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When Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, Sen. Warren’s supporters accused her of selling out to Wall Street and Goldman-Sachs. They were right. Sen. Warren sold out to Wall Street without hesitation.

During her interview with Rachel Maddow, Sen. Warren said “I’m ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.” Tonight, Bernie Sanders became the final sellout. Tonight, the hard left learned that Sen. Sanders and Sen. Warren talked tough about fighting Wall Street but then endorsed Wall Street’s bought-and-paid-for candidate.

This isn’t shocking. The Democratic Party is the party that sells people out. Another example of the Democratic Party selling out the people is how Hillary Clinton is selling out police officers in the hopes of increasing minority turnout:

The mothers of several African-Americans killed by police or gun violence will be put in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention. The Mothers of the Movement will put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement at center stage.

I wrote this post last week to highlight the police officers’ outrage with Mrs. Clinton. John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 in Philadelphia, wrote this statement last week:

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism.

Democrats aren’t hiding their motivation for inviting Mothers of the Movement:

Obama won more than 90 percent of black voters and well over half of women and younger voters in both 2008 and 2012, exit polling shows. Clinton has a strong lead over Trump among blacks, according to a June survey by Quinnipiac, and tends to carry big margins among female voters, but she has to shore up support among millennials and young voters, who are only slowly warming to her.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand with law enforcement. Period. She’s made statements about standing with law enforcement and that violence is never justified but when push comes to shove, Hillary will push law enforcement officers off the stage. Then she’ll invite Mothers of the Movement, the New Black Panther Party and #BlackLivesMatter onto that stage.

This weekend has provided Americans with lots of proof that Democrats will sell the American people out for their special interest allies. Let’s hope they decide they won’t tolerate the Party of Sellouts to live in the White House for another 4 years.

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Monday, I wrote this post to highlight Gov. Dayton’s statement on the Baton Rouge assassinations. Gov. Dayton said “The terrible murder of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge shocks the conscience of every decent-minded American. I renew my plea for all Minnesotans to engage only in peaceful and lawful ways to exercise their First Amendment rights. This is our opportunity to help lead the nation away from this wanton, mass violence and toward a reconciliation and healing.”

While it’s true that Gov. Dayton’s tone in this statement was conciliatory, let’s not forget that Gov. Dayton also accused a Hispanic police officer of racism by saying “Would this have happened if driver and the passenger have been white? I don’t think so.”

Don’t let Gov. Dayton’s latest public statements fool you. Gov. Dayton accused a Hispanic police officer of being a racist. In her speech to the NAACP Convention, Hillary Clinton said “Americans need to do a better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. We all need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes, to imagine what it would be like to our son or daughter down and have the talk.”

Whether it’s Gov. Dayton accusing police officers of being racists or whether it’s Mrs. Clinton talking about white privilege, Democrats talk the language of victimization to minorities, especially African-Americans.

Gov. Dayton’s political allies at TakeAction Minnesota hinted that white people are racists in this letter:

Last week, we shared our reflections on the tragic death of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and countless other black people, as well as other people of color, at the hands of the police. We were amazed by the overwhelming amount of people like you who recognize this injustice and are ready to act.

You know more than anyone that the time to show up, to be in solidarity, to act for the movement of black lives is NOW. We must take action against the structural racism plaguing our state and entire country. A racism that shows up in our policing as systemic violence, in the public education system that fail students of color, and in every other facet of our communities.

Here are a couple immediate ways you can join the fight right away:

In the Twin Cities tomorrow? We’re joining the educators from the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change & other black leaders hitting the streets to demand justice for #PhilandoCastile and for Black lives across the country.

Can’t make the march, but still want to act? Sign this petition to call on St. Paul County Attorney Choi to turn over the investigation on the murder of Philando Castile into the hands of an independent special prosecutor.

Police violence and structural racism are literally costing the lives of people of color and ultimately, both of these forces impact all of us in varying ways, but they do and will take all of us to create change. As a white father, whose children are in the St. Paul Public Schools, the tragic death of Philando Castile is a terrifying reminder that the educators who care so much for my children are not safe themselves – and that’s unacceptable. We can’t stress this enough. That’s why we’ll be there tomorrow, and we want to see you.

It isn’t difficult to understand what’s happening. In public, Gov. Dayton and Mrs. Clinton sound like us. The minute they’re with their special interest friends, though, they start accusing people of being racists. Personally, I can’t trust someone who changes what they say depending on which audience they’re speaking to.

