Trump: Al Franken Groping Picture ‘Speaks A Thousand Words’

Via Daily Caller:

President Donald Trump slammed Sen. Al Franken for a picture showing the Minnesota senator groping news anchor Leeann Tweeden.

In a tweet Thursday night, Trump said the picture “is really bad” and “speaks a thousand words.” Trump also questioned where Franken’s hands might have been in other pictures.

“And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?” Trump added in a follow-up tweet, referencing a “Saturday Night Live” skit the comedian pitched in 1995. The proposed skit involved Franken drugging and raping CBS “60 Minutes” anchor Leslie Stahl.

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Video: Al-Qaeda Jihadists On Syrian Hilltop Taken Out…

Feel good video of the day.

Disgraced Democrat Congresswoman Corrine Brown Pleads For Mercy, Prosecutors Ask For Prison Time

She was just doing her job as a public servant.

Via WTLV:

Former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown took the stand Thursday afternoon, pleading for mercy from federal judge Timothy Corrigan.

“I am sorry you have to be here today to see me in this situation,” Brown said in her statement to the court. “I never imagined I would one day be in court asking people to speak on my behalf – never. In hindsight, I wished I had been more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life The idea that some people could believe these charges hurt me because it runs contrary to everything I’ve ever believed and done in my life. I hope and pray these proceedings to don’t make them [ordinary people] lose faith in the system. I humbly ask for mercy and compassion.”

Brown was convicted on 18 counts of fraud and corruption in May.

The lead prosecutor in the sentencing hearing argued Thursday that the former congresswoman should be sentenced to about 7.5 to 9 years in federal prison. Her defense attorney is seeking probation and community service.

Prsecutor Tysen Duva told the court based on her actions during the investigation and in the trial, she should receive the most prison time out of the three co-conspirators.

Brown wore a magenta suit to the courthouse Thursday and briefly appeared in the overflow courtroom prior to the sentencing hearing.

Brown’s defense attorney James Smith objected to various aspects of the sentencing recommendations, including how much money Brown should be culpable for.
Prosecutor Duva asked the court, “What accountability does the law require?” during his presentation.

Duva said Brown was accustomed to receiving money she should not have received.
She also lied about donations to colleges, churches and other entities.

He also argued that Brown has made ludicrous comments during the investigation, including a comment where she essentially said that had investigators not been looking into her case, the Pulse shooting in Orlando would never have happened. She also referred to the charges as “bogus” and “racist,” implying that she was targeted for her race in the case.

Duva objected to that notion by saying, “She was targeted because she committed fraud, not because she was black or white.”

She attacked numerous agencies during the investigation, which Duva states shows her character as a person.

“Why do you support someone who says this nonsense?” Duva questioned the court Thursday, referring to the upcoming character witnesses set to speak.

Duva claims Brown “failed miserably” at being transparent during her time in office as a congresswoman.

“This is systemic and this is who she became,” said Duva, arguing the character witnesses cannot overshadow the conduct she performed in the criminal case.

“It’s not something that should be present in American democracy,” he said.

Duva said the judge has to make a difficult decision in this case.

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School Nixes Boy’s ‘Fake News’ T-Shirt On Field Trip To CNN HQ

Only junior social justice warriors can make a political statement.

Via Fox News:

A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters — but the boy’s parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off.

Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”

A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say, the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech.

“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”

Jester continued: “His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.”

The boy’s father wrote that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy” of the decision to make his son change his shirt.

“Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” he wrote.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey wrote a column asking, “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”

At the end of her column, Downey declared that, “As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”

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‘F— Trump’ Truck Driver Has Been Arrested On An Outstanding Warrant

She failed to keep a low profile.

Via KTRK:

The owner of the truck with a “F (expletive) Trump and f (expletive) you for voting for him” sticker has been arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Rosenberg.

Karen Fonseca was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August. Records show she was accused of fraud.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office removed a Facebook post involving the F-Trump sticker photo that went viral.

“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359,” Nehls wrote on a now deleted Facebook post. “If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you.”

The post was removed after Fonseca was identified.

