Hostile Protesters Confront Bill Clinton In Coal Country, West Virginia…

Hillary could’ve calibrated those words differently.

Via Free Beacon:

Bill Clinton was repeatedly interrupted by protesters during a rally for Hillary Clinton in Logan, West Virginia Sunday before the state’s primary on May 10.

The group booed the former president and confronted him about Hillary Clinton’s promise to destroy coal jobs, a long-standing staple of West Virginia’s economy.

During the rally, Clinton recounted that he had asked his wife to send him to “any place in America that feels left out and left behind.” The protesters then began shouting at the former president, to which he reacted with disdain.

“This is where they start screaming because they don’t want to hear this,” Clinton said with his hand raised. The crowd applauded and stood up to face the protesters, who continued booing and were ushered out.

“The difference between us and them is that we listen to them,” Clinton said.

Prior to Clinton’s appearance in Logan, city officials emailed Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) attempting to prevent his visit, according to WVNS-TV.

“Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,” their email stated. “Mrs. Clinton’s anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point. The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough.”

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Fort Bragg Soldier Charged With Kidnapping And Rape Of Fellow Soldier In His Unit…

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Via CNN:

A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg has been charged with the rape and kidnapping of a fellow soldier, police said Saturday.

Johnathan Simpson, 26, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery, according to Fayetteville, North Carolina police. The alleged assault occurred off base in Fayetteville, and the 26-year-old victim and Simpson are in the same Army unit, police said.

Simpson remained in custody Saturday at the Cumberland County Detention Center and was being held under a $250,000 secured bond.

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Skilled Negotiator Kerry Once Again Forced To Appeal To Russia For Help On Syria…

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Regime change is complicated.

Via US News:

Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.

At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic State group, and Secretary of State John Kerry has appealed once more to his Russian counterpart for assistance in containing and reducing the violence, particularly around city of Aleppo.

Kerry spoke at length on Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to that end, and had been hoping to meet with Lavrov soon, according to U.S. officials. Kerry was scheduled to arrive in Switzerland late Sunday for talks with U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and planned to return to Washington on Monday.

But Lavrov was not expected to be in Geneva, complicating Kerry’s efforts to make the case directly to the Russians for more pressure on their Syrian government allies to stop or at least limit attacks in Aleppo.

The State Department said Kerry, in his meetings, would “review ongoing efforts to reaffirm the cessation of hostilities nationwide in Syria, obtain the full humanitarian access to which the Syrian government committed and support a political transition.”

Specific, viable options to achieve those broad goals are limited, and Friday’s announcement of a new, partial cease-fire that does not include Aleppo underscored the difficulty Kerry faced.

U.S. and other officials described that initiative, brokered mainly by Russia and the United States as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, as a “reinforcement” of the February truce, now largely in tatters, that they hope to extend from Damascus and the capital’s suburbs and the coastal province of Latakia to other areas.

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Norwegian Band Calls On Commies To Boycott Israel…

Band Razika from Norway. Losers.

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Judge: California Police Targeted Gays In Bathroom Sting Operation…

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Bathroom wars continue.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina ruled Friday that Rory Moroney’s arrest in 2014 was based on discriminatory enforcement and prosecution, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

If convicted, Moroney would have been required to register as a sex offender for life.

Moroney, 50, was arrested after a detective acting as a vice unit decoy said he exposed himself in a bathroom at Recreation Park in the Los Angeles suburb.

Moroney said the detective, who smiled, nodded and made eye contact in the restroom, appeared to be interested in sex.

During the trial, police indicated that they had arrested about 55 men for lewd conduct in the past two years.

Police said they based lewd-conduct operations on complaints, but the judge said there was little evidence of such complaints at the men’s restrooms where most stings took place.

“The presence and tactics of the decoy officers actually caused the crimes to occur,” Dhanidina ruled.

“The arbitrary enforcement of the law as seen in this case undermines the credibility of our legal system, eroding public confidence in our ability to achieve just results,” the judge said in his closing remarks.

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Freight Train With Toxic Chemicals Derails In Washington DC…

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Might be an improvement.

Via Bloomberg:

A CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from one of them, officials said.
No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.

The train derailed Sunday about 6:40 a.m. near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station and one of the derailed leaked sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including soap and detergents, CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said.

Sodium hydroxide, also known as corrosive lye, is a chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes. CSX says it is working with first responders to contain the chemical.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference that the leak was contained, but officials were not sure how much spilled out.

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University Of Louisville To Remove Confederate Memorial From Where It Has Stood Since 1895…

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The diversity police strike again.

Via Lexington Herald Leader:

A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895.

