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Television and film mogul Tyler Perry came out strongly against calls to defund police agencies and actually called for more police officers during an interview with CNN on Wednesday.

Perry, who is black, was asked by CNN host Anderson Cooper if he was “optimistic, now, in a way that you haven’t been before when you see the protests taking place” among “people of all colors” against perceived systemic bias in the criminal justice system.

“I was very optimistic,” said Perry, who also indicated that he does believe so-called systemic bias exists. “I became optimistic when I saw so many people get it.”

“So, when they saw George Floyd’s death, this horrific, horrible death played out as this man pleaded for his life and begged, said ‘please’ many, many times, it — seeing it changes everything,” he told CNN.

“So, I became very, very optimistic when everybody galvanized together because I know that’s when change comes. When people galvanize and come together as one, that’s when change happens.

“But, lately, I’ve been very, very concerned that the message is being hijacked by some other groups or political ads and parties that are trying to stop the message of what we’re asking for here is police reform, right?”

Cooper later asked Perry what he thought of the “defund police” movement.

“Well, when I first heard it, I was troubled by it, I thought OK, this is — this is going to be weaponized by — in this political year. I completely thought that that was happening. That’s exactly what’s happened. It’s been weaponized,” he said.

While Perry did call for reform, he said he believes “more police” are needed.

“But I did some research. And what I would challenge people to do is do research and find out what it means,” he said.

“Now, you’ve got to understand this — I’m not for taking money from the police department. I think we need more police. My studio is in a neighborhood where I think we need police,” Perry added.

Perry said the country doesn’t need police officers who are “under-trained.”

“I have really close friends who are police officers that I love dearly, who are really good people, who have been very, very hurt by this, as well,” he said.

“I think we need the police, I know that I need the police,” he said. “We need them, but we need them reformed, we need them trained well. We need the right structure.”

“Taking money from the police department to make the police department smaller, that troubles me,” the media mogul concluded.

Perry, who is based in Atlanta, bought 1,000 Kroger’s supermarket gift cards earlier this month and gave them to police in the city to hand out to citizens, the New York Post reported.

“This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success,” Perry said at the time.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Hollywood Megastar Tells CNN: ‘We Need More Police’

Welcome to the second half of the year 2020, where up is down, right is wrong, leftists believe violating all traditional mores equates to peaceful activity and minding one’s own business in a public park can lead to trouble.

Did you bring a mask?

If you are in or near San Diego, you might consider wearing one, for you run the risk of being attacked for not being a polite and submissive subject of government mandates and groupthink.

That’s what happened to a couple in the Southern California city last week when they were assaulted, according to a report, for not wearing masks while sitting in a dog park with a puppy and enjoying lunch.

Ash O’Brien and her husband were enjoying a snack at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park in the community of Ocean Beach.

Being that the couple was outside at a picnic table, alone with a puppy and eating food, they thought it was appropriate to remove their face coverings.

Their decision to remove their masks and eat led a woman to attack them with pepper spray, O’Brien told KGTV.

Apparently Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is a food-free zone and that rule is enforced, as is California’s mask mandate, through vigilantism.

“If we knew there was a no food policy, we wouldn’t have brought it into the park,” O’Brien told KGTV.

Masks might or might not help to contain the spread of the coronavirus, but pepper spray carries an airborne sting that can irritate the skin and eyes, as the couple found out.

“The lady who maced [O’Brien’s husband] automatically started saying stuff about us not wearing a mask when we were social distancing; there was no one near us,” O’Brien said.

The woman allegedly walked away after becoming dissatisfied over seeing uncovered faces, but returned for the quick assault.

“She just came up without saying anything and just stuck the mace can right in front of my face,” O’Brien recounted.

“My husband, being a good guy, walked in front of her and was like, ‘hey calm down please don’t do this,’ and then she grabbed him and just starting macing him, she used the entire can on him,” she said.

Part of the encounter was recorded:

O’Brien said she felt the sting on her arms, while her husband took a direct hit to the face and neck.

The couple went to a nearby hospital, where the husband was treated.

“People don’t need to be getting assaulted for not wearing a mask in a public outdoor area,” O’Brien said.

She shared the uncut video on her Facebook page:

Police took a report for misdemeanor battery.

According to California’s mask mandate, which makes no mention of the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park food ban, the couple had followed public health directives correctly.

“Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others” are exempt from wearing masks.

It appears as though the alleged mask vigilante misinterpreted the rules.

You get a sense watching the video that the woman might have overreacted a bit.

Most people would consider pepper-spraying someone an extreme act in any situation.

But in today’s horrible, no-good, toxic and hyper-political social climate, an assault such as the one reported at the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is to be expected.

Some folks choose to wear masks because they believe in their efficiency, while others reluctantly do so in an attempt to be polite neighbors who follow the rules.

