Democrats outraged after McConnell vows to fill any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

H/T Fox News.

The DemocRats still have a major case of butt-hurt because of BathHouse Barry Obama not getting a hearing for Merrick Garland.

When Garland was nominated the Republicans were in charge of the Senate and Obama was in the final year as president.

If an opening comes up before the 2020 election Donald Trump will not be a lame-duck on his way out the door.

George W.Bush was not able to get a nominee to theSupreme Court approved as he was a lame-duck.

Democrats are livid after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated that Republicans would confirm a new Supreme Court justice in 2020 if given the chance, despite refusing to do so when Barack Obama was president during the last presidential election.

McConnell made the comments during a speech in his home state Tuesday afternoon. Asked what Republicans would do if there was a vacancy on the court in 2020, he replied, “Uh, we’d fill it.” In 2016, McConnell and his fellow Republicans chose not to vote on Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, claiming that the next president should get to make that decision.

As a result, President Trump later successfully nominated the conservative Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland is widely considered more centrist.

Democratic presidential candidates quickly took the opportunity to accuse McConnell of hypocrisy.

“We’ve known all along how hypocritical the @senatemajldr is,” said Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro. “But his shamelessness at stealing a Supreme Court seat is appalling.”

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee also chimed in, claiming McConnell’s remark was evidence that he “is not a man on the verge of an epiphany to work with Democrats.”

Other high-profile Democrats took shots at McConnell as well. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called him a “hypocrite” in a Twitter thread, and said, “Anyone who believes he’d ever allow confirmation of a Dem President’s nominee for SCOTUS is fooling themselves.”

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said McConnell had admitted that the GOP “stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama” when they reffused to hold a hearing for Garland.

But McConnell’s communications director pushed back agains the criticism, explaining why McConnell’s position is different now than it was in 2016. He argued that while in 2020 the White House and Senate will be controlled by the same party, that was not the case during President Obama’s last year in office.

Democrats lamented the GOP’s decision to stall in 2016, which ended up giving President Trump the ability to place two conservative justices on the Supreme Court during his first term in office. Conservative justices now have a 5-4 majority over liberals, at a time when Democrats are worried that a string of restrictive abortion laws could result in the overruling of Roe v. Wade.

As recent weeks have shown, however, justices can be unpredictable, with each of Trump’s picks — Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — siding with their liberal colleagues in close decisions.

 

Complaint Filed Against Jackson Township Police Dept. For Violating NJ Gun Laws

H/T AmmoLand.

It is clear that Jackson Township Chief of Police Matthew Kunz is in violation of the law and he needs to be terminated.

Opinion by Alexander Roubian, NJ2AS

Complaint Filed Against Jackson Township Police Dept. For Violating NJ Gun Laws
Complaint Filed Against Jackson Township Police Dept. For Violating NJ Gun Laws

New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- Regardless of what anyone thinks about the Second Amendment, we should all agree that the job of law enforcement is to uphold and enforce the law. Many law enforcement officers do just that. Some, like Jackson Township Chief of Police Matthew Kunz, have decided to place their personal feelings and agenda above the law and the Constitution.

Our citizen advocates have alerted us that Chief Kunz is arbitrarily requiring firearm applicants to submit their fingerprints for a handgun permit if it has been more than two years since they last provided them. Chief Kunz is brazenly not following New Jersey state law, administration code and guidelines and undermining the Second Amendment freedoms of the people he exists to serve and protect. And we are going to hold him accountable.

On May 21, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) filed a formal complaint to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, urging them to investigate the Jackson Township Police Department for violating state law and take action. You can read the complaint to the NJ Attorney General by clicking here, and click here to read the complaint to the Ocean County Prosecutor. It is intolerable for law enforcement to break the law and we need your help to hold Mr. Kunz accountable.

New Jersey law (NJ Statutes Annotated 2C:58-3, NJ Administrative Code 13:54-1.4 or in the New Jersey State Police Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide) is clear about the process for obtaining a firearms identification card and handgun permit. You can read a complete summary here, but the basic process is:

  • Fill out the STS-33 application,
  • Consent to a mental health background check,
  • Provide two references, and
  • Submit fingerprints once.

In fact, the law includes clauses specifying that applicants “need not be fingerprinted again” and “no additional requirements” shall be imposed. We clearly spelled out the law and rules in our complaints, something Chief Kunz swore he would uphold.

