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Senate Dems Are Considering Subpoenas to Get Their Hands on the Robert Mueller Report

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:50

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Thursday he thinks there will be subpoenas when he was asked about getting the full Robert Mueller report from the special counsel team.

President Donald Trump has been at the center of the special counsel investigation, and newly minted Attorney General William Barr (shown above right) is expected to announce the investigation has wrapped up soon — with some reports saying as early as next week.

But lawmakers are unlikely to get the full report, which many are looking to change.

“I asked William Barr whether he would allow Robert Mueller (above left) to testify — he was noncommittal,” Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, told CNN.

“But I think there will be subpoenas.”

Related: Mueller Report Could Be Released as Early as Next Week

Blumenthal added that the public would be right to feel there is a coverup if the report is not made public.

The special counsel regulations dictate that the team will submit a confidential report to the attorney general once the investigation is over.

But those rules don’t require the findings to be shared with Congress or the public.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates related to the presidential election of 2016. They are particularly focused on whether anyone colluded with Russian interests to sway the election.

But the special counsel team itself has also faced scrutiny over allegations of bias against the president.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called on the report to be provided to them and made public. Barr has told lawmakers he will make the report as transparent as possible — but warned he would follow internal rules and respect whatever agreement the former attorney general and special counsel had in place already.

Senate Judiciary Committee members even introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure that the report is made public. The Special Counsel Transparency Act requires that a special counsel submit a report directly to Congress and the public within two weeks of concluding its investigation.

The report must include all factual findings and underlying evidence.

Related: James Clapper Expects ‘Anti-Climactic’ Mueller Report

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, during an interview this week, said he expects the special counsel report will be “anti-climactic.”

He warned investigators might not even reach a definitive conclusion on the election meddling accusations.

Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t plan to end the special counsel probe despite his own issues with it.

Lawmakers have sought to ensure the investigations are able to finish regardless.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act was reintroduced on January 8 to protect the special counsel investigation from the president.

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Let’s Share the Treasure of Faith with All the Hurting Souls Around Us

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:31

Too many people take their lives in our country every year.

These desperate acts result in so many repercussions throughout our society and hurt so many people.

This recent inspirational story caught my attention.

Someone took action — and he saved many lives from ending prematurely.

It’s a police officer’s job to protect and serve — but Kevin Briggs never thought that his job would lead him to save over 200 people from committing suicide. Briggs has been dubbed the “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” because of his awe-inspiring history of talking people down from the edge of the historic landmark.

One his most notable encounters was with a man named Kevin Berthia back in 2005. At the time, Berthia was a 22-year-old who was drowning in medical bills from caring for his prematurely-born infant daughter. In the midst of his depression, Berthia climbed onto the edge of the bridge and prepared to take his own life — and then he was approached by Briggs.

Briggs later said that the man seemed angry with him, but in an interview with NPR, Berthia told him otherwise.

“I was just mad at myself for being in that situation and I was embarrassed,” Berthia said. “But somehow the compassion in your voice is what allowed me to kinda let my guard down enough for us to have a conversation.

“We talked for 92 minutes about everything that I was dealing with. My daughter — her first birthday was the next month. And you made me see that if nothing else, I need to live for her.”

Out of all of Briggs’s encounters on the bridge, Berthia is one of the only people who he has stayed in contact with over the years. Briggs retired from the CHP in 2013, and he now works in suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Sometimes, Berthia even joins him for speaking events.” (source: Good News Network)

Kevin Briggs was in a unique and privileged position to save many lives on a regular basis — and he became very good at it.

But we are all called to be attentive to the reality of depression in our everyday lives.

As a chaplain at a high school in Virginia, I noticed there would always be a few kids sitting by themselves at lunch. They were usually the least social, athletic or charismatic types, but it hurt to see such little compassion and empathy from their fellow students.

Related: The Hidden Acts of Kindness That Take Everyone by Surprise

Sometimes, just small acts of kindness and caring toward marginalized people can let them know they’re valued by someone else in society.

Most of us, of course, are not qualified to be therapists or counselors, on the other hand; and we need to respect the boundaries this requires. Many people struggle with deep-seated issues or personal dramas that have left them with severe wounds.

Rather than take this on and try to be heroes, we might urge these people to see professional therapists who can help them unpack complicated issues in a prudent and deliberate way.

Related: Seven Ways to Grow Closer to God

We can also share the treasure of faith and the beauty of our relationship with God. We share so many things with our friends — recipes, diets, sports tips, stock tips, and more. But too often, we hesitate to share what people most need for peace and fulfillment.

Jesus gives us a reason to live. Jesus fills a hole in the heart that only God can fill.

Jesus brings peace and joy in a world of very loud, but often very empty, promises.

We should be grateful for all those like Kevin Briggs in this world — they are literally life savers.

Let’s also be grateful for those who help people before they reach the rail on the bridge.

And we ourselves can show others, by example, that life is truly worth living.

Fr. Michael Sliney is a Catholic priest based in the New York City area and an adviser to the Lumen Institute, a professional business group.

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President Donald Trump Blasts Jussie Smollett on Twitter

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 17:24

President Donald Trump is not happy with “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and the star’s recent claims of being the victim of a hate crime.

Smollett alleged only weeks ago that two white Trump supporters attacked him and yelled homophobic and racist insults at him.

Chicago police began an investigation — and now Smollett is in police custody and is being accused of filing a false police report.

Police have alleged that Smollett paid $3,500 to two Nigerian brothers who had been extras on “Empire.”

Smollett paid the men to carry out the “attack” against him because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

Related: Smollett Hate Crime Hoax Has a ‘Toxic Effect on the Nation’

Smollett also allegedly wrote and addressed a hateful letter to himself just before the “attack” to make it seem that he was being targeted.

“@JussieSmollett — what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA,” President Trump tweeted about the matter on Thursday morning.

.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019

Smollett somehow still has support from the entertainment industry.

Gabby Sibide, Smollett’s costar on “Empire,” took to Instagram to say she still believes Smollett’s original story.

“I know him, I believe him, I stand with him,” the actress wrote — this, even though Smollett turned himself in to police, and even though Chicago law enforcement officials called out the actor on Thursday morning for his “shameful” actions.

For more, check out this video:

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Hoda Muthana, Three Times an ISIS Bride, Speaks Out About Her Life

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:37

It appears Hoda Muthana, an ISIS bride, wants to return to the U.S. so that she can claim support for herself and her child at taxpayer expense.

She is very unlikely to receive any monetary support in the Kurdish camp where she is right now.

And she’s been captured by them as an ISIS member.

Related: ISIS Bride Begs to Return to the U.S.

