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Shocking but necessary perspective on the cost of Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP) from National Review employing Congressional Research Service numbers:

 

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July 14, 2020 • 11:48 AM

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On the NBA's 'Free' Speech Jerseys:
 
 

"The National Basketball Association is now blocking fans from customizing jerseys to include 'FreeHongKong,' while allowing a range of gross activist slogans on its merchandise. Through its online store, the league has long let fans create jerseys with personalized messages on the back. In fact, the feature recently become a key part of the NBA's push to allow players to sport activist statements on their jerseys. Today, however, it became clear the NBA doesn't love all protests equally.

"As first pointed out by Twitter users, the NBA store is blocking any fans from making jerseys with popular protester slogan 'FreeHongKong.' This happens despite the site allowing numerous antisemitic and anti-police slogans. Right now, you can make a custom NBA jersey with 'KillCops,' 'F-ck Police,' and 'Burn Jews' among many other objectionable phrases. It appears that supporting a pro-democracy movement, however, is too extreme."

 
 
— Jonah Gottschalk, The Federalist
— Jonah Gottschalk, The Federalist
Posted July 14, 2020 • 08:10 AM
 
 
On Political Pandering to the Anti-Police Agenda:
 
 

"The only people who might better know the streets of urban America than the cops who patrol them are the crooks who haunt them. What can the criminals tell us now about the state of our cities? The crooks know that the streets and alleys are being returned to them and that the police are in retreat. That is unmistakably the case as crime, particularly violent crime, is exploding all over urban America. I was deputy attorney general the last time we suffered a crime wave of national proportions and had to learn the why of it in order to help lead the response that started the trend going the other way. It is mind-boggling to me to see how we are being condemned to repeat the exercise -- at the cost of many innocent lives, the vast majority of them being black lives.

"The blame for this turnabout is not with the police. Rather it is squarely on the shoulders of elected and appointed officials in local and state government who have abdicated the first responsibility of the offices they hold -- to maintain public order so as to assure their citizens that their most fundamental civil rights will be preserved. Abdication is not a form of neglect, nor is it the result of ignorance, and it is not even a function of just wrongheaded policy choices. Rather, it is the intentional adoption of legislation, directives, and orders that have the effect of crippling the police function and thereby condemning to death, at the hands of criminals, minority citizens of inner-city and gang-infested neighborhoods. This week the Washington Post reported of the July Fourth weekend that 'tragedies struck in urban centers thousands of miles apart, with 65 people shot over the weekend in New York and 87 in Chicago, and homicides climbing from Miami to Milwaukee.'

"The case can be made that this intentional abandonment of the commitment to public safety is genocide because its victims are foreseeably overwhelmingly black and Latino. If this phenomenon were occurring in the white suburbs, we would see a police presence that no one could believe possible. That would be, of course, except in those jurisdictions where the populace has foolishly accepted prosecutors who have bought into 'reimagining' the prosecution function as some fairytale undertaking where every crook gets released right back onto the street and accorded second, third, and fourth opportunities to go out and find new victims."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— George J. Terwilliger, III, Esq., Former U.S. Justice Department Attorney, Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General
— George J. Terwilliger, III, Esq., Former U.S. Justice Department Attorney, Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General
Posted July 13, 2020 • 07:45 AM
 
 
On Allowing Third Parties to Collect Election Ballots:
 
 

"Allowing third parties to collect election ballots, a term sometimes called 'ballot harvesting,' is unconstitutional if it creates 'wide opportunity for fraud,' Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis says.

"'I think that ballot harvesting is definitely opening up a ripe opportunity for fraud,' Ellis told Just the News in an interview, while acknowledging there is no language in the Constitution specifying 'exactly how a vote has to be held.' 

"Citing Supreme Court rulings that talk about the importance of election security, Ellis said: 'We have to make sure that we are securing the sanctity of that ballot, and part of the right to vote is to make sure that my vote, your vote is fairly and accurately counted.'

"'When you undermine election security,' she said, by allowing procedures 'that provide such a wide opportunity for fraud, then yes, that can be unconstitutional on that basis.'

"Ellis is part of a legal team examining possible breakdowns in what they call the 'chain of custody,' e.g. the interposition of additional barriers that separate a voter from directly delivering his or her own ballot to be counted. Each additional degree of separation from a voter's personal custody of a ballot adds risk and opportunities for fraud, Ellis explained."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Carrie Sheffield, Just the News White House Correspondent
— Carrie Sheffield, Just the News White House Correspondent
Posted July 10, 2020 • 07:33 AM
 
 
On American Can-Do Attitude and COVID-19:
 
 

"Americans put a man on the freaking moon, landed a robot on a postage size stamp of land on Mars, harnessed the power of the atom, defeated Germany in a world war -- twice, invented the automobile, and defeated gravity and invented human flight. Yet right now many of us are sitting alone in our homes behind cloth masks with dubious protective qualities thinking about banning children from attending school even though they are at extremely low risk of infection or as vectors of transmission.

