Hmmm,I wonder why Beto isn’t a fan of law enforcement?
Usually great leader Kim hikes to the top of the summit in less than an hour.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family’s rule, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph. Their trip to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, followed a day of wide-ranging agreements they trumpeted as a major step toward peace.
However, their premier accord on the issue that most worries the world — the North’s pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles that can accurately strike the U.S. mainland — contained a big condition: Kim Jong Un stated that he would permanently dismantle North Korea’s main nuclear facility only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.
Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in flew separately to an airport near Mount Paektu on Thursday morning where they then met up and drove to the mountain.
Photos showed the leaders smiling broadly as they posed at the summit, their wives grinning at their sides, a brilliant blue sky and the deep crater lake that tops the volcano in the background; they also toured the shores of the lake. Members of the Kim family are referred to as sharing the “Paektu Bloodline,” and the volcano is emblazoned on the national emblem and lends its name to everything from rockets to power stations.
any South Koreans also feel drawn to the volcano, which, according to Korean mythology was the birthplace of Dangun, the founder of the first ancient Korean kingdom, and has long been considered one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula. Not everyone was pleased, though. About 100 anti-North Korea protesters rallied in central Seoul to express anger about the summit and displayed slogans that read, “No to SK-NK summit that benefits Kim Jong Un.”[…]
Declaring they had made a major step toward peace, Moon and Kim stood side by side Wednesday as they announced their agreement.
“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said. “The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”
Moon urged unity for all Koreans in a speech he gave Wednesday night to the crowd gathered for North Korea’s signature mass games. “We have lived together for 5,000 years and lived in separation for 70 years. I now propose that we completely eliminate the hostility of the past 70 years and take a big step forward in peace so that we can become one again.”
Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean history is a groundless claim that became part of South Korea’s official narrative after being inserted in school textbooks during the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan.
This week’s summit comes as Moon is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in efforts to get Kim to completely — and unilaterally — abandon his nuclear arsenal.
SNL is way past its expiration date.
Via NY Daily News:
He’s Chevy Chase – and he sure is no fan of “Saturday Night Live.”
The famously crotchety comedian, 74, unleashed a torrent of criticism on the current state of the sketch show that launched his career back in the ’70s, and threw in some special jabs at series creator and producer Lorne Michaels.
“First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down Lorne or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f–king believe it,” Chase said in a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post.
The show, which in recent seasons has played largely into politics by consistently mocking the Trump administration, has maintained steady ratings in recent seasons – not that that means anything to Chase.
“That means a whole generation of shitheads laughs at the worst f–king humor in the world,” he said. “You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse s–t than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.”
Chase, along with comedy legends like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, was one of the show’s original stars when it premiered in 1975.
Burning a rainbow flag is the least of the worries the Catholic church has.
Via The Hill:
A Roman Catholic parish in Chicago went ahead with the burning of a rainbow gay pride flag, despite warnings from the city’s archdiocese.
In a Resurrection Parish church bulletin posted earlier this month, the Rev. Paul Kalchik vowed to burn the flag as a sacrilege, according to NBC News.
The burning of the flag, which Kalchick wrote was ”unfortunately hanging in our sanctuary,” was originally scheduled for Sept. 29.
The flag was originally hung in the church in 1991, but was later taken down and put into storage, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Kalchik was ordained as pastor of the church in 2007.
After learning of the planned burning, the Archdiocese of Chicago instructed Kalchik to cancel it. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese told LGBTQ outlet The Windy City Times on Sept. 11 that the pastor “has agreed not to move forward with these activities.”
But Kalchick and a number of parishioners conducted the flag burning anyway in a private ceremony last week.
Kalchick told NBC News that the flag, which had the image of the cross intertwined with a rainbow, was a “profane” depiction of the cross and a “sacrilege.”
“We did so in a private way, a quiet way, so as not to bring the ire of the gay community down upon this parish,” Kalchick said. “It’s our full right to destroy it, and we did so privately because the archdiocese was breathing on our back.”
He indicated that the group complied with the archdiocese’s instructions not to burn the flag in front of the church.
“We took matters into our own hands and said a prayer of exorcism over this thing,” Kalchik said. “It was cut into seven pieces, so it was burned over stages in the same fire pit that we used for the Easter vigil mass.”
