Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 16, 2020


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” —The Declaration of Independence

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Racism Hits the Smithsonian

Douglas Andrews

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts put it simply and succinctly back in 2007: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

Apparently, our nation’s most important collection of museums never got the message.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), as the “About” page of its massive website notes, “was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. … The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.”

All that is good. Great, in fact. Unfortunately, the NMAAHC has lost its way. Its managers seem to think that they can’t “promote and highlight” the unique and priceless contributions of African Americans without sending their visitors to a racial reeducation camp.

The topics of “White Privilege” and “White Supremacy” have come to our national museum, and the discussion is not only deeply divisive — it’s demeaning to both whites and blacks. How so? By suggesting that fundamental precepts such as individualism, hard work, objectivity, respect for authority, the traditional family structure, and the written tradition belong to “white culture” and are therefore foreign to folks with black or brown skin.

As for which group should be more insulted and more outraged by this grotesque bit of stereotyping, it’s hard to say. As National Review’s Rich Lowry put it, “Nothing to see here — the Museum of African American history just peddling racist drivel, as if any of these qualities belong to a particular race.”

Byron York supplied Exhibits A, B, and C of the museum’s crimes against colorblindness here.

“Let’s play a game,” begins Ben Shapiro. “It’s a simple game. You have to decide whether the following statements were made by David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the KKK, or the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a project of the Smithsonian Institution.”

Shapiro then serves up a bunch of softballs — statements so preposterously racist that they couldn’t possibly have been uttered by those in charge of our nation’s most important historical treasures. Statements like, “Whiteness stands for ‘rugged individualism,’ and the notion that ‘independence and autonomy’ are ‘highly valued.’ Whiteness stands for ‘the nuclear family’ in which children should ‘be independent.’ Whiteness stands for ‘objective, rational linear thinking’ … and places ‘emphasis on scientific method.’”

It’s a rigged game, of course, but that’s Shapiro’s point. “According to the NMAAHC,” he continues, ‘White dominant culture, or whiteness, refers to the ways white people and their traditions, attitudes and ways of life have been normalized over time and are now considered standard practices in the United States. And since white people still hold most of the institutional power in America, we have all internalized some aspects of white culture — including people of color.’“

It’s hard to know where to begin unpacking this racist knapsack (to borrow from one of many moth-eaten screeds found within the museum’s website), but we’re reminded of what former President George W. Bush once said about "the soft bigotry of low expectations” and about the perceived status quo and destiny of black Americans. Besides, as Michael Knowles pointed out more recently, “The Left controls every major institution in America: mainstream media, the academy, administrative government, Hollywood, Big Tech, etc. So if ‘institutional racism’ really did exist, whose fault would that be?”

It’s a great rhetorical question, and one that all of us — black, brown, and white — should think seriously about before visiting the NMAAHC or — to those inclined to vote Democrat on November 3 — before heading to the polls to throw a lever against “White Supremacy.”

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Anti-Police Violence Escalates, Trump Promises Law and Order

Thomas Gallatin

A melee broke out Wednesday morning on the Brooklyn Bridge as a group of “protesters” attacked New York City police officers as they were arresting a counter-demonstrator to a “unity” march. The unprovoked attack resulted in several officers being bloodied and at least one sent to the hospital. “The officers sustained serious injuries,” stated the NYPD. “This is not peaceful protest. This will not be tolerated.” It’s just the latest in a string of recent attacks targeting law enforcement across the country, motivated in large part by the Left’s “defund the (racist) police” movement.

Exacerbating the situation has been the response by Democrat mayors of these major cities, who not only excuse the actions of rioters but even act to further the fallacious Black Lives Matter narrative that demonizes police. For example, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio disbanded NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit and signed new laws that make it harder for officers to effectively and safely do their jobs — a fact he even acknowledged. However, de Blasio ridiculously asserted that the new laws were needed to make people safe.

