Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted
The move gave cover to the White House but was rebuked by top Democrats. By AUSTIN WRIGHT
03/22/17 01:19 PM EDT
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.
The White House and Trump’s allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president’s much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
The Left constantly scream about “separation of church and state” — a phrase that, by the way, is not in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a phrase in Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, which has become the meaning of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”) in the minds of too many Americans.
At a time when school prayers are forbidden on the basis of the vaunted “separation of church and state,” it is curious that Liberty High School, a public taxpayer-funded high school in Frisco, Texas, bends over backwards to accommodate Muslim students by providing them with a prayer room.
Marisa Uddinwritesfor Liberty High’s student newspaperWingspan, March 3, 2017, that “Every day during lunches, [class]room C112 is utilized as a prayer room.”
The campus prayer room has been available for students since 2009 ostensibly because by providing a place for Muslim students to pray, it would enable them to minimize the amount of class missed.
Liberty High’s principal Scott Warstlersaid:
“This is my seventh year at Liberty, my first year it kind of started when a core group of students were leaving campus every Friday for Friday prayer. Their parents would come pick them up, so they may miss an hour and a half to two hours to two and a half hours of school every Friday, so I met with those students and a couple of their parents and suggested if they would be okay if the students were able to lead the prayer at school as a group, and we gave them a space to do that so they didn’t have to be in a car traveling thirty minutes each way on a Friday missing an hour, hour and a half, of class.
I think the trademark of what makes Liberty High so great is our diversity and in how our students respond to the different cultures and diversity on campus. Like I’ve said, this is the seventh year that we’ve been doing this and we’ve never had one issue. You know we have other religious student groups that meet maybe before school or maybe after school. As long as it’s student-led, where the students are organizing and running it, we pretty much as a school stay out of that and allow them their freedom to practice their religion.”
According to Leo Hohmann of WND, at least a dozen students use the “Muslim prayer room” between 2:05 and 2:35 p.m. Monday through Friday. That prompted Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, to instruct Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie to send a letter to the school district warning that special accommodations for one religion over another are unconstitutional. The letter says:
“Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion. However, it appears that students are being treated different based on their religious beliefs. Such a practice, of course, is irreconcilable with our nation’s enduring commitment to religious liberty.”
School-district officials told the local CBS affiliate the room is not exclusively for Muslims and any student can go there to pray or meditate. But Principal Scott Warstler told Wingspan that while students of other faiths are allowed to meet on campus as well, those other meetings are held “before or after school.”
Liberty High School’s prayer room is just the latest example of special accommodations being made for Muslims by America’s public schools. Many high schools and colleges in Minnesota, Michigan and other states have been installing ritualistic footbaths.
BREAKING NEWS: Woman dead and several suffer 'catastrophic injuries' after muslim car mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before a knifeman is shot after attacking police officer in the grounds of Parliament
Four-wheel drive car said to have driven over Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians this afternoon
Victims were said to have been left scattered in the road, with some reportedly floating in the River Thames
'Asian' knifeman then got into the grounds of Parliament where he reportedly stabbed a police officer
The 'middle-aged' attacker was then shot by armed officers as the area was cleared by emergency services
Parliament was suspended and the Prime Minister was rushed from the scene in an unmarked police car
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned the European
Samantha Diazis a staff writer of49er, a newspaper of California State University, Long Beach, which itclaimsto have “won local, regional and national awards for reporting, photography, design and multimedia.”
In a March 13, 2017 op/ed for 49er, Diaz writes that the federal government’s dietary recommendation for drinking milk is racist because black people are lactose intolerant. She also claims that “neo-Nazi white supremacists” use milk as a racist tool against anti-Trumpers.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KTVU) - They range in age from two to 11, and all they want is to be together in a permanent, loving home.
Some are calling them the "Fab 5:" Bradley, 11, Preston, 10, Layla, 8, Landon, 6, and Olive, 2, are five siblings from Central Kansas, who have been in foster care for a little more than year a now, separated and placed in different homes and looking for one family that will adopt them all.
State caseworkers say it is very likely that the kids will have their hopes fulfilled, after the
I've been trying to ignore the threat of another Black Lives Matter rally but feel the need to address it now.