Kalchik says he was sexually abused by a neighbor and by a priest when he was a teenager, and blames homosexuality for the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He has butted heads over the subject with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, and told the Sun-Times that the archdiocese threatened him with “canonical penalties” over the flag burning.
Put up or shut up.
Via ABC News:
The overarching message from Republicans Wednesday to Christine Blasey Ford: Show up or we’re heading to a vote.
“She said she wanted to appear but if she changes her mind and refuses to appear, there’s not much we can do,” the number two Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, said of the California professor who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they both were in high school.
“We can’t force her to do that,” Cornyn said. “And so nothing really else would remain of the investigation and background of the judge and we would vote on the nomination.”
In a letter to Ford’s lawyers on Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley repeated his invitation to Ford to be heard by senators, in public or in private. Her lawyers said Tuesday Ford wanted the FBI to investigate her allegation before any talk of testifying, echoing what Senate Democrats have argued.
Wednesday evening, Ford attorney Lisa Banks sent out another statement, saying “the Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding. The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth.”
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, one of the first Republicans to call for Ford to testify, agrees with Cornyn on Monday as a deadline.
“Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote,” Corker tweeted.
She doesn’t realize she just supported him.
Via Daily Wire:
On Wednesday, in a seeming attempt to buttress the case for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, CNN’s Jim Acosta interviewed a former high school classmate of Ford, Samantha Guerry, who proceeded to admit that although she had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Kavanaugh, the “community of women I know” had experienced actions like the ones Ford ascribed to Kavanaugh.
Acosta began by letting Guerry paint a picture of her friend, asking, “What is she like, and what do you think she’s going through right now?”
Guerry answered, “This has been an agonizing period of time for her, as you might imagine. She didn’t ask to be in this position; she asked for confidentiality, and since that wasn’t possible, apparently, we are now in the throes of being a political football.” She added, “I think that the careful consideration she’s giving to how she handles this should be a lesson to everyone involved in this process.”
Acosta theorized that members of the GOP were “complaining” that the Ford accusation was revenge for the refusal of the GOP to confirm Judge Merrick Garland in 2016. He asked, “Do you think she (Ford) would be a part of that if that was going on?”
The mayor of Livingston is taking community protection into her own hands. Literally.
Livingston, Texas mayor Judy B. Cochran managed to kill a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator with just one shot Sunday night at her ranch in Goodrich, Texas.
It must run in the family: The hunt took place in the same pond where her 5-year-old grandson, Simon Hughes, took down a gator in 2009.
This particular reptile is a familiar one to the family, she explained.
“We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago, as big as this gator was, he could’ve easily eaten it,”she said. “Typically the gators don’t bother us, but we’ve been looking for (this one).”
As an elected official, Cochran wants to make sure the public knows this was a safe, ethical hunt.
“There are a lot of requirements to kill a gator in Polk County,” she explained. “We’re one of 12 counties that has a hunting season for alligators, between Sept. 10 and 30. You have to have a permit and tags from a wildlife biologist, and you have to catch it on a hook first. We don’t just go to the ranch and hunt a gator.”
Handlers caught the gator on a hook with a seasoned raccoon Sunday night and alerted Cochran she could proceed with the kill.
Cochran already knows the fate of her catch: “Moye Taxidermy will be processing it, we’ll eat the meat, have the head mounted and have the ridgeback part of the tail in my office. We’ll have the hide tanned to make some boots out of it, you can only make boots from the belly.”
He only pulled it back because Jake Tapper called him on it. How do you react that way to a fellow lawmaker being threatened? How slimy is that? And someone just attempted to stab his GOP opponent, yelling crazy anti-GOP stuff.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) faced backlash on Wednesday after tweeting a mocking response to a story about threats being made against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and staff at her office in D.C. over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the allegation of sexual assault against him.
Swalwell was quote tweeting an article from The Hill detailing threats that were being made toward Collins and staff.
“My office has received some pretty ugly voicemails, threats, terrible things said to my staff,” Collins said in an interview with WVOM on Wednesday.
“We’ve had some very abusive callers. … We’ve had some very vulgar calls and sort of harassing the staff,” Steve Abbot, Collins’s chief of staff, told a Maine TV station at the time.
In response, Swalwell tweeted “Boo hoo hoo” to the female senator. He received a lot of backlash on Twitter (along with approval and retweets), and on Thursday morning even engaged some of the criticism. Here is his reply to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Between this and the declassification threat, they must be in full panic.