For some Jackson Township residents, being forced to undergo additional fingerprinting may just be the latest outrage of exercising their Second Amendment rights in the state of New Jersey. But for others the additional requirement may be a life-and-death delay on their ability to protect themselves.

Low-income residents may not be able to afford the $52+ average fingerprinting cost. Others may not be able to take time off work to make a fingerprinting appointment. But hey, as one of the highest paid Chiefs in New Jersey, with a salary of over $200,000, that is pocket change for Chief Kunz.

 Jackson Township Chief of Police Matthew Kunz
Jackson Township Chief of Police Matthew Kunz

Regardless of how much of a burden it imposes, Jackson Township’s requirement is simply not required and added to deter people from exercising their constitutional right. If Chief Kunz merely required applicants to touch their nose in order to obtain a permit, it would be illegal.

Sadly, Chief Kunz is the latest in a long line of New Jersey bureaucrats who think they are above the law and who are limiting the constitutional rights of their citizens to obtain a firearm and defend themselves.

And we are going to hold him accountable. Will you help us?

Want to go even further and stand up to bureaucrats like Chief Kunz? Join the New Jersey Second Amendment Society by clicking here and count yourself among thousands of patriots across the state. New Jersey bureaucrats can try to bully us, but we have strength in numbers. Please join today and help us expose the bullies and hold them accountable.


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New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to New-Jersey-Second-Amendment-Society-Logoeducate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.org

Former Colorado Governor And 2020 Candidate Urges Distance From ‘Socialism’

H/T NPR.

Yet former Governor John Hickenlooper(Delusionsal-CO)pretty much had a socialist agenda will in office.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned his party of straying too far to the left as it selects a nominee to face President Trump in next year’s election.

Hickenlooper, one of the 23 candidates running for the Democratic Party’s nomination, told NPR why he doesn’t believe in some of the party’s major policy proposals, such as the Green New Deal and “Medicare for All.”

“If we don’t stand up and say that we Democrats don’t stand for socialism, we’re going to end up reelecting the worst president this country’s ever had,” Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper spoke with Morning Edition as part of the show’s Opening Arguments conversations, exploring the presidential candidates’ core messages.

On the leftward shift in the Democratic Party

I don’t think we’re going to address climate change by guaranteeing every American a federal job, which is what part of the Green New Deal was. I don’t think we’re going to address the spiraling inflation in health care by forcibly telling 150 million people that we’re going to take away their private insurance. These are what a lot of Americans look at as facets or aspects of socialism.

On focusing on economic issues instead of social policies

Certainly we want to address income inequality. Right. Absolutely we want to make sure that women have a right to choose, that civil rights and social justice are addressed aggressively.

But we’ve also got to recognize to win in Ohio and Michigan and North Carolina and Wisconsin, we’re going to have to get more to those kitchen table issues that have to do with somebody’s job, or how many jobs they’re having to work just to balance a household budget.

On the identity fight within the Democratic Party

One of the things I’ve always loved about the Democratic Party is that it is a big-tent party, and it embraces opportunity for all people. I’m running for president because I think my life experience can address this. This Trump-fueled national crisis of division has been moving us backward.

I look at my experience of bringing people together — businesses and nonprofits, and Republicans and Democrats — and to really get things done; to get to near-universal health care, to have the No. 1 economy in the country for three consecutive years, I think that record stands for itself. … I think in some [ways] I’m the only person running who has actually accomplished what everyone else is talking about.

 

Mueller Team Shoots Down Michael Wolff’s Latest Claims of Trump Indictment Draft Document

H/T Breitbart.

How long before this becomes a lead story for the drive-by fake news media?

The authenticity of a new claim by author Michael Wolff there was a draft indictment of President Donald J. Trump sitting on Mueller’s desk for a year has been flatly denied by the spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The documents that you’ve described do not exist,” Peter Carr, Mueller’s spokesman, told the Guardian in response to a leaked copy of Wolff’s new forthcoming book, Siege: Trump Under Fire.

According to the Guardian report, Wolff’s new book–out next week–will claim that Mueller drafted a three-count indictment of President Trump.

The Guardian writes Wolff “reports that Mueller’s office drew up a three-count outline of the president’s alleged abuses, under the title ‘United States of America against Donald J Trump, Defendant’.”

