From the website:
A Trump era remake of the Benghazi story ’13 Hours’ has just finished filming in Baghdad. Titled ’13 Minutes,’ it chronicles the short period from when the U.S. Marines landed at our Baghdad embassy to when the Iran-backed militias ran away losing their sandals.
Starring John Krasinski and Apache helicopters as supporting cast members, the remake is admittedly much more enjoyable than the Obama-era original, with a bigly satisfying ending. It was finished under budget and ahead of schedule, with an instant premiere in every US household on January 1, 2020.
No YouTube videos were blamed in the making of this movie.
Over at Instapundit Glen Reynolds publishes an email he received from John Ring, science fiction author:
UPDATE: John Ringo emails:
People keep missing something important about the airstrikes that ‘killed 25 militants’.
The militants were collateral damage. The target was multiple ‘hidden’ missile magazines for rather expensive Iranian SCUDs threatening Israel.
The strike cost the Iranians a shit ton of hard currency. It also pointed out we know where they hide stuff and can take out the “threat” at leisure.
And trying to storm the (fortress) embassy in Iraq was the best they could do.
This is exactly how US military power should be used. When bad people start attacking our people, our embassies or other assets overseas there is nothing like a wallop with a big stick to put the problem in perspective for them. If Iran wants to escalate they are certainly free to do so, but they will do so keeping a close eye out for America’s counter punch. Nor should these counter punches be proportional. On the contrary, they should be disproportionate precisely to drive the message home to people who just can’t get it otherwise.
NEW YORK CITY– Tiffany Harris allegedly assaulted three Orthodox Jewish women, hitting them in the face on Friday, and yelling “F–k you, Jews.” She was arrested.
Despite the fact that she admitted the crime, had an open harassment and assault charge, as well as a criminal mischief conviction, she was let go without bail.
That’s thanks to New York City’s “bail reform” legislation that requires arraignment judges to set free suspects in non-sexual attacks that don’t cause physical injury — even in hate-crime assaults.
Ms. Harris’ release is part and parcel of a movement to redefine justice and the meaning of law. Up to this point American’s have had a very high respect for the law as law and its enforcement are integral to the functioning of a Republic. Republics are not ruled by the whim of a king or the passion of mobs, but by strict and evenhanded operations of law. Absent enforcement law becomes a meaningless abstraction, its function as a guide to public and private behavior vanishes and the people are left to manage the ensuing chaos as best they are able.
Police and the courts then become not servants of the people but their oppressors. Ordinary folk depend on the police to protect their security by at a minimum discouraging violence against them by threatening the violent with punishments. When the hooligans realize that they will not be held accountable for their acts they prey on the ordinary citizen more boldly. Police then become the tools of those who pay them to look the other way, and become themselves just another gang despoiling the common man or enforcers for powerful, moneyed special interest groups.
Nor is it a question of simply granting limitless clemency to law breakers, but a tool of oppression for changing the fabric of society according to the desires of interests pushing their agendas on the public.
AMES, Iowa (Washington Examiner) — An Iowa man was sentenced to serve 16 years behind bars after he tore down a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride from the front of a church and burned it.
Adolfo Martinez, 30, was found guilty of a felony hate crime and third-degree harassment after he tore down the pride flag displayed in front of the United Church of Christ in Ames, Iowa. Martinez ripped down the flag and walked it over to Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club, where police say he was a regular.
Interestingly, tearing down and burning Old Glory is not a crime at all, rather a protected expression of free speech, but tearing down and burning a rainbow flag celebrating homosexuality is a hate crime and a felony. The message is glaringly clear, thou shalt not disapprove of the gays – or else. The same principle applies to so-called sanctuary cities where a certain class of privileged people, undocumented invaders, are above the law. George Orwell summed it up nicely in his novel Animal Farm: “Some animals are more equal than others.”
At the same time that President Trump is appointing Constitutionalist judges to Federal courts all over the land George “Darth” Soros has embarked on program to undercut the rule of law by generously funding District Attorney races. The Epoch Times carries the story (Note; The story is behind a pay wall, parts of it are reproduced beloow:
The president of an association representing nearly 1,000 deputy district attorneys (DA) in Los Angeles has raised concerns about an ongoing effort by special interest groups, predominately funded by liberal megadonor George Soros, to influence the outcome of local district attorney races.
Michele Hanisee, the president of the Deputy District Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County (ADDA), says these special interest groups are seeking to circumvent the entire democratic process by electing DA candidates who have vowed to not enforce categories of crime—many who are known as progressive prosecutors—in their effort to “radically reshape the criminal justice system.”
Hanisee says these groups, which are operating across the country, spend large amounts of money usually in the final months before a primary or general election to boost their preferred candidate. The groups are usually super political action committees (PACs) that take on some form of the moniker “Justice & Public Safety.”
“The concern with the philosophy of it is that by backing candidates to promise not to enforce the law, they can bypass the entire democratic system of legislation,” she added. “So instead of lobbying to change the law, they just buy an elected official into office who won’t uphold the law. And that’s not democracy.”
She said that traditionally, district attorneys are elected based on their job experience, experience as an administrator, experience in law enforcement, and their record in the community. But she said now elections are suddenly based on promises such as “not on how to enforce the law, but simply not to enforce the law,” she said.
Hanisee is currently watching the upcoming Los Angeles County DA race closely and is wary about challenger George Gascon, who is known for his progressive criminal reform agenda from his time as San Francisco’s District Attorney.
