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This teacher was having sex with students, until a parent exposed her

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:47

“I’m not going to lose my husband,” Jessie Goline said, as she cried in the principal’s office. Still, she had to tell the truth. “We had sex.”

That’s how Goline, a 25-year-old former high school teacher from Jonesboro, Arkansas, confessed to having sex with four high school students, two of them on the same night.

It all took place over the course of four months, between January and April 2016. Goline would talk to the students through text messages, turning the conversations increasingly sexual over time. Sometimes she would send suggestive pictures of herself to them.

Finally, she would invite them to her apartment, sometimes even picking them up and taking them to her home for sex. On one occasion, she allegedly took a student who was enrolled in one of her classes to her apartment, had sex with him, and then dropped him back off at the school.

A parent got wind of the inappropriate relationships, and threatened “bodily harm” to Goline for having sex with students. That’s how the school found out in April 2016, and opened an investigation.

Confronted with the exposure of her actions, Goline tearfully confessed to school principal Matt Wright. Now, she’s facing one charge of first degree sexual assault, because one of the students she had sex with was under 18 at the time.

She could face 10 to 40 years, or potentially even life, in prison if she is convicted.

Goline said she thought that student was 18, and only later found out he was “way younger than what he had told her,” according to court documents.

This writer’s perspective

There is, or at least there used to be, a school of thought that it was easier to raise a teenage son than a daughter, because of the sexual pressures and advances a teenage girl can be faced with in high school.

Stories like this remind us that’s not really true. Because you don’t just have to worry about other students now; you have to worry about teachers, often young and very recently out of college, deciding they want to take advantage of your child. Male or female.

Of course there’s always going to be the crowd that says “I don’t see what the problem is, that was probably an awesome experience for those boys.” Too many people think it can only be sexual assault if it’s a man victimizing a woman.

You have to actually tell your kids that they shouldn’t be texting their teachers. I’m young enough that I had a cell phone when I was in high school, but old enough that the thought of developing any sort of personal outside-of-school relationship with a teacher never crossed my mind. It just wasn’t a thing any of us thought of, at my school at least.

Now, you have to know who your child is hanging out with and where they’re going, not just because they might be out with friends sneaking some alcohol, but because their teacher might have invited them over for sex.

It’s a different world out there, and it requires more vigilant parenting than ever before. Thank God for the parent that found out what was going on in this Arkansas school, so that there’s at least one less predatory teacher in the classroom.

(H/T Arkansas Online)

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Obama: Those trying to repeal Obamacare will inflict ‘real human suffering’

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:04

Former President Obama said in a speech Wednesday that it was “frustrating” and “aggravating” to have to mobilize to defend Obamacare from those who would inflict “real human suffering” on Americans.

What did he say exactly?

“Better is good,” he said to the crowd, who laughed. “You laugh but sometimes people forget that. I will take better every time. So that’s what’s needed today – the engagement of everyone who wants to see a better future for our children.”

“Those of you who live in countries that already have universal healthcare are trying to figure out what’s the controversy here. I am too,” he joked.

“The legislation that we passed was full of things that still needed to be fixed,” he said later in his speech, “it wasn’t perfect. But it was better, and so when I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage, or roll back protections for older Americans, or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unobtainable, it is aggravating.”

“And all this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale,” he added, “it frustrates.”

“And it’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every few months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents,” he concluded.

“But typically that’s how progress is won, and how progress is maintained on every issue,” he explained. “We have to stand up for each other, recognize that progress is never inevitable.”

Here’s the video of Obama’s comments:

Why is this important?

Obama’s attitude in this speech is typical of how he approaches political problems – he simply thinks that those who oppose him have no rationale to do so. While many blame the right for the current atmosphere of rancor and divisiveness, this is yet another example of how Obama and his allies encouraged division by making it appear as if his political opponents were simply immoral.

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Surprise: Plurality of Republicans support Trump making a deal on DREAMers

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:41

“New poll reveals Trump supporters are surprisingly onboard with Trump’s immigration deal with Democrats,” reads The Week’s headline for its story on this poll. “Surprisingly”? Either they meant that ironically, like I did in my own headline, or they’ve never met a Trump supporter.

