Rahm Emanuel Blames ‘Toxic’ Trump for Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax

H/T Breitbart.

Only in the warped brain of the ballerina Rahm Deadfish Emanuel could such an idea be formed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blamed President Donald Trump in a press conference Thursday for the alleged hate hoax carried out by Empire Jussie Smollett, claiming that the president created a “toxic” and “vicious” cycle for which the star thought he could get away with the purportedly staged attack on himself.

“Look, I’ve always said from day one this is a Trump-free zone, the city of Chicago, and I mean it,” Emanuel told reporters. “Let me be really clear about something: The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is for the environment, the toxic environment Donald Trump created.”

“This is a president who drew a moral equivalency between people who are trying to perpetuate bigotry and those who are trying to fight bigotry,” the mayor continued. “As somebody who started his own journey in politics fighting the neo-Nazis in Skokie and Marquette Park, President Trump should literally take his politics, move it aside.

Prosecutors infuriated Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department this week when they abruptly dropped 16 felony counts that accused Smollett of making a false police report about being the target of the attack.

Investigators believe Smollett, who is black and gay, hired two brothers to stage the January attack in downtown Chicago and that Smollett hoped the attention would help advance his career. Police also allege that before the attack, Smollett sent a letter threatening himself to the Chicago television studio where Empire is shot. Smollett has repeatedly said the two masked men shouted slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured a substance on him. He also told detectives that the attackers yelled that he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, police said.

The mayor then accused the president of creating a “toxic, vicious cycle” wherein Smollett believed he could pull off the alleged racist and homophobic assault against himself. “The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could get away with this hoax about a hate crime is because of the environment President Trump created,” Emanuel reaffirmed.

He then criticized the president’s response to the deadly Charlottesville protest in which he said there are “good people on both sides,” and suggested he not involve himself in the Smollett case.

Emanuel concluded his remarks by saying: “My recommendation to the president is good to opening day baseball, sit on the sideline, stay out of this. You created a toxic environment and all of us who are trying to make sure that we share a common set of values that embrace and welcome people of all walks of lives and backgrounds.”

The mayor’s remarks came as city officials ordered Smollett to pay $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into his report of a street attack that police say was staged.

letter from the city’s legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that figure covers overtime worked by more than two dozen detectives and officers who spent weeks looking into Smollett’s claim, including reviewing video and physical evidence and conducting interviews.

Those resources, the letter said, “could have been used for other investigations.”

Hours earlier, President Trump tweeted that the FBI and the Department of Justice would review the “outrageous” case, calling it an “embarrassment” to the country.

The FBI, which is investigating that letter, has declined to comment.

 

Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

We need to go back to how we treated spies back on the day when they got a rope around their neck or stood in front of a firing squad.

Executing these bastards will make them think twice before they sell America out.

Court documents reveal Chinese intelligence targets.

 

A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump.

Ron Rockwell Hansen, a DIA operations officer until 2006, was arrested June 5 and pleaded guilty on Friday in Utah to attempting to sell national defense secrets to China. He faces 15 years in prison under a plea deal. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.

Court documents in the case reveal Hansen was motivated by both money and an affinity for China. In seeking to recruit a DIA coworker as a fellow Chinese spy, he voiced fears that Trump would start a war and said that was a reason to cooperate secretly with several Chinese intelligence agencies or branches in providing information and trying to penetrate U.S. defense and intelligence agencies to obtain secrets.

Hansen admitted in the plea agreement he met frequently with Chinese intelligence agents beginning in early 2014.

“During those meetings, the agents described to me the type of information that would interest Chinese

Intelligence,” Hansen stated in the pleading. “During the course of my relationship with Chinese intelligence, I

received hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for information I provided them, including information I gathered at various industry conferences.”

Hansen also agreed to disclose details of his contacts with Chinese intelligence as part of the plea deal. He also agreed to turn over all electronic devices, including laptop computers and flash drives.

U.S. Attorney for Utah John W. Huber said the case was damaging. The plea agreement convicted Hansen of the most serious charge in the original indictment, he said. Fourteen other counts will be dropped.

“A former United States intelligence officer engaged in a multi-year relationship with Chinese intelligence operatives where he sold them information they wanted,” Huber told the Washington Free Beacon. “That statement, in and of itself, helps us appreciate the damage that Hansen has caused.”

Huber said Hansen admitted that the military secrets he obtained were to be used to injure the United States and advantage a foreign power.

“What should be sacrosanct in our character as Americans is this: we do not betray our nation,” Huber said.

