Hoboken Crash: Engineer Was Not Under Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol

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So that leaves physical medical issue, mental or emotional problem, or something out of his control like a sabotage.

Via Daily Mail:

The engineer who was operating the train that crashed into the Hoboken, New Jersey station on Thursday was not under the influence at the time of the accident.

Conductor Thomas Gallagher, 48, underwent a blood test, which came back negative for drugs and alcohol, a law enforcement official told ABC.

Authorities have already recovered one of the train’s two black boxes as the National Transportation Safety Board tries to determine the cause of the crash that killed one and injured 114 others.

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White Army Veteran Recovering From Injuries After Being Savagely Beaten During Charlotte Riots…

Motive unknown.

Via WBTV:

A Charlotte family has raised more than $22,000 after an Army vet was beaten and hospitalized last week during riots that broke out after the deadly shooting of a man by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday afternoon while in the parking lot of an apartment complex in northeast Charlotte.

Violent protests broke out Tuesday night, followed by protests, violent protests and rioting on Wednesday. A majority of the rioting Wednesday took place in uptown Charlotte – with a majority of the damage near the EpiCentre.

United States Army veteran David Palmer, who is serving his first year as a civilian, was attacked Wednesday night during the riots, according to his family.

Ashley Warlick says her family got separated by protesters after having dinner at the EpiCentre that night.

“It was shortly after that things went south,” Warlick told WBTV. “We were separated at that point. So I got on the phone with my brother multiple times trying to make sure that he headed back home.”

Warlick posted in a GoFundMe page that Palmer was jumped by ten men who were attacking people and looting businesses around the EpiCentre.

Video posted online shows the mayhem near the place her brother was attacked.

“They stole his phone and caused bodily injuries, not to mention the mental toll that it has taken,” she wrote online.

He has a fractured eye socket and multiple broken bones in his face. Warlick told WBTV Palmer is going to have a metal plate on the left side of his face and will need reconstructive surgery.

“The specialists told us to imagine dropping a dinner plate from above your head – ‘that’s what the inside of your face looks like right now’,” Warlick wrote.

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Onlooker On ‘Fox And Friends’ Shouts Out “Bill Clinton Is A Rapist!”

Via The Hill:

An onlooker interrupted a Fox News live outdoors shot Saturday, repeatedly yelling “Bill Clinton is a rapist” before being removed by security.

The incident appeared to be linked to conservative radio host Alex Jones, who on Friday offered $5,000 to any listener who appeared on national TV calling Clinton a rapist.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. as “Fox & Friends” hosts Tucker Carlson, Abby Huntsman and Ed Henry were live from the streets of midtown Manhattan, introducing a segment on a charity event for shelter pets.

Among the onlookers behind the hosts, a man appearing to be in his twenties climbed a security railing and removed his outer shirt, revealing underneath a t-shirt sold by Jones, which features Clinton’s face above the word “rape.”

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Florida Democrats Cry Foul Over Chick-fil-A Voter Registration Drive…

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Chick-fil-A has agreed to not sign up voters on Sunday.

Via Tampa Bay Times:

A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter registration cards.

The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County are crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark’s decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes.

Susan McGrath, leader of the Stonewall Democrats and head of the Pinellas Democratic Party, said the decision to use Chick-fil-A would be similar to a Democratic supervisor of elections holding the event at Planned Parenthood.

McGrath said the group supports the effort to register more voters, But she called the move partisan to hold the event at Chick-fil-A and said it might be more transparent to hold the voter drives at the Republican Party headquarters.

“While some Democrats may occasionally dine at Chick-fil-A (and perhaps even members of the LGBT community), the coordination of Pinellas voter registration activities with this right-leaning business very clearly conveys that your office is targeting Republican-leaning voters,” McGrath wrote to Clark.

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7 Military Trainees From Afghanistan Missing From Bases In U.S.

