warned readers not to listen to Cuomo’s wife, Cristina Cuomo, who was telling people to bathe in bleach to cure one’s self of the virus, something Fredo defended during his rant.

As part of his “Ameri-can’t” segment at the end of the show, Cuomo dredged up how Trump once asked this coronavirus task force if they could look at using disinfectants to eliminate the virus inside the body (something deadly to the person).

Providing no evidence that the scammers were inspired by the President, or that the people who fell for the scam were as well, Cuomo placed the blame solely on Trump:

And the problem is when a president speaks, even Trump, people listen. The proof? Tonight’s Ameri-can’ts, okay? They have taken full advantage of that ridiculous and dangerous notion to cash in, and people were buying it and taking it with lethal results. The feds say a Florida father and three sons tried to — tried to pass off what they call a ‘toxic bleach’ as a, quote, “miracle mineral solution for coronavirus.”

Too obtuse to realize he was destroying his argument, Fredo admitted “this isn’t the family’s first go-around either at the at-home pharmacy game. They’ve also claimed this miracle batch could cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, HIV/AIDS, and more.”

“This is the kind of pernicious evil scam that can flourish when those in power feed the ignorance over the facts of science,” he angrily argued as he switched gears to attacking Trump supporters with thinly veiled smears. “We tell you don’t be a sucker, but that message is hard to sell when it’s set up against the most powerful man in the world saying the opposite.”

 

 

Again, he provided no evidence to suggest the victims of the scam were listening to Trump or were supporters of his.

If there was somehow any question of whether or not Cuomo was blaming Trump, he spelled it out. “And then they spin it and he says he was just sarcastic and then you guys will say this in his defense: ‘Are you blame him for what these guys did?’ Here’s the answer. Yes,” he shouted. “And I’ll tell you why. Because it becomes saleable because of his suggestion.”

But peddling bleach-based medical quackery was the specially of Fredo’s wife.

According to HuffPost, Cristina’s cures for COVID included “a ‘body charger’ borrowed from a friend that sends electrical frequencies through the body, a vitamin drip done by a doctor who makes house calls to the Hamptons and what appears to be billions of milligrams of vitamins.”

“Both days, I added 1/2 cup of Clorox to my bathwater to combat the radiation and metals in my system and oxygenate it,” Cristina was quoted as writing. It was something even Clorox’s website warned against doing.

Ignoring how he initially talked about Trump and injecting disinfectant, Fredo staunchly defended his wife’s nonscientific technique and insisted drinking it was the problem. “And I’m not talking about a cap full in a bathtub that’s been a remedy for ages. This is about drinking this stuff, okay,” he shrieked.

If only his wife was using just a cap full; by her writing, she was using half a cup. And who knows how many people she influenced to do the same.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime
July 9, 2020
9:57:36 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS CUOMO: I just reminded you of when President Trump floated the idea of injecting disinfectants to knock out coronavirus. And, you know, everybody was like, “oh, he’s just kidding, he’s just being sarcastic.”

Listen, he wasn’t being sarcastic until he got caught saying something stupid. And the problem is when a president speaks, even Trump, people listen. The proof? Tonight’s Ameri-can’ts, okay? They have taken full advantage of that ridiculous and dangerous notion to cash in, and people were buying it and taking it with lethal results.

The feds say a Florida father and three sons tried to — tried to pass off what they call a “toxic bleach” as a, quote, “miracle mineral solution for coronavirus.” They’re now criminally charged, accused of selling the modern-day snake oil through their so-called “religious organization.” Prosecutors say the family sold tens of thousands, tens of thousands of bottles of that crap with no government approval of any kind. The FDA has gotten reports of life-threatening injuries and, yes, deaths from people taking this cocktail. All right?

And this isn’t the family’s first go-around either at the at-home pharmacy game. They’ve also claimed this miracle batch could cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, HIV/AIDS and more. This is the kind of pernicious evil scam that can flourish when those in power feed the ignorance over the facts of science.

When you make it about what you want people to believe instead of what they should know to be true, things get dangerous. We tell you don’t be a sucker, but that message is hard to sell when it’s set up against the most powerful man in the world saying the opposite.

And then they spin it and he says he was just sarcastic and then you guys will say this in his defense. “Are you blame him for what these guys did?” Here’s the answer. Yes!

And I’ll tell you why. Because it becomes saleable because of his suggestion. If the President doesn’t tell you that this is something you can do, it’s really less likely that you’re going to think about drinking bleach. And I’m not talking about a cap full in a bathtub that’s been a remedy for ages. This is about drinking this stuff, okay? If he doesn’t say stupid things, if he doesn’t ignore the truth, if he doesn’t avoid the reality, we’re in a different place.

