Lion of the Blogosphere

Tuesday news update

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1. TMZ reports that “Empire” is going to “slash” Jussie Smollett’s screen-time.

Production sources tell TMZ … Jussie was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last episode — which is being shot now — but, 5 of his scenes have been cut, and his musical number has been 86’d.

But he has not been immediately fired and the show canceled, like happened with Roseanne Barr because of a single free-speech Tweet. The lesson is that a white person tweeting something stupid and then deleting it and apologizing is a much worse offense than a black person committing a felony hate-crime hoax.

TMZ also report that their law enforcement sources say that prosecutors intend to seek a felony indictment from a grand jury for filing a false police report. But that has yet to be confirmed by other news media.

2. Bernie is officially running for president! No one seems to care that, if elected, he will become an octogenarian during his first term in office.

I say that if Joe Biden decides to sit out, then Bernie becomes the frontrunner and he will be hard to beat. He has name recognition, plus he’s less scary to white voters than an angry non-white like Kamala Harris. (Obama’s secret to success was that he wasn’t angry.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 19, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in News

SJWism inflicts Overwatch League arena

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https://www.dexerto.com/overwatch/overwatch-league-fans-escorted-from-blizzard-arena-after-accusations-of-harassment-376102

Additionally, I note that professional overwatch player Jiri ‘Linkzr’ Masalin’s fiancée is a babe (although possibly a toxic SJW if she’s the one who got the fans of the other team ejected).

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February 19, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

Real hate crimes on the rise in New York City

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Blacks are beating up the ultra-religious Jews at an increased rate.

In January alone, several Orthodox Jews were punched, seemingly unprovoked, in broad daylight on Kingston Avenue, the main Jewish thoroughfare in Crown Heights. In late January, a 22-year-old Yeshiva student was beaten on the street while calling his parents on the phone in Australia. A few hours later, a 51-year-old man was beaten so badly by the same assailants that he was hospitalized.

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Hermes writes in a comment:

This NYT article reads like a veritable Greatest Hits of Larry Auster:

1. Extremely vague, non-racial descriptors of the perpetrators (“men,” “young men,” “assailants,” etc.) despite numerous references to their being caught on video and arrested? Check!

2. You have to scroll down to 75% through the article to find any mention of race, and even then, it’s in the most neutral, non-judgmental terms (“tensions in the community between black residents and Jews”)? Check!

3. Passive voice (victims “were punched” or “was beaten”? How foolish of those Jews to run face-first into those disembodied fists just hanging in the air!) Check!

4. “Random” attacks? Check!

Anything else?

That’s right, if whites had been beating up the Jews, it would have been in the headline. But because blacks are doing it, it’s buried deep in the article.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 18, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

Jussie Smollett case to go to grand jury

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So reports TMZ: https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/17/jussie-smollett-grand-jury-attack-brothers-trump-empire/

So far, there are no confirmations from any more serious news sources, but TMZ has proven themselves to be pretty accurate with their previous leaks in this story.

Illinois does not require a grand jury, so they are doing this to make media headlines. “Jussie Smollett indicted by grand jury” will definitely be reported by the MSM because of interest in the story. A grand jury means the intent of a felony prosecution and a prison sentence if found guilty.

And there is this interesting tidbit in the article:

Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera.

It sounds like Jussie had actually intended that the attack be on video to prove that it really happened, but because of his incompetence he was not aware that the video camera was pointing in the wrong direction.

So it’s kind of ironic that the lack of video surveillance evidence caused people to be suspicious of Jussie thinking that meant there was never any attack, when in fact there was actually an attack, albeit staged, and it was just happenstance that there was no video surveillance footage of the fake attack.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 18, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Crime

It’s official, the “racist” attack was a hoax!

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https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/16/jussie-smollett-attack-brothers-rope-suspect-staged/

The Nigerian bodybuilders say that Jussie paid them to stage the attack, and they have proof of a phone call between one of them and Jussie shortly before the “attack” happened. And they have a receipt for the rope.

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This hoax attack is the greatest thing ever. It’s going to stay in the news a long time because police will arrest him and there will be a trial. People will be reminded over and over again that “racist” attacks are fake news.

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Will all the politicians and celebs and fake-news “journalists” who said stuff like “this attack shows how racist our country still is” apologize and admit they were wrong and our country isn’t actually racist? Not likely.

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Currently unknown: was the “racist” letter mailed to Smollett a week before the hoax attack also part of the hoax? I bet that the answer is yes. But not 100% sure. It could be that the letter was mailed by a real racist, and then the letter gave Smollett the idea of faking an attack.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

Update on the Wall

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There’s not much to say.

As I previously wrote, once Trump caved in and agreed to “temporary” refunding of the government, he would lose most of his leverage with Democrats. He probably lost support of Republicans who were totally behind massive tax cuts for the rich, but they were never behind border security with the same sort of passion.

