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22-year-old shot dead in the street by Venezuelan police

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:41

A 22-year-old medical student was shot at point blank range by Venezuelan military police Thursday. The entire incident was caught on video. From CNN:

In a shocking video, a protester is seen hurling what appear to be rocks over a fence at La Carlota airbase. At least two soldiers approach from the other side of the fence. One of them fires at the young man with a shotgun or a rifle from a few feet away.

The protester, a knapsack slung over his chest and his face covered with a bandana, falls to the ground. Another protester, carrying a makeshift shield and a Venezuelan flag draped over his back, moves in as if to provide cover. The wounded protester gets up and staggers away, grasping his chest…

“The sergeant used an unauthorized weapon to repel the attack, causing the death of one of the participants in the siege,” Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol said on Twitter. The sergeant faces legal proceedings, the minister said. It’s unclear what type of ammunition he used.

Here’s the video of the shooting:

It turns out this young man’s father used to work with President Nicholas Maduro, back when Maduro was a bus driver. From the Miami Herald:

Speaking to reporters at the Caracas morgue, David Vallenilla said he had been Maduro’s supervisor when they both worked at the Caracas Metro. And he said Maduro had met his son, David José, when the boy was just a child.

“Friend, I call you my friend because I always thought you were a very centered person….It’s in your hands to clear this case,” Vallenilla said, addressing Maduro as he choked back tears. “Nicolás, please, I’m not going to say that we’re seeking justice because that word is overused, but I don’t want this [his death] to be forgotten.”

Vallenilla’s friends brought his cap and gown to the site where he was killed:

Conmovedor gesto de los compañeros de David donde lo asesinaron (Foto) https://t.co/JbeIU3z5kH pic.twitter.com/56AZKN7nJv

— Noticias Venezuela (@NoticiasVenezue) June 23, 2017

This is being framed as a rogue element, just like the previous 75 deaths, most of which are attributable to the government. But this isn’t even the first shooting of a protester this week. On Monday a 17-year-old was shot and killed by the Venezuelan national guard.

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Trey Gowdy is absolutely enraged at these leaks from his briefing

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:21

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) angrily decried the leaks that came from a closed briefing of the House Intelligence Committee with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. He made the comments to Erin Burnett on CNN Thursday.

“What I found out, Erin,” Gowdy said, “is that about eight hours ago Adam Schiff and I look at Dan Coates in the eye and we assured him that there would be no selective leaking of his testimony to us.”

“And I’ll be damned if eight hours later,” he said angrily, “there aren’t three different leaks with what he told us.”

“So if anyone is questioning why congressional investigations aren’t taken seriously and are viewed as political exercises,” he continued, “you need look no further than the fact that we looked one of our intelligence officials in the eyes and promised him there would be no selective leaking, and here I am being asked about it not even eight hours later.”

“So congressman, who leaked it?” Burnett asked. “Was it Coates, was it Schiff? Was there anyone else in the room than the three of you?”

“I can tell you who it was not,” he responded. “Oh no. There were eight people in the room. I can tell you who it was not. It was not me, and I do not believe it was Adam Schiff. He’s a former federal prosecutor who knows that leaks undercut the efficacy and integrity of investigations.”

“I can’t tell you who it was,” he concluded, “but I can tell you this – you’re going to have a chilling effect on other witnesses who want to share classified, sensitive information when it makes its way to the headlines before the transcripts even dry!”

One of the major leaks out of the briefing came to CNN from congressional sources who said that DNI Coats testified that the president asked him to publicly refute accusations of collusion with the Russians. Another leaked report said simply that Coats thought Trump was obsessed with the Russian probe.

Trump has consistently denied the allegations of Russian collusion in public and on his Twitter account.

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North Korea releases a puzzling statement on the death of Otto Warmbier

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:00

North Korea’s state-run media claimed Friday that it had no idea why American college student Otto Warmbier died after 17 months in North Korean captivity.

Warmbier returned to the United States on June 13 in a coma and died less than a week after his return.

“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. … is a mystery to us as well,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said, according to a report by Reuters.

