Overnight Open Thread: American Spectator Heckling Team EU Over Failure To Sink Putt At Ryder Cup Is Invited To Try It Himself…

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Via WaPo:

America found a new hero on Thursday in Ryder Cup spectator David Johnson. The North Dakota man successfully called the bluffs of Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, who during a practice session invited the heckling Johnson to make a difficult putt that their Team Europe teammate Rory McIlroy had just missed minutes before. Can you guess what happened?

Dressed in a bright red pullover, faded blue jeans and a pair of golf-questionable loafers, Johnson easily sunk the shot to earn the $100 bill that Rose had slapped down on the green just before the American lined up.

“This is one of the great putts in Ryder Cup history,” a Golf Channel broadcaster said, just before the crowd at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., erupted into a roar possibly louder than the one Stenson earned when he won the British Open this year, or by Rose when he won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. The two Europeans certainly didn’t earn the rousing “USA!” chants that Johnson did on Thursday.

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Gotta Love It Catfight: Marilyn Mosby And Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Go At It

They were both wrong, both playing to their political agendas and to Black Lives Matter. Mosby started it, trying to save her face and potential political career by blaming everything on Rawlings-Blake.

Via Baltimore Sun:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake accused State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Wednesday of rushing to charge the six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray before completing a thorough investigation.

Rawlings-Blake said Mosby could have told the public she needed more time in the spring of 2015 to conduct a careful and complete investigation, rather than immediately announcing charges that produced no convictions.

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Obama Operatives Strip Judicial Watch Of Their ‘Media’ Status To Make It Harder On Their Investigations

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The regime continues its sleazy tactics. Thank God for Judicial Watch and the yeoman’s work they do to expose them.

Via Washington Times:

Political operatives within the Obama administration wrongly punished conservative legal group Judicial Watch, stripping it of “media” status and trying to force it to pay higher fees for its open-records requests, the General Services Administration inspector general said in a letter released Thursday.

The GSA botched several high-profile open-records requests, delaying them for months while political appointees got involved, Inspector General Carol F. Ochoa said. The findings come at a time when the administration is facing charges that it is slow-walking open-records requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails, as well as other requests.

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Another Lie Clinton Told At The Debate, About Having To Leave Iraq

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This lie is the crux of the vacuum left in Iraq that led to chaos and the rise of ISIS.

Via Commentary:

During the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state said George W. Bush had set the date for withdrawal from Iraq (2011) and that the Iraqi government would not grant immunity from arrest and prosecution to U.S. forces in Iraq after that date.

On the first issue, she is correct although Bush did that largely to give his successor a blank slate with which to work. From his first foreign policy speeches as a candidate for president in 2007, then-Senator Obama made a complete withdrawal from Iraq as a central pillar of his campaign.

However, what about the lack of immunity? On this, Clinton is disingenuous. As the United States was negotiating a status of forces agreement in 2010, U.S. officials did insist on immunity, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to it.

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Juanita Broaddrick Tells Chelsea Clinton: Your Father Was, And Probably Still Is, A Sexual Predator

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But no one seems to care.

After Chelsea Bombing, NYC Launches Efforts To Silence ‘Negative Rhetoric’ About Islam

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The same guys who eviscerated investigation into questionable Muslim groups.

Via Daily Caller:

Less than two weeks after the terrorist bombings in New Jersey and New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is launching a new campaign against the “negative rhetoric targeting Muslim communities” that the city says gets worse after “terrorist incidents.”

A press release from the city on Monday explained the reasoning for the new anti-anti-Islam efforts: “Across the country, hateful speech has made Muslim residents the target of misguided attacks and threats, especially in the aftermath of terrorist incidents,” states a press release from the city.

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U Of Michigan’s ‘Pronoun Committee’ Instructs You In ‘Designated Pronouns’…

Pronoun committee. At a university. That worked on this ‘process’ for a year…
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U.S. To Cede Key Role For Internet Tomorrow Night

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Not good…

Washington (AFP) – The US government is set to cut the final thread of its oversight of the internet, yielding a largely symbolic but nevertheless significant role over the online address system.

Barring any last-minute glitches, the transition will occur at midnight Friday (0400 GMT Saturday), when the US contract expires for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet’s so-called “root zone.”

When the agreement with the US Commerce Department runs out, ICANN will become a self-regulating non-profit international entity managing the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, the system for online “domains” such as .com.

