Saturday Movie Matinee: A Warrior’s Funeral

While the nation mourned the death of an African lion, Hayward CA mourned the death of a police warrior – who was killed in the line of duty.

Via SF Gate:

Scott Lunger was a die-hard Oakland A’s fan and ice-cream lover who doted on his two college-age daughters. He slept in his car after his grueling shift as a Hayward police sergeant ended at 2 a.m. so he could play baseball in an over-45 league that started only hours later. He was like a kid in the candy store when a new call came over the police radio.

Those were just some of the memories shared as thousands of police officers, friends and citizens attended Lunger’s funeral Thursday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

This is an undated image released by the Hayward Police Department shows Sgt. Scott Lunger. Lunger was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Photo: Associated Press

A procession of police vehicles escorted Lunger’s body from the Chapel of the Chimes mortuary in Hayward to the arena. Mourners were greeted by a giant American flag hoisted by two Hayward Fire Department ladder trucks.

John Medeiros holds up a flag to pay his respects from the Paseo Grande overpass above Interstate 880 in San Lorenzo as the funeral procession begins to pass below.

KTVU: Sgt. Lunger’s Funeral – Brother Mike:

Sgt. Lunger’s Funeral: Daughter Ashton:

Truth Revolt: Josh Earnest Still ‘Merely Repeating’ Planned Parenthood Talking Points:

PJ Media: CMP’s David Daleidan Tells CNN What StemExpress Is Hiding:

Apparently, StemExpress receives fully intact babies from abortion clinics.

“Stem Express is trying to suppress a specific video recording,”Daleidan told CNN’s Alisyn Camerata.

“In a meeting with their top leadership, they admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it.”

Camerata quickly steered the conversation away from born alive infants to claims that fetal tissue can be used for cures for “all sorts of diseases” and “saves lives.” (Which is nonsense.)

Fox News’ Stoddard: Email Controversy Remains ‘Headache’ For Hillary:

WFB: BEASTMODE: Perry tells Kerry ‘you represent America!”:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Doesn’t Know What a Socialist Is:

Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming Hoax:

PJTV Afterburner: The Right Brothers: The Recipe for American Ingenuity

PJTV Trifecta: Is Mitch McConnell a Republican Borg-Like Traitor?:

Colin Flaherty: “LEAVE ME ALONE, PLEASE.” Black on white crime:

Colin Flaherty: Young white couples under attack from black violence. And apologists!!

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” -H.L. Mencken

“Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s Ted Cruz- A Matter Of Honor [Video] is all about Senator Ted Cruz’s calling out of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor. Here’s a slice:

Ted Cruz threw down the conservative gauntlet in the Senate this week. This was inspiring… it is something I have never seen happen before in my lifetime. He boldly and honestly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. It was long overdue and immensely satisfying. The straw that broke the elephant’s back was the vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. McConnell went one lie too far this time.

Cruz voted for Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the first go-around in the Senate based on McConnell’s word and he famously turned against the fast-track trade authority later. Because it was based on lies.

From the AP:

In a stunning attack on a leader of his own party, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to him and said he couldn’t be trusted.

Cruz, a Texan who is running for president but ranks low in early polling, delivered the broadside in a speech on the Senate floor, an extraordinary departure from the norms of Senate behavior that demand courtesy and respect.

At issue are assurances Cruz claimed McConnell, R-Ky., had given that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank – a little-known federal agency that has become a rallying cry for conservatives. Cruz rose to deliver his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote on the Export-Import Bank for coming days.

“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us,” Cruz said.

“What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie.”

A spokesman said McConnell would have no response. The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack.

“Today is a sad day for this institution,” said Cruz with a heavy heart. “What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing.” Betrayal always is, especially from someone you really, really want to believe in. Cruz made his statements after McConnell set up a procedural vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which expired last month. Democrats claim McConnell agreed to allow a vote on attaching the Export-Import Bank to “must-pass” legislation to win support from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) for a trade package earlier this year.

When Cruz approached McConnell on the floor in a private conversation, McConnell, with biblical overtones, denied to him three times that there was such a deal. “The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask him such a question,” Cruz said. “The majority looked at me and said ‘there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’” The good senator’s staff tried to warn him about McConnell, but Cruz just couldn’t believe that McConnell would lie to his face and to every other conservative out there like this. He was wrong and learned of McConnell’s treachery the hard way. But then Ted Cruz did something that no one in my memory has done… he called McConnell out for his lying ways on the Senate floor. McConnell’s errand boy say’s he has no response. Maybe not verbally, but Ted Cruz has made a very powerful and evil enemy. You know what? I don’t think he cares. Good.