Well, the citizens of New York City are anything but safer, as the rate of violent crime continues spiking. In fact, some minority community leaders in New York are calling for an end to protesting law enforcement. The New York Post reports, “Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has publicly criticized the decision to disband the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit — 600-plus officers reassigned to uniformed patrol, where the gun-toting bad guys can see them coming. Other black community leaders have now joined Adams’ call to reinstate the unit (with new safeguards) to help fight the escalating violence.”

Seeing the growing violence across many of America’s largest cities, President Donald Trump yesterday announced forthcoming plans to send in federal law enforcement to help these Democrat-run “war-zones.” As the president put it, “The left-wing group of people that are running our cities are not doing the job that they’re supposed to be doing.”

Trump later added, “It’s something … the American people want to see. They’ve been run very poorly, these cities — whether it’s Seattle, where we were getting ready to go in … [or] Minneapolis, where we had the National Guard go in. And as soon as they did, we straightened that mess out. But we have other cities that are out of control. They’re like war zones.”

Also on Wednesday, in a message highlighting Trump’s commitment to upholding law and order, the White House reported that the FBI had recently arrested and charged several MS-13 criminals: “In New York and Nevada, 21 MS-13 members and leaders have been indicted on charges including murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.”

Finally, in a significant hit to Joe Biden, the National Association of Police Organizations announced its endorsement of Trump for reelection. This is a significant blow to the former vice president given the fact that back in both 2008 and 2012, the NAPO endorsed Barack Obama and Biden. In 2016, the NAPO did not endorse a candidate. Clearly, America’s police have no confidence that Biden would have their backs — other than to stab them.

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Cuomo’s COVID Calculations

Nate Jackson

We’ve all heard a lot of breathless coverage in recent days — okay, for nearly five months — about COVID-19. Seemingly every newscast and newspaper front page trumpets the latest numbers of infections and deaths, despite the hot summer temperatures that were supposed to slow the spread but didn’t. But what if all this fear was driven by the New York media in part simply because New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are responsible for 42% of American COVID deaths? In other words, proximity bred panic — and it all just happened to support a particular political agenda.

It’s true that Florida, Arizona, and Texas are getting most of the attention recently because of drastic spikes in cases, though a similar spike also hit many other parts of the country. That media attention is not, however, out of concern for residents. It’s a chance to lampoon those particular states’ Republican governors for reopening “too soon,” while ridiculously heaping praise on all the wrong governors.

One of those Democrat governors, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, is arrogantly lecturing his Republican and Southern counterparts. “I say to them all, ‘Look at the numbers,’” said Cuomo, who’s done a lot of historical rewriting of his own pandemic record. “You played politics with this virus, and you lost. You told the people of this state, you told the people of this country, the White House, ‘Don’t worry about it. Go about your business.’”

All right, Governor. Let’s look at the numbers and see who’s playing politics.

Jon Miltimore of the Foundation for Economic Education wrote last week, “New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts … account for nearly 56,000 of the nearly 133,000 deaths in the US, even though they represent just 10 percent of the population.” Those three states have a drastically higher per capita death rate, too. Miltimore offers these stats (as of last week) for deaths per million:

  • New Jersey: 1,728
  • New York: 1,660
  • Massachusetts: 1,189
  • Arizona: 265
  • Florida: 179
  • Texas: 94

Yes, Mr. Cuomo, look at the numbers. Rich Lowry notes, “In New York, about 32,500 people have died. In Florida, a state of comparable population, about 4,300 people have died. In Texas and California, both bigger states, about 3,300 and 7,000 people have died.” And as CNN’s Jake Tapper put it, “NY state has lost more than 32,000 lives to COVID-19. So while it’s great that the numbers have gone down, it’s perplexing to see crowing, Cuomo going on Fallon, etc. No other state has lost as many lives, not even close. New Jersey is next with 17,000+.”

Look at the numbers, Governor — especially the thousands of New York nursing home deaths caused by your policies. Look at the other numbers that reveal the exorbitant costs of the lockdowns: shocking increases in unemployment, drug abuse, and deaths of despair.