The spokesperson also claimed that Warmbier was provided “with medical treatment” while serving his sentence in North Korea and was returned to the United States “alive” after the 22-year-old college student’s heart had “nearly stopped.”

The unnamed North Korean spokesperson said that the Obama administration was to blame for not intervening on Warmbier’s behalf sooner, calling Warmbier a “victim of policy of ‘strategic patience.'”

This comment seemed to echo President Donald Trump’s sentiments on Warmbier’s death, which he issued in a statement from the White House on Tuesday.

About the death of the American student, Trump said, “Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different.”

North Korean officials sentenced Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor after he attempted to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel.

Last week, the North Korean government allowed a State Department official to secure Warmbier’s homeward transfer on “humanitarian grounds in consideration of his bad health.”

When Warmbier returned to the U.S., he was in a coma.

Warmbier’s parents claimed that U.S. doctors said that Warmbier had a significant amount of brain damage, which could be chalked up to “awful torturous mistreatment” that he may have endured during his imprisonment in North Korea.

At the request of his family, an autopsy was not performed on Warmbier to determine an official cause of death.

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Dems say goodbye to truce, use inflammatory rhetoric against GOP healthcare

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:51

After the shooting of Steve Scalise, political leaders of both major parties urged the ending of hateful rhetoric political rhetoric. But as soon as Senate Republicans introduced their draft healthcare bill,  Democrats forgot all about the “era of good feelings” and began to use inflammatory rhetoric to fight against the GOP and their legislation.

Less than two weeks ago a crazed Republican-hater entered a park where the GOP members of congress were practicing for the annual congressional, baseball charity game scheduled for the next day. The intruder started shooting at the team wounding five, one of which was Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) who lingered near death for days and is now improving.

Many suggested the shooter James Hodgkinson was motivated to kill Republicans by years of hateful rhetoric spewed by Democratic party politicians. For years the Democrats have portrayed their Republican opposition as sub-human, narcissistic, greedy, rich, fat-cat, corporate chieftains and/or hillbilly, gun-toting, women-hating, religious fanatics, and racist xenophobes who hate Jews, Blacks and Hispanics, and want to reinstitute slavery. For example, Republicans who were pro-life weren’t characterized as anti-abortion they were conducting a war on women. Republicans that wanted America to control its borders were called anti-Hispanic, or the GOP members who called members of ISIS, radical Islamist terrorists were described as hating Muslims, etc.

But in the wake of the attack on the baseball team, and near death of their colleague Steve Scalise, members of congress on both sides of the aisle promised to tone down the hatful rhetoric. Of course, they still would disagree, but the official line of both parties was they would disagree without getting personal.

Any pretense of toning down the rhetoric ended on Thursday as the Senate GOP release their version of a repeal/replace Obamacare bill. Within minutes of the bill being posted online the attacks began.  Many of them were hyperbolic charges that the Republican bill was going to murder people:

Connecticut’s stolen valor senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted, “Senate Republicans want to gut Medicaid – throwing children and families who rely on it to the wolves” and “The Republicans’ health care plan will literally cost American lives.” Blumenthal’s death talk couldn’t have come from memories of the Senator’s service in Vietnam, because as you may remember while the Connecticut Democrat claimed to have served in that war, during his initial run for the Senate he was outed as a fraud.

Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA) claimed that the GOP were liars who are trying to fool women. She tweeted, “Women aren’t fools. We know the difference between reality & lies. That’s why we’re fighting back to stop the @SenateGOP healthcare bill.”

Please note that many wondered how Warren was able to read the bill so fast after it was released, however the rumors that the Republican health legislation was leaked to her via smoke signals is probably not true.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) relied on the tried and true Democratic claim that their opposition screws old people, the middle class and the infirm just so they can help the rich (like Hillary and Bubba Clinton?) ”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who still hasn’t learned that glasses aren’t as helpful when you keep them on the tip of your nose, opined,  “The way this bill cuts health care is heartless. The president said the House bill was mean. The Senate bill may be meaner. The Senate Republican health care bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Only this wolf has even sharper teeth than the House bill.”

