All of Rutherford County’s patrol cars got a little makeover this week that sheriff Chris Francis said makes a big difference.
“We looked at it as an opportunity to show our patriotism,” Francis said.
Francis is talking about the new ‘In God We Trust’ decals being placed on all 50 of the agencies marked patrol cars.
“I want to make sure that my deputy sheriffs know what ‘In God We Trust’ means,” Francis said. “And how blessed we are to be citizens in America, to live in Western North Carolina and to be able to support our nation’s motto.”
Francis said he made the decision to put the emblems on after Fairview Baptist Church of Golden Valley volunteered to pay for them.
“I’m sure that there will be many positive remarks,” Francis said. “But I’m sure that with every decision I make I won’t make everyone happy.”
Donald Trump said on Friday he will attend the Fox News debate on March 3 despite skipping last week’s event.
‘No, I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there. That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly the fact that I went out of the last one, it had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate,’ Trump said during an appearance on NewsmaxTV.com.
He then added that he had no regrets about missing the January 28 debate in Des Moines, Iowa just days before the caucuses, the first nominating contest of the 2016 campaign, at which he came in second after Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Kelly is set to take the moderator’s desk again for the debate, and she said on Friday while appearing on Good Morning America that she hopes to see Trump there so she can ask him the questions she had drafted for the last debate.
A major bust involving the nation’s most violent street gang reveals that the criminal enterprise—known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13—continues to be energized with new recruits provided by the steady flow of illegal immigrant minors entering the U.S. through Mexico.
The affiliation between gangs and the hordes of Central American illegal immigrants who continue invading the U.S. is a story Judicial Watch has been reporting for more than a year. The Obama administration calls them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and tries to portray them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. The reality is much different, as top Homeland Security sources have told JW in the course of an ongoing investigation into the dangerously porous southern border.
As soon as the UACs started arriving in the summer of 2014, Homeland Security sources told Judicial Watch that many had ties to gang members in the U.S. In fact, JW reported in 2014 that street gangs—including MS-13—went on a recruiting frenzy at U.S. shelters housing the illegal immigrant minors and they were using Red Cross phones to communicate. The MS-13 is a feared street gang of mostly Central American illegal immigrants that’s spread throughout the U.S. and is renowned for drug distribution, murder, rape, robbery, home invasions, kidnappings, vandalism and other violent crimes. The Justice Department’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) says criminal street gangs like the MS-13 are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs.[…]
Now we learn that dozens of MS-13 members were recently indicted in Boston for serious crimes including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking, firearm violations, federal racketeering and immigration offenses. Several of the defendants are responsible for murdering at least five people since 2014 and the attempted murder of at least 14 in Chelsea and East Boston, according to the federal indictment. MS-13 members also sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana and commit robberies to generate income to pay monthly dues to incarcerated gang leadership in El Salvador, federal prosecutors say. The money is used to pay for weapons, cell phones, shoes, food and other supplies for MS-13 thugs in and out of jail in El Salvador.
The Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest multinational trade deals ever, has been quietly signed by ministers from its 12 member nations in New Zealand.
The 12 nations account for some 40% of the world’s economy – they now have two years to ratify or reject the pact.
Not a word about it in our media.
“A trade deal is a contract, and it must be one that puts American workers’ interests first, not the interests of global elites,” Senator Sessions of Alabama said in a statement. “It is little surprise the administration is not showcasing today’s signing given its unpopularity with the American people.”
TPP will now be approved by Congress with an up and down vote – no amendments.
A Tufts University study found the TPP will cost nearly 450,000 American jobs in the next nine years.
The TPP involves the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday.
The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries.
At a high school named Free State to honor Kansas’ anti-slavery past, the Confederate Flag waved off the back of a student’s pickup truck in the parking lot. When classmates who were offended removed it, the student replaced it and displayed the flag again.
It’s sparked debate about race and discussions of free speech at Free State High, an overwhelmingly white school of 1,700 students in the university city of Lawrence that was founded by settlers opposed to slavery.
Administrators relented to complaints last month and barred the flag, labeling it a disruption. The district says the student won’t be disciplined, and that the situation is being used as a learning moment. But that’s not sufficient for some students, who are trying to persuade the school board to expand the prohibition.
“It’s kind of at the point where we have to start doing things on our own to see the change,” said junior Seamus Ryan, one of four students leading a petition drive calling for such flags to be forbidden on all district property. He and the other petition organizers — another white student and two black students — have gathered hundreds of signatures.
The debate comes as Confederate symbols across the country face increasing scrutiny since last June’s shooting deaths of nine black congregants at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. The white suspect, who has pleaded not guilty, had posed in photos with the Confederate flag.
The Free State students pressing for the wider ban had a closed-to-the-public meeting Wednesday of the school’s “Can We Talk Club,” a group focusing on matters of race, which was devoted to the topic with guest speakers.
Administrators at the school aren’t publicly discussing the issue, and point to Superintendent Rick Doll’s statement that it is being channeled into a learning opportunity. The student whose flag launched the debate did not respond to an Associated Press interview request. Members of the school board, which next meets on Monday, did not respond to messages.
The subject of Hillary’s speeches to Goldman Sachs came up again during the MSNBC debate. Media has asked her for transcripts of her speeches but they haven’t been forthcoming. Once again, during the debate she evaded the question saying, “I’ll have to look into it”. Her minion, Brian Fallon, backed that off even more, saying “if they still exist”.