Despite the topline numbers showing his own party behind him, though, this is not a great poll for POTUS. In fact, despite the splashy takeaway, the result is arguably meaningless. YouGov asked:

Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump working on a deal with Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass a law that would grant permanent legal status to ‘Dreamers’, otherwise law-abiding children and young adults who were brought into the United States at a very young age by parents who are illegal immigrants?

Without identifying Democratic concessions in the question, that tells you next to nothing about what sort of deal Republicans would tolerate. Even some hardcore border hawks would trade a DREAM amnesty for the wall or passage of the RAISE Act. All this data reveals, really, is how many people on each side wouldn’t rule out a hypothetical deal just because amnesty is part of the package.

But like I say, the numbers aren’t great for Trump:

Right, a plurality of Republicans are in favor, 47/32, but Trump’s usually in supermajority territory when it comes to support from the GOP. Compare the tepid Republican numbers, in fact, to the strong support among Democrats, 73/12. The results are even more lopsided when you break them down by who people voted for in 2016. Hillary voters favor a Trump/Democrats compromise on DREAM, 80/10. Trump voters favor it … 45/39. That’s a dangerous place for POTUS to be when all that’s being asked of respondents is whether they’ll tolerate a deal that includes amnesty. Imagine how Trump voters would shift if the question specified that the wall is off the table as part of the package, as both Pelosi and Trump have agreed?

There’s a small but noteworthy Republican/Trumpist divide on DACA too. YouGov asked Americans if they favor or oppose the program. Republicans were surprisingly evenly split — and this time I’m not using the word ironically:

The Democratic split is what you’d expect but among Republicans it’s 39/43, net opposition of just four points. Ask Trump voters how they feel about DACA, though, and the gap widens to 34/55, net disapproval of -21. When you shift the question to ask how people feel about Trump ending the program, the same divide reappears. Republicans support his decision 66/21 but Trump voters support it at 73/16.

Point being, although the party writ large may stick with him on a DREAM deal, the support almost certainly won’t be overwhelming and he really does run a risk of alienating some of his core supporters. It’s Democrats and centrists who are most likely to celebrate a compromise and they’re unlikely to stay pro-Trump for long. We’ll see how much effort Trump spends on selling it, though. He should do something bold and announce the RAISE Act as a non-negotiable demand in exchange for DREAM amnesty; Democrats will walk but that’ll reassure his fans, at least, that he’s still prioritizing core border-hawk demands. His problem is that he’s already telegraphed his reluctance to deport DACA enrollees so loudly that if Democrats do walk he’ll probably end up caving and refusing to end the program in six months, as he threatened to do. Even if he doesn’t cave and starts ordering deportations, the media will be ruthless in punishing him for it. He’s not holding a great hand here and both sides know it, which is how the wall ended up off the table in the first place.

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Trump's Welcome Flirtation With the UN

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
David Ignatius, Washington Post
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Why Does Jimmy Kimmel Want Americans to Suffer?

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
David Harsanyi, The Federalist
In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health-care insurance policy. Between yuks, Kimmel will occasionally accuse Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.
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Try Canadaian Single-Payer Instead of Trashing It

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
Danielle Martin, USA Today
There’s a joke we sometimes tell in Canada: What’s a Canadian? An apologetic American with health care. It’s funny because we half-believe it’s true. The United States and Canada are about as similar as two countries get. But Canada has had a publicly funded, single-payer health care system in each of our provinces and territories since the 1960s. It works. Maybe it can work for you too.
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Amazon, Facebook, Google: The New Robber Barons?

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
Daniel Kishi, Am. Conservative
Earlier this month Amazon, announced its plans to establish a second headquarters in North America. Rather than simply reveal which city would become its second home, the Seattle-based tech company opted instead to open a bidding war. In an eight page document published on its website, Amazon outlined the criteria for prospective suitors, and invited economic developers to submit proposals advocating for why their city or region should be the host of the new location.
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Police Violence Against Black Men Is Rare

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
Philippe Lemoine, National Review
A few days ago, former police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, was acquitted of first-degree murder; he had fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in 2011. Protests started in St. Louis, where the shooting took place and Stockley was judged, immediately after the verdict was announced. Although they were initially peaceful, they soon turned violent, and dozens of protesters were arrested while several police officers were injured. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just outside St. Louis, in 2014, this has become a familiar pattern.
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When Will Black Lives Matter in St. Louis?