Cruz pointed out that McConnell’s move to allow the Export-Import Bank vote shows that he does not always mean what he says – that he’s dishonest. “Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false,” Cruz added. He also pointed out that it could have ramifications down the road. That’s an understatement. We now have open warfare in the Senate and that is a good thing. “That has consequences for how this body operates,” Cruz said. “If you or I cannot trust what the majority leader tells us, that will have consequences on other legislation, as well as on how this institution operates.” Plainer and truer words have never been spoken.

It doesn’t end there. Cruz also berated McConnell for using a procedural maneuver to prevent other amendments from being offered to the Highway Bill. That’s the vehicle that will be used for the Export-Import Bank vote. In a breathtakingly hypocritical move, McConnell “filled the tree” just as Harry Reid frequently did. This was to stop amendments when Democrats had a Senate majority. Of course, when McConnell did it, Reid screamed to the heavens. McConnell also set up a vote on repealing ObamaCare. That particular maneuver was a faux move to appease conservatives – it would not have succeeded and McConnell knew it, so it was safe to set up the vote. Cruz is a smart guy and saw right through McConnell’s machinations. “I agree with Senator Reid when he said the ObamaCare amendment is a cynical amendment. Of course it is. It is empty showmanship,” Cruz added.

This is a bitter fight between the GOP leadership and conservatives and it’s about to get real.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter, one of my favorite columnists with The Coming (And Hilarious) Democrat Implosion submitted by The Watcher

One of the things I love about Kurt Schlichter aside from his sense of humor is his almost obscene joy in driving his adversaries before him and routing them, even if it’s with the written word rather than the M-4 he used previously for that task. Enjoy!

Here are this week’s full results. The Razor and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Baby Killer And Spare Parts Wheeler N’ Dealer, Planned Parenthood’s Dr Mary Gatter!!

 Don Surber : Dr. Mary Gatter — the Josef Mengele of abortion — a soulless plague upon the land, making light of aborting babies and selling their parts. Mustela abortionist. Pray for her.t

Ah, the good Dr. Gatter. Watching the video of her in action, dickering on prices and than demurring from making a final deal, you know, ‘until we see what others are getting’ and realizing that your tax dollars are funding this is a unique sensation. We truly are becoming the abettors of Moloch, and moving towards damnation. And why not? After all, we elected (and re-elected, apparently) a president who fought tooth and nail against legislation that would have mandated physicians like Dr. Gatter to provide medical care to babies that survived an abortion rather than simply allowing the unwanted arrivals to die from neglect.

When indecency leads, the weak follow, because it’s convenient.

I personally would pray more for America than for the likes of Dr. Gatter, but perhaps that’s just me. To legally allow a 20-week-old healthy child with a fully developed nervous system to feel the pain of being ripped from the womb as its limbs are crushed when there is no health issue involved but simply convenience – and profit – is bad enough, but to force everyone to subsidize it..that’s in a whole different category.

At present, The Center for Medical Progress, the group that released the video of Dr. Gatter has been subjected to lawfare.

They’ve been hit with a lawsuit by a company called StemExpress who profits from the traffic with Planned Parenthood in body parts, and a temporary restraining order was issued by the Los Angeles Superior Court preventing them from releasing any more videos until a hearing is held on August 19th.

The Center for Medical Progress’s leader David Daleiden,told FOX News’s Sean Hannity that there are twelve investigative videos in all:

“Planned Parenthood is getting increasingly desperate to distract from the issue of how they sell the body parts of the babies that they abort,” Daleiden explained. “So, they’re going to be making increasingly outlandish claims about myself, personal attacks against me and really outrageous, fictitious statements about The Center for Medical Progress, in order to avoid addressing that real issue.”

Dr. Gatter is not here with us tonight of course. Her Weasel will be shipped to her offices…as soon as the blood red paint I spattered it with dries.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it…or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Pieces In Our Time Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room hit the airwaves last week, as a guest of the Denise Simon Show on Radio One and The Mike Hewitt Show on Newstalk 1090…awesome! Terresa’s segment starts at about 32:10.

This week, The People’s Cube, Maggie’s Notebook, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Ted Cruz Challenges Obama To A Debate On Iran (Video)

On “Hannity” Monday night, Sen. Ted Cruz challenged Obama to a debate on the nuclear deal, charging that if passed, it would make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.

Cruz pointed out that Obama attacked the GOP today, as opposed to disputing the fact that the nuclear deal empowers jihadists.

Cruz extended an invitation to Obama to debate the substance of the nuke deal at any time and place of the president’s choosing.

“If he’s so convinced he’s right on the substance, I will welcome him anytime. And if he’s unwilling to show up, he can send as a proxy John Kerry,” Cruz said. “Let’s debate the substance of how much this endangers the United States of America, Israel and the world.”

I fully endorse this idea – stipulating of course that none of Obama’s usual crutches be allowed – no prompters, no ear phones, no Candy Crowley as Moderator…

I should note that Princeton has a debate tournament named after the Texas Senator as a tribute to his legendary debating skills.

