Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Editor’s Choice

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hypocrisy

On Wednesday’s airing of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Charles Krauthammer suggested that President Trump shouldn’t really be surprised by the Democratic decries over his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

“It’s surprising that he should be surprised,” Krauthammer said. “These people are hypocrites from the day of their birth. It’s in their DNA. That’s how they function. It was to be expected.”

He continued, “Yes, you say you want Comey to be fired one day, and then as soon as he gets fired, you attack the man who does it, but that’s normal.”

Talking about the “hypocrisy of the Democrats,” simply said that “Democrat’s don’t like this guy,” referring to Trump.

“The Democrats are looking for an excuse to say that there’s a great collusion conspiracy, and this is all being done in defense of that conspiracy — which I think remains implausible,” he said, “because if that was the intent of the Trump administration, it’s a colossal mistake. It had the opposite effect.”

In a move that shocked the Republicans, Democrats, and the entire county, President Trump dismissed Comey from his position on Tuesday night.

A statement from the White House read:

“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.”

In addition to the President’s statement, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) released a statement that seemed to support the president’s decision.

“I know this was a difficult decision for all concerned. I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles.”

“Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well. I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests.”

 

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Huma Abedin
Will Hillary be able to save her?

Huma Abedin, vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for President of the United States was revealed to have emailed classified information to her then-husband Anthony Weiner.

On Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was reported to have called for a prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s staff had broken the law, when she had forwarded emails containing classified material to her former spouse Anthony Weiner.

“If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, naturally it’s a crime,” Blumenthal said. He added, “Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”

Upon being asked as to whether Abedin had committed a crime, Blumenthal responded, “It still may be, potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know. It’s one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide. The question is: who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”

FBI Director James Comey, in his testimony on Wednesday, was said to have revealed that Abedin had forwarded emails from the Democratic presidential to her husband on daily basis. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state,” he said.

When asked if whether Abedin or Weiner would be charged for the misuse of classified information, Comey stated, “there was, we completed it … because with respect with Ms. Abedin in particular, we didn’t have any indication that she had any sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. We couldn’t prove any intent.”

 

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What do Battletoads, Double Dragon, citizen journalists and a Texas politics have in common?

Byron Cook.

Cook is a Texas State Representative representing a few small towns in Central Texas, including Anderson, Texas.

Last month, Cook who was chairing a committee hearing had mother and citizen journalist Amy Hedtke forcibly removed from the hearing – dragged down the hallway like a overbooked passenger on United Airlines.

The Texas state constitution permits public access and filming of government meetings. Cook chose to violate the law by having Amy Hedtke removed.

Cook is serving as a Republican but stands with Democrats in support of sanctuary cities and even proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in Texas.

Byron Cook appears to be a fan of political games which may come as his background as the publisher of the 1980’s video games Double Dragon and Battletoads.

Like the opening scene from Double Dragon where the woman in the red dressed was punched in the gut and carried away, Amy Hedtke (also clad in a bright red dressed) was dragged out under the orders of Byron Cook.

Enter James O’Keefe to save the day.

O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, saw the incident on YouTube and took a flight down to Texas to investigate the matter.

Upon his arrival, O’Keefe proved the nature of Cook as he was also forced to leave the representative’s office while Texas law enforcement was called in to intimidate the leader of Project Veritas.

Watch the story unfold in the video above and comment below.

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Mohammed Ali Mosque

As a Nation of Islam heavyweight, boxing legend Muhammad Ali referred to Caucasians as “white devils” and “crackers” and told mosque worshipers that “black women have the best sons and daughters in the world,” according to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) records obtained by Judicial Watch. Known as Cassius Clay before converting to Islam, Ali also said “programs of integration are useless,” that blacks want separation not integration and that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a “swindle.” The three-time heavyweight champion also told Muslims during a mosque delivery that “the so-called Negro is the original man and is superior to the white devil” and that he’d rather be with his own people than “blue-eyed devil white people.”