“The document sat on the special counsel’s desk, Wolff writes, for almost a year,” the Guardian adds. “According to a document seen by the Guardian, the first count, under Title 18, United States code, Section 1505, charged the president with corruptly – or by threats of force or threatening communication – influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding before a department or agency of the United States. The second count, under section 1512, charged the president with tampering with a witness, victim or informant. The third count, under section 1513, charged the president with retaliating against a witness, victim or informant. The document is the most significant aspect of Wolff’s new book.”

The Guardian further describes Wolff’s book’s reporting on the supposed Trump indictment:

Wolff writes that the draft indictment he examines says Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice “began on the seventh day of his administration, tracing the line of obstruction from National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI about his contacts with Russian representative[s], to the president’s efforts to have [FBI director] James Comey protect Flynn, to Comey’s firing, to the president’s efforts to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation, to his attempt to cover up his son and son-in-law’s meeting with Russian governmental agents, to his moves to interfere with Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe’s testimony …”

The draft indictment, Wolff writes, also spelled out what Mueller considered to be the overriding theme of Trump’s presidency: the “extraordinary lengths” taken “to protect himself from legal scrutiny and accountability, and to undermine the official panels investigating his actions”.

But the fact that Mueller, who did not indict the president on any counts relating to obstruction or conspiracy–commonly colloquially referred to as collusion–is out publicly denying the authenticity of this report from Wolff is another shot at Wolff’s credibility. Wolff’s first book, Fire and Fury, became a sensation and a number one bestseller when it came out after it was revealed Wolff had significant access into the Trump White House.

Missouri’s last abortion clinic says it may lose its license this week

H/T CBSNews.

It is good to hear Murder Inc AKA Planned Parent Hood maybe going out of business in Missouri.

St. Louis, Missouri — The last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri says it expects to be shut down this week, effectively ending legal abortion in the state.

In a statement Tuesday, Planned Parenthood said Missouri’s health department is “refusing to renew” its annual license to provide abortion in the state. If the license is not renewed by May 31, Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1973 when Roe v. Wade was decided.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit requesting a restraining order against the state, hoping to restore the license and avoid service disruption. A circuit court judge will hear arguments on Wednesday.

Planned Parenthood would still be able to provide non-abortion health services for women in Missouri.

Planned Parenthood said it plans to sue the state “in order to try to keep serving Missouri women.”

“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Lisa Cox, a spokesperson for The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told CBS News on Tuesday morning via email that Planned Parenthood’s license was “under review,” and did not respond to additional questions.

Representatives for Planned Parenthood told CBS News that the upcoming deadline follows weeks of back-and-forth with state health officials.

On May 20, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services notified Planned Parenthood of three issues that could impact license renewal, according to documents reviewed by CBS News and provided by Planned Parenthood.

On May 22, Planned Parenthood said it would address two of them: adjusting who at the clinic provided the state-mandated counseling and adding an additional pelvic exam for abortion patients.

But it said a third request was out of its control. According to Planned Parenthood, the health department said it was investigating “deficient practices,” and needed to interview seven physicians who provide care at the clinic. Planned Parenthood said it could offer interviews only with two who are its employees. The other five physicians working at the facility are residents in training and not employed by Planned Parenthood, a spokesperson for the clinic said via email on Tuesday. The state has indicated that the result of those interviews could be “board review” in addition to “criminal proceedings,” the spokesperson said. The medical residents declined to be interviewed for the state’s investigation.

In its letter, the Department of Health wrote that it could not “complete our investigation until it interviews the physicians involved in the care provided in the potential deficient practices,” and that “the investigation needs to be completed and any deficiencies resolved before the expiration of [the clinic’s] license on May 31, 2019.”

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, a Planned Parenthood physician in St. Louis, said the agency hasn’t shared details of the investigation or the potential concerns. She expected to be interviewed by the health agency Tuesday afternoon, an apparent compromise from the state, which had initially requested that interviews be conducted in a specific order with other physicians going first.

“We are 100 percent committed to the best care that we can provide for patients. So certainly if there is an issue with the care we’re providing we want to know about it,” she said. “We want to be able to address that. But we can’t do that when we’re being attacked.”

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A clinic escort outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri.CBS NEWS

In 2019, six states — including Missouri — have passed laws banning virtually all abortions. In each case, the laws have not yet been enacted and face court challenges.

But now it appears Missouri would be losing its last clinic as a result of state regulations, not a new law.

Clinics that can’t comply with the regulations may be forced to shut their doors, something that happened to several clinics in Missouri when the state began requiring pelvic exams for medical abortions, a method administered by pill, according to McNicholas.

