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Universal’s ‘The Hunt’ that satirizes killing of ‘deplorables’ slammed online, called ‘beyond sick’ and ‘disturbing’
“The Hunt,” which initially was going to be titled “Red State vs. Blue State,” is billed as a satire that follows wealthy thrill-seekers as they take a private jet to a five-star resort, where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing “deplorables.”
Another shared: “I just read a report on the movie “The Hunt” that comes out soon. this is why I can’t pick a side.
A movie about rounding up a group of “deplorables” and HUNTING them is ok?
Put all the gun laws on the books but we’re entertained by a movie about killing Trump supporters.”
Commentary/Opinion: And now comes word of what may be the most depraved anti-Trump propaganda film of all time — a so-called satirical movie that portrays an elite group of liberals hunting and slaughtering supporters of the president — for sport.
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release “The Hunt” on September 27. However, they temporarily suspended its marketing campaign “out of sensitivity” due to the recent massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.
The Hollywood Reporter obtained an exclusive copy of the screenplay and noted that “red state” characters wore trucker hats, cowboy shirts and owned guns.
The script also explains that one of the characters was stalked and hunted like prey for being anti-choice.
“Did anyone see what our rat****er-in-chief just did?” one character asks in an early copy of the script obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Another responds:
“At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”
“There are no plans to not release the movie. No plans to move the release,” a studio source told Fox News.
NBC Universal executives are aware of the widespread objections to the movie’s plot but have decided not to take significant action at this time.
The jobless claims report from the Labor Department on Aug. 8, however, does not fully account for the impact of the recent escalation in the bitter trade war between the United States and China, which has led to an inversion of the U.S. Treasury yield curve and raised the risk of a recession.
Worries about the trade war’s impact on the U.S. economic expansion, the longest on record, prompted the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates last week for the first time since 2008.
Financial markets have fully priced in another rate cut next month.
“Initial claims have been sending a reasonably upbeat message about conditions in the labor market,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.
“Today’s report likely doesn’t contain much information about the period since the recent escalations in trade tensions.”
“One Child Nation,” a documentary by Amazon Studios, hits theaters Friday, detailing the devastation felt by parents forced to abandon their children, in many cases knowing they would die, and women forced to have abortions or sterilizations “tied like pigs” to satisfy the Communist Party from 1979 until 2015, similar to human rights abuses reported in North Korea.
“Every woman has almost gone through a forced abortion or forced sterilization,” Nanfu Wang, co-director and producer of the documentary, told PBS.
“Sometimes the babies…they were born alive, and because of the policy and her job, she had to kill them after they were born alive, and she is really traumatized because of that.”
Wang spoke to the midwife who delivered her, who admitted doing 50 to 60,000 abortions over her time to enact a policy that the government claims prevented 400 million births.
An unidentified 33-year-old Orange County man who police said was “full of anger” was arrested. He allegedly stabbed a woman at an insurance business, two men at the Garden Grove apartment complex where he lived and a man at a gas station.
The crimes spanned a period of two hours from Garden Grove to Santa Ana, which are under 10 miles from each other.
The victim at the gas station was slashed in the face so badly, his nose was nearly severed. Both men at the apartment complex died.
The suspect also fatally stabbed a 7-Eleven security guard and a Subway employee, police said.
Pushing California’s legal cannabis market into a bold new frontier, the state on Wednesday approved a permit for the sale and on-site consumption of pot at this weekend’s Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, an annual event that last year drew some 200,000 people over three days.
Despite some public opposition, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control approved on-site sale and consumption of pot in a fenced-off area of the festival grounds limited to people 21 years and older, according to bureau spokesman Alex Traverso.
The state approval came shortly after San Francisco granted its own permit for cannabis use at the event in Golden Gate Park.
According to Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert, a police officer was patrolling the area when he noticed a woman sleeping under a bus shelter.
The officer turned his patrol car around to check on the woman.
Schubert said as the officer was talking with her, the suspect came around his back and struck the woman with a knife.
The suspect then turned around and stabbed a second woman.
Tony Orlanda Singleton was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault after a two-day trial at the Hampton County Courthouse, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said in a news release.
“This girl should be getting ready to go back to school, making friends, braiding her hair – things other girls her age typically are engaged in,” said prosecutor Hunter Swanson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
“Instead, she’s in a courtroom, reliving a horrific ordeal.”
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings filed the charges Thursday against 29-year-old Skye’lar De’Andre White.
He was already in custody following the shooting Aug. 2.
Police say 29-year-old Alexis M. Wasson was about 21 weeks pregnant when she was shot.
She has been hospitalized in Indianapolis on life support.
Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters says the second of the unborn twins died Wednesday. The other died Tuesday.
