Russian Defector Critical of Putin Shot Dead in Ukraine

No, Putin is not a nice guy. People who cross him tend to end up murdered.

Via Daily Caller:

A former Russian member of parliament who fled to Ukraine after mounting heavy criticism against President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Kiev on Thursday.

Denis Voronenkov, a former Communist member in the lower house of Russian parliament, was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of a high-end hotel in the Ukrainian capital, authorities confirmed, according to the Guardian.

Voronenkov moved to Ukraine in late 2016 because he said Kremlin security agencies were pursuing him. He renounced his Russian citizenship and was soon after granted Ukrainian citizenship.

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FEC Dems Resume Their Campaign to Regulate Conservative Media, Facebook, Twitter

They realize that social media has actually been a strength for conservatives and they’re not at all happy with that.

Via Free Beacon:

Federal Election Commission Democrats are rebooting their campaign to regulate the internet, from social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to conservative websites like Drudge. Liberal commissioners previously gave up on this mission amid opposition from Republicans.

Many on the left are arguing FEC rules are outdated and need to be updated to the social media era, arguing the internet should be regulated for political content and spending, the Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday. Democrats have used FEC ex-Commisioner Ann Ravel’s critical exit report to back their case. Ravel was behind the effort to change the rules, but her Republican colleagues shut her down because they believed her only goal was to regulate right-leaning websites.

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Anderson Cooper’s ‘Maddow Moment’: Tries To Deflect Nunes Revelation With “New Details” Of Russia Collusion

Count the number of qualifiers and realize that the reason for dropping this nothing burger is to counter the bombshell from House intel chair Devin Nunes that yes, there was collection of the conversations of Trump aides, their names were improperly unmasked and illegally leaked to media.

Via Daily Caller:

Anderson Cooper “broke” some “news” Wednesday night that Twitter users were quick to point out was anything but.

Things started off optimistically for the “AC360” host and his team of contributors, correspondents and analysts.

Cooper claimed “CNN has learned new details of the FBI investigation in to potential links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign, and the Russian government.”

As they went on to dive deeper with the reporters who “broke” the story, several viewers used Twitter to help unpack some of the finer points.

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The American Bar Association Unanimously Awards Gorsuch Its Highest Rating Of “Well Qualified”

Democratic objections continue to look foolish, petty and bitter.

Schumer Says Dems Will Filibuster Gorsuch

Bring it.

Via The Washington Times:

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday that Democrats will attempt to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination, saying he would tilt the Supreme Court too far away from what Democrats want to see.

“After careful deliberation I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Schumer said, announcing his filibuster on the Senate floor.

The speech amounted to a challenge to Republicans, who may now have to decide whether to trigger the “nuclear option” and change the chamber’s rules to curtail the power of the filibuster.

Mr. Schumer, who four years ago himself voted to trigger the nuclear option on all other nominees, told Republicans not to follow his lead.

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Bob Woodward: Obama Officials Possibly Facing Criminal Charges For Unmasking Scheme

Via Washington Examiner:

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump’s transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities “unmasked” after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.

The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain “masked” if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.

During an interview on Fox News, Woodward said that if that information about the unmasking is true, “it is a gross violation.”

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Cray Cray Chelsea Clinton Blames Diabetes On Climate Change…

So it’s not diet and heredity? Gotta love Chelsea, she’s always good for a little bit of crazy.

Via Twitchy:

Horrifying research; one degree Celsius increase could cause a bunch of people to get diabetes.

Right.

It could … but then again climate change could ALSO cause an increase in the number of monkeys flying out of your butt.




BREAKING: Westminster Terrorist Is Identified

As we previously noted, however, the British have already announced that he had been previously investigated for extremism and was known to MI-5.

Via BBC:

The man police believe to be responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been formally identified as Khalid Masood, Scotland Yard says.

Masood, aged 52, was born in Kent and detectives believe he was most recently living in the West Midlands.

Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack, police say.

However, he was known to the police and had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences.

He has not been convicted of any terrorism offences.

Utah Man On 25th Wedding Anniversary Dream Vacation With Wife Killed In Parliament Attack

I’m so tired of seeing the smiling faces of beautiful people killed and taken away from us in the name of a hateful ideology. When leftists talk about stopping ‘hate’, this is real hate. R.I.P., sir, sorry our society didn’t care enough to stop things to be able to save you, and prayers for your wife and family.

LONDON — A Utah man was killed and his wife was injured during attacks in London Wednesday that left five dead and 40 injured.

Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, confirmed Thursday morning that Kurt Cochran was one of the victims killed in the incident and his wife, Melissa, was injured. Melissa Cochran’s parents are currently serving as LDS missionaries in London.