“This case illustrates that the People’s Republic of China has made a sophisticated and concerted effort to steal our nation’s secrets.”

The spy case is one of several recent failures related to U.S. intelligence in China. In June, former CIA officer Kevin Mallory was found guilty of espionage for selling secrets to China, and another former CIA officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, is facing espionage charges related to China.

Beginning in 2010, the CIA lost an estimated 30 recruited informants in China, including several who were imprisoned or killed.

Earlier in the case, an FBI criminal complaint disclosed that Chinese intelligence was ready pay Hansen for obtaining top-secret U.S. military war plans for China, as well as secrets on U.S. negotiations with North Korea and information on American government officials.

The Chinese would pay $200,000 for the military’s “China ops plan,” Hansen was quoted as saying, adding that he offered to assist a DIA official working as a confidential informant in laundering the money.

Hansen’s feelings for Trump were disclosed in a transcript of an electronically intercepted conversation on April 10, 2018, between Hansen, identified by his FBI code name “Gray Willow,” and the DIA case officer who was cooperating with authorities.

Hansen explained in the phone call why he was making a risky spying pitch to the officer who was not identified by name.

“The fact, because I hate Trump,” Hansen stated. “I know he wants to start a war somewhere. I don’t want you to die for no reason. That’s the only reason we’re having this conversation.”

Hansen then said if the DIA officer were paid $500,000, he also would make the same amount.

Asked by the officer if the promise of getting large sums of cash from notoriously stingy Chinese intelligence agencies was sincere, Hansen said, yes.

But he also issued a blunt warning that Chinese intelligence is prepared to kill those who work secretly for them.

“Just share one other thing in having worked very closely the Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Public Security, [Beijing State Security Bureau], they’ll kill you if you fuck them over. They are not above sending someone here to hunt you down and kill you,” Hansen said, adding that “you’ve seen with the Russians’ that’s pretty easy to do.”

Apparently referring to the Russian intelligence assassination in Britain of defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, and the attempted assassination of another defector Sergei Skripal in 2018, Hansen said the Russians were sloppy in assassination tradecraft.

“The Chinese are not like that,” he said. “You’ll just be [killed] in a car accident.”

Prosecutors say Hansen was paid $800,000 by the MSS and other Chinese spy units during 40 visits to China since 2013 and probably as early as 2007 during which time he met with and communicated regularly with MSS and Ministry of Public Security intelligence agents.

He used three different types of cell phones, including Chinese-made Xinda and Huawei devices, to communicate securely with his Chinese handlers.

Court documents in the case reveal Hansen was the son of a U.S. intelligence officer, Ray Hansen, and spoke fluent Chinese after spending time in Taiwan.

Hansen, a Utah resident, left DIA in December 2006 and lived in China beginning in 2007 where he worked at a company called H-11 Digital Forensics that was linked to Chinese intelligence. He also was a government contractor until 2011 and had access to U.S. defense secrets.

Beginning in 2012, Hansen tried to regain access to secrets by seeking employment at DIA and two other intelligence agencies, in one case offering to spy as a double agent for China—an indication that his ties to Chinese intelligence were known.

He also contacted a member of Congress on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and offered to work as a staff member in charge of intelligence issues.

The FBI missed the signs Hansen was a spy for two years and did not open its investigation of Hansen until 2014, waiting four more years before arresting him.

Hansen is not the first DIA official to spy for China. In 2006, DIA analyst Ron Montaperto pleaded guilty to illegally holding classified documents and as part of the plea admitted to passing classified DIA information to Chinese military intelligence officials during the 1980s.

Montaperto was a leader for pro-Chinese intelligence officials in U.S. government and in the academic community who believe China poses little or no threat to U.S. security.

Hansen retired from the Army as a warrant officer trained in signals and human intelligence. After retiring from DIA in 2006, he was hired by the agency as a civilian case officer in charge of running Chinese operations.

Hansen was initially charged with illegally selling export-restricted technology to China, including forensic software known as Sumuri Recon, that is used to intelligence and security operations. He also sold an embargoed Intella 100 software, another cyber forensic tool.

The intercepted conversations were submitted in court as part of prosecutors’ efforts to prevent Hansen from being released on bail. The conversations show Hansen had a plan to escape from the United States and travel to China using false identity documents he had obtained as a DIA case officer.

During one conversation, Hansen told a friend. “well, maybe I’ll just book myself a trip to China and disappear.”

Hansen also wrote a letter to his family that began “if you are reading this letter, then I am dead. Sorry about that.”

