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  • NY Times Reporter Scoffs at Trump’s ‘Equal Pay’ Answer — Then Gets Tough, Unexpected Pushback From Liberal MSNBC Co-Host
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 8:03 am by Jason Howerton

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    New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore scoffed after hearing Donald Trump’s comments on equal pay for women and abortion — but he was quickly called out by “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski.

    “What is that?” Confessore reacted.

    Brzezinski shot the reporter a curious look and said, “Wait a minute, that’s so interesting.” She then offered to “help” him out when he asserted that he didn’t know what Trump was “doing.”

    “Let me help you out. He’s answering questions,” Brzezinski said. “He gave his opinion on a very, very polarizing issue that usually makes a lot of politicians actually shake in their shoes and hem and haw and say nothing. … I don’t agree with him on a couple of issues, but he answered questions and I don’t understand why you actually look cross-eyed.”

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    MSNBC

    When Confessore again said he was just “surprised” by Trump’s answers on equal pay, Brzezinski continued to press.

    “You’re surprised by his answers because you don’t like the answer,” Brzezinski added. “Equal pay for equal work.”

    Joe Scarborough said Trump gave an answer on equal pay that he would want to hear as a Republican.

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  • City Crafts Plan to Try and Stop Atheists’ Battle to Remove ‘Historic’ Religious Symbol — but There’s a Big Catch
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 7:45 am by Billy Hallowell

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    As an atheist group continues its call for the removal of a nativity scene on permanent display inside of a New Mexico city park, officials are planning a work-around that could prevent a possible lawsuit: selling the tiny plot of land on which the symbol stands.

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been targeting the religious scene, which has been on display inside of a town plaza known as the Theresa Tabet Park in Belen, New Mexico, since 1992.

    The atheist group first went after the nativity back in August after an unnamed local resident complained that it poses a constitutional violation, with the Freedom From Religion Foundation subsequently penning a letter to Belen officials calling the nativity “unlawful.”

    Belen mayor Jerah Cordova told KRQE-TV that the city is now considering selling the plot of land on which the nativity stands, saying that, regardless of what happens, he has no plans of removing the beloved city symbol.

    “It’s something we’re considering. We’re considering all options. It’s just one we’re considering,” he said of the sale. “I don’t anticipate we’re heading in any other direction other than leaving it where it is.”

    Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said that she welcomes the sale of the land, but that she would want to also have a fair shot at purchasing it.

    “We welcome that. It is an acknowledgement that that what they’ve been doing is inappropriate for a secular government, so this is a good step,” she told KRQE-TV. “I think that we at FFRF would like to make sure we have a chance to bid on that land or that it isn’t a deal where it goes to a bidder who wants to maintain the nativity scene right where it is.”

    Cordova told TheBlaze last month that he believes that the nativity is a historical piece of art that reflects his city’s colorful history, taking pointed aim at activists’ handling of the contentious First Amendment debate.

    “The [Spanish] word Belen translates to Bethlehem and nativity. The nativity represents 275 years of Belen history and tradition (Belen was founded in 1740), and nativities have been placed in this area for decades without incident,” he said. “We call it the Heart of Belen — sort of a town plaza — and the park in the plaza is called Theresa Tabet Park.”

    Read more about Cordova’s strong words for the Freedom From Religion Foundation here.

    (H/T: KRQE-TV)

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  • WATCH: Chelsea Clinton Caught Off Guard as Man Confronts Her With Series of Cringe-Inducing Questions About Her Parents
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 7:13 am by Jason Howerton

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    Chelsea Clinton kept her cool when confronted by an activist during a recent book signing even as he asked two outlandish questions.

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    YouTube

    “Has your mother ever told you that you’re the daughter of Webb Hubbell and not Bill Clinton?” the man asked.

    “I am so proud to be my parents’ daughter,” Clinton quickly replied.

    The man also asked if her book, “It’s Your World,” targets teenage girls — and then if her father also “targets teenage girls, except for sexual reasons.”

    Clinton completely ignored the latter part of the question, instead arguing that her book is “resonating with kids.”