Gascon announced his bid in L.A. county in October challenging incumbent Jackie Lacey. He has promised a range of policies to remake the criminal justice system, like bail reform.
Hanisee, who expressed support for Lacey, has raised concerns about Gascon’s proposed policies, citing his San Francisco record.
Hanisee said she also thinks that many of the district attorneys who were voted in based on their progressive agendas are actually not progressive.
“They’re radicals who want to make radical changes at the cost of public safety,” she said. “What the public really needs and what they deserve [is] our candidates and elected official to make thoughtful, cautious, measured change in collaboration with all stakeholders, because that’s far more likely to be effective without endangering public safety.”
The Justice Department and some prosecutors have also warned about the risks of electing progressive prosecutors.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr reprehended the movement in a speech to the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police in August, saying that these district attorneys “style themselves as ‘social justice’ reformers” and “spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law.”
Whitney Tymas, who is listed as the treasurer of many of Soros-funded PACs across the country, said in a statement to The Washington Post in June that “Justice & Public Safety supports candidates with the experience and commitment to make their communities safer and fairer.”
Tymas did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. Similarly, the law firm Perkins Coie, who is listed as the contact email for the Justice & Public Safety PAC in FEC filings, did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
If you ever wonder if you are one of the more equal ones, you aren’t.
General Kwast is absolutely right. This should be the equivalent of Kennedy’s We Are Going To The Moon speech. Share this with everyone you know.
One of my Democrat friends (Hey! Don’t you heave that tomato at me!) is complaining on Facebook about the Senate Majority Leader’s approach to the articles of impeachment.
Here is the oath the senators will take for the impeachment trial. Then listen to Moscow Mitch, who states his loyalty will be not to the Constitution, but rather to the White House. Then look back to the great integrity of the Republicans at the Nixon impeachment. What happened to them?
Being a naughty boy I just had to troll him.
Leo M. Walker What’s this? A sudden and wholly unexpected care for the Constitution! Wherever did that come from?
In the first place any impeachment proceedings are an entirely political process, the Constitution recognized this. Second, the current impeachment proceedings are not only wholly political, but fraught with all kinds of procedural “errors”, meaning entirely jiggered by the Party of Desperation. Just as the House is free to concoct whatever charges it sees fit based on whatever evidence it can produce, adduce, conjure or manufacture, just so the Senate can try the charges in any way it sees fit – or not.
I’m looking forward the impeachment proceedings against the next duly elected Demoncrat President, to begin the very afternoon of the day he or she takes the Oath of Office. Turn about is fair play, and payback is a bitch. Why can’t you loony Donks remember that from one time to the next?
Maybe because you are so blinded by the raw lust for power that can’t conceive that yet another of your cockamamie schemes could possibly fail as miserably as the last. And the one before that. Oh, and the one before that. And don’t forget the one before that. You guys should change your mascot from an ass to Wily E. Coyote.
Now some thoughts for grown-ups. One hour of VDH laying down some heavy and timely perspective.
It seems that Rep. Adam “Schitty” Schiff is back home promoting his impeachment farce to the hustings. It seems that a fair number of his constituents are unhappy, and letting him know it in no uncertain terms. What I find most interesting about this clip is that there is no concerted push-back from the rest of the crowd. https://twitter.com/FollowQanon/status/1206045134036582400
The Deep State propaganda organs (AKA the media) have tried to play this up but their ratings have tanked. Only the most politically energized are paying any attention, it is a total fizzle with most Americans. All this media attention has succeeded in doing three things: 1. boring most Americans; 2. energized Republicans and demoralized Democrats; 3. shaken up the Democrats in Congress and unified the Republicans.
From the article at Miltary.com The link to the video is in red.
Hundreds of sailors and Marines stood in long lines on both sides of a road at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, in a silent and moving tribute Sunday as the parents of slain Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson drove onto the base.
Benjamin and Sheila Watson posted a 10-minute Facebook video of their slow ride past the saluting service members. The only sounds on the video are Sheila Watson’s sobs. At one point, Benjamin Watson, at the wheel, reaches across to hold his wife’s hand.
Watson, 23, of Enterprise, Alabama, a recent Naval Academy graduate and pilot in training; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, were killed Sunday in a shooting rampage at the base.
Eight others were wounded or injured in the incident early last Friday in a classroom building at the base. The FBI has identified Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who was in training at Pensacola, as the shooter.
He was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.
Watson’s family said he was shot five times as he tried to take down the perpetrator; he died later of his wounds at Baptist Hospital.
In a Facebook posting, his brother, Adam Watson, said, “After being shot multiple times, he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was, and those details were invaluable” in ending the incident.
In a statement Sunday, Capt. Timothy Kinsella, the base commander, said all three of the fallen sailors acted heroically in trying to stop the shooter.
“When confronted, they didn’t run from danger, they ran toward it and saved lives,” he said. “If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”
At a news conference Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said of the three sailors, “What you saw was people running to the danger to try to save others.”
At the same news conference, Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville, Florida, field office, said the investigation is proceeding on the assumption that the incident was an act of terrorism.
“Our main goal right now is to confirm whether he acted alone or was he a part of a larger network?” she said.
The traditional tribute to the three sailors posted on the Navy‘s website said: “Fair winds and following seas, shipmates. We have the watch.”
Every election cycle I hear people complaining that they have no idea which judges to vote for. Even searching for useful information doesn’t yield very much, if anything at all. Well here’s the chance you puzzled people have been looking for, a chance to hear straight from the horse’s mouth who these folks are and what they are about. Click on the image for the .pdf version.