Thank you for watching.

CBS Decries Trump Stockpiling Glass Vials for American COVID Vaccines

Since the early days of the pandemic, CBS News has repeatedly suggested the Trump administration was not taking coronavirus seriously and was doing next to nothing to address it. But on Thursday, the CBS Evening News was disgusted after learning that the administration was in the process of stockpiling glass vials so that when America’s vaccines were ready for distribution,we had enough.

On top of that, they omitted how the administration was funding groundbreaking syringe manufacturing techniques that eliminated the need for glass vials.

“A potential coronavirus vaccine made by the Massachusetts-based company Moderna should go into advanced trials later this month. But even if a vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, there are concerns that a global shortage of specialized glass for vaccine vials could delay its rollout,” warned fill-in anchor Margaret Brennan.

The report delivered by correspondent Imtiaz Tyab initially focused on the work of the Serum Institute of India, who was “the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines” and was working with “AstraZeneca to produce over a billion doses of the vaccine being trialed by Oxford University.”

Speaking on the destitution concerns, Tyab suggested: “Glass vials are the safest way, they can withstand cold temperatures, are resistant to contamination, but they require highly specialized machinery to make. And if at least 7.7 billion glass vials are needed to treat every single person on the planet, there is nowhere near enough.”

Beyond his science-free claim that 7.7 billion glass vials would be needed (not every single person on the needed to vaccinated, and the vials could be sterilized and reused), Tyab was aghast that the President was trying to secure what Americans needed to be safe:

 

 

The Trump administration has been trying to secure supplies only for the U.S. But scientists at the WHO are warning that America-first approach will only prolong this still very global pandemic, even with an effective vaccine.

So, according to CBS, Trump wasn’t doing enough for Americans while at the same time being too nationalistic and not thinking about the rest of the world.

But according to an NBC report from May 12, the Trump administration had allocated $138 million to a groundbreaking manufacturing technique for syringes. “The departments of Defense and Health and Human Services will now partner with health start-up Apiject Systems America. The company makes plastic prefilled syringes,” reported correspondent Gabe Gutierrez on NBC Nightly News.

Gutierrez noted the problems inherent in relying only on glass vials, especially ones manufactured in other countries:

In an exclusive interview, CEO Jay Walker says the syringe will be made faster and will cost less than $1 to produce. Much cheaper than the cost of making glass vials to hold vaccines.

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And those glass vials are largely manufactured overseas. There’s also the stoppers needed to close the vial. Experts warn that our reliance on an overseas supply chain is a major national security issue.

That was the truth CBS was trying to hide from their viewers.

CBS’s deceptive report decrying Trump’s work for the American people was sponsored by Amazon and Downy. Their contact information is linked.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CBS Evening News
July 9, 2020
6:42:21 p.m. Eastern

MARGARET BRENNAN: A potential coronavirus vaccine made by the Massachusetts-based company Moderna should go into advanced trials later this month. But even if a vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, there are concerns that a global shortage of specialized glass for vaccine vials could delay its rollout. CBS’s Imtiaz Tyab takes a look inside a vaccine mega factory as we continue our series Racing to a Cure.

[Cuts to video]

IMTIAZ TYAB: If the race for developing a successful coronavirus vaccine is moving at warp speed, then this factory floor will be a crucial finishing line. The Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines and has been tapped by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to produce over a billion doses of the vaccine being trialed by Oxford University.

ADAR POONAWALLA (CEO, SII): We’ve dedicated all of our manufacturing facilities at the moment for the AstraZeneca product.

TYAB: If the Oxford vaccine trials are successful, there are serious concerns about how to distribute it. Glass vials are the safest way, they can withstand cold temperatures, are resistant to contamination, but they require highly specialized machinery to make. And if at least 7.7 billion glass vials are needed to treat every single person on the planet, there is nowhere near enough.

DR. PRASHANT YADAV (Harvard Medical School): We are in a situation where lots of things have to come together. As you know, such coordination efforts at that scale also depend to a great degree on political coordination.

TYAB: The Trump administration has been trying to secure supplies only for the U.S. But scientists at the WHO are warning that America-first approach will only prolong this still very global pandemic, even with an effective vaccine. Imtiaz Tyab, CBS News, London.

MSNBC’s Weeknight Show for Joy Reid First Move Toward 50 Percent Diversity Goal

New York Times media reporter Michael Grynbaum confirmed today that MSNBC is granting Joy Reid the 7 pm weeknight time slot formerly devoted to Hardball, “placing her among a handful of Black women to anchor an American evening news program.” Her show will be called The ReidOut. 

