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“This mindset that anyone who wears a government uniform (soldier, police officer, prison guard) must be obeyed without question is a telltale sign of authoritarianism goose-stepping its way towards totalitarianism.”
As John F. Kennedy warned in March 1962, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the government is making violent revolution inevitable.
*About the author: Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at email@example.com.
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“History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can be arrested for something. If the state could use these laws not for their intended purposes but to silence those who voice unpopular ideas, little would be left of our First Amendment liberties, and little would separate us from the tyrannies of the past or the malignant fiefdoms of our own age. The freedom to speak without risking arrest is ‘one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation.’”—Justice Neil Gorsuch, dissenting, Nieves v. Bartlett (2019)
What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power.
What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line.
For those who refuse to meekly accept the heavy-handed tyranny of the police state, the danger is all too real.
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Don’t they have any healing and creative rejuvenation among the super-powered mutations at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Children? If so, they needed them to lay their hands on this franchise for a few years before making another bungled attempt at the beloved Dark Phoenix storyline (from the 1980 comic books). But that’s a rhetorical question. If Dark Phoenix (2019) is any indication, mutations cannot save this franchise.
When we return to our characters, much has changed since the last visit. Which is fine since who wants to be reminded of X-Men Apocalypse? The X-Men are now no longer shunned by society but held up as heroes. Professor Xavier (James McAvoy, phoning this one in… but then who isn’t?) has a direct phone to the White House, like a Batman / Commissioner Gordon sitch gone national.
Their first mission, which serves as kind of a second prologue to the over and underwritten film, involves saving a space shuttle crew from imminent death. For underwritten/performed reason this is making Raven (Jessica Lawrence) nervous. The mission goes wrong with Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) appearing to explode with the doomed ship. But what’s this — she feels great with not a scratch on her? Well, not so fast. Her power is now off the charts and mental inhibitors that Xavier had placed on her as a child without her knowledge (uh-oh) have distintegrated as well. Her powers going haywire is bad enough for the team, but things get worse when super-powered mysterious aliens arrive on Earth (led by Jessica Chastain, going Terminator-franchise minimalist though she’s not playing a robot). The aliens intend to use Jean Grey, now nicknamed Phoenix for her remarkable resurrection, for their own nefarious purposes.
Battle sequences, plot contrivances, contractually obligated and completely joyless performances follow…
To be fair, Dark Phoenix does deliver a few meager thrills. The film makes you wait for Magneto and it’s wonderful to see Michael Fassbender’s effortlessly intense charisma back onscreen (where’s he been since marrying Alicia Vikander? That’s a long honeymoon). He clearly doesn’t want to be there, but then, neither does his character so it works. Disco-era mutant Dazzler gets a cameo which is irrelevant to the plot but still works as fan service (we never thought we’d see her onscreen!). Nightcrawler’s (Kodi Smit McPhee) teleportation skills are put to visually strong use, primarily because they look so different than everyone else’s computer generated gifts. A climactic action sequence on a speeding train goes on twice as long as it should and is too chaotic to follow well but it has two action-bliss jolts within if you’re patient about waiting for them.
What doesn’t work? Everything else.
The franchise has never done right by Cyclops (Tye Sheridan now, James Marsden earlier) or Storm (Alexandra Shipp now, Halle Berry then) and that continues here, with no effort to course correct. [SPOILER] And for a story that should feel apocalyptically large on an existential level, there is only one major death, and that one plays like it’s appeasing someone who was chafing against their endless contract. [/SPOILER] Stranger still given the budgets on superhero movies, it’s visually “small,” as if the X-Men and the aliens are the only people who exist in the known universe. One action sequence takes place in the suburbs but nobody appears to be at home. Another takes place in a single block of a city but feels no bigger than an unruly block party. Someone called the cops.
It’s all terribly unsatisfying.