There is no doubt that American blacks have historically gotten the short end of the stick. That being said, the past few generations of blacks have received unprecedented amounts of governmental assistance and despite that, they as a group, seem to have have difficulty pulling themselves up by the bootstraps. Now why that is, I don't know nor do I know of any person with that knowledge. It seems to be one of the mysteries of the modern world.
The fact is that all of this controversy started when a madman (who happened to be black) tried to have a gun battle with several off duty Chicago policemen. He lost the gun battle and now the blacks are mad and attempting to characterize all of the neighborhood residents as being racist. Let's just say the causal connection is weak.
The truth is that everyday, thousands of blacks visit Mt. Greenwood without incident. They shop at Jewel, attend school, wait on the corner for the bus, eat at restaurants or simply pass through in their cars. There is absolutely never a problem.
Now we have this BLM organization, which is funded by some secret source of money, insisting that there is a problem and pointing to the shooting death of a madman as proof. Could it be that they are fabricating a problem with the intent of obtaining political mileage from it?
Black people are just like us. They have the same wants, feelings and motivations. They pray to the same God as us and pray for the same blessings. Most of all, they just want a good quality life with an expectation that their children's lives will be even better. How can anyone be take issue with that?
Do they have anger? Yes they do and often it is justified. Black children are born as innocent and pure as any other child and live in loving environments. Slowly, they learn that the white dominated society does not always treat them fairly. They develop defense mechanisms to help them cope with society's rejections. Some of that behavior is counter productive and causes white society to treat them with even more hostility. The result is a never ending cycle of rejection-hostility-rejection-anger.
I say now is the time to try to stop that cycle. Let's not take the BLM bait. Instead, lets reach out to a black and shake their hand. Hold a door open for them, make eye contact and wish them a good day. Maybe even give them a hug and let them know that you understand what they have been through. Eventually, you may be able to draw them out of their defensive shell and everyone will be better for it.
AS REPORTED ALL OVER THE INTERNET: There are at this time US war vets, many Purple Heart recipients and many have served several tours of duty in harms way being deported. Barring murder there needs to be consideration for their service to our country. THIS IS FAKE NEWS
Mayor Rahm triples ‘grace period’ for red-light cameras, he is so nice.
A sign warns of the presence of a red-light camera. | AP file photo
Chicago motorists caught on camera blowing through red lights will have triple the “grace period” before being slapped with $100 tickets, under a change made Monday that could reduce the number of tickets issued by nearly a third.
Last year, the city issued 586,415 red-light tickets — and about 29 percent of those went to motorists who entered the intersection between one-tenths and three-tenths of a second
NEW YORK — In a stunning lawsuit seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11, the families of 800 victims have filed a lawsuit accusing the Saudis of complicity in the worst terror attacks on American soil.
The legal action, filed in federal court in Manhattan, details a scenario of involvement by Saudi officials who are said to have aided some of the hijackers before the attacks.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals and three of them had
now he wants it all forgotten......... Polanski Once Again Seeks to Resolve 40-Year-Old Sex-Crime Case
by Edvard Pettersson March 19, 2017, 11:00 PM CDT
Film director asks to return to U.S. to visit wife’s grave Prosecutors ‘unwavering’ in opposition to fugitive’s request
Roman Polanski. Photographer: Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images
Roman Polanski wants to resolve the sexual misconduct conviction that’s haunted him for 40 years and visit the Los Angeles grave of actress Sharon Tate, his wife murdered by the Charles Manson family in 1969.
The film director, a fugitive from the U.S. since 1978, is asking a California judge to close the books on the case with a recognition that Polanski already has spent far more time behind bars than what was first intended by the judge who initially presided over his case.
"Mr. Polanski is 83 years old and wishes to have this matter resolved without prolonged and costly litigation on various matters involved in the sordid history of this prosecution," his lawyer, Harland Braun, said last month in a letter to the court. If the judge agrees that he doesn’t owe any time in custody, "Mr. Polanski intends to return to Los Angeles to both conclude this litigation and visit Sharon Tate’s grave."
