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Charles Barkley: I’ve Always Ignored Confederate Statues, A “Waste” Of Time


In an interview with WBRC-TV in Birmingham last week, Charles Barkley said he has always ignored Confederate statues and that most black people probably haven't thought about them "a day in their life." He said the black community needs to worry about more important issues like education and crime. "That's wasted energy," the NBA legend said. "I'm not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who is going to hate me no matter what. And I'm not going to waste my time worrying about these statues," Barkley said. "I've always ignored them," Barkley said of the Confederate statues. "I'm 54 years old. I've never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you ask most black people, to be honest, they ain't thought a day in their life about those stupid statues." "What we as black people need to do is we need to worry about our education. We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity in things like that," he said.

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Boston Police Commissioner: Bottles Filled With Urine Thrown At Officers During Protest


Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said officers were pelted with bottles of urine and "hit with a lot of stuff" during the 'anti-racist' demonstration near Boston Common on Saturday. Boston Police also confirmed rocks were thrown at officers: #UPDATE: #BPD confirming rocks being thrown at officers on Tremont at West.— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) August 19, 2017 Antifa maced after pushing police and trying to break through a manned barrier: Exactly like Normandy pic.twitter.com/0aotTiL0WF— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 19, 2017 Man wearing Trump t-shirt pelted with bottle: Confrontation from earlier between Trump supporter and counter protesters at Boston Common. @nbcboston pic.twitter.com/1TMQ061hJq— Daniel Gadbois (@DanNBCBoston) August 19, 2017

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Scott Adams: Trump Used Pershing Tweet As Reminder We Haven’t Had Terror Attack, To Scare Terrorists