And yes, look at the numbers. Like those erroneous numbers in Florida that badly skew the rate of positive tests, making Florida’s spike seem worse than it really is. Or the fact that the majority of new cases in hard-hit states are among the younger population, which means relatively fewer deaths.

One more time, look at the numbers. According to The New York Times, New York City “became the primary source of infections” nationwide. The Times reports, “[New] research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast.”

Ironically, New York now has nearly two dozen states on a quarantine list — for travelers from those states.

Finally, we can’t look at the numbers. As The Daily Wire notes, “When the BLM protests erupted for weeks upon weeks, the pandemic all but disappeared from the headlines. A little more than a month later, tremendous COVID-19 surges began occurring all across the country. The media adamantly refused to make any kind of connection between the surge and the protests.” In fact, the Wire continues, “New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio explicitly instructed those conducting contact tracing to actively avoid asking anyone if they had attended a protest.” So we’ll never know to what degree protests contributed to the surge in cases.

The bottom line is that this is still a novel virus and there’s so much we don’t know. Heavily populated states like New York might have suffered massive outbreaks no matter which party was running the show. But it would sure do us all a lot of good if the Andrew Cuomos of the world would quit trying to haughtily score cheap political points and instead take on a bit more humility — especially in the wake of more than 32,000 dead New Yorkers.

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School’s Out — Forever?

Arnold Ahlert

If the current mindset holds — courtesy of the most successful, media-driven, fear-mongering campaign in the history of the nation — it is likely that going to school will remain off the table for the foreseeable future. And no group is more adamant about maintaining that status quo than one of America’s prominent teachers unions.

“We all want to physically open schools and be back with our students, but lives hang in the balance,” stated United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Cecily Myart-Cruz. “We need to get this right for our communities.”

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner concurred. “We made the decision to close school facilities before there was any occurrence of the virus at our schools, and this proved to be the right call,” he asserted. “Science was our guide then, and it will continue to be.”

Science? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 children under age 15 have died from COVID-19. By contrast, in a typical year, 190 children die of the flu, 436 from suicide, 625 from homicide, and 4,114 from unintentional deaths. Moreover, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a group representing 67,000 pediatricians, issued a release in which it “strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

The AAP outlined a number of guidelines that should be followed with regard to minimizing the spread of COVID, but that wasn’t the only aspect of science its experts considered. “Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation,” the release adds.

Nonetheless, if there is one aspect of this pandemic that has been held hostage by media-driven political considerations, science goes to the top of the list. Thus, when President Donald Trump warned he would pressure governors by withholding federal funds from districts that refused to open, Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin accused him of wanting “to kill your kids.” When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stated that CDC guidelines are “meant to be flexible and meant to be applied as appropriate for the situation,” and that a hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning is “not a valid choice for families,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi labeled those assertions as “appalling.”

That Sweden’s schools have remained open throughout the pandemic, and nations like Denmark, Austria, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand reopened in April and May, all without significant upticks in virus transmission? That there’s an emerging consensus that children are not significant virus spreaders?

“All over the world … from professors, teachers, mothers, in the United States and elsewhere,” people are “stunned that we are willing to just simply destroy our children on some bizarre notion that’s completely contrary to the science,” asserts Dr. Scott Atlas, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center.

Atlas is naive in one respect. The world is not in the midst of a critical election season, one that will literally determine what kind of nation we are going forward. Nor is any other country in the world afflicted with a similar number of opportunistic attorneys looking to turn even a single coronavirus death occurring in a school setting into a cash cow. Nor do other nations endure a wholly unprincipled media looking to inflict as much damage as they possibly can on the current administration.

Which brings us back to the UTLA. It has issued a policy paper in which it asserts school reopenings must be contingent not just on items addressing the pandemic but on a wholly political agenda that includes placing a moratorium on charter schools — and defunding police. “Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the paper stated, citing assertions made by the American Public Health Association. “We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

Thus, some public health is “more equal” than other public health. “Everyone who studies mental health in children is sounding the alarm; it’s not just the fear, stress, and anxiety, it’s the isolation,” columnist Jim Geraghty states. “To the extent we can get kids safely interacting with each other again — making each other laugh again — we need to do that. We cannot allow our kids to pay the price for grownups’ ideological differences or fears of lawsuits.”

