Category: US

July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Athletic wear company Reebok used their Twitter account to scathingly mock President Donald Trump on Friday, taking a shot at the president for comments he made to France’s first lady on Friday.

Trump made headlines Friday during his visit to Paris, France, on Bastille Day. Trump and first lady Melania Trump were meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron. The duo toured museums and participated in Bastille Day celebrations together.

After the Trumps and Macrons finished their visit of museums at Les Invalides, a Facebook video posted by the French government caught Trump telling Brigitte that she’s “in such good shape” and “beautiful,” according to the New York Times.

Trump was heavily criticized for the comment after it went viral, the Guardian reports.

That comment is what Reebok seized on.

On Friday afternoon, they posted an image to their Twitter account that appeared to be a flow chart of events detailing when it’s appropriate to use the phrase that Trump used when describing Brigitte.

In case you were wondering when it IS appropriate to say, “You’re in such good shape…beautiful,”… THIS: pic.twitter.com/Z1cnnRD8Ut

— Reebok (@Reebok) July 14, 2017

“When is it appropriate to say: You’re in such good shape…beautiful,” the poster asks. The poster then gives six scenarios — including the one Trump was in on Friday when he made the comments — and asks if the phrase is appropriate to use in those scenarios.

Not surprisingly, the poster instructs that it’s not appropriate to use the phrase when “you are a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state.” The only scenario it does instruct is appropriate to use the phrase is when you just discover a “forgotten action figure from your youth” that is “unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”

The poster was widely shared and appreciated. As of Sunday evening, it has accumulated more than 40,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 “likes.”

But just as quickly as the tweet went viral, Reebok was being exposed for an apparent double standard.

Comedian Jim Norton replied to Reebok’s tweet with a Reebok ad image that features a scantily-clad woman. He wrote: “Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape.”

Thank you, @Reebok, for your virtuous message about when it’s appropriate to complement a woman’s shape. pic.twitter.com/vuj8oe86ZL

— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) July 15, 2017

Of course, the point of Norton’s tweet was that Reebok was being hypocritical with their criticism of Trump’s comments — which many critics said were sexist — while simultaneously promoting ads that feature partially nude women.

Indeed, many athletic brands like Reebox typically use photoshopped pictures of athletes wearing minimal amounts of clothing to advertise their products, all under the mantra that “sex sells.” But it’s a bit difficult to criticize someone for allegedly objectifying women when your ad department featured nearly nude women in ads.

Posted in Donald Trump, Jim Norton, Reebok, Sexism, Twitter, US

July 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A New York teen who blasted the rap song “F**k the Police” from his apartment window as thousands of New York police officers mourned the death of a slain officer has been evicted from his apartment.

According to the New York Post, Super Danny Morales ordered the tenant who lived at the house to kick 16-year-old Julien Rodriguez — the teen accused of blasting the music — and his sister from the house for blasting the anti-cop music.

Morales’ reasoning? Because the music was “disrespectful” toward the mourning police.

“I called him and told him he needs to take care of this right away,” Morales told his tenant, he told the Post. “I told him it’s disrespectful and they can’t be doing this. The police lost a family member. We all need to come together and respect that.”

The apartment’s tenant, who only identified himself as “Jesus” to the Post, told the newspaper that Rodriguez and his sister are already gone. He described the pair as “lowlives.”

“They’re gone. The case is closed. They’re no longer in my house. I don’t know where they went,” he told the Post.

Rodriguez made headlines earlier this week when he blasted the famed NWA song during the funeral for slain NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, who was assassinated earlier this month while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx. The 16-year-old told the Post that blasting the music to disrespect the cops was a “satisfying” experience.

“Since they did not show respect for my brother and my friend, why should I show respect to them?” he told the Post.

Rodriguez only ceased playing the music when 20 police officers came to his apartment door and pleaded with him to stop the music.

From the Post:

About 20 officers went up to the apartment to try to halt the music, with one cop speaking to the teen in Spanish about his own time growing up as a Latino in the city, law enforcement sources said.

The teen told The Post that he eventually apologized to the cops — but only because the building super threatened to toss his family out of their home if he didn’t.

It’s not clear where the brother and sister have ended up since being booted from their apartment.

Posted in NYPD, US

July 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was eviscerated while guest hosting on Mike Francesa’s WFAN sports talk show by a called named “Mike from Montclair,” who called the governor a “fat a**” after being photographed having a private beach celebration for the 4th of July when the NJ beaches were closed to the public.

“Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you get your fat a** in a car and go to one that is open to all of your constituents, not just you and yours,” Mike from Montclair said.

Christie tried to interrupt Mike, but Mike wasn’t having it.

With all guns firing, Christie continued through Mike’s interruptions and said, “I love getting calls from communists in Montclair …”

“Communists in Montclair?” Mike added. “You’re a bully Governor, and I don’t like bullies.”

Christie then changed tactics and acted hurt that the caller called him a “fat a**” on the air.

“I’m not the guy who came on the air, swore on the air…”

After debating back and forth, Christie dismissed the caller.

“Mike, you’re a bum,” he said.

Hear the full exchange in the audio below.

Posted in Chris Christie beach, Governor Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, New Jersey, US

July 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sibahle Nkumbi was reportedly shoved down a flight of stairs, out of her Airbnb rental in Amsterdam, by the building’s landlord after she checked out after the designated time.

Amsterdam newspapers reported that the suspect was arrested and held by local law enforcement, and according to a report, prosecutors are considering an attempt to charge the suspect with attempted murder.

In the 30-second video, it sounds like Nkumbi tells the landlord “don’t be emotional,” and begs the question of why he’s throwing her belongings out of her rental.

The host repeatedly says “Out!” and appears to push Nkumbi against the wall. He continues shoving her toward the stairs, and as a result, Nkumbi is thrown violently down a steep set of steps in the stairwell, headfirst.

Before the video ends, Nkumbi can be seen lying on the floor, motionless.

In an interview, Nkumbi claimed that the landlord was “verbally abusive,” and claimed that she only awoke after being hospitalized with a concussion and contusions all over her body and face.

Airbnb’s Director of Diversity, David King, released the following statement about the purported incident:

Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests. We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.

In an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, Nkumbi said:

“[The host] even said that we are not the great artists or queens that we think we are and that we must leave now‚ this is not Africa. Any person of color who has been a witness of racist attacks will make the connection of the words and will know it when it happens to you.”

She later added, “I guarantee you‚ had this been a white person‚ it would have been differently.”

Posted in AirBnB, assault, attacks, US, Videos, viral videos

July 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA (OCTOBER 19, 1781) — After nearly a month of intense battle, Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis, commander of the British forces in the southern theater, signed a formal agreement of British surrender today, ending the Battle of Yorktown.

The surrender, which was overseen by Gen. George Washington, marked the end of the bloody battle, which had raged on since September. Washington and Cornwallis began surrender negotiations on Oct. 17 at the Moore House.

The Moore House, where General Washington and General Corwallis discussed terms for British surrender. (Photo by Wood & Gibson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Moore House, where Gen. George Washington and Gen. Charles Cornwallis discussed terms for British surrender. (Wood & Gibson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Lord Cornwallis did not attend the actual signing of surrender, citing an illness, and sent his second-in-command, Gen. Charles O’Hara, to the ceremony. There, O’Hara carried Cornwallis’ sword to American and French commanders.

In all, Cornwallis surrendered nearly 8,000 men and seamen, more than 100 cannons and more than a dozen ships. As British troops marched out to surrender, a band reportedly played the song, “The World Turned Upside Down.”

The decisive Continental victory has boosted American morale and many hope it will be the final major battle of the war as American delegates have already begun to discuss what negotiations with the British to formally surrender the war may look like.

The American victory came more than five years after America declared its independence from King George III on July 4, 1776.

The battle began late last month after Gen. Washington with the help of the Marquis de Lafayette, the Count de Rochambeau and the Count de Grasse were able to surround Cornwallis’ weathered troops in southern Virginia.

Count de Grasse was able to win a sea victory in early September, defeating the British Navy and preventing them from providing Cornwallis with supplies and reinforcements. That, along with thousands of French reinforcements and Washington’s battle-tested troops, proved too much to overcome for Cornwallis.

According to initial reports, 200 to 300 British troops were killed in the battle while an unknown number were wounded when taken prisoner. Less than 100 French and Continental troops were killed, while it is estimated that just over 300 were wounded.

It is reported that a British ship carrying 7,000 men was on its way to provide aid to Cornwallis, but that ship never arrived, potentially because of the French Navy’s command of the Chesapeake Bay.

Posted in Battle of Yorktown, Charles Cornwallis, George Washington, Revolutionary War, US

July 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA (MARCH 15, 1781) — When the smoke cleared March 15, 1781, around North Carolina’s Guilford Courthouse, vastly outnumbered British troops forced the Americans to retreat over the hills and into the forests — but suffered significant, heavy losses while the Continental Army remained far more intact.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

The tide had been turning in favor of the American forces in the southern colonies since late 1780, marked by Gen. George Washington tapping Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene as commander of the Continental Army in the South.

And one of Greene’s first orders of business was to divide his troops in the Carolinas to give his adversary, Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis of the British Army, multiple fronts in the region to contend with. Greene’s move was a good one, as the Americans bested the British in January 1781 at Cowpens, South Carolina.

