Just FYI: Rambo is back to make America great again

I hadn’t realized until today that a new Rambo movie was in production but I should have guessed. Nearly every Republican presidency of the last four decades has welcomed one or more entries in the franchise, and the lone exception — Bush 41 — is barely an exception. “Rambo III” premiered six months before Election Day 1988, when the then-sitting VP was elected to his own four-year term. Reagan, the last Republican to win running on a campaign of restoring American strength, saw not one, not two, but three Rambo movies during his term. It was a cinch that President MAGA would inspire one despite Stallone’s advanced age.

Speaking of which, a strange but true fact: In neither of the two Rambo movies released since 9/11, including the new one opening soon, does America’s ultimate fictional soldier battle jihadis. The closest he’s come to facing the mujahedeen on the battlefield was in “Rambo III,” when he … fought alongside them against the Soviets in Afghanistan. (The film was even dedicated to them originally!) “Rambo,” released in 2008, had him fighting bad guys in Myanmar for God knows what reason. This new one has him waging war on—

Well, guess. We’re in the Trump era. Who’s the top villain whose ass needs kicking? No, don’t say “China”: That’s the correct answer, but Hollywood depends heavily on the Chinese box office. No one’s leaving big money on the table by making an action movie that’s destined to be banned in a country of a billion people due to its choice of antagonist. Don’t say “Russia” either. These movies are aimed mainly at right-wing audiences, after all, and the right’s relationship with Russia at this point is … complicated. I mean the other top villain.

Right. He’s fighting Mexican cartels. I’m guessing the final scene is Rambo pitching in to help build the wall.

Eh, it’ll be good to see him shoot an arrow again. Frankly, Stallone should do as many fan-service sequels as he’s capable of in the few productive years he has left. Exit question: “Over the Top 2” or “Lock Up 2”? I have a slight preference for the latter but am open to persuasion.

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Report: Iran-Linked Group Posed as GOP Candidates on Social Media

According to a recent report, social media accounts linked to a network in Iran posed as GOP midterm candidates on social media.

A report from Politico claims that Facebook and Twitter have removed a network of accounts linked to Iran that were used to spread disinformation across their social media platforms. Some of these accounts reportedly attempted to impersonate 2018 Republican congressional candidates.

Facebook began looking into this issue following a tip from the cybersecurity firm FireEye; this resulted in the removal of 51 bogus accounts, 36 pages which were followed by a total of 21,000 users, seven groups with 1,900 users in total, and three Instagram accounts with a combined follower account of 2,600 people. Twitter removed 2,800 accounts.

FireEye wrote in a blog post: “In addition to utilizing fake American personas that espoused both progressive and conservative political stances, some accounts impersonated real American individuals, including a handful of Republican political candidates that ran for House of Representatives seats in 2018.”

The candidates impersonated included Marla Livengood who was beaten in the 9th district of California by Rep. Jerry McNerny (D-CA) and Jinea Butler who lost the race for New York’s 13th district to Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) The report also claims that the accounts fooled U.S. and Israeli publications into publishing fake letters to the editor and blogs.

FireEye stated: “Personas in this network have also had material published in U.S. and Israeli media outlets, attempted to lobby journalists to cover specific topics, and appear to have orchestrated audio and video interviews with U.S. and UK-based individuals on political issues.”

Facebook commented on the issue stating: “We conducted an internal investigation into suspected Iran-linked coordinated inauthentic behavior and identified this activity. We’ve shared our analysis with law enforcement, policymakers and industry partners.” In comparison, Twitter took issues with FireEye stating that the firm “has issued a report and chosen not to share information or insights with Twitter prior to publication, which is outside standard, responsible industry norms. Responsible disclosure should include notification and information sharing to protect against informing bad actors. Going public without these elements harms the credibility of the security research community, whose insights we support and appreciate.”

Scott Winn, a consultant for the Livengood campaign, told Politico in a statement that he believes Twitter should have done more to prevent misinformation on its platform: “A strident opponent of nuclear weapons in Iran, Marla is shocked that Twitter was either unwilling, disinterested or too inept to protect users from obvious false information. Twitter users deserve better.”

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After CEO Showdown, N.C. City Plans to Amend Flag Size Rules

It is becoming likely that a controversial star-spangled banner in North Carolina will continue to wave over Gander RV in Statesville. The city said that its leaders will consider amending an ordinance regulating the size of flags flying in a highway business zone, according to WSOC TV. Gander RV and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis steadfastly refused to comply with city orders to take the flag down and was even willing to go to jail. Lemonis is also the star of CNBC’s The Profit.