Sheriff Troy Nehls said, “The Facebook post accomplished its objective and now we know who owns the truck.”[…]

ABC13 first tracked down the driver of the pickup truck. Fonseca said she put the custom made graphic up about 11 months ago. She said her family is expressing their First Amendment rights and voicing their dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump. Fonseca said she’s surprised Sheriff Nehls couldn’t reach her. She’s open to sitting down with him.

She insisted she has no plans on removing the sign.

“It makes people happy. They smile. They stop you,” said Fonseca. “They want to shake your hand.”

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Black Lives Matter Group Deletes Trump Poll After Unexpected Results…

The poll was taken out of context. (Sarcasm)

Via BPR:

A Black Lives Matter aligned Twitter account made the ill-fated decision to post their own poll on President Donald Trump’s job performance.

…and oh, did it ever backfire!

In a move that equates to a lawyer never asking a question they don’t already know the answer to, the poll was to run for five days but the results would dictate a shorter shelf live.

With Trump’s approval rating scoring in the upper 60s, the Black Lives Matter labeled account unceremoniously pulled the tweet.

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CNN Female Panel Brushes Aside Franken Allegations: ‘He Was Just a Comedian’

Stuck in the spin cycle.

Via News Busters:

A Thursday afternoon CNN Newsroom panel showcased political tribalism as three liberal journalists downplayed the disturbing sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) by harping on the fact that Franken was “just a comedian” while those against Roy Moore and President Trump were far more serious.

“But just out of the gate, the fact that you have Gloria, you know, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, right, from the left and right, both saying there needs to be an ethics investigation. I realize that this was years and years ago, this story, and he was a private citizen at the time, but can he survive this,” host Brooke Baldwin wondered to chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

Borger admitted that “[i]t remains to be seen,” but immediately went into spin mode by downplaying the fallout, stating that KABC radio host Leann Tweeden “did not call for him to step down or say he ought to step down” and didn’t render an opinion upon being told an investigation had been launched.

From there, Borger continued proving this segment as one of political tribalism, declaring that what matters most is “the context in which all of this occurring, which is Moore — Judge Moore — and that has been, you know, brewing and percolating, whatever you want to say, for days and days and days.”

She added that Tweeden’s story will not be “the last” woman to come forward with disturbing allegations, but what came next from Borger was quite disturbing: “This is scratching the surface. He was not a member of the Congress at the time this occurred. He was just a comedian.”

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Massachusetts High School Students Give Final Farewell For Homeless Veteran With No Family

Via WBZTV:

It was a final sendoff for a hero from young people who never knew him. The homeless veteran who died on the streets, known only as John, had no living family members or friends.

When students at Catholic Memorial High School learned that John, an Army veteran, would be buried with no one in attendance, they decided to do something.

“We have a lot of veterans in my own family so I know the sacrifice he made for the country and I know the service he committed in the years he committed to serving our country,” said senior class president Will Padden.

On Wednesday, John was buried with full military honors. But before an Army hearse took his flag-covered casket away, there was a full mass in Catholic Memorial’s chapel. The Rev. Chris Palladino volunteered his services and the eulogy.

For these young men it was a learning experience for the heart.

“For us paying homage to a veteran, to bring him to our campus, to provide the burial rights he deserves, and to honor his legacy and to help our boys realize we have to stand with those who are marginalized,” said the school’s president, Peter Folan.

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Congressional Payouts For Sexual Harassment Settlements For The Last 20 Years

What was going on in 2007? Dennis Hastert?

Manager Of Gadsden Mall: Moore Was Not Banned From Mall To My Knowledge

Now the story that he was banned by Becky Gray who said he tried to pick her up when she worked there in her 20s and spread by media such as MSNBC. But apparently they never verified the story or thought anyone would check with the manager.

Via Conservative Tribune:

Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing an uphill battle against a growing scandal, and the line between rumors and facts seems to become increasingly blurred every day.

The outspoken former judge has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls that allegedly took place some 40 years ago. Right now, there’s no solid proof that the allegations are true, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from flying.

In what is beginning to look like a joint attack on the anti-establishment candidate, the mainstream media and Moore’s political enemies are spreading claims that have already been questioned by creditable sources.

One of those accusations is that Roy Moore was banned from a shopping mall decades ago. The implication is that the now 70-year-old former judge was some sort of predator. There’s one major flaw: The retired manager of the Alabama mall says he doesn’t believe it’s true.

