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President Trump Announces New U.S. Monument Park Called ‘National Garden of American Heroes’

Geller Report - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:00

President Trump announced that he was creating a new monument, called the “national garden of American heroes,” which he described as a “vast outdoor park that will features the statues of the greatest American who ever lived.”

Here are some the great American legends who will be in the statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes.

Details on Trump’s new national monument:
-Named the “National Garden of American Heroes”
-Will feature statues of great Americans (artists, scientists, politicians, activists, athletes, etc)
-Statues cannot be “modernist representations”
-Open before July 4, 2026

— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) July 4, 2020

The White House sent out the text of the Executive Order establishing the National Garden of American Heroes

It creates a task force to proposes options for the creation and potential locations for the site. It also names the statues of “the greatest Americans who ever lived” pic.twitter.com/xtoQTzvnOg

— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) July 4, 2020

Trump's new executive order might as well be a declaration of war against far left fascists, this is gonna be nuts.

— The_War_Economy (@The_War_Economy) July 4, 2020

Trump's new executive order might as well be a declaration of war against far left fascists, this is gonna be nuts.

— The_War_Economy (@The_War_Economy) July 4, 2020

Related: President Trump Crushed It: Historic Mount Rushmore Speech Takes Down ‘Left-Wing Cultural Revolution’ and ‘Cancel Culture’, Announces New National Monument of Statues

Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes

White House, July 3, 2020

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens. In 1784, the legislature of Virginia commissioned the earliest statue of George Washington, a “monument of affection and gratitude” to a man who “unit[ed] to the endowment[s] of the Hero the virtues of the Patriot” and gave to the world “an Immortal Example of true Glory.” I Res. H. Del. (June 24, 1784). In our public parks and plazas, we have erected statues of great Americans who, through acts of wisdom and daring, built and preserved for us a republic of ordered liberty.

These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation. These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes. In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come. To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed. Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down. Among others, monuments to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, Ulysses S. Grant, leaders of the abolitionist movement, the first all-volunteer African-American regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, and American soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars have been vandalized, destroyed, or removed.

These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn. My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory. In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.

Sec. 2. Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes. (a) There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force). The Task Force shall be chaired by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), and shall include the following additional members:

(i) the Administrator of General Services (Administrator);

(ii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA);

(iii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH);

(iv) the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); and

(v) any officers or employees of any executive department or agency (agency) designated by the President or the Secretary.

(b) The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support as may be necessary for the performance and functions of the Task Force. The Secretary shall designate an official of the Department of the Interior to serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force, responsible for coordinating its day-to-day activities.

(c) The Chairpersons of the NEA and NEH and the Chairman of the ACHP shall establish cross-department initiatives within the NEA, NEH, and ACHP, respectively, to advance the purposes of the Task Force and this order and to coordinate relevant agency operations with the Task Force.

Sec. 3. National Garden of American Heroes. (a) It shall be the policy of the United States to establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden).

(b) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Task Force shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that proposes options for the creation of the National Garden, including potential locations for the site. In identifying options, the Task Force shall:

(i) strive to open the National Garden expeditiously;

(ii) evaluate the feasibility of creating the National Garden through a variety of potential avenues, including existing agency authorities and appropriations; and

(iii) consider the availability of authority to encourage and accept the donation or loan of statues by States, localities, civic organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals, for display at the National Garden.

(c) In addition to the requirements of subsection 3(b) of this order, the proposed options for the National Garden should adhere to the criteria described in subsections (c)(i) through (c)(vi) of this section.

(i) The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

(ii) The National Garden should be opened for public access prior to the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

(iii) Statues should depict historically significant Americans, as that term is defined in section 7 of this order, who have contributed positively to America throughout our history. Examples include: the Founding Fathers, those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad, heroes of the United States Armed Forces, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Presidential Medal of Freedom, scientists and inventors, entrepreneurs, civil rights leaders, missionaries and religious leaders, pioneers and explorers, police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty, labor leaders, advocates for the poor and disadvantaged, opponents of national socialism or international socialism, former Presidents of the United States and other elected officials, judges and justices, astronauts, authors, intellectuals, artists, and teachers. None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying.