Donald Trump Says ‘Regret’ Over Alcoholic Brother’s Death Allows Him To Understand The Opioid Crisis
President Donald Trump is not one to often express remorse, but he apparently does regret pressuring his brother Fred Trump, Jr. to manage the family business instead of being the pilot that he longed to be.
The lack of encouragement apparently hurt Fred deeply.
“It was a lot of pressure,” Fred’s university fraternity brother David Miller told the Post. “He did what he could to run away from it.”
“What he loved doing was flying airplanes,” Donald Trump told the Post.
“I remember being at the house and other pilots from TWA would come to the house and they’d come to work with Fred because he was a very natural talent.”
That tragedy reinforced Trump’s decision to eschew alcohol and drugs because he believes he was probably predetermined for addiction.
But Trump says the tragedy has also endowed him with an understanding of how the disease of addiction seizes hold of people and that this understanding makes him a worthy foe of America’s growing opioid crisis.
Nearly 600 ICE agents swarmed the plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol, surrounding the perimeters to keep workers from fleeing.
“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country,” U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement.
” I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.”
Nearly half of all illegal immigrants nabbed in Mississippi ICE raid released on ‘humanitarian grounds’
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 680 “removable aliens” at several food processing plants in Mississippi, in what had been deemed the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in U.S. history.
ICE had said in a statement late Wednesday that those unlawfully present were being interviewed to note any “potential mitigating humanitarian situations” and the agency was determining on a case-by-case basis who would be detained and who would be released.
In an email to The Associated Press, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said that those released “were placed into proceedings before the federal immigration courts and will have their day in court at a later date.”
“Preliminarily, it appears that approximately 30 detained aliens were released yesterday on humanitarian grounds at the individual sites where they were initially encountered, and another 270 detained aliens were released after being processed by [ICEs Homeland Security Investigations] at the National Guard base in Pearl and returned to the place where they were originally encountered,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi said in a statement.
The office then outlines how, according to HSI’s procedures, those detained were asked if they had any children who need to be picked up and made it possible for those detained to contact family members and address related issues.
Majority of Blacks and Hispanics Support Presidential Candidates Who Are Against Illegal Immigration: Poll
Respondents to a Harvard/Harris X poll were asked about two possible presidential candidates.
One “stands for the green new deal on climate change, Medicare for all, free college tuition, opening our borders to many more immigrants and raising taxes to pay for these programs.”
The other “stands for lower taxes and reduced government regulations, strengthening our military, strengthening our border to reduce illegal immigrants, standing up more to China and Iran, and seeking better trade deals for the US.”
Sixty-one percent of respondents chose the latter, including 49 percent of Hispanics, 50 percent of blacks, and 65 percent of Independents.
Respondents were later asked if they were likely or unlikely to vote for a presidential candidate that stands for a series of issues, but this time the issues were divided one-by-one.
Republicans in the state’s assembly were angered by viral videos of cops being drenched by groups of local residents — with NYPD officers apparently feeling unable to respond and walking away.
Police have since made a number of arrests related to the cases, but the incidents have sparked national attention, with President Trump calling the incidents “a total disgrace” last month.
GOP lawmakers are now introducing a bill that would make throwing or spraying water “or any other substance” on a police officer a class E felony and punishable by up to four years in jail.
Assemblyman Mike LiPetri, who introduced the bill, told Fox News in an interview Thursday that there are signs the bill has some bipartisan support from some Democrats — particularly in the state Senate — but acknowledged early signs of other Democrats pushing back in the Assembly.
Team Soros marched to the top of the State Department to protect some of those investments, according to newly released department memos providing a rare glimpse into the Democratic donor’s extraordinary access to the Obama administration.
Then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland received repeated calls, emails and meeting requests from Soros, according to the memos obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the conservative group Citizens United.
On May 25, 2016, for example, Chris Canavan of the Soros Fund Management firm provided Nuland a written briefing under the heading “Russia sovereign bond issue.”
At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime posed a threat to Soros’s vision for Ukraine.
“Toria, here is my take on Russia’s foray into the bond markets this week, based on the market chatter I’ve been able to pick up,” Canavan wrote in an email, released with heavy redactions hiding most of his advice to Nuland.
All of this goes to point out the enormous advantages President Trump has going into the 2020 election cycle.
Love him or hate him, he brings into the election all the institutional advantages of the incumbent.
According to Axios, as of June 30, he has raised a total of $135 billion, where the next closest competitor, Joe Biden, has raised only a third of that amount, about $46 million.
But, for Donald Trump, there’s one more advantage: Twitter.
Presidential scholars will continue to debate the advantages and disadvantages of this stream-of-consciousness reach into the American populace, but the simple fact is that Twitter is a force multiplier. It allows for amazingly efficient message distribution at no cost to the candidates.