This week on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle repeated the completely unproven claim during a fiery exchange with Pastor Mark Burns.

Burns warned that by tossing aside the presumption of innocence and not asking for any proof, the country risks becoming a place where anyone’s life can be ruined based on rumors.

“Today it’s Judge Moore, tomorrow it could be you,” the pastor said. That pushed Ruhle into a sanctimonious rant.

“Sir, it can’t be me tomorrow, because when I was in my 30s, I didn’t get banned from a mall,” she exclaimed.

The MSNBC host stated it as a fact, but is it true? The former manager of the mall says no.

“Barnes Boyle was manager of the Gadsden Mall from 1981 to 1996,” explained WBRC News in Alabama.

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Menendez Vows Revenge Against His Political Opponents: ‘I Know Who You Are, and I Won’t Forget You’

He’s not talking about Republicans. This case was kicked into gear after he became a thorn in the side of Barack Obama and the Iran Deal, with Menendez calling out all the issues and problems very vocally.

Via Free Beacon:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), previously on trial for corruption charges, had a warning Thursday for those in New Jersey “who were digging his political grave.”

Menendez had been charged with 18 counts of corruption, including bribery. Thursday, the judge ruled the case a mistrial owing to a hung jury. Menendez treated the result as a vindication following “unjust prosecution,” and as he closed his press remarks, he said he would remember those who opposed him for political reasons.

“To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are, and I won’t forget you,” he said, to some laughter from listeners.

Menendez credited those who stuck by him while also saying he was willing to forgive people who did not defend him publicly.

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Obama Machine Throws Franken Under The Bus

Franken Pitched SNL Sketch About Drugging And Raping News Anchor Lesley Stahl

What a lovely guy.

Via Daily Caller:

The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic Sen. Al Franken have eery similarities to a past sketch the former comedian proposed that involve drugging and raping a news anchor.

In a 1995 “Saturday Night Live” rehearsal with staff writers, Franken openly pitched a joke involving drugging CBS “60 Minutes” anchor Leslie Stahl, then raping her. The account was captured by New York Magazine, which sat in on the rehearsal.

But years later, news anchor Leeann Tweeden is claiming Franken’s musings played out in his actions, which mirror a record of demeaning women. Tweeden charged Franken touched her breasts and took pictures while she was asleep. The two were traveling as part of a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East.

A photographer later sent her a photo from the tour where Franken is seen with his hands over Tweeden’s breasts as he smiles into the camera.

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North Korea Used Illegal Weapons At The DMZ, Violating The Armistice

Not good.

Via Daily Caller:

Some in South Korea are accusing North Korea of violating the armistice by opening fire at the border.

When a North Korean soldier slipped into South Korea in the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the Demilitarized Zone Monday, four of his comrades let loose a barrage of bullets, firing roughly 40 rounds at the man. He was hit five times before he collapsed in a pile of leaves on the southern side. The soldier was airlifted to a South Korean medical facility, where he remains in critical condition.

While South Korea is doing all that it can to save the wounded soldier’s life, Seoul is also deeply troubled by other aspects of the recent incident.

The North Korean troops who attempted to gun down the defector did so with assault rifles*, specifically AK-47s. “This is a violation of the armistice agreement,” a South Korean military official told the Korea JoongAng Daily,
adding, “We plan to lodge a serious protest against North Korea through the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission.”

Cheong Wa Dae — the Blue House — has yet to officially accuse North Korea of violating the armistice.

Only handguns are allowed in the JSA. Furthermore, the South is investigating whether North Korea fired into South Korea, which would also constitute a violation of the agreement made in the aftermath of the Korean War. It is, however, particularly disconcerting that the North Korean guards are carrying heavier firepower than their South Korean counterparts.

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Note: An AK-47 is not an assault rifle.

Second Woman Accuses Al Franken: Melanie Morgan Says He Harassed Her Too

Where are the resignation calls?

Via Media Equalizer:

Immediately raising questions about double-standards in the media and on Capitol Hill, a Los Angeles radio news anchor today accused Senator Al Franken (D-MN) of sexually assaulting her.

Now, Media Equalizer Co-Founder Melanie Morgan has come forward as well, recounting her own experience with the onetime comedian, liberal radio host and activist. Morgan’s disturbing encounter was sparked by daring to disagree with Franken during an August, 2000 edition of ABC’s Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Earlier, a bombshell report published by KABC on-air personality Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent while she was asleep.

