This is by turns hilarious, yet also incredibly sad to think that this is the flummoxed administration we were saddled with for 8 years.
Via Free Beacon:
Ben Rhodes sputters incoherently at the end of “The Final Year,” the documentary about former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team and their diplomatic efforts throughout 2016.
He’s rendered speechless by an event he says wasn’t going to happen during the film: The election of Donald Trump.
Yet throughout the documentary, he’s also flummoxed by finding out Vladimir Putin isn’t out to promote what the U.S. thinks Russia’s interests are, the media’s response to his pronouncement that they were stupid rubes suckered into promoting the Iran nuclear deal, people who think climate change isn’t a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism, and at one point, getting into the back seat of a van.
Well, yeah, if you didn’t look at any of the eight years.
Via Free Beacon:
Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday contrasted his presidency with those of other modern presidents, claiming his administration was free of scandals.
Obama was speaking at a technology conference in Las Vegas when he made the claim regarding his eight years in office, Newsweek reports.
“I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about,” Obama said.
“But actually, if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good,” Obama said. “It’s a big deal.”
Obama suggested there were less scandals within his administration because he was lenient on anyone who messed up but didn’t do so out of “malicious intent.”
Awesome video of Pres. Trump shaking hands of Naval Academy graduates for 90 minutes. Here’s every single one in under a minute. pic.twitter.com/HGkrH7f3bV
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) May 25, 2018
1042, that’s a challenge. Go, Navy!
Attendees of the Naval Academy commencement in Annapolis, Maryland probably had no doubt who President Trump was referring to in his speech.
Trump repeatedly knocked former President Obama as he spoke to the 1,042 graduating midshipmen along with family and guests at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday morning.
“In case you haven’t noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately. A lot. We are not going to apologize for America. We are going to stand up for America. No more apologies,” Trump told the crowd.
“We are respected again — I can tell you that,” he said.
“A growing number used their platforms to denigrate America’s incredible heritage, challenge America’s sovereignty and weaken America’s pride,” he said.
Obviously zinging his predecessor’s infamous policy of apologizing and appeasement, the president spoke about the “cynics and critics who try to tear down America,” noting that the “problem grew worse” in recent years.
Say Their Names: ‘Two Good Guys With Guns,’ Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario, Who Stopped Oklahoma Shooting
This was initially reported as an ‘armed citizen.’ Turns out it was two guys, not just one. They both screamed at him to drop his gun. He refused. He’s now dead. Thankfully, they were armed. Whittle’s name is spelt with an h although the following report doesn’t include it.
Via Free Beacon:
Thirty-five-year-old Juan Carlos Nazario and 39-year-old Bryan Wittle are credited with saving lives after they intervened in what police believe was a random attack at a restaurant in Oklahoma on Thursday.
The two men went to their cars to retrieve their firearms after a 28-year-old man opened fire at Louie’s Bar & Grill on Lake Hefner. The attacker wounded three people inside the restaurant before being shot and killed by Nazario and Wittle. The victims are currently receiving medical treatment. Police officials said they are all in good condition and expected to survive.
“A man walked into the Louie’s restaurant and opened fire with a gun,” the Oklahoma City Police Department said in a series of tweets. “Two people were shot. The incident is under investigation. The shooter’s motive is unknown and his identity is not yet confirmed. The victims are expected to survive.”
Via Daily Caller:
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was perp-walked on Friday morning as he turned himself in to police in New York City.
As he was taken to court for his arraignment on rape charges, a few people noticed that Weinstein was carrying a biography of controversial Hollywood director Elia Kazan — and they wondered whether he could be sending a message. (RELATED: WATCH: Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In To NY Police, Charged With Rape)
A former member of the Communist Party himself, Kazan gave eight names of other party members when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952.
Some assumed that Weinstein was attempting to suggest that he was being persecuted, as Kazan was also accused of questionable behavior toward women.
Publix can join Yeti Coolers. Update to this story.
Via Sun Sentinel:
Minutes before scores of students and others lay down in protest at various Publix stores, the supermarket chain announced it was suspending future political contributions.
The company issued a statement Friday saying: “At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues.” It said it had decided to “suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving process.”