The Ted Cruz Living Memorial Novice Championship is a Princeton-only intramural tournament for Debate Panel novices. The tournament is a way for novices to show off what they’ve learned throughout the year, both to their friends on campus and to the rest of their teammates. Rounds are judged by Debate Panel varsity members. The tournament is named after Ted Cruz ’92, the 1992 Team of the Year, the 1992 Speaker of the Year, the 1992 North American Debating Championship top speaker, and Princeton’s highest-ranked debater at the World Universities Debating Championship.

Obama, during his college years, on the other hand, was known for smoking a lot of weed, doing “a little blow when he could afford it”, being a member of the Democratic Student Socialist Alliance while at Occidental and attending socialist conferences while at Columbia (where he made such an impression on fellow students, no one remembers him.) At Harvard, Obama was known as an insufferable suck-up whose election as President of the Law Review – by his own admission – “may have benefited from the Law Review’s affirmative action policy.”

Yeah, I’d like to see these two debate.

 

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

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Rutgers Racist College Perfesser And Buffoon Brittney Cooper!!

The Noisy Room :  My nomination this week goes to Rutgers University Professor Brittney Cooper for proclaiming that all white people are the face of the oppressor. So, let me get this straight… this Rutger’s professor is basically telling whites, ‘y’all look alike to me.’ What racist blather. And she hates men – it’s a twofer. Make that a threefer – she’s hates police too. Brittney Cooper is just chock full of hate – facts be damned. It doesn’t matter to her that Sandra Bland would not get out of her car when instructed by the officer to do so. He went a bit over the top when he said he’d light her up with a taser, but she was being uncooperative and belligerent. When she did get out, she argued with him, called him a bunch of vulgar names and kicked him in the shin. He told her that originally she was going to get a warning; now she was going to be arrested for assaulting a public servant. She richly earned her arrest. But it didn’t end there unfortunately and now you have racists screaming for this officer’s head because Sandra Bland decided to off herself in her cell. She hung herself using a trash can liner. This is a woman who had previously tried to commit suicide. But according to Cooper, it’s so obviously the white, male cop’s fault. How did this woman ever become a professor at a major university?

According to this professor, all whites, just for the simple fact of being white, are guilty and ipso facto – oppressors. Only whites, mind you… If you are Hispanic or a Muslim, you get a pass. But white people? Well, they are devils I hear. Never mind that crimes are committed every day by all races and all ideologies. Cooper holds a special place in her black heart for white male cops. Occasionally you see a cop go rogue or make a mistake. That’s rare. And police are pretty good about justice within their own ranks. Contrary to what Cooper is insinuating, you do not have roving, racist white cops across the nation brutalizing black individuals and killing them without cause. Most crimes that are handled by police are crimes that are without a doubt perpetrated by those in custody. According to the likes of Cooper, if you are black and step out of line, white cops should give you special treatment – a unique deference. That is social justice thinking – Liberal logic. It’s pervasive in the Marxist media and in Liberal academia. I sure wouldn’t want Cooper teaching my children in college – no matter what race they were. For being an unmitigated racist and a hate monger, Cooper has more than earned the Golden Weasel.

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Baby Killer And Spare Parts Wheeler N’ Dealer, Planned Parenthood’s Dr  Mary Gatter!!

 Don Surber :Dr. Mary Gatter — the Josef Mengele of abortion — a soulless plague upon the land, making light of aborting babies and selling their parts. Mustela abortionist. Pray for her.

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RINO En Extremis And Obama Enabler Senator Mitch McConnell! :

Ask Marion : My WOTW Nominee is Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Senator McConnell was caught and called out for using a procedural maneuver called “Filling the Amendment Tree” to divert attention away from the fact that he called up an amendment that would allow the Export-Import Bank to continue. Marrying the unrelated EX-IM House bill to the highway bill also made sure that he does not violate the Constitution.

Ted Cruz boldly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. The straw that broke the elephant’s back was the vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. McConnell went one lie too far this time said Cruz, who had voted for Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the first go-around in the Senate based on McConnell’s word and he famously turned against the fast-track trade authority later. Because it was based on lies. Cruz said he had to call out McConnell as matter of honor.

Leader McConnell called up a House passed bill and added the text of the highway bill to it, then he called up an amendment that allows the Export-Import Bank to continue. This married an unrelated House bill to the highway bill and EX-IM. But then Senator McConnell did something that was unexpected. He offered an amendment for a full repeal of Obamacare. Seemingly an attempt to intimidate the Tea Party faction in the Senate to take the vote on a full repeal of Obamacare and walk away from the fight over EX-IM. The problem is that nobody believes the Obamacare amendment to be anything other than meaningless vote bringing McConnell’s deception to the forefront.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels…ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum.

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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