Leftists say, “Yes we can.” Unions like the UTLA, and the Democrat Party that receives more than 90% of its campaign donations, are essentially a cartel. One so powerful that a child’s zip code can literally determine whether that child will receive a decent education or be trapped in one of the many union-run “failure factories” that afflict every Democrat-controlled city in the nation. It is a cartel that also despises competition, which is why the UTLA and other unions seek to undermine charter schools, even though the public favors them by a two-to-one margin — a ratio that increases to three-to-one among the black Americans about whom unions and Democrats purport to care so deeply.

“We are so cowed with fear by the unknown potential of this virus that we are willing to sacrifice everything in service to its eradication, which is not even remotely guaranteed,” writes columnist Libby Emmons. “If our nation plunges into chaos at the hands of a generation of people who know nothing about math, science, civics, history, or literature, who get their information from endless YouTube gaming videos, it will not be the fault of the pandemic, but our own.”

Emmons is also somewhat naive. Our nation has already been plunged into chaos by progressives who see that chaos as their surest route to permanent power. And just as it has for the better part of 60 years, the education cartel views thousands of students who know nothing about math, science, civics, history, or literature — and the ultimate dependency on big government such cultivated ignorance engenders — as cannon fodder for the cause.

Thus, it is hardly surprising that a Reuters analysis of 57 school districts reveals that fewer than half take attendance, approximately a third weren’t providing required services to special-needs students, and 47 of 57 are providing elementary and middle-school students with half or less than the usual face time with teachers.

The UTLA? As The Wall Street Journal reveals, its “pandemic collective-bargaining agreement prohibited schools from requiring face-to-face online instruction such as Zoom or Skype. Teachers also don’t have to work more than four hours per day.”

The kids? No classes, no sports, no clubs, no dances, no socialization, no nothing that resembles normalcy. “Keeping schools closed is a way to ensure discord and perpetrate inequity, lawlessness, and stupidity for generations to come,” Emmons warns.

Despite all denials, the educational cartel wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Lincoln Project: Destroy Conservatism to ‘Save’ It

Harold Hutchison

When it comes to President Donald Trump, it’s not hard to see why some conservatives are still hesitant to give him their full backing. His Twitter outbursts are sometimes odd and unpresidential, and his colorful personal life hasn’t exactly reflected the sterling character of presidents past. His leadership style, particularly during the pandemic, has not always been reassuring.

Except for that last item, this was debated and discussed ad nauseam both during and after the 2016 election. What has changed since the 2016 election is that President Trump now has a track record — a track record of promises made and promises kept that has been, by any objective standard, a good one.

Just on the basis of judicial nominations, President Trump has been a huge success. Prior to the pandemic lockdowns, Trump had also turned the economy around. In addition, he was making progress on a number of other issues — and fulfilling agenda items that had long been given lip service by establishment types. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem? Done — after two-plus decades of inaction. Securing the border? In the face of nonstop Democrat obstructionism, Trump’s been busy building or refurbishing barriers.

Trump’s track record and the Democrats’ lurch to the far left have caused a number of prominent anti-Trump conservatives like Glenn Beck, Ben Shapiro, and Erick Erickson to ditch their initial “Never Trump” stance. They still criticize him when appropriate, but they’re no longer inclined to concede victory to a Democrat Party with a track record of abusing power.

Unfortunately, some Never Trumpers are now seeking to destroy conservatism in the name of saving it. The Lincoln Project, formed by various anti-Trump “Republicans” and “conservatives” like George Conway, John Weaver, Rick Wilson, and Tom Nichols, has established a clear objective: Beat Trump and Republican senators. Byron York noted that The Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt wants to defeat every GOP senator who voted for acquittal in the president’s phony impeachment trial earlier this year. For those keeping score, that would be every Republican senator except the kowtowing Mitt Romney.