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Just a coincidence, nothing to worry about…

Via WSB:

More than half a dozen military trainees from Afghanistan have disappeared over the course of about two weeks.

They were training at U.S. bases, including Fort Gordon in Augusta and Fort Benning near Columbus.

“It’s concerning and legitimately so,” Georgia State University security and counterterrorism expert Robert Friedmann said.

Seven trainees went AWOL from bases so far this month. Friedmann says he doesn’t think the timing is a coincidence.

“It’s fairly likely that it was coordinated, because that’s too much of a coincidence,” he said.

The same weekend a U.S. citizen from Afghanistan detonated a bomb in New York City, two trainees disappeared from Fort Benning, one from Fort Lee, Virginia and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Two weeks later, one walked away from Fort Gordon and two more from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

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South Carolina Sheriff Ready To Draw A Line And Use Force If Necessary For Planned Black Lives Matter Protest…

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Columbia isn’t Charlotte, NC.

Via WISTV:

Midlands law enforcement agencies are making plans ahead of another protest at the State House.

It’s being billed as a “peaceful” protest and again involves members of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In July, a Black Lives Matter protest gathered here and eventually marched from the State House out to Interstate 126. The protest was, in fact, peaceful, compared to the first couple of days in Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Scott last week. We didn’t have arrests in Columbia although there were dozens in Charlotte.

However, authorities say safety is one of their concerns. Ahead of the protest, police say they have to be ready for anything, especially coming off the heels of the extended, and at times problematic, protests in Charlotte.

The Department of Public Safety is leading the law enforcement response and a spokeswoman tells WIS the agency has been coordinating with protest planners to make sure everyone stays safe. She says DPS does not anticipate any issues, however, the exact number of people that will be in attendance is still unknown.

The July protest here drew several hundred to start.

Timing is another issue of concern. The protest is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., three hours after kickoff for the Carolina-Texas A&M game. Assembly Street is a main route to and from the stadium and there is some possibility that could be an issue with traffic going right past the State House grounds.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says law enforcement intends to draw a line and use force if necessary to prevent protesters if they try to block traffic.

Fresno Veteran Says Terrorist Crashed Into Him At 100 mph ‘In The Name Of Allah’

But still unsure of motive.

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) — A Fresno man believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, right here on the roadways in California.

Now, he wants the guy who he says attacked him off the streets so he doesn’t hurt anyone else.

Scott Alcala was driving to San Jose to play golf with his father, when he says he was hit by another car.

Witnesses say a car going extremely fast swerved into Alcala, causing him to fish tail and cross into oncoming traffic.

Alcala said, “I saw the suburban coming right at me about to T-bone right into the driver door and I thought that was it. A second later I turned my head and just smashed into the barrier.”

Alcala says he and the other driver were miraculously able to get out of their cars without hitting anyone else.

Alcala said, “The off-duty police officer went to talk to the other driver in his vehicle and he said, ‘Are you alright? That was way too fast,’ and (the driver) said ‘I didn’t it on purpose. It was in the name of Allah.'”

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Home Depot Pulls Scary Peeper Creeper Halloween Decoration From Stores In Canada After Complaints…

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Next is clown costumes for Halloween.

Via KRTV:

Home Depot has pulled a Halloween prank prop called the Scary Peeper Creeper from its shelves in Canada because some customers found it too scary.

The gag is a lifelike face that can be attached with a suction cup to the outside of a window, looking in, to resemble a Peeping Tom in a hoodie.

Not everyone found it funny in Canada, where a notorious serial killer and rapist from the 1980s was a voyeur. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the prop was removed from the company’s 182 stores in Canada out of sensitivity after the complaints.

Home Depot still sells the Scary Peeper Creeper in the United States for about $30, and the North Carolina small business that produces it, Scary Peeper Inc., sells it online.

“Our intention for this product is for it to be used as a fun-spirited prank,” Emily Dowtin, vice president of Scary Peeper, told CNNMoney in an email.