“Evening and prime-time news has been a universe of white men really since I was growing up,” Ms. Reid said. “For somebody who grew up as a nerdy kid obsessed with news, watching ‘Nightline’ and ‘Meet the Press,’ the idea of being a part of that family has always just been kind of overwhelming.”

This is the first decision to reach for the new gender and racial diversity goal outlined by Cesar Conde, the new chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, telling employees that as “a news organization, we have a unique responsibility to reflect the country and all of the communities we serve.”

According to an article posted by Ted Johnson at Deadline, Conde announced in a video to his employees:

The NBCUniversal News Group is not going to wait for change to happen and just react to it. We’re going to lead.

[The] goal is for 50 percent of the news organization employees to be women and 50 percent of their total workforce be people of color, with plans to boost recruitment and education programs and to invest in more documentaries and investigative content focusing on communities of color.

Of course, “the 50 percent goal is long term,” Johnson noted, “with no exact date set to reach it, but he said that progress would be reported publicly every year.”

At this point, the Deadline reporter noted, “the workforce of the entities he oversees — NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC — is 26.5 percent diverse. That’s better than most in our industry — but it is not good enough,” Conde declared, even though when it comes to gender, the workforce is “nearly 50 percent women.”

In addition, the workforce “currently is eight percent Black, eight percent Hispanic, eight percent Asian, two percent multi-racial and less than one percent Native American,” he stated. Conde said that the goal will be to increase diversity in front of and behind the camera to “earn the trust of every community in America that relies on us for exceptional journalism.”

“I don’t want us to just be good enough in this moment,” the chairman stated. “I want us to be the best and to have others look to our practices, our creativity and our ingenuity and say: ‘They are the best,  … and we want to be like them.’”

Also, the plan increases education programs — via NBCUniversity — with an online curriculum of master classes (at no charge) to aspiring journalists and producers (inside and outside our organization) who have not had the benefit of getting exposure to our business via school or internships.” He said that they will be asking teams at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC to create longform content focusing on Black America and other communities of color.

“These are not only Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American issues,” he said. “They are simply American issues. A better understanding of the history, impact and experience of others makes us all smarter and stronger.””

“Currently, when we review and compensate our management team, we take into account important performance metrics such as ratings and operating cash flow,” Conde said. “Starting with our next assessments in early 2021,” he stated, “we will add progress on diversity to the performance metrics of the leadership team.”

ABC Deceives on Unemployment, Hawks Biden’s Economic Plan as Solution

After finally discovering positive economic news on Thursday, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir intentionally deceived his audience about what the numbers showed in context. After making it seem as though massive unemployment was on the rise, he brought on congressional correspondent Mary Bruce to campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden’s recently released economic plan as the solution.

It should be noted the two news items were meant to be delivered as a packaged deal. In addition to their combined airtime lasting less than two minutes (1:50), this was how Muir pitched it:

Now, to the economy and American jobs tonight. 1.3 million American workers filed new unemployment claims last week. The 16th week in a row that that number has been above a million. 18 million Americans are now collecting benefits.

Of course, the coronavirus and how to revive the economy for all families afterward will be front and center this election, and today, former Vice President Joe Biden revealing his plan. Here’s Mary Bruce.

But the truth of the matter was, those new unemployment claims were on the decline and thus it was critical context Muir intentionally hid from viewers.

As Bloomberg reported on Thursday, “initial jobless claims fell by the most in a month.” Though, they tried to blunt the good news with negative speculation, Bloomberg did admit the drops were beating projections:

The jobs data showed initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 99,000 to 1.31 million in the week ended July 4. That was a steeper drop than forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists. Continuing claims — the total number of Americans claiming ongoing unemployment benefits in state programs — declined to 18.1 million in the week ended June 27, compared with a median projection of 18.8 million.

 

 

Those facts were damned by Bruce, who immediately lauded Biden as the solution to the problem ABC spun. “Joe Biden today in the battleground state of Pennsylvania touring a manufacturing plant, and challenging the President on Trump’s signature issue, the economy,” she boasted.

After touting Biden for “ripped into Trump’s response to the pandemic,” Bruce did the same when talking about Biden “outlining his plan for an economic comeback, including investing $300 billion in new technologies and $400 billion to power demand for American-made products.”

“A plan Biden says will create 5 million new jobs and be paid for by reversing Trump’s tax cuts for wealthiest Americans,” she added.

Bruce scoffed at the Trump campaign’s criticism of the plan, which she failed to disclose was written in conjunction with socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and parroted the Biden campaign:

“And the Trump campaign is now firing back, slamming Biden’s plan and saying he would raise taxes on all Americans, but Biden says that’s not true. The taxes would only go up on large corporations and the most wealthy.”

