CBS Praises Pistol-Packing Pastor, Spotlights the Best Hero Story You’ll Hear All Week

 

Prepare for a shock: on CBS This Morning Thursday, a good guy with a gun was hailed as a hero.

After a Father’s Day sermon Sunday, David George, the concealed-carrying pastor of an Assembly of God Church in Oakville, Washington, went to Walmart with his family.

While he was standing near the store’s customer service desk, gunshots rang out from the back of the building. He watched his daughter and granddaughter run through the exit, but his wife was nowhere in view.

Unbeknownst to George, local resident Tim O. Day, 44 — a man with a criminal record which included felony assault, death threats, and a domestic violence restraining order — had shot at vehicles, crashed his own car into another, and attempted multiple carjackings until he commandeered the vehicle which had brought him to Walmart.

The gunfire was Day shooting open a display case filled with ammunition.

Soon thereafter, according to George in a press conference Wednesday, Day made his way out:

“The gunman came past me, waving and pointing his gun, and exited the building.”

As Day attempted more carjackings in the parking lot — shooting a man twice, in the shoulder and the side — George and another armed man partnered and followed him. Day moved toward an area where George thought his family might be; the pastor took position, shooting and killing Day.

George told his partner to stay with the criminal while he retrieved his medical kit and aided the man who’d been shot.

You know why? As it turns out, George was built for heroism:  in addition to being a pastor saving souls, he’s also a gun-range safety officer trained in active shooter situations (to save the defenseless), a fireman (to save the helpless), and a trained EMT (to save the injured).

On CBS This Morning, co-host Gayle King had this to say:

“The pastor who is being called a hero for killing a carjacker at a Walmart near Seattle is speaking out. David George says he heard gunshots inside the store on Sunday, and then he saw the suspect run out pointing a gun. He says the gunman tried to break into two cars and shot and critically wounded one person. George, who legally carries a gun, fired to stop the shooter.”

In a clip of the conference played on the morning show, George described why he carries a gun:

“I am grieved that the shooter’s reckless actions endangered and hurt numerous individuals and demanded that he be stopped before doing more harm. I carry a firearm for the same reason I carry a first aid bag, hoping to never have to use them but always being prepared nonetheless.”

The news has been full of insanity and hate as of late. The story of David George and his heroic deed is a breath of fresh air, as is CBS This Morning’s positive portrayal of a good guy with a gun.

Thankfully, support for gun control is waning, as covered here:

Poll: Gun Control Support Changing in the Aftermath of Parkland — Here’s How

For more of my coverage on guns, go here, as well as to my articles on the war against guns by California and Bank of America.

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(No) SURPRISE! Post-Executive Order, the Left Rages Against Family Togetherness at the Border

 

Okay, this one’s a doozy.

Over the last few weeks, here’s what has happened:

A photograph went viral, spawning a great left-wing outcry over the fact that children were being put in cages (see the photo here).

The Left’s immediate response was to:

  • Blame Donald Trump — This was wrong, since the practices at the border are in response to law, not merely “policy.” The law in question began with the Clinton administration (its history is explained here).
  • Ask how Trump could let something like that which was pictured actually happen — This was wrong, because the photo was from 2014 — the Obama era. Oops!
  • Demand that children never be separated from their parents — This was wrong, because the only alternative is for children to be in jail, given that they were separated from their imprisoned, criminal parents.

Fast forward to a whole lot of pressure from the media, Democrats, and even Republicans (see more about that here). The result was an executive order, constituting — in my estimation — a bad strategic play by Trump, losing any substantial leverage in the fight for immigration reform (see here).

Now where are we? Is the Left satisfied that children are back with their parents (in jail)?

Let’s review a bit: against the protest of civil rights groups, the Obama administration believed children of (law-breaking) illegal immigrants should be with their parents; however, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, mandating that children not be kept in jail. Hence, family separation. Trump undid that Wednesday, putting us back to the place which caused the appeals court to rule in the first place.

And, therefore, now this tweet — an exemplification of the Left following their policy: always, in all things, go against Donald Trump.

THAT IS THEIR POLICY.

Right.

Wait — safe?? What is she talking about? This was not about “safe;” it was about law.

Regardless, Senator Bernie Sanders had this to say:

“We have a situation where the Trump administration now, their solution is to provide indefinite detention…the Trump administration wants to undo the Flores settlement, which focuses on the needs of children and limits to 20 days, the number of days that children can be in jail.”

HOLY FREAKING __________.

He invokes the Flores settlement, which no Democrat or media member would admit existed — it was a policy, remember? According to Democrats, the media, and even some Republicans, family separation was not a product of law. Now, Sanders is referencing the law which Trump’s executive order (due to pressure from the Left) undid.