President Donald Trump says no!

I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

Most of the mainstream media are conveniently leaving out that this woman’s father was a diplomat.

Kids of diplomats don’t get U.S. citizenship.

Her father was never a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. That’s an important fact.

Even if she did have citizenship, a person can legally lose it by: treason; or joining an enemy force fighting the U.S. after the age of 18 — both of which she did.

JUST IN: "ISIS bride" Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, contrary to her family lawyer's assertion. https://t.co/LyfkfOVmiD pic.twitter.com/7fDAaHSnb2

— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2019

She should ask her family to help. As ambassadors, they are probably wealthy — and at the least, they may have political connections to help her.

Muthana says she was young and ignorant.

Well, ignorance is bliss — but it doesn’t stand up in court.

Anyone who went overseas to fight for that abhorrent caliphate should be made stay there and think themselves lucky they haven’t gotten a bullet to the back of the head — which is a much more humane fate than their chosen society gave so many others.

“ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana, who has been asking to return to the United States, is not an American citizen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday, contrary to her family lawyer’s assertion.

Muthana is being held by U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria as they regain the final territory from ISIS.

In her first television interview, the 24-year-old Alabama woman who spent four years as an “ISIS bride” told ABC News she felt shame hearing the tweets she posted when she was part of ISIS and wants to return to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son, who was born under the terror group.

While children born in America are granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment, children of foreign diplomats are not because they are not under the “jurisdiction of” the U.S., according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Still, children of diplomats can apply for residency and then eventually citizenship, per USCIS. (source: ABC News)

She had many choices at age 19.

Among her choices: She could join ISIS and fight America. Or — she could join the U.S. Armed Forces and fight ISIS.

She made a life choice.

Can’t put toothpaste back in the tube.

Nobody forced her to be a traitor and a terrorist.

She needs to be treated accordingly.

The choices we make throughout our lifetimes have consequences, both good and bad. Now she’s forced to live with the consequences of her actions.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Police Say Smollett Lied About Hate Crime Because He Was Unhappy with His Salary

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:27

It took only three weeks for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to go from being a hero of the Left to a disgraced, exposed liar — who now may be facing jail time.

The actor’s story about being attacked by two white Trump supporters in Chicago fell apart when he couldn’t keep the details straight and the police investigation began.

Smollett allegedly hired two Nigerian brothers to carry out his “attack” — and he’s now facing a charge for disorderly conduct.

Smollett is currently in police custody and will see a judge this afternoon.

He turned himself in to the police at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

During a Thursday press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett lied about the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

Johnson said Smollett “attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language.”

He sent the letter to the “Empire” set; Smollett tried to use it later as proof he was attacked.

Police are also saying that any bruises and scratches to Smollett’s face following the “attack” were likely self-inflicted.

Johnson made sure to say that the Smollett case did not take attention away from other investigations on the part of the Chicago Police Department.

“Any time a hate crime is reported in the city of Chicago, it gets the same attention. This didn’t get any special attention. You all gave this more attention specifically than we do,” he told the assembled media on Thursday morning.

Johnson also said Smollett’s interview with “Good Morning America,” in which he described his “attack,” was “shameful.”

“Absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared, admitting what he did — and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of [the] resources put into this,” he added.

For more on this story, check out this video:

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Pelosi Urges Lawmakers to Fight Trump’s Emergency Declaration

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 14:47

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to lawmakers late on Wednesday encouraging them to support legislation opposing the emergency declaration at the border.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border in order to secure enough funding for a security wall late last week.

His decision came amid legislative talks that failed to meet the requests for border wall funding.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), in response, is planning to introduce a measure that will end the emergency declaration.

“President Trump’s emergency declaration proclamation undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the executive,” Pelosi said in the letter, which was provided to LifeZette.

“I write to invite all Members of Congress to cosponsor Congressman Joaquin Castro’s privileged resolution.”

Related: 17 States Sue Trump Administration Over Emergency Declaration

The border security fight was so bitter, it led to a record-long partial government shutdown and threatened a second one. The short-term spending bill that ended the first shutdown gave congressional negotiators only three weeks to find a compromise.

They came up with a compromise last week after laying out some details in the days before that.

Trump did end up signing the proposal, with pressure from both parties to stop the incoming shutdown. But he also declared the national emergency because the deal fell far short of the $5.7 billion he requested for the wall. The president could possibly free up billions in emergency funds for his wall from various federal reserves through the National Emergencies Act (NEA).

“The House will move swiftly to pass this bill, reporting it out of committee within 15 calendar days and considering it on the Floor within three calendar days following that, pursuant to the NEA,” Pelosi said.

“After House passage, the resolution will be referred to the Senate and then sent to the president’s desk.”

Related: People Who Support the Border Wall Are ‘Not Patriots,’ Insists Maxine Waters

The budget compromise includes $22.54 billion in total border security funding, with $1.375 billion of that going to 55 miles of physical barriers along the southwest border. The proposal also funds the remaining parts of the federal government through the fiscal year to September 30.

“The president’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,” Pelosi said.

“We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the president’s assault,” she added.

Related: Border Fight Heats Up After Trump Declares National Emergency

Trump is also facing lawsuits. California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, is leading 16 other states that have sued the administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is planning to be in court to make arguments for the first time in their own lawsuit later on Thursday. The ACLU has also mobilized protests against the decision as well.

Trump entertained the idea of declaring a state of emergency since the latter part of the earlier government shutdown.

He has argued numerous times the situation at the border constitutes a crisis and that a wall is critical to deterring illegal drugs and criminal gangs from coming into this country.

Check out this video:

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Admission: Former FBI General Counsel Thought Hillary Should Have Been Prosecuted at First

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 14:13

The FBI’s top lawyer in 2016 thought Hillary Clinton and her team should have immediately realized they were mishandling “highly classified” information based on the obviously sensitive nature of the emails’ contents sent through her private server.

And he believed she should have been prosecuted until “pretty late” in the investigation, according to a transcript of his closed-door testimony before congressional committees last October.

Former FBI general counsel James Baker said high-level officials at the bureau were “arguing about” whether to bring charges against Clinton, “I think, up until the end” — and he initially thought Clinton’s behavior was “alarming” and “appalling.”

Pursuant to the “statutes that we were considering at the time,” Baker told lawmakers, it was “the nature and scope of the classified information that, to me, initially, when I looked at it, I thought these folks should know that this stuff is classified, that it was alarming what they were talking about, especially some of the most highly classified stuff.”

Fox News has confirmed portions of the congressional transcript of Baker’s remarks. Baker’s testimony was considered credible by those in the room.