  • NFL Complaints Lead Twitter to Suspend Accounts of Popular Sports News Sites Over GIFs, Vines
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 7:03 am by Liz Klimas

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter accounts for websites Deadspin and SB Nation were suspended by the social media platform Monday night after the NFL filed notices related to their use of copyrighted video highlights.

    The NFL told The Associated Press that it requested Twitter “disable links to more than a dozen pirated NFL game videos and highlights that violate the NFL’s copyright,” adding that it did not request that any Twitter accounts be disabled.

    The NFL sent 18 Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices regarding the Gawker-owned Deadspin account, said Gawker social media strategist Terron Moore via Twitter.

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    Photo credit: Shutterstock

    Both suspended accounts regularly use GIFs of highlights from sporting events, including NFL games. The SB Nation account that was suspended, @SBNationGIF, specializes in such highlights.

    The main Deadspin account was down for roughly an hour before being re-activated around 8 p.m. EDT, while @SBNationGIF was still suspended.

    Both Deadspin and SB Nation still had NFL video highlights featured on their sites, and the Deadspin account still included posts with GIFs from NFL game broadcasts when it was re-activated.

    Deadspin, which doesn’t hide its disdain for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, announced its return by tweeting a photo linking to a story titled “The Many Horrible, Stupid Faces Of Roger Goodell: A Gallery Of Authoritarian Derp.”

    In August, the NFL and Twitter announced a two-year content and advertising deal that expanded upon prior relationships between the league and the social media platform. The deal promised to funnel more NFL video highlights and pictures from games through Twitter, with the site using an automated formula to prominently display NFL tweets and related ads in the streams of accountholders likely to enjoy the information.

  • Security Expert on New Details About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server: ‘It Violates the Most Basic…Security Tenets’
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 6:38 am by Associated Press

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with people during a rally Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, held by the Culinary Union to support a union drive at the Trump Hotel. (AP/John Locher)

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with people during a rally Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, held by the Culinary Union to support a union drive at the Trump Hotel. (AP/John Locher)

    Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders.

    Records show that Clinton additionally operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, New York, that also were directly accessible from the Internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to run websites.

    The new details provide the first clues about how Clinton’s computer, running Microsoft’s server software, was set up and protected when she used it exclusively over four years as secretary of state for all work messages. Clinton’s privately paid technology adviser, Bryan Pagliano, has declined to answer questions about his work from congressional investigators, citing the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

    Some emails on Clinton’s server were later deemed top secret, and scores of others included confidential or sensitive information. Clinton has said that her server featured “numerous safeguards,” but she has yet to explain how well her system was secured and whether, or how frequently, security updates were applied.

    Clinton has apologized for running her homebrew server, and President Barack Obama said during a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday it was “a mistake.” Obama said national security wasn’t endangered, although the FBI still has yet to complete its review of Clinton’s server for evidence of hacking.

    Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said late Monday that “this report, like others before it, lacks any evidence of an actual breach, let alone one specifically targeting Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department is conducting a review of the security of the server, and we are cooperating in full.”

    The AP exclusively reviewed numerous records from an Internet “census” by an anonymous hacker-researcher, who three years ago used unsecured devices to scan hundreds of millions of Internet Protocol addresses for accessible doors, called “ports.” Using a computer in Serbia, the hacker scanned Clinton’s basement server in Chappaqua at least twice, in August and December 2012. It was unclear whether the hacker was aware the server belonged to Clinton, although it identified itself as providing email services for clintonemail.com. The results are widely available online.

    Remote-access software allows users to control another computer from afar. The programs are usually operated through an encrypted connection – called a virtual private network, or VPN. But Clinton’s system appeared to accept commands directly from the Internet without such protections.

    “That’s total amateur hour,” said Marc Maiffret, who has founded two cyber security companies. He said permitting remote-access connections directly over the Internet would be the result of someone choosing convenience over security or failing to understand the risks. “Real enterprise-class security, with teams dedicated to these things, would not do this,” he said.