House Democrat Eric Swalwell warned CNN that the executive action “could lead to family internment camps.”

Samantha Bee (who I previously profiled here and here), announced on her show Wednesday, “Yay! No more baby internment camps, just regular internment camps…Cool! That’s what we call a win in 2018. To be clear, I am happy that at least these kids are theoretically (?) gonna stay with their parents, but Mommy & Me Jails are not a solution.”

Well, there ya go.

The Left, in truth, has only two positions in this situation:

  • As for illegal immigrants, let them all go (cha-CHING at the voting booth)
  • As for Trump, whichever thing he did, that thing was the worst thing a President could ever do (cha-CHING at the voting booth).

Politics is a game of money and power — one that is played, as of late, especially dirty.

“Dirty” only works if people are ill-informed. Knowledge makes “dirty” look stupid.

That’s why we’re here — not just the writers of RedState, but you, the readers. Hopefully, we can spread a little truth, and expose the rising hypocrisy in a high-stakes game being played with “progressively” fewer scruples. In the meantime, I’m sure things are going to continue to get really, really stupid.

 

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After Being KO’d by the Rocky Three — Media, Democrats, & Other Republicans — Donald Trump Fights FiliBuster Douglas

 

Flustered by the Capitol Hill stall on an immigration bill, President Trump enacted his own political Throwback Thursday by again calling for an end to Senate filibustering.

Trump has been blaming Democrats over quite a stretch (as in, since he received the Republican nomination) for immigration problems, including family separation (see here), while the media has, of course, blamed Trump (illustrated here).

The President had stood firm regarding family separation (illustrated here and here), but he caved yesterday (RIP resolve here).

Now, to quote various old people — and to the delight of Democrats — he’s in a pickle.

Say “adios” to the leverage family separation provided. Say hello to catch and release, and the sagging of a once-flexed muscle which worried the Left.

In signing Wednesday’s executive order, Trump completely ended pressure on the Democrats to give him anything he might want. Now, they’re likely content to cruise for the next few months, shipping through calm waters leading to November elections.

Thanks to the media, the Democrats, and — significantly — many Republicans (like this one), Trump is now trying to win a battle no one cares to fight.

Hence, his return to punching at the Clubber Lang to his Balboa: filibuster.

Wednesday, a different Clubber clobbered him.

If only he’d held out a little longer…

He could’ve done this:

Now, the road to his immigration goals is…well…rocky.

Hence, the following tweet:

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

This, as the House was gearing up for a vote later in the day on stricter immigration policies, plus funding for the much-hyped wall.

So far, the biggest wall in America is the Democrats’ opposition to Donald Trump.

Also included in the vote is a permanent congressional “No” on family separation.

Despite the impression of Trump’s tweet, filibustering isn’t the only challenge to reform; the current immigration package has other enemies, including many in the House.

Furthermore, not all Republicans want to end filibustering — the requirement of 60 votes to pass most substantial legislation — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

So where does Trump go, if the legislation doesn’t pass? He’s already indicated a willingness to accept its failure, and he’s lost the push the media’s family separation outcry provided.

As the news cycle resets, so does the White House. But this time, the Democrats know something they didn’t before: the heavyweight champion in the Oval Office isn’t beyond getting knocked out.

 

Have you seen the Rocky movies? If not, I command you to, at once. Rocky 1-4. I never saw Rocky 5, but it’s reportedly disappointing. Its follow-up, Rocky Balboa, is good.

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RIP Charles Krauthammer

Conservative author Charles Krauthammer has passed away at the age of 68. The Fox News commentator had been battling cancer for some time and announced recently that he had only weeks to live.

Krauthammer was born on March 13, 1950 in New York City. During his first year at Harvard Medical School, a diving accident left him permanently paralyzed. After a 14-month long recovery, he returned to Harvard to finish his medical degree. He would later earn his board certification in psychiatry and would contribute to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In the 1980s, Krauthammer began writing political columns for a variety of media outlets, including Time Magazine, The New Republic, and the Washington Post. Within a few years, he was a nationally syndicated columnist, a well-known political commentator, and a regular Fox News contributor. He is remembered for both his brilliantly insightful writing and his political independence, willing to hold a critical spotlight on issues across the partisan divide.

Krauthammer’s Fox News colleagues clearly held the highest degree of admiration for both the man and his work, offering moving tributes on Twitter and on air today.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Charles Krauthammer,” said Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in a statement provided to RedState. “A gifted doctor and brilliant political commentator, Charles was a guiding voice throughout his time with FOX News and we were incredibly fortunate to showcase his extraordinary talent on our programs. He was an inspiration to all of us and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Robyn and his son Daniel.”

Brit HumeTucker Carlson, Dana Perino, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace also shared their memories of their brilliant friend and colleague.