Not to be outdone, former President Barack Obama, who after the shooting of then-Rep. Gabby Gifford sermonized that the tone of America’s political discourse had to change. He said, “it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” But it seems that he forgot about his 2011 speech.

Obama used the reverse Robin Hood argument that was so successful for him during his presidency: the Republicans steal from the poor and give to the rich:

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

Understand that as Americans these Democratic Party politicians have every right to disagree with the GOP healthcare bill. In fact there are Republicans in congress who also disagree with the bill. However, as leaders of the federal government they have a obligation to lead, not divide.  If one believes the rich are helped more than the poor, it’s not a transfer of wealth (it’s really not), but it’s a disagreement over priorities.

It’s legitimate to state one’s worry that enough people will be covered under the Republican plan, but claiming the GOP  bill “will literally cost American lives” is the kind of rhetoric that led to the Scalise shooting. And no one in congress wants to see that happen again.

 

 

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HS adviser steps down after allegedly rigging student body elections against conservative candidates

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:40

Seriously?

A southern California high school teacher who served as student body faculty adviser stepped down from that role after allegedly rigging student elections — and apparently against conservative candidates.

Principal Mick Wager emailed parents of students at Vista Murrieta High School on June 16 saying the company that handled the elections confirmed fraudulent votes altered the outcomes of the races for 2019 class president, 2019 secretary and 2018 class president, the Press-Enterprise said.

“An audit conducted by the electronic voting service has verified that no other election outcomes were affected by the voting irregularities,” Wager wrote, the paper said. “This is a very unfortunate and disappointing situation, and I regret the impact it has had on the students involved and the student body as a whole.”

Murrieta Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Karen Parris told KCBS-TV that Denise Marie Peterson resigned as associated student body adviser but remains employed as a teacher.

On Monday, the school’s website listed Denise Peterson as a teacher who had an ASB class on her schedule, the Press-Enterprise reported, adding that the page was updated Tuesday to remove the ASB class as well as her entire schedule. Peterson did not immediately respond to an email to her school account, the paper said.

“Obviously, it was a serious lapse in judgment, and the school is committed to righting the wrong,” Parris told the Press-Enterprise.

Parris told the paper that students previously announced as winners will be allowed to participate in student government in other roles.

Wade Sine, a Vista Murrieta parent, told the paper Monday he helped uncover voting irregularities after obtaining data indicating times votes were cast as well as the IP address used to log into the voting company’s website. Sine told the Press-Enterprise he attended meetings with Peterson during the probe and identified Peterson as the adviser.

More from the paper:

Many of the votes, he said, were made at 10:30 p.m. or later, in 40-second increments, by someone who appeared to be going down a list alphabetically and voting for certain candidates.

He grew suspicious after he started hearing from people about irregularities after the results were posted, which seemed to undercount support for a member of a group of conservative male students who had run in previous school elections, he said.

Sine told the Press-Enterprise the school should have a do-over of this year’s election in case other fraudulent votes weren’t caught during the audit.

“As an adult, and as someone that the kids probably would look up to … doing something like that is really low, and I definitely think they should have some type of consequence,” one student told KCBS.

Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot

Online commenters were of the same mind.

“Wow, liberals defrauding an election … who would have guessed?” one user posted in the Press-Enterprise comments.

“Apparently her fellow liberal lemmings weren’t the top vote getters,” another user noted.

“If it weren’t for the actions of an alert parent, it would never have been discovered,” a third user wrote. “The school’s actions are more of a cover-up than a corrective action.”

(H/T: EAGNews)

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Catholic bishop writes decree barring same-sex couples from receiving Holy Communion, funeral rites

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:25

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is under fire for implementing a policy barring individuals in same-sex marriages from receiving Holy Communion or funeral rites.

In a decree obtained by the Washington Post, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki wrote that members of the clergy, as well as other employees or representatives of the diocese should not participate in or assist with same-sex marriages, nor should diocesan property of facilities be used to host them. Catholic Church teaching states that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

Paprocki also wrote that individuals living publicly in a same-sex marriage should not receive Holy Communion.