Dilbert cartoonist and student of the power of persuasion Scott Adams delivered commentary Thursday afternoon on a tweet President Trump made encouraging people to study how Gen. John J. Pershing eradicated radical Islam terror "for 35 years." Adams said Trump's tweet about Gen. Pershing was "weapons grade persuasion" to remind Americans that there has not been an Islamic terror attack on U.S. soil during his presidency. Adams also said Trump is using a "psychological warfare" technique to make the enemy think he's a "badass who will use every possible trick in the book" rather than suggesting we should literally emulate the technique Pershing used. It shows he would go further to the "people who scare the shit out of us," Adams added. "During a time when our attention is on the tragedy in Barcelona, we are reminded that we haven't had much problems since President Trump was inaugurated. Correct me if I'm wrong, have we had a terror attack since inauguration? We haven't, right. And by inserting himself into the conversation he reminds us that there has not been a terror attack here," Adams said. Adams said Trump sent a message to terrorists that whatever treatment you receive overseas for terrorist attacks will be worse in the U.S. Trump is saying "there is no limit to what we should do to the bad guys," Adams added. "You basically just scared the shit out of the terrorists," Adams said. "Now, the question is: does scaring terrorists in this way actually make the country safer? Well, there's no way to know. But certainly not scaring them doesn't help. And certainly trying to be equally as scary with their other targets probably isn't going to get you anything. But when you draw some contrasts and say, 'Yeah, if you blow something up in Europe, yeah, there's going to be hell to pay if you get caught. But if you get caught blowing something up over here you don't even know what hell looks like," Adams said. "I don't think you can rule out that the president has lost his mind with that tweet about Pershing because it would fit the observed facts, right. It fits the facts. Because he is saying stuff that isn't true and it's making people mad and say, 'only a crazy person would do that.' But if you would look at the fact that he has a fairly long track record of when the news is terrible he will say something that is interesting because it wasn't true to make your attention go where he is the strongest. He does it a lot. If you don't see it coming, you will be surprised." SCOTT ADAMS: What the heck is President Trump is doing with this offensive tweet that is also false? This is just going to cause trouble. Well, I cannot read his mind but let us go through the impact of it. During a time when our attention is on the tragedy in Barcelona, we are reminded that we haven't had much problems since President Trump was inaugurated. Correct me if I'm wrong, have we had a terror attack since inauguration? We haven't, right. And by inserting himself into the conversation he reminds us that there has not been a terror attack here and with his offensive little tweet he communicated a few things. One is that it's a story about using psychological warfare or weapons grade persuasion. So true to the persuasion filter you see that he's talking about using psychological warfare. Now, my assumption is, the way I hear it, is he doesn't mean that we should emulate that specific technique but rather it's a story about being a badass who uses every possible trick in the book including, in this case, killing people and additionally using a psychological warfare [technique] to make their killing seem that much worse to prevent it happening. Now, on the surface, it's a call to psychological persuasion warfare against a deadly enemy, and that part is good. And it also reminds us that he would go further than other leaders in solving this problem that currently scares the shit out of us because we're all watching the Barcelona video. So during the time that we are most afraid of ISIS, he reminds us that he's not going to stop at anything to kill them. Even if that thing is insanely over the line, right? So he has once again used the power of contrast because the Barcelona story was in our minds to remind us that there have been no attacks like that on our shores since he was inaugurated. Probably not because of him, but it's good persuasion to remind us that he's the toughest voice on this topic. Now the question you're asking yourself is, 'But isn't it terribly offensive to Muslims?' And I would say it probably is. But if you were to break it down, he's not talking about Muslims who are minding their own business; he's talking about being absolutely brutal with the ones who are literally terrorists. So that part he sounds all of our alarms in the week that you should not be sounding those specific alarms. But when you break it down and you try to tell yourself, okay, he is really limiting this to literally terrorists, you don't have as much space to criticize it as you think when you first started. You can still criticize it… President Trump has now sent a message to all terrorists who thought they have had a choice to do their terrorism — do some U.S. terrorism or some terrorism overseas. And he's made a clear distinction that if you do some terrorism overseas you will receive whatever bad treatment is overseas. He has said, because of his Pershing tweet, he has sent the message that if you do the same terrorism over there are no rules. No rules to get you back… You basically just scared the shit out of terrorists. Adams said the Pershing story doesn't matter "persuasion wise" because it just hardened his base and didn't make the left hate him any more than they already do. Trump moves energy from topics where he has an advantage as opposed to those that he doesn't such as the Pershing tweet versus the Charlottesville attack. SCOTT ADAMS: His base will read that and say, 'Yeah, I don't care if that's true. It's true enough.' It just shows that he wouldn't limit himself from trying anything. And they like that. Now, if you're on the left and you're a major anti-Trumper and you see that story you're going to say to yourself, 'Oh my God, it's more evidence.' And it's clearly a story that isn't true that he told more than once. By now he probably knows it's not true. So, there are the people that are already inclined not to like him. Nothing changed. So, persuasion wise, he hardened the base, he scared the terrorists and the people who hated him already still kind of hate him the same amount. Adams says Trump knows how to manipulate the media when he is in trouble to his benefit because they "can't resist." This led him to talk about the price Trump paid for using the false story and the cost-benefit of retelling it. SCOTT ADAMS: This is why he can control them with his business sense. The news shows are going to do whatever is the easiest news that is also current. And when I say easy, I mean cheapest. They don't have to send a crew out to Africa or anything like that. It's just people sitting in a room talking who they were already paying. So it's just the people they were already paying just sitting in a room talking about the president's tweet. Yeah, the news business can't resist that. It's the cheapest most interesting semi-relevant news they can produce. So, simply by creating news that is economically irresistible, he controls their shelf-space. So he's taking up a few hours a day and when they're done people will say, 'Oh, okay, that story wasn't true. He had a wrong story. But damn that guy sure wants to beat ISIS.' That's what you're going to remember. Now, was his tradeoff worth it? Meaning in some ways he's making things worse for the people who already hate him, meaning they think he is crazy for doing this, ignores the facts, they think he has Alzheimer's, they think he's racist. So it definitely had a price. And people always criticize me for saying things that have both a benefit and a cost. Things are never just one thing. Things are never just, 'well it's a benefit.' There is always a cost. Trump's Pershing tweet: Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 (UPDATE: The original version of this story stated President Trump was referring to the debunked legend that Pershing would soak bullets in pig's blood before shooting Muslims. Trump's tweet did not specify which tactic Pershing used to prevent radical Islamic terror. This post has been updated to reflect that.)