Melissa Cochran’s brother and family spokesman, Clinton Payne, released a statement Thursday morning:

“Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our daughter and sister, Melissa. They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday.

“Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack, and is being cared for in the hospital. We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries.”

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Like Lobster? Lobstermen Would Like To Bring Them To You, But Obama Regs Are Hindering And Hurting Them

President Trump helped out the coal miners, he may need to help out the lobstermen who are being choked by Obama regulations and actions as well.

In the report the fishermen mention an area of the ocean declared a monument so they can’t fish there?

That’s the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

Obama strikes again! He declared it a monument in 2016, thus prohibiting fishing, kicking an already strained industry in the teeth.

As the Maine Lobsterman Association spokesperson notes, this will kill thousands of jobs.

BREAKING: ISIS Claims Responsibility For British Parliament Attack…

Big surprise.

Via Fox News:

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attack that left four people dead, including the assailant and a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building on Wednesday, according to the Amaq media agency.

“The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,” the Amaq statement said.

The claim of responsibility comes fewer than 24 hours after a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building.

Border Union: Obama Policies Cause Of 14-Year-Old’s Rape In School

All the horrible things he left in place are going to take some effort to clean up.

Via Washington Examiner:

Open door immigration policies put in place by the Obama administration were cited a cause for the alleged rape of a 14-year-old student inside Maryland high school by two illegals, according to the head of the Border Patrol union.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, cited the former administration’s “catch and release” program for letting the two illegals charged in the rape into the United States.

In Senate testimony, he said, “Had we done our job that 14-year-old girl would never have been raped. Period. That’s all there is to it.”

Two illegal immigrants have been charged in the rape that occurred a week ago in the Rockville, Md., high school. A lawyer for the oldest, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, of Guatemala, claimed that the sex was consensual, but police claim they have a “strong case” for rape. Jose Montano, 17 of El Salvador, was also charged. Because he is a minor, no other details of his case have been released.

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British PM: Parliament Attacker “British-born,” Once Investigated By MI-5 For “Extremism”

If he acted alone and there is no evidence to suggest there are others, why were 7 people picked up in connection with this attack since it happened yesterday?

“British-born” is interesting terminology. That seems to suggest there are things about him that would suggest he wasn’t British – perhaps his name or that “Asian” background that the media reported.

Police: Parliament Attacker “Inspired By International Terrorism,” 7 Arrested Overnight

Acted alone, but 7 arrested?

Black Artists Ask Whitney Museum To Destroy White Artist’s Racially Insensitive Painting Of Emmett Till…

Is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial next? So these black artists actually want to go against the will of Till’s mother and want to censure art?

Via Heat Street:

A group of black artists are protesting a painting by white New York City artist Dana Schutz for racial insensitivity.

Several artists stood in front of the painting, currently on display at the 2017 Whitney Biennial on Friday, physically blocking it from view for several hours.

The work, entitled “Open Casket”(2016), is based on a famous photograph from the funeral of Emmett Till—a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman.

Schutz’s painting depicts Till’s dead body lying in the open-coffin, his mutilated face and chest turned towards the viewer. The boy’s casket was left open at his mother’s request for everyone to witness the brutality of the racist attack to which he’d been victim.

One of the artists protesting the work, Parker Bright, wore a t-shirt with the slogan “Black Death Spectacle” on the back and “No lynch mob” on the front.

“I wanted to confront people with a living, breathing black body” he told the Guardian.

Citing the appropriation of black suffering by white artists as another example of systemic racial oppression, British-born artist Hannah Black penned an open letter to the museum curators demanding that the painting not only be removed, but “destroyed” and “prevented from entering any market or museum.”

“The subject matter is not Schutz’s,” Black wrote on Facebook. “White free speech and white creative freedom have been founded on the constraint of others, and are not natural rights. The painting must go.”

The note was signed by other artists of color, including Juliana Huxtable. “Although Schutz’s intention may be to present white shame, this shame is not correctly represented as a painting of a dead Black boy by a white artist—those non-black artists who sincerely wish to highlight the shameful nature of white violence should first of all stop treating black pain as raw material.”

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Vandals Sought For Burning Holes In Pipeline As Dakota Access Poised To flow Oil This Week

Eco-terrorism, simple as that. If those eco-warriors had cut into the pipeline while oil was flowing through it, they would have been killed instantly and the resulting explosion, fire and spill would have been an environmental disaster.

Via Washington Times:

The next activists who try to burn a hole through the Dakota Access pipeline may find that carbon pollution is the least of their problems.