There is also a crowd among us that demands complete compliance to all public messaging, and some of these folks truly believe their wearing of facial coverings at all times transforms them into masked crusaders.

Anxiety is their virtue, and the absence of terror in your heart is a sign that you are a free spirit that must be shamed into conformity.

Assuming the reported assault in Ocean Beach was not rooted in mental illness, one can conclude that the alleged attack occurred over a perception that the couple had failed to comply with something larger than a mask mandate.

The couple was assaulted for defying a mob mentality that every man, woman and child must remain in lockstep as society collectively shelters in place to await orders.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Couple Allegedly Maced by Unhinged Woman for Having Picnic While Not Wearing Masks

China’s communist government has announced sanctions against Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presumably in response to each man’s criticisms of the Beijing government’s human rights violations.

The two senators are among others targeted by the Chinese Communist Party as a retaliation for State Department sanctions announced against China for its alleged mistreatment of minority Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the country’s interior Xinjiang region, according to multiple reports.

The State Department last week announced sanctions and visa restrictions against officials assocated with the detention and abuse of ethnic and religious minorities, including the Uighur Muslims.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on July 9 that a number of prominent Chinese government officials and their families were ineligible for entry into the U.S. over the human rights dispute.

“The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“The United States is taking action today against the horrific and systematic abuses in Xinjiang and calls on all nations who share our concerns about the CCP’s attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms to join us in condemning this behavior.”

Reuters reported the sanctions could prohibit the Chinese officials targeted by the sanctions from conducting any business with Americans.

China fired back Monday, and announced the sanctions against Cruz and Rubio, along with GOP Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, The Associated Press reported.

Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, said the sanctions imposed by the U.S. “seriously damaged China-U.S. relations,” and argued the issue was about China protecting its national sovereignty against international interference in its affairs.

“China will respond further according to the development of the situation,” she said, the AP reported.

The move on the U.S. lawmakers is largely symbolic, according to the reports, but the Chinese sanctions saw the country go after some its most ardent critics.

In a Twitter post Monday, Cruz responded sarcastically to being targeted by name by the CCP.

“Bummer. I was going to take my family to Beijing for summer vacation, right after visiting Tehran,” he wrote.

Rubio also made light of the Chinese sanctions on Twitter, writing, “The Communist Party of #China has banned me from entering the country.”

“I guess they don’t like me?” he added.

Both Cruz and Rubio are routinely critical of China, as is Rep. Smith, who represents New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District.

Smith criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping on Twitter earlier this month.

Brownback, meanwhile, signaled his support last week for the sanctions announced by Pompeo.

According to a report from PBS News Hour, there are more than a million Uighurs being held in at least 85 detention centers in northwest China.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: China Retaliates, Sanctions Sens. Cruz and Rubio Over Human Rights Criticism

A controversial gun ban in Mississippi has been overturned by a judge, ending a two-month legal battle between gun rights advocates and the city’s Democratic mayor.

The city of Jackson cannot ban citizens from openly carrying firearms, which they are entitled to do under state law, even during times of emergencies.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced a ban on open-carry rights in the city on April 26 amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Clarion Ledger reported.

The mayor had also asked to have the ban of firearms made permanent, citing an increase in gun violence.

But Lumumba’s decision immediately drew a legal challenge from the citizens’ rights advocacy group the Mississippi Justice Institute on behalf of Republican state Rep. Dana Criswell, WAPT-TV reported.

“As a citizen of the great state of Mississippi who has regular business in our capital city of Jackson, I was shocked by the recent announcement by Mayor Lumumba,” Criswell said of the gun ban.

“I take the protection of myself and my family very seriously and believe deeply in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The mayor’s attempt to disarm me and deny me the ability of self-defense puts me and my family in danger anytime we are in Jackson,” the state representative added.

The Clarion Ledger reported Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III has sided with the MJI and Criswell by ruling that Lumumba did not have the authority to make the determination to supersede state law with the order limiting gun rights.

As part of Jordan’s decision, attorneys for Lumumba and the Jackson City Council must agree to sign a consent decree.

That decree will require the parties to refrain from attempting to restrict gun rights in the city, going forward.

“I am very glad to know that this will never happen again in the future. Mississippians should be able to protect themselves no matter what city they are in,” Criswell said in a media release.

Mississippi is a “constitutional carry state,” which gives citizens the right to carry open or concealed firearms without a permit as long as they refrain from carrying weapons in designated gun-free zones, such as schools or any place where government business is conducted.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy, of which the MJI is a part, states on its website that its mission is to “advance the constitutional ideals of liberty and justice for all Mississippians by employing an evidenced-based approach to public policy whereby we advocate for and advance real conservative ideas with policy makers, members of the media, business leaders, the academic community, and private citizens.”

