Overnight Open Thread: Marine Surprises His 3 Yr Old Son Before Deployment

Via Free Beacon:

A Marine spent his 10 days of pre-deployment with his 3-year-old son celebrating the holidays he would miss while away from home.

Staff Sgt. John York kicked off the celebrations by taking his little boy Bryson door-to-door to trick or treat for Halloween. York’s wife Priscilla told ABC News that he brought candy to the neighbors so they could be prepared when Bryson showed up in costume.

York also helped Bryson blow out candles on a birthday cake and gave him the bike he’d always wanted to celebrate his fourth birthday weeks ahead of time. He even brought in Santa to place wrapped presents under a Christmas tree.

“He just came home from work and said, ‘I have an idea of what I want to do when I have the 10 days of pre-deployment leave. I really want to do all the holidays, all his favorite holidays that I’m going to miss,’” Priscilla said.

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DNC Chair’s PAC Has Paid More In Salaries Than It Has Given Democrats

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Dems gonna democrat…

Via Free Beacon:

The leadership PAC of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has paid out nearly $100,000 more in salaries than it has given to Democratic candidates during the 2016 election cycle, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.

The Democrats Win Seats PAC, or DWS PAC, has a stated mission of directing “resources to help elect Democrats around the country.” However, records show the PAC has spent more on staff than helping campaigns.

Between Jan. 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016, the PAC paid $153,453 to Lindsey Schulte, the committee’s highest-paid employee, according to a review of the DWS PAC’s finances.

Jason O’Malley, the second highest-paid employee at the PAC, collected $69,112 in salary and an additional $20,000 for “fundraising consulting fees.”

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Trump Heads To Hollywood To Fundraise With The Stars…

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Via Daily Caller:

After he finishes taping an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidate will host a fundraiser in Los Angeles in hopes of raising money for his campaign ahead of the state’s primary.

The event will be held at Tom — the CEO of Colony Capital — and Rachelle Barrack’s mansion. Reince Priebus will co-host the event.

Seats for the fundraiser cost as much as $100,000 per couple, the Hollywood Reporter noted Tuesday, and several celebrities and entertainment bigwigs have tried to get in for free because they are scared to publicly disclose that they are conservatives in liberal Hollywood.

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Hawaii Could Be First To Put Gun Owners In FBI Database…

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Opening Pandora’s box…

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.

Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said Hawaii could serve as a model for other states if it becomes the first to enact the law.

Yet others say gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right.

“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” said Kenneth Lawson, faculty at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

Legal experts say the bill could face challenges, but would probably hold up in court. Recent Supreme Court rulings have clarified states’ ability to regulate gun sales, said David Levine, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Heartache: Obama To Embark On Last Summer Vacation As POTUS…

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Sad…

Via MassLive:

President Obama’s last year in office will indeed include a vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

While the White House hasn’t put out information confirming the visit, the Cape Cod Times reports that the Coast Guard said the president is flying to the island and staying for up to three weeks this summer.

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Tobiasz, who serves as the commanding officer of Air Station Cape Cod, talked about the president’s visit at a meeting of the Falmouth board of selectmen.

Obama, a frequent golfer when vacationing, has spent vacations on Martha’s Vineyard six times, according to the Cape Cod Times.

The Washington Post last year called him a “vacationing yeti.” “Many have had near brushes with the leader of the free world, but only a precious few have actually laid eyes on him,” the newspaper wrote.

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CBS Investigation Shows Hundreds Of Dead People Voting In CA, Again And Again

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No need for Voter ID…

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.

“He took a lot of time choosing his candidates,” said Annette Givans of her father, John Cenkner.

Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

But he’s not the only one.

CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters.

Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone.

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Facebook Admits Rogue Employees May Have Shown Bias Against Conservatives

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It all flows down from the top.

Via Washington Times:

Facebook announced Monday it was sending employees out for retraining and would discontinue some of its practices as it sought to defend itself against charges of political bias against conservatives.

The online giant denied that it’s shown “systematic political bias,” but admitted employees played a bigger role than previously acknowledged in determining what news is highlighted in the trending topics section.