“Pastors aware of such situations should address these concerns privately with the persons in such circumstances, calling them to conversion and advising them not to present themselves for Holy Communion until they have been restored to communion with the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” Paprocki wrote.

He said that a person living publicly in a same-sex marriage who is “in danger of death” may be given Holy Communion “if he or she expresses repentance for his or her sins.”

He added that individuals in same-sex marriages should be denied funeral rites unless they repented before death.

In the document, Paprocki explained that it is his responsibility as diocesan bishop “to guide the people of God entrusted to me with charity but without compromising the truth.”

“Finally, I remind all who exercise a ministry within the Church that while being clear and direct about what the Church teaches, our pastoral ministry must always be respectful, compassionate and sensitive to all our brothers and sisters in faith, as was the ministry of Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd and our everlasting model for ministry,” he wrote. “They are also warned that culpable violation of any of these norms can be punished with a just penalty.”

Some media outlets and activist groups criticized the decree.

The Chicago Tribune chastised Paprocki for issuing the decree “four years after same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois and two years after it became legal in the U.S.”

Christopher Pett, the incoming president of DignityUSA, a group that says it is committed to “full inclusion of LGBTQI Catholics in the Church and society” blasted the decree in a statement.

“Bishop Paprocki’s decree makes it very clear why so many LGBTQI people and their families feel unwelcome in the Catholic Church and why so many leave it,” Pett said. “Although some other bishops and dioceses have instituted similar policies in part, this document is mean-spirited and hurtful in the extreme. It systematically and disdainfully disparages us and our relationships. It denies us the full participation in the life of our Church to which we are entitled by our baptism and our creation in God’s image.”

Pett also argued that “Pope Francis has issued no such decree for the Catholic Church, and has in fact called for a much more pastoral and respectful approach to LGBTQI people, our families, and our relationships.”

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Paprocki said: “These norms are necessary in light of changes in the law and in our culture regarding these issues.”

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Commentary: This is why Hollywood should blacklist Trump-detractor entertainers

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:05

If Hollywood at large had any scruples whatsoever, it would blacklist entertainers who threaten President Donald Trump with violence before they’re all painted as unhinged Hillary Clinton sycophants.

Sadly controversy sells, and when you have entertainers plagued by scandal or dwindling ratings, taking a shot at Trump seems to be the easy way to get your name back in the headlines again.

Johnny Depp isn’t the first liberal, bleeding heart celebrity to threaten a sitting U.S. president with violence.

Though Depp claims his remarks — specifically asking a crowd gathered at U.K. festival Glastonbury about the last time an actor assassinated a president — “intended no malice,” his apology was lackluster at best.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in a statement. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

It’s highly doubtful that comedienne Kathy Griffin thought that her remarks sincerely “amused” anyone when she gave a tearful — bordering on hysterical — press conference claiming that the backlash against her “beheaded Donald Trump” photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields “broke” her.

Despite the poor endings that entertainers often meet after threatening Trump, many of them continue to do it, and Depp is just the latest in a long line of those abusing the privilege of free speech.

In the United States, it is still a federal crime to threaten a president, sitting or otherwise:

“Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon — a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President; a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect; a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6); shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

Do we see any liberal entertainers sitting in jail for remarks that they’ve made? No. And frankly, what makes these “celebrities” think they have a free pass at breaking the law when the common man and woman would likely be considered a terrorist or treasonist and incarcerated immediately for making similar remarks?

During the 2017 Women’s March, entertainer Madonna claimed that she was so angry over the election of Trump that she’d considered “blowing up The White House” on several occasions.

Instead of jail time, however, or an investigation by the Secret Service like your every day, garden variety citizen would be subjected to, Madonna issued a passive aggressive explanation, not unlike that from Depp.

She said, “I spoke in metaphor.”

Yes, the woman who sings songs with lyrics like “Donald Trump, suck my d**k!” was speaking in “metaphor,” apparently.

So what are celebrities like Johnny Depp, Kathy Griffin and Madonna up to these days?