With Joe Biden promising a hard-left agenda and the usual pattern of progressive abuses, what The Lincoln Project wants is nothing more than the destruction of “Trumpism.” But how does it define Trumpism? Does it mean every Republican who boldly stands up to the Left, like Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and Josh Hawley (MO)?

Keep in mind, many of these Never Trumpers are the establishment types who continually rolled over in the face of serial abuses and slanderous attacks during Barack Obama’s two terms. Others were simply ineffective at advancing policies or winning elections. Trump exposed both of these groups during his successful 2016 campaign.

Instead of reflecting on how their failures drove grassroots Patriots to turn to Trump, they are now determined to punish conservatives for heresy. By expanding their scope to include senators, they are openly trying to undermine any semblance of a check on the Left. The Lincoln Project’s Democrat funding talks.

Perhaps Never Trumpers think that after they burn down the Trump movement, they’ll be invited back to resume what they view as their rightful positions within the GOP. But that’s not going to happen. Their actions are widely seen as treacherous, especially as Democrats embrace abortion on demand, assaults on the Second Amendment, attacks on religious liberty, and massive government spending and expansion.

The Lincoln Project isn’t convincing Trump supporters to rethink their position; it’s simply causing people to rightly question the conservative credentials of those involved.

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Reparations Sticker Shock

Douglas Andrews

Quick: Picture in your mind a quadrillion of anything. Having trouble? Here’s some help: The Great Lakes have a volume of about six quadrillion gallons, and it takes 210 years or so for a quadrillion gallons to cascade over Niagara Falls. Or, if entomology is your thing, we have around 10 quadrillion ants here on planet Earth at any one time.

We mention all this by way of preparing you for some sticker shock — namely, the price tag of a study on slavery reparations recently conducted by three college professors: $6.2 quadrillion. That’s a six and a two followed by 14 zeroes. Or, to put it in a way that drives home the fiscal enormity of that number, if we were to divide 6,200,000,000,000,000 one-dollar bills into 16 even stacks, each of those stacks would reach the moon. (If you don’t believe us, this graphic will help you check the math.)

We know what you’re thinking: Not even Jeff Bezos has a spare six quad lying around, so what’s the point? Well, one of our nation’s two major political parties is currently dancing with this reparations devil, and Democrats are likely to keep dancing until Election Day — or at least until they think they’ve got 90% of the black vote sewn up for the cognitive calamity called Joe Biden.

And we shouldn’t be surprised that the topic of reparations seems to reappear every four years. After all, that’s when the Democrats are desperate to mobilize their most loyal constituency. So here we go again.

As Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner, “The nation’s mayors on Monday backed a national call for reparations to 41 million black people, a program that could cost taxpayers $6.2 quadrillion. The U.S. Conference of Mayors released a letter backing a Democratic plan to form a reparations commission to come up with a payment for slavery.”

This is how far left the Democrats have lurched. What had long been a fringe issue beset by all manner of legal and logical conundrums is now spoken of freely and opportunistically among mainstream Democrats. As Bedard notes, “The study suggests a payment of $151 million [for each of 41 million black American recipients], and the cost to every person would be $18.96 million. The calculation is somewhat complicated, but it essentially studies the unpaid hours slaves worked, calculates a price for massacres and discrimination, and adds in interest.”

We suspect the average eighth-grader will need to bump up his lawn-mowing price if he’s on the hook for $19 million.

In a column he penned last year, Jeff Jacoby pulled together the commonsense case against reparations. “Slavery was a toxic evil,” he began, “and its bitter impact didn’t end with emancipation. But any attempt to discharge the moral crimes of the 18th and 19th centuries with monetary payments in the 21st century is doomed to fail. The logistical and definitional obstacles alone would be a nightmare. The majority of white Americans have no ancestral link to antebellum slavery — they are descendants of the millions of immigrants who came to the United States after slavery had been abolished. Of the remainder, few had any slaveholding forbears [sic]: Slavery was abolished in most Northeastern states within 15 years of the American Revolution, while in most of the West it never existed at all. Even in the South at the peak of its ‘slaveocracy,’ at least 75 percent of whites never owned slaves.”