Facebook also acknowledged that it couldn’t rule out the possibility that rogue employees unintentionally discriminated against conservative stories or even acted with malice in “isolated improper actions.”

In one instance Facebook rejected a story this year about the opening of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — the largest gathering of right-wing activists in the country. Facebook says that was likely because there were already enough stories about the Republican presidential primary. But the company said since it allowed CPAC posts in 2015, and covered other parts of the 2016 conference, there wasn’t any discrimination.

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VA Chief: ‘I Deeply Regret’ Getting Caught Wait-Time Comparison To Disneyland…

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He is part of the Magic Kingdom in DC. Update to this previous story.

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park.

“It was never my intention to suggest that I don’t take our mission of serving veterans very seriously,” McDonald said in a written statement. “If my comments Monday led any veterans to believe that I, or the dedicated workforce I am privileged to lead, don’t take that noble mission seriously, I deeply regret that. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

McDonald’s statement came after a Republican senator called for his resignation and GOP lawmakers and veterans’ service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and inappropriate.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said McDonald’s “preposterous statement is right out of Never Never Land” and said the VA leader has shown he cannot ensure that veterans receive health care in a timely manner

“Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed at the VA,” Blunt said as he called for McDonald to step down.

McDonald said at a breakfast Monday that the VA should not use wait times as a measure of success, comparing waits for VA health care to the hours people wait for rides at Disney theme parks. McDonald said a veterans’ health-care experience was more important than the time spend waiting for an appointment.

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Army Officer Dealing With Terror Threats Denied Concealed Carry Permit In N.J.

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Requirement to have a ‘justifiable need’ is basically a denial of the right.

Via Washington Times:

The state of New Jersey told an Army officer dealing with terror threats at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton that there is no “justifiable need” for him to have a concealed carry permit.

Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell, the product manager for the Army’s Individual Weapons and Small Arms program, requires a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance for his job. The base where he works was chosen as a terrorist “dry run” for a a Vehicle Borne Improved Explosive Device, and hackers have tried to obtain information on personnel.

Regardless, Oceanport Police Chief Daniel W. Barcus still denied the solider a permit, a decision ultimately backed last month by Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley.

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Oberlin Students Wants Low Grades Thrown Out, ‘Conversations’ Instead Of Written Exams…

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The real world will eat these ‘students’ alive…

Via Truth Revolt:

The list of demands from social justice college students around the country is growing daily. Most of them demand bully-proof safe spaces just to escape from any and all perceived oppression. Now, some at Oberlin College are asking for a bit more from administration: throw out all grades below ‘C’ and convert written exams to conversations.

With having to juggle protests, general activism, and avoiding contrary ideas written in chalk, these students are finding little time left to study and need someone to throw them a lifeline, and fast. What’s worse, as Reason points out, the stress, mental anguish, and living in a “toxic” atmosphere, is leading many students to drop out altogether.

The latest in desperate pleas on campus were discovered in a piece for The New Yorker that introduced several student activists at Oberlin who are asking the impossible.

One of them is Megan Bautista, a self-described “Afro-Latinx.” She expressed frustration at having to drive back and forth to attend the protests for cop shooting victim Tamir Rice forty minutes away and keep up school work back in 2014.

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Clinton Foundation Got $100 Million From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm

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Always for sale…

Via Daily Caller:

A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

“Blood minerals” are related to “blood diamonds,” which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords.

When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,” the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the war-torn African countries of Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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Islamic State Testing Weapons-Grade Chemicals On Humans

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Horrible.

Via Legal Insurrection:

Revolting details have come to light about Islamic State’s secret chemical weapons program. British newspaper The Telegraph reported that ISIS has been testing lethal chemical on humans, as well as setting up labs and moving chemical weapons stockpiles to residential areas of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

The report claims that ISIS has been experimenting on captives held at a prison camp in Nineveh, Mosul. The residents near the prison have been reporting breathing difficulties and children were developing severe rashes — side effects associated with chlorine and mustard gas.

