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.

UN-Sponsored German Ad Encourages Non-Muslim Women To Wear The Hijab…

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Ughh…

Via Express:

AN ADVERTISEMENT campaign in Germany has encouraged citizens to “enjoy difference” by wearing the hijab following tensions surrounding the Muslim veil in the country.

Germany’s government has used public funds to encourage women to wear the Islamic headscarf in a show of “tolerance”.

The 18-second advertisement is sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was paid by German taxpayers.

However, the advertisement has aired amid growing unease about the Muslim veil in the country.

Just last week, a German restaurant owner threw out a woman for refusing to take off her hijab.

In the clip, a blonde-haired woman wearing an Islamic headscarf whilst showing off her bare legs encourages her fellow Germans to “enjoy difference” and “start tolerance.”

The controversial video starts off with the text “Turkish women wear the hijab” as the woman wearing the hijab faces away from the camera.

She then turns around, revealing her German identity, and tells the camera: “Me too! It’s beautiful!”

The advertisement campaign to embrace the hijab comes amid growing concern in the country over the prevalence of the religious veil.

‘Kill White People’ Spray Painted On Walls Around Florida Roads…

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Via ABC Action News:

Deputies found graffiti in Hillsborough County at two different locations.

One wall was hit along Gornto Lake Road in Brandon, with the phrase “kill white people” spray painted. Other tags read “black lives matter” and “BLM.”

A crew painted over the phrases.

“It’s uncalled for, there’s a way to protest, there’s a way not to, this is just, it hurts everybody,” Cat D’Alessandro said.

She saw a deputy along the road working to cover up the hate message, bought her own spray paint cans and helped out.

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Pro-Trump PAC Uses Michelle Obama In Latest Ad Calling Hillary A Bad Role Model For Our Kids…

Ouch.

Dem Sen. Claire McCaskill Calls For Trump To Undergo A “Public Daily Weigh-In” For “Fat-Shaming Comments”…

You go first, Claire, and try to not break another scale.

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Christian Teenager Facing Death Penalty For Offending Muslims In Facebook Post…

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Via Express:

A 16-YEAR-OLD Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post.

The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile.

A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious.

The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

American Troops Just 3 Miles From ISIS-Held Syrian Town Where Group Believes “Apocalyptic Showdown With Infidel Armies” Will Happen…

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My money’s on the infidels.

Via Express:

US SPECIAL forces are encircling a jihadi stronghold in Syria claimed by ISIS to be in old Islamic prophecy as the site of the final battle – triggering the apocalypse.

According to the extremists’ twisted ideology, Dabiq – a tiny town in northern Syria – will see a “major apocalyptic showdown with the armies of the infidel” that will result in the collapse of civilisation.

And Turkish troops backed by American commandos are understood to be just three miles from the town.

ISIS claim the battle will erupt in a field outside the small town, which in 2004 recorded a population of just 3,000 people.

ISIS even named its terrorist propaganda and recruitment magazine after the settlement, which lies around six miles from the Turkish border.

Jihadists believe the Prophet Mohammed remarked that “the last hour will not come” until an army vanquishes the Romans at “Dabiq or Al-A’maq”.

One of the founders of ISIS, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is quoted in the vile group’s propaganda magazine as saying: “The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify – by Allah’s permission – until it burns the crusader armies in Dābiq.”

Parents Of Trayvon Martin To Write A Book To Cash In On 5th Anniversary Of St. Skittles’ Death…

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Cha-ching!

Via Washington Examiner:

The parents of Trayvon Martin will release a book on their late son in January, a few weeks before the five-year anniversary of his death.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the book by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will celebrate the life and legacy of their son. The book — to hit shelves Jan. 31, 2017 — will “offer the true inside story of their son’s life and struggles, his tragic death, and the transformative movement for justice and healing that grew from that tragedy,” according to a press release.

Martin, who was black, was 17 years old when he was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second degree murder after his lawyers claimed self-defense under Florida’s stand your ground law.

“It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter about the book. “And then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we’re still watching unfold five years later. Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter.”

Obama: I Still Don’t Say “Radical Islam” Because It’s Not Helpful…

Speaking of not helpful.

Via Hot Air:

The truth of the matter is that this is an issue that has been sort of manufactured, because there is no doubt, and I’ve said repeatedly that where we see terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda or ISIL, they have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse, for basically barbarism and death.

These are people who kill children, kill Muslims, take sex slaves — there’s no religious rationale that would justify in any way any of the things that they do. But what I have been careful about, when I describe these issues, is to make sure that we do not lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country.

FBI Says It Has Detected More Attempts to Hack Voter Registration Systems

 

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Nothing to see here, folks, move along.