Mrs. Clinton’s divisiveness is off-putting and unattractive. Couple that with her lack of trustworthiness and you have a legitimate reason not to trust her with the keys to the Oval Office.

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I intentionally gave this post that inflammatory title. Other than a few left fringers that I could count on my fingers, nobody is pro-terrorist. It isn’t difficult to make a case that there are lots of lefties that hate America or that think that they need to apologize for America, with our current president at the top of that list.

After reading Chris Stirewalt’s article, though, I thought it was important to highlight how the Democrats’ passivity or indifference towards terrorism and their pandering towards #BlackLivesMatter, Hands up, don’t shoot and Al Sharpton have created the situation we’re currently facing.

Shortly after starting in office, President Obama said that he didn’t know the facts surrounding the Cambridge Police Department arresting Henry Gates but that he knew that “the cops acted stupidly.” Later, he sent then-US Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to conduct a civil rights review and investigation. President Obama even bought into the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ storyline. President Obama didn’t speak out against Black Lives Matter, either, because he wanted them stirred up for the midterm elections.

Couple that with Bill DeBlasio’s shameful statement that he worries about his son and Gov. Dayton’s statement that he thinks that Philando Castile would still be alive if he wasn’t black and Mrs. Clinton’s statement that systemic racism is putting African-Americans in danger.

It isn’t a stretch to say that the Democrats’ default position is to question law enforcement authorities. It’s simply happened too many times to argue otherwise.

As for terrorism, it’s painfully obvious that this administration hasn’t done all it could in fighting ISIS. John Kerry admitted that attacks against Syria and ISIS would be “unbelievably small”:

In Afghanistan, generals recommended to President Obama that they use a troop surge to destroy the Taliban. Rather than immediately accepting their recommendation, the administration dithered and dithered until the opportunity had passed and the Taliban had escaped. After all that time waiting, President Obama ordered a troop surge, then stated in the very next sentence when he’d pull our the surge troops.

Hillary isn’t much better. She’s more ‘hawkish’, if you can call it that. She’s more willing to use the military but she’s only willing to do that in a photo op way. Look at Libya. She insisted that we get rid of Qaddafi. Eventually, that happened. Then she ignored all of Christopher Stevens’ urgent requests for additional security. After ignoring those urgent cables, the result was Christopher Stevens getting killed in a terrorist attack.

There’s no proof that she’s learned from that lesson.

Simply put, the Democratic Party hasn’t shown that they have the inclination to consistently support police officers or to fight terrorists wherever they are. If we want to make America safe again, then voting for Hillary isn’t an option. She has tons of national security experience with virtually no serious accomplishments. Think Benghazi, the Arab Spring, the Russian Reset Button and insisting that Bashar al-Assad was a reformer we could work with.

That isn’t the type of experience that I’d vote for.

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In the aftermath of this morning’s assassinations of 3 Baton Rouge police officers, half-hearted statements from the Commander-in-Chief aren’t enough. What’s required are strong actions that tell the world that assassinating cops won’t be tolerated.

Right after Philando Castile, Gov. Dayton opined that Castile might still be alive if he were white. It was an ill-advised statement that Gov. Dayton never should’ve made.

As long as it’s out there, though, it’s important that we flip this around. In light of the assassinations of the 5 DPD police officers last week and the assassinations of 3 police officers this morning in Baton Rouge and the I94 #BlackLivesMatter riots in St. Paul that left 21 officers injured, isn’t it time to ask whether #BlackLivesMatter should shoulder at least some of the blame for the assassinations of these police officers? Shouldn’t Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, especially Sharpton for his fiction of ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ in Ferguson, be blamed for throwing white gas on a raging racial fire?

In light of those things, the thing we didn’t need was a half-hearted statement from President Obama:

I’ll admit that it’d be difficult for President Obama to take Sharpton to the political woodshed but it’s what’s required. That’s what a leader would’ve done. Here’s what I would’ve written if I were the President’s chief speechwriter:

This morning’s assassinations of 3 police officers breaks my heart, especially knowing that it was another black man that shot those police officers. While I won’t pretend that police officers always treat minorities the same way they treat whites, I won’t pretend that black leaders like Al Sharpton and #BlackLivesMatter haven’t stoked the fires of racial animosity, either. It’s time for the police officers across the nation to review their procedures. Likewise, it’s time that the black community realize that most officers think that their job is to protect and defend the people in their city.