Polanski’s renewed bid for closure, to be considered Monday, comes after a Polish court rejected a U.S. extradition request, concluding that he had already served any time in custody that was intended after he pleaded guilty in 1977. The ruling, affirmed in December by the Polish Constitutional Court, followed a Swiss court’s refusal to extradite Polanski in 2010 because the U.S. had failed to provided requested documents.
The Los Angeles district attorney has opposed any attempt by Polanski to conclude the case without him first returning to the U.S.
Polanski was charged in 1977 with six felony counts over allegations he drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot at actor Jack Nicholson’s house. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after the girl’s family asked prosecutors to avoid a jury trial.
A 2008 documentary, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” recounts the unusual course of events that followed his guilty plea. According to former prosecutors and lawyers, California Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband was concerned about negative press coverage and refused to sentence Polanski to probation, as had been recommended. Instead, the judge ordered Polanski to undergo a 90-day diagnostic study at a state prison in Chino before being sentenced.
While the judge initially intended for that time in prison to constitute Polanski’s entire punishment, he was leaning toward a longer term after the prison completed its evaluation and released the director in just 42 days, the lawyers said in the documentary.
Rittenband never got a chance to sentence Polanski, who fled the country the day before the court hearing.
Roger Gunson, the lead prosecutor in the case, said in the documentary that the judge’s handling of Polanski’s pre-sentencing proceedings was a “sham."
“I’m not surprised that he left under those circumstances,” Gunson told the interviewer. Return Required
The 2008 documentary prompted Polanski’s bid to have the case dismissed for judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. That attempt failed when another judge agreed with the district attorney that Polanski would have to come back to the U.S. if he wanted his request to be heard.
The prosecution argument remains the same as Polanski’s lawyers go to court Monday.
"The people’s consistent and unwavering position since the day the defendant violated his promise to appear and fled the country is that there will be no discussion what will happen until Mr. Polanski returns," the district attorney’s lawyers said in a March 16 filing.
The case is People of the State of California v. Polanski, A334139, California Superior Court (Los Angeles).
(Editor's Note: Public hearings on this controversy are scheduled for March 20 and 28 by the House Intelligence Committee.)
Senate Intelligence Committee leaders from both parties – Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) – have issued a disingenuous statement that "no element of the United States government" surveilled "Trump Tower." They dishonestly evade the fact that media reporting two days earlier had said that British intelligence operating at U.S. behest had likely been implicated in wiretapping Trump and Trump associates, all at the instigation of the U.S. government.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on March 16 that Fox News sources have reported through retired Judge Andrew Napolitano that then-President Obama had used two officials to arrange
The FBI director testifies Monday as members of both parties accuse him of being less than forthcoming about Russia-related probes and perhaps - playing political games. By AUSTIN WRIGHT and MARTIN MATISHAK 03/19/17 05:03 PM EDT
FBI Director James Comey is set to face probing questions Monday about Russia’s involvement in the presidential election. | Getty
He upended the presidential election — twice. Now Democrats are pinning their hopes on the man many of them blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to deliver a major blow to Donald Trump’s credibility.
FBI Director James Comey is set to face probing questions Monday about Russia’s involvement in the presidential election at a highly anticipated public appearance before the House Intelligence Committee. He's expected to be asked to confirm or deny the existence of criminal investigations into Trump or his campaign aides over ties to Moscow, though several committee members said Comey
Donald Trump slams North Korean despot Kim Jong-un for ‘acting very badly’ after testing new long-range rocket engine The US president slapped down the dictator for 'misbehaving' By Amanda Devlin 19th March 2017, 10:48 pm
PRESIDENT Trump has blasted North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for “acting very, very badly.”
Garth Brooks Plays Surprise Show at Legendary Texas Honky-Tonk Ahead of SXSW Gig
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Garth Brooks started his first visit to South By Southwest on Friday (March 17) by announcing a big show -- a free concert Saturday on the festival’s Outdoor Stage. But he finished the day with a smaller but memorable one.
Brooks made a surprise appearance Friday night at Austin’s Broken Spoke dance hall, playing a 45-minute solo acoustic show between sets by the house band. Two-stepping locals gave way to concert mania as those who were in the know crushed at the front and sides of the stage in the legendary roadhouse, a regular residence for Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys and, as venue owner James White told the crowd, an early stop for a certain fledgling singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who went on to become the best-selling solo artist ever in the U.S.