(iv) All statues in the National Garden should be lifelike or realistic representations of the persons they depict, not abstract or modernist representations.

(v) The National Garden should be located on a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history. The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.

(vi) As part of its civic education mission, the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public.

Sec. 4. Commissioning of New Statues and Works of Art. (a) The Task Force shall examine the appropriations authority of the agencies represented on it in light of the purpose and policy of this order. Based on its examination of relevant authorities, the Task Force shall make recommendations for the use of these agencies’ appropriations.

(b) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law and the other provisions of this order, Task Force agencies that are authorized to provide for the commissioning of statues or monuments shall, in expending funds, give priority to projects involving the commissioning of publicly accessible statues of persons meeting the criteria described in section 3(b)(iii) of this order, with particular preference for statues of the Founding Fathers, former Presidents of the United States, leading abolitionists, and individuals involved in the discovery of America.

(c) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, these agencies shall prioritize projects that will result in the installation of a statue as described in subsection (b) of this section in a community where a statue depicting a historically significant American was removed or destroyed in conjunction with the events described in section 1 of this order.

(d) After consulting with the Task Force, the Administrator of General Services shall promptly revise and thereafter operate the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Art in Architecture (AIA) Policies and Procedures, GSA Acquisition Letter V-10-01, and Part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, to prioritize the commission of works of art that portray historically significant Americans or events of American historical significance or illustrate the ideals upon which our Nation was founded. Priority should be given to public-facing monuments to former Presidents of the United States and to individuals and events relating to the discovery of America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery. Such works of art should be designed to be appreciated by the general public and by those who use and interact with Federal buildings. Priority should be given to this policy above other policies contained in part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and revisions made pursuant to this subsection shall be made to supersede any regulatory provisions of AIA that may conflict with or otherwise impede advancing the purposes of this subsection.

(e) When a statue or work of art commissioned pursuant to this section is meant to depict a historically significant American, the statue or work of art shall be a lifelike or realistic representation of that person, not an abstract or modernist representation.

Sec. 5. Educational Programming. The Chairperson of the NEH shall prioritize the allocation of funding to programs and projects that educate Americans about the founding documents and founding ideals of the United States, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with applicable law, including section 956 of title 20, United States Code. The founding documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. The founding ideals include equality under the law, respect for inalienable individual rights, and representative self-government. Within 90 days of the conclusion of each Fiscal Year from 2021 through 2026, the Chairperson shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that identifies funding allocated to programs and projects pursuant to this section.

Sec. 6. Protection of National Garden and Statues Commissioned Pursuant to this Order. The Attorney General shall apply section 3 of Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), with respect to violations of Federal law regarding the National Garden and all statues commissioned pursuant to this order.

Sec. 7. Definition. The term “historically significant American” means an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history. The phrase also includes public figures such as Christopher Columbus, Junipero Serra, and the Marquis de La Fayette, who lived prior to or during the American Revolution and were not American citizens, but who made substantive historical contributions to the discovery, development, or independence of the future United States.

Sec. 8. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war (Noah Bierman/Los Angeles Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:50

Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
At Mt. Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war  —  President Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mt. Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a …

This Fourth Of July, I’m Moving Across The Country To A Place I’ve Never Been

The Federalist - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:43
I’ve never been to Denver. I don’t know anyone there. But after a half decade in the nation’s capital, the time is ripe to set out for a new life out west.

‘Not On My Watch!’: Trump Launches American Volley Against ‘New Far-Left Fascism’ In Independence Day Blowout

The Federalist - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:37
"This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never ever be destroyed," Trump said in front of Mt. Rushmore.

TOTO: Shouldn’t ‘Hamilton’ Get Canceled Next?

Daily Wire - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:30

One of Disney Plus’ biggest attractions opened just in time for Independence Day.

The streaming channel debuted the Tony Award winning production “Hamilton” on July 3.

The hip-hop musical is hailed as a creative modern retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s journey to becoming a Founding Father of the U.S. Created by composer, playwright, performer, and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton won 11 Tony awards in 2016 as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Viewers can’t even leverage a free Disney Plus trial to see it. It’s full price or bust.