Real Clear Politics - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:31
Nicole Nelson, New York Times
On Aug. 9, 2014, Mike Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a police officer in the St. Louis suburb Ferguson, Mo. What followed were months of overwhelmingly nonviolent protests that were policed by law enforcement officers who wore riot gear, shook their batons at protesters and took joy-rides in heavily armored military vehicles. In November 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Mr. Wilson, and a few months later federal investigators cleared him of any wrongdoing
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Apple CEO says he wants more illegal immigrants to come to the U.S.

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:02

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview that it was inhuman to deny amnesty to those who were brought into the country illegally as children.

What did he say exactly?

“I think it’s the biggest issue of our time,” he said when asked about illegal immigrants. “Because this goes to the values of being American.”

“This is, ‘are we human?'” he said.

“Are we acting in a track of morality?” he continued. “These people if you haven’t met them, at Apple we have many that came when they were two years old, they didn’t make a decision to come. They came here, they only know our country, this is their home, they love America deeply, when you talk to them, I wish everyone in America loved America this much.”

“They have jobs, they pay taxes, they are pillars of their communities,” Cook added. “They’re incredible people. And so to me it would be like someone coming to Mike, and saying Mike I just found out you’re not really a citizen here you need to leave.”

“This is unacceptable, this is not who we are as a country and so I am personally shocked that there’s even a discussion of this,” he said. “This is one of those things when it is so clear, and it’s not a political thing, or at least I don’t see it like that at all.”

“This is about basic human dignity and respect, it is that simple and straightforward,” he added.

“On the broader issue of immigration,” he continued, “if I was a country leader right now my goal would be to monopolize the world’s talent. I’d want every smart person coming to my country, because smart people create jobs and jobs is the ultimate thing that create a great environment in a country a land of opportunity, a land where everybody can do well if you work hard.”

“These are the things that drive people,” he concluded, “it gives people a sense of purpose, and uh so, I’d have a very aggressive plan, not just to let a few people in, I would be recruiting.”

Here’s the video of his comments:

Who would disagree with Tim Cook’s assessment?

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is one of the immigration enforcement hawks who is vehemently opposed to any amnesty for illegal aliens, including those who were brought in as children. He says that while some are noteworthy residents, many are drug dealers and criminals.

Ann Coulter also disagrees with those wanting to grant “Dreamers’ amnesty and has attacked President Trump for any hint that he might have softened on deporting those brought into the country as children.

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Pelosi: DREAMers’ parents did a great thing for our country by bringing them here illegally

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:01

Watching this, I keep thinking of that Hillary clip from 2014 that made the rounds a few weeks ago in which she said “Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay.” Conservatives pointed to that as proof that even the reigning Democratic nominee opposes a DREAM amnesty, but huffy lefties complained that Clinton was being taken out of context. She was referring to children who had *recently* crossed the border, they said, not to children who were brought here years ago and had built a life in America. Obviously Democrats don’t support opening the borders to let any child in whose parents want them to come.

But they do support that, in principle. If that’s not the takeaway from Pelosi’s shpiel here, what is? DREAM kids have contributed much to America, she notes, therefore it’s wonderful that their parents broke the law in bringing them here. (Pause here to reflect on the Democratic leader in the House openly praising illegal immigration as “great.”) Unless she has evidence that child illegals crossing the border today would contribute less than current DACA enrollees, there’s no obvious reason by her logic why the practice shouldn’t be allowed to continue. Which, in fact, is what a lot of Democrats do want, including the lovely people who shut down her press conference a few days ago and whom she won’t criticize here except in the gentlest, most politic terms.

In fact, the point of this grand pander is to assure DREAMers that Democrats won’t stop with amnestizing them but will use a deal with Trump as a “first step” towards amnestizing the heroic moms and dads who dragged them across the border in the first place. It’s chain migration 101, in the same spirit as the executive amnesty Hillary proposed last year in which she promised to legalize the parents of DREAMers if elected. If you’re a border hawk who’s skeptical of the deal being used as a building block to a much bigger amnesty eventually, if not during Trump’s term then during the next Democratic president’s, this is Pelosi telling you you’re right to be. It’s a hugely damaging clip in terms of handing nationalists a weapon with which to oppose a compromise. But she has her own base to please. This’ll please them.