The group celebrated the win Wednesday.

“We are very happy with the outcome of this case,” MJI director Aaron Rice said on the group’s website.

“No mayor or other elected official in Jackson will ever again be able to act on their own to take away the right to openly carry a firearm in the city of Jackson, for any reason,” Rice added.

“We hope city officials can find a way to effectively address violent crime in Jackson, but they must do so in a way that respects the right of individuals to protect themselves.”

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Federal Judge Cracks Down on City Trying To Ban Open-Carry Firearms

Thousands of Chinese students attending American universities will be expelled from the country amid growing tensions with Beijing, according to a report.

The New York Times, citing discussions with U.S. officials close to the move, reported Thursday that the Trump administration plans to cancel the visas of graduate students and researchers from China who have direct ties to universities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army.

It said the move would mean the expulsion of at least 3,000 of the 360,000 Chinese students studying in this country.

The Times reported that President Donald Trump met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to discuss the move.

It said there were discussions to take action against canceling the student visas prior to this week, but Beijing’s move to exert more control over Hong Kong has pushed the action forward.

China is working toward legislation that would jeopardize Hong Kong’s autonomy by treating acts of “secession, subversion and terrorism” in the region as criminal, The Hill reported.

Leaders in the U.K., Canada and Australia have joined the United States in condemning China’s push to exert control over Hong Kong.

The move to cancel visas, however, is rooted in the U.S. belief that China’s military trains college students in espionage before they come to this country and attend American universities.

The Times did not give a timeline for the expulsions and did not name any universities, either in China or in the U.S., that could be affected.

The U.S. intelligence community warned of the possibility of mass espionage by Chinese students in a report released in 2019.

A World Wide Threat Assessment from the intelligence community outlined the dangers potentially posed by Chinese nationals abusing American institutions of higher learning to advance the communist country’s international goals.

“We assess that China’s intelligence services will exploit the openness of American society, especially academia and the scientific community, using a variety of means,” the assessment read, according to CNN.

The most recent high-profile example of alleged espionage by Chinese students studying in the U.S. occurred in January, when two Chinese nationals and a Harvard University professor were charged with “aiding the People’s Republic of China,” according to the Justice Department.

Chinese nationals Yanqing Ye, 29, and Zaosong Zheng, 30, were targeted in a DOJ investigation that also included Harvard professor Dr. Charles Lieber, 60.

Lieber is accused by the DOJ of secretly working for the Wuhan University of Technology China’s Hubei province and drawing a salary of $50,000 a month to help China bolster its recruitment of international talent.

Ye is described as “a Lieutenant of the People’s Liberation Army” who “falsely identified herself as a ‘student’” on her visa.

She was charged with multiple crimes in absentia, as she had returned to China.

Those charges included “acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy.”

Zheng was arrested at Boston’s Logan International Airport in December and charged with “attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China,” a DOJ brief about the arrest stated.

The alleged plot by the three is just one of many cases tried or investigated by the Justice Department in recent years involving Chinese nationals allegedly taking advantage of the country through U.S. universities.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: US To Boot Thousands of Chinese Students from Country: Report

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and establishment media got their headlines out of a series of dire warnings, but as it turns out, New York didn’t lose a single life due to a shortage of ventilators — and may never had a shortage at all.

In fact, the state has a surplus of the life-saving breathing machines, and is now giving them away to other states, but we’ll get to that below.

First, let’s refresh our memory with regard to how urgently Cuomo stated he needed ventilators for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers he said would require them, or face certain death.

On March 24, the governor issued a statement: His state needed as many as 26,000 ventilators from the national stockpile or people were going to die, Politico reported at the time.

The Democrat even asked Trump administration officials to come come to New York and assist him in deciding whom to let die, due to a shortage of medical supplies.

“The president said it’s a war … then act like it,” Cuomo told reporters “They’re doing the supplies? Here’s my question: Where are they?”

“You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die,” Cuomo added.

Cuomo also told reporters Tuesday that his state has paid a heavy toll in lives lost due to the coronavirus, but not one of those was lost because of a shortage of medical equipment.

“Have we saved everyone? No. But have we lost anyone because we didn’t have a bed, or we didn’t have a ventilator, or we didn’t have health care staff? No. People we lost are the people we couldn’t save,” Cuomo said.

According to The Post-Standard of Syracuse, despite his own warnings of shortages of both beds and ventilators — and complaints about President Donald Trump’s management of the crisis, Cuomo acknowledged 10 days ago that the shortages hadn’t come to pass.

“But so far, sites around the state have enough ventilators and other equipment to manage,” the Post-Standard reported April 6. “The state has been shifting supplies, including ventilators, from less stressed hospitals to those with the greatest needs, Cuomo said.”