It was wrong for Gavin Long and Micah Johnson to murder in cold blood 8 police officers whose only sin was protecting people. It’s wrong for Al Sharpton to stoke the flames of racial animosity with chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot”.

Frankly, it’s time that both sides worked together rather than fighting each other.

That’s a statement President Obama doesn’t want to give, which is why it’s a statement that won’t be released.

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Since the start of 2016 or earlier, pundits have predicted that Democrats would retake their majority in the US Senate. That’s been the conventional wisdom pretty much the entire year. According to this article, those predictions might be greatly exaggerated.

This article isn’t the only thing that points to a contrary outcome in November. The latest Quinnipiac Swing State Poll brought smiles to the NRSC leadership team. Quinnipiac’s poll starts by saying “Republican incumbent U.S. Senators in three critical swing states fare better today as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida leads either of two Democratic challengers, while Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey outpoints his Democratic challenger and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is in a dead heat with a well-known challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today.”

It then highlights the fact that “Sen. Rubio leads U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy 47-40 percent and tops U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson 48-40 percent.” Amelia Chasse talked about the Florida race in a rather unflattering light towards Democrats:

Another DSCC primary pick, Florida’s Patrick Murphy, has had his inflated resume methodically torn apart by a series of investigative reports, to the point where Salon called him a “disaster candidate.”

Prior to that, Chasse spoke about Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ candidate in Pennsylvania in an unflattering light:

Establishment groups spent nearly $5 million to drag Katie McGinty, a bureaucrat with a revolving door problem, through another contentious primary, only to have her claim to be the first in her family to attend college immediately exposed as a lie.

According to Quinnipiac’s Swing State Poll, McGinty trails incumbent Pat Toomey “49%-40%.” That isn’t the type of margin that’s likely to produce a November nailbiter. In Ohio, pundits predicted Rob Portman’s demise. That might not happen:

Sen. Rob Portman is in a dead heat with former Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio. But that is an improvement for Portman, who earlier in the campaign was down as much as 9 points.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that Republicans are leading in the 2 biggest swing states and that they’re in much better shape in Ohio than they were a couple months ago.

Then there’s Ron Johnson. Though that race is tight, Wisconsin’s GOP GOTV operation is a powerful machine. Further, Feingold is running into difficulty explaining why he did nothing to fix the VA hospital in Tomah after getting notified about its difficulties.

That’s before talking about some potential GOP pickups. This video shows why Darryl Glenn has positioned himself well in Colorado:

Talking about a recent case of black-on-black violence in San Bernardino, CA, Glenn said that BLM wasn’t part of the solution before saying that what’s required is for policy leaders, community leaders and law enforcement to get together in a room and have a substantive conversation about the things that need to happen to end the distrust between law enforcement and minority communities. Couple the fact that he’s endorsed by Ted Cruz and that much of Cruz’s GOTV operation is now working for Glenn. That’s a powerful combination in Colorado.

Finally, don’t think that Harry Reid’s seat isn’t in play, too. If these things come together, it isn’t impossible to see Republicans holding a similar margin in 2017 as they have right now.

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Thanks to his attorney’s statements, Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s side of the story is getting out. Tom Kelly, Officer Yanez’s attorney, is getting word out that there’s much more to the story than what’s been told thus far, saying “The shooting had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the presence of that gun”, adding that Mr. Castile “was not following the directions of the police officer.”

This investigation is just getting started, meaning that they’re just starting to connect the dots. Still, it’s clear that a significant portion of the early reporting didn’t tell the whole truth. I suspect that we still aren’t getting everything but the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together a bit better.

One thing, though, that’s clear is that Gov. Dayton’s initial statements on the Philando Castile were ill-advised. That’s when he said “Would this have happened if those passengers would have been white? I don’t think it would have. I’m forced to confront — and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront — this kind of racism exists, and that it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow that we’re going to do whatever we can to see that it doesn’t continue to happen.”

It was always known that Diamond Reynolds’ account wasn’t the final word. It was dramatic. It showed part of the story. It was never going to be the final word on what happened. It’s been known that Gov. Dayton’s statements would quickly proven as ill-advised.

Gov. Dayton should’ve waited. Had he done so, he might’ve learned this:

An audio clip purporting to capture the moments just before Castile was stopped by Yanez seems to indicate that the officer believed he and Reynolds ‘looked’ like suspects in a robbery.