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The economy has steadily improved, so the Fed is about do something risky

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:25

The Federal Reserve said the economy is looking good, and should only get better. Things are so good that the central bank is ready to start unloading some of the $4.5 trillion balance it took on to stimulate the economy after the 2008 financial crisis.

How much economic growth?

The Fed projects a 2.4% growth in the economy this year, which is a marked improvement over last year, and they expect unemployment to continue dropping down to 4.1% next year.

But what’s the catch?

To stimulate the economy, the Fed bought trillions of dollars worth of bonds and mortgage securities. Now that the economy has recovered enough, the Fed needs to sell a lot of that back.

For the stimulus, the Fed increased its balance sheet from $900 billion to $4.5 trillion. Because the balance has never gotten that high, there’s not an instruction manual on how to lower it again without disrupting the economy.

If done incorrectly, it could have a disastrous effect on the stock and bond markets. So, the Fed is doing it very slowly and carefully. But, it can’t go too slowly because if/when the economy takes a downturn, the Fed does not want to have a bloated balance sheet that limits its ability to help.

A good problem to have

Despite the risks, it’s good to see the economic growth approach the rates that President Trump promised it would.

The administration promised a 3 percent growth rate, and during the second quarter of 2017 (Trump’s first full quarter as president), the economy grew at a 2.6 percent rate. For comparison, the economy grew at only a 1.2 percent rate in the first quarter of the year.

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Here are the students who think Antifa violence is okay

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:21

As Allahpundit wrote yesterday, a poll of college campuses across the country found 19% of students supported the idea of using violence to shut down a speaker they disagreed with. Today, Campus Reform published a video yesterday in which a pair of interviewers ask students at American University in Washington, D.C. what they think of Antifa’s use of violence.

The question here was slightly different from the one asked in the poll. The poll just asked if “a student group” could use violence to stop a speaker with no lead-in question. In this clip below, the interviewers first ask the students if they support Antifa. Most of them do. Then they ask a follow-up question about the use of violence.

Maybe Campus Reform left a lot of interviews on the cutting room floor, but it seems from this clip as if a lot of people they encountered were fans of Antifa and once they had signaled support for the group, they found it difficult to denounce their best-known tactic, i.e. political violence.

Some of the students seem a bit hesitant at crossing that line but others are convinced. One guy with a beard says, “[If] Black Bloc tactics and destruction of property and things like that can further the cause then I would be all for it.”

One thing I find interesting about this clip is that the two people who seem to have the most sensible reactions to these questions are both black women. One woman in a purple outfit first says she respects the “goal” of Antifa but when it comes to the violence she adds, “I don’t ever think violence is the answer.” She still hesitates to say Antifa should stop being violent but she comes the closest of all of her peers.

The young woman at the end of the clip (wearing a hat and carrying a skateboard) is even more skeptical of the idea of turning violence against anyone deemed a fascist. “Honestly, I think our generation, we use words incorrectly all the time, like racist and like stereotyping, those two tend to get mixed up,” she says. She continues, “So I think we do need to try and figure out what exactly counts as fascism before saying ‘Hey, that’s fascist you can’t do that.'”  Well said, young lady. It’s a shame more of your fellow students haven’t thought through it this far.

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Hillary memoir a “Mary Sue self-insertion fanfic,” says …

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:41

For all of the criticisms from the right of Hillary Clinton’s blamethrowing on her book tour, perhaps it was inevitable that the sharpest ridicule would come from those her failure disappointed most. In this case, HuffPost doesn’t disappoint when publishing a scathing book review from Sam Kriss, who tweeted out this afternoon that he was taking one for the team. In all caps, no less (via Twitchy):

I READ HILLARY CLINTON'S BOOK. I DID IT SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO. HERE'S MY REVIEW https://t.co/RxjmJfePHN

— Sam

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Parents outraged at explicit homework their kids brought home

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:30

Parents of a Dekalb County School District middle school were shocked and outraged when their kids brought home worksheets that included explicit lyrics for their music class.

What was the lesson they were learning from explicit music lyrics?