So where do the candidates stand in terms of Twitter reach?
Commentary/Opinion: That is shameful. Trump is not responsible for the actions of a madman.
As Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro, a lonely voice of reason on the left, correctly put it, “there’s one person that’s directly responsible for the shooting in El Paso and that’s the shooter.”
But if Democrats want to play politics with mass murder, it works both ways.
Because the man who carried out another mass shooting 13 hours later in Dayton, Ohio, seems to have been a left-wing radical whose social media posts echoed Democrats’ hate-filled attacks on the president and U.S. immigration officials.
Should we blame Warren for the Dayton massacre carried out by one of her supporters? How about Sanders, whose anti-capitalist rhetoric may have inflamed this young socialist?
Or maybe we should blame Ocasio-Cortez for disgracefully comparing U.S. immigration facilities to “concentration camps” — a phrase that appears to have caught the Dayton shooter’s attention?
(He seems to be the second domestic terrorist to echo her rhetoric before carrying out an attack; the manifesto of the man who was shot to death by police after he allegedly firebombed an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month also referred to “concentration camps.”)
The answer to these questions is of course not.
While the rhetoric used by these prominent Democrats is horrifying, they are not to blame.
But they also can’t have it both ways: If Trump is to responsible for El Paso, then Democrats are responsible for Dayton.
After the El Paso shooting, Trump declared “in one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”
Sorry, I missed the speech in which Warren, or any Democrat, has taken personal responsibility for how their inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the Dayton massacre.
I also don’t remember Democrats taking personal responsibility for how their virulent anti-Trump rhetoric contributed to the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and other Republican legislators in 2017 by a deranged former Sanders campaign volunteer — even though the shooter called Trump a “traitor” on social media, echoing now-disproved Democratic accusations that Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Yes, Trump has coarsened political discourse.
But Democrats were helping to coarsen it long before Trump came along. If you wonder why many Republicans don’t take Democratic charges that the president is a racist seriously,
For weeks, the White House has hinted at possible action in relation to how social media outlets treat conservatives. A White House official told Fox News the administration is “exploring all policy solutions.”
The administration has circulated drafts of a possible executive order from Trump, following a summit last month where he met with conservative social media influencers, according to Politico.
It is unclear what the order will entail or how it would aim to curb socialmedia bias but it reportedly deals with other issues as well.
This comes amid new complaints of unfairness from conservatives — the most recent example being the McConnell campaign’s “Team Mitch” account being suspended by Twitter this week after they posted videos of protesters outside McConnell’s home, which included violent threats against the Kentucky senator.
A researcher who has spent more than half a decade monitoring Google’s influence said he believes the tech giant will “actively interfere” in the 2020 elections.
Dr. Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, told The Epoch Times that Google has access to a number of powerful manipulation methods mostly through “ephemeral experiences” that can shift votes.
In his congressional testimony in July, Epstein noted that if all major technology companies came together to support the same candidate in 2020—which he said was likely—they could shift 15 million votes without leaving a paper trail.
Epstein has discovered a dozen methods Google uses to manipulate public opinion or votes, including search engine manipulation effect and search suggestion effects.
The nation’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) is investigating a complaint by Kaspersky Lab over the rejection of its Safe Kids app from the App Store, reported Reuters.
The tech giant believes that the Safe Kids app puts “user’s safety and privacy at risk”, putting it in the same category as a group of other parental control apps it booted from its store earlier this year.
The company has taken heat from US and EU regulators for its tight control over apps that allow parents to limit their children’s screen time.
Apple this summer issued a new policy on such parental control apps, permitting apps that rely on a VPN or MDM (mobile device management).
According to the updated guidance, developers could use such technologies as long as they made sure not to sell children’s data to third parties.
The dating and romance scams involve financial fraud and recruiting so-called “money mules,” the FBI said in a public service announcement this week.
It all starts when a bad actor dupes a victim into a trusting relationship, then exploits that to get money, goods, or sensitive financial information.
The bad guys often use online dating sites to pose as U.S. citizens abroad or U.S. military members deployed overseas or American business owners who have sizeable investments, the FBI said.
The stats back up the growing threat.
While in 2017 more than 15,000 people filed complaints with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) saying they were victims of confidence/romance fraud with reported losses of $211 million, in 2018, the number of victims jumped to more than 18,000, with more than $362 million in losses, an increase of more than 70 percent over the previous year, according to the FBI.
The brief spike in radiation reported by authorities in the nearby city of Severodvinsk, inhabited by 185,000 people, apparently contradicted the defense ministry, which had earlier been quoted by state media as saying radiation was normal.
RIA news agency quoted the defense ministry as saying no dangerous substances had been released into the atmosphere by the explosion of what it called a liquid-propellant rocket engine in the Arkhangelsk region.