“I’m going to stop a car, I’m going to check ID’s,” the officer can be heard saying in the recording, obtained by KARE 11. “I have reason to pull it over. The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”

The officer then tells dispatch he believes the driver looks like one of the suspects because of his ‘wide set nose’. Less than two minutes later an officer screams that shots have been fired and that it’s a ‘code 3’. The license plate mentioned by police in the recording matches the plate of the car Castile was driving, and the location the officers give to dispatch matches where the traffic stop took place.

It is not yet clear what alleged robbery the officer in the recording was referring to.

In light of the fact that there is audio indicating that the stop was happening because the officer thought the car was used in a robbery, it isn’t difficult to think that Officer Yanez was worried for his safety. Couple that with the claim that Officer Yanez told Castile not to move. If it’s proven that Officer Yanez issued that command and that Castile didn’t obey Officer Yanez’s order, that’s a potentially explosive situation.

It’s time to consider the possibility that this tragedy wasn’t about racism but that it might’ve been about a potentially dangerous situation and a motorist who didn’t obey a police officer’s commands.

We’re told constantly that #BlackLivesMatter wants justice for the young black men who’ve been shot by police officers. If only that were true. Unfortunately, it isn’t true. When Diamond Reynolds said “Today is not only about justice and getting justice, but it’s about all of the families that have lost people”, what she hinted at was that she wanted revenge as if killing police officers would even the score.

It won’t. And even if it ‘evened the score’, it wouldn’t bring healing at a time when healing is badly needed. Evening the score is counterproductive. Unfortunately, it’s exceptionally tempting, too.

Then Ms. Reynolds said “This thing that has happened in Dallas was not because of something that transpired in Minnesota. This is bigger than Philando. This is bigger than Trayvon Martin. This is bigger than Sandra Bland. This is bigger than all of us.”

That sounds like she’s keeping score. I’m not trying to paint Ms. Reynolds as a hater. I’m trying to highlight the difference between justice and revenge. What’s needed is for both sides to take a deep breath. If it’s appropriate, it’s time to forgive. Most importantly, it’s time to stop seeing people as part of a group.

Whether we’re talking about minority communities or police officers, we’re dealing with communities that feel under siege. It’s like we’re living our lives on a powder keg. That’s no way to live. The only thing that’s likely to happen is for someone to light a match.

This past week, we’ve seen protests led by pastors. Far too often, these pastors spoke words of bitterness, which is a very human reaction. What’s needed is for those pastors to set aside the instinct to be angry. It’s time for them to lead their congregation away from that anger.

It’s become clear that #BlackLivesMatter isn’t interested in healing racial divides. They’re proving that they’re interested in injuring police officers. At least one officer is injured. Police are reporting that “protesters started arming themselves with rebar from the construction site” and that police then used smoke and glass balls to clear the crowd. Protestors also threw glass bottles and liquids at the officers. One officer is injured from being hit with a glass bottle.”

The Star Tribune is reporting that as “many as 200 protesters were blocking both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the major traffic artery connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul near the Lexington exits. Many sat on the freeway while others stood, the air filled with yelling and chanting. Some onlookers were climbing over the freeway fence to join the blockade, with the crowd swelling to an estimated 300 people filling the lanes in both directions.”

KSTP-TV is reporting that “St. Paul Police say 3 officers have been injured so far in I-94 protests #PhilandoCastile.” Meanwhile, #BlackLivesMatter- Minneapolis posted this picture:

Meanwhile, some of the best ‘reporting’ is coming from Twitter. For instance, this just got reported:

People now chanting “let the kids out”. Police agreeing to.

Then there’s this:

Aggressors still throwing fireworks and rocks at officers’ heads.

That came at 11:08 pm. The bad news is that things are spiraling out of control elsewhere, too:

reports of Shots Fired At Houston Police Officers

It’s going to be a long night in St. Paul:

Rebar is again being thrown at officers from a bridge above the freeway.

Yes, that’s a different report than the one earlier. From this point forward, I’ll try to differentiate between protesters and criminals. The people throwing rebar at officers aren’t protesters. They’ll be criminals if they can be located and arrested. This would definitely be considered criminal activity if it’s confirmed:

Dallas PD confirms it received an anonymous threat against law enforcement across the city; has taken precautionary measures.