The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday. The monument is capped with a statue of a Confederate soldier.

“It’s time for us to move this monument to a more appropriate place,” Ramsey said while standing in front of the stone memorial, which sits next to the university’s gleaming Speed Art museum that just completed a $60 million renovation.

Governments and universities across the country have re-evaluated displays of Confederate symbols following the racially motivated slayings last summer of nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The tall, obelisk-style monument will be disassembled and cleaned while it is in storage awaiting a new location, which has not been determined. It was given to the city by the Kentucky Woman’s Monument Association.

Ricky Jones, a professor of Pan-African studies at the university, said he has been pushing for removal of the statue since he arrived at the university in the late 1990s.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am,” Jones said after the announcement Friday. “I think this statue being on the campus is somewhat akin to flying the Confederate flag over the (university’s) administration building.”

Jones wrote in a newspaper opinion piece last week that the statue is a “towering granite and bronze eyesore glorifying the nadir of America’s past.”

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Trump Touts Mike Tyson Endorsement…

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Via Journal Gazette:

A decades-old rape conviction didn’t stop Donald Trump from boasting about an endorsement from Mike Tyson this week.

Standing in the city where the boxer in 1991 raped an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant in his hotel room, Trump reveled in Tyson’s Twitter endorsement Wednesday at an Indianapolis rally.

Those comments have drawn scorn online and in various media reports, and drew a rebuke from Carly Fiorina.

Campaigning beside Ted Cruz on Friday in Indianapolis, she said, “Sorry, I don’t consider a convicted rapist a tough guy.”

But Fort Wayne GOP Rep. Bob Morris defended Trump’s views on CNN Friday morning.

“If Mr. Trump believes Mr. Tyson did his time and he’s a good person today we’ve got to recognize that,” Morris said when asked about Fiorina’s comment. “We need to stop beating up on people and look at the good qualities of people.”

At the rally, Trump was talking about a prizefighter and segued into telling the crowd Tyson endorsed him months ago. “I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK?” he said.

“But Mike said, ‘I love Trump. I endorse Trump.’ And that’s the end. I’m sure he doesn’t know about your economic situation in Indiana and that’s OK. But when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness.”

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Truman Aircraft Carrier To Stay In Gulf, Keep Up Strikes On ISIS…

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B52s standing by.

Via Fox News:

The Pentagon has ordered the USS Harry Truman to remain in the Persian Gulf for an extra 30 days to continue strikes against the Islamic State, the Navy announced late Friday.

Aircraft from the Truman carrier have dropped more than 1,000 bombs on the terror group’s targets since arriving in the Gulf late last year, according to a statement announcing the extension.

The entire Truman strike group consists of the aircraft carrier, the cruiser USS Anzio and three destroyers – the USS Bulkeley, the USS Gonzalez and USS Gravely.

Adm. John Richardson, chief of Naval Operations said late Friday, the decision was essential to the effort to “dismantle and roll back terrorist networks in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.”

He also called accelerating the fight against the Islamic the president’s “No. 1 priority” and said the U.S. military is still trying to finish off the al Qaeda terror group.

Multiple defense officials tell Fox News that the Navy extended the Truman group’s stay because there is not another aircraft carrier ready to take its place, in part because of China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea and Russia’s military resurgence.

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Iraqi Prime Minister To Arrest Protesters Who Attacked Members Of Parliament…

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Iraq clearly doing well.

Via Washington Post:

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday ordered that protesters who attacked parliamentarians and security forces and damaged property as they stormed the parliament building on Saturday be brought to justice.

The embattled premier called on Iraq’s ministry of interior to “chase” the troublemakers a day after they penetrated the capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone demanding reform, sending Iraqi politicians fleeing.

Hundreds of demonstrators, many of whom are the followers of Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, were still camped out Sunday in the Green Zone. They had moved their demonstration to a parade ground next to the capital’s Hands of Victory monument, an arch of crossed swords constructed to commemorate the Iran-Iraq war.

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Transsexual Student Charged With ‘Mischief’ For Burning Gay Pride Flag…

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Charge downgraded from a ‘hate crime’.

Via MRC:

A transsexual student at the University of British Columbiais being charged with “mischief” for burning a gay pride flag in protest of political correctness and transgender identity politics.

CBC News reports Brooklyn Marie Fink is being charged with “mischief under $5,000″ for burning a gay pride flag during UBC Pride Collective’s OUTweek in February. The event is billed as “a celebration of gender and sexual diversity.”

The incident was first considered a potential hate crime. In a statement condemning the incident, UBC wrote, “UBC condemns this incident as an act of hate and in contravention of the values of equity, inclusion and respect deeply held by the university community.”