Via Daily Caller:
Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, is refusing to appear before Congress for a closed-door hearing that was scheduled to take place this Friday, sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier, was scheduled to appear for interviews during a joint session with the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform committees. But two congressional sources said that she is not cooperating with the requests and will have to be subpoenaed to compel her appearance.
The sources said that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is considering a subpoena for Ohr. A spokesman for the Virginia Republican did not respond to a request for comment.
The sources also said that former FBI general counsel James Baker is not cooperating with the committees’ request for an interview.
So all you evil people just boiling them or steaming them, you’re supposed to be giving them some of your pot. If you thought they were good before, add a little THC…
Via Daily Caller:
A restaurant in Maine is giving its lobsters marijuana before steaming them in an effort to make their deaths more humane.
“This restaurant was created on love,” said Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound owner Charlotte Gill, according to WMTW News 8. “That is its foundation and purpose. The idea is for all that come here to be able to reconnect with things that we have perhaps forgotten about as a society and reconnect with the past.”
Maine legalized marijuana after voters cast their ballots in favor of legalizing its recreational use in November 2016, but regulation of the drug has not been worked out. While arrests for smoking marijuana will no longer be legal in the state, retail shops selling the drug won’t likely be able to operate until spring 2019.
Yet NBC ran with this nonsense.
Via Daily Wire:
A woman who claims to have been classmates in high school with Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the “incident did happen” and it was talked about at the school for several days after it allegedly happened.
The story quickly went viral after NBC News published a report on the claim from Cristina King Miranda — who lives in Mexico — titled: “Accuser’s schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident.”
In a now-deleted Facebook post, King had originally claimed:
Co-Founder Of ‘March For Our Lives’ Cameron Kasky Quits Group, Admits Mistakes, Wants To Listen To ‘Both Sides’
Maybe there’s hope for growth.
Via Fox News
Co-Founder of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky joined Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk about his decision to step away from March For Our Lives.
On going after Senator Rubio at the town hall: I’m very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I’ve made along the way. One of the things I never really did was watch myself. If I was on a screen I kind of tried to run away from it. I’m not entirely sure why. But, looking back on that it’s like you said, you touched off on this very well in the intro, I’m not going to kick myself for it because I’m 17. Despite the fact that I thought I did at the time, I don’t know everything. But, I look back on that and I say, you know what, there were people who had just been buried and when you’re looking at somebody that you find might in some way have been complicit in this murderer obtaining the weapon it’s hard not to say something like that. But, I went into that wanting less conversation and more to embarrass Rubio and that was my biggest flaw. (3:00)
On if he would redo his question to Rubio: Certainly, and I even name dropped the murder, which at the time I never really thought about, but looking back it ticks me off so much when people do that because then you’re getting that person’s name out there and making them a celebrity. I mean that’s one of the worst things you see come out of these horrific mass murders is name recognition. These people are very often crying out for some sort of attention and power and entitlement and then you’re making them a household name. I feel in some ways responsible for that. (5:13)
On his plans going forward: This summer when March For Our Lives went on the summer tour that we embarked on I met that person in Texas whose got that semi-automatic weapon because that’s how they like to protect their family. I met the 50 some odd percent of woman who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time.
He misses the adoring crowds and fainting women.
Via Miami Herald:
In one of those ironies that make politics so interesting, Democrats have turned for campaign help this fall to the same man who set them on a long road to electoral disaster in 2010.
Barack Obama has taken his practiced pauses back on the campaign trail in recent days to gin up Democrats’ energy to help ensure they recapture control of the House on Nov. 6 and — who knows? — maybe even the Senate.
“The biggest threat to our democracy,” Obama proclaims, “is indifference.”
To be candid, Democrats really have no one else of political stature to help. Obama paid no attention to developing a farm team. He chose a non-threatening partner in Joe Biden, who’s nearly 20 years older. Bill Clinton picked a contemporary vice president and partner in Al Gore, who’s just two years younger, setting him up for possible succession.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is out as a current campaigner. The threat of her grabbing back the speaker’s gavel come January, blocking a GOP agenda and launching impeachment proceedings is a major target of numerous GOP campaigns. Democrats can’t send the 78-year-old anywhere but fundraisers with rich loyalists.