David Hogg, who organized the “die-in,” said he wants to learn more about the suspended political donations before pronouncing it progress.
“Whatever happens the young people will win,” he said
The protests were held 100 days after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and centered on the chain’s donations to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a self-proclaimed “proud#NRASellout.”
He and other demonstrators were met by counter-protesters, including a number of President Donald Trump supporters, shouting, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and “NRA! NRA! NRA!”
Hogg’s mother, who participated in the die-in, said people were stepping over her to get to their fruit.
Via Daily Wire:
A local Miami news station released an explosive report on Thursday night about a “disturbing assault” that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School four years to the day before the tragic shooting in February. The alleged incident involved one of the sons of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and was allegedly “covered up” by Officer Scot Peterson, the resource officer who infamously failed to confront the Parkland shooter.
WPLG Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman reported Thursday that two 17-year-old students at the school allegedly bullied a 14-year-old freshman boy, with one of the 17-year-olds holding down the student while the other 17-year-old kicked the victim, grabbed his genitals, and then grabbed the victim’s own baseball bat and began shoving it against his buttocks “simulating rape” through the boy’s clothes.
The father of a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, Royer Borges, called for an investigation into the alleged incident last week. Patch.com reports:
In a statement issued through his Fort Lauderdale attorney’s office, Royer Borges said that a then 17-year-old son of the sheriff was involved in an incident with former Deputy Scot Peterson, the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer. Peterson was the resource officer who failed to enter the high school as a gunman gunned down students and staff inside, leaving 17 dead and others injured.
MS-13 Gang Member, 21, Who Entered US Claiming To Be ‘Unaccompanied Alien Child’ Arrested After 2 Months On Run
Via Daily Mail:
A member of the brutal MS-13 gang, accused of killing a man and putting his corpse in the trunk of a car before setting it alight, has been arrested after two months on the run.
Fugitive Franklin Platero-Rodriguez was apprehended outside a Subway restaurant in Berkeley County during a joint operation by US marshals and local police officers.
The 21-year-old, who, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, is a documented and confirmed MS-13 gang member, is accused of intentionally and knowingly causing the Houston death of a man by shooting him.
After the man was killed, Platero-Rodriguez allegedly ‘poured gasoline on a vehicle and burned it while the deceased was inside the trunk,’ the office said.
He was arrested in Ladson, South Carolina, after marshals in Texas tipped off sheriffs.
‘We work closely with our federal partners and arrests like this are a result of it. Platero-Rodriguez is a dangerous MS-13 gang member and I am glad that we were able to locate and arrest him without him being able to cause further harm,’ Sheriff Duane Lewis said.[…]
Mr Lewis said that the arrested man was originally from El Salvador, adding: ‘He has been deported at least once, and then entered the country illegally again.’
Immigration and customs enforcement officials told Fox News that he was able to enter the country through ‘a loophole’, as an unaccompanied alien child – an illegal immigrant under the age of 18 who has entered the country.
HT: Huck Funn
Elitist lib dogma.
Michael Bloomberg: “Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying ‘oh we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.
The question is do you want to pander to those people? Or do you want to get them to live longer? There’s just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there’s just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.
So, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs.’ We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the US Army, but we don’t want to go start a war just to give them something to do and that’s exactly what you’re saying when you say ‘well, let’s keep coal killing people because we don’t want coal miners to lose their jobs.’ The truth of the matter is that there aren’t very many coal miners left anyways and we can find other things for them to do. But the comparison is: a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison.”
Lagarde: “So its regressive, it is good. There are lots of tax experts in the room. And fiscal experts, and I’m very pleased that they hear you say that. And they all say that two things in life which are absolutely certain. One is death, the other one is tax. So you use one to defer the other one.”
Democrats are their own worst enemy.
How much does it cost buy a fraudulent voter signature in LA?
Not a lot, according to the LAPD — just a dollar and a smoke.
Three men were arrested on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles Saturday — while allegedly paying homeless people with cash and cigarettes — to falsify names and signatures on official campaign petitions, police said.
The men had been observed engaging in suspicious interactions with people on sidewalks Sixth and San Julian streets last week, but it was only after consultation with state elections officials that the arrests were made during an undercover operation days later, carried out by police assigned to the Central Division.