Clinton, in a televised interview on July 3, 2016, claimed that she had “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified” using her personal email system. She later said she regretted using the setup after it emerged that her private servers contained classified materials from Special Access Programs, or SAP — considered some of the most closely held U.S. government secrets.

The revelations from Baker follow a December letter by former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and former House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who said the decision not to prosecute Clinton was not unanimous.

In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey publicly announced that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information, but insisted that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against her.

Related: What Jim Comey Told House Republicans About His White House Dealings

Comey said that “although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

He added that “prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges,” including “the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent.”

In testimony later that month, Comey told lawmakers, “We did not find evidence sufficient to establish that she knew she was sending classified information beyond a reasonable doubt to meet the intent standard.”

Federal law states that “gross negligence” in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines, and there is no requirement that defendants act intentionally or recklessly.

Nevertheless, Baker suggested that high-level officials convinced him that Clinton did not have the necessary “knowledge or criminal intent” to be charged.

“I have reason to believe that you originally believed it was appropriate to charge Hillary Clinton with regard to violations of law — various laws with regard to the mishandling of classified information,” a lawmaker asked Baker, according to the transcript. “Is that accurate?”

“Yes,” Baker replied.

Internal FBI memos released in 2017 showed that language was softened between an early draft and the final copy of Comey’s July 2016 statement closing out the Clinton email case.

“And I understood that, that you had to be persuaded, and stated as a basis that ultimately you were persuaded there was a lack of evidence establishing knowledge or criminal intent, correct?” the lawmaker asked.

Again, Baker replied, “Yes.”

Pressed on when exactly he was changed his mind, Baker responded, “Sorry. Pretty late in the process, because we were arguing about it, I think, up until the end.”

Internal FBI memos released in 2017 showed that language was softened between an early draft and the final copy of Comey’s July 2016 statement closing out the Clinton email case.

Originally, Comey accused the former secretary of state of being “grossly negligent” in handling classified information in a draft dated May 2, 2016, but that was modified to claim that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in a draft dated June 10, 2016 — a significant legal distinction.

In an early draft, Comey also said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”

“Well, I know there’s been a lot of public discussion about that,” Baker said, referring to Comey’s memos. “I believe if I had been persuaded that she had the intent, I would have argued that vociferously with him [Comey] and maybe changed his view. And I think he would have been receptive to changing his view even after he wrote that thing.”

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He added, “My original belief — well, after having conducted the investigation and towards the end of it, then sitting down and reading a binder of her materials, I thought that it was alarming, appalling, whatever words I said, and argued with others about why they thought she shouldn’t be charged.”

Baker acknowledged, “I was struggling with the facts about even just ascertaining what literally did she know and what was reasonable to infer about what she knew.”

Comey himself has come under scrutiny for potentially mishandling classified information. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that the fired FBI Director gave four of his seven memos documenting his private interactions with Trump — which he has described as a kind of “diary” — to two lawyers and friend Daniel Richman, a professor at Columbia Law School.

Richman provided at least one memo to The New York Times, and Comey testified his intention was to kickstart special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The Journal reported that at least two of those Comey memos have been to found to contain material now deemed classified, prompting a Justice Department inspector general investigation.

Comey redacted classified information in one memo before giving it to Richman, while officials later determined that a separate memo contained unredacted classified information after Comey had sent it.

Comey later revealed in closed-door testimony with House Republicans last December that he deliberately concealed an explosive memo he created about his one-on-one Oval Office meeting with Trump in February 2017 from top Department of Justice officials.

“James Comey’s memos are classified, I did not declassify them,” Trump tweeted last April. “They belong to our government! Therefore, he broke the law!”

Asked by Fox News in December whether he had mishandled classified information, and whether the FBI had conducted a classified containment operation after Comey sent the memos to his lawyers to limit the spill of information, Comey declined to answer.

“I’m not going to talk about something like that,” Comey answered. “I’m not going to talk about it one way or another.”

But there was a time when Comey, by his own accounting, didn’t think of himself as the kind of person who would leak information behind the president’s back.

In a Jan. 28, 2017, dinner with Trump in the White House’s Green Room, Comey wrote in a since-released memo that he told the president, “I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves.”

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent. This Fox News piece by Catherine Herridge is used by permission.

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The ‘Inconvenient Facts’ About Global Warming That Al Gore Does Not Want Us to Know

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:15

In an era where the Democrats’ brain trust, socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are working to remove beef from the menu to combat global warming, there’s an “Inconvenient App” that makes you and me the smartest climate gurus at the dinner table.

Derived from Gregory Wrightstone’s book “Inconvenient Facts: The Science Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know,” this new app features 60 facts that seriously undermine claims from collectivists that man-made global warming is destroying the planet.

Tap your Android or iPhone, and there is a graphic showing that the current warming trend began 300 years ago, well before Henry Ford introduced the Model T or Al Gore invented the internet.

Touch a tab to access a brief analysis, another tab for a video of Wrightstone’s commentary, and a third for a list of references.

So when your Gen-Z relative comes home for a weekend meal and insists the oceans are becoming more acidic because of high levels of carbon dioxide, you’ll be ready.

Simply tap Inconvenient Fact #55 for data that shows no long-term correlation between CO2 and pH levels.

Inconvenient Fact #56 tells you there was no ocean acidification going on, even when CO2 levels were 15 times higher than now. How do we know that? Because significant limestone depositions coincided with high CO2 levels, which could not have occurred along with acidification.

It is amazing how much documented – and coherent — information is packed into this tiny app, making the smartphone an utterly appropriate resource and you a smugly clever person.

If your emotional millennial or Gen-Z relatives aren’t suitably persuaded by data, you can rattle off some of the sources for facts #55 and #56: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others. Oh, what the heck, toss in the title of one of the scientific papers: “Instability of seawater pH in the South China Sea during the mid-late Holocene: Evidence from boron isotopic composition of corals.”

Related: Ocasio-Cortez: World ‘Is Gonna End in 12 Years if We Don’t Address Climate Change’

What distinguishes the app – and the book – from so many other references is the geologic context that spans hundreds of millions of years. Much of the data originates with 800,000-year-old ice cores from Antarctica and ocean sediments that are even older. The seasonal and decadal perspectives of the popular media serve well for sensational news reports but are far too brief for meaningful analysis of climate.

Now in its third printing, the book has led Wrightstone, a Pittsburgh-based geologist, to scores of television and radio shows and to presentations at colleges, conferences and community meetings.

