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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When you thought they couldn't go any lower

Surprised she didn’t get a raise!


'I went too far': Kathy Griffin apologizes for posting a video of Trump's 'severed head' on social media after Secret Service suggests she will be investigated for threatening the president

Griffin was seen holding up the severed head for photographer Tyler Shields
She joked that she would have to leave the country after the shoot
'This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president,' said Chelsea Clinton 

Griffin has since apologized saying 'I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong'
But the apology was not enough to stop the furious online backlash against her
The act was interpreted by many as a threat towards the president 

The Secret Service - while not citing the video or image - reminded people it monitors social media and took any threats against the president very seriously
Facing increasing pressure, CNN said they are 'evaluating' Griffin's long-time role hosting its New Year's Eve coverage but has 'made no decisions at this point'


Kathy Griffin has apologized for posting a video of President Trump's severed head after a furious backlash, sparking the Secret Service into an investigation. 

The controversial comedian tweeted 'I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong' after Griffin was seen slowly raising Trump's head during a photo shoot with infamous photographer Tyler Shields. 

She also posted a video promising to remove the offending image after she was lambasted by all sides of the political spectrum, including Chelsea Clinton.

But the apology was not enough to stop the army of critics, both Trump supporters, and Democrats from attacking Griffin on social media for the outrageous stunt.

Even her long-time New Years Eve co-host Anderson Cooper said he was 'appalled' by the photo shoot, which he described as 'clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.'

Meanwhile, the Secret Service made an oblique reference to the controversy on Twitter, reminding everyone that any threats against the president are taken seriously.

Heads up: Comedian Kathy Griffin sparked fury from Trump supporters on Tuesday after footage emerged of her holding up a fake severed Donald Trump head

It could have been worse.
Thank God she spared us from this one!

My reading glasses cracked.

The controversial comedian tweeted 'I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong' after the stunt

'On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats. Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations. #ProtectionNeverRests.'

As the firestorm of criticism surrounding Griffin increased a CNN spokesman said that they are 'evaluating' Griffin's long-time role hosting its New Year's Eve coverage but have 'made no decisions at this point' 

'We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down. We are evaluating New Year's Eve and have made no decisions at this point,' the spokesman said. 

Even former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was quick to express her outrage at Griffin tweeting: 'This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.


Hey everybody, it's me, Kathy Griffin.

I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction to these images. 

I'm a comic. I crossed the line. 

I moved the line. Then I crossed it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. 

I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it. I've made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. 

Taking down the image. I am going to ask the photographer to take down the image. And I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake and I was wrong.

Griffin, an outspoken opponent of Trump who is best known for presenting the New Year's Eve countdown with Anderson Cooper on CNN, is seen holding the head, which is slathered in fake blood. 

During footage of the shoot, posted on her own official website Griffin said: 'Tyler and I are not afraid to make images that make noise.' 

That's certainly what happened when the footage and pictures hit the web. 

The shocking images quickly set social media alight, with many calling for her to be locked up for supposedly 'threatening' the president. 

'This is discusting [sic] Kathy Griffin has never been funny,' said self-styled conservative paralegal NativeCA. 'This should be reported to the FBI & Twitter.'

President Trump's eldest son Donald Jr. also got in on the act, attacking Griffin for posing with a severed fake head resembling his father, saying it was 'disgusting but not surprising.

'This is the left today. They consider this acceptable,' he tweeted. 'Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?' 

'It's sad that the left today would rather see America suffer and fail than to see it succeed with @realDonaldTrump at the helm. #maga'

The Secret Service - while not citing the video or image - chose this tome to remind its followers on Twitter that the agency monitors social media and took any threats against the president very seriously

Griffin's long-time co-host Anderson Cooper also criticized her on Twitter

Even former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was quick to express her outrage at Griffin tweeting: 'This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president

Mitt Romney denounced the comedian for dragging politics 'into an even more repugnant & vile territory'

Sarah Palin, who has long been a target of mockery for Griffin was quick to jump on the bandwagon, branding the post 'sick'

Kellyanne Conway‏ joined in, pointing out that the outspoken comic had plenty of time for reflection before she posted the picture

In another tweet he demanded to know if CNN would keep Griffin on the air after the stunt. 

He also tweeted his thanks to Cooper for his condemnation before demanding to know if the TV host would work with Griffin in the future.

'Asking for a lot of people. #LMK,' he added.

Kellyanne Conway‏ joined in, pointing out that the outspoken comic had plenty of time for reflection before she posted the picture.

'Kathy Griffin did not misspeak or misstep. She plotted & posed for the photoshoot. Ample time for reflection/correction,' she tweeted.