Well, Depp has just come off of a year of allegations including domestic violence and substance abuse, many of Griffin’s comedy tour stops have been cancelled and she’s lost her annual hosting gig on CNN’s New Year’s special, and Madonna reportedly frolicking with yet another young man half her age, setting a fantastic “feminist” example for her 20-year-old daughter.

Hollywood at large cannot allow their unhinged, foul-mouthed, entitled and often trouble-plagued entertainers to continue on in this vein.

To call it “irresponsible” is putting it mildly — “extraordinarily dangerous” and “hatefully inciteful” would be far better adjectives.

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Jane Sanders lawyers up over college financing investigation

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:01

Last month Ed wrote about the investigation into possible financial mismanagement of a small, and now defunct, college in Vermont. Jane Sanders, Bernie Sanders’ wife, took over the college with big plans for expanding the campus and bringing in more students. What actually happened is that Sanders got the college deeply in debt with some questionable financing and was kicked out of her job a short time later. A few years after her departure the school, heavily laden with debt and unable to attract students, closed its doors. The story was barely a blip last year during the campaign but today, Politico reports Sanders and his wife have lawyered up:

Sanders and his wife have been trying to ignore the federal investigation since reporters for VTDigger, an online publication, confirmed the FBI’s involvement in April…

Now, Senator Sanders and his wife are taking the case more seriously. Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ longtime top political adviser who heads Sanders’ political organization, Our Revolution, confirms to Politico Magazine that Bernie and Jane Sanders have lawyered up. The couple has retained Rich Cassidy, a well-connected Burlington attorney and Sanders devotee, and Larry Robbins, the renowned Washington-based defense attorney who has represented I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and disgraced former Rep. Bill Jefferson, to represent Jane Sanders in the matter.

Now, President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is handling an investigation that will proceed at the discretion of a U.S. attorney of Vermont that Trump has yet to appoint.

Politico’s story goes into the detail of the sketchy transactions that are the focus of the investigation. Simply put, Jane Sanders wanted the school to expand and attract new students. She put together a deal to purchase some lakefront property at a cost of $10 million. However, that amount did not include the additional $6 million that would be needed to turn the property into usable classrooms and offices. It was never clear how a small school with about $4 million in annual revenue was going to be able to afford such a big purchase. In fact, it appears the claims Sanders made to secure the loans wildly overestimated how much the school could bring in:

The records showed that Sanders had assured People’s United Bank and the state bonding agency that the college had $2.6 million in pledges to secure the loan. Internal college audits showed that only $676,000 in actual donations came in from 2010 to 2014. Sanders listed two people as having confirmed pledges for more money than they had offered; neither knew their pledges had been used to support the loan. A third donor had offered a $1 million bequest, to be paid upon her death. Instead, the college’s loan application counted it in funds to be paid out over the next few years.

The donor, Corinne Bove Maietta, told VTDigger she had made the bequest contingent on her death, but was surprised the college counted the $1 million toward paying off the land loan. “They had me in increments?” Maietta asked, from her home in Florida. “No, never.” She and her accountant said Sanders asked Maietta to sign documents confirming the donations, but they declined. Maietta said investigators with the Federal Deposit Insurance Agency had interviewed her about the loan details. At the time, Sanders declined to comment.

Politico concludes that despite Bernie and Jane Sanders ability to avoid questions about the investigation, it only seems to be gaining steam. And the fact that President Trump will select the person who will lead the investigation could have an impact as well.

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New study shows mountain lions are terrified of Glenn Beck’s voice

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:40

Scientists subjected mountain lions in the California wilds to the voice of TheBlaze founder and radio show host Glenn Beck as the animals innocently attempted to eat their dinner. The actions were part of an experiment to see how apex predators truly reacted to fear.

According to the Washington Post, researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz installed motion-sensitive cameras at the big cats’ “kill sites” in various parts of Southern California, where they safely store the carcasses of their hunted prey for future meals. The moment a mountain lion triggered the cameras, a concealed pair of speakers would activate, assaulting the animal with a clip from Beck’s radio show.

