Blame Rises With The Body Count In Baltimore

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Via Daily Beast:

It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked the unrest—remains a defining feature of the landscape.

On walls and marquees across West Baltimore, Gray’s name shares space with signs calling for an end to the rash of violence that has plagued the city since May. A large mural depicting Gray’s likeness at the corner of Fulton & Presbury in his neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester calls on police to “Stop Killing Us” while making a plea to the community for peace and love in 2015.

In June, all six Baltimore Police Department officers who were indicted in Gray’s death pleaded not guilty to multiple charges and were ordered by a judge to stand trial on October 13 for crimes ranging from second-degree murder to misconduct in office. A leaked autopsy report obtained this week by The Baltimore Sun shows that Gray died from a “high intensity” injury likely sustained as he was driven around unrestrained in the back of a police van.

In the areas hardest hit by the rioting, dozens of looted stores remain boarded up. Some may never reopen. When asked for their thoughts on what happened, many residents respond angrily, recounting how police stood by and watched their neighborhood burn.

Some black Baltimoreans who are old enough to remember the last time the city erupted into flames—in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.—say it’s time to turn those emotions toward reconciliation.

“People are getting tired,” said Sylvia, 57—who sported a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt last Sunday at Baltimore’s annual African American Festival, and identified herself as a member of the Empowerment Temple AME Church, where Gray’s funeral was held. “Right now we are trying to bring people together to work with police to try to heal and stop the violence.”

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The police made it very clear that the Mayor told them to stand down. The Mayor herself confessed the she had given the looters ‘space to destroy’. Finally even City Councilman Nick Mosby (State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s husband) said he and other officials had told the police to stand down.

SCOTUS Opened The Closet Door, Montana Polygamist Family File For Marriage License…

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The next ‘civil rights’ movement.

Via KRTV

Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.

We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, “Sister Wives.”

The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners.

Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality.Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine.

On Tuesday, Nathan and Christine traveled to the Yellowstone County Courthouse to see if they would be awarded the right to marry under the Marriage Equality Act.

Polygamy is illegal under Montana state law, and recognized as a misdemeanor offense.

“We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family,” said Nathan.

As the two filled out their marriage application they were met with questions.

“There’s a spot on there where you put the dissolution date of your previous marriage and we put ‘not applicable,'” said Christine.

In fact, the couple was met with varied reaction from employees, who were caught off guard.

“So, are you legally married, you didn’t get divorced?” asked one clerk.

“We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you can’t be married to two people at the same time,” said another clerk.

The Colliers were initially denied the license, and the clerk later returned to tell the couple that they would have to check with the Montana Attorney General’s office.

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Drone Captures Video of Russian Base Inside Ukraine

Via FreeBeacon:

Newly released drone footage appears to show a large military buildup at a Russian base inside Ukraine.

Dnipro-1, a pro-government volunteer regiment in Ukraine, released two sets of drone footage on Tuesday that was filmed two weeks apart. Over the two-week span, construction at the Russian base accelerated, the Daily Beast reports.

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#Charleston PD To Charge White Guilters With Public Burning Of Confederate Flag And Climbing On A Monument…

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Another group for DeRay to agitate for.

Update to this story.

Via Charleston Post and Courier

Charleston police will cite protesters who torched flags in Marion Square on June 21 for open burning and climbing on a public monument.

Police observed several white men standing on the John C. Calhoun monument waving Confederate flags around 6:20 p.m., according to the report. It’s against a city ordinance to climb on the monument, and signs are posted.

When officers arrived, about 30 people were standing around watching two men spraying two Confederate flags with Off! bug spray and lighting them on fire, according to the report. Officers told a representative of the group they weren’t allowed to climb on the monument, and they got down. Officers stayed back from the crowd during the protest, planning to get names after the event so charges could be filed later, according to the incident report.

After the Confederate flags were burned and speakers finished, a man took an American flag out of a bookbag, sprayed it with bug spray and pulled out a lighter to ignite it. Deputy Chief Tony Elder tried to warn the man that open burning was prohibited, but the man kept moving away from Elder trying to light the flag, according to the report. Elder and another officer took the flag from the man and started moving away from the crowd, but another man grabbed it back.

Elder told the officers to move away from the crowd. The protesters gathered around the monument again, and the man who originally tried to burn the flag managed to light it on fire, according to the report.

Two of the officers were wearing the new VieVue body cameras and recorded portions of the incident, according to the report. Another officer recorded the man burning the American flag on his patrol car’s camera.

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11th Time Fiber Optic Cable Has Been Intentionally Cut in California

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No security issues here…

Via The Blaze:

For the 11th time within a year, a purposefully severed fiber optic cable was found in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The latest attack was discovered Tuesday morning in Livermore, California, joining other attacks dating back to July 6, 2014.

The FBI in connection with local law enforcement is investigating the vandalism that has occurred in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley, San Jose and now Livermore.

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CNN’s Cuomo Compares Interracial Marriage To Same-Sex Marriage…

And he’s serious.

Not-So-Fun Fact Of The Day…

Scary shit.

Kerry On His Once Firm Deadline For Iran Nuke Deal: “We Have Our Own Sense Of Deadline”…

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What does that even mean?

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North Carolina Shark Attacks Blamed On . . . Wait For It . . . Global Warming…

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You knew this was coming.

