New York Sweeps Schumer Bar Complaint Under the Rug; Appeal Filed

Today, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) appealed the dismissal of its ethics complaint filed with New York’s Attorney Grievance Committee (AGC) against U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer for his threatening comments made in March on the Supreme Court steps before a cheering activist crowd against Justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearing on a controversial abortion case:

I want to tell you, Gorsuch… I want to tell you, Kavanaugh… you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.

Senator Schumer’s remarks drew a public rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts, the legal community, including the American Bar Association, and many Members of Congress, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, noting that such threats are “dangerous.”

In its one-paragraph dismissal letter dated July 27, 2020, the AGC did not dispute that … Read More ➡

ESPN Exposes, Then Hides, Report on Abusive NBA Training Academies in China

Adam Silver/IMAGE: CNN via YouTube

The “woke” NBA – whose players (with few exceptions) wouldn’t stand for the Star-Spangled Banner but do stand human rights abuses in China – had a bumpy reopening last week following this year’s shutdown due to COVID-19.

So did one of its top broadcast partners, ESPN.

As Breitbart (aggregating reports from Outkick.com and The Athletic) reported on Sunday, NBA/ESPN saw its television ratings drop on Friday night following the numbers the league saw on the night of its return from dormancy on Thursday. The sports-starved American public apparently doesn’t have an appetite for millionaire athletes complaining about “systemic racism” while they kneel for the National Anthem and at the same time refuse to decry human rights abuses by the communist Chinese.

Meanwhile ESPN reported about the NBA’s involvement with a training academy in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where millions of Uigher Muslims … Read More ➡

Janus, Two Years On: More Necessary Than Ever

This June 27 marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a pivotal event in labor relations whose potential long-run impact is only beginning to be felt. The High Court’s upholding by a 5-4 margin of the constitutional right of Mark Janus (in photo), an Illinois state civil servant, to withhold dues from an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has enabled numerous nonmembers across a wide range of public-sector jobs to decline to pay without worrying about losing their jobs. In response, unions and their political allies are going to great lengths to circumvent the ruling. They know what is at stake. Their actions unintentionally underscore why the Court made the right call. And Mark Janus isn’t quite done yet.  

Government employee unions, especially at the state and local levels, have become a dominant force … Read More ➡

BlackRock Threatens U.S. Firms While Coddling Chinese Polluters

Apparently true to its word – or at least virtue-signaling a head fake in that direction – mega-investor BlackRock put some companies in its portfolio on notice that their efforts to address transparency and mitigation regarding “climate change” are insufficient.

The $6.5 trillion firm announced earlier this week in a report that it had warned 244 of those companies that they insufficiently address climate concerns, and that it had voted against resolutions and directors at 53 of them because of those shortcomings. It warned the other 191 companies they “risk voting action in 2021 if they do not make substantial progress,” according to the Financial Times.

BlackRock first announced its plans to increase scrutiny of its investments, with regard to climate, in January.

Some of the names on BlackRock’s naughty list include fossil fuel-concentrated industries like ExxonMobil, Volvo, Daimler, and coal company Peabody Energy.

“Our approach on climate issues, … Read More ➡

Facebook Holds Boycotters at Bay While Already Censoring Conservatives

Well, at least they walked away “disappointed.”

Mark Zuckerberg

That would be the race-stoking groups whose focus is to divide Americans according to color, gender and religion. They all practice intimidating, coercive tactics to force compliance with their demands, which always align with a radical progressive agenda.

The company that disappointed them — surprisingly — is Facebook. Top executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, met with groups like the NAACP, Color of Change, and the Anti-Defamation League to discuss whether the company would submit to their ultimatums – with their nebulously-defined demand to “stop hate speech” as their theme.

The organizations marched into the online virtual boardroom of the social media giant under the umbrella of one of those collaborative-sounding names that make them sound bigger than they are – this one is called “Stop Hate for Profit.” They would be more appropriately called “Stop Donald Trump.”… Read More ➡

Rep. Ilhan Omar Milks Her Own Campaign Fund

A firm headed by Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband continued to be the largest recipient of her campaign spending in the second quarter of 2020. Payments to the E Street Group now top one million dollars, creating the appearance that Omar is milking her campaign fund for her own financial benefit.

In forms filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday, Omar reported that another $228,111 was paid to the E Street group, owned by Tim Mynett who she married in March after denying for months that the two were having an affair.

Omar’s second quarter spending was $686,271, meaning Mynett’s firm raked in a third of the total. Although it is not illegal for members of Congress to employ relatives on their campaign, the scale of Mynett’s compensation from the Omar campaign is unprecedented.

The report contains hundreds of pages of small-dollar donations. Mynett’s main role appears to be … Read More ➡

Misplaced Criticism of Stone Commutation

President Trump issued a commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence Friday shortly after the D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an emergency motion to delay Stone’s prison report date scheduled for July 14 to September 3.  

Stone, age 67, cited in his motion his medical condition and the 20 positive cases of Covid-19 among prisoners and staff at the prison facility in Jesup, Georgia, where only 45 were tested.  Stone also cited numerous cases where prisoners were either released early from prison or whose entry were delayed because of the pandemic, including attorney Michael Avenatti, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. Two sex offenders and child pornographers were also released from prison.

“President Trump waited until the court proceedings were exhausted to issue the commutation after seeing that Stone was being treated differently from others and citing the corrupt Mueller investigation,” said Paul Kamenar, attorney for the National Legal and Policy … Read More ➡

NBA Promotes BLM While Remaining Silent on Chinese Communists

Josh Hawley/IMAGE: C-SPAN via YouTube

The open letter on Friday by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, exposed the hypocritical worldview of the leftists in the league and in the media.

That will likely be the best result, rather than seeing the Missouri Senator’s missive produce any meaningful change in how the league manages itself.

Hawley called out Silver and the NBA over its decision to permit its players – more than 80 percent of whom are black – to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with messaging that for the most part fits the term “social justice.” That is, players can opine just as long as they don’t advocate for the welfare of police officers. Or for victims of Chinese oppression.

The NBA limited the messages players could display to a handful. Needless to say, none expressed support for anything other than … Read More ➡

Federal Election Commission Must Act on Ilhan Omar Campaign Cash to Husband

Mynett and Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s new husband Tim Mynett continues to be the largest recipient of her campaign spending. During the first quarter of 2020, Mynett’s consulting firm, the E Street Group, received $292,814. The couple was married in March.

Omar’s second quarter report is due July 15.

In the third quarter of 2019, Mynett’s firm received $146,713. In the fourth quarter it received $217,000. Since 2018, when Mynett started working for Omar, his firm has received a total of $878,930.65.

In a Complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on August 28, 2019, NLPC alleged that Omar made personal use of campaign funds by reimbursing Mynett’s expenses while he traveled around the country with her.

According to the Complaint, “It appears that Respondent Mynett’s travel as reported by Ilhan for Congress may have been unrelated, or only partially related, to Omar’s campaign. If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s … Read More ➡