The FBI files present a picture of the late heavyweight champion that is clearly at odds with much of the image portrayed at the time of his death last year. His deep involvement with the Nation of Islam and its racially divisive rhetoric and behavior is part of a record that deserves to be revealed and contradicts Ali’s image as a civil rights icon. The hundreds of pages of documents are related to the FBI’s investigation of Ali for evading the draft and the government’s monitoring of the Nation of Islam, which is described by the agency as an “all-Negro, quasi-religious organization which espouses a line of violent hatred of the white race, Government, law and law enforcement.” The federal surveillance files show that Ali told a Washington D.C. mosque crowd that he preferred “dying outright” or going to jail than going into the Army and at a Cleveland mosque the boxer said the American flag “represented death and destruction” but the “Muslim flag” represents “life and prosperity, justice for all black men.”

The records reveal the great threat the FBI perceived the Nation of Islam to be in the 1960s and that Ali was closely monitored by the agency as a “security matter” due to his associations with Nation of Islam leaders Elijah Mohammad and Malcom X. The Nation of Islam followed Mohammad’s interpretation of the “Koran,” the FBI records say, which taught that white people are “white devils” to be destroyed in a coming “War of Armageddon.”

In April 1964, Ali’s plans to travel to Muslim countries alarmed the FBI and the agency searched his passport files and recorded that while in Accra, Ghana, Ali said he planned to bring four wives back to the US. Ali’s ex-wife, Sonji Roi, informed the FBI that the Nation of Islam received 80% of the boxer’s earnings while he only got 20%. The records also state that Ali was arrested for assault and battery in July 1960 at his parents’ home in Louisville, Kentucky and that his mother witnessed the crime.

Judicial Watch had to sue the government to get the records, which are decades old but come to light as Ali’s family ironically uses his name and legacy to launch a national campaign to end racial and religious profiling. Just weeks ago, Ali’s second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, and son, Muhammad Ali Jr, announced that they’re launching an anti-discrimination initiative called “Step into the Ring.” The inspiration came from getting detained and questioned at a south Florida airport where mother and son claim they were racially and religiously profiled.

The Alis were returning from a Jamaican Black History month event in February and assert that federal immigration officers harassed them. As part of their “Step into the Ring” campaign they traveled to Capitol Hill in March to make a plea to end racial and religious profiling. During congressional testimony Camacho-Ali said this: “Somebody needs to turn this ‘humanity’ switch on because we’re not going to go back to Robert E. Lee,” referring to the Civil War Confederate Army commander. “We must step into the ring and fight this thing and keep fighting it until it’s done because it will be done,” she continued.

When Muhammad Ali died in Phoenix, Arizona last June hordes of media outlets published obituaries rehashing his spectacular boxing career and accomplishments as a civil rights idol. One mainstream news outlet called Ali a “civil rights champion” and “an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage.” Another wrote that, along with a fearsome reputation as a fighter, Ali spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance. Then President Barack Obama issued a statement saying that Ali fought for everyone. “He stood with King and Mandela,” Obama said, adding that the boxer “stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t.

His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today,” the former president said in a White House statement that was published worldwide. Ali’s FBI files certainly paint a vastly different portrait of the boxer.

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judge

In D.C. Comic’s fictional “Bizarro World,” all things are done opposite of here on Earth. According to the “Bizarro Code,” inhabitants of the cube-shaped planet “hate beauty,” “love ugliness” and consider it illegal to “make anything perfect.” Ironically, here on planet Earth, many liberals – and a disturbing number of judges – subscribe to a similar Bizarro Code when considering matters involving the Second Amendment. To these Earth-bound Bizarro Code adherents, it should be — and in some cases is — illegal to legally exercise the fundamental, constitutionally-guaranteed right to possess a firearm.

While the Supreme Court, and a number of other courts across the country, have made progress in recent years in rolling-back some of the more onerous restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, the trend is by no means uniform; especially regarding concealed carry.