    The government and security firms have published warnings about allowing this kind of remote access to Clinton’s server. The same software was targeted by an infectious Internet worm, known as Morta, which exploited weak passwords to break into servers. The software also was known to be vulnerable to brute-force attacks that tried password combinations until hackers broke in, and in some cases it could be tricked into revealing sensitive details about a server to help hackers formulate attacks.

    “An attacker with a low skill level would be able to exploit this vulnerability,” said the Homeland Security Department’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team in 2012, the same year Clinton’s server was scanned.

    Also in 2012, the State Department had outlawed use of remote-access software for its technology officials to maintain unclassified servers without a waiver. It had banned all instances of remotely connecting to classified servers or servers located overseas.

    The findings suggest Clinton’s server “violates the most basic network-perimeter security tenets: Don’t expose insecure services to the Internet,” said Justin Harvey, the chief security officer for Fidelis Cybersecurity.

    Clinton’s email server at one point also was operating software necessary to publish websites, although it was not believed to have been used for this purpose. Traditional security practices dictate shutting off all a server’s unnecessary functions to prevent hackers from exploiting design flaws in them.

    In Clinton’s case, Internet addresses the AP traced to her home in Chappaqua revealed open ports on three devices, including her email system. Each numbered port is commonly, but not always uniquely, associated with specific features or functions. The AP in March was first to discover Clinton’s use of a private email server and trace it to her home.

    Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at F-Secure, a top global computer security firm, said it was unclear how Clinton’s server was configured, but an out-of-the-box installation of remote desktop would have been vulnerable. Those risks – such as giving hackers a chance to run malicious software on her machine – were “clearly serious” and could have allowed snoops to deploy so-called “back doors.”

    The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, the federal government’s guiding agency on computer technology, warned in 2008 that exposed server ports were security risks. It said remote-control programs should only be used in conjunction with encryption tunnels, such as secure VPN connections.

  • Wave of Deadly Palestinian Terror Attacks Sweep Israel in Latest Escalation
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 5:47 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    Israelis faced a wave of deadly Palestinian terror attacks Tuesday, including stabbings, shootings and a vehicular assault in the cities of Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv suburb of Ra’anana that left three victims dead.

    In what police described as a coordinated attack, two teams of assailants carried out simultaneous assaults on a bus and at a bus stop in a Jerusalem neighborhood.

    Hamas said in a statement that the attacks were “a message to anyone who harms our holy places.”

    Israeli Zaka volunteers carry a body following a shooting attack on a bus in east Jerusalem adjacent to the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber on October 13, 2015. Two attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem, leaving two people dead and five wounded in two separate incidents, Israeli authorities said. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

    Israeli Zaka volunteers carry a body following a shooting attack on a bus in east Jerusalem adjacent to the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber, Oct. 13, 2015. Two attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

    Police said two Palestinians from east Jerusalem armed with a knife and gun boarded a bus where they began stabbing and shooting Israelis, killing two. Israeli police shot both attackers dead.

    Around the same time, a Palestinian employee of a major Israeli telephone company used his company vehicle to ram into a bus stop. He then got out and proceeded to stab bystanders, police said. One victim was killed.

    “We are shocked by this heinous act, express our revulsion at it and deeply empathize with the families of the dead and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” the Bezeq telephone company said in a statement.

    Hezi Roth, a first responder with United Hatzolah said of the bus attack, “All the patients we treated had gunshot wounds except for one.”

    The Jerusalem attacks occurred shortly after two separate stabbings were reported in Ra’anana.

    At least one of the attacks involved the use of a meat cleaver.

    A police commander in the Ra’anana area told Israeli media that civilians chased the perpetrator and caught him.

    Benzi Sau, Israel’s acting police chief, acknowledged civilians for acting to quickly subdue attackers.

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat blamed Palestinian political and religious leaders for pushing Palestinians to kill Israelis.

    “Inflammatory incitement & lies from mosques & Palestinian leaders is resulting in murder & terror in the streets of Jerusalem,” Barkat tweeted.

    Last week, Barkat – who is a licensed gun owner – urged Israelis who have gun permits to carry their weapons at all times given the current security threat.