Still Cornwallis went after the Continental Army, pursuing it through North Carolina as the weary Redcoats’ rations and supplies depleted. And while Greene’s forces were on the run, the commander in the South also was rebuilding his forces and continued to do so in Virginia.

Then Greene’s troops — now numbering about 4,500 — crossed back into North Carolina on March 14 to prepare for battle and set up camp around Guilford Courthouse, in the north central area of the state.

The next day, despite being heavily outnumbered with just under 2,000 soldiers, Cornwallis decided it was time and the British advanced on the Americans.

The two-hour battle saw the Continental forces discharging heavy fire against the British.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

While the Americans gave ground, they counterattacked, which led to a “savage and confused melee,” British Battles recorded.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Cornwallis then ordered the firing of grape shot — a canvas bag packed tightly with small slugs and pellets — into the fracas, which killed both Americans and British forces, British Battles noted. With that, the Americans retreated — but the British were in no condition to pursue.

The British lost about a fourth of their forces at Guilford — troops that couldn’t be replaced, British Battles added — while Greene’s retreating Continental forces suffered far less in the balance. By the numbers: the Redcoats saw 550 of their troops killed and wounded and lost 11 of 19 officers in their Foot Guards. The Americans, on the other hand, saw 250 killed, wounded and captured.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Adding to Cornwallis’ misery was lack of supplies and word that an officer on whom he relied a great deal — Lt. Col. James Webster — was dead, British Battles said.

In the final analysis, even from the British point of view, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse proved a “Pyrrhic victory” for the Redcoats — a triumph that levels such a heavy toll on the winner that it’s not much of a conquest at all.

Indeed, British statesman Charles James Fox said of Cornwallis’ tactical triumph: “Another such victory would ruin the British army.”

So Cornwallis gave up his Carolinas campaign and soon led his forces into Virginia — and finally, Yorktown.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

Posted in American Revolution, British, North Carolina, US

July 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA (MARCH 1, 1778) — Winters in Pennsylvania tend to be cold, and this past winter has been no different with its blowing wind and plentiful snow. It appears that a warmer winter could have been wished for by Gen. George Washington and his troops, who have spent this past winter in Valley Forge.

Washington chose the location to settle his troops for the winter because it was only 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where the British were stationed. A fairly secure location and defensible, it was close enough to keep tabs on their enemy.

It was soon discovered, however, that given the lack of any existing shelter, the lack of food, money, or, in many cases, clothing for the soldiers, the cold Pennsylvania winter would prove to be a long and costly one.

It has been well documented that the Continental Army has been accustomed to being ill-provisioned, frequently lacking food and often not being paid by the Continental Congress, which claims to lack the funds. This winter, however, privation entered an entirely new dimension with multiple sources coming forward to paint a picture of truly bleak circumstances.

The regiment arrived at Valley Forge knowing their only shelter would be ones in which they themselves constructed. Harvesting timber from miles away, the undernourished troops hauled the logs back to the camp to construct rustic cabins that did little more than protect them from the elements.

Healthy soldiers would have found such conditions difficult. The soldiers in this encampment, however, were far from healthy. Lack of food was a continual issue; the soldiers’ primary staple were “firecakes,” which is a tasteless mixture of flour and water. Food from the surrounding farms was sparse, as the farmers were far more eager to sell to the British regiments, knowing they would get a good price for their crops, as opposed to being paid in Continental dollars, which are known to hold far less value. That is if the Congress issued any funds at all. And unlike the British, Gen. Washington was adamantly opposed to his troops simply taking what they needed from farms in the area.

In addition to being malnourished, a large percentage of the troops had shockingly little clothing. Only one in four had shoes, and many had no coats or blankets. It was not uncommon to see men with pants in tatters or clothes in the process of rotting off of their bodies. Many were prevented from doing their duties due to their nakedness, being embarrassed to be seen with so little clothing.

Connecticut soldier James Martin shared his experience as he began the winter:

“The army was now not only starved but naked; the greatest part were not only shirtless and barefoot, but destitute of all other clothing, especially blankets. I procured a small piece of raw cowhide and made myself a pair of moccasins, which kept my feet, while they lasted, from the frozen ground, although, as I well remember, the hard edges so galled my ankles while on a march that it was with much difficulty and pain that I could wear them afterward. But the only alternative I had was to endure this inconvenience or go barefoot, as hundreds of my companions had to, till they might be tracked by their blood upon the rough, frozen ground.”

Gen. Washington, while lamenting the deplorable conditions he and his soldiers were in, couldn’t help but praise them for the character they displayed under such circumstances:

“No history now extant can furnish an instance of an army’s suffering such uncommon hardships as ours has done. To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie on, without shoes (for the want of which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet), and almost as often without provision as with them, marching through the frost and snow, and at Christmas taking up their winter quarters within a day’s march from the enemy, without a house or hut to cover them till they could be built, and submitting to it without a murmur is proof of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.”

Washington pleaded repeatedly with the Continental Congress for funds for his troops, but that availed him little. Additionally, America’s loosely coordinated national government places much of the responsibility for funding on the states, and many of them have not followed through on their agreement, claiming lack of funds themselves.

He was also forced repeatedly to seek provision from quartermaster general Thomas Mifflin, who was ineffectual. Circumstances grew to such a dire state that he demanded Gen. Nathanael Greene replace Mifflin, which Greene was hesitant to do, due to the enormity of the task. Once Greene was in place in March 1778, however, things began to improve for Washington and his men.

Of the 12,000 troops that entered Valley Forge in December 1777, an estimated 2,500 died of starvation, disease, malnutrition, or exposure by the spring.

Posted in American Revolution, Articles of Confederation, Continental Congress, George Washington, Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War, US, Valley Forge Pennsylvania

July 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After claiming to have received death threats by a group she believed to be the KKK, local Florida NAACP chapter president Evelyn Foxx found a Confederate flag on her lawn Monday morning, according to Gainesville police.

66-year-old Fox claimed that she left her house at 6:30 a.m. to go for a walk when she found the flag lying in her front yard.

“When I walked out, it was just laying there,” Foxx told The Gainesville Sun.

Foxx’s friend, Meg Niederhofer told the newspaper that she initially thought the flag to be an American flag, draped in the grass, but when she approached it to pick it up, found out that it was a Confederate flag instead.

Foxx and Niederhofer immediately called local law enforcement when they realized what it was.

Leading up to the incident, Foxx said that she had been the victim of harassing phone calls in the middle of the night, from callers she claimed to belong to the Ku Klux Klan.

“I’m just a little shaken,” Foxx said. “The phone calls are one thing, but when someone actually comes to my house to do that … ”

Niederhofer added, “I think it’s one more effort to intimidate people who stand up for civil rights. And you think those days are long gone and this proves they’re not.”

A spokesperson for the Gainesville Police Department told the newspaper that they are in the process of determining whether or not the flag left in Foxx’s yard constitutes a hate crime charge.

“We’re looking into it and if we find someone responsible for it, then they could potentially be charged with a crime,” the spokesperson said.

Foxx told News 6 that she refuses to be intimidated.

“I think the tactic is to scare me enough, try to frighten me enough, bully me enough where I would just shut down and not say anything, but that will not work,” Foxx said. “When I see the Confederate flag in my yard, or when I see it flying anywhere, I think of what happened to African-Americans in the years past, slavery and all the slaves that were killed.”

Despite being harassed for nearly eight months, Foxx claimed that she refuses to stop standing up for what she believes in.

“I’m not going to stop doing,” Foxx said. “I am not going to resign as president of the NAACP. I am going to keep fighting the fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.”

Posted in Confederate Flag, KKK, NAACP, Racism, US

June 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A tourist identified by The Daily Mail livestreamed Sunday night’s mass shooting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina when a suspect opened fire during a crowded street fight.

At least seven people were injured in the melee.

Bubba Hinson allegedly filmed the incident from his balcony, and in the video, you can hear over a dozen shots fired.

“I thought they were dancing. That’s why I started filming it,” Hinson told The Myrtle Beach Sun News. “Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting.”

Myrtle Beach’s Mayor John Rhodes released a statement on Sunday expressing his displeasure that the video had been live streamed, noting that “it does not look good for the city of Myrtle Beach.”

“Social media today puts this word out quickly,” he said.

“We’re gonna send a message to do everything that’s humanly possible to stop this violence in our city,” Rhodes added. “I’m sorry for our city that this happened.”

Myrtle Beach Police Department Lt. Joey Crosby noted on Sunday that a suspect in the shooting had been taken into custody.

“A suspect in this case has been identified and apprehended,” Crosby said.

He added that the name of the suspect “will be released once he has been medically cleared and the warrants can be served.”

The video has since been pulled down from Facebook, but you can see the footage in the YouTube video below.

Warning: the video below contains graphic violence and profanity.

Posted in Facebook, Facebook live, Myrtle Beach, Shootings, US, Videos

June 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Caitlyn Jenner was heavily criticized by liberals over the weekend after a video surfaced showing Jenner joking about them at a Republican conference in Washington D.C.