But wait…

We’ve spent the last month seeing American statues spray-painted or toppled. Confederate symbols got thrown into the circular file along with the president who fought a Civil War to free American slaves.

Even Mt. Rushmore is under attack, both by Native American activists and The New York Times.

As the 1619 Project bravely taught us, America was built by slaves in order to preserve and protect slavery. It’s already been decided that “Imagine” should be the new national anthem.

So how can woke Americans watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and co. pay tribute to the Founding Fathers?

Sure, “Hamilton” features people of color playing Caucasian leaders like the title character, George Washington, and Aaron Burr. The color-blind casting proved a welcome twist when the show first debuted in 2015.

It was woke … for its time. Today? That’s hardly a defense.

This racist nation shouldn’t be celebrated in song, let alone via an award-winning musical honoring its founders. Is there a better way to heal the nation than by demanding Disney Plus remove “Hamilton” as quickly as it unveils it? No warning label could address a production dedicated to slave owners, a la HBO Max’s treatment of “Gone With the Wind.”

The production’s unwoke agenda is hardly new. Harvard Law School’s Annette Gordon-Reed sounded the alarm four years ago on the subject.

The show portrays Hamilton as a “young, scrappy, and hungry” immigrant (he was born on the Caribbean Island of Nevis, but qualified as a U.S. citizen when the Constitution was adopted), an egalitarian, and a passionate abolitionist.

All of this is wrong, Gordon-Reed said.

“He bought and sold slaves for his in-laws, and opposing slavery was never at the forefront of his agenda,” she said.

“He was not a champion of the little guy, like the show portrays,” she said. “He was elitist. He was in favor of having a president for life.”

It gets worse.

“In the musical, only Jefferson is shown as a slave holder,” said Gordon-Reed, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her book on the family of Sally Hemings, slave and mistress to Jefferson. “But Madison owned slaves too, and so did George Washington.”

Black Lives Matters didn’t rise up following the killing of George Floyd only to see Americans celebrate the Founding Fathers anew. And Disney had been working so hard to be socially conscious. The company released a video shortly after Floyd’s murder supporting BLM.

We just learned the words “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on the three NBA basketball courts at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.

Airing “Hamilton” represents a monumental step backward.

All of this, of course, assumes BLM, and its many supporters, are both consistent and logical in their quest to fix our broken country; that they have the country’s best interests at heart, not a political agenda with dubious goals, at best.

Right?

If that wasn’t true, though, our fearless mainstream media would have warned us already.

A version of this article appears on HollywoodInToto.com.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson Set To Kill Roger Stone

GatewayPundit - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:30

Trump hating Judge Amy Berman Jackson seems determined to send Trump loyalist Roger Stone to his death at a dangerous correctional facility in Jesup, Georgia where the dangers of COVID-19 infection for the 67 year old Stone will likley kill him, ending the possibility that her corruption and misconduct in his trial will ever be exposed on appeal.

The judge purported to base her decision in part on the fact that there are no reported cases of inmates testing positive at the prison in Georgia to which Mr. Stone is being sent. Yet , as another judge opined in ordering the release of an inmate ,this only means no “confirmed” cases. Only 30 or fewer inmates out of over 1400 inmates at the facility have ever been tested, and at least one study has shown that 70% of inmates who get tested test positive.

REMINDER: Mueller Gang Requested Corrupt Judge Amy Berman Jackson to Oversee Roger Stone Case

The only inmates tested at the prison in question are those who have been quarantined for 14 days prior to their release from the prison.

Even more alarming, just 10 days before Judge Jackson denied Mr. Stone’s request to delay his date to report to the prison, another federal judge ordered the release of a convicted sex offender and child pornographer from that same prison, based on undisputed, front line, first- hand evidence of the dramatic risks of exposure to the COVID-19 virus at that very prison. The evidence is that even the most fundamental protections, like wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing are not in place and the prison’s staff comes and goes from outside the prison each day, in a state with record-number reported cases of COVID-19 spiking each day. 

EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone is Ordered to Report to Prison Where Pedophile Was Recently Released and Sent Home Due to Coronavirus

Under AG Bill Barr’s directives and other Department of Justice and BOP guidelines, medically vulnerable inmates who rank “minimum” as to their risk to the public, and high on chronic health impairments (but not COVID-19 infection), were given priority for release. In the last week since June 20th Georgia has seen the most number of cases since the pandemic started. June 20th was the highest day yet at 1800 cases. The last 3 days (June 23-25) have been over 1700 all three days. 

The agency confirms on 6/18 -active cases at 69 of its 122 prisons. At least 6,245 prisoners and 673 staff infected. Federal officials have allegedly tried to conceal the extent of the outbreak by limiting testing—so that they didn’t have to report positive cases—and refusing to recognize one staff death. As of Tuesday, they had completed testing on less than 13 percent of prisoners in BOP-run facilities.

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Prisoners reported being quarantined in filthy buildings that had been vacant for years or in tents that flooded during rainstorms. Some described listening to their friends dying around them.

Attorney General William Barr has twice issued orders to release medically vulnerable prisoners or move them to home confinement, but the Justice Department has nonetheless fought to keep the vast majority of them incarcerated. Less than 3 percent of federal prisoners have been sent to home confinement, and some of them—including Trump foes Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen —didn’t even meet the official criteria to qualify. Yet Jackson insists that Stone be sent to prison in 11 days.

Former Stone Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, posing as a “non-political career line prosecutor” but who is actually one of Hillary Clinton’s legal thugs at the State Department, testified to Rep, Jerry Nadler’s House judiciary Committee that Stone is receiving ” special treatment” from the DOJ.

Evidently that “special treatment” includes the death penalty.

The post Judge Amy Berman Jackson Set To Kill Roger Stone appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th (Maeve Reston/CNN)

Memeorandum - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:25

Maeve Reston / CNN:
Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th  —  (CNN)On a very different Fourth of July holiday, when many Americans are wrestling with the racist misdeeds of the country's heroes and confronting an unrelenting pandemic with surging cases, their commander-in-chief …

Spain locks down an area with 400,000 people after spike in coronavirus cases

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:24
Spain's western Catalan city of Lleida and the rest of Segrià county was put under lockdown from midday today. Some 400,000 residents have been asked to stay in or near their homes.

Worker told to light tandoor oven soon after Khashoggi entered consulate, court hears

Middle East Eye - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:02
Worker told to light tandoor oven soon after Khashoggi entered consulate, court hears
Istanbul trial told that Turkish officials believe journalist's killers may have tried to dispose of body by burning it
MEE and agencies Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:02
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 (AFP)

A Saudi consulate worker in Istanbul told a Turkish court on Friday that he was asked to light a tandoor oven less than an hour after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the building where he was killed.

Local technician Zeki Demir was giving evidence on the first day of the trial in absentia of 20 Saudi officials over Khashoggi's murder, which sparked global outrage and tarnished the image of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish officials have said one theory police pursued was that Khashoggi's killers tried to dispose of his body by burning it after suffocating him and cutting up his corpse.

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Demir told the court in Istanbul he had been called to the Saudi consul's residence after Khashoggi entered the nearby consulate on 2 October 2018.

"There were five to six people there [at the residence] … They asked me to light up the tandoor [oven]. There was an air of panic," he said.

Middle East Eye reported the same details in April after obtaining a copy of the indictment.

Khashoggi, a columnist for Middle East Eye and the Washington Post, had arrived at the consulate to seek papers needed for his wedding to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

According to Demir's testimony in the indictment, he reported seeing many skewers of meat and a small barbecue in addition to the oven in the consul's garden.

Marble slabs around the oven appeared to have changed colour, as if they had been cleaned with a chemical, the indictment reported him as saying.

Separate witness testimony in the indictment, from the consul's driver, said the consul had ordered raw kebabs to be bought from a local restaurant.

Demir offered to help with the garage door when a car with darkened windows arrived, but he was told to leave the garden quickly, the indictment said.

A police report seen by MEE in February 2019 said that the oven could reach temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, which is “enough to burn all DNA evidence without a trace”.

'Monstrous intent'

The Turkish indictment accuses two top Saudi officials, former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani, of instigating "premeditated murder with monstrous intent".

It says 18 other defendants were flown to Turkey to kill Khashoggi, a prominent and well-connected journalist who had grown increasingly critical of the Saudi crown prince.