US and ICANN officials say the change is part of a longstanding plan to “privatize” those functions, but some critics complain about a “giveaway” that could threaten the internet’s integrity.

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HT: WTF

California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Felons To Vote From Their Jail Cells

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Gee, just in time to vote for Hillary…

Via Daily Mail:

Convicted felons serving jail sentences in California county jails will now get to participate in an activity besides three meals a day and recreation time: votingin elections.

Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation into effect as part of a reform backers say will help prisoners transition back into society while still serving time for their crimes.

The bill he signed would let thousands of felons doing time in county jails to vote in California elections, the LA Times reported.

The new law also reinstates eligibility to vote for those ex-prisoners on probation or being kept under community supervision starting next year.

The new law takes effect January 1, so will have no impact on this November’s elections.

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More Dead People Voting, This Time In Virgina…

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As always, voting Democrat…

RICHMOND, Va. — The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.

One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday.

“His family members were very distraught,” said Garst, who confirmed the existence of the FBI and police investigation but said she could provide few details because the case is ongoing.

All 19 were initially registered as voters in the Shenandoah Valley city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, which is roughly 130 miles from Washington, D.C., although a clerk double-checking the entries later raised questions about one. She recognized the name of Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014 at age 87, because his son is a well-known local judge. She happened to recall that the judge’s father had died.

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Engineer Who Drove Train That Crashed In Hoboken Treated And Released From Hospital…

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Tommy Gallagher, 48, is the engineer. No problems in his background, had even been an accident investigator.

Via NBC:

The engineer aboard the NJ Transit train that plowed through walls at the century-old Hoboken Terminal Thursday morning has no infractions, medical episodes or criminal history, sources familiar with situation told NBC 4 New York.

Three sources said that according to a preliminary review, engineer Tommy Gallagher had no “red flags” in his history prior to the crash that killed one woman and injured 108 others.

Preliminary reports suggest the crash was either accidental or caused by operator error, law enforcement officials said. They stressed that it is early in the investigation.

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Hoboken Crash: Pelosi Rips Congress For Delaying PTC Deadline (But She Voted For Delay For Installation)

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But according to Fox, Pelosi voted for the extension for the installation until 2018 and since we don’t know the causes yet behind this, there is no way of knowing whether PTC would have made any difference.

Via Fox Business:

As National Transportation Safety Board officials probe what caused a deadly train accident in Hoboken, New Jersey on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) criticized Congress for its decision to delay a key deadline for the installation of “Positive Train Control” technology designed to prevent crashes.

Investigators have yet to determine what caused a New Jersey Transit commuter train to crash into the platform at Hoboken Train Station, resulting in at least one death and more than 100 injuries. It’s unclear if Positive Train Control, which automatically slows trains traveling at excessive rates of speed, could have prevented the accident.

“I don’t think we should have extended the deadline. If you extend the deadline, stop the trains,” Pelosi said in response to the Hoboken incident, according to Fox News.

Congressional leaders initially mandated that rail operators install Positive Train Control technology on all of their lines by the end of 2015. However, Congress voted last October to extend the installation deadline to 2018 after several major railroads threatened a shutdown, arguing that the initial timeline was unrealistic.

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FLASHBACK: That Time Michael Moore Violated The Cuban Embargo And Kurt Eichenwald Said Nothing…

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Kurt Eichenwald who writes for Newsweek is claiming Trump violated the Cuban embargo. But apparently had no issue when Moore and other liberals actually did violate it.

Via CBS:

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary “Sicko,” The Associated Press has learned.

The investigation provides another contentious lead-in for a provocative film by Moore, a fierce critic of President Bush. In the past, Moore’s adversaries have fanned publicity that helped the filmmaker create a new brand of opinionated blockbuster documentary.

“Sicko” promises to take the health-care industry to task the way Moore confronted America’s passion for guns in “Bowling for Columbine” and skewered Bush over his handling of Sept. 11 in “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. A copy of the letter was obtained Tuesday by the AP.

“This office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba,” Dale Thompson, OFAC chief of general investigations and field operations, wrote in the letter to Moore.

In February, Moore took about 10 ailing workers from the Ground Zero rescue effort in Manhattan for treatment in Cuba, said a person working with the filmmaker on the release of “Sicko.” The person requested anonymity because Moore’s attorneys had not yet determined how to respond.