Previously, as reported by Joseph Vazquez of MRC Business, ABC joined CBS and NBC in censoring a massive upgrade May’s positive jobs report while all three cast doubt on the legitimacy of the June jobs report. It’s all part of how they’re trying to deceive viewers on the state of the economy to help Biden get elected.

ABC’s hawking of Biden’s economic plan was sponsored Ensure and Purina. Their contact information is linked.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s World News Tonight
July 9, 2020
6:44:53 p.m. Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Now, to the economy and American jobs tonight. 1.3 million American workers filed new unemployment claims last week. The 16th week in a row that that number has been above a million. 18 million Americans are now collecting benefits.

Of course, the coronavirus and how to revive the economy for all families afterward will be front and center this election, and today, former Vice President Joe Biden revealing his plan. Here’s Mary Bruce.

[Cuts to video]

JOE BIDEN: Hey, buddy, how are you?

MARY BRUCE: Joe Biden today in the battleground state of Pennsylvania touring a manufacturing plant, and challenging the President on Trump’s signature issue, the economy.

BIDEN: Donald Trump loves to talk and talk and talk, but after three and a half years of big promises, what do the American people have to show for all the talk?

BRUCE: Biden ripped into Trump’s response to the pandemic, saying he’s making matters worse.

BIDEN: His failures come with a terrible human cost and deep economic toll. Time and again, working families are paying the price for this administration’s incompetence.

BRUCE: Biden stopping by his childhood home in nearby Scranton.

BIDEN: Well, I couldn’t come to Scranton without coming by the old house.

BRUCE: And outlining his plan for an economic comeback, including investing $300 billion in new technologies and $400 billion to power demand for American-made products. A plan Biden says will create 5 million new jobs and be paid for by reversing Trump’s tax cuts for wealthiest Americans.

[Cuts back to live]

And the Trump campaign is now firing back, slamming Biden’s plan and saying he would raise taxes on all Americans, but Biden says that’s not true. The taxes would only go up on large corporations and the most wealthy. David?

MUIR: All right, Mary Bruce on the campaign for us again tonight. Thank you, Mary.

MRC’s Brent Bozell Slams ‘Utterly Contemptuous’ ‘Liar’ Don Lemon for Mocking Rising Crime

Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell didn’t hold anything back Thursday night on the Fox Business Network’s Evening Edit, telling host Liz MacDonald that “every person in inner-city America” should watch the clip of CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and “utterly contemptuous” “liar” Don Lemon laughing about and mocking rising crime and murders in major American cities.

Before bringing in Bozell, MacDonald played the clip in question from Tuesday and noting that, despite their laughter, what’s going on in cities has been no joking matter: “Murders and homicides are up double digits across 25 of the country’s largest cities. The New York Times is also reporting that. We had seven children shot dead since last Friday. Three children were shot in separate cities last night.”

 

 

After the clip, Bozell replied that “under normal circumstances, I would urge the public not to waste its time watching CNN,” but this time was different:

I wish every person in every inner-city in America watched that clip, and they would understand exactly what the left thinks of it. People in the inner-cities are being mowed down. Children are being shot to death. There is that kind of a lawlessness taking place in the streets. You can blame the cops till the cows come home, but it ain’t going to work. What they’re seeing in the inner city is that the police have been chased out by hoodlums and the police are saying, if I do anything, there’s going to be a camera on me, and I’m the person who is going to be charged with something. I’m not going there. In this inner-city when you’ve got 19 out of 20 cities are controlled by Democrats, there needs to be a conversation and this is a conversation CNN doesn’t want to have. 

MacDonald went onto play two more clips of Lemon with the first coming from his Monday scolding of actor Terry Crews for dissenting from the agenda of Black Lives Matter. As for the second, it featured Lemon demanding in July 2013 that black families fight black-on-black crime and preach the importance of nuclear families.

Upon hearing both clips, Bozell diagnosed the change as an example of how “the left has become so radicalized,” “out of control” “incoherent,” and “deceptive in its delivery.”

Bozell asked viewers to examine the Black Lives Matter platform calling for the destruction of “the nuclear family” and consider how CNN sees no problem with that, “lashing against anybody who questions” BLM.

“Now listen to Don Lemon. Don Lemon says that’s the reason it is happening. So, Don lemon are you lying now or were you a liar then? Which one is it, because you are justifying and you’re glorifying exactly what you said in 2013, was utterly contemptuous. That’s reality,” Bozell concluded. 

To see the full transcript of the segment from FBN’s Evening Edit, click “expand.”