For example, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in January that mere lawful possession of a firearm poses a danger to society. Specifically – and incredibly – that court opined that there is an inherent risk in “a person who is armed even when the firearm is legally possessed.” While some may laud this ruling as a move to protect police officers facing armed suspects, its potential scope is far broader and more problematic.

The opinion opens the door for the search of any concealed carry permit holder, regardless of whether the individual ran a stop sign, was selling cocaine, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In effect, this federal court of appeals decision means that simply exercising one’s Second Amendment right to possess a firearm negates that person’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

As Slate Editor Mark Joseph Stern noted recently, the real-world consequences of the Fourth Circuit’s “logic” did not take long to play-out in another federal Circuit — the 11th (which includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia). In March, that Circuit threw out a lawsuit against a Florida police officer who fatally shot an apartment resident who happened to be holding a lawful firearm when he answered the door late at night after the officer unexpectedly banged on the door.

The gun owner’s only “crime” was legally having a firearm in his hand, inside his home, when answering an unexpected loud knock on his door late at night.

This is far from the only example of such Second Amendment perfidy by judges in recent years. In 2015, Corey Jones, who possessed a lawful concealed carry permit, was leaving a band gig at 3:00 AM when his car broke down in an undesirable part of town. When a white van with tinted windows pulled in front of him and a man wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap exited, Jones apparently grabbed his firearm.  This move to lawfully protect himself was answered without warning by the plain-clothed law enforcement officer driving the van, shooting Jones dead.

These incidents hit close to home for all responsible gun owners; especially those who carry firearms for self-defense. These and many other such incidents illustrate not uncommon situations in which law-abiding individuals find themselves, and when having a firearm for self-defense is most needed. Yet, despite some progress on gun rights, a worsening problem within states and local jurisdictions due to wrong-headed court rulings, or simply bad police training, are placing gun owners directly in danger by criminalizing the very act of possessing a firearm.

The problem is made worse by the prevalence of data-sharing with so-called “Fusion Centers.” These largely unregulated centers take vast quantities of personal information on citizens that has been collected from both public and confidential sources, and disseminate it to law enforcement agencies at all levels across the country. Thanks to this growing, government-based “Dark Net,” firearms owners can look forward to more harassment; such as Maryland transportation police who stand accused of using concealed permit data that they apparently can access at the touch of a computer screen in their vehicles, to stop out-of-state drivers.

Rolling back this tide of anti-Second Amendment court decisions requires continued and aggressive efforts by the National Rifle Association (which is holding its annual convention in Atlanta this week) and other Second Amendment-focused civil liberties organizations.  They – and we — need to support the appointment and election of judges, police chiefs, sheriffs, state legislators,  and members of Congress who live in and understand the real world and our real Bill of Rights; and who are not beholden to some Bizarro World Constitution in which “shall not be infringed” means “shall be infringed.”

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How low will they go?

Left-leaning media outlets made sure they left no opportunity to make claims that ex-Fox News guest had been allegedly harassed by cable host Sean Hannity – However, their stories were built on rumors as opposed to facts.

As per a radio interview conducted on Friday, with 1170 KFAQ host Pat Campbell, Debbie Schlussel said “Hannity tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine [now Fox’s co-president] treated me horribly.”

Schlussel went on and said she was banned from Fox News, because she had refused to go back to Hannity’s hotel after a book signing in the early 2000s. Schlussel on the other hand, did not acknowledge that fact that he had asked Hannity to his hotel room.

Ignoring the fact that the ex-Fox guest never claimed that Hannity sexually harassed her, even the radio station she spoke with characterized the conversation that way: “Debbie Schlussel accuses Sean Hannity of Sexual Harassment.”

“I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that,” Schlussel had stated. “I never thought I was sexually harassed by Sean Hannity — I thought he was weird and creepy, not someone I liked.”

This false story had spread all over the Internet ever since, with the The Daily Beast running the since-changed headline, “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest,” and The Huffington Post writing, “Sean Hannity is the latest Fox News star to be accused of sexual harassment.”

Since then, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast have since updated their stories. And in an interview Monday, with LawNewz.com, Schlussel, a lawyer, set the record straight.