In December, a court in Riyadh sentenced five people to death and three to jail for the killing, but Khashoggi's family later said they forgave his murderers, effectively granting them a formal reprieve under Saudi law.

A Saudi prosecutor said at the time there was no evidence connecting Qahtani to the killing and dismissed charges against Asiri.

Seeking justice

In November 2018, the CIA concluded in an assessment that bin Salman ordered the murder of Khashoggi.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, was also present at the courtoom on Friday. 

Khashoggi murder trial: Who are the suspects?
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Callamard's report on the murder also linked the Saudi crown prince to the killing. Some of the suspects for Khashoggi's murder are close associates of the prince.

They include Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former diplomat and intelligence officer who has been repeatedly pictured with the prince; Salah Mohammed Tubaigy, the head of forensic evidence at the Saudi General Security Department; and Fahad al-Balawi, a member of the Saudi royal guard.

Mutreb, Tubaigy and Balawi had been among the 11 people on trial in the Saudi capital, during which sources said many of those accused of the murder defended themselves by saying they were carrying out Asiri's orders, describing him as the operation's "ringleader".

Cengiz, who had waited unknowing outside the consulate while Khashoggi was killed, said she would continue to seek justice "not only in Turkey but everywhere possible".

Mark Cuban: NBA Players Kneeling During Anthem Is ‘a Beautiful Thing’

Geller Report - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

But the declining revenues for the NBA will not be a beautiful thing, Mark! The NBA and the NFL are going to learn the hard way that insulting millions of their customers is very bad for business. BTW, Sean Hannity is right. How did Mark Cuban become a billionaire?

Mark Cuban will join Mavericks players for anthem protest.

Yeah, because America has been so terrible to Mark Cuban.

What a pussy.

— Geller Report (@PamelaGeller) June 25, 2020

Mark Cuban: NBA Players Kneeling During Anthem Is ‘a Beautiful Thing’

By Breitbart, July 2, 2020

Wednesday on ABC’s “The View,” owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban said players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racism in law enforcement was a “beautiful thing.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “While the NBA is reportedly going to paint black lives matter on the courts, they haven’t signaled any willingness to reverse their nearly 40-year-old rule against kneeling during the national anthem. You defended that policy, Mark, in 2017, but now you say you support players kneeling, and you’ll kneel with players if the opportunity arises. What changed for you, and do you think players, even you, could be punished for kneeling?”

Cuban said, “You know, we’ll see what the NBA comes down in terms of the actual rules, but we’re in a different time. Things are changing. The last five weeks have seen a dramatic shift in how people in this country are responding to systemic racism. Because we’ve seen such dramatic change, I want to be part of the solution, and you’ve got to let go of the old ways that just were not working. If that means going against the grain, and maybe upsetting a few people, so be it.”

He added, “If our guys want to kneel, I think that’s a great step forward. Look. I’ll add this. You know, all this discussion of kneeling and the flag has got to be again about the Pledge of Allegiance, and the best part about the Pledge of Allegiance is when you pledge allegiance to the flag, it’s for liberty and justice for all. I think players and anybody who addresses the flag and kneels, really is just standing up for that pledge they made for liberty and justice for all because that’s truly what we need in this country, and as NBA players or any athletes anywhere who push further in that direction, that’s a beautiful thing.”

Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event (Ryan Taylor/Rev)

Memeorandum - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

Ryan Taylor / Rev:
Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event  —  Donald Trump gave a speech on July 3 at a Fourth of July firework event at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  Read the full speech transcript here. … Well, thank you very much.  Governor Noem, Secretary Bernhardt, we very much appreciate it.

How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities (New York Times)

Memeorandum - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

New York Times:
How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities  —  Donors are wondering why they gave to a Charlotte event that has mostly been scrapped.  And Jacksonville fund-raisers find money is on hold because of concerns about the surge in virus cases.

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

Rasmussen Reports - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

In surveys last week, this is what America told Rasmussen Reports...

The Data Is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden By Ted Rall

Rasmussen Reports - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:00

Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with it about every major issue. This is presented as an offer it cannot refuse. If it casts a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or stays home on that key Tuesday in November, Donald Trump will win a second term -- which would be worse than Biden's first.