Shockingly, Tweeden even provided a photo as evidence, which shows Franken with his hands on her breasts while he smiles for the camera.

Tweeden said the sexual assault occurred in December 2006, when they were both on a USO Tour to support and entertain U.S. soldiers.

“It wasn’t until I was back in the U.S. and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one,” Tweeden wrote about the photo on in her KABC article.

“I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated,” she wrote. “How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”

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BREAKING: Keystone Pipeline Shut Down After Spill Unleashes 5,000 Barrels Of Oil In South Dakota…

Besides the OBVIOUS environmental damage, liberals now have more ammo on the pipeline.

Via The Hill:

Workers took the Keystone oil pipeline offline on Thursday after it spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in rural South Dakota, officials said.

A TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline at 6 a.m. Thursday morning after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said. The leak was detected along a stretch of the pipeline about 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall Country, South Dakota.

TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline. The company said it’s working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to assess the situation.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources heard about the leak at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, KSFY reported.

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Trump Will ‘Continue To Be Leader In Clean Energy’…

One promise he doesn’t need to keep…

Via Washington Examiner:

The U.S. will maintain a leadership role in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, even though President Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, a top State Department official assured a global audience in Germany Thursday.

Judith Garber, acting assistant secretary for oceans, environment and science at the State Department, said in a speech at the United Nations-led climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, that the U.S. will “continue to be a leader” on clean energy and remains committed to helping other countries “adapt to the impacts of climate change.”

The two-week Bonn conference, closing Friday, is meant as a forum for countries to shore up their commitment to the Paris Agreement. President Trump plans to remove the U.S. from the agreement in 2020, becoming the only nation to not commit to it.

“Irrespective of our views on the Paris Agreement, the United States will continue to be a leader in clean energy and innovation, and we understand the need for transforming energy systems,” Garber said, adding the U.S. remains “open” to rejoining the Paris deal on “terms more favorable to the American people.”

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Report: Sylvester Stallone Made 16 Year-Old Fan Perform Oral On Him And His Bodyguard Then Told Her They’d Kill Her If She Told…

…are there no good actors in Hollywood?

Via Daily Mail:

Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexual assault by a 16-year-old girl while he was filming a movie in Las Vegas in the late 1980s, according to a bombshell police report obtained by DailyMail.com.

The Rocky actor was 40 years old when an unnamed teenager disclosed to Las Vegas police that she had been ‘intimidated’ into having sex with him and his bodyguard Michael ‘Mike’ De Luca at the former Las Vegas Hilton hotel in July 1986.

The 16-year-old claimed she had sex with Stallone and he encouraged De Luca to join them. At that point she became ‘very uncomfortable’ with the encounter but felt she had ‘no choice’.

De Luca then forced the teenager to perform oral sex on him before penetrating her, while Stallone made her give him oral sex, according to the police report.

Retired Las Vegas metro police department detective sergeant John Samolovitch, who was head of the sexual assault unit at the time, confirmed to DailyMail.com ‘the copy of the police report is in fact a true copy of the original report.’

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Judge Declares Mistrial, Sen. Menendez Walks…

There were warnings this might be the result after a dismissed juror finked they were having trouble coming to a decision.

Via NPR:

It came after the 12-person jury told the judge for a second time that it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the bribery, conspiracy, fraud, or false statements charges facing the high-ranking Democrat and his co-defendant, Solomon Melgen.

Around 1 p.m., after emerging from chambers, Menendez hugged and kissed his daughter and son. Defense attorneys shook hands and patted each other on the back, as prosecutors

Citing the deadlocked jury, Judge William Walls concluded the case in a mistrial just after noon. “I find that you are unable to reach a verdict and that further deliberations would be futile,” he said.

The judge’s decision closes out an 11-week criminal trial, which was at times tedious but also rife with tales of ritzy international travel and sizable campaign contributions. It pulled back the curtain on the personal life of one of the Senate’s highest-ranking Democrats.

The trial in the federal courthouse in Newark also had national political stakes: If Menendez had lost his seat, it could have tipped the political balance of the Senate further toward Republicans and cleared the way for legislation championed by President Trump.

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