Via Slate:

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday there is evidence that there have been additional attempts to hack state voter registration systems than those that were previously known. Comey didn’t elaborate on the number of attempts or verify where they came from during his House Judiciary Committee testimony, but there has been concern that Russian operatives, in particular, could be able to cause havoc in the election process. Comey said the FBI is looking “very, very hard” at the Russian links and the agency issued a cyber-security warning to state and county voter registration offices last month.

“There have been a variety of scanning activities which is a preamble for potential intrusion activities as well as some attempted intrusions at voter database registrations beyond those we knew about in July and August. We are urging the states just to make sure that their deadbolts are thrown and their locks are on and to get the best information they can from DHS just to make sure their systems are secure,” Comey said. “Because there’s no doubt that some bad actors have been poking around.”

Michelle Obama: “It Isn’t About Voting For The Perfect Candidate, There Is No Such Person”…

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Not exactly a rousing endorsement.

MICHELLE OBAMA: “Remember, it’s not about voting for the perfect candidate. There is no such person. In this election it’s about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation. So the question is do you want Hillary Clinton to be your president or do you want her opponent to be your president? That’s the choice in this election. If you choose Hillary, like I am and have and will then we have to get to work. It is not enough to come to a rally and post selfies. That’s cute and all that. My kids do it all the time. It’s not enough to get angry and just speak out about the need for change. We all must take action to elect folks who will stand with us to make that change. That’s your job.”

Islamists Offer Cash Prize For Rape And Murder Of Burqa Critic…

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Via Express:

A JOURNALIST has faced a barrage of chilling rape and death threats after criticising the burka – forcing her to go into hiding.

In a controversial article, Lejla Colak said forcing women to wear the Islamic headscarf was like forcing them to strap a sex toy to their heads.

Twisted online trolls have launched a sick hate campaign against the Bosnian reporter, offering a cash prize if anyone kills or rapes her.

One social media user, reportedly a member of the Bosnian army, wrote: “Are there any volunteers to rape lovely Lejla? I will personally pay for it.”

In her article, Colak wrote: “To wear a burka, niqab or any other religious sign on your head is the same as wearing a strap-on in public.

“Imagine walking around with a giant strap-on and traumatising people.

“Religion is supposed to represent something that is extremely personal just like an individual sexuality.”

Chelsea Clinton Uses Private Jet to Travel to ‘Clean Energy’ Roundtable

Via Free Beacon:

Chelsea Clinton opted to travel to a “clean energy” roundtable in Asheville, North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon in a private jet to campaign on behalf of her mother Hillary Clinton.

Clinton first attended two events in Greenville, North Carolina, stopping by a campaign office and then going to an event at East Carolina University to discuss college affordability.

After her two events in Greenville, Clinton was scheduled to attend a “clean energy roundtable” in Asheville, which is about a 5-hour drive away. But instead of driving or flying on a commercial plane, Clinton opted to a take a private jet. The NTK Network posted a tracking video that shows Clinton boarding the private jet on Wednesday.

Hillary Joins Forces With 70-Year-Old Bernie On College Campus To Connect With Millennials For The Youth Vote…

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After campaigning for Hillary, Bernie will need some time at his lake house.

Via WaPo:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton promised young voters Wednesday that she will champion issues they care about, especially the crushing cost of college, as she and former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders appealed to an age group that has never fully warmed to her.

“Is anybody here ready to transform America? You’ve come to the right place,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said at a joint rally with Clinton at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

“Today I am asking all of you to think big, not small,” Sanders told a crowd that included many in the target audience of young people but also a large contingent of gray hair.

“We should and we will make public colleges tuition-free for families earning less than $125,000” annually, Clinton said.

Sanders praised Clinton for updating her platform to include tuition-free enrollment in public, in-state colleges for most families.

That pledge is a compromise with Sanders and his free-tuition proposal that was wildly popular with young voters; it was the capstone to a list of liberal positions Clinton outlined before a university audience.

“None of this will happen if you don’t turn out to vote. None of it will,” Clinton said.

Campaigning together in the state where Sanders defeated Clinton by 20 points in the February primary, Clinton and Sanders plugged what Sanders said would be a revolutionary way of paying for college.

“I want young people to leave school excited about the future,” Sanders said, “not being saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt.”

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BREAKING: Train Crashes Into Hoboken, NJ Station Reception Area During Rush Hour, Mass Casualties Reported…UPDATE: 1 Dead, 108 Injured, Witnesses ‘Train Didn’t Slow Down’…

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Pascack Valley line that hit through the stop area into the station where multiple passengers are always waiting/moving.

Via BI:

A train reportedly crashed into the train station in Hoboken, New Jersey, at around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

There are reports of injuries and “mass casualties” at the scene, according to a police chief who spoke to NBC New York. Pictures on social media have surfaced showing severe damage to the station.