Backed by voluminous studies, “Inconvenient Facts” assures readers that modern warming is neither unusual nor catastrophic. Of the last 10,000 years since the last major ice age, 6,100 years were warmer than today (Inconvenient Fact #20). Humans have thrived in previous periods significantly warmer than our modern age, most recently in the 13th century, when Vikings farmed Greenland and citrus grew in England.

Related: Bill Gates Predicts ‘Millions of Deaths’ Due to Climate Change Before Century’s End

Conversely, people have suffered during cold periods such as the Little Ice Age (1290-1850), which was marked by famine and disease.

While the Earth has experienced a steady decline in carbon dioxide levels for more than 500 million years, the book says, recent increases of the wrongly maligned gas is tied to a greening of up to 50 percent of the Earth — a positive, fertilizing effect of higher CO2 levels on plants (Inconvenient Fact #37).

One apocalyptic myth after another — from purported threats of rising sea levels to vanishing polar bears — is destroyed by Wrightstone’s collection of research. Rather than a world lurching into a man-made climate hell from which there is no return, the Earth’s ecosystems and humankind are thriving.

Written for the non-scientist, the book and the app effectively debunk proposals for economically destructive programs to control the uncontrollable — a perpetual cycle of glacial ice and “blessed warmth” driven by eternal terrestrial and solar forces.

“The first and most important conclusion is that the correct policy to address the non-problem of man-made global warming is to have the courage to do nothing,” Wrightstone says.

This message is sure to interrupt the agenda of Marxists attempting to use fear of the fantasy of man-made global warming to advance their dark designs.

The message will also have the benefit of promoting inevitable bouts of indigestion in the less informed among us at the dinner table.

Chris Salcedo, is a nationally recognized radio talk show host heard on WBAP in Dallas, Texas, and KSEV in Houston, Texas. He is the author of the book Liberty Rises, and the Executive Director of The Conservative Hispanic Society.

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Exclusive: Lee Greenwood on Why He Couldn’t Say ‘No’ to Performing at Trump’s Inauguration

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:05

President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration was far more controversial than it should have been.

An inauguration is a moment for the country to take a collective breath, leave the past behind — and look to a brighter future. But for Trump’s inauguration, his most extreme critics were unwilling to do this.

Many artists even refused to perform at the event — before they were asked.

Others started boycotts against those who did say “yes” to performing.

Director Spike Lee even dropped a musician from a soundtrack he was working on simply because the musician agreed to perform.

One of the artists who did not hesitate to agree to perform was the award-winning “God Bless the U.S.A” country legend Lee Greenwood.

LifeZette sat down with Greenwood, 76, recently near Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Kimberly, to discuss a variety of topics. One was his performance at Trump’s inauguration.

“I would probably hesitate to guess about the number of people that watched that event [on television]. A billion?” said Greenwood, noting the event was not just national, of course, but international.

Related: Exclusive: Lee Greenwood on Why He’s as Patriotic as Ever in 2019

“Not intimidating,” he continued, “but you certainly think about that, how important the event is. It was the second time I sang at the Lincoln Memorial for a president. The first time was for George [H.W.] Bush, 41, at the exact same location.”

Greenwood noted the security was “a little more” intense at Trump’s inauguration — but he was proud to be part of this memorable event.

Greenwood said he received some backlash as a result of his decision, but nothing that made him regret his performance. “Because I elected to sing for the president upon being asked, I got some hate mail, but not that much,” he said.

The country star has sung not just for American presidents before — but for collections of Americans presidents, with several of them in attendance at the same time. He smiled with excitement as he related the stories.

“That’s not intimidating because I know them all,” he said of singing for American presidents, “but it was like, ‘This is kind of cool.’”

He added, “So talking about an event that’s even bigger in scope, the [inauguration] of a president, yeah — it’s not that it was President Trump, it was that a president asked me to sing and I did.”

Check out part of LifeZette’s exclusive interview with the music legend below:

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Jussie Smollett Is in Police Custody After Allegedly Staging Hate Crime Hoax

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:35

Actor Jussie Smollett of “Empire” fame is now under arrest and in the “custody of detectives” on Thursday morning, Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said.

Smollett had felony criminal charges approved against him Wednesday — and turned himself into police, authorities said.

Police said Smollett was charged just hours after he was “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report” in connection with his January 29 attack claims.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the “disorderly conduct / filing a false police report” charges.

The police department said it will conduct a press briefing on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

Related: Smollett Hate Crime Hoax Has ‘Poisonous Effect’ on the Nation

Smollett’s two attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, released a statement on Wednesday on their client’s behalf: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

On Wednesday night’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News — before the latest news broke about Smollett’s surrender — host Laura Ingraham said that the disgraced actor’s phony claims that white supporters of President Donald Trump attacked him in Chicago last month has had “a toxic, poisonous effect on our discourse” as part of the new “pseudo-intellectual grievance culture.”

Smollett (pictured above), who is gay and African-American, claimed in January that alleged attackers made homophobic and racist remarks to him.

The actor alleged the men threw a noose around his neck and yelled, “This is MAGA country!”

The hate-crime allegations horrified many Americans.

And although inconsistencies and discrepancies plagued Smollett’s version of events almost immediately, mainstream media members and liberals who gobbled up the allegations rushed to tie them in some way to Trump.

Now Smollett has been indicted on a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report.

Smollett has been accused of paying two men to help him carry out the hate crime hoax.

Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019

Ingraham warned that the Smollett controversy represents a key component of the new “victimhood obsession” that’s “infected” society at large.

“Even when [Smollett’s] wild allegations couldn’t be substantiated, even after it appears that Smollett himself organized the attack he initially blamed on MAGA hat-wearing racists, and even after he was charged with filing a false police report, in the eyes of these folks — none of it matters,” Ingraham said.

Chicago native Tio Hardiman, executive director of Violence Interrupters, told Ingraham on Wednesday night that the type of crime Smollett described just “doesn’t happen in Chicago.”

“I’ve been in Chicago all my life, and like I said, I’ve never, ever heard of an attack like this,” Hardiman said. “And Jussie should stop playing games with the people if he’s wrong because he owes everybody in Chicago an apology due to the fact that we have people that are shot every day in Chicago — people that are killed at least every other day in Chicago.”

Check out more on this story in the video below:

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California Democrat Wants Coffee in New York, Won’t Go Inside Trump Tower to Get It

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:19

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) got a different kind of roast after sharing how his trek to get a cup of coffee on Wednesday involved bypassing a café inside the Trump Tower and opting to brave the elements to find another coffee spot in New York City.

The leftist congressman posted about his coffee run on Twitter, alongside a photo of himself covered in a light dusting of snow.

“It’s snowing in New York,” he wrote.