Jenner made the joke Friday evening at the annual College Republican National Committee’s conference during a discussion about last week’s shooting that targeted congressional Republicans practicing for the annual congressional baseball game.

“Nobody deserves what happened out there,” Jenner said, according to the Washington Examiner. “There’s no justification.”

“There are crazy people. We have to minimize that type of stuff,” Jenner added. “As far as the people that were injured, it’s an absolute shame. You just want them to recover.”

“Fortunately the guy was a really bad shot…liberals can’t even shoot straight,” the former Olympic champion quipped.

Jenner was referring to 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, the now-deceased man who ambushed a group of Republican congressmen last Wednesday morning while they practiced at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. It was discovered through Hodgkinson’s social media channels that he was a devout progressive liberal who had a deep hatred for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

Though the motive of the attack will never truly be known, most believe Hodgkinson’s hatred of Republicans motivated him to carry out the attack.

Hodgkinson was able to critical injure House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a GOP congressional aide and two Capitol Police officers before he was shot and subdued by the Capitol Police officers, who were part of Scalise’s security detail.

More from the Washington Examiner:

Jenner’s remarks at the convention came in the form of a question and answer session where a moderator incorporated questions submitted by college students in the audience. Over the course of the dinner, Jenner spoke on a variety of topics, from Kanye West to the Paris climate agreement, which the track and field legend said was “just a way for the rest of the world to kind of ruin us economically.”

Video of Jenner’s remarks were originally uploaded to Facebook, but the video has since been deleted. Another video of Jenner’s remarks were later uploaded to YouTube.

Needless to say, liberals were angered by Jenner’s remarks:

Is Caitlyn Jenner privileged, tone deaf, and out of touch? 100%

But why is her gender the first attack people take? Even liberals?

— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) June 18, 2017

This comment is not ok, @Caitlyn_Jenner. Key trait American shooters share isnt political party, but history of domestic violence. https://t.co/HqD6YtW24h

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 17, 2017

And, that, my friends, is how Caitlyn Jenner became the least likeable trans person on Earth. https://t.co/BGgCTo85LK

— Harvey King of Shade (@bodysculptorokc) June 17, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner killed a person because she couldn’t drive straight. https://t.co/YXMlydLHzB

— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) June 17, 2017

It’s sad watching @Caitlyn_Jenner defend a group that will NEVER EVER truly accept her while condemning those who fight for her rights

— Cyn Rosales (@Cynrosles83) June 18, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner is high key the worst…an angry white feminist who doesn’t care about Trump’s policies until they affect her

— Adrianne Ramsey (@adrianne_ramsey) June 12, 2017

remember that year or two when everyone had to pretend kanye west and caitlyn jenner were woke baes and not coke-addled simpletons

— Alex Nichols (@Lowenaffchen) June 17, 2017

Posted in Caitlyn Jenner, Liberals, Republicans, Shooting, US

June 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A spokesman for embattled comedian Bill Cosby, who has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by dozens of women, sent a stern message to the lawyers of Cosby’s accusers Saturday, including famed attorney Gloria Allred.

It was announced Saturday that the jury in the case against Cosby was deadlocked, so the judge declared a mistrial. But as Cosby exited the courtroom, spokesman Andrew Wyatt sent a powerful message to the gathered media.

Declaring several times that Cosby once again has “power,” Wyatt mocked the lawyers representing the alleged victims, saying that Allred and the other attorneys need to go back to law school.

“Mr. Cosby’s power is back — it’s back. It has been restored,” Wyatt said. “The jurors, they used their power to speak and Mrs. Cosby’s power is back.”

“So the legacy didn’t go anywhere. It has been restored,” he added. “So for all of those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class.”

Wyatt wasn’t the only person to bash the attorneys after the trial.

A second Cosby spokesperson read a statement written by Cosby’s wife, Camille, who slammed the prosecutors, attorneys and judge in the case.

Cosby spokesperson says Bill Cosby’s “power is back” after mistrial, tells Gloria Allred to “go back to law school” https://t.co/M4pXEtSZ5h pic.twitter.com/po9TnCj7TZ

— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2017

From the New York Daily News:

“How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious,” she said in a written statement. “How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney.”

Camille continued to describe Cosby’s accusers as “totally unethical” and the media “as blatanly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truth for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of human life.”

In Saturday’s case, Cosby was on trail for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

The jury was comprised of five women and seven men. Prosecutors have said they plan to re-try the case.

Posted in Bill Cosby, Rape, US, watch

June 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Dilworth, North Carolina woman told FOX 46 Charlotte that she was bullied by Starbucks employees after she wore a t-shirt supporting President Donald Trump into a local store.

“I don’t know what politics has to do with getting a cup of coffee,” the woman, who was identified as Kayla Hart, said.

Hart told the television station that she visited a Starbucks store on Wednesday morning wearing a Trump t-shirt. As a result, she claims she was laughed and shouted at, and received a coffee with a label affixed to it that read “Build the wall.”

“They shouted out ‘Build a wall’ and shoved a drink at me and then all the barisatas in the back started cracking up laughing,” Hart said. “I just walked out because everyone was staring.”

FOX reached out to Starbucks for a comment, and about the alleged incident Starbucks said:

“We failed to meet this customer’s expectations of us, and we have apologized and are working directly with her to make it right. This experience is not consistent with our standards or the welcoming and respectful experience we aim to provide every customer who visit our stores. We have spoken with our store partners about this situation and are using this as a coaching opportunity for the future.”

Hart told the network that she isn’t trying to stir up trouble by bringing the purported situation to light.

“This isn’t me trying to get people to stop going to Starbucks,” she said. “I just want it to be put out there so people know this is what’s occurring. I don’t think it’s right you should be humiliated for wearing a t-shirt with your opinion on it.”

Posted in Bullying, Starbucks, Trump Supporters, US, Videos

June 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An employee at a Subway restaurant employee in Warren, OH deterred a robbery on Tuesday with just three words: “Get a job.”

In the video, a man can be seen arguing with Cathy Stafford, the Subway employee, over her refusal to open the cash register drawer and give her cash.

“Open that s**t now,” the suspect commands Stafford several times. When she refuses, the man becomes further irate. “Open that f**king register!”

Stafford, without losing her cool, refused and told the man to get a job.

She also asked the suspect if he was the culprit responsible for other robberies in the area, but the man refused to answer.

Instead, he reportedly took $13 from the tip jar and stalked out of the store.

Cathy Stafford told WKBN in an interview that even she was surprised by her actions.

“I don’t know what took over me,” Stafford said. “I guess sometimes I do things I shouldn’t do and I speak, just whatever comes to my mind. It just comes out.”

Sierra Harper, the co-worker filming the incident, added, “I was really shocked what she was saying at that time. It was scary because you don’t know in that mindset what he’s thinking, if he could jump over the counter.”

“I’d say he got caught, in a way,” Harper added. “Everybody’s seen this video and people have said that they know who he is.”

The Warren Police Department are investigating the incident.

The video of the incident has been shared on Facebook more than 400k times.

See the full video below, which is NSFW due to strong language.

Posted in Robbery, subway, Unemployment, US, viral video

June 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Portland, Maine high school announced that sports hijabs would be available to young Muslim girls playing sports for the school, Deering High School, CBS News reported on Thursday.

Officials at Deering High School elected to give female Muslim athletes the option to wear a sports hijab in order to make them more comfortable, say students attending the school.

“We’re more confident on the field,” junior lacrosse player Fadumo Adan said. “This one doesn’t fall off. No matter what I do, it won’t fall off.”

Two female tennis co-captains raised over $800 for their Muslim teammates when the school’s athletic director told them that such a product existed.

Israa Enan, a senior who was born in Iraq, said she stayed off the school’s tennis team because her parents had concerns about the uniform and lack of hijab.

“I wished I was one of these girls who wear the hijabs and play with it, but it’s OK,” Israa Enan, a senior at Deering High, said. “I’m too late now.”

She did, however, note that she’s “happy for the other girls who have the opportunity now to wear the hijab and be more comfortable doing the things they like to do.”

Sophomore tennis player Tabarek Kadhim — a young woman who immigrated to the United States from Jordan — expressed her appreciation of the gesture and added, “There are some people who actually care, respect and love others, and they are actually accepting of others, which makes me really happy.”

Welcome to the first piece in a series we've created to explore the lives of Muslims in metro Detroit. Over several weeks and through a number of short videos, we'll profile Muslim Americans and help to explain their religion.

Posted in American Muslim, High school sports, high school students, muslim, Religion, US

June 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An unnamed Florida woman is reportedly being investigated by local law enforcement and child services after allegedly allowing a snake to repeatedly bite her one-year-old daughter. The woman later shared the video on Facebook and after it went viral, law enforcement stepped in to investigate.

Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News reported that the woman in question has “no regrets” and, instead, insisted that in allowing the snake to bite her daughter taught her a “valuable lesson.”

“It had bitten me and my son and didn’t leave a mark, several times,” she said. “I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her without actually getting hurt. People are too sensitive.”

The woman insisted that the baby was not injured by the snake because the snake’s fangs did not pierce the child’s flesh.

“People who know me know that I would never hurt my children,” she insisted.

The video has been removed from Facebook, but it is unclear whether or not the woman was charged with any crimes to date.

