‘Mysterious Plane Lights’ Sparks Phone Calls From South Carolina to Colorado

Joint operation by the Air Force and the Army.

Via 9 News:

We now know what those flashing white and red lights were that flew over Denver around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

The 9NEWS newsroom received well over a dozen phone calls, emails and messages about a series of single-file lights that flew over the Cherry Creek/Washington Park area of the metro.

We can now tell you that Saturday’s light show was courtesy of a group of 12 C-17 cargo jets. According to our sister station WLTX, they took off from Joint Base Charleston base around 7 p.m. EST Saturday.

The large aircraft went cross-country to Nevada for a training exercise involving HALO drop–high altitude military parachuting. The exercise was done in coordination with multiple air military installations and groups, including the 82nd Airborne.

Before we knew for sure what the light show was, one viewer called to suggest it was UFOs. One said her son thought it was Santa’s scout elves flying back to the North Pole — much more creative solutions for what the answer turned out to be.

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Portrait Of Hillary Clinton Set Off Security Dogs, Briefly Shutting Down Art Miami Tent

The dogs are used to tracking down criminals.

Via Tampa Bay Times:

When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an Art Miami tent opening early Saturday morning, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area for a few hours to investigate the possible threat.

But when they opened up the offending crate, officers found something else instead: a punky portrait of Hillary Clinton in a studded jacket and shaggy pink haircut, in a neon picture frame to match.

Fair director Nick Korniloff said that the two dogs reacted to the crate during a pre-show check shortly after 8 a.m., prompting organizers to clear the site. Both the Art Miami tent and a tent for Context, connected by a tunnel, were closed off. The package was then searched and the painting of the former Democratic presidential candidate was found inside.

Police officers ran the 16 inch by 20 inch acrylic-on-wood artwork through an X-ray machine, which turned up no suspicious material.

“We had to err on the side of caution,” Korniloff said. Both tents eventually reopened around 10 a.m.[…]

After the delay Saturday morning, both paintings were hung side-by-side in the Context tent, in a booth for a gallery called Spoke Art based in both New York and San Francisco.

Gallery owner Ken Hashimoto said police still were unsure Saturday morning what about the art had caused the dogs to react.

“They have no idea,” he said. “My thought is a Republican bomb dog.”

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Seth Rogen Backs Out Of SiriusXM Interviews After Being Triggered By Steve Bannon

Doesn’t take much to trigger him.

Via Breitbart:

Actor Seth Rogen announced Friday he would pull out of scheduled interviews on SiriusXM satellite radio next week in protest of Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon being re-named a regular host of its daily radio program Breitbart News Daily this week.

In a tweet Friday, Rogen said he had interviews lined up for Tuesday on the subscription radio service, but would not honor the commitments because he “can’t bring” himself to appear on the same platform as Bannon.

“I was supposed to do a press tour on @SIRIUSXM on teusday but I’m no longer doing it because I can’t bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon,” the Pineapple Express and Sausage Party star wrote.

“Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And f*ck Steve Bannon,” he added.

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Firebombs Thrown At Synagogue In Sweden…

Via Haaretz:

More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Several people were inside the building during the attack and they went down to the basement floor for safety until police arrived after the culprits had already left, Laila Takolander, a member of the local Jewish community, told the daily.

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Major Feminist Group Elects Trans Man As Leader

The DNA doesn’t lie.

Via Daily Wire:

Trans men are not only stripping women of awards and sports championships, they are now also leading feminist organizations, which completely smacks in the face their idea of “patriarchy.”

According to LifeSiteNews, the largest feminist organization in Quebec elected a transgender man, Gabrielle Bouchard, as their new president. The 49-year-old Bouchard hails from Concordia University’s Center for Gender Advocacy. His Twitter handle is “Gabbi_unicorn.”

The Federation des Femmes du Quebec is basically the Canadian version of America’s NOW, and “represents some 300 feminist groups and about 700 individual members.”

Bouchard’s appointment has not gone over well in some of Quebec’s media circles, saying that placing a man ahead of a feminist organization only serves to reinforce the patriarchy. Bouchard rejects such claims.