While Mitt Romney denounced the comedian for dragging politics 'into an even more repugnant & vile territory.'

Sarah Palin, who has long been a target of mockery for Griffin was quick to jump on the bandwagon, branding the post 'sick.'

'No one should be shocked at the sick audacity of sick characters. Kathy is a hurting individual. She needs help,' she tweeted.

Meanwhile on Twitter @nancygolliday said 'Parading beheading of POTUS makes @kathygriffing a terrorist and an enemy of the state. She needs to be treated as such.'

And Dr. J wrote: 'You're disgusting. Honor our military but dishonor our President and Commander in Chief? You'd behead our President? Hypocrite.' 

Even some self-described liberals got in on the act.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper said: 'It's pretty disgusting. I can't imagine how anybody would think that's appropriate.'

'Big time Liberal here - and a Kathy Griffin fan - and I agree,' said Tanya Crosse. 'This is not ok and there is no excuse. She should immediately apologize.'

Meanwhile, Simar wrote: 'We can't knock the alt right for promoting hate speech & then support Kathy Griffin for promoting violence against the President.' 

In footage of the shoot, Griffin is seen joking that she and Shields will have to flee the country once it gets out.

'We have to move to Mexico today,' she said, 'because we're gonna go to prison. Federal prison. 

'Call your dad, apologize, then let's you [and me] go to Mexico because we're not surviving this.'

She's seen in the footage lifting the grisly 'head' out of a metal bowl, then rotating it towards the camera until it hits a spot that Shields likes.

Finally, at Shields' demand, she drops it to the ground. 

Griffin responded to the outrage with a two-part tweet, the first part of which saw her mocking the imaginary dead president

Mocker: Griffin claimed she was 'merely mocking the Mocker in Chief' in the second part of her tweet, and that she wasn't condoning violence


Justin Trudeau invited Pope Francis to Canada to apologize for the Church's treatment of aboriginal children

Liberal Trudeau is concerned about something that happened in the late 19th century and want's an apology? Are you kidding me? Meanwhile, in the real world, Muslims are killing Christians a dime a dozen around the globe. Who's going to apologize to them? Who's going to put a stop to it?

BTW...Does Trudeau shave yet?

Pope Francis meets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a private audience at the Vatican Thomson Reuters 

ROME (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday urged Pope Francis to visit Canada to apologize to indigenous peoples for the Catholic Church's treatment of aboriginal children in schools it ran there. 

Starting in the late 19th century, about 30 percent of children of Canada's native peoples, or about 150,000 children, were placed in what were known as "residential schools" in a government attempt to strip them of their traditional cultures and ancestral languages. 

For over a century, the schools were government-funded but many were administered by Christian Churches, the majority by Roman Catholics. 

"I told him how important it is for Canadians to move forward on real reconciliation with the indigenous peoples and I highlighted how he could help by issuing an apology," Trudeau told reporters after meeting the pope. 

He said he had invited the Argentine-born pontiff to make the apology in Canada. 

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission said in a 2015 report that the practice, which kept children from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples far from their parents, amounted to "cultural genocide". 

Many children were physically and sexually abused. 

The commission made 94 recommendations, including that the pope issue a formal apology in Canada to survivors and their descendants for the Church's "role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse" of the children. 

Trudeau said that in their private talks, the pope "reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world, fighting for them, and that he looks forward to working with me and with the Canadian bishops to figure out a path forward together". 

Canadian bishops have said the pope might visit next year. 

Trudeau said he and the pope also discussed climate change. Unlike U.S. President Donald Trump, who met the pope last week, Trudeau and Francis agree that climate change is caused by human activity. 

"We talked about how important it is to highlight the scientific basis of protecting our planet and the moral and ethical obligations to lead, to build a better future for all people on this earth," Trudeau said. 

At last week's Group of Seven (G7) summit in Sicily, Trump refused to back a landmark international agreement reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce global warming. 

Trump said he would decide this week on whether to pull out of the accord, which was backed by his predecessor Barack Obama. 

Trudeau, who is Catholic, said he had "a deeply personal and wide-ranging, thoughtful conversation with the leader of my own faith". 


Monday, May 29, 2017

Update: Coexisting with no barriers


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Boehner Describes the Majority of Trump's Presidency as a "Complete Disaster"

Looking back what a huge disappointment Boehner was after the reins were yanked from Pelosi and handed to him. Difficult to conceptualize he was 3rd in line to the presidency!

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That's all he was good for...crying, drinking, smoking cigarettes, and caving to Barry's every whim.


Even former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner thinks Donald Trump's administration is a disaster. While addressing the KPMG Global Energy Conference on May 26, the perpetually tan Boehner shared his rather rough assessment of Trump's presidency with the audience. 