See ABC Action News’ report in the video below.

Posted in crimes, Facebook, Parenting, US

May 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Fox News Channel host Jesse Watters hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend to quiz young people about the meaning of Memorial Day and past military conflicts involving the United States. The answers were both hilarious and horrifying.

“This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day for remembering America’s fallen soldiers,” Watters said during a Saturday evening episode of FNC’s “Watters’ World.” “But how much do Americans really know about the history of that sacrifice? I have to warn you: It is shameful.”

There are plenty of “shameful” answers to Watters’ questions to choose from, but several worth highlighting came in response to Watters’ simple question about the Revolutionary War.

“Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?” asked Watters to several beachgoers.

“The French,” responded one woman.

“That’s a good question,” said one man. “I don’t know.”

“China,” answered another young woman.

“North versus South,” responded one particularly confident-sounding man. “The Confederate versus the Union.”

Watters also asked people to name the victor of the U.S. Civil War.

“Britain,” replied one woman.

“America and Britain and Spain, some part of Spain, and uh, uh yeah,” said another young woman.

As funny and disturbing as the answers were to Watters’ questions, the results shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Numerous studies and surveys have shown Americans know very little about their own history and even less about world history.

As a writer for the Smithsonian Institution noted in a 2015 article, in 2008, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute surveyed more than 2,500 people and found only about 50 percent could properly name the three branches of government (executive, judicial, and legislative). Similarly, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” found in 2014—the most recent test data available—only 21 percent of male students in the eighth grade and 16 percent of female eighth-grade students scored “proficient” or higher in NAEP’s U.S. history assessment.

Americans’ poor understanding of history is nothing short of pathetic, but as the nation celebrates Memorial Day, it seems more than just a little funny and sad; it’s also, as Watters stated in the introduction of his segment, “shameful.”

Posted in Fox News, History, Jesse Watters, Memorial Day, US

May 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

An unidentified white woman called a Latino male a racial slur and threatened him in a Manassas, Va. area Sprint store after he he offered his assistance to her.

While on the phone, the woman tells a Sprint representative that she’s “in the ghetto,” and is unhappy that she’s had to visit two stores to receive services she requested.

After a Latino male — off camera — offers that there’s a store in nearby Fairfax, Va., the woman snaps, “I wasn’t talking to you. And don’t listen to my conversation.”

“You better watch who the f**k you’re talking to ’cause I’m not the one,” she continues.

The man — still off camera — responds, “I’m Juan,” but the woman isn’t to be deterred.

“I don’t give a f**k what your name is,” she spits, and the man simply answers, “All right.”

The woman continues and begins to threaten the man.

“You see my husband standing over there right? Keep talking s**t and watch and see if you’re gonna meet that,” she says.

At this point the Latino male can be heard saying, “I’m right here.”

“I ain’t got no nails on,” she added. “I’ll f**king fight today ’cause I ain’t got s**t to break.”

The Latino man says nothing audible, but the woman continues.

“I ain’t scared of no f**king sp**,” she says. “This is my f**king country.”

After the man leaves the store, the woman can be seen — and heard — saying, “They need to take his f**king a** back to Mexico.”

The entire exchange took place in front of two children, who can be seen on the far right of the screen. To note, many of the advertisements in the background of the video inside the Sprint store are printed in Spanish.

See the full video below.

It’s happened again. White woman calls polite Latino man a spic, threatens him, says she’s offended to hear him speak Spanish. America. 2017 pic.twitter.com/NOzW9KEVjm

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 21, 2017

Posted in Discrimination, Latino, Racism, US, viral video, white

May 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

During Saturday morning’s episode of “Pure Opelka,” host Mike Opelka asked the radio audience to weigh in on a budding controversy swirling around Thursday’s deadly car crash in New York City’s Times Square.

Initial media reports have ruled out “terrorism” in the deadly crash. However, questions have been raised about the explanation/motive attached to the crash.

Opelka referenced a video sent to him by “one of the smartest people I know,” he said. The clip is a video compilation stitched together from security cameras gathered from buildings in Times Square.

After posting a forty-five second excerpt from the full video, Opelka asked his audience and Twitter followers, “Well, is there anything to the speculation about the Times Square crash?”

Watch the short clip. (Content warning: graphic and violent images)

Well? Is there anything to the speculation about the Times Square crash. WARNING…graphic content) pic.twitter.com/0bJx7iHcwG

— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) May 20, 2017

Local NYC newspapers and mainstream media reports have claimed Richard Rojas, the suspect in the crash, is a man with two previous DUI convictions and might have been hoping to be killed by police.

Rojas has been charged with murder in addition to other charges. An NYPD traffic agent said Rojas stated “I wanted to kill them all,” after he was arrested at the scene.

Today’s Times Square incident appears to be attempted suicide-by-cop. @nypost: https://t.co/u0Lt0z3QGu

— Ian Tuttle (@iptuttle) May 18, 2017

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 7–10 p.m. ET & Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

Watch the entire 2:34 video from the security cameras. (Content warning: graphic and violent images)

Posted in TheBlaze Radio, US

May 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Men’s brand of personal care products, Axe, released a controversial advertisement campaign highlighting questions that they claim many men privately struggle with.

The video, which was released Wednesday, is titled “Is It OK For Guys?” and features questions that they feel men don’t often ask, but claim to struggle with behind closed doors.

The video opens with the statistic, “72% of guys have been told how a real man should behave.”

Some of the questions that men claim to have wanted to ask include, “Is it OK to not like sports?”, “[Is it OK] to experiment with other guys?”, “Is it OK for guys to be nervous?” and “Is it OK for me to be the little spoon?”

“These are real questions guys are searching every day,” the commercial states, and cites internet searches presumably done by men.

The mission of the “Is It OK For Guys” initiative reads:

“Young guys live in a world filled with labels and limits. In fact, over 70% of them have been told that a real man should behave a certain way. Pressure that ultimately makes bullying, depression and suicide so common among men.

#isitokforguys kicks off the AXE mission to expose the pressure guys feel to ‘be a man’ and empower them to be whoever they damn well want. Together with our partners, we want to fight those limitations and create a society where there is no wrong way to be a man. No labels. No limits on what men can or cannot be.

“Toxic masculinity” is defined by “The Good Men Project” as:

” … A narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. It’s the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is everything while emotions are a weakness; where sex and brutality are yardsticks by which men are measured, while supposedly ‘feminine’ traits — which can range from emotional vulnerability to simply not being hypersexual — are the means by which your status as ‘man’ can be taken away.”

See the advertisement in the video below.

Posted in advertising, masculine, US

May 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Mexican woman who became the poster-child for illegal immigrants following an arrest in 2010 has had her deferred immigration status revoked by lawyers in the Trump administration, opening the door to her possible deportation.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement stripped 28-year-old Jessica Colotl of her Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals protections earlier this month for lying to police in 2011 following her 2010 arrest.

Following the removal of her deferred status, an immigration judge issued a deportation order for Colotl.

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Colotl was arrested in 2010 and charged with impeding traffic and driving without a license on the campus of Kennesaw State University, where she was studying at the time. Her arrest sparked a political debate over illegal immigration when the school revealed it was charging her in-state tuition. She later became a vocal proponent of immigration reform and a paralegal at Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, an Atlanta law firm specializing in deportation defenses.

Colotl signed a document in 2011 admitting she gave Cobb County law enforcement officers a false home address, for which she was charged with a felony. Although the case was eventually dismissed, Colotl’s confession was sufficient cause to remove DACA status, according to ICE.

In response to actions by the government, Colotl has sued the Trump administration in federal court, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In her lawsuit, Colotl argues the government’s actions are unwarranted given that her charge was later dismissed.

“It is completely outrageous,” Colotl told the Journal-Constitution. “On Monday when I first found out about this, I felt shock because I didn’t know this could potentially happen.”

In her lawsuit, Colotl contends the Trump administration is using her as “a test case to revoke DACA, exceeding its discretionary authority in an arbitrary and capricious manner,” according to the Journal-Constitution.

Indeed, if she is deported because her deferred status was revoked, Colotl would join a small group of about 1,500 mostly violent criminals and gang members who have had their status revoked since the DACA program was implemented in 2012 by former President Barack Obama.

The program allows immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for two-year work permits and receive deportation deferment, so they could “rest easy” while living in the U.S. and not be in constant fear of deportation.

President Donald Trump campaigned on ending the program, though he has since softened his rhetoric on the issue. Still, given how the government is handling Colotl’s case, it remains to be seen what will happen to the other 770,000 “DREAMers” living in the U.S.

Posted in DACA, DREAM Act, DREAMers, Georgia, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, US

May 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Heather Franklin of Portland, Ore., filmed herself confronting employees of a rug store on Wednesday because she was offended by Confederate flags that were hanging for sale on the store’s wall.

“You don’t care about having hate flags on your wall?” Franklin said, approaching store employees as she filmed. “It’s a symbol of slavery, it’s like having a Swastika on your wall.”

A man that Franklin zeroed in on responded and told the woman to learn history, denying that the Confederate flag — in this case, rug — was a hate symbol.

“How is that a hate symbol?” he asked. “You should read your history.”