Krauthammer is survived by his wife, Robyn, and their son, Daniel. May his memory be a blessing.

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Food for Thought: 6/21/18

A Lubbock fried chicken restaurant is now reopened after it was forced to shut down because of a cockroach infestation.
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Disney Puts Star Wars Spinoffs On Hold After Solo Tanks, but the True Blame Lies with the Main Films

I’m going to start by saying that if you haven’t if you haven’t seen the Star Wars “Solo” film yet, then I feel you should. It wasn’t at all awful, and the story was a pretty solid one. I have my complaints, but they didn’t necessarily ruin my overall enjoyment of the film.

But regardless of the fact that the film was not at all bad, it still under-performed in the markets. As the Daily Wire has reported, the film is yet to make half of its $375 million budget back. The shock of Solo’s lackluster return has caused Disney to put the “Star Wars Stories” on hold in the mean time.

While I was hopeful for the announced Boba Fett movie, my reaction to the announcement that they wouldn’t keep going was oddly one of relief. Understand that I love Star Wars, but I’d rather love it for it was, not what it is.

But what is it’s problem? What did Solo do wrong?

Nothing major. I have some nitpicks as to the character choice for Han Solo, and the politicization of the droids, but otherwise, the movie was relatively solid. Same can be said for Rogue One before that. A solid movie that had a very “Magnificent 7,” doomed hero feel to it.

The problem isn’t necessarily with Solo or Rogue One, but with the main story. At this time, the Star Wars films currently being made with Kathleen Kennedy at the helm are a despicable mess laced with political messaging and nods to the cause du jour. The galaxy far, far away feels too close to home, and it contains all the most annoying parts of it.

For one, many Star Wars fans find it odd that Daisy Ridley’s character “Rey” is somehow so powerful with the force that she can defeat everyone she comes across, be they a highly trained Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or the most powerful Jedi living, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamilton) in single combat. Rey’s character is the ultimate Mary Sue who, if not for her supporting cast, would be a boring character. She can do all and defeat all. Her character arch is relatively shallow, and too often anticlimactic.

And while J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” was essentially a predictable rehash of “A New Hope,” it was Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” that really had fans heading for the exists. Horrible plot direction, shoe-horned in characters, and the heinous misuse of established characters had fans in a virtual riot. Luke Skywalker was nothing like the character we had grown up with, Rey was far more powerful than she had any right to be given her single day of training, and Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) may be a ridiculous character I wish never existed on par with Jar Jar Binks.

Even Hamill couldn’t hold back his disdain for Johnson and the direction of the movie during the filming, and consistently expressed it in interviews. One such interview was during SXSW, where Hamill makes it a point to highlight how Johnson’s philosophy for the movie was to kill the past, and even going so far as to write that into Kylo Ren’s lines, to which Johnson agrees and says “I’m trying.”

The problem is, the past is where the answer lies for the franchise’s success, and yet the people continuing on the legacy have no respect for the place Star Wars came from. They would rather treat the old characters as disposable, and push forward with the new cast, half of which is comprised of dismissible characters.

Also, as Ben Shapiro wrote accurately, much of the blame for the failure of the modern Star Wars films lies in its social justice adherent producer Kathleen Kennedy, who is so focused on creating strong female characters that she forgot to create good ones.

The reception for TLJ was so horrid that now producer Abrams came to the films defense and blamed the hatred for it on — and I’m not kidding — misogyny. Abrams kicked a hornets nest here, and ended up making it even worse, and confirming far too many fears surrounding the film moving into a social justice political realm. He just made it so much worse.

(If you’d like to read my response to Abrams, as well as some further critiques to TLJ, please follow the link here.)

All of this has left an overwhelmingly bitter taste in the mouths of Star Wars fans. As I’ve covered ad nauseum, introducing politics into the realm of escapism results in people turning away and finding something better to do. This applies to anything from sports, to shopping. Star Wars fans don’t want social justice in the movies, and the results of them forcing it down our throats is that many have turned away.

Solo — not a bad movie for all intents and purposes — went largely ignored likely due to the fact that many don’t want to reward Disney for turning a beloved franchise into a sad pile of bad stories, bad characters, and political messages. On top of that, they’re afraid that if they go to another Star Wars movie they’ll just have their heart broken again, and the fandom has had that happen one too many times, ever since the prequels.

If you ask me, it sounds like Disney execs put the wrong films on hold. Rogue One and Solo were just fine. What they need to do is reexamine what they’re doing with the main films, fire those who are poisoning it (Kennedy and Abrams) and push forward with a fresh, clean slate that will deserve the respect of fans both new and old.

If they don’t, then Star Wars will die a tragic but well deserved death within the American film legacy.

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