Liberals in the MSM will be outraged for a while over Trump’s “authoritarian” and “unprecedented” use of a national “emergency,” even though there are 31 other active national “emergencies.” Like many other Trump executive orders, liberals will probably find a liberal Trump-hating judge who will issue an injunction over it. Hopefully, it will quickly get to the Supreme Court where that injunction will be reversed.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

CWB Chicago blog posts Smollett update

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http://www.cwbchicago.com/2019/02/2-out-smollett-at-plate-lakeview.html

Key new details:

1. There was a “tipster” who said that Smollett’s two Nigerian-bodybuilder friends took a Lyft to the area, where they staged the attack, and that the rope was purchased from an Ace Hardware store.

2. Federal investigators were present when Chicago police questioned the Nigerian bodybuilders.

3. Smollett has hired the same lawyer who represents Michael Cohen. That particular lawyer seems to me more like a publicity hound than a real lawyer I would want to hire if I were in legal trouble. That bozo has already hurt his client by publicly announcing that he’s Smollett’s lawyer.

4. Elements of the attack match the letter that had been mailed to Smollett before the attack. The return address on that letter was “MAGA,” and the letter had a picture of a noose.

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And as if this is a shock to anyone, TMZ reports that the Nigerian bodybuilders are “big Obama fans” and not Trump supporters.

Also, they are reported to be “allies” of the “LGBTQ community.” And they are good friends with Smollett who has known them for years. “We’re told Jussie would frequently approach the brothers on set and chat about health and fitness.”

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But TMZ also reported this earlier today, which is a huge new detail.

The lawyer for the 2 men who were arrested and then released in connection with the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett says the new evidence that has changed this case is something her clients told cops.

That’s what I assumed yesterday, but TMZ has confirmed it.

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So between the CWB Chicago blog and TMZ, all signs point to this being a hoax that Jussie staged, and he had his two Nigerian-bodybuilder friends help him.

So probably there really was a phone call to his manager, and the manager wasn’t in on it, the incident was staged for the manager’s benefit. Probably, what Smollett was hiding from police by not giving them his phone was not that he didn’t call his manager, but that he DID call these two Nigerian fellows shortly before the staged attack. Stupid him not using a burner phone, but as we know it was the manager who called the police and not Jussie. Jussie probably figured this would just be a publicity story and didn’t realize that it would become a police investigation, or that the police would deploy massive manpower resources to track down his attackers. Possibly, he didn’t realize this because he lives in a liberal fantasy world echo-chamber where racist attacks are ignored by the police, but in the real world, tracking down racists is the police’s #1 priority, even higher than tracking down murderers.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Crime

Not the Nigerian bodybuilders!

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https://abc7chicago.com/police-2-persons-of-interest-in-jussie-smollett-case-released-without-charges/5139942/

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released a statement saying, “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”

Guglielmi said the individuals are no longer being classified as suspects. The investigation remains ongoing.

The lawyer representing the two men spoke Friday night after their release, saying she and the men gave police new evidence in the investigation.

Sounds suspiciously like the Nigerian bodybuilders told police that they helped Smollett set up the hoax (which is the “new evidence”), and the police don’t give a crap about the Nigerian guys, they just want to get Smollett.

I predict that Smollett will soon be arrested for the Illinois class 4 felony of “disorderly conduct” which includes a false report of a crime. Unfortunately, a class 4 felony is the least significant felony. But it’s still a felony, so they can sentence him to some time in prison!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

Nigerians booked for “battery”

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https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/15/jussie-smollett-suspects-arrested-battery-nigerian-brothers-empire-extras-actors/

Police have now arrested 2 men in the Jussie Smollett investigation — 2 men with ties to “Empire” — and TMZ has learned they were booked for battery.

Battery, not conspiracy to file a false police report.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

TMZ reports on race discrepancy

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https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/15/jussie-smollett-race-black-white-nigerian-attack/

A key part of Jussie Smollett’s story is not tracking … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

TMZ broke many of the details of Jussie’s story just hours after the attack … the rope, the bleach, the statement by the attackers, “This is MAGA country” and also that his 2 attackers were white.

We have now confirmed, the 2 Nigerian men who were picked up by police at O’Hare Airport are black. Police say the 2 men are the same ones who were captured on surveillance video around the time of the incident.

LoL

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Really great stuff at this Chicago crime blog:

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2019/02/update-smollett-potential-persons-of.html

You’ve gotta love this:

Investigators already received Smollett’s complete phone records via a subpoena served on his service provider, according to a source close quoted by CWBChicago on Feb. 4.

A source familiar with the records provided by the Empire star states that Smollett downloaded his phone activity into a spreadsheet and then deleted certain phone calls before handing over the records. “He did the [detectives’] job for them because then they only had to focus on the numbers he deleted.”

Also interesting to note that one of the Nigerian bodybuilders was charged with attempted murder in 2011.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Crime

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