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Family of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Hits Alec Baldwin with $25 Million Lawsuit

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Looks like Alec Baldwin tangled with the wrong Marine family.

The Hollywood star has already been a living argument against the old idea that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” since October’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of a movie Baldwin was both starring in and producing.

Now, he’s in a different kind of legal spotlight, as the family of a Marine who was killed in the August suicide bombing at Kabul, Afghanistan’s airport, have filed a lawsuit claiming Baldwin’s treatment of them on social media has led to “severe emotional distress” and even caused them to fear for their lives.

According to the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune, the story begins after the Aug. 26 suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members and about 170 Afghan civilians.

One of the Marines killed that day was Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum of Jackson, Wyoming, the father of a baby girl born a month after he died.

In the aftermath of the blast, McCollum’s family made headlines by being openly critical of the way President Joe Biden behaved toward the families of those who died.

“Everything felt fake, if I’m being honest,” one of the Marine’s sisters, Cheyenne McCollum, told Newsmax after meeting the president with her brother’s wife.

Possibly moved by the story of a young woman being widowed only a month from giving birth, Baldwin contacted another sister, Roice McCollum, and sent her a $5,000 donation for her brother’s wife.

That sounds nice, even heartwarming, but things took a turn in January after Roice posted a picture of herself at the Washington Monument that was taken on Jan. 6, 2021 — that’s the date liberals like Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Baldwin think should live in infamy along with the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

On Jan. 1, the Star-Tribune reported, Roice used Instagram to post the Washington Monument photo to show she was one of hundreds of thousands of Americans who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally in Washington, D.C., in support of then-President Donald Trump.

Baldwin, almost predicably, took offense, and commented, “Are you the same woman that I sent the $ to for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit,” according to the Star-Tribune. That post is no longer on Baldwin’s Instagram account, the outlet noted.

According to the Star-Tribune, Roice responded that she had a right to protest and that she’d been interviewed by the FBI but had not even been present at the Capitol for the incursion — that eye blink of an incident that Democrats are pretending was a near-death experience for the nation’s system of government.

(As if extrajudicial happenings in a small corner of Washington, D.C., however grave or violent, would actually mean a change of government for a nation of more than 300 million free men and women. We’re bigger than that, and better than that. And liberals should know it.)

But for Baldwin apparently, like any good liberal, just being present in the nation’s capital was enough for guilt by association. According to the Star-Tribune, the family’s lawsuit states that Baldwin accused Roice of being an “insurrectionist” and reposted her photos for the benefit of his 2.4 million followers, with the statement that stories of peaceful protests at the Capital that day were “bull****.”

(In the liberal mindset of the 2020s, only when radical leftists violently riot is it considered “mostly peaceful.”)

It’s not hard to imagine what might happen when an audience of Alec Baldwin followers are presented with images of people and the suggestion that they’re violent followers of former President Trump.

The images were only posted for a day, according to the Star-Tribune, but that was enough time for the McCollums to receive vile, threatening messages that are still having an effect.

The “hostile, aggressive, hateful” messages included one to Roice that said: “Get raped and die, worthless c*** (kiss emoji). Your brother got what he deserved,” the Star-Tribune reported.

Cheyenn McCollum and her brother’s widow also received harmful messages.

The McCollums’ attorney, Dennis Postiglione, told the Star-Tribune that there are “600, 700 more pages worth of posts” that haven’t been included in the lawsuit, and that they make those that are in the suit seem “tame.”

Altogether, the lawsuit claims, the effect of Baldwin’s social media behavior regarding the McCollum family amounted to defamation. The lawsuit is demanding $25 million in damages, the Star-Tribune reported.

Now, a case like this would probably be difficult under any circumstances. But the fact that the McCollums had attained prominence in the way of Rylee McCollums’ death would likely complicate any claim against Baldwin even further.

The legal standards for private individuals and public figures are key in any defamation case. A private citizen, such as Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann, who was smeared as a racist by mainstream media figures in 2019, has a much easier path to proving a complaint.

But it does open up at least the possibility that even those with wealth and influence far beyond their merit might be open to being held accountable by the individuals they smear. Trump supporters like the McCollums might be categorized as “deplorables” in the parts of the country Baldwin frequents, but for a great, great part of it, they’re what America is all about.

As Postiglione told the Star-Tribune, “I would love to put this in front of a Wyoming jury.”

A request for comment to Baldwin’s Instagram account did not get a response on Wednesday afternoon.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Army Reveals New Weapon Intended to Become Standard-Issue Rifle in Combat Force

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The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units.

The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release.

The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun.

The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War.

The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades.

The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429.

The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor.

The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces.

The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences.

The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different.

“Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract.

“They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel performance, and include integrated muzzle sound and flash reduction.”

The weapons are designed for use with the XM157 Fire Control system, a tool that will integrate a variable optic, a laser rangefinder and a ballistic calculator.

Widespread adoption of the XM5 rifle isn’t assured at this stage of its development, with the performance of the weapon likely to determine whether it becomes the Army’s standard-issue rifle.

Colonel Scott Madore, who oversaw testing of the XM5 against competing rifles, said that service members tested the weapon for 20,000 hours to gauge its utility.

There’s no indication that a civilian version of the XM5 is in commercial development, although it’s likely a semi-automatic version will end up in gun stores if the rifle proves effective and reliable.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units. The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release. The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun. The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War. The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades. The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429. The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor. The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces. The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences. The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different. “Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract. “They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel…

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Op-Ed: I’m Furious the Black Community Is Being Used to Perpetrate an Attack Against Americans

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Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America.

It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time.

All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born.

Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic.

The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive harm” to minority women. The reaction… crickets.

There was no marching, protests or outrage from black “social justice” leaders. There was no rioting, shouts of “Black Lives Matter” or demands to shut Planned Parenthood down. Not one black legislator elected to protect black interests marched in the streets or otherwise reacted to Planned Parenthood’s admission. Instead, they continued to accept money from the organization that has killed millions of their own. The silence was deafening.

The civil rights movement was never meant to be used as a tool to destroy the black family. Yet politicians have used the movement to create a false narrative that includes the “right” to take unborn lives.

Through Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project, launched in 1939 and continuing today, political operatives such as Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock are paid to promote birth control and abortion as lifesaving tools, especially for black women. They call it “reproductive justice” — but it is anything but just.

In response to the possibility that Roe could be no more, Abrams announced she is suspending her campaign fundraising in favor of raising money for the very organizations that have taken more black lives than any group, including the KKK. Since 1973, more than 20 million black babies have died in one of the abortion centers in or near black neighborhoods. This staggering number is more than America’s entire black population in 1960.

I am furious that Abrams and others dare to prostitute the black experience to sell abortions to black women. Not one of our ancestors fought, bled and died so that the black community could be exterminated in the name of civil rights, social justice or women’s health.

The diabolical plan launched by Abrams in support of the longstanding Negro Project has to be stopped dead in its tracks, along with all the other elite-driven plans of terror aimed at persuading the Supreme Court justices to change their votes. I am calling on all people of goodwill, all people who believe every life should be protected whether in the womb or out, to stand in unity against this latest plot intended to intimidate the court to make a political rather than a constitutional decision.

I am calling on the black community to no longer allow our lives to be prostituted for the sake of enriching a few. Our nation, our state and our community deserve the right to life.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America. It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time. All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born. Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic. The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive…

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