Although Planned Parenthood, in this year’s negotiations with the state, agreed to administer an extra pelvic exam for surgical abortions, the group wouldn’t budge on pill-administered ones.

“When I say an unnecessary pelvic exam what I mean is that the state is forcing me to put my fingers in somebody’s vagina when it is totally medically irrelevant,” McNicholas said. “That is really bordering on harassment… I am really proud of our clinicians for taking a stand and saying you know we just won’t do that to patients.”

In 2008, Missouri had 5 abortion clinics.

“This a chilling warning for all of us that we are in a public health crisis,” said Dr. Wen in an email to CBS News.

“Today it’s Missouri, tomorrow it could be all of America.”

Maryland: Governor Hogan Vetoes Legislation to Repeal Handgun Permit Review Board

H/T AmmoLand.

Bravo Governor Larry Hogan(R-MD)for this bold Pro-Second Amendment veto.

 

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Last Week, Republican Governor Larry Hogan vetoed House Bill 1343 /Senate Bill 1000, legislation to repeal the Handgun Permit Review Board.

House Bill 1343 /Senate Bill 1000 sought to remove citizen oversight regarding the appeals process for Maryland wear and carry permits.

Current law allows individuals who are denied a wear and carry permit to file an appeal to the Handgun Permit Review Board, a group of five members of the public appointed by the Governor.

HB 1343 /SB 1000 would dissolve this board, thus removing all public oversight, and make all appeals be filed through an administrative office.

Thank you to NRA members who continued to contact their legislators in opposition to this legislation. Also, thank you to those legislators who voted in opposition to SB 1000, and to Governor Hogan for vetoing the bill and preventing the repeal of this important review process.

Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan
Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan

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Let Anti-Gun Convenience Store Chain President Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

H/T AmmoLand.

It is time to let the people at Plaid Pantry we are going to boycott them because of this clerk being fired for self-defense.

 

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “A would-be robber of a convenience store brought a hatchet as a weapon. He ran when the clerk pulled out a gun,” CBS affiliate KOIN 6, Portland, reported Friday. “The president of Plaid Pantry told KOIN 6 News the stores have a zero tolerance for weapons and the clerk is no longer employed there. He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury.”

Really?  And that’s not the only question that deserves answers.

First of all, just saying “the president” insulates him from personal feedback for his obnoxious arrogance. Who the hell is this guy?

Per the Wikipedia entry for the 108-location privately owned convenience store chain, the President and CEO is Jonathan Polonsky. With such a policy in place, we can assume he speaks for Executive Chairman William C.”Chris” Girard Jr. and CFO Brent Chadwick. Those reaping the highest rewards demand low-level employees to be helpless and alone in the face of on-the-job danger. They do so from the relative safety of corporate offices, so they deserve to own the resulting personal reputations for putting the bottom line above the lives of human beings working for them.

We know the industry has been forced to install security cameras, but as we see in this case, that didn’t deter the hatchet-man from attempting an armed robbery. He was counting on the clerk being “trained” to give attackers what they want. But what if what they want is your life?

Shall we review some recent headlines from the past few days?

We could keep going with this but the point is made. The stores were lit, surveillance cameras were deployed and the clerks were presumably just as “trained” as Plaid Pantry’s front line fodder. Yet despite it all, the attackers weren’t “de-escalated.”

What worked at Plaid Pantry was an armed clerk. And note, as with most defensive gun uses, the situation was peaceably resolved without firing a shot. Thanks to an armed citizen, as is so often the case, violence was deterred. The attack was de-escalated.

And that leads to some further questions:

What does “give ‘em what they want” training consist of? How extensive is it?  How many hours of instruction do employees receive? What are the credentialed qualifications of those teaching it?  Have any of the instructors or course designers ever personally “de-escalated” an armed assailant? Have Polonsky and his fellow captains of convenience? What evidence exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of such training as being the main factor in “de-escalating” sociopaths?

That’s what they are, you know.  Who else would be so twisted they would threaten the life of another person over the contents of a cash drawer? And that’s the most important point: It’s not the cash being threatened, it’s the life. The money merely represents the value put on that.

Still, if Jonathan Polonsky, Chris Girard, and Brett Chadwick are so confident their way is the best way, they’d go a long way toward convincing others they believe their own BS if they would contractually obligate themselves to the employees they expect to put their lives at risk.  Will they acknowledge a legally-binding special relationship with those they require to be disarmed, assume responsibility for their personal safety and protection, and admit and accept liability should they fail in that duty? For real money commensurate with the loss?