One of the employees gave Franklin and her camera the middle finger and said, “Bye, b****,” and asked whether she’d been a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders supporter.

“Which one did you vote for that lost?” the employee asked. “Is that why you’re in a bad mood?”

Franklin answered that she was in a bad mood because there was a hate symbol on the wall.

Franklin was eventually asked to leave the store, but she continued to film from the parking lot.

As she filmed, two of the men she spoke with in the store also exited and when she saw them, she began screaming, “Let me leave! Don’t come any closer!”

On the video, Franklin can be heard saying that she was trying to leave and insinuated that the men were preventing her doing so. However, the men never actually approached her — according to her video — despite her pleas for them to leave her alone.

When another woman in the parking lot approached Franklin to see if she required assistance, Franklin insisted that one of the men attacked her in the store.

“I’m not [OK],” she cried, “he just attacked me in the store!”

No attack was caught on camera.

When the story went viral, the store’s CEO, Andrew Toolson, removed the rugs and placed two employees on leave.

See the video below as well as Toolson’s statement on putting the employees on indefinite leave.

Warning: the video below contains NSFW language.

Meanwhile, the store that stocked the Confederate flag rug has removed it, apologized & put the employees involved on indefinite leave. pic.twitter.com/3WOJS3PLE1

— Maggie Vespa KGW (@Maggie_Vespa) May 11, 2017

Posted in Confederate Flag, Liberals, US, viral video

May 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A shooting spree was prevented in an Arlington, Texas, sports bar when a man carrying a concealed firearm shot a man witnesses say was acting “incoherently.”

According to the Arlington Voice, the manager of the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill, 37-year-old Cesar Perez, was shot dead by James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie. Witnesses say Jones was acting very oddly when he confronted Perez.

“When the suspect came in, he walked up to the bar and started yelling,” said police spokesperson Lt. Christopher Cook. “Customers said he was yelling incoherent and strange things.”

With no warning, Jones drew his gun and fatally shot Perez. Police cannot establish any connection Jones may have had with the restaurant manager.

“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook said. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”

It was then that an unidentified man police are calling the “Good Samaritan” told his wife to get down, and drew his own concealed firearm. He then opened fire on Jones, shooting him. Jones died from the wounds he sustained by the patron.

Police discovered that Jones had an additional firearm, and two knives on his person.

“Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have further loss of life,” Cook said.

The unidentified “Good Samaritan” is being hailed as a hero by Arlington police, and will face no charges as he broke no laws being both a concealed carry license holder, and firing his weapon in a “blue sign” business. These “blue signs” allow certain establishments that serve alcohol to allow patrons to carry firearms with them on the premises.

Posted in 2nd Amendment, Concealed Carry, firearm, gun, Texas, US

May 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

A pilot for Delta Airlines was caught on tape striking a female passenger who was fighting another woman on an airport ramp in Atlanta.

According to a report and two videos released by TMZ, two women who knew each other had been arguing aboard an April 21, 2017, flight to Atlanta. Almost as soon as they made their way off the plane and onto the ramp at the airport in Atlanta, a fight between the two women broke out. The women can be seen in two different videos recorded by other passengers hitting and dragging one another to the ground.

A woman who appears to know at least one of the two women in the fight attempted to break up the altercation, and the plane’s pilot can be heard on the video shouting for the fight to end and seen trying to pull the women apart. The videos then show the pilot hitting one of the women as she laid on the ground and then immediately walking away. It appears the pilot struck the woman in the upper body, possibly the shoulder.

TMZ reported on Saturday Delta Airlines told the website they are aware of the incident and determined after an investigation the pilot “deescalated” the situation.

“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a representative for Delta told TMZ. “Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”

According to a report by the Washington Post, no one has been charged with a crime in the incident, including the pilot.

The two videos captured the fight from different angles. Here’s the first:

The second video appears below:

Posted in Airlines, Delta, US

April 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Last week, a stunning YouTube video showing a car — with a helpless driver inside — being dragged down a California highway by an unsuspecting semi tractor-trailer driver went viral.

The clip, reportedly recorded by citizen journalist Brian Steimke, captured the bizarre incident as it was coming to an end.

After being dragged for miles, tractor-trailer finally stopped dragging this car. (Image: You Tube)
After being dragged for miles, tractor-trailer finally stopped dragging this car. (Image: You Tube)

On Saturday’s “Pure Opelka” host Mike Opelka wondered how a driver could not know he was pulling an additional two tons of steel down the highway.

“How in the heck can it happen?” Opelka wondered.

In short order, Greg Anderson, a trucker in California listening to the radio show, called to explain how easily something like this happens to the driver of a big rig. In fact, the caller explained he experienced something similar in the early days of his trucking career.

“When I first started, I was hauling a 53-foot trailer across Wyoming and I got rear-ended by a Ford F-150 (pickup truck) that actually got stuck to my back bumper,” Anderson explained.

“I didn’t know he was there — it felt like literally I had gone over a speed bump,” said the trucker, adding, “If it hadn’t slowed down my truck, I probably wouldn’t have pulled over.”

Shortly after hanging up, Anderson tweeted a photo of the truck he hooked in Wyoming.

The truck I mentioned hitting me @stuntbrain pic.twitter.com/qfQnDT4B2Q

— Greg Anderson (@ByondF1) April 29, 2017

In case you have not seen the video of the truck dragging the car, watch it here.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays 12-3 p.m. ET, 7–10 p.m. ET & Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

Posted in Blaze Radio, US

April 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Kolt Kyler, 9, has been plenty busy lately.

His older half-sister Hannah Himes told ABC News that Kolt recently got two pigs to show for 4H, which has taken up a lot time, and made his travel baseball team — not to mention working on his dad’s farm in Indiana while keeping up his grades as an honor roll student.

Kolt also has been a Chicago Cubs fan for as long as anyone can remember — but he’s never been to Wrigley Field for a game.

Enter Kolt’s father, Andy Kyler, who was testing his son’s attitude one especially tiresome day — a doubleheader to play, mowing his grandma’s yard and then more chores at home.

Noting Kolt never complained once, Dad had a surprise for him — humorously prefacing it that he’d need Kolt’s help and that it would involve doing something together all day.

More work? Kolt didn’t know. But he was willing to undertake it — and that sealed it.

Yup, it was a pair of Cubs tickets for a game at Wrigley.

Kolt immediately broke down in tears — and a pig even snorted approval.

Check it out:

Surprised with @Cubs tickets for working hard at school, on the farm, and on the baseball field ⚾️ He may or may not be their biggest fan! pic.twitter.com/EVsufB5cSF

— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 16, 2017

“It will be his first time watching the Cubs in person and his first time to Wrigley,” Himes told ABC News. “We’re all so excited for him. It’ll be a good father-son day.”

When Cubs star Kris Bryant found out Kolt would be attending the June 3 game against the St. Louis Cardinals, he tweeted a message to him:

Can’t wait to see you Kolt! https://t.co/86rcxatYub

— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) April 19, 2017

(H/T: Twitchy)

Posted in Chicago, Good News, Indiana, US, Video, watch

April 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A South Dakota Muslim who was escorted out of a Christian conference after protesting it with foul language took to Facebook Live to tell viewers they should be “terrified” as he flashed multiple firearms in his car.

The man in the video is identified as Ehab Jaber is a South Dakota resident who is self-described as being formerly from from Saudi Arabia. According to World Net Daily, Jaber infiltrated the Christian Worldview Weekend conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls on April 9th, as they were discussing the Islamic persecution of Christians around the world. The event was being attended by around 500 men, women, and children.

Jaber, wearing a shirt that read “I’m American, I’m a Muslim, I open carry, I conceal carry, and I’m dangerous only if you’re stupid,” and carrying a Koran reportedly began disrupting the proceedings and live streaming the conference on his phone.

It was a ticketed event but we didn’t have enough volunteers to be checking everyone coming in throughout the event,” said Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim turned Christian pastor and one of the speakers. “This guy came in after the event started so the way the hotel was set up, there were just too many ways to get in. This was a private event, a closed event for Christians, but that’s how he got in, because we just didn’t have the manpower to be checking everyone.”

A retired police officer who was working security for the event confronted Jaber, who told him he was “the Muslim John Smith.” The officer promptly escorted Jaber out of the building.

Jaber went to his car, and still sitting in the parking lot, once more took to Facebook Live where he began complaining about how many people were in attendance. It was then that Jaber asked “ya know, if you want to be really scared?”

Jaber then reached behind him and began displaying various handguns and an AK-47, each time saying “be scared.” Pulling out an extended magazine and an AR-15 he added “be f***ing terrified.”

Warning: The video below contains strong language.

According to the Daily Caller, FBI representatives and South Dakota police have interviewed Jaber, and determined that his actions broke no laws during his display.

Posted in Christian, Firearms, Islam, muslim, South Dakota, US

April 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Actor George Takei, best known for his role in “Star Trek,” is an outspoken liberal who makes his opposition to President Donald Trump very clear. But on Friday, he took his rhetoric up a notch.

Takei took to his Twitter account to compare Trump to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In fact, Takei said the two leaders are in the “same basket.”

“Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket,” Takei wrote.

Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 15, 2017

Takei’s comparison comes as U.S. relations with North Korea continue to tank. Last week, the U.S. Navy sent U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to the Western Pacific near waters just off the Korean Peninsula.

Saturday also marked North Korea’s national holiday “Day of the Sun,” which commemorates the birthday of their “eternal president” Kim Il-sung, who was the country’s first dictator.

Also over the weekend, North Korea test launched another missile, though the test proved to be an enormous failure.

Many people bashed Takei for his comparison. After all, North Korea is an enemy of the U.S:

@GeorgeTakei Understand the fact you can bitch about Trump openly on Twitter proves he’s nothing like Kim Jong-in.

— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei You are deeply mentally unbalanced. You need psychological help.

— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 15, 2017

In case you missed it, America was literally founded on not giving a f–k what the world thinks cc @PolitiBunny https://t.co/boXAJMTyUu

— (((Aaron Worthing))) (@AaronWorthing) April 15, 2017

@PolitiBunny The irony of people TWEETING this garbage is completely lost on them, huh?

— clarice starling (@hell_oh_clarice) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei Funny. I haven’t heard of Donald Trump having his own people shot. Let alone with an anti-aircraft gun.

— Richard DeCamp (@richdecamp) April 15, 2017

@illchangethis @pinkheretic @PolitiBunny @GeorgeTakei So which uncle did Trump have torn apart by wild dogs? How many constituents has he sent to die in labor camps?

— Juli Caldwell (@ImJuliCaldwell) April 15, 2017

But the large majority of replies fell in agreement with Takei’s comparison — a surprisingly scary reaction given that the vast majority of Takei’s followers are Americans. Many even said they felt Trump is a more dangerous leader:

@GeorgeTakei A basket of deplorables indeed.

— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei pic.twitter.com/5OXSXaQyBC

— Mike Brown (@BrownSugarCSB) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei Trump is as scary as Kim Jong-un. A man who’s so narcissistic he thinks he can solve the world’s problems basically by himself is dangerous.

— Josee (Evita) (@Joseevita) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei @Prufrockery Actually America is scarier becuase u guys can literally end the world.

— NoFucksGiven (@FionaGillen2013) April 15, 2017

@GeorgeTakei I think a lot of the world, us Aussies included, see trump as more dangerous. He is unpredictably mad – KJ is at least predictably mad.

— Youngy (@adrianjyoung) April 15, 2017

Posted in Donald Trump, George Takei, Kim Jong Un, Twitter, US

April 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Violence broke out at an anti-Trump protest in Berkeley, California, on Saturday, as anti-Trump protesters clashed with people saying they wanted to publicly and peacefully show their support for the president at a “Patriots Day” event.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of people were involved in the brawl, which reportedly took place near the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in the afternoon. Those in the video below can be seen punching and kicking one another. Some used objects to strike and even stab opponents. Please be advised some parts of the video are disturbing.

The Los Angeles Times also reported about 50 people from a pro-Trump militia group called the Oath Keepers were involved in the violence. The Oath Keepers told the Times they chose to be present at the rally to protect the Trump supporters.

Typical of the biased mainstream media, the Times referred to the anti-Trump protesters as part of a “anti-fascist” group in its story about the event.

CNN reported at least 12 people have already been arrested.

Berkeley Police released a message on social media earlier in the afternoon informing the public it had already confiscated numerous “prohibited items” from people at both rallies. Police banned virtually all items that could be used as a weapon, including large American flags on wooden poles.

Here are some of the prohibited items that have already removed from the park today. https://t.co/3qx3smYwgk pic.twitter.com/A70VCxFYEu

— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) April 15, 2017

Anti-Trump protesters took the streets across America on Saturday to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The protesters have been calling the event the “Tax March.”

“We march to demand that the president release his returns, as he has repeatedly promised, but failed, to do,” reads the Tax March website. “We march because it is in the best interest of the American people to know what financial entanglements and conflicts of interest our leaders have.”

Tensions build between one Pro Trump supporter and anti-Trump demonstrators in Berkeley. #abc7newsnow pic.twitter.com/4nD6CT2iLa

— Lonni Rivera (@lonnirivera) April 15, 2017

Posted in Berkeley, Donald Trump, Protest, US

April 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Syrians are no doubt happy that President Donald Trump took decisive action against the Assad regime in Syria last week.

One Syrian, who fled the country amid its ongoing civil war in 2011 at the age of 17, explained on “Fox and Friends” over the weekend exactly how he felt after Trump decided to push back against Assad after years of inaction by former President Barack Obama.

“Finally, after six years, President Trump made a real red line to Bashar al-Assad,” Mostafa Hassoun, who has lived in the U.S. since 2015, said Saturday.

“I’m so happy now, I’m so glad he did that,” Hassoun explained.

When asked how he felt when Obama failed to make good on his “red line” policy — where Obama promised in 2012 military action against the Assad regime if they used chemical weapons against their own people — Hassoun said he was “so sad.”

“When Obama said he will make Assad stop [using chemical weapons] and he gave him a fake red line, Bashar al-Assad started to kill people again and again and again,” Hassoun said.

“But Mr. Donald Trump, he started to show Assad the real America,” he added.

Hassoun explained that everyone he knows still living in Syria was extremely happy over Trump’s decision to attack an Assad-controlled airbase with 59 tomahawk missiles. That airbase, in western Syria, had just been used days earlier by Assad to drop chemical weapons on Syrians in a nearby rebel-held city.

“I wish Mr. Donald Trump would continue doing that to kick Assad out,” Hassoun said.

Later in the interview, Hassoun explained that he, and most other Syrian refugees, just want Assad kicked out of power so that he and the millions of others displaced by the brutal civil war can go back to their homeland.

Watch the full interview below:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Posted in Bashar Assad, Donald Trump, Fox News, refugees, Syria, US, watch

March 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a moment of pure “aww” a little boy and a Fort Worth, Texas police officer shared a touching moment that has gone viral.

Jamie Hubbard, mother of 3-year-old T.J., decided to take her son to a McDonalds one rainy day. Also at the fast food restaurant was Fort Worth Police’s Officer Colter.

According to Fox News, Hubbard says T.J. is a big fan of motorcycles, and Colter had joked about letting T.J. take a spin on Colter’s police bike, but said that his boss probably wouldn’t like that. Regardless, Colter ran out into the rain and got a police badge sticker for T.J. as a gift.

Hubbard says her son is usually very shy, and not big on hugs, but her son definitely wanted to give one to Colter in thanks for his kindness.

Hubbard captured the interaction on camera, with T.J. approaching Colter unsure of how to proceed. To help her son along, Hubbard tells him “he wanted to give you a hug.” The officer happily gave the 3-year-old a hug, and T.J. then ran back to his mom.

“We are extremely grateful for those that protect our freedom, whether it is overseas or in our local community,” said Hubbard. “It is more important now than ever that our children learn that these officers are wives and husbands, moms and dads, and they are there to be their friend and to help keep them safe.”

You can watch in the interaction below:

Posted in Children, hug, Police, Texas, US

March 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Feminists were outraged last week after an anonymous person in Central North Carolina posted a simple message on a billboard off of a busy highway.

The sign read, “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.”

Women were so angry, in fact, that they even held a protest near the billboard last Sunday.

“What we’re protesting and angry about is not that an individual and some individuals decided to do this. It’s more the fact that that mindset exists at all and not just that it exists but that it is actually a fairly normalized well-accepted mindset,” Molly Grace, a Winston-Salem business owner, told WHGP-TV last week.

“The implied expectation that regardless of mitigating circumstances women should be appreciative of her man and that, to me, and that’s the whole thing,” she added.

The Facebook posting for the protest event read:

We are NOT protesting that the sign is capable of existing, or the people who put it up, or the ad agency, or the right to put it up. We are protesting patriarchy and sexism, and that this antiquated way of thinking about women exists at all. We are protesting the implied demand that women be silent and appreciate, regardless of whatever circumstances, their role as non-providers.

The billboard belongs to Bill Whiteheart of Whiteheart Outdoor Advertising, and he told news stations last week that the person who bought the ad space to display the message wanted to remain anonymous.

As of this weekend, however, the sign has been updated to reflect the outrage over its first message, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The sign now reads, “Much Ado About Nothing. A social experiment that brought forth those so immersed in their own insecurity that in the mirror they could only see an angry victim of their incorrect interpretation of a silly billboard — Bless their hearts.”

Controversial billboard in #ForsythCounty replaced with new messagehttps://t.co/hkT3XoUVHG pic.twitter.com/XrsEtjnwmn

— FOX8 WGHP (@myfox8) March 5, 2017

Still, Grace told the Journal that the sign is no laughing matter.

“An ‘experiment’ typically indicates that you have a trajectory, but what they’ve done just seems childish and petulant,” she told the newspaper. “I can’t believe they spent more money to continue to name call and be mean.”

“Sexism has existed and is still existing around us every day whether that billboard is there or not,” she added, noting that she wants to meet with the person behind the message to have a conservation.

“Mark my words, we’ll be here long after that billboard is gone trying to make a better world for us all,” she said.

Others, however, think the entire billboard fiasco is simply just funny:

@myfox8 Told ya😂All the furor about that billboard… exactly what the owner wanted.

