Seattle CEO Who Set Firm’s Minimum Wage To $70G Says He Has Hit Hard Times…

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Reality is a cruel mistress.

Via FOX News

The Seattle CEO who reaped a publicity bonanza when he boosted the salaries of his employees to a minimum of $70,000 a year says he has fallen on hard times.

Dan Price, 31, tells the New York Times that things have gotten so bad he’s been forced to rent out his house.

Only three months ago Price was generating headlines—and accusations of being a socialist — when he announced the new salary minimum for all 120 employees at his Gravity Payments credit card processing firm. Price said he was doing it, and slashing his $1 million pay package to pay for it, to address the wealth gap.

“I’m working as hard as I ever worked to make it work,” he told the Times in a video that shows him sitting on a plastic bucket in the garage of his house. “I’m renting out my house right now to try and make ends meet myself.”

The Times article said Price’s decision ended up costing him a few customers and two of his “most valued” employees, who quit after newer employees ended up with bigger salary hikes than older ones.

“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” Gravity financial manager Maisey McMaster, 26, told the paper.

She said when she talked to Price about it, he treated her as if she was being selfish and only thinking about herself.

“That really hurt me,” she said. “I was talking about not only me, but about everyone in my position.”

Approaching burnout, she quit.

Grant Moran, 29, also quit, saying the new pay-scale was disconcerting

“Now the people who were just clocking in and out were making the same as me,” he told the paper. “It shackles high performers to less motivated team members.”

Price said McMaster and Moran, or even critic Rush Limbaugh, the talk show host, were not wrong.

“There’s no perfect way to do this and no way to handle complex workplace issues that doesn’t have any downsides or trade-offs,” he said.

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NYC Police Commish: Cops Can’t Control City’s Homeless Problem


How then do you suppose that Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg largely controlled it for the past 20 years? Gee, I wonder what the difference is…

Via NY Post:

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday acknowledged the city’s burgeoning ​street-​homeless population​ — ​saying it has grown so severe that cops alone cannot handle it.
Speaking to John Catsimatidis and his “Cats Roundtable” on AM 970, Bratton said police need help from other city agencies to deal with this worsening scourge on Gotham streets.
“You can’t arrest your way out of this problem,” Bratton said. “It does require coordinated effort with Health & Hospitals, the Homeless Services.”
The Big Apple’s top cop said dealing with emotionally disturbed people, who have turned city streets into their personal toilets, will be a top priority of his department.
“I’m going to train 5,000 to 10,000 officers over the next year on how to deal with the emotionally disturbed,” he said.
While acknowledging the problem, Bratton was care not to lay blame on City Hall.
“To its credit, this administration is going to spend tens of millions of dollars on trying to straighten it out,” he said.

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Super PAC Tarnishes Hillary’s ‘Everyday American’ Campaign Image…

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Hillary in search of ‘grassroots’ gifts.

Via Yahoo News

A Super PAC backing Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised $15.6 million in the first six months of the year, according to a report filed on Friday with the Federal Elections Committee.

The Priorities USA Action’s haul was dwarfed by the record-shattering $103 million raised by Republican Jeb Bush. Still, the large sums of money given by a fairly small group of donors stand in contrast to the small-donor image Clinton has sought to cultivate for her campaign.

That image holds true for the campaign leg of her fundraising efforts. The contributions page for her campaign boasts of 38,775 receipts, most in amounts of $100 or less.

The contributions page for her Super PAC, however, almost reads like a billing for a big-budget Hollywood movie. Dreamworks Animations CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $1 million; director Steven Spielberg donated $1 million; Saban Entertainment CEO Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, each gave $1 million. Five more million-dollar donations are also recorded on the filing.

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Judge Orders Hillary And Two Aides To Attest That They Have Turned Over All Official Government Records


Popcorn, because you know they haven’t…

Via Daily Caller:

A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton and two of her top aides at the State Department, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they have turned over all official government records in their possession.

U.S. District Court judge Emmett Sullivan issued the bombshell ruling late Friday, hours after the State Department released its second batch of Clinton emails.