Brooks, sporting a plaid workshirt over a Lone Star beer T-shirt and a baseball cap featuring his small g logo, was as exuberant as those who were lucky enough to be in the room. “I can’t remember the last time I’ve done this,” he said, grinning broadly and clearly relishing a situation as far away from his usual arena-sized spectacles as the Broken Spoke was from downtown Austin, where the usual array of nightly showcases raged several miles away.
Brooks played mostly truncated versions of 16 songs, pushing the already torqued room in front of him in high gear with “Friends In Low Places” before dipping into Merle Haggard’s Texas-centric “The Fightin’ Side of Me” and Joe Nichols’ “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Of.” Mostly, however, it was a parade of Brooks hit – with sing-alongs frequently conducted by the man himself -- including “The Thunder Rolls,” “Rodeo,” “Papa Loved Mama” and “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” “Two Pina Coladas” and the honky tonkin’ “Two Of A Kind (Workin’ On A Full House)” played particularly well in the Broken Spoke while quieter selections such as “The River,” “The Dance” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” were a bit more challenging as the crowd took the better part of the first verses and choruses to quiet down.
PAT O'HARA IS RESTING COMFORTABLY AT ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL IN RACINE, WISCONSIN AFTER HIS WIFE PAULINE ACCIDENTAL SHOT HIS EYE OUT WITH HIS BB GUN . THEY WERE IN RACINE FOR A TWO DAY COURSE ON ASSAULT TACTICS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
19th Ward Liberal Preppers Stock Up On Guns and Food As Trumpocalypse Looms
With President Trump in charge, the survivalist movement — long a pastime of the right — is picking up local progressive converts fast.
Jan 17, 2017 at 8:26 AM ET
Pat O'Hara got his FOID card and bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election.
An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But O'Hara, a 31-year-old from Beverly, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.
“I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?'” said O'Hara, who supports Tom Dart, Bill Cunningham and supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later backed Hillary Clinton. “The answer was absolutely not.”
With Trump now in the White House, O'Hara's preparing for the worst. He’s made “bug-out bags” stuffed with ammo, energy bars, and assorted survival gear for his wife and their three cats. He’s begun stowing water and browsing real estate listings in North Beverly, which he’s determined to be a “liberal safe-haven.” Last month, O'Hara added a BB gun to his arsenal. On weekends, he and his wife can be found in the Dan Ryan Woods practicing their survival skills. Next month, they are going to be attending a 2-day course on assault tactics, in Racine, Wisconsin.
If North Korea escalates its nuclear and missile program and creates an international conflict, “it will be the worst war I think we’ve seen since World War II,” a Republican House member said Friday.
“When I hear all options are on the table, look, we have a sworn duty to defend our ally in South Korea,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said during an Atlantic Council event in Washington.
“If [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] decides that he wants to keep escalating and it ends up in a shooting war, it’ll be the worst war I think we’ve seen since World War II, maybe even on a localized basis, even worse than anything we’ve seen in World World II.”
Despite global pressure, North Korea has been largely successful in developing and advancing its nuclear program. In tests as recent as this month, Pyongyang has sought to improve the country's missile capabilities with the ultimate goal of affixing a nuclear payload.
Addressing the issue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday in Japan that U.S. policies to stop North Korea's nuclear program have "failed.” A day later while visiting South Korea, he said that "all of the options are on the table" if a serious threat arises from the country.
Kinzinger — a veteran who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan — said he takes Kim Jong Un seriously “because I think he’s nuts” and believes the answer to a de-escalation of the North Korean threat lies with China and Russia.
“It’s being able to have those folks that are closer to the north,” he said. “Obviously we have a very bad relationship with them, we’re not pals, [but] to be able to exert influence on North Korea ... is to encourage our friends in the region who I think are rightfully concerned with North Korea as well to step up.”
Kinzinger also pointed to missile defense in Europe and the United States as “extremely important.”
“We have a lot of options we’re working on,” he added.
Earlier this month, the United States deployed the missile defense system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense to South Korea. The move is meant to protect against North Korea’s burgeoning missile program.