Hannity released a rather scornful statement following Schlussel radio interview last week & made it evident that he would take her to court for libel,  Let me be clear about the comments about me on a radio show this week K by this individual are 100% false and a complete fabrication. This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.”

Schlussel went on forth and mentioned that Hannity is considering a countersuit, despite the fact that her comments were “defamatory.”

 

 

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He's gonna need to get closer.

Patricia Brennan, a leading researcher and visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, who was previously working on a ridiculed taxpayer-funded study on duck penises, is now using her experience to study orca whales. She is also going to the “March for Science” to oppose the proposed budget cuts.

Brennan was previously working on a duck penis study that received $384,949, in a grant funded through the 2009 stimulus package, from the National Science Foundation. The research studied the differences in the various corkscrew-shaped duck penises.

In a recent interview with New England Public Radio, it was revealed that the researcher is still amused by genitalia of marine animals. An orca that was just sent from Sea World to her lab is her latest fascination.

“Holy cow,” Brennan said when she first saw the penis. “Oh wow. Oh my goodness. It’s enormous!”

“Although Brennan has spent 20 years studying the sex organs of marine animals, she’s never seen anything this big,” New England Public Radio reported. “It takes up an entire lab sink.”

“So this is the tip right there,” Brennan said. “It’s not super long, it’s just wide.”

Protesting proposed budget cuts to her frivolous research, Brennan is on a mission to oppose the Trump administration and Congress’ plans.

Even though she is attending the “March for Science” this weekend, what “she’d really like to do, is get back to the lab and take another look at that killer whale penis.”

According to New England Public Radio, “the stakes for science have never been higher,” as President Donald Trump calls for budget cuts in the face of a $20 trillion debt.

Trump’s budget proposal, if approved, would give $25.9 billion to the National Institutes of Health. While the National Science Foundation currently receives almost $7 billion annually, it wasn’t mentioned in the latest budget proposal.

Since taxpayers discovered the cost of Brennan’s duck penis research, she has become quite a “sought-after science activist.” She has since been advocating scientists to help defend her research.

“They were attacking everything,” Brennan said, referring to media outlets that reported the cost her research incurred. “They were attacking the science itself, like, ‘what a waste of money.’ They were attacking me, as a person, like, I must be some kind of deviant to be looking at penises.

“Like, who does that?” she asked.

Explaining Brennan’s work, New England Public Radio said that she is just a “basic scientist,” suggesting that her job is to only determine how things work. According to them, she is not “necessarily applying that knowledge to a particular problem.”

There is no objective behind her new research on penises of orca whales. “Just the fact that we just don’t know what we’re going to find is so exciting,” she said.

“In order for us to actually be able to solve problems, or make money, or innovate, we actually need to know … about how the world works,” Brennan said.

 

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Crime

Spurring heated debates all over, California’s law enforcement policies, which have led to decreasing arrest rates and early prison releases, are being blamed for the sharp surge in crime rates.

In a recent report, Fox News stated that a large majority are now blaming the liberal law enforcement policies for the surge in crime. The program was designed to decrease the number of individuals imprisoned while ensuring the safety of the people; however, critics are pointing to the numbers to show that the program is ineffective at keeping people safe and quite effective at reducing the number of inmates.

“The most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice show violent crime rates in some California cities has increased by over 50 percent,” said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys.  “If you look at the national data, our violent crime rates are going up faster than the rest of the nation. So why?”

Police officials and prosecutors have an explanation though; a number of prison reform measures, which reduce the state prison population by 20,000 inmates, by making certain felonies misdemeanors and liberating non-violent offenders earlier than usual. Assembly Bill 109, which saved California around $100 million, saw the transfer of 60,000 felony parole violators a year from state prison to county control. However, some believe that it did cause a lot of trouble.

The number of arrests has also fallen drastically in California, but the cause is believed to be much murkier than the one for plummeting imprisonments.