— Ron Speaks (@wRaldri) March 5, 2017

@myfox8 Love it! The liberal p/c crowd got “punked”!

— Field (@RFTIII) March 5, 2017

@myfox8 This…is…AWESOME!

— AmericanGirl (@Ameri_GRL) March 5, 2017

@myfox8 best billboard ever!

— Dustin Parker (@dustinparkerfb) March 5, 2017

@myfox8 they knew the would get all those stupid had core feminist in all a uproar and I think it’s funny as hell

— william hiatt (@willyh131) March 5, 2017

Posted in feminists, North Carolina, US

February 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

World famous signer Paul Hewson, known by his stage name “Bono” who leads the rock group U2, met with Vice President Mike Pence during a security conference in Germany on Saturday — and liberals couldn’t stand it.

From The Hill:

According to a pool report, the two men shared an exchange about the 2003 passage of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief and its 2008 renewal, which Pence advocated for as an Indiana congressman.

“Twice on the House floor you defended that. That’s how we know you,” Bono, who has been a vocal proponent of the fight against AIDS, told Pence.

“And we really appreciate it,” he added.

Enjoyed chatting w/ Bono at @MunSecConf. Discussed prior effort to twice pass Africa AIDS assistance & future security in developing nations pic.twitter.com/LJcvF4mXid

— Vice President Pence (@VP) February 18, 2017

In almost no time at all, liberals on Twitter began to explode over Bono’s friendly meeting.

St. Bono crawls up the arse of a creep https://t.co/rep3uqSkrw

— Rab Dickson (@Roy1Batty) February 18, 2017

Bono would shake hand with The Devil https://t.co/pRzQ38YzkY

— Adrian The_Kew_Tour (@Adriankewmutu) February 18, 2017

What an absolute cock Bono is. https://t.co/5ULah1pAQK

— Brian Doherty (@Bdoherty84) February 18, 2017

@U2 U2 fans should be very ashamed of Bono supporting a Nazi regime!!! pic.twitter.com/ndaDy28YPU

— Chuck Heffernan (@chuckheffernan) February 18, 2017

@hrkbenowen Bono is a POS.

— Konrad (@raklas) February 18, 2017

@ItaOKelly Why Bono? Why?

— Ursula Curtin (@ursulacurtin) February 18, 2017

Bono praising Pence for supporting HIV meds in Africa ignores his responsibility for the explosion of HIV in Indiana through program cuts

— D Gilmore-Kavanagh (@DrDeclanK) February 18, 2017

“Man, f**k Bono,” added Twitter user Jordan Rucks.

“Are you f**king kidding me @U@ Mike Pence shut down Planned Parenthood in Indiana and caused an HIV epidemic,” said Twitter user Colin Taylor.

“F**K!! #Resist!” said Twitter user Rebecca Mae.

Posted in Bono, Liberals, Mike Pence, Twitter, US

February 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sometimes being a police officer requires quick decision making, and one officer in Texas made one such decision over the weekend that may have saved an entire building from burning down.

Late Saturday night, Officer Glenn Womack of Glenn Heights had just finished having dinner with his wife when he received a dispatch that sent him to a local Jack in the Box. Sitting in the drive-thru lane, too close to the building for comfort, was a Ford F150 pouring smoke from the cab which was engulfed in flames.

Without hesitation, Womack bypassed customers waiting in the drive-thru line, mounted the curb, and used his patrol car to push the fire-on-wheels away from the building, saving it from catching flame as well, and endangering occupants. It was just in the nick of time, too. As Womack got the truck away from the building, the back window of the truck shattered, allowing flames to pour through.

“My adrenaline was going a little bit. But in the video, I’ve watched it a couple of times, I’m breathing pretty heavily. Well, that’s because the windows were down and I didn’t have the train of thought to roll the windows up during it,” Officer Womack told Fox4 News. “It was just a God-send that I was here at that particular time.”

Watch the video below:

Posted in Ford, Police, Texas, US

February 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials have ordered residents near one of the nation’s biggest dams to evacuate the area, saying a “hazardous situation is developing” after an emergency spillway severely eroded.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION: Auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam predicted to fail within the next hour. Oroville residents evacuate northward.

— CA – DWR (@CA_DWR) February 13, 2017

The emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam in Northern California could fail within an hour unleashing uncontrolled flood waters from Lake Oroville, the California Department of Water Resources said on Sunday afternoon.

#OrovilleSpillway #OrovilleDam just now pic.twitter.com/boWzCPoi1L

— Judy Brandt (@judywbrandt) February 13, 2017

WATCH: Drone footage of the emergency spillway in Oroville. #OrovilleDam #OrovilleSpillway pic.twitter.com/CEDN1t0dj8

— KRCR News Channel 7 (@KRCR7) February 11, 2017

People in downstream areas need to leave the area immediately, the department said.

Officials earlier Sunday stressed the dam was structurally sound and said there was no threat to the public.

Residents of Oroville, a town of 16,000 people, should head north toward Chico, and other cities should follow orders from their local law enforcement agencies, the Butte County Sheriff’s office said.

The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services asked residents in the valley floor, including Marysville, a city of 12,000 people, to evacuate and take routes to the east, south, or west and avoid traveling north toward Oroville.

Traffic builds along HWY 162 as the town of Oroville is being evacuated #OroSpillway #OrovilleDam pic.twitter.com/6iLhnpX3y3

— Emily Bertolino (@EmilyBertolino) February 13, 2017

The California Department of Water Resources said it is releasing as much as 100,000 cubic feet per second from the main, heavily damaged spillway to try to drain the lake.

Department Kevin Dossey tells the Sacramento Bee the emergency spillway was rated to handle 250,000 cubic feet per second, but it began to show weakness Sunday at a small fraction of that. Flows through the spillway peaked at 12,600 cubic feet per second at 1 a.m. Sunday and were down to 8,000 cubic feet per second by midday.

Water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam in Northern California on Saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall.

In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, water flows down Oroville Dam's main spillway near Oroville, Calif. Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area Sunday, Feb. 12, saying a "hazardous situation is developing" after an emergency spillway severely eroded. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, water flows down Oroville Dam’s main spillway near Oroville, Calif. Officials have ordered residents near the Oroville Dam in Northern California to evacuate the area Sunday, Feb. 12, saying a “hazardous situation is developing” after an emergency spillway severely eroded. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Unexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway earlier this week, sending chunks of concrete flying and creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole that continues growing. Engineers don’t know what caused the cave-in, but Chris Orrock, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, said it appears the dam’s main spillway has stopped crumbling even though it’s being used for water releases.

About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest. The lake is a central piece of California’s government-run water delivery network, supplying water for agriculture in the Central Valley and residents and businesses in Southern California.

Editor’s note: Story by the Associated Press; curated by Chris Enloe.

Posted in California, US, Weather

February 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

During a town hall meeting for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) Saturday morning, a Florida GOP executive chided protesters who continually interrupted the event.

When Pasco County GOP secretary Bill Akins got on stage to speak about the failings of Obamacare, claiming that elderly people go before “death panels” because of the law, the crowd erupted into screams and boos — but Atkins wasn’t having any of it.

“They do. Yes, they do. It’s in there folks. You’re wrong,” Akins can be heard saying over the noise.

“OK, children. Alright, children,” he added, mocking the rowdy crowd.

CNN got video of the incident.

WATCH: At Congressman @RepGusBilirakis town hall – County GOP Chairman Bill Akins refers to adults as “children” when they fact check him. pic.twitter.com/RcaOz0gNOY

— Yashar (@yashar) February 11, 2017

Prior to Obamacare becoming law in 2010 and directly afterward, one of the biggest claims Republican used in their opposition to the law was arguing that the law effectively created “death panels” that would ration health care and not provide adequate care to elderly Americans.

PolitiFact labeled the claim their “lie of the year” in 2009, despite the fact that rationing of health care exists in countries with socialized, single-payer health care systems similar to those Democrats want to implement.

After the town hall, Rep. Bilirakis responded to the incident saying that he is holding town halls to hear the concerns of his constituents.

It’s my duty to hear you out, even if we may disagree. I want today’s town hall to be constructive and I want to find common ground. https://t.co/6p5xMwz7Oy

— Gus Bilirakis (@RepGusBilirakis) February 11, 2017

In 09 Dems passed ACA w/o listening to the people first. Held town halls after it became law. I want to do it differently & gather input now pic.twitter.com/6UnwwZa3M8

— Gus Bilirakis (@RepGusBilirakis) February 11, 2017

Democrats are becoming increasingly testy at town halls across the nation, similar to what the tea party did in 2009 and 2010. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) faced brutal opposition and protests at a town hall earlier this week.

Posted in Florida, GOP, Town Hall, US

January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

It feels like the marches and protests are everywhere, and have been since President Donald Trump took office a little over a week ago. For some reason, the progressive left, undoubtedly the organizers of these events, wants the public to believe these gatherings are organically springing up, born of the  natural outrage over Trump’s recent executive orders and, frankly, the fact of Trump himself. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country, happened the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated 45th President of the United States and was openly a protest. The protests against Trump’s executive order, which halted travel into the U.S. from a number of Muslim-majority countries, are explicitly protests and have been happening in cities around the country, including New York (where it began), Washington and Chicago.