Outraged mom says her 11 year old came home w/a worksheet full of explicit lyrics. The assignment's purpose & how DeK. Schools responded @11 pic.twitter.com/aIE8fSGWx8

— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) September 20, 2017

An outraged mother went to Carl Willis of WSBTV to get the full story about the explicit homework. He posted the lesson with the questionable lyrics blurred out.

The lyrics are from a song called “Drowning” from rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie featuring Kodak Black. Apparently the sixth graders were told to rewrite the lyrics with a positive spin. The mother was shocked that her children were exposed to the language she had tried to keep them from listening to.

Did the district punish the teacher?

Bonnecia Williams, the music teacher, has been suspended for the homework, pending an investigation. She has been a teacher for two years. She sent a letter to parents explaining that she used bad judgement in crafting the lesson.

“At no time should students be subjected to this type of language at impressionable ages,” she wrote. “regardless of my best intentions, I failed miserably. I should have used better judgement.”

Rap lyrics form Kodak Black in a 6th grade assignment? One mom says there’s no place for it. DeKalb Schools responds on the #Nightbeat @11 pic.twitter.com/3N1nYK9Hx2

— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) September 20, 2017

What did the district say?

The Dekalb district released a statement from Superintendent Steve Green.

“The assignment was inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards,” the statement read. “The employee responsible has been removed from the classroom and will be held accountable for such poor judgment. While we encourage teacher creativity, the expectation is that the instruction is always standards-based and age appropriate.”

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The best people: Manafort offered to give Kremlin-linked Russian billionaire “private briefings” as Trump campaign chair

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:01

Increasingly it seems the Russiagate saga ends for Trump in one of two ways. One: It turns out he’s crooked and hired Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn for the express purpose of carrying out his crooked designs. Two, the more likely and more tragic alternative: He had no crooked designs but lacked the rudimentary good sense not to hire two guys whom he had every reason to know would bring him nothing but trouble.

Odds seem fair right now that the president’s former campaign manager and former national security advisor will both end up being indicted by the prosecutor in charge of the Russiagate investigation. That’s some legacy. And we’re only eight months in.

Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.

“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time…

Several of the exchanges, which took place between Manafort and a Kiev-based employee of his international political consulting practice, focused on money that Manafort believed he was owed by Eastern European clients

In one April exchange days after Trump named Manafort as a campaign strategist, Manafort referred to his positive press and growing reputation and asked, “How do we use to get whole?”

“Get whole” is an interesting choice of words. Manafort’s spokesman claims that was a reference to money owed by clients to Manafort. But Manafort famously had some debts of his own. The Times wrote about them in July, in a story titled, “Manafort Was in Debt to Pro-Russia Interests, Cyprus Records Show.” In particular, records obtained by the NYT showed a business based in Cyprus, supposedly owned by Manafort, owed nearly $8 million to a business based in the British Virgin Islands that was connected to … Oleg Deripaska. In 2015, a year before he joined the Trump campaign, Manafort had a lawsuit pending against him in a Virginia court seeking $19 million in damages in unpaid debt. The plaintiff? Oleg Deripaska:

The records, which include details for numerous loans, were certified as accurate by an accounting firm as of December 2015, several months before Mr. Manafort joined the Trump campaign, and were filed with Cyprus government authorities in 2016. The notion of indebtedness on the part of Mr. Manafort also aligns with assertions made in a court complaint filed in Virginia in 2015 by the Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska, who claimed Mr. Manafort and his partners owed him $19 million related to a failed investment in a Ukrainian cable television business.

Deripaska stopped pursuing the lawsuit sometime in late 2015. Did Manafort make good on his debts, or did he promise to, ahem, “get whole” with Deripaska later somehow?

Relatedly, David Frum pointed out yesterday in an interview a strange, often overlooked detail about Manafort’s campaign work for Trump: He did it for free. In fact, not only did he work for free, some of his associates worked for free too. It could be that that was just good business savvy by a guy who hadn’t been part of a campaign in years, offering to “intern” for Trump, essentially, knowing that the free press he got from the position would put him back on the map for paid work in Washington. But Manafort’s not a guy known to volunteer his labor; he was richly remunerated for his efforts for Putin’s puppet, Yanukovych, in Ukraine. You don’t need to reach far here to build a more sinister theory: Manafort offered to work for Trump for free because he thought his friends in Russia would pay him handsomely for influence over the Republican nominee’s campaign. He was, theoretically, willing to “get whole” with Deripaska on his debts by doing whatever favors Deripaska and his friends in the Kremlin might need. Including, maybe, collusion in targeting Hillary Clinton?