The Post reported that Beck wasn’t the only person whose voice they used to scare the cats. Also pumped through the concealed forest speakers were other political talk show hosts such as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Republican talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Additionally, the mountain lions reacted with the same fear regardless of whether the voice was male or female.

Reports from the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” published on Tuesday said that few of the mountain lions were unafraid of the political talk show hosts’ voices, with 80 percent of the apex predators fleeing the scene once voices were pumped though the speakers.

“It’s fun to watch them bound away, tails flying,” said UCSC ecologist Justine Smith, who led the experiment.

Smith told the Post that she did not horrify the defenseless hungry lions with Beck’s dulcet tones arbitrarily. The overarching purpose of the experiment was to view how mountain lions, the top predator in their California domain, reacted to being removed from the top of the food chain in their area through the use of fear.

Humans are “superpredators,” according to Smith, and she and her fellow scientists conducted the experiment to see if mountain lions reacted the same way to the presence of humans as many forest creatures react to the presence of mountain lions.

“We know they don’t like being around our developments, but it’s hard to know if they actually perceive humans as a direct threat,” Smith said, adding “they really should.”

“We wanted to test directly if pumas fear the most benign form of human disturbance, our sound,” Smith said. “That would tell us if they actually fear humans themselves.”

According to ecologists, fear plays an important role in the shaping of the environment.

More from the Post about what scientists call the “landscape of fear”:

Mountain lions are apex predators, positioned at the top of the food chain. Under normal circumstances, little frightens them. Rather, they are the ones who generate terror. Prey species — deer, raccoons, even coyotes — must keep their wits about them to avoid becoming a lion’s next meal. Wariness of predators makes these other species spend less time eating and more time hiding, watching or scurrying out of view.

The cascading effects of these behavioral changes can reshape an entire ecosystem: Plants that were once bitten down to stubs by grazing deer may rebound, small critters can find new homes and hiding spots in the restored foliage, the course of a stream may shift, the composition of the soil itself may change.

“Instead of the mountain lion instilling the landscape of fear, it’s a human playing that role,” Smith said. “It adds this element to the ecological community that’s throwing everything off.”

While Smith and her team used political figureheads in their experiment, the purpose was to see how the cats acted toward humans overall.

“Pumas are nonpartisan in their hatred of American politics,” Smith joked.

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Flint airport stabbing suspect failed background check attempting gun purchase

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:25

The suspect in the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint airport in Michigan on Wednesday had reportedly attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, but had failed a background check from the U.S.’ National Instant Criminal Background Check System due to not being an American citizen, according to CNN.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck at Flint’s Bishop International Airport. The FBI are currently investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.

FBI Special Agent David Gelios told CNN that Ftouhi crossed the border legally into Lake Champlain, New York, last Friday by car. As early as Sunday, Ftouhi had arrived in Michigan where he is confirmed by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to have attempted to purchase a gun once in the Flint area.

Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms to “an alien who is unlawfully in the United States or who has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa.” Ftouhi, having legally entered the U.S., but not as an immigrant, was denied the legal purchase of a firearm.

The exact location Ftouhi attempted to purchase the gun was is currently unclear. While unable to obtain a firearm due to the U.S. federal background check system, Ftouhi did purchase the 12-inch knife here in America that he would later use to carry out the attack on Neville, who underwent surgery Wednesday, and is recovering in a local hospital.

Authorities say Ftouhi’s attack was unexpected, as he was not on a watch list in either Canada or the U.S..

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly described Ftouhi as a “completely off-the-screen individual.” McCaul echoed Kelly when he told CNN “I don’t think he was on anyone’s radar screen.”

His neighbors also seemed surprised by the attack. According to CNN, Ftouhi lived in the Saint-Michel district of Montreal, known for its North African Muslim community. Ftouhi reportedly lived with his wife and three children, where his neighbor “Hakeem” said Ftouhi was quiet and “a kind person.”

“I said ‘hello’ going up and down the stairs,” Hakeem told CNN. “We were neighborly.”