And there are more to come, with the Science March already being organized and a number of others reportedly on the horizon. In fact, a site called Bustle offers a handy primer on five protests/marches that “need your help to organize,” including the Immigrants March (slated for May 6) and the Trump Taxes March (to be held, of course, April 15).

And yet, mainstream news outlets for some odd reason are trying to push the idea that these are organic gatherings that spring up quickly and are not centrally organized.

The New York Times, for example, ran a piece when the protest began at John F. Kennedy airport in New York after immigrants coming back into the country were detained. Their headline? “Protest Grows ‘Out of Nowhere’ at Kennedy Airport After Iraqis Detained.”

“This is the humanity, this is the soul of America. This is what pushed me to move, leave my country and come here.” https://t.co/UYD8wCmKwb

— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 29, 2017

The article gives the source of the “out of nowhere” quote as progressive activist, filmmaker and Democrat personality Michael Moore, who routinely makes television appearances and, in fact, recently called for “100 days of protest” against Donald Trump:

Just past 3 p.m., a man with a social media megaphone gave it a blow. “Everybody in NYC area — head to JFK Terminal 4 NOW!” Michael Moore said on Twitter. “Big anti-Trump protest forming out of nowhere!”

According to The Washington Post, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) added to the call for rallies on Saturday when he gave an interview in which he said “opponents of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees should oppose them in the streets.”

“It’s time for people to get active, to get involved, to vote and to organize,” said Ellison, who was in Houston to campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop. We need mass rallies. We need them all over the country. We need them in Texas. We need them in D.C. We need them in Minnesota.”

One would have to be blind not to see that these rallies, marches and protests are being organized, something the progressive left is known for, and has been since the days when the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known to most as ACORN, was a major player in progressive circles. A series of undercover videos proving ACORN was peddling some pretty ugly advice forced that organization back into the shadows. But it appears the organizing efforts live on. How else could the Women’s March become a multinational event without some pretty serious organizational skills pulling the strings? And, in fact, there were. They even created a pretty slick website with those skills.

So the progressive left is continuing to do what it has always done in the way of organizing protests and rallies to speak out about what they see as injustices. It’s not out of character. They put community organizer Barack Obama in the White House for eight years after all. They obviously see the power in organization on a mass scale and find it meaningful.

Which begs the question: why are they trying to hide it now?

Posted in ACORN, Keith Ellison, Protests, US

January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he won’t order his officers to comply with President Donald Trump’s plan to utilize local police departments to help federal authorities arrest and deport illegal immigrants.

Beck’s comments came in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“This is not our job, nor will I make it our job,” Beck said of Trump’s immigration plan in November, according to the Times.

But even if it was their job, Beck told a Times columnist that it would not be feasible or safe to deport all of the illegal immigrants living in Los Angeles, given that it would require the entire LAPD force.

“We couldn’t deport 500,000 people if we wanted to, and if we did, it would be at the expense of public safety,” Beck said, explaining that it would require police officers to focus on tracking down immigrants instead of combatting crime.

More from the Times:

If undocumented immigrants are convicted of violent felonies, Beck thinks they should serve their time and then be deported. But the crime rate is no greater among immigrants than the rest of the population, he said.

Beck said he doesn’t want to poke the new president in the eye. But with 40 years of experience, he thinks he understands his city and how to best police it, and he’s not inclined to bow to simple-minded political rhetoric.

And even if Trump does require local agencies to assist federal law enforcement agencies in deporting immigrants, Beck told the Times that he will still disobey Trump given his personal convictions — even if it costs his city millions in federal aid dollars.

“I’d risk losing my beliefs,” Beck said if he were to comply with Trump. “There’s not a price for me to do this differently.”

During his interview Beck also explained that he thinks a better way to combat America’s illegal immigration problem would be to help strength the economies of Mexico and other Central American countries.

“We have a very rich country with a lot of opportunity that is immediately adjacent to a poorer country with less opportunity,” Beck said of the economic disparity between America and counties to our south.

In addition, Beck said that cracking down on illegal immigration would have adverse effects on crime, likely causing a spike because illegal immigrants would be too afraid to openly report crime, causing them to become a victim population.

“When you create a shadow population … that fears any interaction” with police, Beck told the Times, “then you create a whole population of victims, because they become prey for human predators who extort them or abuse them because they know they won’t contact the police.”

“In the mid-1990s, when the state cracked down [on] illegal immigration, all we did was drive people underground,” he explained.

“So that helped me realize we’re doing this wrong,” the police chief added. “We have a system set up here that is penalizing people we should be protecting, and that’s when we started to change the impound procedures.”

According to the Associated Press, Trump definitely wants to recruit local law enforcement agencies to help federal agencies combat illegal immigration.

Posted in Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Los Angeles, US

January 29th, 2017 by Staff Writer

UPDATE: According to The Hill, the federal court for the Eastern District of New York has issued an emergency stay, halting President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The stay allows detainees with valid visas who land in the U.S. to remain in the country.

A protest began at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City about noon Saturday demanding that refugees detained in the airport due to the immigration ban issued Friday by President Donald Trump be released.

News reports indicated 12 refugees were detained due to Friday’s ban. TheBlazereported that at least one of the refugees — an interpreter who had worked with American servicemen — had been released by Saturday afternoon.

According to Fox News, the fate of the other detainees was not known Saturday evening:

Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Army interpreter in Iraq, had been stopped as he traveled with his wife and three kids when agents pulled him aside, according to the New York Times.

The fate of the other Iraqi detainee, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 33, was unclear. So was the fate of 10 other refugees, whose nationalities were not immediately known.

Protestors alleged the detainees had visas and should be let through. Images of the protests began circulating on Twitter Saturday afternoon and the crowd had gone from about 10 people when the protest began to several hundred by Saturday evening.

Stunning scene at JFK airport pic.twitter.com/ZAwnYmELo8

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 28, 2017

According to Fox, a U.S. federal law enforcement official noted that any non-U.S. citizen from the seven countries listed in Friday’s ban — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen — is barred from entering the U.S. The official told Fox that includes green card holders and visa-holders out of the U.S. after Friday. They are prohibited from returning to the U.S. for 90 days.

The official also said there’s an exemption for those whose return is in the U.S. national interest.

The New York Times posted a video of the protestors who, by 7:30 pm Saturday evening, showed no signs of disbursing.

Posted in Donald Trump, Immigrant Ban, Immigration, Protest, US

January 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A Michigan man known only as Bob describes the night he almost died, when he laid in the freezing snow for 19 hours, this way:

“I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 pm, but my Kelsey came.”

Kelsey is Bob’s dog. And she spent those same 19 hours barking her heart out for someone to come and help her Bob, who had gone to retrieve firewood, wearing only nightclothes and slippers, and had fallen and broken his neck over the New Year holiday

Bob tried to scream for help, but no one could hear him — except his Kelsey. The dog kept Bob warm by laying on top of him and licking his hands and face to keep him awake and alert. By the time Bob lost consciousness, Kelsey was screeching a strange sound that ultimately alerted his neighbor, who found him on New Year’s Day.

Bob was taken to the hospital, and was shocked to discover he was free of frost bite. “I am sure it was because of Kelsey’s determination to keep me warm and safe,” he said, according to the Telegraph.

Bob recovered quickly and considers Kelsey — and his attending physician — his hero.

“Kelsey kept me warm, alert, and never stopped barking for help,” he said.

Man’s best friend indeed.

Posted in Dogs, Hero, US

January 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a fitting end, The Clinton Global Initiative will shutter operations at their main office in New York City for good on Tax Day, April 15, 2017.

A WARN filing with the Department of Labor indicates that the 22 remaining employees employed there will be terminated on that date and that the official reason given for the layoffs is a “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initative.”

The CGI came under scrutiny during the 2016 election. The many foreign government donors and wealthy benefactors the organization claimed contributed to the belief that the organization was a “pay-to-play” operation designed to enrich the Clintons by trading on their political influence, and by using the speaking circuit as a way to elevate the “Clinton” brand while Hillary Clinton campaigned for president.

Clinton defenders countered those allegations by citing the many charitable organizations the CGI funded around the world.

However, as a report from the New York Observer notes, the criticisms began to reemerge in the wake of Clinton’s electoral loss to now President-elect Donald Trump due to the nearly immediate decision by those same wealthy and foreign donors to distance themselves from the foundation — or  fundraising — arm of the initiative:

[A]s soon as Clinton lost the election, many of the criticisms directed toward the Clinton Foundation were reaffirmed. Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work. In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.

The CGI was founded in 2005 to supplement the Clinton Foundation and serve as a networking apparatus to help in fundraising efforts. However, as the Observer notes, the language used to define the goal of the initiative was unclear. “Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action—plans for addressing significant global challenges,” the CGI website states.

Clinton was dogged during the waning days of the 2016 election by allegations stemming from an email exchange detailing a memo made public by WikiLeaks in October that the Clinton Foundation was running a scheme to amass a fortune using the Clintons’ political influence:

From the Post:

The memo from [top Clinton aide and Clinton Foundation employee] Douglas Band, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”

The alleged abuses of the Clinton Foundation and the CGI are also detailed in the book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” by Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute.

Posted in Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, US

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