Or is this simply a matter of it being ultimately cheaper if everybody takes their chances and not wanting to assume the risk of a DGU gone wrong? The answer to that acknowledged risk is real firearms training, by the way.  But then, that costs money, and we’re only talking clerks here, right?

Plaid Pantry is taking a well-deserved thumping over at its Facebook page right now, but don’t expect real change to come about. We’re talking Portland here, where the populace elected an anti-gun mayor who allows Antifa to run wild on the streets. That customer base doesn’t care. And even if we’re not confining ourselves to such areas, you don’t see enough of an economic fuss made by gun owners to effect change at national companies like 7-Eleven or Circle K.

About all we can expect in this case is what gun owners are used to by now—control our own decisions. That, for me, means placing conviction over convenience and having zero tolerance for retailers that insist otherwise. Still, it would be nice to find out more about the fired clerk,  let him know not everyone disapproves of his actions, and maybe help the guy find another and a better job.

 

 

Staggering: Venezuela’s Epic Economic Collapse Is So Complete We Have This Figure Hitting…10 Million Percent

H/T Town Hall.

The DemocRat are sure they can make socialism work as they are the right people in charge.

If the Democratic Party wants to run on a full-blown socialist agenda, and it looks like they could especially in future election cycles, then Republicans have the perfect example to show voters concerning its total failure. Yes, we’re talking about Venezuela whose addiction to so-called 21stCentury Socialism, championed by the late Hugo Chavez, had led to one of the most stunning economic collapses in nearly a half-century. It’s downright depraved what has occurred. People are eating out of trashcans, hyperinflation has made mounds of money utter worthless, groceries are now a luxury due to available items and costs, and because of the cost—you have Venezuelans of all walks of life resorting to prostitution for common goods. Even children have been forced into prostitution in order to buy groceries. Basic medicines are scarce. Hospitals are reportedly working in 19thcentury conditions, with basic items like soap, being in short supply. Hungry citizens are breaking into zoos, slaughtering the animals for meat. Outside of war, there hasn’t been anything like Venezuela’s economic fall.

The New York Times recently compiled the list of issues facing the nation. For starters, hyperinflation is about to hit…10 million percent. The shoddy power grid has many butchers hoping they can sell their variety of meats before the end of the day to avoid them spoiling. For the most part, they’re being relegated to selling at shavings and cow hooves since most Venezuelans can’t afford anything else. Oh, and on top of all of this, the rolling blackouts, the hunger, the lack of basic supplies and medicine—you have gangs taking over whole towns. Venezuela is pretty much a failed state (via NYT):

Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s.

The crumbling of Venezuela’s economy has now outpaced them all.

Venezuela’s fall is the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years, economists say.

“It’s really hard to think of a human tragedy of this scale outside civil war,” said Kenneth Rogoff, an economics professor at Harvard University and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. “This will be a touchstone of disastrous policies for decades to come.”

[…]

Venezuela, at one point Latin America’s wealthiest country, has not been shattered by armed conflict. Instead, economists say, the poor governance, corruption and misguided policies of President Nicolás Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, have fueled runaway inflation, shuttered businesses and brought the country to its knees. And in recent months, the Trump administration has imposed stiff sanctions to try to cripple it further.

As the country’s economy plummeted, armed gangs took control of entire towns, public services collapsed and the purchasing power of most Venezuelans has been reduced to a couple of kilograms of flour a month.

In markets, butchers hit by regular blackouts jostle to sell decomposing stock by sunset. Former laborers scavenge through garbage piles for leftovers and recyclable plastic. Dejected retailers make dozens of trips to the bank in hopes of depositing several pounds’ worth of bills made worthless by hyperinflation.

Here in Maracaibo, a city of two million on the border with Colombia, nearly all of the butchers in the main market have stopped selling meat cuts in favor of offal and leftovers like fat shavings and cow hooves, the only animal protein many of their customers can still afford.

[…]

Venezuela has lost a tenth of its population in the past two years as people fled, even trekking across mountains, setting off Latin America’s biggest ever refugee crisis.

Venezuela’s hyperinflation, expected to reach 10 million percent this year according to the I.M.F., is on track to become the longest period of runaway price rises since that in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s.

“This is essentially a total collapse in consumption,” said Sergi Lanau, deputy chief economist at the Institute of International Finance, a financial trade association.

