Thursday, June 29, 2017

Morgan Mayhew

Morgan Mayhew
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Morgan is a freelance writer for a variety of publications covering popular culture, societal behavior and the political influences of each.

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Trump Twitter
A lack of filter can be good, unless we are talking about covfefe, er, coffee...

Jonah Goldberg and Mollie Hemingway, got into a heated argument, all because of one tweet from President Donald Trump.

During Thursday’s airing of the show, the two panelists got into a very heated debated.

Discussing a tweet from Trump, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…” and “…whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”

“It was, it was a bad idea,” Goldberg responded, “and it got him in a lot of trouble. And he’s still trying to back out of it. I gotta say, I don’t really care about the tapes, I always thought it was a bluff, to me it is perfect example of how he tries to run his presidency like a reality show, like wait for the big reveal at the big mid-season break kinda thing.”

“What does bother me about that tweet is his insinuation that it’s entirely plausible that members of the ‘deep state’ or the intelligence community, or law enforcement are bugging the Oval Office without his awareness,” he continued. “And that is a pretty provocative charge to make. I’m sure he’s making it, you know, if he ever gets pushback on it, he’ll say he was just speaking tongue-in-cheek, but I thought that was the more offensive part of it.”

“No, that’s ridiculous,” Hemingway interrupted, “you’ve had nothing but months of leaks from intelligence agencies about people affiliated with the Trump campaign or otherwise, it’s not insane at all to think that there might be surveillance since we’ve seen so many again, unmasked…”

“What allegations that Donald Trump has been surreptitiously recorded without his approval?” Goldberg said.

“What, I mean, the issue with that original tweet is that James Comey had already been leaking to the New York Times,” Hemingway responded, “and he’d been presenting stories as if he was some hero of the conversations he had had with Trump. That tweet actually got James Comey to admit that he did three times tell Donald Trump that he wasn’t under investigation. It got him to admit that he did say Mike Flynn was a good guy when he was asked about it by the president. And it did get him to admit also that he pledged his honest loyalty to Donald Trump which is contrary to what he had said to the New York Times the day before that.”

“It also got him a special prosecutor,” Goldberg responded.

“I think it’s naive to think that that would have not happened otherwise,” Hemingway said. “James Comey was clearly laying a groundwork in a campaign through his leaking and it’s kind of rewriting history.”

“That’s possible,” Goldberg allowed. “That’s possible, but my point still stands. There’s no evidence whatsoever that anyone was bugging or wiretapping the Oval Office or the President of the United States without his awareness.”

‘There was a lot of leaking…” Hemingway intervened.

“Leaking is not bugging!” Goldberg shot back.

“…of taped conversations,” Hemingway continued, “for a group of people that are not doing a lot of surveillance.”

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Trump Administration
"Ah, I see your resume says that you are a billionaire - but can you use MS Word?"

During a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Donald Trump explained as to why he chose Wilbur Ross, a billionaire to serve as his Commerce Secretary. “I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person,” Trump said.

He further added that Ross is far better suited for the position, as he is a billionaire, and would thus be honest to the people of America, as he “don’t want the money.”

“Wilbur is a very rich person in charge of commence,” said Trump. “That’s the kind of thinking we want. You know really. They’re representing the country. They don’t want the money. They’re representing the country,” Trump added.

These remarks came from President Trump, as he was touring the state of Iowa with agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue and Ross to mark his victory in elections held in Georgia. “We’re 5-0 in special elections,” said Trump in front of a boisterous crowd that packed a downtown arena. “The truth is, people love us … they haven’t figured it out yet.”

He praised his fellow Republican Ralph Norman, who won the special election by a very slim win, and went on to scorn the Democratic Party nominee Jon Ossoff by saying, they “spent $30m on this kid who forgot to live in the district.”

Addressing towards Gary Cohn, former Goldman Sachs president, he further argued, they had to “give up a lot” to take jobs in his administration. “This is the president of Goldman Sachs. Smart. Having him represent us. He went from massive pay days to peanuts,” he added.  And that, “these are people that are great brilliant business minds. That’s what we need. That’s what we have to have so the world doesn’t take advantage of us.”

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Guarding Republicans
As if being under attack by the Liberal Media wasn't enough!