Jacoby then addressed some of the complications: “To whom would reparations be owed? Millions of black Americans are recent immigrants or the children of those immigrants, and have no family link to slavery. Are they entitled to compensation for what slaves endured? How about whites whose ancestors were slaves? Or blacks descended from slaveholders? What of the 1.8 million biracial people who identified themselves in the last Census as both black and white? Should they expect to collect reparations, or to pay them?”

Slavery is and always will be the great stain on our nation’s history — indeed, the great stain on all of human history. But no amount of money forcibly transferred from one group of innocent Americans to another group of aggrieved Americans will ever make it right. Nearly $30 trillion in “Great Society” wealth transfers since the mid-1960s have made this all too painfully clear.

Leftists don’t want to hear any of this, of course, because the racial grievance industry is a lucrative one. But the solution to our nation’s original sin will only arrive when all of us — black, brown, and white — commit to judging each other just as Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed it: not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

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Atlanta DA’s Injustice Play Against Cops

Thomas Gallatin

We recently noted the politically motivated actions of Atlanta’s District Attorney Paul Howard in his dubious decision to charge police officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder for his role in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. Recall that Brooks, as he was being arrested on DUI charges, suddenly and violently resisted — he fought with the two officers, stole one of the officers’ tasers, and as he was fleeing turned and fired it at the officers before Rolfe shot and killed him. As we previously argued, based on the known evidence, there is nothing that justifies these charges. That assessment still holds today.

What is new is that more information has come to light that further cements our assessment that DA Howard’s actions are not only politically motivated during an election year but also corrupt. Howard sought to rig the judicial process in order to railroad Rolfe in an effort to both placate his constituents and fend off negative press associated with his being under a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe for illegally supplementing his income with grant money from a nonprofit.

It appears that Howard acquired grand jury subpoenas instructing the Atlanta PD to turn over its “open investigation regarding Garrett Rolfe and the use of force incident.” However, there’s one major problem with these subpoenas: The grand jury had been suspended due to COVID-19 since March 13, well over a month before the Brooks incident. In other words, there was no grand jury to produce said subpoenas. As Georgia State University law professor Jessica Gable Cino observes, “It would be a violation of criminal law to make a knowingly false statement or misrepresentation in the subpoena.”

Furthermore, Howard has given multiple and contradictory explanations for how the subpoenas were issued. First, he claimed they were issued for a potential “future grand jury,” a dubious and highly problematic claim. He later contradicted that by saying the subpoenas had been issued by a “past grand jury.” The problem with this explanation is that, again, the past grand jury’s legal term had already ended prior to the Brooks incident — ergo no possibility for the legal issuing of subpoenas.

“It absolutely looks like the District Attorney’s Office is attempting to sort of cover up their mistakes with band aids that aren’t really staying on very well,” Cino argues. “It looks like there’s an abuse of process which could completely derail this case, and nobody wants that outcome.” Actually, that may be exactly the outcome Howard is after. If the case is dismissed (and it should be because these officers should never have been charged in the first place), Howard can claim that his attempt to get “justice” for Brooks was prevented by a justice system rife with “systemic racism.” This is assuming that Howard doesn’t soon find himself facing the long arm of the law he so self-servingly and corruptly wielded. The GBI has expanded its investigation to include this most recent ethics violation, so stay tuned.

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Above the Fold

  • “Several high-profile Twitter accounts, including those of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama, appeared to be hacked simultaneously on Wednesday with a message soliciting participation in a Bitcoin scam,” National Reviews reports. “The hacking effort also targeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, and the corporate accounts of Uber and Apple. … Many of the tweets included a link to a Bitcoin wallet address. Close to 300 people reportedly fell for the scam and contributed more than $100,000 to the fake wallet.” Thanks, Obama!

  • On a serious note, National Review also reveals: “A number of New York City police officers including the NYPD department chief were injured at a George Floyd protest on the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday morning. … ‘Three officers violently attacked by protesters crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The officers sustained serious injuries,’ the NYPD wrote. ‘This is not peaceful protest, this will not be tolerated.’” Meanwhile, Fox News appropriately notes, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his ‘steadfast and very public support’ for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.”

