Monday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: FBI fires Peter Strzok, months after anti-Trump texts revealed (Fox News)

Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing (The Hill)

U.S. sanctions Russia over nerve-agent attack in Britain (The Washington Free Beacon)

Underreported: What tax reform “crumbs” meant for these blue-collar workers (The Daily Signal)

Anti-Semitism soars on U.S. college campuses (The Washington Free Beacon)

Trump to sign Confucius Institute funding ban (Campus Reform)

Pence lays out plans for “Space Force” sought by Trump (The Wall Street Journal)

“Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in DC attracts few supporters, dwarfed by counterprotests (Washington Examiner)

Charlottesville rally turns into anti-police protest (Hot Air)

Facebook deletes Infowars page, Apple deletes all Alex Jones podcasts (National Review)

dummycrats-Democrats, unions declare victory as “right to work” loses by wide margin in Missouri (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Betsy DeVos’s loan-forgiveness rule gets slimed by the college cartel (National Review)

FBI agent acquitted of lying about shots fired at rancher in Oregon standoff (NBC News)

Billionaire drops quest to split California into three parts (Associated Press)

Sinclair’s merger with Tribune is officially dead (CNET)

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens (The Washington Free Beacon)

Good news: There are a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about America’s future (National Review)

Humor: commie-Ocasio-Cortez appears on “Sesame Street” to debate economic plan with the Count (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: The merits of criminal justice reform (The Washington Times)

Policy: Getting ready for China (National Review)

~The Patriot Post


Nelson Has ‘Little Bit of Egg on His Face’ With Russian Hacking Claim

by Conor Beck

{ } ~ Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith appeared on CNN Friday where he broke down Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D., Fla.) claim… that Russians compromised voting systems in Florida. Nelson’s claim Wednesday was shot down by election officials in the state who said they haven’t seen any sign of interference. Both the Florida Department of State and county election officials told the Sun-Sentinel they had received no information from Nelson about any threats to Florida’s election system. CNN’s Kate Bolduan told Smith the network has reached out to Nelson for more information and has asked for an interview over his claims. She said CNN hasn’t heard back...



Europe: Prayer in Public Spaces

by Giulio Meotti

{ } ~ A few months ago, a global media tempest erupted after Polish Catholics held a mass public prayer event across the country… The BBC deemed it “controversial”, due to “concerns it could be seen as endorsing the state’s refusal to let in Muslim migrants”. The same controversy, however, did not erupt in Britain when 140,000 Muslims prayed in Birmingham’s Small Heath Park, in an event organized by the Green Lane Mosque to mark the end of Ramadan. France is debating whether or not to block prayer on the street. “They will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced. “Public space cannot be taken over in this way”, said the president of the Paris regional council, Valérie Pécresse, who led a protest by councilors and MPs. In Italy, hundreds of Muslims prayed next to Colosseum, and Muslim prayers were held in front of Milan’s Cathedral… Why is there a double standard?


Poll Watcher Invents Dress Code To Prevent Conservative From Voting

by Warner Todd Huston and Jeffdunetz

{ } Since reaching the age of eighteen, there hasn’t been a national or local election that I’ve missed… Most times my visit to the polling takes place as soon as the polling station opens at 6am usually looking like I just crawled out of bed because that’s what I did. You see here in New York there is no dress code for voters, as long as one is not wearing something promoting someone who is running, that’s pretty standard for most states including Missouri. But this week in Kansas City Mo., one poll watcher invented another criterion, they have to like what the voter is wearing. During this past Tuesday’s primary Randy Thornton, a registered Republican voter in Kansas City was told he wasn’t allowed to enter the polling place because he was Make America Great (MAGA) hat on his head. Now unless I pulled a Rip Van Winkle and slept for two years, President Trump wasn’t running in this week’s GOP primary. Thornton only wanted to perform his sacred American duty of casting his vote in the Missouri primary was told by a poll worker on Tuesday that he was not allowed to vote because he was wearing one of the president’s signature campaign hats. The dummycrats-Democrat poll worker was apparently triggered by the MAGA hat and, like all dummycrats- Democrats revealed his inner scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters by telling the voter to leave the polling place…That was totally wrong and illegal.