During her court hearing, Fink tried to have the mischief charge dismissed. Fink said the incident should be handled by the university rather than the criminal justice system.

In a statement to the gay news site the Daily Xtra, Fink said the incident happened after a professor referred to her by the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” a “preferred pronoun” by many who consider themselves transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer.

Fink said she felt like that was a case of discrimination against transsexuals in favor of transgender politics. Fink allegedly told the Daily Extra political correctness has gone too far.

The Daily Xtra notes Fink “objects to the term ‘transgender,’ which she considers so overly broad as to be meaningless. As a result, she says, ‘transsexual patients get lumped in with transgender politics.’”

Fink said she wants the lesbian, gay, and transgender community to “stop assuming I’m in on their political movement,” adding that “LGBT politics have ruined my life.”

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Cuban-American Filmmaker: America Morphing Into Communist Country…

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And Obama is helping.

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg Dec. 10, 2013.

President Barack Obama greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank soccer stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg Dec. 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) ∧

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Arizona School Yanks Dress Code Poster Some Students Find Offensive…

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Lighten up special snowflakes.

Via ABC News:

Officials removed a controversial poster from the Desert Ridge High School library in Mesa, Arizona, Thursday after some students took offense at its message that appears to be a humorous attempt to highlight the school’s dress code.

“I don’t get offended easily, but this definitely crossed the line for me,” senior Alissa Adams, 18, told ABC News.

The poster, which had a photo and cartoons attached, claimed that girls who came to school “looking pretty cute” made boys see them as “meat, and it’s distracting.” It went on to say that boys would “make lousy grades” as a result, but the girls “end up with one of them anyways because he thought you looked HOT!”

It suggested that the distractions posed by a girl left a boy “underemployed because he learned nothing in school,” leaving the girl to support him.

When Adams first saw the poster a couple days ago, she took a pen and wrote on the bottom, “So it’s the girls fault, right? #feminism,” she said.

Adams said she approached the librarian who put up the poster, but she declined to remove it, saying that Adams was the only person who took offense. Later that day, she said, another student alerted the principal, who directed the librarian to remove it.

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Fight Breaks Out At White House Correspondents Dinner…

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Nerd fight at nerd prom. Awesome!

Via Washington Post:

For an event held at the soaring U.S. Institute of Peace building in Foggy Bottom, the swanky afterparty hosted by MSNBC following the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner sure saw some conflict.

In the early-morning hours of Sunday, a scuffle broke out between Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief. The fight — unusual among a tuxedo-clad crowd more used to venting their differences with Twitter snarks — briefly caused ripples in the party, where political staffers and journalists were grooving to tunes spun by DJ Biz Markie and noshing on mini servings of chili cheese fries.

Here’s how it went down, per several witness: Grim and Watters were among a group located in a heated tent just outside the main party area. The two apparently don’t have a personal relationship, but Grim realized who Watters was and recalled a beef he had with the “O’Reilly Factor” correspondent that dated back to 2009, when Watters, known as an “ambush journalist,” had engineered an on-camera confrontation of writer Amanda Terkel, now a HuffPo colleague of Grim. Terkel’s account of the incident was headlined “I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly’s Producer.”

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Mad Mom: Teacher Said ‘Go Back To Africa’ After Student Refused To Stand For Pledge, Blamed Trump…

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Social justice warrior in training.

Via The Daily Caller:

A mother in small-town South Carolina claims a high school science teacher urged her son, a freshman, to “go back to Africa” after he refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because, the student told the teacher, “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa.”

The kerfuffle occurred on Tuesday at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, S.C. (pop.: 12,361), reports The Beaufort Gazette, a local newspaper.

The unidentified 14-year-old boy’s mother, Nicole Whitmore, said about half the students in the — also unidentified — science teacher’s Tuesday morning class at Battery Creek High refused to stand for the Pledge or recite it.

Whitmore told the Gazette her son announced to a friend that the patriotic, 31-word oath is irrelevant to him because “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa.”

According to the mad mom, the science teacher then shot back that the student should “go back to Africa.”

Whitmore describes herself as black and Puerto Rican.

The science teacher is white, she said.

“I didn’t take kindly to it, and my son didn’t take kindly to it,” Whitmore told the Gazette. “You don’t tell my son to go back to Africa knowing you’re a different color than he is. I’m Puerto Rican and black, I know what I went through. I don’t want my son going through anything discriminative.”

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Kasich: Homosexuals Probably Born Gay…

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Mr science.

