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Alabama voters aren’t Trump’s sheep



Alabama is a state where Trump won by 28 points over Hillary. There are a lot of Alabama jokes and stereotypes out there all trying to make Alabamans seem like toothless, uneducated, hillbillies who, if white, are racist. This stereotype is often how the elitists on the left view Trump voters. However, the primary to replace Jeff Sessions shows the Alabamans are unwilling to follow Trump in an instance where he intervenes. Trump endorsed Luthor Strange for Alabama’s primary. Strange was the appointed replacement for Sessions in order to keep his seat warm for the special election. In a three-way race, Judge Roy Moore came out on top with Strange in second. With Moore not reaching a majority, there will be a runoff. Congressman Mo Brooks will not be on the nomination in the second round.

Strange coming in second shows that Trump’s endorsement had a limited impact. The Alabamans had two anti-establishment candidates, Moore and Brooks(although his lengthy tenure in the House says otherwise.) Strange was endorsed and supported by Mitch McConnell, a republican poster child for the establishment. Trump’s endorsement failed to outshine the bold character of Roy Moore. The runoff election would be more interesting had Moore come in second to Strange. But as it stands now, Moore has more support than Strange, and Trump can’t change that. While Moore hadn’t shown his establishment colors all that much, the backing of Mitch McConnell was a red flag to many voters. This means that many Alabamans aren’t willing to trust an establishment candidate just because Trump says so.

Moving forward, expect the votes from third place contender, Mo Brooks, to flock to Moore. Brooks is a Trump supporter and strong advocate for repealing Obamacare. Much of his support came from his House district, anyway. Brook’s stronger stances would indicate his supporters would more likely support Moore than Strange. Luthor Strange has an uphill battle coming up. Trump’s endorsement simply isn’t meaningful enough. Moore is a stronger candidate that is well-known and well-loved among Alabaman conservatives. Trump’s influence wasn’t enough to dissuade voters the first time and likely won’t be the second time. Mitch McConnell’s endorsement is a campaign poison Trump couldn’t remedy. While Trump has campaigned well in Alabama, it appears voters are refusing to blindly support Trump. It appears that voters are sticking to small government conservative principles even when Trump sides with the establishment. The people of Alabama are choosing a fiery disruptive former judge rather than the business as usual candidate. The people of Alabama are voting based on their values and Trump isn’t changing that.

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Kyrsten Sinema’s socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona



Kyrsten Sinema's socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona

Arizona can no longer be considered a red state. As the Senate election vote counts finish up, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema appears poised to win. It isn’t that a Democrat won that makes me move Arizona from red to purple. It’s that a socialist in moderate clothing was able to pull the wool over the eyes of Arizona voters so easily.

Just an hour of research is enough to break through the Arizona mainstream media’s false narrative that Sinema is a moderate. She is anti-capitalism, in favor of open borders, and had the lowest Liberty Score of anyone in the House representing Arizona.

Then, there’s this:

“A huge dollar bill is the most accurate way to teach children the real motto of the United States: In the Almighty Dollar We Trust… Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule. It certainly is not ruling in our favor.”

Arizona chose poorly.

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Guns and Crime

Trust in Chicago area police was already low. Then they killed Jemel Roberson.



Trust in Chicago area police was already low Then they killed Jemel Roberson

An armed security guard prevented anyone from getting killed when gunmen returned to his bar after getting thrown out. He subdued them without using deadly force and was restraining one of the alleged assailants when police arrived. That’s when a resolved situation turned ugly.

A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Jemel Roberson, 26, while responding to a shooting inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, about 4 a.m. Sunday. Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene.

This appears to be a case of a truly decent person doing his job and losing his life as a result.

Security guard killed by police in Robbins bar wanted to be a cop, friends say said Roberson was an upstanding guy who had plans to become a police officer. He was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches.

“Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” the Rev. Patricia Hill from Purposed Church said. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.”

“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” the Rev. LeAundre Hill said.

My Take

Chicago area residents have had many reasons to not trust the men and women charged with keeping them safe. Controversial police-involved shootings, rising crime rates, and tone deaf leadership in city, county, and state governments have been pushing people in the area to give up on law enforcement.

This will make matters much worse.

The optics on this couldn’t get much uglier, especially if the unnamed police officer who shot Roberson turns out to be Caucasian. Roberson, an African-American, was able to detain four assailants without anyone getting fatally wounded. The fact that he was then fatally shot by police adds a new dimension to the rift between police and the people.

In most incidents where police are believed to have used deadly force unnecessarily, it’s a matter of them shooting an alleged criminal when other means of subduing them could have been used. Such is the case with Jason Van Dyke who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. Nobody argued that McDonald wasn’t dangerous. He was high on PCP, had a knife, and was walking in the middle of the street despite police warnings for him to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

Roberson’s situation is the opposite. He was doing his duty as a security guard and very likely saved lives in the process. His death is almost certainly going to start another round of racial tensions and anti-police protests that could cause tremendous turmoil throughout the Chicagoland area.

There is usual gray area in police shootings, but this seems pretty black and white to me. Jemel Roberson acted heroically. Instead of a happy ending for the day and a bright future in law enforcement ahead, he’s gone.

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Entertainment and Sports

Stan Lee’s 10 greatest comics



Stan Lees 10 greatest comics

Stan Lee has died. While modern audiences probably know much more about the Marvel movies and televisions shows that dominate our viewing pleasures, it was his genius in creating so many beloved comic book characters decades ago that fuels Hollywood today.

Looper put out a video with his greatest comics. These subjective lists are usually fodder for debate, but I was so pleasantly surprised by their choices I decided to post it here. It may be the first time I agree with nearly everything in a video top 10 list. Fitting that it surrounds an icon like Lee.

From his quirky cameos in every Marvel movie to his down-to-earth perspectives present in every interview, there’s plenty to love about Stan Lee. But it was his comic book creations that have made a permanent mark on American culture.

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