And yet, the nation’s president, and Chavez’s successor, Nicolas Maduro, continues to blame America for the economic woes, which is beyond fantasyland talk. Venezuela’s economic disaster is also dragging its local neighbor and ally, Cuba, into the gutter. The island bastion of communism is initiating rationing of supplies across the board due to the aid they’re sending to Venezuela. Socialism fails. It kills. It brings suffering to everyone. That’s the only thing that’s equal about the whole philosophy. We all suffer together. As long as Maduro remains in power, nothing will get better.

 

President Donald Trump Offers to Help Keep ‘Rolling Thunder’ Motorcycle Event in D.C.

H/T Breitbart.

Thank you, President Trump, for offering to help keep Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump has offered to help assist “Rolling Thunder,” the famed motorcycle ride, to continue operating in Washington, DC, after hearing that the event may cease its operations.

The president responded with his offer after hearing that the 30-year-old event may have to come to an end due to the rising costs of permits and other expenses in the nation’s capital, Fox News reported.

“The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come. It is where they want to be & where they should be. Have a wonderful time today. Thank you to our great men & women of the Pentagon for working it out!” the president tweeted Sunday morning.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come. It is where they want to be, & where they should be. Have a wonderful time today. Thank you to our great men & women of the Pentagon for working it out!

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Trump said he would work with the powers that be in D.C. to make sure the long-running patriotic motorcycle event could continue, and he tweeted his surprise that the event could be having trouble with the permitting process.

“Can’t believe that Rolling Thunder would be given a hard time with permits in Washington, D.C. They are great Patriots who I have gotten to know and see in action. They love our Country and love our Flag. If I can help, I will!” Trump wrote.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Can’t believe that Rolling Thunder would be given a hard time with permits in Washington, D.C. They are great Patriots who I have gotten to know and see in action. They love our Country and love our Flag. If I can help, I will!

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On the Monday broadcast of Fox & Friends, event founder and Vietnam veteran Artie Muller said he looks forward to meeting with the president about his event. But he also noted that he and his group intend to hold similar rides in cities all across the nation starting next year.

Muller also noted that the event had been offered a $200,000 donation from Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, to keep his motorcycle ride rolling in the nation’s capital.

“I just want you to know how much we appreciate your mission. Remembering is too important to forget,” Worcester said.

 

Alan Young dies at 96; star of TV’s ‘Mister Ed’

H/T The Los Angeles Times. 

R.I.P. Angus Young aka Alan Young  November 19, 1919 – May 19, 2016.

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Alan Young and Mister Ed the talking horse in a scene from the television series “Mister Ed,” circa 1960. (Getty Images)

 

Alan Young, the amiable comedic actor who became a TV icon in the early 1960s starring opposite a talking horse named Mister Ed, died Thursday. He was 96.

Young, whose later career included doing the voices for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund confirmed on Friday. He lived at the retirement community for more than four years and died with his children by his side.

A veteran of radio and movies who starred in his own Emmy Award-winning TV comedy-variety show in the early 1950s, Young was on a career downswing when he was signed to play the lead in “Mister Ed.”

Comedian-producer George Burns already had financed a failed “Mister Ed” pilot with other actors when he told his associates: “I think we should get Alan Young. He looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to.”

“Mister Ed,” which began as a syndicated series in January 1961 and moved to CBS that fall for a four-year run, featured Young as affable architect Wilbur Post, who moves with his wife Carol (Connie Hines) into a new home and is startled to discover that the backyard barn includes a horse that speaks to him.

Alan Young in "Mister Ed."
Alan Young in “Mister Ed.” (Nick at Night)

Young later said that he and his four-legged co-star were “great pals” and that the relationship between Wilbur and Ed “was the backbone of the series.”

Wilbur was “naïve and bumbling,” while “Ed was a wily one,” he told The Times in 1990. “I think it’s the same chemistry that made Laurel and Hardy and Jackie Gleason and Art Carney: It’s the one guy making a fool of the other guy.”

An un-credited Allan “Rocky” Lane, a former B-movie cowboy star, provided the deep voice for the mischievous Mister Ed.

“Because he had been a star at one time, Rocky didn’t want his name to appear on the credits,” Young said in a 2004 interview with the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. “But after the first year and the show had become a success, he went to the producers and said he would like a credit line.

“They told him no because kids in the audience were writing to Ed and thought the horse could really talk. They gave Rocky a nice raise instead, and he seemed happy with that.”