The $3.8 billion project is expected to begin running oil this week, as authorities investigate two separate incidents of vandalism in Iowa and South Dakota involving holes torched in pipes located at above-ground valve sites.

No oil was flowing through the pipes, but if there had been, the consequences could have been disastrous, said Brigham A. McCown, former acting administrator of the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

“If they had tried to utilize a torch to burn through the sidewall, they would have likely ignited the oil inside and been killed instantly,” said Mr. McCown, now an infrastructure consultant. “This is a serious safety issue and cannot be justified under any basis. Those responsible should face severe criminal penalties.”

The vandalism comes as another worry for Energy Transfer Partners, which endured months of costly delays last year as the Standing Rock Sioux and protesters fought the final 1,100-foot stretch of the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline in North Dakota.

The company said Monday in a status report filed with a federal court that it planned to begin flowing oil this week despite the “physical attacks along the pipeline that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment.”

“These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations,” said ETP attorney William Scherman in the court filing, which was heavily redacted. “With that in mind, the company now believes that oil may flow sometime this week.”

Craig Stevens, spokesman for the pro-pipeline Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, said the latest incidents, which he called “terrorist activities,” would not derail the project.

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Chicago Funerals Face Threats Of Gang Violence…

Target-rich environment for the gang-bangers.

Via CBS Chicago:

For many, a loved one’s funeral or wake is a somber time; but in some Chicago neighborhoods, the mourning happens under the threat of gang violence.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports that some community leaders are calling for state lawmakers to crack down on this.

While June Williams has offered comfort to the grieving at her funeral home for decades, it still didn’t prepare for her some of the things she would witness.

“A gentleman went up to see his brother, who had been killed, and I’m standing at the casket, so of course, I’m thinking, ‘how touching — he’s grieving over his brother.’ And another walked up, put his arm around him and he stabbed him,” Williams said.

Increasingly in Chicago, violence, often gang retaliations, plague even sacred moments such as these.

“I have experienced going to funeral homes and churches where weapons are laid up under the seats,” crisis responder Andrew Holmes said.

These community leaders want tough legislation for those who commit violence at funerals, similar to safe school zone laws.

And Bishop Travis Grant thinks this sort of legislation will register with some of those brazen gang members.

“They know what gets you picked up, they know what gets you pulled over, they know what gets you held at 26th and California,” he said.

In today’s current state, funeral directors have to avoid wearing certain colors and to look for the safest routes to cemeteries.

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HT: Marathon Pundit

Florida Homeowner Told She Has To Take Down Racist, Offensive Blue Lives Matter Flag…

The butthurt burns hot.

Via Action News Jax:

Jeff Gaddie says the Blue Lives Matter flag has flown outside his daughter’s home in St. Johns County for years.

Gaddie told Action News Jax it’s flown to honor him — and many other family members — who are law enforcement.

The homeowner is asking the St. Johns County neighborhood not be identified for fear of backlash.

“If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” Gaddie said.

Recently, his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag, saying it doesn’t fit the rules and regulations of the homeowners association.

“She called to ask why,” Gaddie said. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”

She was asked to submit a form for permission to fly to flag — so she sent in the request.

The request was denied.

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HT: Law Officer

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IRS Policy That Allowed Targeting Is Still In Effect…

Audit time.

Via The Daily Signal:

An obscure bureaucratic policy that allowed IRS officials to target conservative and tea party tax-exemption applicants during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns is still in place, meaning the same abuses may be continuing, according to a nonprofit government watchdog.

The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday.

The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involves a newsworthy topic.

“Targeting was—and is—IRS policy, not a violation of it,” the report said, noting that the policy is still in place. “As a result, American taxpayers are at risk for similar treatment in the future.”

“In halting the applications, preparing such reports and referring the matter to supervisors, including political appointees, IRS employees behaved exactly as agency rules dictated,” the report continued.

The IRS delayed hundreds of applications from conservative and tea party groups beginning in 2010. A federal court recently ruled the IRS is still targeting groups using the policy.

The policy “automatically politicizes the process in an attempt to avoid potential embarrassment,” according to the report. Partisan officials can use the “vague and open-ended” policy “to selectively delay and obstruct those applications receiving higher scrutiny without a way to hold the officials accountable for their decisions.”[…]

“Seven years after the targeting scandal began, the rule that enabled this inexcusable behavior still exists,” the report said. “Until that rule is removed from the internal manual used by all IRS employees, targeting of political opponents will remain a very real threat.”

Cause of Action Institute noted that the IRS has the authority to change its policy without legislation.

“Given the amount of criticism the IRS has received regarding its targeting practices, it is hard to believe the agency has not yet taken the steps needed to remedy the problem,” the report said.

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