We don’t have the transcripts yet, but we do have some insight into what she said from this Politico article from 2013, which we quote in pertinent part.
Ordinarily these masters of the universe might have groaned at the idea of a politician taking the microphone. In the contentious years since the crash of 2008, they’ve grown wearily accustomed to being called names—labeled “ fat cats” by President Obama and worse by those on the left—and gotten used to being largely shunned by Tea Party Republicans for their association with the Washington establishment. And of course there are all those infuriating new rules and regulations, culminating this week with the imposition of the so-called Volcker Rule to make risky trades by big banks illegal.
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But Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish. Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy—it needs to stop. And indeed Goldman’s Tim O’Neill, who heads the bank’s asset management business, introduced Clinton by saying how courageous she was for speaking at the bank. (Brave, perhaps, but also well-compensated: Clinton’s minimum fee for paid remarks is $200,000).
So what is at least one reason she doesn’t want them out? Because she pandered like a madwoman to them, as she does to each audience, telling them what an asset she would be to them and she doesn’t want her left audience to know that now.
Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday.
When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton’s claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively.
One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women.
“I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think it’s really important to differentiate that,” one young woman said. Her complaint is a common one among young women and reveals a generational divide within the Democratic Party.
Another respondent said that Clinton’s gender does not automatically make her the best candidate.
“You have to realize that, you know, everybody’s human and … you have to go for who has the best ideals,” she said. “Just because she’s a woman doesn’t necessarily make her the best candidate.”
San Francisco police officers dealing with a report of a stolen car ran the victim’s name for warrants, prompting the man to end up in the custody of federal immigration agents in what is being investigated as a possible breach of local sanctuary-city laws.
After Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 31, was released from jail Wednesday after two months, and after he spoke at a news conference Friday, Police Chief Greg Suhr acknowledged that the longtime city resident never should have been in the hands of immigration agents.
Police officials did not specifically admit to calling those agents, but federal officials said police had done just that.
“We are happy and relieved that Mr. Figueroa-Zarceno has been restored to his family,” said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a city police spokesman, in a written statement.
“It is the policy of the San Francisco Police Department to foster trust and cooperation with all people of the city and to encourage them to communicate with SFPD officers without fear of inquiry regarding their immigration status,” Andraychak said. “We are aware of concerns this incident has raised with some members of our community.”
He said the police force had opened an internal affairs investigation to see whether any officers should be disciplined.
Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
The analysis was made at a time when Hillary Clinton has been under scrutiny for her ties to Wall Street, which has been a major focus of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail.
The former secretary of state testily responded to Sanders’ charges at Thursday’s Democratic debate.
“Time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. And I just absolutely reject that, senator, and I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough,” Clinton said.
When someone first brought up the question of her releasing the transcripts of her speeches, it seemed like a stranger request. What would she be saying that could be at all interesting? Now, given her reaction, I’m thinking there are things there.
She still says ‘I’m looking into it” and now her minion, Brian Fallon is saying ‘if the transcripts are available’.
I’m thinking that she’s on the transcripts offering what she can do for Goldman Sachs, et al, and a whole lot of shredding/erasing is now going on at Camp Clinton…
Iowa Democratic Party officials are reviewing results from the Iowa caucuses and making updates where discrepancies have been found.
Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire the day after Monday’s caucuses said no review would be conducted, and that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s narrow victory over Bernie Sanders is final.
But as errors are being discovered, the final tally is being changed, party officials confirmed to The Des Moines Register Friday morning.
“Both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have flagged a very small number of concerns for us, and we are looking at them all on a case-by-case basis,” Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Sam Lau told the Register.
The Register, too, has received numerous reports that the results announced in people’s precincts Monday night don’t match what the Iowa Democratic Party has posted on its official results websites.
Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has learned on the campaign trail that Americans “need to be listened to, supported and hugged,” the GOP presidential hopeful said Friday.
“People will come to our town halls and they will talk about some of the most excruciatingly difficult things that they see in their lives,” he said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “People need to be listened to, supported and hugged, I’m telling you, all across America.”
Kasich has staked his candidacy on a strong showing in New Hampshire, where he is pushing the compassionate conservatism that he brought to the trail during a short-lived presidential campaign in 1999. George W. Bush steamrolled Kasich in that race, but Jeb Bush has had a much harder time consolidating the support of such voters.
Democrats on the House committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks awarded tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, while at the same time repeatedly attacking Republicans over the rising cost of the investigation.
According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015.
The Vermont senator’s famously enthusiastic backers reportedly are getting banned from the dating app for trying to use it to blast out campaign messages in support of their candidate. Reuters reported on the cases of two women who got notices their accounts were being locked after being reported for sending too much pro-Sanders’ material to prospective matches.
Robyn Gedrich, an Elie Tahari employee in New Jersey, confirmed to Reuters that her account was suspended by Tinder after she sent an average of 60 messages per day urging men on the app to support the presidential candidate.
Buoyed by his near-win in Iowa and $20 million in contributions in January, Sanders argued that he has the support of voters to take down the establishment and ignite a political revolution.
“Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment. I represent, I hope, ordinary Americans, and, by the way, who are not all that enamored with the establishment,” Sanders said.
Clinton was having none of it.
“Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the establishment. And I’ve got to tell you that it is really quite amusing to me,” she said to applause.
Sanders said he linked Clinton to the establishment because throughout her life she has raised money from special interests.
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