“I need coffee. The closest cafe is inside Trump Tower. This is me walking to an alternative.”

It’s snowing in #NewYork. I need coffee. The closest cafe is inside Trump Tower. This is me walking to an alternative. pic.twitter.com/RLb0tAy2yT

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 20, 2019

Twitter users were quick to roast the potential 2020 presidential candidate.

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“Swalwell later froze to death as slowly he came to the realization that most of NYC’s cafes are run by a rival presidential candidate,” one user wrote, referring to former Starbucks CEO and independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz.

Swalwell later froze to death as slowly he came to the realization that most of NYC's cafes are run by a rival presidential candidate

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 20, 2019

One Twitter user replied that Swalwell appeared to have taken his photo outside the Fendi store in Midtown Manhattan — an area steeped with coffee shops.

Swalwell’s tweet received over 25,000 replies, some blasting the congressman while others poked fun at his dramatic winter journey.

How Swalwell thinks he looks vs. how he actually looks. pic.twitter.com/xEUyWxV5ii

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) February 20, 2019

Since you’ve been operating in “alternative” universe for years, this should be easy for you. (Try the Russian Tea Room—maybe you’ll finally find your collusion.) https://t.co/GB2YM2TGOT

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 20, 2019

The congressman, a member of the House Judiciary and Intel committees, did not update the post on whether he was able to locate another coffee spot.

This Fox News piece is used by permission. 

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Duke Freshman Limps Off the Court After Nike Sneaker Splits Apart Mid-Game

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 10:00

It’s got to be the shoes.

Nike is “working to identify the issue” after Duke freshman Zion Williamson (shown above) had his shoe burst apart mid-game Wednesday, forcing the star to leave the nationally broadcast event against rival North Carolina with a sprained knee as a packed house — that included former President Barack Obama — looked on.

“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement obtained by ESPN.

“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski described the injury as “a mild knee sprain” and said it was “stable.”

He said information on how much time the 18-year-old could miss would be available Thursday.

Thirty-six seconds into the game, Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after slipping awkwardly and falling when his left shoe split apart as he planted hard while dribbling near the free throw line. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe, with Williamson’s foot sliding through the gap.

Related: Gold Star Family Furious at Nike for Its Colin Kaepernick Ads

Obama, who was watching from the stands, was seen on camera pointing and exclaiming, “His shoe broke!” He later tweeted a personal get-well message for Williamson after leaving the game to rousing cheers from the crowd.

“Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player,” the former president wrote. “Wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Nike, once known for its popular “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes” 1980s ad campaign with Michael Jordan, was skewered on social media following the footwear debacle.

Puma, a competing sportswear company, appeared to tweet and later delete a post to its Puma Basketball account that said: “Wouldn’t have happened in the pumas.”

Nike has had issues with basketball apparel before. Since becoming the official NBA uniform supplier in 2017, multiple players have had their jerseys rip, Bloomberg reported.

Nike stock was marked 1.61 percent lower in pre-market trading Thursday morning as the company begins to grapple with the public relations nightmare following the sneaker incident, The Street reported.

After Williamson limped off the court, No. 8 North Carolina took advantage of the freshman phenom’s absence to beat the Blue Devils 88-72.

“We miss him as a player, but it’s not just that,” Duke forward Cam Reddish said via the team’s Twitter page.

“He is also the source of our energy. So, without him on the floor, that energy is missing. We have to be back in the gym tomorrow, figuring out how to find that energy while he is gone.”

And see this video:

The Associated Press contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission.

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Smollett Hate Crime Hoax Has a ‘Toxic, Poisonous Effect’ on the Nation

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 04:49

Update: Jussie Smollett has surrendered to police and is now in Chicago police custody as of Thursday morning, Fox News reported.

Disgraced “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s shattered claims that white supporters of President Donald Trump’s attacked him in Chicago recently has had “a toxic, poisonous effect on our discourse” as part of the new “pseudo-intellectual grievance culture,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Wednesday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Smollett (pictured above), who is gay and African-American, claimed in January that alleged attackers made homophobic and racist remarks to him.

The actor alleged the men threw a noose around his neck and yelled, “This is MAGA country!”

These hate-crime allegations horrified many Americans. And although inconsistencies and discrepancies plagued Smollett’s version of events almost immediately, the mainstream media members and liberals who gobbled up the allegations rushed to tie them to Trump.

Now Smollett has been indicted on a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett has been accused of paying two men to help him carry out the hate crime hoax.

Ingraham warned that the Smollett controversy represents a key component of the new “victimhood obsession” that’s “infected” society at large.

“Even when [Smollett’s] wild allegations couldn’t be substantiated, even after it appears that Smollett himself organized the attack he initially blamed on MAGA hat-wearing racists, and even after he was charged with filing a false police report, in the eyes of these folks — none of it matters,” Ingraham said.

“He ultimately gets a pass in their eyes because the story fit the Left’s narrative,” Ingraham added. “And he is morally right in their eyes — even if kind of confused and sad regarding these current set of facts. And regardless of facts anyway, Trump and his followers are, according to them, violent racists.”

Related: Kamala Harris Stutters on Jussie Smollett News: ‘Which Tweet? What Tweet?”

Chicago native Tio Hardiman, executive director of Violence Interrupters, told Ingraham the type of crime Smollett described just “doesn’t happen in Chicago.”

“I’ve been in Chicago all my life, and like I said, I’ve never, ever heard of an attack like this,” Hardiman said. “And Jussie should stop playing games with the people if he’s wrong because he owes everybody in Chicago an apology due to the fact that we have people that are shot every day in Chicago — people that are killed at least every other day in Chicago.”

Hardiman pointed to a one-year-old baby who was “shot in the head” in Chicago recently.

“So if Jussie, you know, stays [on] the attack, he’s dead wrong because he’s receiving all the attention,” Hardiman said. “Where’s the news about people being killed? He’s taking resources from much-needed communities where violence is running rampant out here.”

Indeed, Chicago placed 24 police detectives on the Smollett case. Former Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman told Ingraham that “I have never seen 24 detectives on anything short of a serial killer case.”

“And taking 24 detectives off their case load, taking them away from cases that are actually happening while they’re doing this Smollett case, is just absurd,” Fuhrman said.

Related: Jussie Smollett Facing Criminal Charges for Allegedly Faking a Hate Crime

The Smollett allegations “smelled from the beginning,” Fuhrman said — and it never looked “like a street crime.”

“When you’re removed — when you’re a celebrity or a politician and you’re removed from anything that happens in the real world — then you’re going to buy into it because it fits your agenda, and you’re willing to jump in with both feet because it’s what you want to hear,” Fuhrman noted. “You want to champion somebody for your cause.”