The residents of a former Christian neighbourhood in Mosul reported that ISIS moved their chemical labs after US airstrikes on the terrorist group’s chemical facility at a local university. ISIS fighters moved in the locality with huge unmarked trucks and had been dumping dead dogs and rabbits in the nearby waste heap. The Telegraph corroborated the local eyewitness accounts with an ISIS informer who verified that animals dumped in the area had previously been tested with chemicals.

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Video: MSNBC Anchor Confuses Bill Clinton With Bill Cosby

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Up In Smoke: Tommy Chong Disinvited From Sanders Rally…

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Feel the Bern, comrade.

Via Hollywood Reporter:

“It was an insult,” the comic actor says.
Tommy Chong is in disbelief after he was disinvited by the Bernie Sanders campaign from introducing the presidential hopeful hours before a rally in East Los Angeles.

The iconic comic actor and outspoken marijuana advocate tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Sanders campaign was happy to have his endorsement months back, but when it came time for the two men to appear in public together, someone got “cold feet,” he says.

“It’s lip service to get the votes, but they don’t want to endorse what I stand for and what I’ve stood for all my professional career,” Chong said right after he was uninvited to the rally. “It was an insult.”

In a email to THR, a Sanders spokesman said, “We appreciate his support but a scheduling issue came up.”

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Two FBI Agents Shot While Serving Warrant Near Chicago…

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Chicago doing what it does best.

Via Washington Post:

Two FBI agents were shot and injured while serving a warrant Tuesday morning outside Chicago, and the suspected shooter was later found dead inside the home, according to authorities.

The agents suffered wounds that were not considered life-threatening, FBI spokesman Garrett Croon said. They were serving an arrest warrant in Park Forest, Ill., a small village about 35 miles away from downtown Chicago.

Croon said no additional information was available regarding the incident and did not elaborate on what had prompted the arrest warrant. The suspected shooter who was found dead was not immediately identified.

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Trump Says Transgender Bathrooms Are Too Expensive…

He’s right. There’s very little value in building NEW bathrooms for less than 1/1000th of the population to use.

Sarah Silverman Wants To Legislate Male Masturbation

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Via Daily Caller:

Speaking at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Sunday night, the 45-year-old comedian — who has publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders for president — threw her support behind legislation that would do so.

“Here’s something that I learned that is fascinating, and it’s this: Scientists have found that sperms cells smell,” Silverman said during her set. “Like I know sperm smells, but sperm cells have the sense of smell, and you know what that means: Sperm is life.”

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Google Offices In France Raided For Money Laundering And Financial Fraud…

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The French are actually more aggressive in going after American companies like Google for “tax evasion” than they are at cracking down on terrorists.

Via The Guardian:

French investigators have raided Google’s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering.

In a major escalation of France’s long running enquiry into Google’s tax affairs, magistrates revealed Tuesday that the software giant is suspected of evading taxes by failing to declare the full extent of its activities in France.

Prosecutors said they want to establish whether the Irish company through which Google funnels the majority of its European revenues does in fact control a “permanent establishment” in France.

Google maintains that its large offices in Paris, London and other European capitals are not fully fledged businesses, but operate as mere satellites of its international headquarters in Dublin, providing back office services like marketing.

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EU President Vows To Block All Democratically Elected “Far-Right” Populists From Power…

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Liberal fascist.

The President of the unelected executive arm of the European Union (EU) has vowed to block all right wing populists from power across the continent, shortly after acquiring the power to exert “far-reaching sanctions” on elected governments.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, promised to exclude Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), from all EU decision-making if elected ahead of yesterday’s presidential vote.

“There will be no debate or dialogue with the far-right,” the liberal bureaucrat told AFP.

The FPÖ has been Austria’s top-polling political force for some time. However, after leading the pack for most of the presidential race, the right-wing candidate lost out by 0.6 per cent to the Green party, after the inclusion of postal votes, and months of Europe’s mainstream media calling the centre-right populist “far right”.

Right wing populists are periodically topping the polls across the continent – in France, Sweden, Holland, and now Austria – and anti-migrant populists are already in power in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Junker’s definition of “far right” is somewhat broad, noted by him previously describing Hungary’s conservative president, Viktor Orbán, as a “fascist.”

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