The violence is somewhat limited but that’s a relative term. I’m going to publish this post now because, frankly, Twitter is giving the timeliest updates. Check back to LFR tomorrow for a round-up of tonight’s violence.

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When a young black man was shot and killed in Falcon Heights, MN this past week, Black Lives Matter activist Nekima Levy-Pounds was among the first people to show up to protest. The question Minnesotans should ask is whether they should question Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is a legitimate organization raising legitimate questions or whether they’re a bunch of professional agitators with ulterior motives.

It’s legitimate to ask that question because Black Lives Matter has engaged in some pretty radical behavior. First, their about us page tells the story of a pretty radical group. It says “#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.”

In other words, #BlackLivesMatter starts with the belief that a man acquitted by a jury is guilty of murdering a black youth. Forget the facts seems to be their starting point. That’s confirmed by their insistence that something that didn’t happen should become their rallying cry:

The Department of Justice found that Brown physically attacked Wilson and attempted to grab his gun. Wilson then allegedly shot Brown in self-defense. This information countered the testimony of Dorian Johnson, Brown’s friend and witness to the shooting, who said Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot, something Johnson still maintains as truth. “Hands up, don’t shoot” would eventually become a protest cry.

Forensic evidence discredited Johnson’s testimony. Dorian Johnson’s own words discredit his testimony:

On August 12, three days after Mike Brown was shot, Dorian Johnson (and his attorney) appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper program. Johnson claimed that he and his friend, Big Mike, were walking down the middle of the street when they were blocked by Officer Wilson, who then just reached out and grabbed Brown by the throat:

[The officer] reached out the window with his left arm. He grabbed on to my friend, Big Mike’s throat. And he’s trying to pull him in[to] the vehicle. And my friend, Big Mike, very angrily is trying to pull away from the officer. And the officer now is struggling with trying to hold a grip on my friend Big Mike as he’s trying to pull away.

Forensic evidence showed “hands up, don’t shoot” never happened.

Things like facts don’t seem to matter to #BlackLivesMatter. Threatening violence seems to be part of their repertoire:

Last night, Nekima Levy-Pounds was on Almanac calling for harmony. She might’ve gotten a better reception if #BlackLivesMatter hadn’t chanted something that seemed to threaten police officers. ‘Pigs in a blanket. Fry em like bacon’ isn’t the chant to use to promote healing.

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According to initial reports, the snipers who killed 5 police officers and wounded another 6 officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas were well-trained. That’s the opinion of Malcolm Nance, a combat veteran and retired US Navy Intelligence official. In the aftermath of the shootings, which I’d characterize as assassinations, Nance tweeted “#Dallas 1. TACTICALLY PROFESSIONAL: Shooter uses military Combat Glide, fire-on the move & tactical flow techniques.”

Nance’s tweet was in response to Haidar Sumeri’s tweet which said “Moment a cop was killed by one of the #Dallas gunmen during a shoot-out. These guys aren’t amateurs.”

If you’re looking for a voice of sanity while police sort through the evidence, Salena Zito’s article is a terrific place to start. Ms. Zito opened her article by saying “Politics must take a back seat this morning as we face the horror of five dead police officers, 11 total shot, 6 injured, after a Black Lives Matters peaceful protest in Dallas Texas went horribly wrong.” Then she said what many of us are thinking:

In fact, reaction was brutally swift and callous by hardliners on both sides of the aisle on social media, in the race to blame their political opponents policies, values and personalities for the senseless deaths of officers in charge of keeping a peaceful protest just that: peaceful.

We need to stop doing this to each other.

Their deaths were not the fault of the NRA, or Barack Obama, or the protestors in downtown Dallas. And, for added measure, because we always go there: all white people aren’t racist, all minorities aren’t suspect, all cops aren’t bad and everything that happens isn’t always politically motivated.

This time, let’s not have Chuck Schumer find a microphone and declare that the solution to this is gun control. This time, let’s let law enforcement sift through the forensic information. Let’s watch the reports:

Let’s gather information from articles like this:

A suspect who died after a standoff with Dallas police said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, and that he was upset about “the recent police shootings,” and that he acted alone, Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Friday.

The suspect eventually was killed by a bomb that authorities detonated, Brown said. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”

Once we have a base of knowledge, we can start connecting the dots. We shouldn’t try that until the information has been verified and we’ve had time to put the forensic evidence together.

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