Three Things You Need to Know - October 11, 2017

The Weinstein saga makes one thing crystal clear.

Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino.

All have come out as victims of Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting behavior.

The situation has gone from bad to worst-case scenario for Weinstein.

For almost a week, allegations have mounted that Weinstein sexually harassed an untold number of women over the last 30 years.

Sunday night Weinstein was fired from his own company. Yesterday, his wife, Georgina Chapman, announced she is leaving him. The couple have two children, ages 4 and 7.

Yesterday, The New Yorker published a story that dwarfed last week's original piece from The New York Times with even more appalling revelations. The story quotes two women who say they were raped by Weinstein, and four others describe being touched by Weinstein, without their consent. Four additional women say he exposed himself or masturbated in front of them.

Sixteen former and current employees at Weinstein’s company say Weinstein had a system of preying on young actresses by inviting them for business meetings, then dismissing other employees from the meeting so he could be alone with the actress.

All of the victims told The New Yorker they were scared of Weinstein’s retaliation, fearing he would ruin their lives.

Weinstein released a statement denying the rape and retaliation accusations, ending it with: “Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.” Only in Hollywood.

Now that Weinstein’s ship is sinking fast, former President Obama and Hillary Clinton are feigning surprise that their fundraising pal is actually a creep. Obama, whose daughter Malia interned at Weinstein’s company last year, said, “Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.” Hillary said she is “shocked and appalled.”

Yes, but were they disgusted, shocked or appalled when Weinstein was signing those Democratic fundraising checks? No.

All these after-the-fact denunciations from celebrities and politicians are meaningless. This Weinstein saga has made one thing crystal clear about the liberal elite --- respecting women and protecting them from predators like Weinstein is top priority, just not while the checks are still rolling in.

California's attempt to "destigmatize" HIV is senseless.

The phone rang.

“Hello?”

Silence.

“Hello? Who is this?”

The silence on the other line suddenly turned into hysterical, manically laughter.

“Burn, I got you!”

The man dropped the phone. He knew who the caller was.

It was the man who intentionally gave him HIV.

That man, Daryll Rowe, is on trial in England right now for maliciously infecting four men with the HIV virus without their knowledge.

This creep had a terrifying system. He would sabotage any protection, infect his victim, and then mercilessly mock them with abusive texts and phone calls that he had given them the disease.

If Daryll Rowe moved to California, he would not be behind bars awaiting a court date like he is now.

He would be a free man. Probably swiping right to meet his next victim.

Starting January 1, it will no longer be a felony in California to knowingly expose a sexual partner to HIV with the intent of transmitting the virus.

Why?

To destigmatize HIV.

Bill sponsor Senator Scott Wiener explained, “We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care.”

So, let me get this straight. California is going to stop HIV infections by letting terrible human beings continue to spread HIV infections to unknowing victims.

That makes absolutely no sense at all.

California, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you cannot “destigmatize” HIV.

It’s a potentially fatal disease. No one wants it.

It will never be destigmatized.

HIV positive people shouldn’t be judged by their disease or discriminated against, but the disgusting people who intentionally infect others should be criminalized.

California, your efforts to normalize and condone this terrorism is beyond revolting and will have the opposite effect on HIV infections.

How long before something snaps in North Korea?

Strategic bombers were flying over South Korea again yesterday. Two B-1 Lancers flanked by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets buzzed North Korea in yet another show of force.

Perhaps the weirdest thing about all this is how routine it's beginning to feel. This wasn’t an elaborate air show or even a recon mission to take pictures, this was a mission to deter against nuclear war.

Tough talk and saber rattling between Kim Jong Un and President Trump has become so common, it’s easy to miss just how close to war we are literally every day.

Take yesterday for example. It was the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party. Kim Jong Un typically uses these holidays for nuclear or missile tests, and the last threat we heard was a possible hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific.

Trump set the stage last week when he said we were in the “calm before the storm.” Everyone began to wonder what that meant, and on Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed there were “world issues” and named North Korea specifically.

Over the weekend, Trump doubled down in an ominous tweet saying diplomacy hadn’t worked for 25 years and “only one thing will work!”

Early Tuesday morning, Trump called for a meeting with Defense Secretary Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford. They discussed “a range of options” to respond militarily to North Korean aggression. They’ve had these planning missions over a hundred times since this crisis began. Why did they pick Tuesday for another?

A few hours later that day, B1 bombers and Japanese and South Korean fighter jets flew over the Korean Peninsula. Was it just a show of force or were they waiting for an attack order?

The threat of war with North Korea is greater than it’s been in over 50 years. Kim Jong Un apparently got the message yesterday and backed down. Will he the next time?

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I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.