Sophie Turner does what she can with her undermotivated central part, but there’s no magic in the performance to save the movie from itself. The X-Men movies originally leaned hard into allegory “mutants = persecuted minorities. Hatred is bad!” but this one barely knows what to do with something that should be easily resonant and message-movie flexible like losing control of your body or giving yourself over to rage.
The other actors have much less to do, only repeating beats we’ve seen them do multiple times before. The franchise is in a time loop after all, returning to this story again with different actors playing the same roles, but not, through the usual reboot format. It’s little wonder that everyone is merely going through the motions between “action” and “cut”.
We repeat: Mutations cannot save the X-Men. No half-measure cast changes or director swaps will do. Dark Phoenix is not, perhaps, the worst movie in the franchise, just the dullest. But when more movies from a franchise are fighting for Worst Of honors than Best Of, it’s time to bury it.
Logan knew that, somehow, and went to the grave honorably. Dark Phoenix tries to follow suit, in its own funereal way, but without that earlier film’s conviction, genre-twisting, and fine performances. Dark Phoenix strays wildly from the famous 1980 comic book storyline but still honors its downer outcome. It’s a bummer… intentionally and otherwise.
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You’ve likely heard by now that a far-right group called Super Happy Fun America is holding a “Straight Pride” parade in Boston later this summer.
According to its website, Super Happy Fun America wants to “celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community.”
One of the group’s of three founding members is a man by the name of Chris Bartley, who identifies as gay.
On Wednesday, Bartley told Queerty he’s working to bring “Straight Pride” to Boston in an effort to “showcase how extreme the left has become.”
“My motivation to participate in this year’s Straight Pride is to make the far left realize how insane they have become and how overarching they are,” he said.
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Hockey faceoffs have historically been about center vs. center, but winger vs. winger may be just as important. It’s the pivotal battle you likely missed
This appeared to be a strange sentiment from the career winger, who has taken an average of about one faceoff every two games over his 13 years in the NHL. Ryan O’Reilly, Perron’s regular centerman, takes over 20 per game.
But taking faceoffs wasn’t what Perron was talking about.
He was speaking about the secret war of the faceoff dot — not center versus center, but winger versus winger or winger versus defenseman, jockeying to win the puck.
Hockey is perhaps the most random of sports.
And nothing represents the chaos of hockey more than its object of pursuit, the puck. You can predict, more or less, where a ball will bounce, off a wall, on the parquet, even slicing through the grass. But that puck — a six-ounce vulcanized rubber disc — can have a mind of its own.
The faceoff is another expression of this disorder: The referee, try as he might, will drop the puck differently every time. The puck might hit the ice on edge. And the faceoff doesn’t happen just once, like the jump ball might in an NBA game — this act of anarchy occurs about 60 times a night.
But hockey is also attempt after attempt to bring order to lawlessness. From a distance, the faceoff looks like 10 mice, five on each side, scurrying for one piece of cheese. It’s much more than that: Between opposing center and center, winger and winger, it’s a series of orchestrated battles to win the war for the puck.
But one of these faceoff battles receives significantly more fanfare than the others. Center versus center is celebrated, while winger versus winger is overlooked. That shouldn’t be the case.
”Coaches bring that up all the time,” a former NHL coach turned scout tells me. “They recognize the centerman is only 50 percent responsible for the faceoff. Wingers help the other 50 percent.”
”It could be the most underappreciated thing in hockey because it gets you puck possession,” a former NHL winger turned scout adds.
Indeed, it’s a secret war with very tangible results.
Down 4-3, the San Jose Sharks needed the puck — and a goal — with 70 seconds left and ticking on Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Tomas Hertl and Tyler Bozak were the centermen of record on this draw, but it was the battle along the wall between 39-year-old Joe Thornton and 35-year-old Jay Bouwmeester that would make the difference.
Bozak won the faceoff into the corner. But Thornton drove the weight of his stick onto Bouwmeester’s, preventing the St. Louis defenseman from reaching the loose puck. Thornton, his stick establishing inside position, rimmed the puck back up the wall to Brent Burns.