The Clintons may seek paid speaking invites, though who’d want their advice after so thoroughly botching the 2016 campaign that hung there for the taking?
Rep. Maxine Waters of California is a guaranteed media magnet, but giving her a podium is like waving a loaded gun in a crowded room. And she only talks Trump impeachment, which the Democratic Party desperately wants to hush until post-election for fear of motivating Republicans to vote.
Absence does make the heart grow fonder, even in a party that has seen its ardent base move so far to the left of Obama policies in just two years. Polls indicate the Chicago pol enjoys the support of about 90 percent of Democrats, the same level President Donald Trump has among Republicans.
This despite Obama’s insistence in 2010 on ramming through Congress an ineffective trillion-dollar stimulus and Obamacare with its bungled launch. Yes, Obama won re-election in 2012, but in a weird historical twist, with about four million fewer votes than in his first electoral victory.
A president’s party almost always loses House seats in midterm elections. But not as many as the Democrats did in an historic shellacking — 63 lost seats in 2010, costing them congressional control.[…]
Truth be told, at times Obama sounds a little touchy these days after his calls to vote for Hillary Clinton were so roundly rejected. And he comes across as whiny when complaining that today’s booming Trump economy really, you know, started under him, as if newly-employed workers care.
Then, Obama hits the need for Democrats to replace “spineless” congressional Republicans.
“In a healthy democracy,” Obama told several thousand Ohioans, “there’s some checks and balances on this kind of behavior, this kind of inconsistency. But right now, there’s none.”
Much like there were none in the first two years of Obama’s own presidency, when he found the lack of congressional checks and balances quite convenient in a healthy democracy kind of way.
#MeToo wasn’t supposed to snag any Democrats.
If you know the name Christine Blasey Ford but not Karen Monahan, you must ask yourself, “Why?”
In the past few weeks, the nation has been transfixed on nearly every detail surrounding the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The week after the contentious hearings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicated that she possessed a letter charging the nominee with sexual misconduct while a teenager in the early 1980s. Since then, and especially now that we know the accuser’s name, it’s been a literal he said/she said.
While the mainstream media is focused on what comes next in the ongoing D.C. drama, Democrats remain suspiciously quiet concerning allegations about Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. The claims of abuse against the current congressman, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General are serious and most importantly, documented. If we just compare the two situations, the strength of the claims against Ellison overtake the assertions directed at Kavanaugh. In fact, if Kavanaugh were facing claims similar to those of Ellison, his time on the national stage would be in immediate and serious jeopardy.
Ellison’s accuser took to social media on Monday morning with claims against her own party, the Democrats. But with the makeup of the Supreme Court currently hanging in the balance, who has time to listen to a woman 1,000 miles away from the Washington Beltway? Her story isn’t politically convenient. […]
Perhaps Monahan’s greatest mistake is that she is accusing one of her own of egregious behavior that would not be tolerated if Ellison were a member of the Republican Party. While some leftist women’s groups have called Ellison out, there is no strong showing from Democratic leadership of the state or national variety. In the #MeToo era, this lack of concern is obvious.
With the current information available to us, it appears that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s greatest sin is being President Trump’s second nominee to the highest court in the land. He doesn’t represent a threat because of his supposed behavior toward a peer 36 years ago. His character isn’t considered questionable because of what he may have done as a drunk, dumb high schooler. Instead of being a danger to one woman, he is seen by the minority party as an ideological danger to all females. The nation has already been informed of his purported disinterest in protecting the rights of women.
However, that fear does not appear to have been palpable enough. This is why eleventh-hour allegations involving uncorroborated, unspecified claims of decades-old assault are increasingly suspect.
The party usually clamoring for the basics of equality shy away from applying the standards they demand to both Ford and Monahan. The vocal consideration so carefully applied to a situation involving a Supreme Court nominee is barely a murmur when it involves individuals connected by ideological ties. And Karen Monahan is rightly frustrated.
MS-13 Gangster Who Plotted To Kill Witnesses Admits He Also Killed A 22-Year-Old For His Gang Initiation
Democrats get offended when MS-13 members are called animals.
Via NJ Com:
An MS-13 gang member previously convicted of a plot to kill suspected police witnesses in Plainfield faces 16 additional years behind bars after admitting he fatally shot a man during his own initiation into the gang.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office, in a statement, said Jose Romero-Aguirre has pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the Jan. 9, 2011, shooting of Andres Chach, 22.