“This is voter fraud, which we talk about, and we know it exists, but it isn’t exactly something that patrol officers deal with,” said LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar, a department spokeswoman.
She said the men were asking people on the street to sign several different political forms.
“They were petitions, and so they’d have them sign that petition as a fictitious person and they’d receive minimal compensation for that signature,” Aguilar said.
Thousands of dollars in cash and lists of LA County registered voters were booked into evidence, police said. Other law enforcement officials said the men were carrying signature-gathering paperwork to qualify at least four measures for upcoming elections.
Those included an LA County effort to reduce jail time and expand oversight of the Sheriff’s Department. They also had statewide measures to reduce the number of felons considered non-violent, increase income tax on millionaires and property tax on business owners, and a local effort in Long Beach to improve safety for some hotel workers.
He won’t make it a full 8 hours. Update to this story.
Via CBS News:
A 30-year-old New York man who’s being evicted from his parents’ home may finally have some luck coming his way. After hearing about Michael Rotondo’s personal woes, one national pizza chain decided to offer him a job.
After months of ignoring eviction notices and offers of cash, Rotondo was ordered by a state judge on Tuesday to move out of his parents’ house in upstate New York. He has to leave by June 1, according to a court filing reviewed by CBS News.
Part of the reason Rotondo says he hasn’t left for a new place is because he’s jobless. But Andrew Steinberg, chief operating officer of the quick-service pizza chain Villa Italian Kitchen, wants to take a chance on him because he knows millennials have it “tough out there.”
“At Villa, we feel for millennials, across the board,” Steinberg said. “With that said…Michael, hey dude. We are offering you a store-level gig, complete with extensive training to get you up to speed, at any one of our 250 locations worldwide.”
Steinberg’s offer also comes with a “signing bonus” of sorts as an extra incentive.
“We heard your parents offered you $1,100 to get out. We’ll do you one better. Literally, one. Offer from us is on the table for $1,101 to come join our team. Consider it a signing bonus. We gotchu, bud.”
Left Eats Left: Party Chief Tom Perez Says DNC Must Keep Out Of Primaries, Then Intervenes For Cuomo
Keeping the old guard in place.
Via NBC News:
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez endorsed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election Thursday, angering some on the left who say the party leader is violating his own pledge to stay out of primaries.
Perez’s highly unusual involvement caught even Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the DNC deputy chairman, by surprise.
“The Democratic Party should not intervene in the primary process,” Ellison said through a spokesperson. “It is our role to be fair to all contestants and let the voters decide.”
Perez addressed the convention of the New York State Democratic Party, which is effectively controlled by Cuomo, and declared he was “proud to endorse” Cuomo and his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul.
“You’ve been delivering results and you’ve been delivering results that have made people’s lives better. That’s why Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul are charter members of the accomplishments wing of the Democratic Party, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse them,” Perez said.
Cuomo is seeking for a third term and facing a spirited primary challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon, who is running to his left.
Party chairmen typically play the neutral arbiter role in primaries, and Perez himself has repeatedly stressed the importance of staying out of Democratic contests. He took over the party last year pledging to restore trust after controversy about DNC involvement in the 2016 presidential nominating contest.
A DNC official, who would only comment on background, told NBC News that no DNC resources would be used to support Cuomo’s primary campaign or to attack any Democrats running.
Trooper With Same Name As Officer That Shaun King Falsely Accused Of Sexual Assault Is Being Threatened
Take King to court for slander.
Via Fox News:
A Texas state trooper has received thousands of death threats, his father tells Fox News, after a woman accused a different trooper with the same last name of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop, only to be contradicted by video evidence.
The threats poured in after columnist and activist Shaun King brought attention to the accusations on Twitter, but before body cam video contradicted those allegations. King and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt identified the accused trooper as “Officer Hubbard” or “Hubbard,” without revealing his first name.
The trooper accused by the woman is named Daniel Hubbard. Now, the trooper with the same surname, Jarrod K. Hubbard, is fighting back.[…]
“His picture was the first thing that came up,” said Jarrod Hubbard’s dad, Chief Deputy Norman Hubbard of the Bell County Sheriff’s Office. “One person posted on Twitter my name and date of birth, my wife’s name and date of birth and my son’s name and date of birth.”