The FBI said it believes the attack was motivated from an intense hatred for the U.S., and a “variety of other things,” according to Gelios. Though the attack is believed to be religiously motivated due to Ftouhi’s reported screaming of “Allah” during the stabbing, the FBI is deeming this a “lone wolf attack.”

“Time will tell over the next several days whether anyone had any knowledge of this, but at this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” Gelios told CNN. “We have no information to suggest a wider plot.”

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ICYMI: Former gov’t contractor sues James Comey, alleges cover up on over 20 million Americans illegally unmasked

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:11

Circa News has been covering the alleged abuses of the intelligence community against Americans. They noted how the unmasking protocol for intercepts collected by the National Security Agency changed under the Obama administration, supposedly to better catch terrorists prepping for lone wolf attacks, could open Americans up to political espionage.  Then, they wrote about how the FBI may have illegally shared spy data on Americans with unauthorized parties who did not have clearance to view such information. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) wrote a ten-page ruling listing hundreds of privacy violations committed by the FBI when gathering information during the tenure of then-FBI Director James Comey. Now, a former NSA contractor has filed a lawsuit against James Comey, allegedly a covering up the illegal methods that are being used to monitor Americans and violate their constitutional privacy rights. Once again, John Solomon and Sara Carter were on the case.

The contractor Dennis Montgomery reportedly took multiple hard drives containing 600 million classified documents to prove how the intelligence community is violating Americans’ privacy. He was granted immunity, but the FBI never followed through. The FBI has documentation of them taking possession of the hard drives. Montgomery alleges that over 20 million Americans’ identities were illegally unmasked:

 

 A former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden’s now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

The suit, filed late Monday night [June 12] by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the NSA’s collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer.

[…]

Montgomery alleges that more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked – credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected.

He said he returned the hard drives to the FBI, a fact confirmed in government documents reviewed by Circa.

As Congress wallows in Russian collusion hysteria, maybe they should also put these under the microscope since a) its more grounded in reality; and b) there appears to be an actual paper trail.

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Joe Scarborough releases incredibly cringeworthy anti-Trump music video

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:10

In easily one of the stranger news stories to emerge on Friday, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough released a music video for his new EP, “Mystified,” where he can be seen singing, dancing and playing guitar.

The video features many different themes — including substantial amounts of footage of President Donald Trump and Scarborough’s fiancée Mika Brzezinski — superimposed over a cacophony of synthesized music.

Scarborough sings in an slightly affected British accent while playing the guitar as the video cuts between shots of the former Republican representative of Florida and footage of past and current events, featuring footage of Kim Kardashian, Steve Bannon, nuclear bomb detonation, children shooting guns, North Korean dictatorship, the Black Lives Matter movement, Charleston, South Carolina, shooter Dylann Roof, Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton.

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough star in Scarborough’s music video for “Mystified.” (Image source: Facebook screenshot)

The video ends with the video’s female protagonist being mugged and apparently killed in a senseless, violent attack while Trump is sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States of America.

“I won’t be going down without a fight,” Scarborough sings throughout the video.

See the video in its entirety below.

Warning: the following video may contain sensitive visual material.

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Senators Grassley, Feinstein question former AG Lynch about Clinton email investigation

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:21

The Chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent letters to four individuals, including former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, seeking information about her handling of the Clinton email investigation. The letters ask about an email reportedly recovered by the FBI which some news reports have suggested might have been created by Russia. From the committee’s press release:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse sought information about alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The bipartisan inquiry comes as the Judiciary Committee is examining the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey as FBI Director.

In April, The New York Times reported that the FBI came into possession of a batch of hacked documents, one of which was said to be authored by a “Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far.”  Chairman Grassley then requested a copy of the document from the Justice Department, which has failed to respond.  A month later, The Washington Post reported similar facts and provided further details about individuals involved in these communications.  The Post reported that the email in question, sent by then-chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Leonard Benardo of the Open Society Foundations, indicated that Lynch had privately assured Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria that the FBI’s investigation wouldn’t “go too far.”