That’s the worst-case scenario. There’s no evidence that “private briefings” for Deripaska were ever held, notes WaPo. But why were they offered in the first place?

Campaign managers have so much free time that they frequently give private briefings to rich people who arent contributing to the campaign.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) September 20, 2017

Lefty Chris Hayes asks a fair question too. If Manafort was only interested in the debts owed to him, not debts he owed to others, why was he dangling services like private briefings for Deripaska? It’s the debtor who does favors for the creditor, not vice versa. Even in the best-case scenario, in which Manafort was seeking repayment of debts owed to him, he seems to have been looking to leverage his new fame and access to Trump at a moment when he should have been laser-focused on the campaign. He even went so far as to email his Ukrainian contact from his official Trump campaign email address. According to WaPo, Hope Hicks “was uncomfortable with Manafort’s style and concerned he was not always putting the candidate’s interests first” when he was campaign manager. No farking wonder.

Trump wisely shed himself of Manafort before the election, which may end up being a saving grace in the Russiagate probe. Imagine if this guy had landed a job inside the White House like Mike Flynn did.

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Protesters cause UC Berkeley to pay the ‘substantial cost’ of Free Speech Week

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:35

Free Speech Week is causing a lot of issues for the University of California at Berkeley, and costing a lot of money — the security bill for Ben Shapiro’s speech last week totaled about $600,000.

All because students and outside protesters find conservative speakers so appalling that they must be disrupted, apparently at all cost.

Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California system, said the UC System will reimburse Berkeley for half of the security costs.

That arrangement is going to add up, big time. With some of the most controversial conservative personalities in media today set to come on campus, the school could be facing even larger protests than the one for Shapiro. There are a lot of liberals out there ready to protest Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos.

Deliberate provocation?

While Napolitano recognized the need to allow free speech on campus, she didn’t exactly speak favorably about the speakers who are coming.

“I think some of these speakers are coming deliberately to provoke, and I think to provoke a response,” she said. “But nonetheless they’re coming to speak, they’re coming to put forward controversial and noxious ideas, and, you know, colleges and universities are places where noxious ideas are expressed.

“So how you carry that out, protect that value — that’s the challenge that we face,” Napolitano said. “That’s why I think it’s important that if these events are going to occur, that they be done safely and securely and, I think unfortunately that means universities bear the cost.”

This writer’s perspective

Let’s think this through. Who is actually causing the costs here? It’s not the speakers. It’s the people who can’t react civilly to those speakers.

You don’t get to cancel freedom of speech. Napolitano admits that, albeit begrudgingly. So instead of worrying about whether or not the speakers are trying to provoke protests, it would be more productive to address the students, and tell them to act like adults.

The same students who are causing the need for $600,000 worth of security are probably the same ones who will be complaining about tuition increases down the road. If they can’t handle the trauma of being exposed to conservative perspectives they find off-putting, they should probably stay home and save their school some money.

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Someone leaked a tape of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell having a meltdown

HotAir - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:21

“It f**king sucks to be out here with this out of control s**t,” Lawrence O’Donnell said, summing up what appears to have been a very frustrating day of taping his show last month. Mediaite reports the leaked 8-minute segment of O’Donnell having a series of escalating meltdowns was all recorded on one day, August 29, 2017:

The video, which lasts a full eight minutes, is a collection of clips from one evening (given O’Donnell’s consistent outfit) and show the MSNBC anchor fuming about earpiece malfunctions, blasting off obscenities and screaming at his staff. We were able to link it back to the August 29 show.

The best part of this clip is the way it builds. You first see just a flash of anger in O’Donnell’s face as he reacts to someone in the control booth talking in his ear. A producer keeps giving him a countdown for the end of the commercial break and O’Donnell mutters, “God damn it.” Seconds before he is to go on air again, he raises his hands and grimaces in frustration. But there’s no time to say anything else. He straightens his jacket and returns to coolly bashing President Trump.