Over the weekend, the New York Times was slammed for running a piece where the news outlet apparently tried to cover up the motives of the man, James T. Hodgkinson, who attacked GOP congressmen playing baseball at Alexandria, Virginia, last week.

Because Hodgkinson was shot dead on the scene of the massacre, the motive behind the attack will most probably never be known, however, most people, including experts, believe that the harsh rhetoric between the two parties is to blame. This is also because Hodgkinson only attacked Republicans. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot near the hip and continues to fight for his life in the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Following the authorities’ confirmation that Hodgkinson was the only shooter in the attack, officials began scrutinizing the 66-year-old’s social media accounts and it wasn’t very hard to figure out the motives behind the attack: James Hodgkinson appears to have been a staunch supporter of socialist politics and had deep-rooted hatred for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

However, despite the ocean of evidence proving Hodgkinson’s hatred for the Repblicans, the New York Times tried to paint a very different picture of the motives. They tried to get the perspective out there that Hodgkinson’s attack on the congressmen was due to his unstable mental conditions and it had nothing to do partisan hatred or politics.

The story’s headline emphasizes that idea: “Before the Gunfire in Virginia, a Volatile Home Life in Illinois.”

The story said:

“No one can truly know what motivates a man to drive halfway across the country, live out of his car — as Mr. Hodgkinson apparently did — and attempt a mass killing of members of Congress. In the days since the shooting, much has been made of Mr. Hodgkinson’s strong political views — he was an ardent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders’s bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, and he railed against President Trump and Republicans in Washington on his Facebook page and in letters to the editor of the local newspaper.

But another aspect of his personality may have also presaged the shooting: his troubled home life.”

Furthermore, the story described how Hodgkinson was likely suffering from some kind of mental illness and his political ideology had “little” or nothing to do with his attempt to kill only Republicans. The article even went on to quote a Democratic staffer who denied claims that Hodgkinson was known to be a volunteer for them during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Violent Supporters
'I'm just a peace loving hippy (who called for Political Revolution). Don't blame me!"

On Wednesday, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the Senate floor to condemn the horrific shooting at the Republican baseball practice just outside the capital city. Sanders was quick to disassociate himself with the suspect involved in the shooting after it was discovered that he was a volunteer for the Senator’s presidential campaign.

According to police reports, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, started shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Virginia, on Wednesday. Hodgkinson managed to shoot five people, including two officers from the Capitol Police, and House Majority Whip Scalise.

While a spokesperson for the congressman said that Scalise is in a stable condition, President Trump confirmed that Hodgkinson is dead.

Early investigation efforts have revealed that the shooter was a staunch left-wing supporter.

Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination for president to Hillary Clinton last year, said on the Senate floor that he had just found out that the suspect had volunteered for his campaign. Sanders further condemned Hodgkinson’s actions.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice this morning is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said. “I am sickened by this despicable act, and let me be as clear as I can be: Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.

“Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values,” he continued. “I know I speak for the entire country in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Rep. Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police officers who were wounded make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.”

Sanders’ campaign’s former communications head, Michael Briggs, told a local news station that, “our computer records show that he volunteers for one debate watch party in Iowa. He was not on the payroll. We never interacted with him. I talked to people on the Iowa campaign this morning who have never heard of him.”

The annual congressional baseball game went ahead as scheduled, and took place on Thursday evening.

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Scalise Shooting
Please pray for Scalise, and the policemen and staffers who were injured in this attack.

It didn’t even take an hour before liberals on Twitter began their partisan snark regarding the attack on GOP members of Congress this Wednesday morning as they gathered in Alexandria for baseball practice.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, one of the main chearleaders of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act, was reportedly shot in the hip. Two Capitol Hill police and at least one Congressional staffers were also shot during the attack.

On Twitter, @thatgirlfrmOhio was quick to weigh, telling her 507 followers “Many weapons are used to kill people. Republicans have chosen healthcare as their weapon.”

Sergio Dericks (@sergio_dericks) posted “Scalise..Hope you pass gun control when you get better . . . You got Shot by AR 15! Need to ban all Assault weapons!

Note that at the time of this writing, all that was known as a rifle was used by the shooter.

Jen Smith (@JenSmith230) complained by the distraction saying, “Can we get back to covering #ImpeachTrumpNOw? This #Scalise thing is only dividing #TheResistance. We don’t need distractions. #Resist.”