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Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Warned Execs that 737 Max Will ‘Crash for Sure’

A new report reveals that an Ethiopian Airlines pilot warned executives that pilots needed more training on the Boeing 737 Max. The Pilot said in an email that “it will be a crash for sure” if pilots faced a malfunction and other warnings at the same time. His warning came just months before the airline’s fatal crash involving a 737 Max.

According to a report from Bloomberg News, an Ethiopian Airlines pilot told senior officials that pilots needed more training in order to properly operate the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The 737 Max planes were recalled after two were involved in fatal crashes. In March, an Ethiopian Airlines-operated 737 Max crashed, killing the 157 passengers onboard.

The Bloomberg News report provides broad details on an email sent by Ethiopian Airlines pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin who argued that a 737 Max would inevitably crash if pilots were not properly trained.

“It will be a crash for sure” if pilots struggling with a malfunction of Boeing’s flight-control system on the 737 Max also encountered, for example, a cockpit warning that they were flying too close to the ground, the pilot, Bernd Kai von Hoesslin, wrote in a Dec. 13 email.

The crash that occurred in March was not exactly for the reasons described by Von Hoesslin. However, his forecast was accurate in its prediction that pilots would be troubled by the 737 Max’s unique cockpit warning features.

Ethiopian Airlines refuted the claims in the Bloomberg News report in a tweet that was published on Wednesday. In a statement attached to the tweet, the airline argued that Von Hoesslin is a “disgruntled former employee” who left the airline after “many administrative problems” and “repeated demonstration of clear disobediences.”

The airline finished the statement by stating that they comply with all global safety and regulatory standards.

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Experts Identify Six American Troops from Retrieved North Korean War Remains

Forensic experts have identified six American soldiers killed during the Korean War from 55 boxes of human remains returned by North Korea last year after the first summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The effort to recover American remains was suspended after the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended on a more sour note in February.

“We have reached the point where we can no longer effectively plan, coordinate, and conduct field operations in the DPRK [North Korea] during this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2019,” the  U.S. Defense POW/MIA Account Agency (DPAA) stated in early May.

Among the problems cited by DPAA was North Korea’s failure to negotiate details of the payments required by the North Korean military for supporting recovery efforts.

Military families expressed disappointment with the stalled recovery effort on Memorial Day, describing the situation as an emotional roller-coaster ride to Military.com. The families criticized Pyongyang for using what should be a purely humanitarian cooperative effort as a diplomatic bargaining chip and urged U.S. officials to reinforce their commitment to bringing every last soldier home.

According to the DPAA, some 5,300 American soldiers lost in the Korean War remain unaccounted for.

The remains are being examined by forensic anthropologists at a secure facility in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited the facility this week and praised the efforts of DPAA personnel.

Voice of America News reported on Wednesday that four families have been notified of the recovery of remains, while the other two families are awaiting notification. It is customary for authorities not to release names to the public before their families hear the news.

The Pentagon publicly identified one of the recovered soldiers on Wednesday as Army Cpl. Charles S. Lawler of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Lawler was reported missing in action on November 2, 1950, while fighting enemy forces near Unsan in North Korea.

The other three troops previously identified from the latest batch of remains were Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, Amery Pfc. William H. Jones, and Army Sgt. Frank Julius Suliman.

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LIBERAL UTOPIA: LAPD Officers Diagnosed With Typhus Stemming From Mountains of Rotting Rat-Infested Trash in the Streets

Mountains of rotting rat-infested trash has piled sky-high in the liberal utopia of Los Angeles despite millions of dollars allocated for clean up and prevention.

In October, LA Mayor Garcetti promised to clean up the heaps of rat-infested trash piling up around Los Angeles to help combat the Typhus epidemic.

Even though the Mayor allocated millions of dollars to help clean up the streets in LA, especially Skid Row, known as “the Typhus Zone,” there are still mountains of trash everywhere and the infectious disease is worsening.

Several months ago the large piles of trash were cleared out, but the problem is back and much worse than before.

Last fall, typhus began spreading across the homeless population through fleas that live on the rats that rummage through the trash and Liz Greenwood, the Deputy City Attorney who works at City Hall contracted the disease.