Many police officers and firefighters were seen outside the station, some attending to injured people.

Matt Hladik, a bystander at the scene, told Business Insider that “people are trying to go about commute, but it is mass chaos with first responders and everything happening at once.”

“Apparently the train crashed right through the station,” he added. “I saw some people getting medical attention, hoping no serious injuries.”

The cause of the accident has not been immediately identified. A WFAN News anchor who witnessed the crash said that the train “simply did not stop,” and “went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”

This is how packed it often is in the area where the train area hit, with people waiting for trains, getting off other trains and going down the stairs to the PATH train.
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Update:

Also one fatality, reportedly a woman on the platform. At rush hour, coming into the station, many people would be standing ready to get off, people said to have been thrown around the train.

Everyone has now been removed from train, no one is trapped anymore.
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Update:

1 killed. The engineer survived. Witnesses saying train did not slow down as it normally would.
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Update:

Engineer was among 108 injured, crashed through all the barriers. Witness reported him ‘slumped’ over.

Governor Christie said the engineer is now cooperating with authorities. The person killed was killed by falling debris on the platform.

Friend: ‘No Hate’ In Black Charlotte Officer Who Shot Black Man…

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According to the NAACP, he is no longer Black when puts on the blue uniform.

Via WISTV:

Before he became known as the police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking days of protests in North Carolina’s largest city, friends knew Brent Vinson as someone who naturally ascended into leadership, a former college football player with a peacemaker’s heart.

The son of a police officer, Vinson’s future now hangs in the balance as authorities determine whether he was justified in killing Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 20.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Dustin Allman, who was video coordinator on the football team at Liberty University, where Vinson played defense. “There’s no hate in this guy.”

The 26-year-old Vinson, who is also black, is on administrative leave as officials review the death of Scott, 43. Police have said Scott was armed with a pistol and refused to drop it when Vinson opened fire in the parking lot of an apartment complex where Vinson and another officer had gone to serve an arrest warrant.

While video of the shooting shows only a glimpse of Vinson, the crack of four gunshots is plain. The officer hasn’t commented publicly, but police have said in a statement that Vinson “perceived Mr. Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers” when he fired.

Bryce Laguer, 26, said he attended high school in Charlotte with Vinson and has known him about 12 years. He described Vinson as a person who was taught moral principles by his parents and applied them even as a teenager by “debugging” conflicts at school before they escalated.

“There are very few men who I have met who can balance toughness and tenderness,” Laguer said. “Brent Vinson is that man.”

Vinson’s official biography on the football website at Liberty, a Christian university, describes a fast, physical player who excelled on the field and was valued for his team leadership. He was elected captain by his teammates, an honor that Allman said goes only to the “cream of the crop.”

“He just had this humility about it,” said Allman, who now pastors a church in Kingsport, Tennessee. “People really just gravitated to him. He was a very friendly guy.”

Vinson majored in criminal justice, setting the stage for a life in law enforcement like his dad Alex Vinson, who retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a sergeant about a decade ago.

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ABC/WaPo Poll: 53% of Clinton Voters Believe Whites Have Too Much Influence…

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Just 8% of Trump supporters feel the same way.

Via ABC News:

The conflict between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over racial and gender issues in Monday’s debate reflects a deep divide in voter attitudes: views on the influence of men, women and racial groups in society are closely related to vote preferences.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, mainly released Sunday, finds that majorities of Hillary Clinton’s supporters believe minorities and women have too little influence in American society, while half say men and whites have too much influence. For all his outsider appeal, Donald Trump’s supporters, by contrast, are far more apt to endorse the status quo in this regard.

All told, the survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that about half of Americans think women, men and whites have about the right amount of influence in society these days. Fewer — three in 10 — say the same about racial and ethnic minorities.

Of the rest, many more say women have too little rather than too much influence (42 vs. 10 percent). The gap also is wide for minorities (40 percent say they have too little influence, 23 percent too much). In contrast, Americans overall are more apt to say men and whites have too much rather than too little influence, 37 vs. 9 percent for men, 34 vs. 12 percent for whites.

The divisions among Clinton and Trump supporters are deep. Two-thirds of Clinton supporters say minorities have too little influence in the country these days, while just 17 percent of Trump supporters agree. Among Clinton supporters, 58 percent say women have too little influence; only 21 percent of Trump’s say the same.

Further, 50 percent of Clinton’s backers say men have too much influence, and 53 percent say the same about whites. That view plummets to 20 and 8 percent, respectively, among Trump voters.

Clinton Campaign Continues To Grow More Desperate By The Day…

Obama Version 2.0

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