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It’s Moore v. Strange in an Alabama runoff, and the nastiest part is still ahead

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As election results continue to roll in from the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions, Senate seat. The results mirror those of the recent polls; which had Judge Roy S Moore and Luther Strange moving on to the September 26th primary runoff.

It is no surprise to pollsters that Moore would come up on top and Strange would come in second. The question that is on everyone’s mind is what will happen on the September 26th primary runoff.

Moore has 100 percent name ID in the State. He has won two statewide elections in the past. Even with the controversy that surrounded him during his second victory.

Moore was elected in 2001 to the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In November 2003, he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments as ordered by a federal court.

In 2013, Moore ran and once again was elected to Chief Justice but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges, in a sense, to ignore the Obergefell decision making same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states and to continue to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Moore, having won two statewide elections, would seem like the inevitable winner, and these elections are just a foregone conclusion.

The truth is Moore has also lost a statewide election. In 2006, he lost the Republican nomination for Governor against the incumbent governor at the time, Bob Riley.

So the question on everyone’s mind is what will happen in the September 26th election.

President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange seems not to have helped in this round. President Trump not only won the Republican primary in Alabama but he won the state handily with 62.08% of the vote. With Mo Brooks failing to make the next round, will Trump’s endorsement of Strange put him over the top?

If as some suspect that Mo Brooks will come out and endorse Roy Moore. The other inevitable question is, will that make a difference?

Mo Brooks is a conservative member of Congress, and most conservatives would be thrilled to have him in the Senate. Though, he does not have the name ID of either Moore or Strange. So many will be asking. Was the Brooks vote more of a protest vote against Moore and Strange than a vote for Brooks?

It would seem that Brook’s voters would gravitate towards Moore, but we cannot be certain. Many might just stay home, and others might vote for Strange simply because Moore’s style of Christian conservative activism is just too much for them.

The only thing we know now is that Moore and Strange will be going head to head and it is going to get even nastier. This election is far from over. It has really only just begun.

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

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

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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

https://wgntv.com/2018/11/12/officer-responds-to-gunfire-fatally-shoots-security-guard-at-robbins-bar/Friends 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

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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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