“Everyone has what they need,” Cuomo said, according to the newspaper. “There is no one who’s said, ‘I’m out of ventilators and I have a critical need’ who hasn’t gotten them.”

Fast forward to this week, and New York has flattened the curve with regard to new COVID -19 cases, according to numerous reports and statements made by Cuomo.

“It appears that we have a plateau. It is flattening. It’s the flattening of the curve,” Cuomo said Wednesday, according to ABC News.

“The increase has slowed down. It flattens out for a period of time. Nobody knows how long, because nobody’s been here before.”

While the world can’t yet return to normal, the country’s hardest hit COVID-19 hot spot has seen a slowdown in the spread of the virus to the point where there seems to be a consensus that the worst of it might be behind New York — for now.

That, of course, brings us back to the subject of ventilators, of which there are now an excess in the Empire State.

The Washington Examiner reported that Cuomo has begun exporting ventilators to other states, where they might be more useful.

“There are other places in this country that are now seeing increases in the death rate,” Cuomo told reporters Wednesday. “I will never forget the generosity people across this country showed to our state.

“When you need help, we will be there for you,” he added.

The Washington Examiner reported New York plans to send 100 ventilators to Michigan and another 50 to Maryland.

The news is welcome not just because it means New York had the equipment it needed, but also in the sense that it pours cold water on establishment media’s narrative that Trump and his administration had bungled the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump was particularly hammered by the media last month when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he did not think New York would need 30,000 to 40,000 ventilators.

“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to need,” Trump said, according to CBS News.

“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go to major hospitals, sometimes they have two ventilators. Now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?” Trump added.

The Federalist reported last week that Trump was correct to push back on the state’s request.

“New York already reached its peak projected ventilator usage on April 8, with a projected need of 5,008. The actual use may have been even lower,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wrote.

But Cuomo and the anti-Trump media used the state’s supposed ventilator shortage as an example of Trump’s supposed mishandling of the pandemic.

“Trump Rejects New York’s Plea For Ventilators,” HuffPost reported March 26.

New York magazine, meanwhile, wrote on March 30, “Trump condemns New York for planning ahead on coronavirus.”

Democratic leaders and the anti-Trump reporters might have succeeded in winning a few news cycles with that narrative, but they lost their war in attempting to portray Trump as a callous, incompetent authoritarian.

New York’s ventilator shortage was a battle the left chose to wage, even as the real enemy was always the coronavirus.

But for leftists, the only “enemy” that matters, apparently, is named Donald Trump.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Cuomo Blamed Trump for Huge Ventilator Shortages, Now Cuomo’s Giving Them Away

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ exit from the presidential race on Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and extended an olive branch of sorts to supporters of the self-described democratic socialist.

“Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president also accused the Democratic National Committee of favoring establishment Democrat Joe Biden over Sanders.

The DNC was charged with doing something similar during the 2016 primary battle between Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

“This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!” Trump concluded.

Many believe that Warren’s refusal to drop out of the race early, despite a lack of campaign momentum, split the progressive vote, which ended up costing Sanders big on Super Tuesday and beyond.

Sanders announced he was suspending his White House bid Wednesday morning in an email from his campaign:

The Vermont senator then addressed his supporters on social media:

“Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on,” he tweeted.

“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said on a Periscope livestream, CNN reported.

“So, while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign,” he continued.

“Over the past few weeks [Sanders’ wife Jane] and I, in consultation with top staff, and many of our prominent supporters, have made an honest assessment of the prospects for victory. If I believed we had a feasible path to the nomination, I would certainly continue the campaign. But it’s just not there.”

The announcement from Sanders now leaves former Vice President Biden unopposed in his bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Biden made his own appeal to Sanders’ supporters on Wednesday in a series of Twitter posts.

“I know Bernie well. He’s a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country. And it’s hard to sum up his contributions to our politics in one, single tweet. So I won’t try to,” Biden tweeted.

In posts directed at Sanders supporters, Biden wrote, “I know that I need to earn your votes. And I know that might take time. But I want you to know that I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of this moment. I hope you’ll join us. You’re more than welcome: You’re needed.”

The presumptive Democratic nominee then promised to “transform” the country:

There has been speculation that many of Sanders’ supporters might not be willing to support Biden, as they are upset over how prominent Democrats quickly consolidated to support Biden in the lead-up to and the days following his successful Super Tuesday, among other issues they might have with the former vice president.

A poll from ABC News and The Washington Post released on March 28 found that 15 percent of Sanders supporters surveyed said they would vote for Trump over Biden in the general election.

Author: Johnathan Jones

Source: Western Journal: Trump Responds to Sanders Dropping Out by Mocking Dems, Calling for Bernie Supporters To Join GOP

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