The letter outlines funeral arrangements, including hymns and music, and a biographical sketch to be spoken by one of his children.

Hansen was born on Sept. 5, 1959, to Ray and Veloy Hansen. He is the second oldest of 11 children. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in international business and political science.

Hansen said he served as a Mormon missionary in Taiwan as a young man, an experience that launched his interest in Taiwan and China.

In the bio, Hansen described himself as “a spy.”

“He was one of the most successful intelligence officers in the history of U.S. intelligence,” Hansen wrote of himself.

Philly Store Owner Shoots, Kills Man Attempting To Rob Him

H/T AmmoLand.

Philly Store Owner 1 Bad guy 0.

Now there is one less thug in Philly.

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.

https://omny.fm/shows/kywam-on-demand/west-philly-store-owner-shoots-kills-man-attemptin/embed

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- KYW 1060 News radio reports 03-15-19 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Police say a man is dead after being shot by the owner of the store he was trying to rob in West Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Philadelphia Police say a man in his 20s went into the store, at 54th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun. The store owner was also armed with a gun, and he shot the masked man one time in the stomach.

The would-be robber left the store, and he was found by police in a car nearby. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment but later died from the gunshot wound.

The store owner was not hurt, and police say they did take two guns from the scene, one which belonged to the attempted robber, the other to the store owner.

Comments:

Convenience stores, head shops, delis, anything open late are at constant threat from armed robbers. Most national chains do not allow their employees to be armed. They worry more about lawsuits then employees’ lives. Independent owners seem to think differently. Defending your family members and their livelihood is way more important than defending establishments owned by others. Hopefully, the store owner has another gun.

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.

As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.

Florida Carry Sues Miami Beach Over Police Action Against Legally Armed Fishermen

H/T AmmoLand.

A lot of the Miami Beach police officers tend to be rather badge heavy.

I have had problems with some of the officers back in the day when I used to deliver produce to Miami Beach.

 

Miami Beach, FL – -(AmmoLand.com)- A lawsuit for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and violations of Florida firearms and fishing laws has been filed today against the City of Miami Beach and officers of its police department. Over an incident where the officers assaulted, battered, and detained law-abiding fishermen at a Florida Carry fishing meetup on the South Pointe Fishing Pier on June 24th, 2018. The incident was captured on video (link above).

Dubbed the “South Pointe Six,” six Florida Carry members and supporters were held by police for well over two hours without cause.

While the police officers went on a fishing expedition of their own in an illegal attempt to find anything, the officers could use in order to charge the “South Pointe Six” with a crime before finally failing and releasing them.

Even after eventually releasing Florida Carry’s members, the Police Department forced the premature end of our First Amendment protected gathering by closing the public fishing pier until all known Florida Carry members and supporters left the area.

“Florida Carry will not allow our members to be abused, injured, held without cause, and have their civil rights violated without the strongest possible response to prevent these types of attacks on the good, law-abiding, citizens of our Great State.” Said Florida Carry Executive Director, Sean Caranna.

“Most police officers and deputies that we encounter are outstanding professionals who have an incredibly tough job to do, we respect that honor that. However, we’ve seen these types of abuses happen far too many times in cities and counties who do not respect the Right to Bear Arms. Every City and County in Florida should already know that proper training about the legal possession and carry of firearms is necessary. These types of abuses will not be tolerated – IT ENDS HERE.”

The plaintiffs are represented by Florida Carry General Counsel Eric Friday.


Florida Carry, Inc.

About Florida Carry

Florida Carry, Inc, is a nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Their website is www.FloridaCarry.org.

Trump Threatens to Close Border Next Week ‘If Mexico Doesn’t Immediately Stop All Illegal Immigration’

H/T Mediaite.

Close the border now not next week.

Cut off funding to Mexico as added incentive to help stop the illegals.

President Donald Trump revealed in a late Friday morning tweet storm that unless Mexico immediately and completely end all illegal immigration into the United States, he plans to close down the border, or large sections of the border, next week.

While Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends warned of a “Mother of All Caravans” gathering in the coming days, illegal immigration appears to have risen back to the top of the list of issues the White House is eager to talk about.

Trump tweeted:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The DEMOCRATS have given us the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the World. Mexico has the strongest, & they make more than $100 Billion a year on the U.S. Therefore, CONGRESS MUST CHANGE OUR WEAK IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW, & Mexico must stop illegals from entering the U.S….

29.2K people are talking about this

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….through their country and our Southern Border. Mexico has for many years made a fortune off of the U.S., far greater than Border Costs. If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States throug our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING…..