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Stephen Moore: We Still Have To Take At Least 10 Million More People Off Food Stamps


In an interview with WMAL-AM guest host Steve Malzberg, economist Stephen Moore said the dwindling amount of people on food stamps is "awesome," but we there is still progress to be made. STEPHEN MOORE: That is awesome news! By the way, we still have to take at least 10 million more people off food stamps. Food stamps grew and grew and grew under Obama…it grew about 50% during the recession, but then when the recession was over, they only fell by around 10-15%. If you're gonna get food stamps…or any of these programs, and you're an able-bodied adult, Steve, you've got to get a job! It's that simple! And that's in the Trump budget – yes we're a compassionate country, we're not gonna let people go homeless, we're not gonna let them go hungry, but if you want aid from the government and the tax payers, you have to do something in return, and that's get a job and work, and not sit in front of the TV! By the way, liberals hate that idea, they loathe that idea. They don't want these people working, and by the way, the best thing you can do for somebody is not give them a handout, give them a job, give them a paycheck! What a concept! (via WMAL-AM) Moore sparred with Van Jones about Obamacare on his CNN program earlier this year:

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Vladimir Putin on Donald Trump: This Is A Man Who Can Listen


Russian president Vladimir Putin is asked a question about his meeting with President Trump: Putin answers: "I would tell you more if there were no journalists here. But since we are not alone, you know what can I say for sure? That I haven't already said in my press conference in Germany. Is that he is quite an open person, and he is very different from the TV image that he created during the election campaign. However, there is nothing uusual here, since the election campaign is not something you judge a person by. An election campaign requires a special mindset and behavior. What I also noticed, and could share with you, this is not secret, but it suprised me a little. I did not expect this and I believe it is very important for person who has a public profile, a politician, he has the ability to listen. At least this is what our conversation was like. I do not know what he is like with the other people he talks to… You know this is not something that happens all the time, for a person who works with people, who is involved with politics, I reiterate, this is a vitally important ability, to be able to listen and to respond and communicate promptly. You have to have substantial experience, I believe. There are some people who hear only themselves, whatever you tell them — it is like a buzz in the background for them. You are talking but they are not listening at all. The current US president is different."

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Atlantic Editor Jeffrey Goldberg: Trump Going To Be Responsible For Violence Against Journalists


Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said Wednesday President Trump calling the mainstream media "enemies of the state" (editor's note: Trump said "enemy of the people") will inspire someone "to do something violent against journalists in a large way." "Well, part of my reaction is that we're are all engaged in a reality TV show. That this is a reality TV version of a war between the president and the press," Goldberg said in an interview with Yahoo! News' Katie Couric. "The problem is, and this is what I worry about more than anything else, is that there are people in the country who don't understand that this a cynical reality TV game," Goldberg said. "And are going to hear over and over again from the president that the reporters, journalists are enemies of the state… and someone is going to do something violent against journalists in a large way, and then I know where the fault lies" (via NTK Network)

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Clinton: Libraries “Defend Truth And Reason And Evidence And Facts”


Hillary Clinton addressed the American Library Association (ALA) on Tuesday. "We need libraries and librarians now more than ever. You have to be on the front lines of one of the most important fights we have faced in the history of our country: the fight to defend truth and reason and evidence and facts. You have to help us wage that fight one book at a time, one library at a time, one person at a time," she said. Clinton said libraries stand up on "the assaults on the right to read and learn." Watch Clinton's full speech to the ALA conference:

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Trump: Cuba Deal One Of Worst By Obama Admin, After Iran Deal; Enriches Cuban Regime


Friday in Miami, President Trump said the Obama administration's deal with the Castro regime was terrible and "misguided." In his speech, Trump said the Cuban government must come to the negotiating table with a new agreement that benefits the Cuban people. "It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime," Trump said. "Well, you have to say the Iran deal was pretty bad also in all fairness," Trump said. "Let's not forget that beauty." Trump hits Cuban policy from "previous administrations" in Friday's speech: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: In my recent trip overseas, I said that the United States is adopting a principled realism, rooted in our values, shared interests, and common sense. I also said countries should take great responsibility for creating stability in their own regions. It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime. Well, you have to say the Iran deal was pretty bad also in all fairness. Let's not forget that beauty. They made a deal with the government that spreads violence and instability in the region and nothing they got, think of it, nothing they got — they fought for everything and we just didn't fight hard enough, but now those days are over. Now we hold the cards, we now hold the cards. The previous administration's easing of restrictions on travel and trade it does not help the Cuban people. They only enrich the Cuban regime.

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Father Of Otto Warmbier: Obama Admin Told Us To Keep Quiet, Trump Admin Brought Him Home


The father of Otto Warmbier, an American college student imprisoned in North Korea until this week, speaks about his experience working with the Trump administration to free his son. He delivered a short press conference at his local high school in Wyoming, OH Thursday morning. FRED WARMBIER: When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over. We made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with [Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan] Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. They have our thanks for bringing him home.

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