Chris Le (@ChrisLeDC) was more pointed with his post, “Scalise, isn’t Karma something?”

Pratt Falls (@PrattFalls) jumped into the specifics when he asked, “Wonder what Scalise & Capital [sic] Police think about silencers after today’s horrible events? We need sensible gun laws.”

Pratt was referring to the Hearing Protection Act that will lift administrative restrictions on the purchase of suppressors.

Regardless of the political motivations of the shooter, it’s clear that the political Left will use the attack to promote their agenda to restrict gun ownership in America – despite that known fact that the majority of mass shootings in America have been committed by Liberals.

Twitter user C.T. summed up the Left’s judgement with his post:

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Mueller Investigation
Are the Investigation's days numbered?

Newsmax CEO and a close friend of President Donald Trump, Chris Ruddy has said that the president is thinking about dismissing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed just last month to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

While speaking to Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour, Ruddy said that he thinks the president is weighing that option.

“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” he said. “I think he’s weighing that option. I think it’s very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.

“I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued, “even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel in this case.”

“I mean Robert Mueller, there’s some real conflicts,” he explained. “He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family. He interviewed the day before a few days before he was appointed special counsel with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next FBI director. That hasn’t been published but it’s true.”

“But I think it would be strange that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become prosecutor of the person he would be investigating,” he added. “I think that Mueller should not have taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau.”

CNBC journalist Kayla Tausche saw Ruddy leave the White House before making the news on Monday morning.

However, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee says, “Chris speaks for himself.”

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Cali.) posted on Twitter regarding the claim, “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.”

Journalists and experts have also noted that Trump’s close aide Newt Gingrich has also publicly denounced Mueller after lauding him when he was initially chosen as the special counsel.

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nsa leaker's mom
Well if her mom said so . . .

Reality Winner, the 25-year-old alleged NSA leaker, was arrested on Saturday for reportedly sharing highly confidential data with the press. Her parents spoke to Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, expressing shock that their daughter was arrested. Her parents called her a “patriot” for reportedly leaking classified information to The Intercept.

“She was very scared,” Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told Cooper. “They took her by surprise. She was not expecting any of this.”

Following her arrest on Saturday, it is being speculated that Winner could be charged with leaking sensitive information and could face up to 10 years in prison. The Department of Justice also released a statement after Winner’s arrest.

“A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e).”

“On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it. Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

Recently, reports have also surfaced that Winner had ties to the certain Muslim civil rights’ groups and was also an active member of the “Resistance” movement.

“I didn’t know what company she worked for,” Winner-Davis told Cooper. “I don’t know what she did when she went to work.”

During the discussion with Cooper, Winner-Davis said that her daughter had called her before her arrest on Saturday and told her that she may be in trouble. She also revealed that she spoken to her after her arrest.

“She was afraid she was going to disappear, that [the government was] going to make her disappear,” Winner-Davis said. “And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time.”

Gary Davis, her stepfather, added that the way Winner is being treated now is “disheartening.”

“She served her country, she is a veteran,” Davis said. “She’s a patriot, and to see her maligned and slandered in the media is very disheartening.”

Winner-Davis is of the belief that her daughter is “ready to pay the price” if she is guilty.

“My biggest fear in all of this is that she’s not going to get a fair trial,” Winner-Davis added. “She’s going to be made an example of … I’m terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media.”

Winner-Davis also denied she had any knowledge of her daughter’s purported ties to alt-left groups.

“She’s never ever given me any kind of indication that she was in favor of that at all,” Winner-Davis said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”

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There is no line to cross anymore.

President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, is being continuously harassed by liberal protestors, reportedly over his attempts to reverse the net-neutrality policies which were given a go-ahead by the Obama administration.

According to the Wall Street Journal, activists belonging to the liberal group, Popular Resisitance, have started gathering outside Pai’s home in Arlington, Virginia. However, they’re not just standing outside his home to show their displeasure with the new administration’s policies. Protestors have begun going up to Pai’s home’s windows and are reportedly taking pictures of the interior. Pai lives in his Arlington home with his wife and two children.

“They were there yesterday. I understand they’ll be there today. They’ll be there tomorrow and the day after,” Pai told the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a hassle, especially for my wife and my two young children,” the he said.