The 37-year-old trooper, who’s been with the force for 13 years, was placed under protection of the Texas Rangers on Monday, his father said. The Rangers did not immediately confirm it to Fox News.
On Monday an attorney hired by the Hubbards sent a letter to King and Merritt asking that they “minimize the harm that has been and is being caused” by “disclosing that my client is not and has been erroneously identified as the Officer Daniel Hubbard involved in the event.”
“The identification error has defamed and is defaming my client and his family resulting in substantial harassment and threats necessitating his discontinuation of his Facebook page and need and request for protection for himself and his family from appropriate law enforcement agencies,” said the letter from the Hubbards’ lawyer, Vance Dunnam Jr.
Keeping a low profile is suggested.
Thieves in the Huntersville area are targeting supporters of the NRA and other gun enthusiasts lately.
Police say they are scouting for gun-related stickers on cars in parking lots, then busting into those cars and taking the guns for themselves.
“Any type of gun sticker,” Lt. Jason Cousar says. “NRA stickers, hunting stickers.”
Cousar say local lots have been littered with pro-gun decals on cars. For gun looters, it is a hot target.
“It’s happening pretty frequently,” he says.
Thieves will scout restaurants, movie theaters, neighborhoods – anywhere for these decals, before busting in.
“They’re pretty foxy,” Larry Hyatt says. “They’ll figure it out.”
Hyatt owns a local gun shop. These thefts are why he tells every one of his customers not to put gun-related decals on their rides.
“You might be letting people know you’re a gun owner but it might be the wrong people,” he says.
Hyatt has known these thefts to happen at local sporting events and advises caution as race fans from all over take over Charlotte in just a few days.
“They’re used to their rural lifestyle,” he says of visitors. “They got their NRA sticker on, they got their gun locked up in the truck, come out…their truck’s broken into, their gun’s gone.”
Lieutenant Cousar says officers will keep a close eye over the weekend.
“I don’t want to see the wrong people get their hands on guns and potentially harm an innocent person,” he says.
He says the biggest issue they have is people not having gun vaults for their car or just keeping their entire car unlocked.
Breaking: Shooting At Middle School In Noblesville, Indiana…Update: Three Injured, Suspect In Custody…Update: Teacher Was Hit 3 Times, But Now In ‘Good Condition’
Via Daily Caller:
A shooting occurred at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., with reports of shots fired and one injury Friday.
CNN reported on-air that one person is injured, yet it is unclear if that same person was shot. The school is reportedly on lockdown.
The suspect and total number of injured remains unknown, as well as whether or not there were students involved.
Noblesville, Ind., is about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
There appear to be two victims, a 13-year-old girl and a teacher who have been wounded. Suspect also a student has been captured. Early reports suggest that the teacher, Mr. Seaman, tackled the suspect.
Locals in the area are identifying the shooter as student David Moore and the teacher who stopped him as Mr. Seaman. This has not been confirmed by the police as yet. One other student also has a fractured ankle, so three injured in the incident.
Dan Spehler shared a firsthand account from a seventh grader who was in the Noblesville West Middle School at the time of the shooting.
The seventh grader said a student entered a science classroom and shot at someone. The science teacher bravely tacked the gunman and swatted the gun away from him, possibly saving others from getting injured. The student didn’t say whether the teacher was injured.
“I literally just spoke with a seventh grader who was in the room where this happened. Her mom came to pick her up this morning. She confirmed what I heard from another person who lives nearby that this was in a science classroom and that a science teacher may have been the one to literally tackle this kid and swat the gun away from him.
This is a picture of the seventh-grade science teacher who reportedly stopped the shooter. The alleged shooter’s social media account seems to indicate that he thought Seaman was a good teacher.
Good news, the hero teacher, although, hit three times, is in good condition, according to his mother. He’s had surgery and the mother asks for prayers for him. REport suggest two handguns were used.
A 2007 Mahomet-Seymour graduate has been hospitalized after a shooting at Noblesville (Ind.) West Middle School this morning.