“We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has been offended by our products, and certainly, to those who have been victimized by voyeurs,” she said. “Violence towards women is a serious issue, and our products are not intended to make light of serious crimes.”

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Virginia Young Democrat Caught Registering Dead WWII Veteran to Vote

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Update to this story. But naturally they claim he ‘acted alone’.

Via Free Beacon:

A Virginia Young Democrat working for a Democrat-aligned voter registration group got caught filing applications on behalf of dead people when he filed an application for a deceased World War II veteran who was known by a local clerk.

Andrew Spieles, a James Madison University student working for HarrisonburgVotes, confessed earlier this month that he submitted 19 applications for deceased individuals, according to a report in the local Daily News-Record.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that one of those individuals was Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014 at the age of 87. Claybrook was known by a clerk in the voting registration office as a former Fairfax elementary school principal.

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Father: NYC Bombing Suspect’s Mother Being Detained In Afghanistan Went For Dental Treatment…

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Home of the world-renowned dental schools…

Via ABC News:

The father of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami told ABC News that his wife and one of his other sons have been detained in Afghanistan, after being pulled off a flight in Dubai and questioned for 16 hours by authorities there.

In his first in-depth broadcast interview, Mohammad Rahami said his wife, Najiba Rahami, and son Qassim Rahami were trying to return to the U.S. when they were held in the United Arab Emirates and eventually sent to Kabul.

“Why send my son back to Afghanistan? He is a U.S. citizen. You have any questions? Bring him home. [Don’t] send him to a different country,” Mohammad Rahami said.

The elder Rahami denied that anyone in his family had anything to do with Ahmad Rahami’s alleged bombings in New York and New Jersey on Sept. 17, which injured 29 people.

Mohammad Rahami, whose family is originally from Afghanistan but lives in New Jersey, said he hadn’t spoken with Ahmad Rahami since a falling out in May. But he knew that in the months before the attack, his son had become secretive, changed the lock on his bedroom door and became extremely angry when a young relative once tried to enter without permission.

Ahmad Rahami’s wife left the U.S. in June — for dental work in Afghanistan, according to Mohammad Rahami — and that’s when, a criminal complaint says, Ahmad Rahami began buying bomb components. Mohammad Rahami said that also appears to be when Ahmad Rahami started to grow out his beard.

“He did everything by himself. He buy everything by himself — order online. He did [it] by himself,” Mohammad Rahami said.

After the bombing, Mohammad Rahami said it was the FBI that told him his son was the suspect.

Though Mohammad Rahami said he was “shocked” at the news, he responded by telling agents, “This is [a] stupid son.”

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SC Sheriff Puts Journalists Through Simulated Use-of-Force Exercises

They should put Black Lives Matter folks to the test.

Via Free Beacon:

Five local journalists in Lexington, South Carolina participated in a simulated “force or no force” exercise hosted by the Lexington County sheriff’s office in light of the riots in Charlotte, North Carolina over the fatal shooting of an African American man.

Fox News reported on a video of the exercise that the sheriff’s office posted on their Facebook page, which now has over five million views.

The exercise was meant to put the journalists through real-life situations that the deputies face on a daily basis during traffic stops. The journalists were tasked with using their own judgement in perceiving threats as they walked in deputies’ shoes for simulated traffic stops.

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Students Offended By Allen West’s Use Of Terms “Little Cupcakes ’, ‘Radical Islam’ Walk Out Of Speech

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Cupcakes aren’t as special and unique as snowflakes.

Via The College Fix:

More than 100 students walked out on retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Allen West on Thursday as he began a speech at Saint Louis University to discuss the threat of radical Islam.

The students protesters — led by the SLU Rainbow Alliance and the Muslim Students’ Association — had arrived early and filled many of the seats in the two-story auditorium where West was slated to speak. As he took the stage they stood up and filed out.