If the “Empire” actor is guilty of the charges, then shame on him for “taking much-needed attention from a serious problem in Chicago,” Hardiman said.

“But I am worried about the people … who don’t get the benefit of the news coverage and the focus that he managed to galvanize because his political narrative fit what the leftwing media and the celebrity culture demanded,” Ingraham said.

“They’ve got to throw the book at people who do this because it has a toxic, poisonous effect on our discourse. And it’s an attempt to tar this country in a very ominous, terrible light,” Ingraham added. “It is infuriating on so many levels. There are so many hate crimes out there, and this was obviously a fraud.”

Fuhrman accused the actor of thinking that “he is more important than the people of Chicago, the people of the United States, the president, every detective that’s working the case, every person that’s on the police department that’s had to take their time and energy to solve a crime that the victim actually created himself.”

“It’s disgusting,” Fuhrman added.

“I am worried about the people … who don’t get the benefit of the news coverage and the focus that he managed to galvanize because his political narrative fit what the leftwing media and the celebrity culture demanded.”

Ingraham also tied the Smollett controversy to the disturbing rise of socialism in this country. She said it could be connected to a new culture of victimhood and grievance as college students become increasingly willing to champion socialism.

“Because the key to understanding this fanatical fad is that when you’re a socialist, facts are kind of irrelevant. Now why? Well, they’re irrelevant because the ends — a supposedly more equal society — justify the means,” Ingraham said.

“When a liberal claims moral superiority, all the rules change,” Ingraham added. “Playing by the university rule book, well, dissent is not allowed and liberal victims — fake or otherwise — are entitled to mercy.”

Check out more in the video below:

This article has been updated. 

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Tech Billionaires Should Think Twice About Plasma Infusions to Try to Stay Young

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 04:33

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is clamping down on the unproven practice of plasma infusions from young donors that some sellers have claimed can treat a variety of serious diseases — or even serve as a fountain of youth.

“In reality, there are tech moguls who are obsessed with this practice of trying to stay young,” said Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo on Wednesday night’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.

He mentioned an episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” in which the tech billionaire character Gavin Belson receives a transfusion of blood from a young man to help him stay youthful.

“They obviously don’t believe that the next place they’d go would be better,” remarked host Laura Ingraham about those who actually purchase these infusions of “young blood” in the hope of staving off death.

“Rather than taking blood from the young — spend time with them. You can capture their spirit. That’s what people should be doing,” Arroyo advised.

“The use of ‘young plasma’ or whole blood transfusions for unproven anti-aging or other purported effects is troubling. It’s based on no credible evidence,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in a tweet on Tuesday.

“We highly discourage this unsafe practice. We’re examining all our tools to protect consumers,” he also said.

The use of “young plasma” or whole blood transfusions for unproven anti-aging or other purported effects is troubling. It’s based on no credible evidence. We highly discourage this unsafe practice. We’re examining all our tools to protect consumers. https://t.co/S4JwzyklT8

— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) February 19, 2019

In a statement released on the FDA’s website on Tuesday, the commissioner cautioned consumers against the infusions.

“Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” the statement said.

“We strongly urge individuals to consult their treating physicians prior to considering the use of such products for aging indications or for the treatment of conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or post-traumatic stress disorder given the known and unknown risks associated with their use,” the statement continued.

The FDA emphasized that infusions of plasma from young donors are of no proven clinical benefit.

Plasma is the liquid, straw-colored protein and antibody-containing portion of blood used to help manage bleeding and clotting abnormalities. As with many medical procedures, an infusion of it is not risk-free.

“The more common risks are allergic reactions and transfusion-associated circulatory overload, and less common risks include transfusion-related acute lung injury or … infectious disease transmission,” according to the statement by the FDA.

The FDA also noted another indirect risk: Some consumers with very serious conditions could pursue the infusions, rather than undergo treatments with proven effectiveness.

Ambrosia Health, a company that charged thousands of dollars for infusions of “young” plasma, announced on its website it had “ceased patient treatments” hours after the FDA issued its statement on the sketchy practice, NBC News reported.

An archived version of Ambrosia Health’s website from February 14 showed the company has locations in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; Tampa, Florida; Omaha, Nebraska; and Houston, Texas.

Ugh! Now how am I supposed to live forever now! pic.twitter.com/ketA8k8JnN

— MneraMiriam (@MenraMiriam) February 20, 2019

I knew they were jealous of youth. Now they are going full vampire? Glad this does not have any real benefits…

— Thomas Harris (@Schism8665) February 20, 2019

Ambrosia’s offerings of intravenous infusions of plasma were from donors between the ages of 16 and 25. The “medical treatment” it offered cost $8,000 for a single liter and $12,000 for two, according to the archived site.

“Age-obsessed billionaires” are among the patrons of companies such as Ambrosia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Ambrosia may have made its decision based on a portion of the FDA statement indicating that “regulatory and enforcement” actions could be taken against it. “As a general matter, we will consider taking regulatory and enforcement actions against companies that abuse the trust of patients and endanger their health with uncontrolled manufacturing conditions or by promoting so-called ‘treatments’ that haven’t been proven safe or effective for any use,” that portion of FDA’s statement said.

And check out this video:

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.

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Man Pulls Gun on Two Trump Supporters: ‘It Is a Good Day for You to Die’

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 02:54

A Kentucky couple who support President Donald Trump got quite a scare over the weekend when a man allegedly pulled a gun on them for wearing Make America Great Again hats.

James Michael Phillips was arrested after the incident, according to BuzzFeed News.

Terry Pierce told Buzzfeed News that he and his wife, Cherrie, were shopping at a Sam’s Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky. While they were waiting in the checkout line, a man flipped them off.

Phillips admitted to police that that he insulted the couple with his hand gesture “solely for wearing the hats.”

Cherrie Pierce asked Phillips, “Excuse me, did you just flip us off?”

“Yes, I did because of those hats,” Phillips responded, according to the couple.

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Terry Pierce said he then chased Phillips and told him, “Buddy, it goes both ways.”

That’s when things got scary.

A deranged leftist pulled a gun on a Trump supporter and told him “it’s a good day for you to die” simply because the man was wearing a MAGA hat. https://t.co/gxVbsAJcnm

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 18, 2019

‘Good day for you to die.’ According to Terry Pierce, Phillips pulled a gun on him and said, “It is a good day for you to die.”

Then, according to the police report, Phillips directed his comments toward Cherrie Pierce, saying, “It’s a good day for you to die, b***.”