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Authorities Tried Twice To Deport Man Killed By Police In El Cajon, CA, But Uganda Wouldn’t Take Him Back

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EL CAJON, Calif. — US authorities tried twice to deport the unarmed black man fatally shot by police in El Cajon, California, but his native Uganda refused to take him.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday in a statement to the Associated Press that Alfred Olango stopped reporting to officers in February 2015.

Spokeswoman Virginia Kice didn’t know if officers tried to find him after that.

Olango arrived as a refugee in 1991 and was ordered deported in 2002 after being convicted on drug charges. He was released under a US Supreme Court ruling barring detention of foreign nationals if deportation is unlikely.

Immigration authorities took Olango into custody in 2009 after a firearms conviction but were again unable to obtain travel documents.

VIDEO: White Trump Supporter Attacked By Mob Protesting After Fatal Police Shooting In California…

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Arizona Republic Endorses Hillary Clinton… Subscription Cancellations Pouring In Every 10 Minutes…

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“Guess I’m Having An Aleppo Moment Again” — Gary Johnson Can’t Name One Foreign Leader He Admires

Genius.

Via Politico:

Gary Johnson drew a blank again on Wednesday.

In another excruciating exchange on MSNBC, the Libertarian nominee was unable to name a single foreign leader he respects, failing to recall the name of former Mexican President Vicente Fox just as he previously drew a blank on the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Pressed by “Hardball” host Chris Matthews to “name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to,” Johnson stumbled.
“I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment in the former president of Mexico,” Johnson said.

“Well which one?” Matthews angrily insisted.

“I’m having a brain freeze,” the Libertarian nominee replied.

“Well, name anybody,” Matthews said, drawing another empty stare from Johnson.

William Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential nominee, then made an attempt to rescue his running mate, listing Fox and other politicians, at which point Johnson properly recalled it.

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Tennessee Student Arrested For “Civil Rights Intimidation” After Wearing Gorilla Mask To Black Lives Matter Protest…

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Guy is a jerk but, “civil rights intimidation”?

Via Washington Post:

An East Tennessee State University student was arrested Wednesday after going to a Black Lives Matter protest on campus wearing a gorilla mask and handing out bananas.

Tristan Rettke, an 18-year-old freshman, wore overalls and a gorilla mask and, holding a burlap sack with a Confederate flag and a marijuana leaf on it, offered bananas to students who were protesting, according to the ETSU police department report. He was arrested and charged with civil rights intimidation.

According to the campus police report, after being read his rights Rettke told officers that a couple of days earlier he had seen on social media that there would be a Black Lives Matter event in the “free speech” area of Borchuck Plaza on the Johnson City, Tenn., campus. He said he went to a store Tuesday to buy rope to tie to a bunch of bananas. While there he also bought the mask and brought it all to the event on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court Will Decide If Asian-American Band “The Slants” Can Trademark Their Name…

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Via LA Times:

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., can trademark its name despite the government’s objection that it is an offensive term.

This clash between free speech and trademark protection has drawn wide attention in part because the Washington Redskins football team is locked in the same dispute.

The court also said it will decide a free-speech dispute involving fees charged to merchants who accept credit cards. Under challenge are laws in California, New York, Florida, Texas and several other states that forbid retailers from disclosing the surcharge to customers who use a charge card.

Retailers challenging these laws say that revealing the fees to customers would put pressure on the credit card companies to lower them. “Because credit-card companies have been so successful in hiding the cost of credit from consumers, U.S. merchants pay some of the highest swipe fees in the world, about 3% of every credit-card purchase, or over $50 billion a years in fees,” they said in their appeal.

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Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings Screams At Republicans: Stop Picking On Hillary Clinton!…

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The “Leave Britney Alone” guy just had his thunder stolen.

Via Washington Examiner:

House Democrats slammed their Republicans colleagues Thursday for issuing 17 subpoenas and sending 54 letters in pursuit of information related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the congressional investigation a “desperate onslaught of frivolous attacks.”

“House Republicans have focused more on their obsession with bringing down Secretary Clinton than on any other issue facing Congress,” Cummings said in a statement. “This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars for partisan political purposes, particularly when Republicans are ignoring so many pressing issues facing the American people.”

Democrats have frequently objected to the GOP oversight efforts that followed FBI Director James Comey’s controversial decision in July to close his year-long probe of Clinton’s private emails without recommending indictments for anyone involved.