FBN’s Evening Edit
July 9, 2020
6:22 p.m. Eastern

ELIZABETH MACDONALD: Okay, we’ve got another media controversy involving CNN. Okay, here’s what is going on. Murders and homicides are up double digits across 25 of the country’s largest cities. The New York Times is also reporting that. We had seven children shot dead since last Friday. Three children were shot in separate cities last night but watch this odd exchange between don lemon and Chris Cuomo, mocking the rising crime. Watch this. 

DON LEMON [on 07/07/20]: Yeah. “Democratic cities are in chaos right now. Is this what you want from Joe Biden? And they’re gonna take your country away. And they’re taking down the statues.”

CHRIS CUOMO [on 07/07/20]: “Crime is rising!”

LEMON [on 07/07/20]: “Crime is rising!”

CUOMO  [on 07/07/20]: “Defund police.”

LEMON  [on 07/07/20]: “Oh my gosh! It’s so bad and they get defunding the police.”

MACDONALD: Alright, let’s welcome Media Research Center president and founder, Brent Bozell. Brent, when you saw that, what did you think? What was your reaction? 

BRENT BOZELL: You know, under normal circumstances Liz — hi, how are you — under normal circumstances, I would urge the public not to waste its time watching CNN. Here’s an exception. I wish every person in every inner-city in America watched that clip, and they would understand exactly what the left thinks of it. People in the inner-cities are being mowed down. Children are being shot to death. There is that kind of a lawlessness taking place in the streets. You can blame the cops till the cows come home, but it ain’t going to work. What they’re seeing in the inner city is that the police have been chased out by hoodlums and the police are saying, if I do anything, there’s going to be a camera on me, and I’m the person who is going to be charged with something. I’m not going there. In this inner-city when you’ve got 19 out of 20 cities are controlled by Democrats, there needs to be a conversation and this is a conversation CNN doesn’t want to have. 

MACDONALD: Yeah. To what you’re saying, hundreds of shooting deaths in just five Democrat-led cities over the last month and a half. Homicides are up double-digits in New York, Chicago, L.A., D.C., and Philadelphia. I want you to look at CNN’s Don Lemon, first, watch him say the rioting is not “extreme.” Watch this sound bite. 

LEMON [on 07/06/20]: I got you. I got you. So, let me – but — Terry — you realize even during the Civil Rights Movement that Dr. King was seen as extreme? That movement was seen as extreme. To people who don’t want to make change, movements are seen as extreme. You can paint them easily, as an extreme when they were not. 

MACDONALD: But you know, let’s watch this clip in 2013, seven years ago, don lemon was upset. He said stop the black-on-black violence. We have black the blue movements of U.S. citizens now. Look at the states, Oregon, Virginia, Maryland, people are saying you need the cops because people are being shot. Brent, that’s what you’re saying. Watch Don Lemon talk about black on black violence has got to stop. He said this in 2013. Watch this. 

LEMON [on CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon, 07/27/13]: More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers and the studies show lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues. So please, black folks, as I said, if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace, a culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior. [SCREEN WIPE] African-American — young African-American men commit more crime than any other age group, any other ethnicity combined. So why would — why is that even an issue? Why are you concerned about white-on-white crime when the problem appears to be in the African-American community among young black men, congresswoman? 

MACDONALD: Listen, any crime is horrific. Any crime is terrible. Crime, we need to fight it and stop it and protect Americans. I just don’t understand what is going on with Don Lemon. He was saying that seven years ago but now he is different today. What happened? 

BOZELL: Look, if the — the left has become so radicalized, it’s out of control. It is incoherent in its thinking. It’s — it’s deceptive in its delivery. Look at those same people at CNN who are lashing against anybody who questions Black Lives Matter. Look at the manifesto of Black Lives Matter. It says unequivocally, it wants to tear down the nuclear family. Now listen to Don Lemon. Don Lemon says that’s the reason it is happening. So, Don lemon are you lying now or were you a liar then? Which one is it, because you are justifying and you’re glorifying exactly what you said in 2013, was utterly contemptuous. That’s reality, Liz. 

MACDONALD: Okay. Brent Bozell, thank you so much for your insights. Really appreciate it. 

BOZELL: Thank you, Liz. 

MACDONALD: Come back soon.

MSNBC’s Hayes Lobbies Sanders for ‘Permanent Structures’ of Socialism

On Wednesday night’s All In, MSNBC host Chris Hayes lobbied Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to put forth “permanent structures” of socialism in coronavirus legislation. Hayes’ pressure resulted in the failed presidential candidate to put forth insane socialist policy proposals.