The ruling was issued in the matter of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

Sullivan issued three orders that will likely produce answers to looming questions about Clinton’s private email server arrangement. Clinton has repeatedly stated that she turned over all work-related emails she maintained on her private email account — [email protected] She gave the State Department 55,000 pages of emails in December but deleted a large batch that she said were personal in nature. But Clinton has not allowed anyone to check that claim as she has so far refused to turn the server over to a third-party for inspection.

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Kentucky Man Shoots Down “Peeping Tom” Drone Over His House…

Drone Shooter

There are consequences to snoopin and poopin.

Via Daily Mail

A father has been arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his two sunbathing daughters.

William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment.

The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.

Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth told WDRD. ‘And they come in and said, “Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.”

‘I went and got my shotgun and I said, “I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,”‘ he added.

At that time, the drone was hovering over the house of a neighbor, Kim VanMater, who has a 16-year-old daughter who likes to lay out by the pool.

VanMeter said: ‘(The drone) was just hovering above our house and it stayed for a few moments and then my daughter finally waved and it took off.’

It then allegedly flew over the Merideths’ garden.

Mr Merideth said: ‘Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.’

Four men were about to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but he says they soon changed their minds when they saw his firearms.

‘I had my Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, “If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting,”‘ Mr. Merideth told the station.

The police arrested him soon afterwards.

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Mothers Of Children Killed By Illegal Aliens Condemn Dem Luis Gutierrez, Obama Regime

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Joshua Wilkerson, on the left, killed by Hermilio Moralez on the right. Joshua was just 18, his family called him a ‘joy to be around’.

Via Breitbart:

After Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) exploded with rage at Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies for daring to quote him as saying Kathryn Steinle’s death was a “little thing,” three mothers whose children were murdered by illegal aliens walked out of the hearing in disgust.

Now, those mothers want their voices to be heard.

Brought to Washington by Maria Espinoza’s The Remembrance Project, 13 family members, including the Steinle family, watched as Gutierrez attacked an expert witness testifying to the dangers that hundreds of sanctuary cities pose to Americans.

In exclusive statements to Breitbart News, Laura Wilkerson, Sabine Durden, and Mary Ann Mendoza condemned — in the strongest of terms — Gutierrez’s brutish behavior towards Vaughan.

Wilkerson led the walkout as soon as Gutierrez began to rage at Vaughan for quoting him as saying a woman’s death at the hands an illegal alien was a “little thing.” Her son, Joshua, pictured with murderer — and “DREAMer” Hermilio Moralez below — died under torture on November 16, 2010, after giving Moralez a ride home. Moralez then tied him up and set him on fire, later bragging in court his “killing skills took over.”

Wilkerson testified before another Senate committee on July 21, reading aloud the horrific autopsy while the audience wept. “This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader, whether you want to recognize it or whether you do not,” Wilkerson had said. “This government continues to fail or even recognize that we have an issue. Americans are dying daily at the hands of criminals that we don’t even know are here.”

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Illegal Alien Chews Off His Own Fingerprints In Attempt To Not Be Identified By Police…

Roberts Fingers

Not his first rodeo.


A man is under arrest in Lee County, Florida, despite his attempts to chew off his own fingerprints in an attempt to not be identified.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says detectives spotted a 2015 Mercedes which had been stolen and stopped the vehicle.

Detectives discovered that the driver, 20-year-old Kenzo Roberts, was using a fraudulent ID, had a concealed firearm, and possessed three fraudulent credit cards, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

As Roberts was being detained in the back of the patrol vehicle, surveillance video shows him attempting to remove his own fingerprints by chewing them off and rubbing them against the cage.

The ploy wasn’t successful though, as a fingerprint scanner quickly identified Roberts.

LCSO says he has two felony warrants for his arrest out of Broward County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Roberts has been charged with three counts of possession of a counterfeit credit card, grand theft auto, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of similitude of a driver’s license, driving while license suspended, and false identification given to law enforcement.

Border Patrol was also contacted and found that Roberts was in the U.S. illegally.

HT: The Blaze

Breaking: Memphis Police Officer Shot, In Critical Condition, Suspect Still At Large…Update: Officer Dies, Suspect Still On Run

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Memphis Police are investigating a scene where a police officer has been shot in the area of Cottonwood Road and Perkins Road.

The officer has been taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. Memphis Police said the officer was conducting a traffic stop at the time and was shot by the occupant of the vehicle.


R.I.P Officer Bolton and prayers for his family.