32.2K people are talking about this

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week. This would be so easy for Mexico to do, but they just take our money and “talk.” Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!

30K people are talking about this

It’s not clear what the exact meaning of this presidential fiat means, as Mexico cannot literally be held accountable to ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States — southern border or not — though Trump is certainly talking about undocumented migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

President Trump took a significant political hit just a few months ago when he effectively shut down the government over the lack of funding he requested for building a border wall. Since then he has declared a national emergency to release his much-desired funds, though practically speaking, that effort has not been effective as it tied up in legislative and legal delays.

New Gun Study The Left Will Ignore

H/T BarbWire.

This story will be ignored by the anti-gun crowd because it does not fit their template that bad guys get their guns from a gun shop or a gun show.

The Bureau of Justice Statics recently release a report showing interesting statistics surrounding the use of guns in crimes.

Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source. More than half (56%) of prisoners who possessed a firearm during their offense had either stolen it (6%), found it at the scene of the crime (7%), or obtained it of the street or from the underground market (43%). Fewer than 1% had obtained the firearm at a gun show (0.8%). Second Amendment opponents aren’t going to like this so, naturally, they’re going to ignore it.

Big points:

  • About 1.3% of prisoners obtained a gun from a retail source and used it during their offense.
  • Handguns were the most common type of firearm possessed by state and federal prisoners (18% each); 11% of all prisoners used a handgun.
  • Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source.

Of the 287,400 prisoners who possessed a firearm during their crime, a mere 3,736 people got them from a retail source. It’s a bad thing that they purchased a gun for nefarious purpose and I wish it were zero but, clearly, gun stores aren’t the problem.

Rabid, anti-gun leftists go after AR-15 (the “AR” means Armalite Rifle, the original manufacturer of this rifle type) because it looks like the “scary” M4 version the military uses. Those of us who love guns think the AR looks better the more “furniture” you put on it (i.e. accessories) – short of being ostentatious. This study and any weekend in Chicago will tell you that crimes involving handguns are much more prevalent than rifles. This makes sense: Pistols hold many rounds, into the 30s or more with extended magazines, and can be concealed more easily than a standard rifle with a 16” barrel.

Back to where criminals get their guns. Ninety percent (90%) of them did not obtain guns used or possessed in crimes from a retail source so they stole them, found them at crime scenes, or purchased them from an underground or black market.

Moms Demand, Michael Bloomberg, and the rest of the constitutionally illiterate, you say you care about gun crime and want to solve the problem of people – most notably children – getting killed. We of the gun community want that, too. We yearn for it.

Let’s work together to stop black markets where we can. There has to be a way we can come together eliminate this threat. While we’re working on that, let’s conceal carry everywhere possible so if a bad guy (or gal. We’re equal opportunity crime fighters, aren’t we?) wants to do us or our families or friends harm, we can stop them in their tracks.

No, you don’t care about the truth?

I didn’t think so.

Report: Another NYC Billboard Trolls Ocasio-Cortez

H/T Godfather Politics.

I would love to see the expression on the bug-eyed face Alexandria Occasional-Cortex’s face when she saw the newest billboard.

The Job Creators Network took another jab at Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with two more billboards in Times Square, tearing into her disastrous idea” the Green New Deal.

“The first billboard reads, ‘Hey AOC, the Green New Deal Stinks.’ The second billboard is just below the first and mocks Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that ‘farting cows’ are a major problem contributing to global warming as mentioned in part of her ‘Green New Deal,’” according to the Job Creators Network.

Trending: Police: White Teen Was ‘Likely Dismembered While Alive’ By Nigerian Immigrant Drug Dealer

Daily Caller:  

Another giant billboard popped up in New York City Tuesday trolling Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after Senate Democrats refused to support her Green New Deal.

The Job Creators Network created another billboard in Time Square that appears to ding the New York Democrat’s stalled effort to push an ambitious climate proposal through Congress. The group, which is tied to the conservative Mercer Family Foundation, suggested the GND’s cost might be one of the reasons why it is stalling.

“Hey AOC: Got the Green Raw Deal Blues After that Senate Vote? Maybe No One Liked the $93,000,000,000,000 Price Tag,” the billboard states. The billboard references a February report from American Action Forum suggesting the GND could cost up to $93 trillion over a decade. More

Keep the billboards coming! I love it when the lefties get reamed in public. Maybe the people in New York will wake up and realize that the reason they are the highest taxed state aside from California is because of the dumb Democrats and all their so-called social programs that suck up the people’s money but give very little in return.

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