 

 

Hayes advocated for these “permanent structures” in the case that the Republicans hold the Senate in this upcoming election cycle:

I think it’s pretty clear they can’t just say we’re not going to do anything, but there is a real concern that they pass something and then that’s it, no more, particularly should be, should Joe Biden get elected president and if they were to keep the Senate that the next Democratic president would be basically out of luck. Is there talk among your caucus and among Democrats of some kind of permanent structures in place until the crisis is over in this legislation? 

Hayes’s pessimistic statement inferred that this coronavirus pandemic will go well into 2021, and he wanted to ensure that Sanders had made an effort to push for long lasting left wing policies.

Sanders’ response was exactly what the far left host wanted to hear:

Our position has got to be that we will protect the American people economically in my view. That means providing another check. It should be $2,000 every single month per person until the crisis is over. It should be, and there is a lot of sentiment for this guaranteeing health care to all people during the course of this crisis without out-of-pocket expenses. It certainly means extending that unemployment benefit, and in my view we should pass the Paycheck Protection Act to make sure the workers continue to get their paychecks.

It has been no secret that these socialist proposals are exactly the ideas that Sanders has strived for even before the pandemic. Sanders’ “healthcare for all” routine has been something that he has been pushing for decades, and now, with the help of MSNBC, he’ll take advantage of a crisis to drive his radical agenda.

The call to give every American monthly checks has become very popular in the Democratic Party. The American people are starting to go back to work, but Sanders’ plan makes it so the American people stay at home and live off the government. So far the federal government’s coronavirus response has put the American people in more debt than ever, and Sanders’s MSNBC-sponsored socialist proposal would only create more deficits and further the national debt crisis.

These socialist policies are sponsored by Progressive and Mazda. To fight back against MSNBC, go here and contact these advertisers. 

Click “Expand” to read the full transcript: 

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes
07/08/2020
8:34:41 PM

CHRIS HAYES: Democrats in the House passed a multitrillion dollar bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said was dead on arrival in his Senate. Now negotiations are beginning to happen, and here to talk about the stakes and what the Senate should be doing, Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont. Senator Bernie Sanders, good to have you. Let’s start with where things are right now. I mean it really has seemed like a one party operation. You have got Democrats that you caucus within the Senate, Democrats in the house who passed that bill saying we need to do more. We’re not out of the woods yet. Things are bad. And Republicans when there was that initial goods job number saying we think we might be good. I think we might be good. I feel like they’re coming back from that now, how do you see the state of things right now? 

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I): Well, I mean, the Republicans may try to ignore the horrific reality that is facing tens of millions of Americans today, Chris, but you know what? They’re also smart politicians. And they understand that they cannot tell the American people that there is no urgent need in this country when, as your reporter just indicated, we’re looking at millions of people being evicted from their homes. We’re looking at people by the millions who have lost their health insurance, 30 million people have lost their jobs. So Republicans in their heart of hearts may not want to do anything but they do want to get re-elected to the House and Senate. They’re going to have to act. And our job is to put as much pressure as we can on them to start addressing the awful needs of the American people right now. 

HAYES: One key element it strikes me, and people have written about this, is the duration of whatever you’re able to pass. And I agree with you. I think it’s pretty clear they can’t just say we’re not going to do anything, but there is a real concern that they pass something and then that’s it, no more particularly should be, should Joe Biden get elected president and if they were to keep the Senate that the next Democratic president would be basically out of luck. Is there talk among your caucus and among Democrats of some kind of permanent structures in place until the crisis is over in this legislation? 

SANDERS: Absolutely. Look, the idea that extended unemployment and the $600 addition is going to run out at the end of this month when so many of our people desperately need that is unthinkable. Our position has got to be that we will protect the American people economically in my view. That means providing another check. It should be $2,000 every single month per person until the crisis is over. It should be, and there is a lot of sentiment for this guaranteeing health care to all people during the course of this crisis without out-of-pocket expenses. It certainly means extending that unemployment benefit, and in my view we should pass the Paycheck Protection Act to make sure the workers continue to get their paychecks. 

REALLY? Ben Stiller Forced to Defend Trump & Melania Cameo From ‘Zoolander’

Ben Stiller is no fan of President Trump, but even the Tropic Thunder and Zoolander actor isn’t offended enough by Trump’s 20-year-old cameo in his comedy film about a male model to remove it.

During his interview on the “The New Abnormal” podcast, the Hollywood celebrity revealed that certain people have been pushing him to get a tiny scene featuring the current president and his wife Melania removed from the 2001 comedy. Though Stiller dismissed these requests to remove the former businessman’s appearance from Zoolander, claiming he’s not worried about it because that was a different time. 