Symptoms of typhus include fever, headache and a rash. Untreated cases are fatal.

Now law enforcement officers in Los Angeles have been diagnosed with Typhus.

NBC Los Angeles reported:

An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Station has contracted Salmonella Typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever, and another is suspected of contracting typhus, a disease carried by rats and fleas, the LAPD told the I-Team Wednesday.

A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed to the I-Team that an officer stationed at Central Division has typhus-like symptoms but has not yet been diagnosed with the disease. Typhus can be spread by infected fleas that live on rats that have been linked to growing homeless encampments.

Heaps of trash, rats, typhus, exploding homeless population and tent cities — isn’t liberalism grand?

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NBC Shamelessly Censors Alex Trebek, Cuts Host’s ‘Prayers’ Comment

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NBC Shamelessly Censors Alex Trebek, Cuts Host’s ‘Prayers’ Comment

Game show host Alex Trebek poses on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament show taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California.Amanda Edwards / Getty ImagesGame show host Alex Trebek poses on the set of the “Jeopardy!” Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament show taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. (Amanda Edwards / Getty Images)

Earlier this year, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and would undergo serious treatment in a fight for his life.

Following Trebek’s months-long battle, People reported Wednesday that his cancer is in “near remission,” according to his doctors.

In an interview with the magazine, Trebek thanked his fans for the support and “prayers” they’ve sent his way.

But it sure seems like NBC News had no interest in mentioning those “prayers.”

In its story Wednesday night on Trebek’s fight against cancer, NBC’s “Nightly News” removed the “Jeopardy!” host’s mention of “prayers” by his supporters, according to NewsBusters.

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First, here’s Trebek’s original quote, as delivered to People:

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” Trebek told the magazine. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”

In the version read aloud Wednesday night by NBC’s Joe Fryer, Trbek’s mention of prayer didn’t quite make the final cut.

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed good thoughts,” Fryer said, quoting Trebek.

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Fryer then skipped Trebek’s mention of “prayers” and moved on to a different part of his quote: “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo.”

The “and their prayers” part was cut out of the written, on-screen version of the quote as well.

CBS, meanwhile, decided to go a different route in covering this story. The network’s Wednesday broadcast of “CBS Evening News” simply did not include any mention of Trebek’s praise for his fans’ thoughts and prayers.

“There was some encouraging news today from Alex Trebek,” said “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, who was filling in as the evening news host.

“The host of ‘Jeopardy!’ says his doctors tell him that his stage 4 pancreatic cancer is in, quote, ‘near remission.’ In an interview with People magazine, Trebek calls the prognosis ‘mind-boggling’ but says he has several more rounds of chemotherapy to go before he’s declared to be in full remission,” she added.

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On ABC’s “World News Tonight,” host David Muir did include Trebek’s mention of “prayers” when reading the quote. Of the three network news outlet’s evening broadcasts, ABC’s was the only one to do so.

ABC, NBC and CBS’ Wednesday night coverage of Trebek’s interview can be seen below:

It’s quite sad to see that some national media outlets have no issues keeping mentions of prayers out of their broadcasts.

It’s truly a shame.

America needs exactly the opposite of what the establishment media is bringing to the table — we need more prayer and less censorship.

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Here’s why a Dem governor will sign a fetal-heartbeat abortion restriction bill today

The fight over abortion has drawn hard lines everywhere in the US — except perhaps in Louisiana. Last night, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a fetal-heartbeat threshold bill and sent it off to the governor, who has pledged to sign it. The twist in the Pelican State is that the bill was authored by a Democrat, and a Democrat will sign it into law today:

The Louisiana House on Wednesday passed in a 79-23 vote anti-abortion legislation that would effectively ban abortions in the state, echoing similar legislative efforts by other Republican-controlled legislatures in the South.

A bill by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, would outlaw the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks and before many women are aware they are pregnant.

John Bel Edwards had earlier given his support for the bill. After the final passage of the legislation, the Democratic governor reiterated his intent to sign it into law, although he also called on the legislature to expand their view of “pro-life” legislation:

“In 2015, I ran for governor as a pro-life candidate after serving as a pro-life legislator for eight years. As governor, I have been true to my word and my beliefs on this issue. But it is also my sincere belief that being pro-life means more than just being pro-birth.