In the next break, O’Donnell once again raises his hands in mute frustration. He looks angry now and it seems to be a real struggle for him to recover his calm demeanor this time. There’s a jump in the tape and during the next break a producer comes up behind O’Donnell and attempts to examine his earpiece. “Don’t. Leave it there,” O’Donnell snaps. “It’s not my earpiece it’s somebody talking on our lines,” he adds. The producer quickly slinks off camera.

The highlight of the clip occurs as O’Donnell hears someone hammering in the distance. “Stop the hammering! Stop the hammering out there. Who’s got a hammer,” he says standing up from his chair. O’Donnell continues, “Where is it?! Where’s the hammer?! Go up on the other floor. Somebody go up there and stop the hammering! STOP THE HAMMERING!

“I’ll go down to the goddamn floor myself and stop it. Keep the goddamn commercial break going. Call f**king Phil Griffin. I don’t care who the f**k you have to call, stop the hammering! Empty out the goddamn control room and find out where this is going on…The woman talking in my ear was talking about the labor day special, repeatedly…” As an assistant handed him pages of material, O’Donnell muttered, “F**king out of control s**t.”

Moments later O’Donnell is complaining about “SOTs” which is TV speak for sound on tape. He mutters about how the SOTs are written and having to “chase those stupid goddamn entrails that you allowed him to stick out there.” “Jesus,” O’Donnell says as he slams a pen to the floor. “Crazy f**king sound coming in my ear, this f**kin stupid hammering…It just f**king sucks to be out here with this out of control s**t.”

Lawrence has always been a hot head. There have been several incidents where he lost his composure on air over the years. He even challenged Mitt Romney’s son to a fight. So it’s not surprising the same thing happens off the air as well. The fact that this tape apparently leaked suggests some of the people on his staff are sick of working for a rage-a-holic. I wonder what they’ll decide to leak next. Here’s the full clip. As you can see above it is very NSFW:

If you don’t have 8-minutes for that, there’s already a mashup featuring Bill O’Reilly and MC Hammer and it’s pretty good:

Well, I mashed up Lawrence O'Donnell and Bill O'Reilly because it just had to be done https://t.co/9LLxb1sOIy pic.twitter.com/eSpox7gbhI

— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) September 20, 2017

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Hillary Clinton criticizes first lady Melania Trump – here’s what she said

The Blaze - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:46

Hillary Clinton said that first lady Melania Trump was doing not enough to stop cyber-bullying, and that if she “were serious” about the issue, there’s plenty of allies she could enlist in the struggle.

What did she say exactly?

When asked if the first lady was doing enough to combat cyber-bullying, she responded, “No, no and, look, I don’t think anybody is doing enough on cyberbullying, because it’s real and it has a particularly damaging effect on young people, who are so influenced by and personally affected by what is said about them or is said to them.”

Hillary made her comments to progressive news site MIC, who published her comments on Tuesday.

“I really worry about it as a major issue,” she said, “y’know, as something that I talked about in the campaign and I wanted to do more. I think they’d be a lot of people who would be willing to help her, if she were serious about actually following through.”

“Because we’ve got to try the best we can to make the internet,” she explained, “particularly social media, understand the impact that it can have particularly on vulnerable people, particularly on susceptible young people, and we need more voices that are not just firing nasty shots back, but saying, time out, no. This is not the way you talk about anybody, this is not how you conduct yourself.”

“You would never do it in person. I think it’s a really important issue, and if she were serious and able to follow through on it,” she concluded, “I bet there’d be so many people who’d be willing to try to help her on that.”

Here’s the video of Hillary’s comments:

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Melania Trump isn’t doing enough to prevent cyberbullying. pic.twitter.com/lSFBWrVAIN

— Mic (@mic) September 20, 2017

Has Melania Trump been outspoken about cyber-bullying?

Yes. In November of 2016 she gave a speech outlining her intent to make curtailing cyberbullying her project as first lady.

“It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked,” the first lady said. “It is terrible when that happens on the playground, and it is absolutely unacceptable when it is done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”

“We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other,” she concluded.

Is this a fair criticism?

While cyber-bullying has not been stamped out in our time, it is a little unfair of the former first lady to criticize the current first lady when it’s just a few months into the first term of President Trump. Some might also point out that Clinton herself is accused of “bullying” attacks on the alleged sexual harassment victims of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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