"We need a steely resolve, not simpering fear. Nothing is going to stop us. Not polio, not Nazis, not gravity! Nothing. We're America. We can do this."

 
 
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Posted July 09, 2020 • 07:52 AM
 
 
On Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19:
 
 

"When President Trump dared to suggest the decades-old malaria drug hydroxychloroquine may help patients with the coronavirus, he was accused by reporters and commentators of dangerously 'playing doctor' and engaging in 'happy talk' about the disease. ...

"Now, a new study from the Henry Ford Health System shows the drug has in fact been effective in combatting the coronavirus, especially when used during early stages of the disease.

"'A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital,' CNN reports. 'A team at Henry Ford Health System in southeast Michigan said Thursday their study of 2,541 hospitalized patients found that those given hydroxychloroquine were much less likely to die. Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of infectious disease for Henry Ford Health System, said 26% of those not given hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 13% of those who got the drug.' The team reviewed everyone treated in the hospital system since March.

"Surprising? Not to those who have been able to see through the cloud of hysterical, anti-Trump bias and look at the facts. President Trump should be praised, not vilified, for quickly breaking down bureaucratic barriers, making the drug widely available should doctors choose to prescribe it to sick coronavirus patients."

 
 
— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com Editor and Fox News Contributor
— Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com Editor and Fox News Contributor
Posted July 08, 2020 • 07:37 AM
 
 
On Calls to 'Defund Police':
 
 

"Defunding police will not improve life on the ground in big cities. At a time when cities like Los Angeles and even crime-ridden Baltimore and Chicago adopt 'tough' policies about enforcing lockdowns and arresting violators, they have also returned a generation of criminals to the streets sometimes by suspending bail. Crime is up in many cities, including, San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, all cities that have emptied jails and reduced enforcement.

"The biggest impact of the assault on the legitimacy of law enforcement is felt in minority communities. Diverting funds away from the police may have been seen as politically expedient,but it has not helped Baltimore -- a city with a long history of police abuse -- curb its astronomic murder rate. Nor is there any reason to expect that fashionable 'defunding' efforts would bring down Chicago's persistently high homicide rate, curb the rising crime rate tied to the growing homeless population in Los Angeles, or slow San Francisco's slide toward a lawless dystopia.

"The return to 'riot ideology' may appeal to partisan journalists, academics, athletes, and entertainers, but it will not restore the viability of blue cities, particularly their minority neighborhoods. What's truly needed in America's big cities is not just a return to order, but a government determined to foster the cultivation of employable skills and the better paying jobs that go with them."

 
 
— Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute
— Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute
Posted July 07, 2020 • 07:53 AM
 
 
On the Media's Take on President Trump's Mount Rushmore Speech:
 
 

"Never before has a speech extolling America's virtues and the marvels or the nation's heroes played to such poor -- and completely dishonest -- reviews.

"At Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump gave a speech that was very tough on the woke Left, while largely celebrating America -- its Founders, its ideals and freedom, its capacity for self-renewal, its astonishing variety of geniuses, adventurers, warriors, inventors, and great musicians and athletes.

"Then, his speech ended, and the press piled on with one of its most its unhinged and dishonest performances of his presidency, which is saying something."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted July 06, 2020 • 07:53 AM
 
 
On Why We Celebrate the 4th of July:
 
 

"Let's not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens."

 
 
— Unknown
— Unknown
Posted July 02, 2020 • 08:09 AM
 
 
On Current Presidential Election Polling:
 
 

"If you have noticed all the recent polls showing former Vice President Joe Biden winning the November election, you should know two things. First, the election is not this month. Second, this is a standard propaganda media polling offensive.

"I have had long experience of the left's efforts to depress, disorient and defeat Republican campaigns. Part of the left's goal is to simply lower the energy level, diminish campaign contributions, and get the campaigns fighting internally over what is going wrong (even when there is nothing to be concerned about)."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted July 01, 2020 • 08:02 AM
 
 
On Reports of Russia Putting a Bounty on Coalition Soldiers in Afghanistan:
 
 

"CBS reporter Catherine Herridge said Monday that the NSA had been unable to corroborate a story published by The New York Times about Russia putting a bounty on coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.

"According to that story, Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) had offered bounties to Afghan terrorists for killing coalition troops -- including American soldiers.

"But as Herridge tweeted Monday, she was told by an intelligence officer that the report was not 'verifiable' and lacked 'sufficient reporting to corroborate any links.'"

 
 
— Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller Associate Editor
— Virginia Kruta, Daily Caller Associate Editor
Posted June 30, 2020 • 07:50 AM
 
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"The National Basketball Association is now blocking fans from customizing jerseys to include 'FreeHongKong,' while allowing a range of gross activist slogans on its merchandise. Through its online store, the league has long let fans create jerseys with personalized messages on the back. In fact, the feature recently become a key part of the NBA's push to allow players to sport activist statements…[more]
 
 
—Jonah Gottschalk, The Federalist
— Jonah Gottschalk, The Federalist
 
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