At issue is West’s use of the term “radical Islam” — also the subject of his speech.

Last week an administrator at Saint Louis University told the conservative and Republican students organizing the talk that they were not allowed to use the words “radical Islam” on advertisements for the event, reported Young America’s Foundation, which sponsored the talk.

In response, West wrote an article saying he had been “censored,” called modern college students who seek safe spaces “little cupcakes,” and added:

I along with the YAF activists will not back down from this challenge. And if this is just a case of ill-conceived political correctness, we’ll rectify that. But, if this is a case of the influence of stealth jihad radical Islamic campus organizations such as the Muslim Student Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, then you will be exposed. And I recommend to the President of St. Louis University, you do not want it known that a radical Islamic organization is dictating speakers on your campus — that is not the type of PR you really want.

The fiery comments and the subject of his speech prompted the walk out.

“Our administrator made a request for him to tailor his speech to our community, and in response he made a lot of hateful comments about our students,” student Claire Cunningham told The Riverfront Times.

Saint Louis University president Fred Pestello told students in an email he stood in “solidarity” with them, calling West a “provocateur.”

The students — reportedly inspired by West calling them “little cupcakes” — also sold cupcakes outside the venue with proceeds to benefit Syrian refugees. As the students left the auditorium, West donated to the cause.

Had the students stayed, they would have heard a speech on how radical Islamic terrorism has reached American shores, and how the U.S. government is obfuscating the issue, and in some cases apparently covering it up, calling terrorist attacks on U.S. soil workplace violence or other names.

West cited more than a dozen terrorist attacks in America in recent years inspired by radical Islam as he continued his speech.

West said these issues should not be muddled in party politics, considering that “during 9/11, no one came in looking for Republicans or Democrats. They came looking to kill Americans.”

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Overnight Open Thread: Injured Football Player Stands For National Anthem

Via The Blaze:

A former high school football player who was seriously injured in an accident three years ago shocked friends and family by standing for the national anthem during a recent football game, according to WPDE-TV.

Wesley Baker of Conway, South Carolina, was walking down the highway in July 2013 when he was hit by a truck. Baker’s mother, Debra Phipps, told WPDE that her son almost died. He survived, but lost one of his legs and suffered brain damage.

Since his accident, Baker has attended games but has been unable to stand during the national anthem — until Friday.

“It feels like a dream,” Phipps said. “I’ve asked God for three years … when his accident took place I said, ‘God, please let my son walk again and talk again,’ and day by day, he’s shown me miracles.”

Baker’s uncle Gary Smith told WPDE that his nephew has “reached so many milestones since the accident and this is just another step towards him walking across that [football] field.”

“We knew that one day we were going to stand beside him and watch these ball games, and we know that one day he’s going to walk up these bleachers with us. There is no doubt in our mind,” he said.

Phipps said that, at a time when some football players are choosing to kneel in protest during the national anthem, she wanted people to see her son standing.

“Wesley, he’s worked hard, he’s lost his leg and he had a right to sit down, but now God is giving him the strength to stand up, and we all need to stand up for America,” she said.

Clinton Struggles to Avoid Coughing Fit at Campaign Rally

How many months has she had the ‘pneumonia’ now? And aren’t we moving out of ‘allergy season’? What will the excuse be now?

Via Free Beacon:

Hillary Clinton coughed at her campaign rally Friday afternoon and had to take a cough drop to continue touting her accomplishments.

Clinton spoke at a campaign event in Fort Pierce, Florida to bolster support for her bid for the White House.

The Democratic nominee has been recovering from her bout with pneumonia for three weeks. The public became aware of Clinton’s illness after she fainted at a 9/11 memorial in New York City.

“I’m trying to end the campaign with issues that are really close to my heart,” Clinton said with a raspy voice. She cleared her throat a few times before letting out a cough. The former secretary of state stood at the podium gazing and smiling at the audience while she unwrapped her trusty cough drop.