No shots were fired and Phillips eventually put his gun back in its holster.

Surveillance cameras did not capture the event because it took place out of camera range. Police found a 40-caliber Glock on Phillips’s person, for which he has a Tennessee-issued concealed carry permit.

Phillips was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

The Pierces couldn’t believe the confrontation even happened.

“Nobody is going to tell me I don’t have the right to believe in America and my president,” Terry Pierce told Buzzfeed News.

Where’s the mainstream media? While — thankfully — no one was hurt, compare this event with that of actor Jussie Smollett, who made national headlines recently by claiming he was assaulted by men in MAGA hats yelling racial slurs.

As police pressed further, Smollett’s story began to fall apart and police now appear to believe he orchestrated the incident as a publicity stunt.

Two men have come forward saying Smollett paid them to beat him up.

Still, this story made national headlines, with liberals and celebrities lining up to denounce Trump for supposedly fostering an attitude that encourages such violence.

What about stories like that of the Pierces?

The Mainstream Media #MSM Is Silent After a Man Pulls a Gun On a Couple Wearing #MAGA Hats In the Store.

— Bryan Doyle (@Bryan700) February 19, 2019

If a man in a Trump hat pulled a gun on someone, you can bet that story would dominate the headlines — and yet this incident, in which two of the president’s supporters were physically threatened for their political beliefs, is something most Americans will remain unaware of.

The double standard is unreal. So is the political divide that fosters such imbalance.

Terry Pierce told Buzzfeed News he was “blown away” by how divided the country has become. To say the least.

Will there be outrage? Man Pulls a Gun on Sam's Club Customer Wearing MAGA Hat https://t.co/5bXJc10SOs #Trending via @pjmedia_com

— Susan Ferrechio (@susanferrechio) February 18, 2019

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Over 50 Hate Crime Hoaxes Hatched in Past Seven Years, Watchdog Group Finds

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 01:28

As the Jussie Smollett controversy continues to unfold and the debate over the validity of hate crimes increases, one watchdog group has found more than 50 hate crime hoaxes carried out over the last seven years on America’s college campuses.

The student-run group The College Fix found nine campus hate crime hoaxes between 2012 and 2014.

That includes the case of the Montclair State University students who claimed to find hateful graffiti in their dorms threatening minorities and women.

Related: Smollett Hate Crime Hoax Has a ‘Toxic Effect on the Nation’

“Black b*** you will die” was found on a dorm room door.

However, investigators found out that students had carried out the entire thing themselves.

Here are 50 campus hate-crime hoaxes The College Fix has covered since 2012. Have any HIGH PROFILE hate crime cases in recent years NOT been hoaxes? Seriously, just asking. https://t.co/64T614uuNr via @collegefix

— John Fund (@johnfund) February 18, 2019

So many hoaxes. “The College Fix reported another 11 hate crime hoaxes in 2015, including the story of a female Muslim student who claimed she was ‘stalked and threatened by a guy with a gun.” Breitbart reports.

“It turned out that she had fabricated the entire incident.”

The College Fix compiled many similar incidents, as reported by Breitbart:

Three “nooses” discovered hanging near the hall where Black Lives Matter had held a meeting at the University of Delaware turned out not to be nooses, but “remnants of paper lanterns” left over from an event.

In 2016, Elon University students were appalled by graffiti saying, “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista” after the presidential election. It was learned that a Latino student wrote the note.

In December of that year, a female Muslim Baruch College student complained she had been assaulted on a New York subway by “three drunk white men” who were shouting, “Donald Trump!” Police later arrested the woman herself for having made up the story.

In 2017, a group of liberal students had hung posters with the message “Report Illegal Aliens; America is a White Nation” in an effort to incriminate conservatives.

These are just a few examples.

The College Fix’s findings come at a particularly important time during the national conversation about hate crimes.

Why do people do this? Smollett’s case is one in which he claimed to be attacked by Trump supporters, but as the situation unfolds, it begins to look more and more to the authorities like the “Empire” actor might have staged the whole thing.

Two men claim to have been paid by Smollett to rough him up.

If that’s the case, why would he do it? Why would anyone, including these many student examples?

Have we become a nation so embracing of victimhood and identity politics ideology that we will go to any length to fulfill that narrative?

It’s one thing for we as individuals and a nation to confront racism.

Related: Kamala Harris Stutters on News of Smollett: ‘Which Tweet? What Tweet?’

It’s quite another for people to make it up simply to make the country look racist.

From what we know, Smollett so far appears to have done precisely this to blame it on Donald Trump and his supporters.

But as The College Fix’s report shows, people have been trying to create the same hoaxes long before Trump came on the political scene.

This is not new. Perhaps the Left should stop blaming the president for everything under the sun and take a hard look in the mirror?

And for the millionth time — where’s the media?

Would be nice to see MSM do something on why this phenomenon is occurring… https://t.co/h9m0xxglH2

— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) February 20, 2019

And check out this video:

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Jussie Smollett Facing Criminal Charges for Allegedly Faking a Hate Crime

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 01:24

Earlier this month, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was giving an interview on “Good Morning America” in which he described how two white Trump supporters physically attacked him. He went on to suggest that people who questioned his accusations were racists.

Fast forward to now — and Smollett is facing criminal charges for allegedly paying two men to help carry out what wound up being a hate crime hoax.

Robert Foley, a spokesperson for the Chicago state’s attorney’s office, said Smollett is being charged with disorderly conduct at the moment, a Class 4 felony.

He is expected to arrive in bond court on Thursday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted on Wednesday.

The Chicago Police Department officially listed Smollett as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report earlier on Wednesday.

Related: Kamala Harris Stutters on Jussie Smollett Latest News: ‘Which Tweet? What Tweet?’

Detectives reportedly presented evidence to a grand jury on Wednesday to prove the actor filed a false report.

Smollett’s original story was that he was attacked in Chicago by two white men wearing Make America Great Again hats. Smollett said the men yelled homophobic and racist things at him.

He also said they screamed, “MAGA country.” Smollett said the men put a noose around his neck and assaulted him.

Police began investigating what they thought was a hate crime — but Smollett’s story continually changed. The police were eventually led to two Nigerian brothers whom Smollett allegedly hired to carry out the “attack.”

Numerous celebrities and political figures threw their immediate support behind Smollett when he first came out with his story.

Folks are still anxiously awaiting their apologies 

For more, check out the video below:

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Academy Voter: ‘I’m Not Going to Watch the Oscars This Year’

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 01:13

There’s no host, there’s likely to be a huge boredom factor — and there’s likely to be the usual leftist political posturing among award winners during their acceptance speeches.