The question of the scene’s removal has become prevalent as various groups have pushed to censor offensive content from movies and TV since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Lefty coalitions like Black Lives Matter believe that Floyd’s death is symptomatic of a racist, oppressive American society, thus films like Gone With The Wind and shows like The Golden Girls have been amended to appease sensitive folk.

The scene with Trump and Melania is a six second long mock interview featuring the then-businessman’s opinion of the fictional male model Derek Zoolander. In the footage, the now-president states, “Look, without Derek Zoolander male modeling wouldn’t be what it is today.” 

The scene, of course, was just a gag for the sake of building the illusion that Zoolander had modeling industry cred, but since there are plenty of people who have a visceral reaction to seeing Trump, it has raised some alarms. Thankfully, Stiller isn’t that sensitive. 

Stiller described shooting the scene: “We were shooting at the now defunct VH1 Fashion Awards, and as people were coming up the red carpet, we pulled them aside and asked them to talk about Derek Zoolander, and so Trump and Melania did that.” 

The actor described how people can’t abide by that history, with their current hatred of Trump’s political career. Stiller claimed, “I’ve had people who reached out to me and said, like, ‘You should edit Donald Trump out of ‘Zoolander,’ and all that.” Though the actor mentioned that he wasn’t about to alter his film for the sake of a scene that was fine in the context of its own place and time. 

Stiller stated, “But at the end of the day, it’s kind of like, again, that was a time when that exists and that happened.”

The actor, who is also famous for his role in the Night At the Museum series and for his stint as the villain in Dodgeball also got into a discussion about how some of his movies probably couldn’t get made today. He specifically referenced Tropic Thunder, which is famous largely because of its in-your-face satirical depiction of “blackface” performed by A-lister Robert Downey, Junior.

“When I think about movies that I’ve worked on in the past, and I look at them now, definitely there are jokes and scenes and that I go, ‘Oh, I don’t know if we could have gotten away with that today, at all.’”

He made the appeal to the importance of context for when his more “offensive” films were made, saying, “It doesn’t necessarily mean that anything was more appropriate at another time but you have to look at the context and realize that that’s what was happening.” Yeah, perhaps Stiller realizes that if he bought into the left’s current purge, his career would be erased. 

REALLY? Ben Stiller Forced To Defend Trump & Melania Cameo From ‘Zoolander’

Ben Stiller is no fan of President Trump, but even the Tropic Thunder and Zoolander actor isn’t offended enough by Trump’s 20 year-old cameo in his comedy film about a male model to remove it.

During his interview on the “The New Abnormal” podcast, the Hollywood celebrity revealed that certain people have been pushing him to get a tiny scene featuring the current president and his wife Melania removed from the 2001 comedy. Though Stiller dismissed these requests to remove the former businessman’s appearance from Zoolander, claiming he’s not worried about it because that was a different time. 

The question of the scene’s removal has become prevalent as various groups have pushed to censor offensive content from movies and TV since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Lefty coalitions like Black Lives Matter believe that Floyd’s death is symptomatic of a racist, oppressive American society, thus films like Gone With The Wind and shows like The Golden Girls have been amended to appease sensitive folk.

The scene with Trump and Melania is a six second long mock interview featuring the then-businessman’s opinion of the fictional male model Derek Zoolander. In the footage the now-president states, “Look, without Derek Zoolander male modeling wouldn’t be what it is today.” 

The scene of course was just a gag for the sake of building the illusion that Zoolander had modeling industry cred, but since there are plenty of people who have a visceral reaction to seeing Trump, it has raised some alarms. Thankfully, Stiller isn’t that sensitive. 

Stiller described shooting the scene: “We were shooting at the now defunct VH1 Fashion Awards, and as people were coming up the red carpet, we pulled them aside and asked them to talk about Derek Zoolander, and so Trump and Melania did that.” 

The actor described how people can’t abide by that history, with their current hatred of Trump’s political career. Stiller claimed, “I’ve had people who reached out to me and said, like, ‘You should edit Donald Trump out of ‘Zoolander,’ and all that.” Though the actor mentioned that he wasn’t about to alter his film for the sake of a scene that was fine in the context of its own place and time. 

Stiller stated, “But at the end of the day, it’s kind of like, again, that was a time when that exists and that happened.”

The actor, who is also famous for his role in the Night At the Museum series and for his stint as the villain in Dodgeball also got into a discussion about some of his movies probably couldn’t get made today. He specifically referenced Tropic Thunder, which is famous largely because of its in-your-face satirical depiction of “blackface” performed by A-lister Robert Downey Junior.

“When I think about movies that I’ve worked on in the past, and I look at them now, definitely there are jokes and scenes and that I go, ‘Oh, I don’t know if we could have gotten away with that today, at all.’”