After conceding that Trump's aggressive position on ISIS was laudable, Boehner quickly criticized him for, well, everything else. "Everything else he's done [in office] has been a complete disaster," Boehner chided, according to the energy news website RigZone. "He's still learning how to be president."

Ever the bluntly honest, no-longer-in-office politician, Boehner also offered his analysis of the Trump administration's alleged collusion with Russia. "They need to get to the bottom of this. The crazy left wing Democratic colleagues of mine bringing up impeachment talks . . . talk of impeachment is the best way to rile up Trump supporters," Boehner said. "Remember, impeachment is not a legal process; it's a political process."

He's right about this. Both the Republican House and Senate would have to go along with it. And if they did the Trumpsters would go crazy... their political careers would be DOA in the upcoming midterms! 

Boehner, who has known Trump for over 15 years, said that despite their relationship, he "never envisioned him" as president. As friends do, Boehner even had some advice for the "still learning" president: stop tweeting late at night. It's difficult to imagine that the president would heed his advice, however, Trump might benefit from Boehner's previous evaluation of efforts to repeal — or repair — America's health care.

"In the 25 years I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time, agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once, Boehner said at a health care conference in February. "They'll fix Obamacare. I shouldn't call it repeal and replace because that's not what's going to happen. They're basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it."

Boehner's opinion, though strongly worded, is not exactly out of left field for former Republican leaders. Former President George W. Bush also criticized Trump'sunwelcoming immigration policy and reiterated the necessity for "answers" about that Russia thing.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Killary tries to tie Trump to Nixon calling for impeachment

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 "Obstruction of Justice" ???

The Clinton's eat that for breakfast!

This coming from someone who should be behind bars herself.

Guess her cheering fans had a lapse of memory. The facts are Nixon resigned and her husband went down in history as one of only two presidents to ever be  impeached... not to mention disbarred. Left that little tidbit out. Got to give the Clinton's credit though. 

They do possess unmitigated gall. 


Kicking off Ramadan with a bang

Coptic Christian attack: 10 of the 29 dead ID'd as children heading to monastery to pray

Same shit. Different day


Ten of the 29 victims killed in Friday’s ambush attack on a bus transporting Christians to a monastery south of Cairo were identified as children, a top bishop told The Wall Street Journal.

As many as 10 masked attackers in three SUVs stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms and demanded that the passengers recite the Muslim profession of faith, witnesses said. Then, the gunmen opened fire.

The children were traveling with their parents to pray at an ancient monastery in central Egypt. Many suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest, Bishop Makarios, a Coptic clergyman in Minya Province, told The Journal. Three children on board the bus reportedly survived.

Survivors claimed the killers left behind flyers about the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which begins Friday evening. Local media also reported that the attackers were recording video themselves.

The attack came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month. It was the fourth attack targeting the country's Christian minority since December, and it came on the same week of the suicide bombing in Manchester, where children were believed to be the target.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Friday ordered retaliatory military strikes in Libya in response to the ambush. Sisi said that suspected ISIS militants attacked the bus.

"I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task," el-Sisi said.

Trump reportedly affirmed U.S. support in a White House statement. “America stands with President Al Sisi and all the Egyptian people today, and always, as we fight to defeat this common enemy."

The airstrikes hit bases in Libya where the attackers had trained, the country's military said.

Egypt's Copts, the Middle East's largest Christian community, repeatedly have cried out for help from discrimination, as well as outright attacks, at the hands of the country's majority Muslim population. Coptic Christians account for about 10 percent of Egypt's 93 million people.

Ayman Ezzat, a rickshaw driver, told The Journal that blamed the massacre on el-Sisi, saying the president hadn’t done enough to protect the Christians.

“Our lives have turned into hell,” he said. “I’m a Copt and I curse myself every day for bringing [Mr. Sisi] to power. He failed us. He sold us.”


Debbie Wassermouth Schultz Threatens Capitol Police Over IT Staffer Investigation Former DNC chair demands evidence be returned to her

Capitol Police officer won't make eye contact fearing he'll lose his lunch.

 She's so ugly, on Halloween she went to a haunted house and came out with an application.


In February 2017, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s top IT staffer, Imran Awan, was reported as under criminal investigation for the theft of a wide range equipment and data. Awan and several other staffers are accused of accessing congressional computers without permission. It's still unclear what, if any, data was stolen and what the motives for the breach were. In a recent budget hearing with the U.S. Capitol Police, Debbie Wasserman Schultz pushed for the U.S. Capitol police chief to return equipment of hers that was confiscated by the police as part of the investigation after it was discovered hidden in a crevice of a House office building.