Pai further added that some of the protesters “come up to our front windows and take photographs of the inside of the house. My kids are 5 and 3.”

“It’s not pleasant,” the FCC chairman acknowledged.

In AJit Pai’s neighbourhood in Arlington, activists have also distributed flyers asking other residents if they’ve seen Pai. The flyers describe Pai; giving his age, weight, and height, and claim that he’s “trying to destroy net neutrality.”

While most call this clear harassment, activist outside Pai’s home call it “Ajit-ation.”

In a straight party line vote in February 2015, FCC commissioners approved net neutrality rules that were intended to ban broadband service providers from throttling, blocking, or prioritizing certain content over others.

Three Democrats, including Tom Wheeler, the then-FCC chairman, voted in favor of the new rules, while tow Republicans, including Pai opposed the measure. At that time, Pai called the net-neutrality rules a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” and a “rapid departure” from market-oriented approaches.

However, Wheeler argued back, saying net neutrality would go on to make America even “more competitive.” He further said that it would “assure the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want.”

Wheeler also said it would secure the “rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.”

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Hey, you live here?

Residents of Cypress, Texas, Pastor Lorenzo Martinez and his family were subjected to a home invasion by an unknown man in only his underwear. The home intruder, after a brief violent fight, was shot dead at the crime scene.

According to reports by leading local news channels, after breaking into Pastor Martinez’s home on Thursday morning, the man allegedly attacked members of the family before being shot to death.

“The door is kicked in and that’s how the family wakes up to discover the intruder in the residence,” an official of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told a local news network in a statement. “He wasn’t running from anybody. He was attacking. In my opinion, he was in an attacking mode.”

Naarai Olvera, Pastor Martinez’s daughter, told the news network that while she wasn’t present to witness the break-in or the scuffle, her brother, sister, brother-in-law and their children were at home when the incident occurred.

“He just started hitting my dad, then he hit my mom,” Olvera said. “Then my brother woke up and my brother started hitting him.”

According to Olvera, the unknown home invader punched her mother in the face many times to break her nose, before attacking her brother with a large flat-screen TV set.

After attacking Pastor Martinez’s wife and son, according to Olvera’s claims, the intruder moved to her sister’s room where her husband and three young children were hiding. She reported that he broke down the bedroom door to get in.

As soon as he gained entry into Olvera’s sister’s bedroom, her brother-in-law shot the intruder dead. Investigators believe the man was on drugs.

“We are a Christian family,” Olvera said. “We don’t believe in killing anybody. But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”

While the home invader has not yet been identified, the Martinez family says they have absolutely no idea who he is.

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Come on over Ann! We have cookies . . . craaazy cookies!

The liberal TV host of TBS’ “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee, discussed Ann Coulter’s recent blog posts about President Donald Trump’s apparent failures to “win,” and also metaphorically patted Coulter’s back for her decision to change her attitude towards the president.

Talking to reporters at the Turner Upfront presentation on Wednesday, Bee said, regarding Coulter’s recent series of articles and interviews eviscerating President Trump, “She’s been wrong about a lot of things, I think it’s nice to have a little self-awareness every once in a while.”

“Good for her!” Bee added.

One of Trump’s biggest and most vocal supporters during the 2016 presidential election, Coulter has been changing her tune regarding the president and his actions.

In a blog earlier this month, Coulter claimed the president was “comically improbable” and condemned his inability to “win.”

Slamming him for over-promising and under-delivering, Coulter humiliated the president for seemingly backing off of several campaign promises, most notably the US-Mexico border wall.

“Not only is there no funding for a wall,” she wrote, “but — thanks to the deft negotiating skills of House Speaker Paul Ryan — the bill actually prohibits money from being spent on a wall.”

“The deal was that we were getting the Hollywood version of a New York businessman,” Coulter wrote. “An uncouth, incurious rube — who would be ruthless in getting whatever he wanted.”

“We want the ruthless businessman we were promised,” Coulter demanded.

During an interview with The Daily Caller on Monday, Coulter took aim at the president again, saying that she was ready to jump ship on Donald Trump.

Talking about President Trump’s first 100 days in office, she said, “I’m not very happy with what has happened so far. I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But this isn’t North Korea, and if he doesn’t keep his promises I’m out. This is why we voted for him. I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues.”

“I think all of the Trump true believers are petrified,” Coulter concluded.

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