The Los Angeles Times reported that arrests by the LAPD fell by 25% in two years from 2013 to 2015. Although the reason behind the trend is still unclear, similar decreases were observed throughout the state. What is considered to be the lowest arrests recorded in about 50 years, the California attorney general’s office reported that arrests fell to 1.1 million in 2015 from 1.5 million in 2006.

Some give credit to the latest police policies that focus on preventing crime rather than waiting for it to happen then arrest perpetrators. Meanwhile, others believe that officers’ morale is considerably low as a result of liberal law enforcement policies and the national debate on police tactics.

However, despite the promise to decrease the cycle of crime through liberal law enforcement policies, crime is on the rise in the state. A 2015 report from the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that property crime rose by 6.6% while violent crime was up by 6.6%. This surge in crime rates was noted for a large number of counties.

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nuclear war

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline has claimed President Donald Trump is risking nuclear war with North Korea, authorizing a missile strike on a Syrian airbase and using the MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, to bump up his own popularity.

Rep. Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, believes that any preemptive strike against North Korea could lead to a war, and even more, a nuclear war.

“A preemptive strike, if it were to happen, is likely to ignite a very serious conflict, a war, and maybe even a nuclear war,” Cicilline said to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “It would expose American troops on the [Korean] peninsula to tremendous danger … The appropriate course is to really to reduce the rhetoric and try to de-escalate this and continue to use all the levers of diplomatic-economic power to try to achieve the right results here. And obviously, a preemptive strike has tremendously serious consequences that may well ignite a very significant war … This is very serious. I think what we have to be sure is that the president understands the implications of this kind of military action.”

Cicilline told Velshi that he “fears” Trump wouldn’t mind risking a nuclear war just to improve his popularity.

“What I fear is, [Trump] sort of got a political bump, he got a political bump from the Syria airstrike [and] the mother of all bombs strike in Afghanistan,” Cicilline said. “And we don’t want the president to be making decisions where he just sort of thinks more bombs are the way to build up his popularity, but rather they’re making decisions based on the national security interests of the United States and the long-term safety and security of the American people.”

Ever since Trump became the president, Cicilline has been one of the harshest critics of his administration and its decisions.

Earlier this year, in February, Cicilline said that the Trump presidency is similar to the Netflix science fiction TV show, “Stranger Things.”

“Like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline said. “Right is wrong, up is down, black is white.”

The Upside Down is portrayed as a petrifying mirror-image of the real world, in the show, where monsters are shown to roam free and kill innocent people.

Elaborating on his reference to the TV show, Cicilline said, “This is not a TV show. This is real life. We have a president unlike any we have ever known. And like Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down.”

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FBI

Law enforcement and other US officials have claimed that the FBI obtained a confidential court order, last summer, to observe the communications of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s adviser, Carter Page. The court order was obtained as part of the investigation on possible links between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

According to the officials, the Justice Department and the FBI obtained a warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge, to monitor Page’s communications. Both departments believed, and convinced the judge that Page was acting as an agent for a foreign power. Reportedly, they had enough probable cause to support their beliefs.

So far, this is the strongest evidence the FBI has to believe that a Trump campaign adviser was in contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. Such personnel and several other individuals are now part of the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

Page has not been accused of any crimes yet, and it is still not clear whether the Justice Department will look to file charges against him or any others in connection to Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Officials say that the counterintelligence investigation to determine Russia’s role in the US elections began in July and that most such investigations usually don’t involve criminal charges.

Officials declined to mention any names or disclose their identity because they were not authorized to discuss details of any probe involving counterintelligence investigations.

In March 2016, during an interview with the Washington Post, Trump identified Page as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign team. Page has previously worked as an investment banker in Moscow, and campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks has been known to describe his role as mostly “informal.”

Meanwhile, Page has continued to reject any claims that he acted as an agent for Russia. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his work with Trump’s presidential campaign.

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview on Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He further compared his case to the surveillance that the Justice Department and the FBI conducted against Martin Luther King Jr.

The Justice Department, FBI, and the White House refused to give any comments.

 

 

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