Aided and abetted by full possession, Logan Couture would tie up the score. San Jose stole Game 3 in overtime.
”It’s determination and having a good stick,” Perron notes. “It’s at least a three-man faceoff now. Because a lot of pucks go sideways.”
Thornton certainly showed determination and a strong stick to ensure Sharks possession. But there’s more than one way to outdraw the opposition.
”Really good wingers are guys who anticipate the puck drop and get a jump on loose pucks,” observes the former NHL coach.
Jaden Schwartz got a jump here, spiriting the puck away from the Brayden Schenn-Couture tie-up at the dot. Seconds later, puck possession would lead to a Schwartz goal and a 2-0 St. Louis lead. Schwartz’s effort would set the Blues on a fast track to a pivotal Game 5 victory.
Not every winger competes for faceoffs in the same way, either.
”Sometimes, you have to jump in front of him. Sometimes, you lift his stick,” Perron says. “There’s guys who will let you jump and there’s guys who will fight every inch.”
No Shark lined up against Perron more often in the Western Conference Finals than left winger Evander Kane.
”Quite honestly, the first game, I wasn’t happy. I don’t think I helped [O’Reilly] at all,” Perron admits. “Kane waits until the last second and tries to get under your stick. I’m going to keep my stick as long as I can and try to go under his last second. A lot of times, he’s not letting me do that. So I’ll try to jump in front of him.”
This strategy backfired on Perron in Game 1. O’Reilly won the faceoff to Perron’s side, but Perron, perhaps reacting to Kane getting under his stick, tried to jump around. However, the puck was behind him.
Kane spun, reaching the puck first. He dumped it in, helping San Jose establish possession for 30 seconds, eventually forcing St. Louis to ice it. These were the 50-50 battles won that helped give the Sharks a series lead.
”You have to watch the puck. Just like the guy who’s taking the faceoff, you have to watch the puck, watch it come out of the linesman’s hand,” Kane points out. “It’s trying to get guys off balance. Try to get that inside position, depending on where the puck goes.”
By Game 6, however, Perron had adjusted.
Protecting a 4-1 lead, minutes away from eliminating San Jose, Tyler Bozak won the puck once again to Perron’s side. This time, Perron, instead of jumping in front of Kane, didn’t overanticipate, and used his body as a shield to keep Kane away from the puck. This afforded Perron’s teammate Colton Parayko a chance to dump the puck into the zone; the Blues would retrieve it, shaving 30 valuable seconds off the Sharks’ season.
Perron’s work off the draw to gain possession won’t appear on any scoresheet, but his centerman appreciated it.
”It gives me a lot of confidence in the circle. If I don’t win it clean, I know he’s there and working,” O’Reilly says. “It’s tough in the circle, you lose a couple, you can get a little frustrated. When you have a guy like that, that’s worried about that, about possession, it shows how invested he is in winning. It shows a lot of character.”
”When you play with a guy like O’Reilly, you know he’s going to win at least 50 percent of his draws,” Perron says of O’Reilly, who has won 57.9 percent of his faceoffs since 2015-16. That’s good for second in the league. “You can help him get to 55, 60 percent.”
It’s an art, a winger helping his center win a faceoff. So who are the artists? What Patrice Bergeron is to two-way centers, who’s the Bergeron of faceoff-winning wingers?
Perron cites Schwartz and Alexander Steen, but he can’t offer a “gold standard” winger.
“Nothing I’ve thought about,” Nyquist acknowledges. “It’s a good question, actually.”
This is perhaps the best illustration of how underappreciated the art is, that even its practitioners can’t identify its masters.
”It’s hard to scout,” the former NHL winger says. “It takes a lot of watching and scouting of that area to figure out who that person is and why.”