Cruise industry leaders confirm the days of the traditional buffet are over

Daily Mail - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:06
On-board entertainment could also be cut as part of a range of changes to cruise liners, which are still banned from entering ports in Spain until 'the end of the coronavirus crisis'.

KLAVAN: Republican Men Without Chests

Daily Wire - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:00

I have a friend who despises Donald Trump. Whenever Trump does something he finds outrageous, my friend mocks the president’s supporters by mimicking their frequent defense of him: “At least he fights.”

As I’ve often said, Trump is a great big American character with great big American flaws – and some great big American virtues too, often overlooked.

But you know what? At least he fights.

Never-Trumpers have retreated from the political battle we’re actually in to an imaginary world where they are knightly defenders crossing swords with the Ray Harryhausen skeletons of ideological decay. They call their anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project. They call their anti-Trump websites The Remnant or The Ramparts. The idea is that they are the last men standing atop the last redoubt fighting for the party of 1860 against the perfidious President the Donald who has so badly disfigured it.

Well, no.

Black Lives Matter – a small and violent radical organization dedicated to a Marxist revolution and bent on hobbling our police and destroying the American family – has terrorized this country with riots and other ugliness for a long month now. They are not black – only one sixth of the protesters are black – and they don’t care about Black Lives or they wouldn’t be attacking the police. The police killed nine unarmed black men in 2018. Seven thousand four hundred blacks died at the hands of murderers that year. More than 200-thousand died at the hands of abortionists. Black Lives Matter doesn’t give a damn.

And yet what is the response of our elites to these terrorist thugs? Corporations rush to show support for them. Democrat governors, who impose unconstitutional bans on worship in the name of keeping us ever-so-safe from the Chinese Virus, celebrate and join in with their massive demonstrations. Democrat spokesmen – also known as the news media – play down the “mostly peaceful” violence while upbraiding and cancel-mugging any law-abiding citizen who dares to draw a gun to defend himself against it.

So what about the Republicans? The ones who get their ideological ideas from Honest Abe. The ones we’re standing on the ramparts to defend the remnants of.

Well, they’re negotiating. Maybe the Marxist terrorists have a point. Maybe some statues should come down. Maybe some Army bases should be renamed. Some are offering a new federal holiday on Juneteenth. Senator Ron Johnson has a great idea – let’s get rid of Columbus Day so the new Black Lives Matter holiday won’t cost the federal government another day of paid leave. We may be handing over our culture to terrorists, but think of the money we’ll save!

Hundreds of former Bush administration officials are endorsing Joe Biden, now little more than a moderate mask for the radicals who would surely run his administration. That’s who they are. That’s who they always were. Compassionate conservatism was Leftism with a flag on it.

Back in the Obama years, the leadership of the Republican Party told me to my face that they would “use” the Tea Partiers to maintain power while meeting none of their demands for constitutional governance. They announced in public that they would never try to impeach Obama, leaving him free to shred the Constitution with his misuse of the IRS, the State Department, and the FBI. They would not legislate against unbridled illegal immigration. They would not cut entitlements. They would not repeal the oppression of Obamacare.

What Lincolnian principles have these people represented in living memory? What ramparts are we standing on to defend what remnant? If the True Republican Party is an outpost, it’s Jamestown, long gone. Donald Trump did not destroy it. He rose to power because it had been destroyed. He is the emanation of their failures.

Republicans – and conservatives – are now what C. S. Lewis called men without chests. They have high-sounding theories and ideas about our founding and our Constitution, but they will not defend them from the radical destroyers.

Their theories and ideas are worthless. As Lewis pointed out, “In battle it is not syllogisms that will keep the reluctant nerves and muscles to their post in the third hour of the bombardment. The crudest sentimentalism… about a flag or a country or a regiment will be of more use.”

The ancients located such sentiments in the chest. With the help of an intellect trained from youth, those sentiments recall us to our duty when it’s time to face losing an election or profits or a social media platform or a sponsor in the defense of principle.

Instead, “we make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise…” Lewis said. “We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

That’s your Republican Party. That’s your Conservative Movement, too. That’s why Trump is president. Because at least he fights.

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