North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks– National Geographic

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Clueless: Obama Claims “Everybody Who Has Health Insurance Benefited” From Obamacare…

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You know, except for the millions who had their health plans cancelled (despite Obama’s repeated promises they could keep them).

“I think it’s important to remember that everybody who has health insurance benefited and continues to benefit from this law, even though a lot of folks don’t know it. If you have health insurance through the job, you are able to keep your child on health insurance up until they are 26 years old because of this law.” (Applause)

Obama Admin To Oppose New NFL Stadium In D.C. Unless Redskins Change Their Name…

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Absurd to say the least.

Via SB Nation:

The Obama Administration will not support a new Washington football stadium unless the team changes its name, according to Jonathan O’Connell of the Washington Post. Washington currently does not play in D.C., but there has been a push to get a new stadium approved and built there.

RFK Stadium occupies the site where Washington has targeted a potential new stadium. However, a lack of support from the current administration would be a serious roadblock to the efforts. While the Obama Administration can’t make the ultimate decision on whether a new stadium is built, it can put pressure where it’s needed, and there’s already plenty making things complicated for the RFK Stadium site.

The National Park Service owns the parcel of land where the stadium would need to be built, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that the NPS was unlikely allow for the construction of a new stadium unless the name is changed, according to the report. Jewell also deals with treaty relationships with Native American tribes.

Washington’s stadium since 1997, FedEx Field, is located in Maryland. The team holds training camp in Virginia, where there is talk of a new stadium being built as well.

Finally, The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For . . . Obama Sings Davy Crockett…

And I use the term “sings” lightly.

State Department Asserts Privilege Against Benghazi Committee

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Let the cover up continue!

Via Washington Examiner:

The State Department has informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding “a small number” of documents from investigators on the basis of “important executive branch institutional interests.” The statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to a de facto claim of some form of executive branch privilege.

Frifield made the claim in a letter turning over 3,600 pages of Benghazi-related documents from three current and former administration officials: Susan Rice, Jake Sullivan, and Cheryl Mills. Rice, a former United Nations ambassador, is now national security adviser, while Sullivan and Mills are close aides to Hillary Clinton who worked at the department when she was secretary of state.

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Jim Messina: Barack Obama Is The New Ronald Reagan…

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Yeah, no.

Via Politico:

Barack Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina is confident that after the president’s big week, the country is marching in lockstep with the Democratic Party’s values, almost ensuring Hillary Clinton the presidency in 2016.

“President Obama in many ways has helped start the same kind of political revolution that Reagan did,” Messina told POLITICO’s Playbook Breakfast on Wednesday. The change, he argued, has been “driven by demographic changes and driven by President Obama” himself.

Messina mentioned huge shifts in public opinion on major issues including LGBT rights, immigration, income inequality and climate change that make the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure the White House simply out of reach for Republicans.

But he added that Republicans aren’t doing themselves any favors with outlandish comments in their already cacophonous primary: “Every day they send me a gift basket of crazy stuff.”

Messina’s point was echoed by Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, who is now winding down his pro same-sex marriage organization in the wake of a historic Supreme Court victory securing same-sex marriage across the country.

Hoax: Black Man Arrested For Placing Racist Messages Outside Of Black Church In Denver

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Via CBS Denver:

A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church.

Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct.

The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, “Black men beware, you are the target.”

The messages had the congregation on edge.

“We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just… I’m speechless,” said Pastor Roland Joyner.

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Macy’s Celebrates Diversity! . . . By Dumping Donald Trump…

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Via CNN:

Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar.

The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

“We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation,” Macy’s said. “In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

Jesse Jackson Targets Facebook For His Patented Racial Shakedown After Learning Only 1% Of Company’s Employees Are Black

Watch and learn, Deray.

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Über RINO Peter King Backs Down On Threat To Run For President…

Heartache.

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Cat Fight: Pelosi Says Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Speak For The Democratic Party…

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Meow!

Via PJM:

Nancy Pelosi is firing back at criticism from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other liberals in the Democratic Party that President Barack Obama’s administration has been too soft on Wall Street.

“There may have been a couple of people who say that, but that is not the consensus in our party,” the House minority leader said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood published Wednesday. “The financial industry doesn’t agree with that,” she noted.

Honestly, no one will ever be tough enough to meet Sen. Warren’s standards. She’s a progressive commie, after all.

This is really about party leadership circling the wagons for Mrs. Bill. While it is true that the Democrats have made big public stinks about the evils of Wall Street, there is still quite a bit of chumminess there, especially when it comes to Hillary. The progressive wing of the Democratic party is far more enthusiastic than the automatons who will go through the motions to vote for Hillary. Establishment Dems still fear the progressive outliers, as evidenced by the Mrs. Clinton’s populist kabuki theater performances of late.

Good Grief: Cable Channel TV Land Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Episodes Off Its Schedule…

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Via EW:

TV Land has pulled reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard off its schedule, a spokesperson for the network confirmed to EW on Wednesday.

The network did not comment further or say why the episodes were removed, but the news comes as the show became part of the growing national debate over use of the Confederate flag, which is displayed on the roof of the Duke boys’ car.

Last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products said it would no longer license toys or models of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed General Lee, joining a number of other retailers vowing to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month.