Throughout his career, however, it’s been easy for Perron to identify fellow wingers who weren’t good at this job: “There are guys, without mentioning names, on other teams that I played for, who basically just sit back and wait for the results.”
Perhaps then, a winger’s role on the faceoff is like so many unheralded but absolutely essential jobs on the ice, in day-to-day life: You don’t notice until it’s not being done.
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Senate Democrats requested Thursday for the Federal Reserve to open an investigation into the relationship between Deutsche Bank, President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The lawmakers want the federal banking agency to probe whether Deutsche Bank may have violated anti-money laundering laws, according to a letter sent by the Democrats to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell and New York Federal Reserve President John Williams, over a report that the German-based financial institution ignored suspicious activity alerts associated with the accounts of Trump and Kushner.
“Only by conducting a thorough review of the full range of this activity can we better understand what happened in these cases,” they wrote. “What practices, procedures, or personnel may need to be changed at the bank; and what regulators should do to ensure the Federal Reserve’s ability effectively to monitor compliance with Anti- Money Laundering laws.”
The Democratic lawmakers who penned the letter were all members of the Senate Banking Committee. They included ranking member Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Tina Smith of Minnesota.
Deutsche Bank executives ignored suspicious activity reports compiled by anti-money-laundering specialists who were wary of certain transactions associated with the accounts of Kushner and Trump, according to a New York Times report last month.
Trump is a longtime borrower from Deutsche Bank, an institution of which has found itself embroiled in numerous financial wrongdoings in recent years. They include a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme that in 2017 resulted in a more than $600 million fine from the U.S. government, which was preceded by a $7.2 billion settlement in 2016 for the role Deutsche Bank played in selling mortgages that contributed to the housing market crash of the late-2000s.
Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee and longtime anti-money laundering specialist, told The Times that one of the suspicious activities with Kushner’s accounts included a transaction to Russian individuals. Bank managers in New York reportedly felt the concerns were not warranted to require the suspicious activity be submitted to the government.
“In light of these most recent press accounts, and Deutsche Bank’s extensive history of violations, which have prompted huge penalties for the bank,” the senators wrote to the Federal Reserve leaders, “we urge you to undertake a thorough evaluation of the Bank’s compliance with Bank Secrecy Act and Anti- Money Laundering regulations with respect to the Trump and Kushner-related activities identified by Deutsche Bank compliance staff as suspicious.”
The senators also requested whether the Federal Reserve has met with the whistleblowers, how many other suspicious activity reports were “quashed” by bank officials, whether the bank was required to undergo an internal audit, if any of the suspicious activities were from Russian transactions and, based on Deutsche Bank’s history of wrongdoing, what “plans do regulators have for reforming Deutsche Bank’s management?”
A spokesperson for Kushner said in a statement that, “Any allegations regarding Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Kushner Companies which involved money laundering is completely made up and totally false.”
The White House did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.
Trump addressed the allegations that were laid out in The Times report last month by tweeting that the outlet and “others of the Fake News Media, keep writing phony stories about how I didn’t use many banks because they didn’t want to do business with me.”
“WRONG!” the president continued. “It is because I didn’t need money. Very old fashioned, but true. When you don’t need or want money, you don’t need or want banks. Banks have always been available to me, they want to make money.”
In a legal victory last month, a federal judge ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One, another financial institution with deep ties to the president, could comply with a congressional subpoena from House Democrats to turn over years’ worth of Trump’s personal and business finances. Trump had filed a lawsuit seeking to block such an effort. He has appealed the judge’s ruling.
This story was updated to include comment from a Kushner spokesperson.
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A Presbyterian minister in Linden, New Jersey, is accused of performing oral sex to extract “evil spirits” from men in emotional crises, according to My Central Jersey.
Rev. Dr. William Weaver of Linden Presbyterian Church, 69, has been charged with “multiple acts of idolatry and sexual misconduct” by the church and was supposed to face three accusers in an internal church trial in January, but he recused the jurisdiction of the Elizabeth Presbytery one day before the start of the trial. No public charges have been filed against the minister, though the three men said they filed reports to authorities.