“They are saying we’ll tolerate trans women as long as they are not in a position of power,” Bouchard told Canadian Press. “We’ll tolerate lesbians in the movement as long as they stand 10 feet away.”

He accuses the critics of falling into a patriarchal construct that “presumes all women live the same experience — which is not true.”

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HT: Rufus

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Warn: “Nuclear War Just A Tantrum Away”

Via Yahoo:

Mankind’s destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one “impulsive tantrum away”, the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation’s nuclear tests.

“Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?” ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.

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Tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiralled as Pyongyang has in recent months ramped up its number of missiles and nuclear tests.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has exchanged warlike threats with US President Donald Trump, who has ordered a military show of force.

“The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away,” Fihn added.

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Lindsey Vonn Suffers Back Injury In World Cup Race After Trump Comments

Stay out of the political arena and focus on skiing.

Via Fox News:

American skiing star Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from her Sunday events at the World Cup in Switzerland after suffering a back injury during a super-G race on Saturday.

The injury occurred two days after she criticized President Donald Trump in an interview about the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“I am extremely disappointed,” Vonn tweeted Sunday, “but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February.”

Unfortunately I will not be able to race today. I am extremely disappointed but my biggest goal this season is the Olympics and I need to take care of myself now so I can be ready for next week, and more importantly, for February. As always, thank you for the well wishes.[…]

Vonn did not speak with media or fans before getting into the car, and wore the hood of a United States team jacket up to shield her face from television cameras tracking her.

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Pelosi Says ‘God Is With Us’ In Wanting Amnesty

Nancy is rambling again.

Via CNS:

House Minority Leader said at her Thursday press briefing that “God is with” congressional Democrats who want to allow illegal aliens who came to the United States when they were 16 or under to be allowed to stay in the United States legally.

A reporter asked Pelosi: “Have you changed your mind at all about being willing to accept some border wall funding or immigration crackdown funding within a DREAM Act fix?”

“I don’t know, when you say, ‘Have you changed your mind?’ We said to the President the night he agreed to the DACA legislation we have a responsibility to protect our border and we think there are many things we can do working together to do that. And Members have been working in a bipartisan way to address that.

“So we’re not backing off anything, including meeting the needs of protecting our border. We are not going to turn this country into a reign of terror of domestic enforcement and have the DACA, the DREAMers, pay that price.

“But I’m optimistic. I always have been. God is with us on this. Our country is great. We know our greatness springs from the vitality that newcomers bring to our country. Eighty percent at least of the American people support the DREAMers.

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HT: Tabitha Bliss

20 Masked Men Firebomb Swedish Synagogue With Molotov Cocktails

The day of rage continues.

Via Express:

A synagogue was attacked by around 20 masked men while hosting a youth party in Gothenburg, Sweden, local media have reported.

Police arrived at the scene, where Jewish students had taken refuge in the basement.

A police spokesman said: “There are several molotov cocktails that have been thrown against the synagogue.

“It’s about bottles and gasoline.”

A fire broke out between vehicles in the car park, fire fighter Kristoffer Wahter told local news.

No injuries were caused and the building did not catch fire, Police inspector Peter Nordengard said.

Initial local media reports suggest the group was around 20 men wearing masks carried out the attack.

He said: “We are in place with a number of units.”

Online police have said: “We do not know much more than there are several molotov cocktails that have been thrown against the synagogue.”

Authorities have asked for asked for information on possible suspects from the local community.

Security forces arrived at the scene around 10.10pm local time (9.10pm GMT).

The incident comes after protests in nearby Malmo were reported to by shout anti-Semitic chants while protests Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Reporter: Democrats ‘Were Peddling’ Salacious Trump Dossier Allegation To Journalists

Via Daily Caller:

During the presidential campaign, Democrats “were peddling” the most salacious Trump dossier allegations to news reporters, a new documentary about the dossier revealed on Friday.

“People associated with the Democrats were peddling that story,” NBC’s Ken Dilanian said in a special report that aired on MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s show.

Dilanian was referring to the unsubstantiated claim in the dossier that Trump used prostitutes during a trip to Moscow in 2013. According to the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele, the Kremlin had video evidence of the hotel room encounter and was using it to keep Trump in line.

“There really was no way you could prove it,” Dilanian said of the Trump gossip.