Comey was reportedly concerned that the communication would raise doubts about the investigation’s independence and began discussing plans to announce the end of the Clinton email investigation rather than simply referring it to the Department for a prosecutorial decision. Comey’s extraordinary action to announce the end of the investigation was a break from Justice Department protocol, and was later cited as justification for his removal from the FBI.

The Washington Post story reported the document in question was viewed as “unreliable and possibly a fake” by people within the FBI. Lynch has denied knowing or talking to the person to whom she allegedly gave this assurance. Amanda Renteria, the person Lynch allegedly told, says she doesn’t know Lynch and has never spoken to her. And Debbie Wasserman Schultz denies having recounted any such conversation in an email. And it’s worth noting that the email itself was apparently never found, only an account of the email from supposedly hacked documents.

Of course, it wasn’t just this email that prompted Comey. It was also the tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton. Additionally, it was the moment when Lynch asked Comey to align his testimony about the investigation with the language being used by the Clinton campaign, i.e. he was told to refer to it as “a matter.” So even if the email was bogus there are some related questions the committee might want to ask about Lynch putting her fingers on the scales.

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Johnny Depp "Didn't Intend Malice" Toward President Trump

Townhall.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:00
It's just an attempt to amuse that didn't come out right, or something...
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Johnny Depp walks back joke about killing Trump: ‘I intended no malice’

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:55

Actor Johnny Depp is on clean-up duty after joking Thursday about assassinating President Donald Trump. He’s now saying he “intended no malice” with the violent quip.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said in a statement obtained by People magazine. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

While he was introducing a screening of his 2004 movie “Libertine” on Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, Depp began joking about the Republican president, whom the actor said “needs help.”

“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” the actor said.

As the audience responded — some cheering, some booing — to Depp’s joke, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star continued: “It is just a question. I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked, referring to actor John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. “Now, I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

The White House condemned the 54-year-old actor’s off-color joke in a statement Friday afternoon.

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” the statement, first published by Variety, read. “I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat-elected official.”

And in a statement to the Washington Post, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said joking about killing the president is “no laughing matter.”

“These things are real,” she said, calling Depp a “nut job” and contending that his comments were “not a slip of the tongue.” Words like Depp’s could “easily inflame lunatics who wish to bring harm,” Conway added.

Depp’s widely criticized joke comes one week after a 66-year-old gunman who frequently shared on social media his hatred for Trump opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The June 14 shooting left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in critical condition.

Scalise, who has been in the hospital since the attack, was moved out of intensive care Friday. Officials with the MedStar Washington Hospital, where the GOP lawmaker is being treated, said Wednesday that Scalise is in “fair” condition.

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Shooting Aftermath Shows Leftwing Bullying At Worst

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:47
Mary Katharine Ham, Federalist
James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois arrived in a D.C. suburb several months ago and lived out of his van next to a small local baseball field, which had recently been reported as the site of Republican congressional baseball practice. He took pictures of this otherwise unremarkable locale, and showed up there last Wednesday with two guns and a list of six elected Republicans on his person. He verified with a member of Congress that they were indeed Republicans on the field before opening fire, attempting to murder a bunch of them.
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Old Questions, No New Answers in Philando Castile Verdict

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:46
Jelani Cobb, New Yorker
The decision in the Castile case highlights a kind of divided heart of Second Amendment conservatism, at least with regard to race.
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They're Wrong About Everything

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:44
Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Events are turning me into a radical skeptic. I no longer believe what I read, unless what I am reading is an empirically verifiable account of the past.
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Trump Tries Making the 2016 Campaign Great Again

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:43
Windsor Mann, RealClearPolitics
President Trump is running for president for the first time again. On Wednesday night, he held a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids. It was so campaign-like that campaign staffers were there, it was in Iowa, and people listened to a Lee Greenwood song on purpose.
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45 Years Later, Oval Office Tape Still Echoes

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:42
Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics
Forty-five years ago today, Richard M. Nixon made a momentous mistake in judgment, with fateful ramifications for his legacy. It occurred in a late morning Oval Office meeting with White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman.
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