"hidden in a crevice of a House office building"?

“So if a member says there is equipment that has been lost, (someone accidentally dropped it in the crevice) and you find it, it would be returned to the member?” Wasserman Schultz asked, implying the equipment should have been returned to her regardless of the investigation because the owner of the equipment (her) is not the subject of the investigation. She added, “I don’t understand how that is possible. Members’ equipment is members’ equipment. My understanding is that the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate members’ equipment when the member is not under investigation. It is their equipment and it is supposed to be returned.”

She sure wants that laptop back pronto.
Gives more credence to the blackmail story: 

Why would Democrats hire Pakistani Muslims, one of which prior to hiring filed bankruptcy and had a criminal record and put them in charge of handling sensitive government information?

The U.S. Capitol police chief responded, “I think there are extenuating circumstances in this case, and working through my counsel and the necessary personnel, if that, in fact, is the case, and with the permission of the investigation, then we’ll return the equipment. But until that happens we can’t return the equipment.”

Wasserman Schultz then threatened the chief. “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.” It's unclear what Wasserman Schultz believes those consequences should be, as her communications director refused to provide the Daily Caller with a comment on the exchange.

The Daily Caller reported on what equipment Wasserman Schultz was demanding to have returned: “A federal employee with knowledge of the situation and who requested anonymity told The Daily News Foundation’s Investigative Group that as House authorities closed in on Imran Awan and his brothers, a laptop used by Imran was hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building. Wasserman Schultz’s office is in Longworth House Office Building, a separate structure. The laptop was later found by Capitol Police and seized because it was relevant to the criminal investigation, the source said.”

Awan’s investigation is one of several legal issues currently plaguing Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She has also been named as a co-defendant in an ongoing class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters over the rigging of the Democratic primaries, and another class action lawsuit was filed over the Democratic National Committee stiffing dozens of field organizers their fair pay after $1 million in bonuses were given out by the Democratic National Convention Committee. Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz may have resigned from her post in July 2016 after her efforts to sabotage Sanders were exposed in emails released by Wikileaks, but the Democratic establishment has rewarded her loyalty by lining up in support of her. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton campaigned on her behalf leading up to her first primary challenge ever in August 2016. The Clinton campaign immediately hired her to serve as honorary chair of the campaign’s 50 state program. After Clinton lost the election to Trump, Wasserman Schultz was appointed in February 2017 to the House Budget Committee and allowed to retain her position in Democratic congressional leadership as a chief deputy whip. She has also been featured by several mainstream media outlets as a spokesperson for the Democratic Party, despite millions of voters viewing her as a divisive relic from Hillary Clinton’s failed candidacy that was forced upon Democratic voters by party leadership.

And she's still a Congresswoman!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

This certainly gives credence to Trump's wiretapping claim

Obama's NSA Violated Privacy Protections, Docs Say

Check out this 1-minute clip. If they had the compulsion to wiretap lowly Kucinich (a Democrat) would it be a stretch to believe they would go after Trump?

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The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama frequently violated privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts – and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until late last fall, Circa reported Wednesday.

According to the outlet, declassified documents unveil serious constitutional abuses by the intelligence community – showing more than 5 percent of searches seeking Internet data on Americans inside the NSA's controversial Section 702 database violated safeguards.

The Obama administration disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing last Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Circa reported.

The court even rebuked administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an "institutional lack of candor" and the improper searches constituted a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue," Circa reported, citing a court document from April.

Circa has reported there was a three-fold increase in NSA data searches about Americans – and a rise in the unmasking of American citizens' identities – since 2011 when so-called minimization rule changes were made by the Obama administration.

Though Obama administration officials have said the unmaskings were legal and intelligence agencies were monitored to avoid abuses, Circa reported the FISA court and NSA's own internal watchdog found otherwise.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the April court ruling declared, Circa reported. "The Oct. 26, 2016, notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

"If we determine this to be true, this is an enormous abuse of power," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Fox News, per Circa. "This will dwarf all other stories. There are hundreds and hundreds of people."

The American Civil Liberties Union called the lack of oversight "shocking."

"You have these problems going on for years that only come to the attention of the court late in the game, and then it takes additional years to change its practices," said Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU's legislative counsel in Washington, Circa reported.

"I think it does call into question all those defenses that we kept hearing, that we always have a robust oversight structure and we have a culture of adherence to privacy standards."

The NSA acknowledged it self-disclosed the mass violations to the court last fall; in April it suspended the type of searches that were violating the rules, even deleting prior collected data on Americans to avoid any further violations, Circa reported.

"NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target," the agency said in the statement dated April 28.