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After Trump Scraps Obama’s Military ‘Rules’, Troops Decimate ISIS At A Pace That Even Surprises Commanders

ISIS won’t be able to field a JV team.

Via BPR:

Liberals may not want to admit it, but President Trump is succeeding ‘bigly’ with one of his major campaign promises: crushing ISIS.

By discarding Obama-era rules of engagement and giving the military greater freedom, the Trump administration has decimated ISIS with a speed that’s even surprising commanders on-the-ground.

With less than a year in office, President Trump has overseen massive gains against the Islamic caliphate, with the once-powerful terror state losing city after city.

ISIS once governed immense territory in Iraq and Syria, ruling over 8 million people and controlling profitable refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes, and arsenals.

Now, ISIS controls only 3 percent of Iraq and 5 percent of Syria. Their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in hiding. American forces and regional allies have liberated key cities like Mosul, Raqqa, Tel Afar, and Rawa.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, the ranking U.S. Air Force officer in Iraq, told Fox News he credits the Trump administration with providing the right leadership.

“The leadership team that is in place right now has certainly enabled us to succeed,” Croft said. “I couldn’t ask for a better leadership team to work for, to enable the military to do what it does best.”

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Evan McMullin’s Secret Silicon Valley Donors Who Support His Continuing Attack On Trump And GOP

Via Daily Caller:

Evan McMullin doesn’t want you to know who his donors are.

The failed Never Trump presidential candidate has stayed in the public eye as a sort of attack dog against President Trump and other Republicans, while keeping secret the names of the donors paying him to do so.

McMullin’s recently founded non-profit organization, Stand Up Republic, jumped into the Alabama Senate race this week with a $500,000 ad buy against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. One of the ads features a man saying Roy Moore “makes Republicans and us Christians look bad.”

The massive ad buy “may end up being one of the largest third-party interventions in the state,” according to the Washington Post.

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Staring Down The Barrel Of A Gun: Courageous Clerk’s Icy Gaze Scares Off Armed Robber During Heist At Florida Walgreens

The clerk mean-mugged him.

Via Daily Mail:

An armed robber who attempted to hold up a Florida Walgreens failed to make off with any cash after he was met with an icy stare from the store’s cashier.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said that an unidentified robber walked into the Walgreens at 1751 Bonaventure Blvd at around 2.30pm on Monday.

Using a red hoodie to obscure his face, he grabbed a few candy bars and an ice cream before making his way to the cashier.

As the clerk processed the transaction, the man in the hoodie suddenly pulled out a handgun, waved it in front of the employee’s face and demanded the money inside the cash register.

Unfortunately for the hooded thief, the ‘stoic clerk stood in quiet resistance’, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.

‘He didn’t speak. He didn’t move. He simply stared back at the armed man, almost expressionless.’

The suspect finally flees the store after repeated demands for the contents of the cash register go unanswered, making off with only a few sweets in hand.

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Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player To Shame

Via Daily Caller:

Army and Navy met again Saturday afternoon on a snowy field in Philadelphia to play a football game that has been played for over 100 years.

The Army-Navy football game is one of the most storied sports traditions in the country.

This year marks the 118th time the two teams have met. The teams meet in a neutral city between their respective academies. They often play in NFL stadiums due to the enormous number of active duty and veteran fans who wish to attend.

Before the game, the choirs of the Annapolis and West Point academies joined together to sing the national anthem. It was a solemn moment and was made even more beautiful by the falling snow.

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Report: State Department Refuses To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital on Official Docs, Despite Trump’s Announcement

Obama and Clinton holdovers refusing to comply?

Via Newsmax:

Even though President Donald Trump announced earlier this week the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, State Department officials state “Jerusalem, Israel” would not be listed as a place that exists on official documents, the Washington Free Beacon reported Friday.

What that means is that, though Trump’s announcement has been formally codified into U.S. policy, “Jerusalem, Israel” will not appear on passports, maps and other official documents. It also means that Americans born in Jerusalem can’t list Israel as their birth nation, as it is still not recognized as being located in Israel.

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No Prison Time For Chicago Woman, After She Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime In The Beating Of A Disabled Teen On Facebook Live

Chicago values.