He made the appeal to the importance of context for when his more “offensive” films were made, saying It doesn’t necessarily mean that anything was more appropriate at another time but you have to look at the context and realize that that’s what was happening.” Yeah perhaps Stiller realizes that if he bought into the left’s current purge, his career would be erased.

NYPD Officers Are Cutting Out in Huge Numbers

As I type this, I’m sitting in a tent my son and I set up in the backyard under the shade of a towering maple.  My 8-year-old son is lying on the other side of the tent watching something on the tablet.  It’s quiet in the neighborhood today.  Quiet and peaceful.  And we can continue our leisurely activity relatively free from fear.  We don’t worry much that some gang is going to wander into our backyard, take the computer and tablet, and harm us physically.  Later today, him and I are going to a local park where he will play in the splash pad while I sit at a picnic table and read.  Again, this will likely be a quiet and peaceful event.

Why is that?

Well, in part, its because we live in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood.  Another part is that I can proceed with my life, confident that I and my family live in a nation of laws and those laws are dutifully enforce by a police force. 

That’s right, the police.  The good guys with guns.  I am confident that if the tranquility of the life I lead were to be broken by evil-doers, I could call the police and they would respond to assist in the protection of my family and property or at the very least help us in making things right again after the fact.

So, what makes us comfortable with this umbrella of police protection.  It seems to me that we view the police in this country as the legitimate body to help us in scenarios where our persons, our families, and our property have been harmed in a way that violates the law.  This legitimacy comes from the fact that they are sanctioned, managed, and funded by elected officials who get their legitimacy from the citizens themselves. 

So, let’s break this down to make it easier to understand.  I (a citizen) empower elected officials by virtue of my vote, elected officials then empower police departments to act in situations where someone wrongs me.  Thus, my confidence that the police are the right people to call is validated because, ultimately, their authority came from me and my fellow citizens.

There are several ways this can break down.  The leaders that I elect can a) fail to find the correct people to do the policing, b) fail to empower said police force to act in appropriate and necessary ways, or c) empower said police force in ways that we (the citizens) did not intend or want.

Unfortunately, as I look upon the American news cycle of the last few months, I see these breakdowns occurring in numerous places.  Perhaps the best example of it, though, is America’s largest and best known city, New York City.

Reports are coming out that officers of the New York Police Department are retiring at a rate so fast that the administrative wing of the department can’t process the paperwork fast enough.  For the week of June 29-July 6 the NYPD has seen a 411% increase in retirement filings over the same time last year.  This increase comes at a time when the administrative division of the force is suffering from a lack of workers to process the paperwork and the cancellation of overtime for what workers they do have.  The response to this deluge has been to limit the number of retirement applications they can receive per day.

There are many reasons for the increase in retirement applications.  A recent spike in violent activity, an increase in anti-cop sentiment by the public, drastic budget cuts for the department, and a lack of support from political leadership. 

Many of these reasons fall under item “b” from the list above about ways police legitimacy can break down.  That is, police in New York City are not being empowered to act in appropriate and necessary ways in difficult situations. 

In New York, this is taking two prominent forms.  First, the city has recently cut a huge amount from the Police Budget.  One of the ways cities empower police departments is to offer pay that makes it worthwhile to do such a difficult job.  Additionally, properly equipping their officers is another method of empowerment that requires money.  These budget cuts will have a deleterious effect is both of these areas.  Already the departments plain clothes division has been cut and overtime pay has been scrapped One unnamed officer is quoted as saying, “When they cut OT, a lot of people were done.”

Perhaps an even bigger blow to the NYPD is the lack of moral support they have received from the city leadership.  First, while the budget cuts were indeed harmful, the fact that city leaders thought to do it to begin with must have been a slap in the face.  Additionally, the city administration of Bill de Blasio has not been friendly with the police force of the city since his arrival in the office.   Earlier this year, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association of the NYPD Tweeted out to the Mayor that the officers of the force do not respect him and do not want him to visit injured officers in the hospital.  The Tweet went on to assert that the mayor had sold the department out to the 1% who hate police for his own political benefit.  One unnamed officer said, “Why would you want to stay on this job when people don’t appreciate what you do?”  While the President of the Captains Endowment Association issued a warning to officers that the city leadership will not have their back if they ever find themselves in a situation of having to make a tough call.  “They do not have your back and will use you as a political pawn.”

These breakdowns in the political leadership of police departments are not limited to New York City.  Other big cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle are all experiencing similar issues, including mass retirement or resignation of officers. 

I’m sitting and writing this in a small suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Just yesterday the Grand Rapids city counsel debated cutting backing the Police budget to the minimum allowed by the city charter.  The police chief said this would result in laying off 70 officers from the force. 

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