Via ABC:

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich said Friday that he thinks gay people are “probably” born that way, and he sees no reason to discriminate against homosexuals.

The remarks came during an intense exchange between the Ohio governor and a 62-year-old gay man at a town-hall style meeting. San Francisco resident Kelly Bryan repeatedly asked Kasich if he believed gay people were born gay.

“Do I think that people are, you know, born gay?” Kasich said, after Bryan pressed him several times. “Probably. I’ve never studied the issue, but I don’t see any reason to hurt you or discriminate [against] you or make you feel bad or make you feel like a second-class citizen.”

Later in the day Kasich said that some of his fellow party members are alienating Hispanic voters with scare tactics that could hurt the GOP in November’s general election.

“Do the Republicans actually think that they can win an election by scaring every Hispanic in this country to death?” Kasich told reporters at the California GOP convention in San Francisco, being held ahead of the state’s June 7 primary. “Scaring them to the point that they are afraid that their families are going to be torn apart and disrupted? Do you have any idea what those folks are going to do in a general election?”

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Trump Backers Yell Foul Over Loss At Arizona GOP Convention…

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PHOENIX (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump.

The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer, losing her first election in 35 years, angrily yelled “I got cheated — I got cheated,” as the results became known.

But Cruz’s Arizona campaign organizer says simple math led to the at-large victory Saturday. Cruz offered a nearly identical slate of candidates as John Kasich backers, and the combined votes led to a win.

The victory was mainly strategic for Cruz since all 58 Arizona delegates are required to vote for Trump on the first national ballot because he won the state’s primary. There are three automatic delegates, including state party Chairman Robert Graham.

With Trump at nearly 1,000 national delegates out of 1,237 he needs to win the presidential nomination outright after recent sweeps of five eastern states, even Cruz’s Arizona backers believe Saturday’s effort is likely to be for naught.

“It’s most likely that Trump will be the next president, but I’m trying my hardest for it to be Cruz,” said state Rep. David Livingston, who is unabashedly backing Cruz.

State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, who chairs Trump’s Arizona campaign, said a challenge is possible after calls for a revote were rejected by the party.

“The Trump campaign is very unhappy with the results,” DeWit told reporters. “We don’t feel that this was a fair process. The Trump button got checked more than any other, so why do we have so few delegates?”

Constantin Querard, Cruz’s Arizona campaign chair, countered: “They lost because of math, not because of malfeasance. If you take the people that want Cruz, and you add to them the people who don’t want Trump, that’s a majority in just about any room in America.”

Graham, the state party chairman, said the election was run fairly, and the Kasich-Cruz slates just combined to get the win.

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Poll: Cruz Has 16pt Lead Over Trump In Indiana…

Via AOL:

A new poll shows Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz having a significant lead over front-runner Donald Trump in Indiana’s primary.

The poll, obtained from the Mike Downs Center For Indiana Politics by several outlets, found 45 percent of voters polled support Cruz –– a 16-point lead over Trump.

Indiana’s Republican primary could still end up being extremely tight, though. Thirteen percent of people surveyed said they didn’t know who they’d support, and the poll has a 5 percent margin of error.

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19 Year Old White Woman Attacked While Riding Blue Line In Chicago…Other Passengers Stand By and Watch…

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Another random act in crime free Chicago. (Sarcasm)

Via WGNTV:

Police are seeking two suspects in the brutal beating of a woman who was riding the CTA Blue Line yesterday morning.

The beating happened around 10 a.m Thursday on a CTA Blue Line train headed west, approaching the Kedzie-Homan stop.

19-year-old DePaul student Jessica Hughes was on her way home to Berwyn from a morning class and says after a large group of people got off the train at the UIC Halstead stop, a man moved to the seat in front of her, turned around and attacked.

“He grabs me, pushes me to the floor and starts beating on my head repeatedly,” Jessica said.

The man wanted Jessica’s phone. It was in her pocket. A woman who was with the attacker jumped in and punched Jessica in the nose, breaking it.

All the while, two male passengers stood by and watched.

“He kept beating on me. I’m yelling help to the other people and no one came “

The suspects did not get Jessica’s phone. They ran off the train.

The attackers were captured on surveillance video.

“I’m just hoping everything they need is on that video,” Jessica said. “And they’re able to get those people that did this to me.”She described the attacker as an African American man in his mid-20’s. She says he had facial hair, was wearing a blue Ralph Lauren polo hat, a grey hoodie and baggy pants that were sagging below his waist.

She says the woman, also African American in her mid-20’s was extremely thin, with long black hair.

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Obama Takes Surprise Swipe At Hillary During White House Correspondents Dinner…