Via Chicago Tribune:

A hicago woman who live-streamed video of the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities pleaded guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years of probation.

Brittany Covington, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in January.

Calling the incident “horrific,” Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks banned Covington from social media over the four years, prohibited her from contact with two of her co-defendants and ordered her to do 200 hours of community service.

Hooks told Covington he could have imposed a prison sentence but added, “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”

Hooks said he hoped the strict terms of probation would put Covington on a more productive life path, but he warned she would face prison time if she violated any of the restrictions.

“Do not mess this up,” Hooks told Covington, who stood quietly in a blue jail uniform with her hands clasped behind her back.

The 19-year-old also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation charges. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges, including kidnapping.[…]

The victim, who prosecutors said has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was able to flee the building when the four co-defendants left the apartment to confront neighbors who had complained about the noise, prosecutors have said.

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WaPo Reporter Apologizes For Tweet On Crowd Size At Trump Rally

What has been seen can’t be unseen.

Via The Hill:

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel issued an apology to President Trump on Saturday for tweeting a photo of an empty arena before a Trump rally in Florida that had been taken hours before the event started.

Weigel responded minutes after a tweet from Trump, who said he had “put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived.”

Weigel said he took the tweet down after Daily Mail political editor David Martosko told him he had gotten it wrong.

“Sure thing: I apologize. I deleted the photo after @dmartosko told me I’d gotten it wrong. Was confused by the image of you walking in the bottom right corner,” he tweeted.

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Pharrell’s New Album “It Rains And They Shoot Black People”…

Went from happy to this…

Via The Guardian:

Pharrell Williams is in a conference room at the London HQ of his record label, Sony. He’s here to play music from the new album by his alt-rap band N.E.R.D, the group he fronts alongside schoolfriends Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, who subverted the face of hip-hop with their punk-infused riffs in the early-00s. “I don’t know if you’ve seen the news or who’s running my country but it’s a real fucking shit show,” Pharrell says while introducing the record. “I’ve never seen such desperation in my life.”

The new release, No_One Ever Really Dies, is a return to form for N.E.R.D. It’s their most political and ambitious album to date, and for Pharrell it heralds a particularly candid incarnation for the man who chirpily encouraged us in 2013 to “clap along” if we felt like “happiness is the truth”. Perhaps back then we were more cheerful? Three years after Happy, the UK’s best-selling single of 2014 (more than 1.9m physical sales to date) and the world feels like an overload of sadness: a mess of Trump and Weinstein, terror threats, police brutality, economic uncertainty and ecological disasters. The question: “Why the politics now, Pharrell?” elicits a simple, if frustratingly vague response: “If not now, when? If not me, who?” he says.

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The Media’s Russia Probe Meltdown: 3 Screw-Ups In One Week

Just getting warmed up.

Via Axios:

The media is having a rough week when it comes to reporting on the federal government’s multiple ongoing Russia investigations. Three stories in the past seven days have crumbled under greater scrutiny.

Why it matters: In today’s hyperpolarized world, “fake news” has become a refrain to describe stories that observers on both sides of the spectrum decide that they don’t like. These reporting issues by esteemed media organizations give credence to that ignorance, which further damages the value of insightful, impactful reporting — especially when it comes to one of the biggest, most polarizing stories of our political age: the Russia probe.

The misses

Flynn’s testimony: Last Friday, ABC News reported that former national security advisor Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that President Trump, while still a candidate, directed him to contact Russian officials. But later in the day, the network issued a “clarification” that the direction came when Trump was president-elect. That changed the impact of the story entirely as it’s a common occurrence for presidential transition teams to reach out to foreign governments.

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Jerry Brown Says Trump Does Not Fear God…

Neither does Jerry Brown. Which is why there’s a song about him.

Via The Hill:

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump’s stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the “wrath of God” or have any regard for the “existential consequences” of his environmental policies.

“I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility … this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which is set to air on Sunday.

Brown, who studied to become a Jesuit priest prior to entering politics, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.

His latest comments come as the southern portion of California battles massive wildfires that in just a few days have damaged thousands of acres of property and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

Trump declared a state of emergency in California, which permits federal assistance to supplement the state and local response to the fires.

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