Romero-Aguirre, 32, was one of 14 members of the Plainfield Locos Salvatruchas clique, or chapter, of MS-13 indicted on federal charges in September 2013 after a joint state and federal investigation led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Pleading guilty in 2015 to a charge of conspiring to commit murder, Romero-Aguirre — also known as “Conejo” — admitted he had relayed instructions from incarcerated gang leaders to members on the outside, ordering gang members to find and kill the witnesses they believed were responsible for their arrests.
But at the 2016 trial of eight of his co-defendants, county prosecutors said Tuesday, witnesses testified the North Plainfield resident’s role in gang violence wasn’t just talk.
Prosecutors said it turned out he was the man who shot Chach twice outside of a restaurant on West Front Street as part of what they described as Romero-Aguirre’s initiation into the gang. Chach was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Chach’s killing occurred roughly six months before the arrests of the gang members who directed the later murder plot.
Via Army Times:
Six weeks ago, Army Spc. Alec Alcoser and his working dog, Alex, turned the corner of a narrow street outside Bagram Airfield just after dawn and saw a young Afghan coming toward them.
The San Antonio Express-News reports two Afghan and three Czech soldiers moved between Alcoser and the civilian to conduct a search while he called the dog back and bent down to get a cigarette.
Suddenly, they were enveloped by a bright flash. Alex yelped. Alcoser went down. The dusty, smoky air turned yellow and orange and a firefight broke out. The dog stayed at his side.
“I would yell at him and his ears would twitch, but he wouldn’t look at me,” said Alcoser, 22, of San Antonio. “I think he was in a state of shock. He didn’t growl, he didn’t bark, he didn’t cry. He stayed right there.”
On Friday, they were together once more, this time at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. It was an emotional reunion, with the Harlandale High School graduate wiping tears from his eyes at one point and Alex licking his face.
It was the first time they had seen each other since both were in Washington, D.C., where each received the Purple Heart. And if all goes well in rehab over the next few months, they’ll be together for good, buddies until the end.
They were close in Afghanistan, where Alcoser was 6½ months into a nine-month deployment when they got hurt. They were together pretty much everywhere Alcoser went, except the dining hall. On his days off, they slept in the same bed together, rising late and enjoying the leisure time.
On duty days, they had rituals.
“On a day with a mission, we’d wake up, I would give him a doggie treat and I would have some ice cream before we went out, and when we got back, we usually slept,” Alcoser recalled.
“That was a normal day for me and Alex out there,” he said, adding that a taste for sweets was born of his association with troops in special operations forces. “It was kind of their thing to eat a sweet because you never know if that’s going to be your last when you go out.”
The Aug. 5 suicide bomber’s blast left Alcoser with shrapnel wounds and broken bones. He also had a mild traumatic brain injury, but his physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Blessen Eapen, said Alcoser escaped the explosion without any loss in cognitive ability.
Alex lost his left rear leg near his hip. Both are learning to get around again. Snapshots show Alex reluctantly settling in an underwater treadmill at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
HT: Huck Funn
New Letter From Ford’s Attorney: Her Testifying Now Would Be ‘Contrary To Committee Discovering The Truth’
Fine. Vote. Have done with the nonsense.
This guy is a lunatic. Scary that he ever had the power he had.
Former CIA director and MSNBC contributor John Brennan called on FBI director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “push back” on any directive from the White House that may have a “negative impact” on the Mueller investigation.
Brennan called on “individuals of conscience” in the administration to remember that they took an oath of office not an oath to Donald Trump. Moments prior Brennan admonished people who are abusing their powers to “protect” Trump.
“I think that they should continue to push, push, push, and if Mr. Tump and the White House does not relent, then they have some decisions to make, and whether or not they are going to the just not follow that direction and be fired or to resign,” Brennan said of the trio.
Leftists make anyone who is anti-Trump or anti-conservative rich.
Those looking to take a more personal stake in trying to stop President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee now have an avenue of direct action — they can donate online to his accuser.
Several online fundraising campaigns have popped up in the last day looking to assist Christine Blasey Ford with security expenses through GoFundMe pages.
One campaign, which says it’s being run out of California by “Team Christine Blasey Ford,” says the money will be used to fight back against “the right wing smear machine” and help defray costs of security she’s had to hire.