In addition to the two deaths, it said six people were injured in the blast.
The rocket engine explosion occurred at a weapons testing area near the village of Nyonoksa in Arkhangelsk region, the Interfax news agency cited unnamed security sources as saying.
Russian media said an area near Nyonoksa is used for tests on weapons including ballistic and cruise missiles that are used by the Russian navy.
Dvir Sorek was found dead with stab wounds in the Gush Etzion region of Judea and Samaria on Thursday, the military said.
He was a student at a pre-military Jewish seminary in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem.
His body was found on the side of a road near the seminary, he was neither armed nor in uniform.
It remains unclear who perpetrated the attack, but the Islamic militant group Hamas celebrated the murder.
The killing spree in the western city of Uruapán marked a return to the grisly massacres carried out by drug cartels at the height of Mexico’s drug war, when piles of bodies were dumped on roadways as a message to authorities and rival gangs.
Two of the bodies hung by ropes from the overpass by their necks, half naked, were women, as was one of the dismembered bodies.
While the banner was not completely legible, it bore the initials of the notoriously violent Jalisco drug cartel, and mentioned the Viagras, a rival gang.
“Be a patriot, kill a Viagra,” the banner read in part.
For years, Mexican cartels had seemed reluctant to draw attention to themselves with mass public displays of bodies.
Instead, the gangs went to great lengths to hide bodies, by creating clandestine burial pits or dissolving corpses in caustic chemicals.
But the Jalisco gang, which has gained a reputation for directly challenging authorities, appears to have returned to showy killings as a way to intimidate rivals.
World Health Organization (WHO) doctor Richard Mouzoko was fatally shot in April by militiamen while treating patients in a hospital in the city of Butembo, one of the epicenters of the Ebola outbreak.
The medics arrested have not been publically identified and the motive for his killing is unknown, the BBC reported.
Senior military prosecutor Lt. Col. Jean-Baptiste Kumbu told local media that fighters who attacked treatment centers disclosed four medics who were involved in planning the attack.
The three Congolese medics arrested will be prosecuted for “terrorism” and “criminal conspiracy,” he said, while the fourth doctor is still loose, the BBC reported.
A local resident found the illicit drug wrapped in blue packages scattered about Bethells Beach west of Auckland and notified police, the New Zealand Herald reported.
After the packages tested positive for cocaine, authorities began a major search up and down the rugged coast.
Detective Inspector Colin Parmenter of Waitematä police urged the public to contact authorities if any more packages turn up on the beach.
Australian Politician Uses Nazi Germany Analogy in Warning Over China’s Rise, Draws Beijing’s Rebuke
Andrew Hastie, a federal lawmaker of the country’s ruling Liberal party, in an Aug. 8 opinion piece for Nine newspapers, urged Australians to be “clear-eyed” on the threats posed by the communist regime, as it seeks to replace the United States as the dominant power in the Indo-Pacific.
Australia suffers from an “intellectual failure [that] makes us institutionally weak,” Hastie warned.
“If we don’t understand the challenge ahead for our civil society, in our parliaments, in our universities, in our private enterprises, in our charities—our little platoons—then choices will be made for us. Our sovereignty, our freedoms, will be diminished.”
He labeled the West’s hopes that economic liberalization would eventually lead to China’s democratization as “our Maginot Line”—a series of fortifications built by the French in an attempt to deter a German invasion during World War II.
“It [the belief that China would democratize] would keep us safe, just as the French believed their series of steel and concrete forts would guard them against the German advance in 1940,” Hastie wrote.
This isn’t an isolated incident, either. In the United States, historical statues and imagery across the country—from war memorials, to Civil War leaders, to paintings of George Washington—have been targeted for destruction by individuals who find them offensive.
A new history is being shown to youth in the United States and other countries that criticizes their traditional cultures, curses their founding stories, and condemns their founders.
Students are being taught to hate where they come from, and to interpret history through the lens of socialism.
In China, the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) similarly destroyed the cultural relics of the country, its values, and its traditions.
This was done heavily during its Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s.
The CCP’s destruction of China’s 5,000 years of culture didn’t end there, however.
Even recently, the CCP banned depictions in film and in video games of the cultural heritage that it destroyed.
The same thing happened under communist and socialist regimes in parts of Europe.
This process was described by former Polish Minister of Education Ryszard Legutko in his book “The Demon in Democracy:
Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies,” as being meant to wipe out all memory of what socialism aimed to destroy.
At the Western Conservative Summit, we sit down with Will Witt, who creates online content for PragerU.
We discuss Will Witt’s video program—in which he interviews and chats with different people on the street—how he became conservative, the suppression of free speech, and what he seeks to achieve with PragerU.
Let’s talk about how narratives shape our political landscape.
The Democrats are painting a picture that’s far from the truth.