Via CNN:

A manhunt is underway for a suspect who fatally shot a police officer during a traffic stop in Tennessee, authorities said Sunday.

Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton, 33, was shot multiple times Saturday night by a person who was in the car he pulled over, police said.

The assailant remains at large, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said.

A civilian used the officer’s radio to notify police about the shooting, she said.

Bolton, who joined the force in October 2010, was taken to hospital in critical condition. He later died.

This is the third time a Memphis police officer has been killed in the past four years, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said.

“It doesn’t get any easier. This is a very difficult time, not only for me as director, but for all the officers you see standing behind me,” he told reporters early Sunday morning.

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Kentucky Police Officer With A Heart…

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Every day, police do things like this that mean so much.

Via John Tesh:

Hero of the Day: Kentucky police officer John Nissen!

He went above and beyond for a grief stricken driver named Barbie Henderson.

While driving, Barbie got word of her sister’s death and pulled over to the side of the road. She was too distraught to drive and didn’t know what to do so she called 911.

That’s when officer Nissen came on the scene and asked if he could sit and talk with her.

Nissen says: “I turned the air vents towards her – it was over 90 degrees that day – held her hand, and she cried on my shoulder. I had her take sips of water.”

He stayed with her for an hour until another family member could come and get her home safely.

When Barbie’s other sister, Shonda, arrived, she was so amazed by the officer’s kindness that she took a photo of the two and sent it to the Hillview Kentucky Police Facebook Page.

She wrote:
“Officer Nissen was more than an officer yesterday. He was a person with a heart to understand this was a lady who just lost her sister. From there on he took care of my sister … What an awesome guy!!!!”

Hilarious: Three Girls ‘Catfished’ ISIS For Travel Money…


Not sure I’d recommend anyone do this, but it’s funny as hell.

Via NY Post:

If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow money, make a Kickstarter campaign … or swindle a couple of Islamic State recruiters. It may not be the safest way to make money, but that’s what three girls from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, did.

The Chechen girls are under investigation for fraud after they allegedly scammed ISIS members into giving them money on the pretense that they would use it to travel from their homeland to Syria. The ladies got away with $3,300 before being discovered, according to RT News.
The ISIS members allegedly reached out to the girls’ social media accounts, asking the girls to join the militant cause. The young women kept in contact with the ISIS members and even sent fake pictures to string them along.

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DNC Assigns Full-Time Staffer To Trump…

Donald Trump

Trump is on their radar screen, and definitely under their skin…

Via The Hill

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has appointed a full-time staffer to handle all DNC responses to Donald Trump — a signal the group is now treating Trump as a serious contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The employee is responsible for countering Trump’s media statements and working against his Oval Office bid, The Guardian said Saturday.

The DNC is only devoting its human resources to campaigns it considers especially threatening next election cycle.

The organization is currently targeting nine out of the 17 GOP presidential contenders with full-time opposition staffers.

The DNC’s Trump watchdog also monitors New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the report added.

Next year’s GOP presidential fields is one of the most crowded in recent memory.

The DNC is reportedly using full-time staffers for Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), Govs. John Kasich (Ohio) and Scott Walker (Wis.) and former Govs. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Rick Perry (Texas), in addition to Christie and Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), George Pataki (N.Y.) and Jim Gilmore (Va.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and private citizens Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are not getting the same attention.

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Caitlyn Jenner Comes Under Fire For Being Too Conservative

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So transgender folk who are requesting tolerance and openess for them are less than tolerant or open to conservatives.

Via Daily Mail:

She has become a national icon of gender politics.
But now it seems Caitlyn Jenner could be coming under fire from fellow transgender women due to her self-confessed conservative views.

The hardcore Republican lands in hot water in the latest traliler for I Am Cait, after complaining about overly generous social programs while discussing how to address the problems people in their community face.

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Sec of Defense, Ashton Carter Appoints “Working Group” For Inclusion Of Transgenders Into The Military…


Once last FU to the military before Obama leaves office. Update to this story.


Judge Who Blocked Planned Parenthood Videos Is Obama Appointee And Raised $230,000 For Obama

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Mere coinkydink…

Via The Federalist:

A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.

Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

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HT: SooperMexican

Gun Used By Islamic Terrorist In Garland Attack Was A ‘Fast And Furious’ Gun

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Courtesy Eric Holder…

Via Chicago Tribune:

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

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HT: Katie Pavlich

Nutty Professor: Rutgers Prof Who Said US Worse Than ISIS Has History Of Bizarre Statements

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And despite that history (or because of that history?), she’s still teaching.

Via Fox News:

A Rutgers University professor who is under fire for saying that the U.S. is “more brutal” than ISIS has used racial slurs against white men, attacked a leading advocate against female genital mutilation and even led a successful protest last year to stop former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from speaking to students.

Deepa Kumar, associate professor of journalism and media studies at New Jersey’s main public university, made news recently by tweeting: “Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so, 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.” But that tweet, sent in March but only brought to prominent attention after it was noticed by the site, is not Kumar’s first brush with digital bigotry.

“Okay, I’m sold on using the term ‘douchebag’ to describe rich, white entitled males and their misogynistic, racist behavior!” Kumar wrote in a Facebook endorsement of an online article last fall.

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Ohio State Marching Band Had Book Of Songs Including One That Made Fun Of Holocaust Victims…

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Lost in the shuffle over comments made by Huckabee comparing the Iran deal to leading Israelis to the doors of the oven.

Via Daily Mail

Ohio State University’s celebrated marching band had a shocking unofficial song that made fun of Holocaust victims, it has been revealed.

The parody tune written by members of the controversy-riddled band included references to furnaces used in Nazi concentration camps and the train cars used to transport Jews to their deaths.

The Holocaust song, called ‘Goodbye Kramer,’ also had lines about soldiers from the Third Reich ‘searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,’ and a ‘small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.’

The parody tune was written so it could be sung to Journey’s hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.

The lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of an unofficial band songbook, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal.

Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years, including 2006 and 2010 versions.

An independent investigation of the marching band revealed the existence of the song last year but not the lyrics.

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US-Trained Rebels Fighting ISIS Are Failing Miserably

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Typical Obama regime fail, at $4 million a rebel. Meanwhile, he’s letting his buddy Erdogan bomb the Kurds.

Via NY Post:

Has anyone seen the US-trained rebels who were dispatched from Turkey to battle ISIS in northern Syria?

The Obama administration certainly hasn’t — though it spent $4 million apiece to get these men battle-ready.

In fact, the administration was the last to learn that an al Qaeda affiliate had captured the group’s leader and several of his soldiers right after they entered Syria.

Nadeem al-Hassan is the leader of Division 30, a unit of rebels recruited under Washington’s Train and Equip Program to battle ISIS in Syria. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, ambushed him and six of his soldiers Thursday.

Even after Reuters reported the grim news, the State Department and Pentagon denied it. Then Division 30 confirmed the capture and demanded the men’s release.

A Friday attack on Division 30’s headquarters killed another five of its members.

Such are the fruits of a program that aimed to train 5,000 rebels as part of Obama’s strategy of recruiting Syrian boots on the ground to take on the Islamic State.

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Puerto Rico Is The New Greece, Will Default…


Expect a mass exodus to NYC.

Via Business Insider

Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due Aug. 1, the governor’s chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history.

The missed payment will mark the first default by the commonwealth and shows the depth of the island’s economic and cashflow problems. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island’s debt, totaling $72 billion, was unpayable and required restructuring.

According to a 2014 bond offering statement, Puerto Rico has never defaulted on the payment of principal or interest of debt.

“Tomorrow is Aug. 1 and we don’t have the money,” Victor Suarez, chief of staff for Puerto Rico’s governor, told journalists in San Juan, referring to a $58 million payment due on Public Finance Corporation (PFC) bonds.

“The PFC payment will not be made this weekend,” Suarez said. “It was not consigned.”

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Navy Officer Who Shot At Chattanooga Terrorist May Face Charges For Using His Personal Firearm


Patently ridiculous.  Should he have thrown a stapler at him?

Via Western Journalism:

A Navy officer and Marine reportedly returned fire at the shooter who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn., even though current policy does not permit military members to carry firearms on facilities such as those where the attack occurred.

Mohammod Abdulazeez was slain last Thursday after allegedly firing dozens of shots at two separate military facilities, including the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. The cold-blooded assault killed four Marines and one active-duty Navy reservist.

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HT Allen West