When Young filmed scenes with the horse, whose real name was Bamboo Harvester, Lane would stand at the edge of the set with a microphone and his script.

“It really helped to do it like that,” said Young. “Having Rocky there made me feel sometimes like I really was talking to the horse.”

One of the first questions fans always asked Young was: How did they get the horse to move his mouth when he “talked.”

For years, he kept the answer a closely guarded secret.

“I started a big lie,” he confessed in a 2001 interview with the Archive of American Television. “I said, ‘Well, when you were a kid did you ever get peanut butter stuck under your lip?’ ‘Oh, that’s how its done!’ So I never really lied; I just asked them a question. But that wasn’t true at all.”

When pressed to reveal the answer, Young explained animal trainer Lester Hilton’s technique for getting Mister Ed to “talk.”

“Lester had a knack,” said Young. “He used a soft nylon thread put under the lip. And then he had the end going down the bridle, and he’d just give it a little tug [and] Ed would try to get rid of it; that was his cue. And then he’d lay the [riding] crop across Ed’s forelegs, and that was the cue to stop. That was it.

“For the second year, we could hardly stop him from talking. As soon as he heard my voice stop, his lips would start to go.”

That proved to be the case off-camera as well.

“I learned to ride on Ed,” said Young. “Lester and I’d go riding in Griffith Park together, and we’d talk as we rode along. And suddenly Lester laughed…. He said, ‘Look, look at Ed’s mouth.’ When I stopped talking, Ed would start to move his mouth. So he was a smart horse.”

He was born Angus Young on Nov. 19, 1919, in Tynemouth, England, and his family later moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. When Young was 6 or 7, his family moved to Canada, where his Scottish father worked in a West Vancouver shipyard.

Often bed-ridden with bronchial asthma from age 10 to 17, Young would listen to “The Jack Benny Program” and other radio comedy shows, which he’d reenact the next day for friends and family.

At 13, his flair for performing and mimicking accents led to his becoming a regular performer on a Saturday night revue show on radio station CJOR in Vancouver.

At 17, he was writing and performing on “The Alan Young Show,” a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio comedy variety program.

During World War II, Young joined the Canadian Navy but resigned his commission after finding out he’d be spending his time writing for a Navy show. He then volunteered for the Army but was rejected because of his childhood asthma.

In 1944, he was brought to New York as a summer replacement for “The Eddie Cantor Show” on NBC Radio. That fall, “The Alan Young Show” was launched on NBC’s Blue Network, and it later moved to NBC. For a brief period, while starring in his own Sunday evening show, he also played Jimmy Durante’s sidekick on Durante’s Friday night show.

On television from 1950 to 1953, he starred in “The Alan Young Show,” a half-hour comedy-variety show on CBS. Dubbed the “Charlie Chaplin of television” by TV Guide, he won an Emmy Award for best actor in 1951, the same year his program earned an Emmy for best variety show.

 

Young, who was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by 20th Century Fox, made his movie debut in “Margie,” a 1946 comedy starring Jeanne Crain. Later film credits include “Androcles and the Lion” (1952) and “The Time Machine” (1960).

After flopping in a 1967 Broadway comedy “The Girl in the Freudian Slip,” Young retired from show business.

A longtime member of the Christian Science faith, he become communications director for the Christian Science headquarters in Boston in 1968. He later spent time as a lecturer for the church before returning to acting in the mid-`70s.

His return included providing the voice of Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge in Disney’s 1983 animated short “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and voicing McDuck in Disney’s animated TV series “DuckTales.”

He also did voice work for “The Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and other animated TV series.

But for many, Young remained best known as Wilbur in “Mister Ed,” which continued a long life in reruns.

He chronicled his experiences on the show in his 1994 book written with Bill Burt, “Mister Ed and Me.”

To judge the old series’ continued popularity, Young recalled in his book, he conducted his own impromptu “consumer test” two years earlier.

After stepping into a crowded elevator, he faced the door and quietly sang the first line of the show’s theme song: “A horse is a horse.” Then he stopped, and his fellow passengers behind him sang out in unison, “Of course, of course.”

According to the Associated Press, Young married Mary Anne Grimes in 1940 and they had a daughter, Alana, and a son, Alan Jr. The marriage ended in 1947. A year later, he married Virginia McCurdy in 1948. They had a son, Cameron Angus, and a daughter, Wendy. Information on survivors was not available.