And for at least some of these reasons, one voting member of the Academy has told The Hollywood Reporter that even he will not be watching the Oscars on television this Sunday night.

Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter says about this: “A male member of the Academy’s 519-person directors branch, granted a cloak of anonymity, reveals why he filled out his final Oscar ballot the way that he did. ‘I’m not going to watch the Oscars this year,’ he volunteers, saying the idea of a hostless ceremony has turned him off. ‘I’m just anticipating a very boring show. One of the best things about the show is the opening monologue, which is usually pretty good — it’s what happens after that that’s not great.'”

The publication went on to say: “As for the Academy’s plan to hand out four awards during commercial breaks (which it rescinded after outcry): ‘It’s an abomination,’ he says. ‘If ABC, which I’m sure was pushing for this, thought that dumping cinematography and film editing was going to bring back any of the viewers the show has lost in recent years, they’re idiotic.'”

Never mind that the 91st Academy Awards, which air this Sunday evening, February 24, will cost a whopping $44 million in total, according to a recent report from the finance website WalletHub.

Related: This Year’s Oscars Will Cost a Ridiculous Amount of Money

The individual Oscar statue that’s given to winners during the ceremony costs about $400; and the famous red carpet that the stars traverse as they enter the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles costs nearly $25,000.

The Oscars are also a moneymaker, though — as ads during the telecast will cost an average of $2.6 million for just 30 seconds.

That’s about half what it cost for a spot during this year’s Super Bowl.

But the biggest setback for the Oscars this year will be the steady ratings decline that each ceremony has suffered over the years.

There’s not much chance this year’s event will see any sort of increase in viewership, since the telecast is moving forward without a host.

Comedian Kevin Hart dropped out of the gig after receiving backlash online for past jokes of his that some people deemed homophobic.

This year’s telecast has also received backlash after the announcement circulated that some important awards may be given out during commercial breaks rather than live on the air — though that’s been rescinded.

Are you planning on watching the ceremony on Sunday night? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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Look Who’s Backing Bernie in 2020, Even Though He’s ‘Old’ and ‘White’

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 00:31

Since announcing his intention to run for the Democrat nomination in the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has earned millions in donations.

In addition to the flow of money to his campaign, Sanders can also rely on some backing from some Hollywood bigwigs.

While his candidacy is unlikely to be as popular among celebrities as it was in the 2016 presidential election, Sanders is already looking at some celebrity endorsements.

Related: ‘Another Day, Another Wacky Liberal’ Steps into the Crowded 2020 Field

Actor Danny DeVito (shown above left), who campaigned with Sanders in the last presidential election, tweeted his endorsement of the 77-year-old senator on Wednesday afternoon.

“Sanders 2020,” the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star tweeted to his nearly four million followers.

Bernie 2020

— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) February 20, 2019

Before that tweet, DeVito retweeted several news stories announcing the Sanders candidacy.

Another celebrity who has been supportive of Bernie’s bid for the White House is “High Fidelity” and “Grosse Point Blank” star John Cusack (above right).

The actor said he would like to see Elizabeth Warren on the same ticket as Sanders.

I’d like to see them on the same ticket – https://t.co/sfBTs4YlCS

— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 19, 2019

Cusack has also been pushing back on liberals who criticize Sanders’ inclusion in a Democratic race.

“We will need every bit of experience he’s got — Also ageism really doesn’t work for me, nor qualifying or disqualifying based on gender or race — It’s the policies of justice that matter — Otherwise you could run [Condoleezza] Rice and Ivanka Trump — substance,” he tweeted in response to a user’s saying Sanders is “too old” and “too white” to be president.

We will need every bit of experience he’s got –
Also ageism really doesn’t work for me – nor qualifying or disqualifying based on gender or race –
It’s the policies of justice that matter –
Otherwise you could run condeleza rice and ivanka trump –
Substance https://t.co/3ua2FceWF6

— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 19, 2019

President Donald Trump also commented on Sanders’ candidacy.

After the news broke that Sanders was entering the race, Trump tweeted, “Crazy Bernie has just entered the race. I wish him well!”

Crazy Bernie has just entered the race. I wish him well!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

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Candidate’s Dad Blasts Her for ‘Fraudulent’ Marijuana Stereotype in ‘Pursuit of Identity Politics’

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:54

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is guilty of perpetuating the “fraudulent stereotype” of a “pot-smoking joy seeker” in her “pursuit of identity politics” to legalize marijuana — and that’s according to her own father.

Harris (pictured above) is one of the Democratic Party’s top 2020 presidential contenders.

She formally threw her hat into the ring to challenge President Donald Trump on January 27.

The senator’s Jamaican father, Donald Harris, is an economics professor at Stanford University.

He told Jamaica Global Online in a withering statement last week that his daughter’s recent remarks about marijuana legalization and her Jamaican heritage deeply wounded him.

“My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not, with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” Donald Harris said.

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” he added.

Democrat Kamala Harris made waves last week when she told the New York City-based “The Breakfast Club” radio show that she “inhaled” marijuana in college.

“I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale,” Harris told the radio hosts during a largely jovial discussion. “It was a long time ago, but yes. I just broke news.”

One of the show’s hosts told Harris that some people “say you oppose legalizing weed.”

“That is not true. I joke about it, but half my family is from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?” Harris replied with a laugh. “I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world.”

This statement, in particular, perpetuated the “fraudulent stereotype” the senator’s father rejected.

Harris co-sponsored the 2018 Marijuana Justice Act with one of her 2020 Democratic rivals, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — even though she opposed marijuana legalization during her 2010 California attorney general campaign and her 2014 re-election campaign.

“Right now in this country people are being arrested, being prosecuted, and end up spending time in jail or prison, all because of their use of a drug that otherwise should be considered legal,” Harris said in a statement in May 2018.

Related: Kamala Harris Says Marijuana ‘Brings People Joy’

“Making marijuana legal at the federal level is the smart thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. I know this as a former prosecutor and I know it as a senator,” Harris continued.

Although the senator now supports marijuana legalization, her former record as a prosecutor is causing her trouble.

During her five years as California’s attorney general, Harris helped send “at least 1,560 people” to “state prisons for marijuana-related offenses between 2011 and 2016,” according to data the Washington Free Beacon cited from OpenJustice and the California Department of Corrections.

The senator from California doubled down on her support for marijuana legalization in her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”

“Something else it’s past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs — starting with legalizing marijuana,” Kamala Harris wrote.

“We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it,” Harris added. “And we need to expunge nonviolent marijuana-related offenses from the records of millions of people who have been arrested and incarcerated so they can get on with their lives.”

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