My first act as governor was to expand access to health care for working Louisianans. I have worked with Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature to expand investment in education and pass sweeping criminal justice reforms. For each of the last three years, my administration has set records for the number of children being adopted out of our foster care system. And despite fierce opposition, I’ve fought to ensure LGBT citizens are not discriminated against in the workplace, to raise the minimum wage, and to pay a woman the same as a man for doing the same job.

I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me – and I respect their opinions. As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone.”

Edwards has a deep personal connection to the pro-life movement, even apart from his devout Catholic faith. He and his wife faced a wrenching decision when Donna Edwards was in the 20th week of a pregnancy, Heavy informs its readers today. Their unborn child had spina bifida, a condition with a large range of potential disabling outcomes. Despite being pressured to abort, the Edwardses chose to see the pregnancy through:

According to an interview Gov. Edwards had with CatholicPhilly.com in 2016, the doctor who discovered Samantha’s spina bifida at 20 weeks strongly tried to push for abortion. The doctor took Donna to a clinic that treated on children struggling with the condition.

“It was our belief that God has a purpose in everything and we would have this child,” he said. “I credit Donna, she is a very courageous person. Our daughter is now 24 years old…I cannot imagine what our life would be without her, and I tell this story with her permission.”

Samantha gave her permission to use the story in a 2016 campaign ad:

“I was 20 weeks pregnant with our first child when the doctor discovered that she had spina bifida and encouraged me to have an abortion,” Donna said. “I was devastated – but, John Bel never flinched. He said, ‘No, no; we’re going to love this baby no matter what.’ And, at that moment, I watched the boy I fell in love with become the man I’m still in love with today.”

That exceptional story explains why Edwards will sign the bill, but perhaps not why the state legislature passed it. The pro-life issue has more cultural reach in Louisiana than it does in most other states, where the issue comes down to brute politics. In Louisiana, pro-life Democrats are not an endangered species, which allows for more success in pushing back on the culture of death, in which abortion is only one part.

That cultural reach points the way for the pro-life cause’s future, and it serves as a reminder of Andrew Breibart’s famous observation that politics is downstream from culture. That may spell doom for this effort, though, as the Supreme Court operates in a much different culture than Louisiana’s — and has already signaled a disinclination to change it. It just shows the scale of the work yet to be done.

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Report: British national security officials warned that Steele’s collusion claim was not credible

John Solomon at the Hill has had a steady stream of these stories all pushing the basic idea that the collusion investigation was rotten from the start. Today’s installment features a memo which British national security officials allegedly sent to their American counterparts shortly before Trump was inaugurated.

“A whistleblower recently revealed the existence of a communique from our allies in Great Britain during the early days of the Russia collusion investigation,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told me…

Congressional investigators say one former Flynn team member approached them recently as a whistleblower and disclosed the existence of the communique because the person believed it was relevant to the ongoing review of the FBI and intelligence community’s conduct in the Russia probe…

The investigators interviewed a second former National Security Council staffer who claimed to have read the memo in Flynn’s office. That person, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to talk to the press, told me in an interview that the document contained an explanation from Grant that British authorities assisted the early U.S. investigation into Trump-Russia collusion and later concluded Steele’s intelligence was unreliable.

“The message was clear: the Brits were saying they may have done some stuff to assist the investigation that they now regretted after learning the whole thing was based on information from Steele,” the former U.S. official told me. “They wanted Trump’s team to know they did not think Steele’s information was credible or reliable.

Congressional investigators have supposedly confirmed that a memo was sent by then-British national security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant in January 2017. There’s one big problem though: No one has the memo. That’s why even Solomon’s story is framed as a question: “Did Brits warn about Steele’s credibility, before Mueller’s probe?” The fact is we don’t really know until someone turns up the actual document and verifies it says what the whistleblowers claim it does.

Of course, if the document exists and if the description turns out to be accurate, that would be pretty significant. All of this would have happened after the president-elect was briefed and after word of the briefing leaked to CNN. There’s even a suggestion the memo may have been a reaction to Buzzfeed publishing the full dossier. So, if true, this would have been a fairly significant indicator that some of the claims in the dossier which helped build the collusion narrative were considered unreliable long before Mueller was tasked with looking into it.

But until the memo turns up, it’s probably best not to assume too much. If the collusion narrative has taught us anything it’s that there’s often a big gap between what some people think could possibly be true and what is true. But whatever the Brits did send us needs to be reviewed in light of all the other questions that have been raised about how this partisan oppo document wound up dominating out attention for so long.

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