Clinton’s health has come under scrutiny over the course of her campaign.

Clinton Mocking Sanders Supporters In Leaked Fundraising Recording

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Oh, that will go over well with the Bernie folks…

Via Politico:

Leaked audio of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and donors during a February fundraising event shows the Democrat nominee mocking Bernie Sanders supporters as “children of the Great Recession” who are “living in their parents’ basement.”

Speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters, Clinton laments in a clip released by the Free Beacon Friday that many of her former primary opponent’s supporters sought things like “free college, free healthcare,” saying that she preferred to occupy the space “from the center-left to the center-right” on the political spectrum.

During the conversation Clinton confesses to feeling “bewildered” by those to her far-left and far-right in the election.

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Obama Regime Strikes Jerusalem From Israel

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How to be insulting over the funeral of Shimon Peres.

Via Free Beacon:

The Obama administration stripped Jerusalem from being located in Israel in its official communication of the president’s remarks in the ancient city at a memorial service for recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

The White House, in a press release, originally sent out a press release attributing Obama’s remarks as taking place in “Jerusalem, Israel.”

Shortly after that statement was sent, the White House reissued the statement with “Israel” crossed out as the location.

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Suspect In Texas Killings Was Deported Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times

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Via Daily Caller:

A murder suspect who was arrested in Austin, Texas, Tuesday is a Mexican man who has been deported three times from the U.S.

Authorities deported Juan Navarro Rios in 1996, 2009, and 2014. Reasons for Rios’ deportations include an unspecified felony conviction, claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and for coming back to the U.S. after being previously deported.

“This is an example of the worst of the worst that we go after on a daily basis,” said Hector Gomez, supervisory deputy marshal of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Rios, 40, is wanted for having allegedly shot and killed two people driving down the road ans then kidnapping a landscaper.

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Debate Commission Finally Admits That Trump Mic Was Defective As He Said

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A bit late…

Via The Hill:

The Commission on Presidential Debates issued a one-sentence statement Friday admitting “issues” with Donald Trump’s audio in this cycle’s first debate Monday.

“Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall,” the statement read.

Trump argued after the debate that his microphone was defective, which rival Hillary Clinton dismissed as an excuse of someone who did poorly.

Trump told reporters immediately following the debate that event organizers “gave me a defective mic” that he said affected the audio inside the Hofstra University venue.

“Did you notice that?” he asked a reporter immediately after the debate. “My mic was defective within the room.”

“Was that on purpose?” Trump asked.

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Navy Removes All Historic Job Titles With ‘Man’ In Them

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Sigh.

Via Daily Caller:

The Navy announced Thursday that it’s removing all historic job titles and replacing them with occupational specialty codes, as opposed to direct titles, effectively removing the word “man” from job titles in a roundabout way.

According to Navy Times, what this decision means in practice is that “Fire Controlman 1st Class Joe Sailor…would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.”

“We’re going to immediately do away with rating titles and address each other by just our rank as the other services do,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke told Navy Times. “We recognize that’s going to be a large cultural change, it’s not going to happen overnight, but the direction is to start exercising that now.”

The shift gets rid of pesky job title names like “yeoman,” which the Navy bureaucracy had no idea how to make gender-neutral, thereby fulfilling a request from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to make positions more female-friendly to facilitate integration.

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Hackers Have Targeted Voting Systems In At Least 20 States, Infiltrating 4 Of Them…

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No problem there.

Via Daily Mail:

Hackers have tried to access electoral systems in more than 20 states, it is claimed – with officials warning they intend to cause ‘confusion and chaos’.

The Department of Homeland Security says criminals – branded ‘bad actors’ by FBI Director James Comey, who has linked hacking attempts to Russia – have targeted registration databases to find vulnerabilities.

It comes amid allegations that the Russian government is trying to interfere with this year’s presidential election.

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Florida? Oh that’s not disconcerting at all…

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