One accuser, 37-year-old A.J. Meeker, wrote in a statement that he was 20 when he started seeing Weaver for counseling after flunking out of college and moving out of his family’s house. As part of these counseling sessions, Meeker wrote, Weaver had him lie naked on a bed, opened Meeker’s mouth, placed his own mouth on top of Meeker’s mouth, and moved his tongue around “to see if I had anything in my mouth or throat.”
Then Weaver engaged in oral sex, Meeker said. “He would then ingest my ejaculate and then would spit up multiple pieces of plastic or metal into a Ziploc bag,” Meeker wrote.
William Weist, 52, recounted similar counseling sessions with Weaver, saying the minister would describe Native American rituals meant to ward off evil spirits.
“I felt so small and worthless, like a piece of trash in the street,” he said, remembering his decision to stop meeting with Weaver. “I just couldn’t face what had happened to me.”
Robert Fuggi, a lawyer with the Fuggi Law Firm in Toms River, said Weaver’s alleged conduct could be deemed criminal. “[The individuals] were misled, and he used fraud and he used other tactics, or techniques, to manipulate these people into being sexually abused,” he said. “It’s really horrifying that he took his position of a pastoral role, one they look up to, and he manipulated them.”
“We don’t know who else has been hurt by this,” said Audrey Pereira, associate representative to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 779, for which Weaver has served as a chaplain. ”He did good on one hand, but he’s like a Jekyll and Hyde. On the other hand, he did this evil to who knows how many. It can’t just have been these guys, there has to be more.”
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office told My Central Jersey it could neither confirm nor deny information regarding Weaver, but the three accusers say they’re speaking out to keep others safe. “I was willing to never bring this up and live with it, but I refuse to stay silent any longer,” Meeker wrote. “I need to make sure that this never happens to anyone else ever again.”
Actor and Oscar-winning producer Brad Pitt has threatened to sue organizers of Boston’s so-called Straight Pride after trying to name him the official mascot of the celebration.
Super Fun Happy America, the apparently serious organization putting together the so-called “Pride” event, released images of Pitt on their official website naming him the “ace of this important civil rights movement.”
Super Fun Happy America classifies heterosexual Americans as an “oppressed majority” despite never having been oppressed for their sexuality.
Pitt, for his part, wanted nothing to do with the event or Super Fun Happy America, which has ties to far-right neo-fascist group the Proud Boys, which has a long history of promoting white supremacy and encouraging violence.
In response to Pitt’s lawsuit threats, Super Fun Happy America has named alt-right conspiracy theorist Milo Yiannopoulos as the celebration’s grand marshall.
The Straight Pride Parade is scheduled for this weekend, though Super Fun Happy America has yet to be granted permits for a proposed parade. The Straight Pride celebration has attracted wide criticism, including remarks from actor Chris Evans and Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Yep, that was a classic gut punch of a failed upset bid.
Germany didn’t have better chances than China in their World Cup opener on Saturday, and they looked a bit intimidated by the physical Chinese defense at times. The Germans won 1-0 anyway on the strength of their superior technical players and an absolute banger by 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn.
But the game could have gone so much differently.
China may have had better chances, but they didn’t have the better finishing. Li Ying is China’s best goal-scorer, but couldn’t finish off an amazing opportunity in the 15th minute.
WHAT A CHANCE!!
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And China had an even better opportunity to score before halftime. Several in a matter of a few seconds, actually. But this was the agonizing result.
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“China will end up regretting those missed chances,” commentators around the world said in a hundred different languages. It’s a cliche, but probably not an overused one, because it’s true so often. China was always going to have a small number of good chances to score against a more talented and experienced opponent. The first miss elicited a hearty “NOOOOOO” from neutrals, while the second landed a very stiff gut punch.
That was the moment, and they blew it.