Jason Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher and coach, is undergoing surgery at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, according to a public post by his mother Kristi Seaman. Seaman added that her son had been “hit three times” but she had been told he was in “good condition.”
“He’s a amazing kid,” said district superintendent Lindsey Hall. “We’re all in a state of shock.”
Seaman played multiple sports at Mahomet-Seymour. In 2007, he was named News-Gazette Athlete of the Year.
HT: Mandy Manners
The Reverend has changed his story. Update to this story.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has launched an internal investigation into the report of racial profiling levied by Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, the President of the Timmonsville, S.C. branch of the NAACP, against a Timmonsville police officer.
It was the first time the national organization released a public statement about the April 13 incident.
Rev. Moultrie posted his account of the traffic stop on social media, asserting that two different police officers questioned him after his car was stopped in the subdivision in which he lives.
Moultrie’s post said, “Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
Moultrie recounted his conversation with the officer in the post, saying the officer asked him if there were any drugs inside his car. Moultrie said in that post the officer told him, “I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket.”
Timothy Waters, a Florence community activist, went to the Timmonsville Police Department after reading Rev. Moultrie’s online post and got a copy of the officer’s dash and body cam video.
Waters said the body cam video totally contradicts what Moultrie posted on Facebook.
He said the officer was very pleasant and kind to Moultrie during the entire four-minute traffic stop.
In it’s statement of the internal investigation, the NAACP states, “The NAACP takes this opportunity to counter misleading assumptions about racial profiling in the context of traffic stops. Racial profiling, in this context, concerns the reasons for stopping a particular vehicle at a particular time, not whether the officer conducting the stop (or any other officer on the scene) is impolite.”
“Rev. Jerrod Moultrie addressed apparent contradictions between the body cam footage released by the Timmonsville Police Department and his social media account of the incident,” the NAACP states. “According to Rev. Moultrie, the body cam footage captures the arrival of the second police cruiser on the scene, but does not capture his interaction with the officer who conducted the initial stop in a separate vehicle, and who interacted with Rev. Moultrie before the second police cruiser arrived.”
Protip to Avenatti? Probably wasn’t the best idea to threaten the Daily Caller when you have so many skeletons in your closet…
Via Daily Caller:
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, threatened and emotionally abused his wife after they separated, she declared under oath in court filings The Daily Caller News Foundation reviewed.
In a sworn court declaration TheDCNF reviewed, Lisa Storie-Avenatti asked a California court to grant her exclusive use of their marital home after she said her husband threatened and emotionally abused her. Both parties now dispute this account, as they finalize their divorce.
Despite these recent denials, Storie-Avenatti alleged her husband threatened to call the police and get them both arrested, which would cause her to lose custody of their son and put him into the hands of the state’s child protective services.
Two days before that incident, Avenatti had called the police to demand entry into the home the couple used to share, court documents show. Avenatti called the police during that incident but challenged other details in Storie-Avenatti’s story, he confirmed to TheDCNF.
Prosecutors May Have Leaked Info In House Hacking Case To Democrats, Who Gave It To Imran Awan’s Attorney
So what Democrat leaked to the defense? And why did the Capitol Police ‘accidentally’ give the material to the defense? This case is a serious trainwreck.
Via Daily Caller:
The Capitol Police turned over a trove of evidence in the alleged Imran Awan House cyberbreach and theft case to the defense attorneys when they were supposed to deliver it to prosecutors instead, according to court documents and a source.
And hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation asked prosecutors about the disclosure, Awan’s lawyer said he had learned of the forthcoming story from a source on Capitol Hill. TheDCNF had not told anyone other than prosecutors about it.
“The cop came to [Awan’s defense attorney] Chris Gowen’s office with a stack of papers … Then he came back and said, ‘I thought you guys were the other party.’ He was very, very angry. But Gowen made copies,” the source, who’s familiar with The Awans, told TheDCNF.
Awan, three relatives and a friend ran IT for one in five House Democrats and could read all their emails and files until they were banned on Feb. 2, 2017, for “numerous violations of House security policies.” The violations alleged by the House Office of Inspector General include logging into the House Democratic Caucus server thousands of times without authorization. This allegedly occurred during the same period in 2016 the DNC was hacked.