Lawmakers Ask Pompeo for Help to Free California Man Held Without Charge by Vietnam


{ } ~ California lawmakers, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo… to “make every effort” to free an Orange County, Calif., man detained without charge since June by Vietnam. Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, 54, a U.S. citizen, flew to Vietnam on June 27 to visit family and friends but never made his return flight July 16. The Vietnamese regime admitted to the U.S. Embassy on July 17 that he had been detained July 7 and was being held at the Phan Dang Luu Detention Center in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen, a print shop owner who was born in Vietnam but has lived in the United States since childhood, is married to Helen Nguyen, an operating room nurse. They have four daughters. Nguyen is described by friends as an active member of his Catholic parish and not political. The Vietnamese regime has regularly persecuted Catholics such as Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, a democracy activist. They are reportedly holding Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen on suspicion of activity against the Vietnamese government, but he has not been charged with a crime…


Plane crashes after ‘unauthorized take-off’ from SeaTac airport, officials say

by Bradford Betz

{ } ~ A Horizon Air passenger plane crashed on an island in Puget Sound Friday night… not long after a suspect conducted an “unauthorized take-off” from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state, officials said. Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the air above Ketron Island after the plane went down. No passengers were believed to be aboard the Q400 aircraft, airport officials said. No one on the sparsely inhabited island was believed to have been injured, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. The unidentified pilot was a 29-year-old “suicidal male,” the sheriff’s department said. The Seattle Times reported that he was a Horizon Air employee from Sumner, Wash. The drama played out in real time on the Internet as the public was able to hear the suspect communicating with air traffic controllers via the air traffic control scanner…


Kathleen Turner Was One of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars Until Hidden Disease Derailed Her Career

by Loren Eaton

{ } ~ Fame is a fickle thing, always arriving and leaving when you least expect it. I think Bill Murray (“Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters”) captured it pretty well when, according to Esquire, he said, “I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘try being rich first.’ …

“There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.”

The ancient Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius felt much the same way, writing, “Consider the lives led once by others, long ago, the lives to be led by others after you, the lives led even now, in foreign lands. … How many offer you praise now — and tomorrow, perhaps, contempt.”

Aurelius came to the conclusion that fame was worthless, and I suspect that Hollywood legend Kathleen Turner probably feels the same way. When you look at her profile, you understand that she ruled the silver screen for about a dozen years.

Turner made a splash with the 1981 noir “Body Heat” and then went on to appear in the comedies “Romancing the Stone,” “The Jewel of the Nile,” and “Peggy Sue Got Married.” But in the early ’90s, her on-screen appearances dramatically declined.

People blamed her absence on alcoholism. But her lack of visibility owed to something more insidious: rheumatoid arthritis.

“It’s hard to understand the level of pain that this disease brings,” Turner said in an interview with Vulture published on August 7. “I don’t know how I got through it.

“One of the areas that was most painful was my right wrist. Just touching it would make me want to scream.”

Today explains that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, an illness where the body attacks itself. This particular variant assaults the joints and can cause permanent damage.

Around 1.3 million Americans suffer from it. But when Turner was diagnosed, it was more mysterious.

The arthritis hurt her career as much as herself. She noted, “If you say, ‘I have a mysterious illness and I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk tomorrow,’ you’re not getting hired. …

“Rheumatoid arthritis hit in my late 30s, the last of my years in which Hollywood would consider me a sexually appealing leading lady. The hardest part was that so much of my confidence was based on my physicality. If I didn’t have that, who was I?”

Unwilling to stew in regret, Turner reinvented herself, enjoying multiple cameos on numerous television shows. She also became something of presence in theater.

“The roles for mature women onstage are a thousand times better than anything written in film,” she said. “The screen roles are usually stereotypes: the evil stepmother, the bitter spinster.”

Though she rues her loss of fame, Turner hasn’t let it cripple her. She says she has more important things to consider.

“I’m too busy coping with disease to think much outside the day-to-day. For me it’s, ‘Can I hold a pen? Can I stand up? Can I climb those stairs?’”



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