Government & Politics

  • Minneapolis police body-cam footage of George Floyd’s arrest released on the same day Floyd’s family announced a lawsuit against the city and the officers charged in his death (Fox News)

  • Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes manager Brad Parscale and promotes Chris Christie campaign veteran Bill Stepien (The Hill)

  • Liberty University slaps New York Times with $10 million suit for “made up” coronavirus story (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • U.S. weighs sweeping and deserved travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members (The New York Times)

  • “Disrupt and destroy MS-13”: DOJ announces first-ever terrorism charges in nationwide gang crackdown (Fox News)

  • The Trump administration said it would no longer require foreign students to attend in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic in order to remain in the country (The New York Times)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Florida department of health exposed for massively overreporting positive cases (The Blaze)

  • “I feel fine”: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt tests positive (The Daily Wire)

  • Can you get infected twice? Researchers say possibility is “certainly real” (USA Today)

Business & Economy

  • China economy expands 3.2% after 6.8% contraction in previous quarter (Time)

  • August surprise: Tsunami of bankruptcies forecast as government aid runs dry (The Washington Times)

  • As frivolous lawsuits surge, liability reform remains top GOP priority (Washington Examiner)

  • Walmart will require shoppers to wear masks; other retailers urged to follow (NPR)

  • Private religious schools more likely than public schools to reopen in fall (Washington Examiner)

Culture & Heartland

  • Atlanta police charge suspect in the perverse death of eight-year-old black girl Secoriea Turner (Fox News)

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture publishes multi-racist graphic linking “rational linear thinking” and “nuclear family” to white culture (National Review)

  • George Washington University’s “anti-bigotry” reading list includes book that equates conservatism with racism (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Court renders unconstitutional part of major Virginia gun control measure that would have virtually outlawed private handgun purchases for people under 21 (The Washington Free Beacon)

Closing Arguments

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For the record: “If the multibillion-dollar NFL decides that multimillionaire players have no obligation to stand to honor a collective national anthem, and that there will be separate anthems and politicized uniforms, then millions of Americans will quietly shrug and change the channel. And that silent protest will make the 2016-17 anthem protest look like child’s play.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Upright: “If politicians ignore or even tacitly encourage these mobs, they will declare more and more things offensive until they have targeted every Founding Father, every religious institution (some are even calling for the removal of images of Jesus because His representations are ‘too white’), and virtually any symbol of ‘oppressive’ Western civilization. We must put an end to this now. The rioters and statue topplers must be arrested and prosecuted. We must educate the public about the truth of the founding of the most exceptional nation on earth. And we must wrest our educational system from the hands of leftists who use our schools as indoctrination centers — before we lose yet another generation to them. This must be our wake-up call, because as Ronald Reagan also admonished, freedom must be fought for, protected, and handed on to our children to do the same, or one day, we’ll be telling our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” —Kay C. James

An honorable and gracious exit: “I think it is time for this Republican Party to listen to the Donald Trump agenda because he has talked about those things frankly and openly. And I think they were huge factors in his ability to win that past election.” —Jeff Sessions

Food for thought: “The goal is to get to a society where we pretty much never think about race and just treat each other as equals, but people keep saying the way to get there is a detour through constantly think[ing] about race in absolutely everything.” —Frank J. Fleming

Race bait: “Americans purchased millions more guns than usual this spring, spurred in large part by racial animosity stoked by widespread protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as anxiety over the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.” —The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham

Non compos mentis: “Firearm violence nationally jumped nearly 8 percent from March through May because of excess gun-buying.” —Christopher Ingraham peddling bogus research

And last… “The number one priority of media and Democrats, but I repeat myself, is to ban all children from going to school (even private and religious schools) in order to keep parents at home and prevent the economy from recovering. Not for public health reasons, but to hurt Trump in Nov.” —Sean Davis

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