    Palestinian social media has been filled with inflammatory cartoons encouraging stabbing attacks, while Muslim leaders have also used the pulpit to push for violence against Jews.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to convene his government ministers and top security officials Tuesday afternoon to come up with a plan to stem the wave of terrorist attacks.

    “I saw a frightening sight,” said Meir Attias, who witnessed one of the Jerusalem attacks.

    “We’re sick of this,” Attias told Israel’s Channel 2.

  • Police ‘Shocked’ by Crime Florida Woman Live-Streams: ‘I Hadn’t Seen Anything Like This Before’
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 2:27 am by Oliver Darcy

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    A Florida woman live-streamed herself “driving drunk” Saturday night, using popular smartphone application Periscope to inform concerned viewers that she was “scared to get pulled over” because she was “super drunk.”

    “I am drunk beyond belief people,” Whitney Marie Beall, 23, said as she drove home. “I am really drunk. I am super drunk. … I am super drunk right now in a place that I really don’t want to be. So hi everybody, in different countries.”

    As the 23-year-old slurred her words, telling viewers she was lost with a flat tire, many encouraged her to stop operating her vehicle.

    “After 30 years of law enforcement I hadn’t seen anything like this before.”
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    Others dialed 911 and local police were eventually able to pinpoint her location after downloading the smartphone application and using local landmarks to determine where she was.

    “They’re like what’s periscope. Luckily, one of our younger officers was able to figure it out,” said Sgt. Gary Gross, Lakeland Police spokesman, according to WTSP-TV.

    When officers arrived on the scene they saw Beall hit a curb with her 2015 Toyota Carolla, police said in a statement. As they approached her vehicle, officers said they could smell alcohol. After failing field sobriety tests, she was arrested and charged for driving under the influence.

    Image source: Lakeland Police Department

    Image source: Lakeland Police Department

    Gross said he’s never seen anything like it.

    “You hear her saying she’s drunk,” he said, according to WTSP. “I got to tell you I was a little shocked. After 30 years of law enforcement I hadn’t seen anything like this before.”

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  • Bristol Palin Sends Scathing Message to Those Who Say She Has ‘No Place to Talk’ on Birth Control
    Posted October 13, 2015 at 12:37 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Bristol Palin turned to her blog over the weekend to pen a scathing message aimed at critics who say she gave up her right to talk about birth control after becoming pregnant twice out of wedlock.

    “Everyone’s telling me to shut up about commenting on the issue in Washington State,” she wrote, referencing reports middle-schoolers can have an intrauterine device inserted without parental consent. “Do they not realize what is going on?”

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    Image source: Facebook

    “You have to get a parents approval to take aspirin or ibuprofen at school, you have to have your parents present to go tanning in a tanning bed, or get your eye brows waxed, or get your belly button or ears pierced. But girls as young as 10 – YES I SAID 10 – can get an IUD put in without their parents knowing???????” Palin asked. “How is that NOT black and white to people?”

    The daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin rebuffed critics who say she has no place to talk about the issue.

    “I know I’m the last to talk about birth control. (Two baby daddies right? LOLZ!),” she wrote. “But I am expecting a girl and do have a 14 year old sister and I would be so concerned for her going into a clinic and having something pretty serious put into her body.”

    “I’m not against birth control by ANY MEANS so do not twist my words,” Palin continued. “But I am against the government going between a parent and a child at such a young age. THERE IS A BIG DAMN DIFFERENCE. 10-11-12 year olds don’t know what’s best for them.”

    “Their parents do,” she contended.

    Palin concluded saying that parents and “NOT the government” know what is “best for our daughters.”

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  • Ahead of Democratic Debate, Hillary Makes Particular Appearance at Location Aimed at Taunting Trump
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance Monday at a union protest held outside Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel.

    Clinton joined a few hundred members of the Culinary Workers Union outside Trump International Hotel one day before the first Democratic debate of the 2016.

    “Some people think Trump is entertaining, but it is not entertaining to insult immigrants and women,” Clinton said, according to CNN.

    “If you are going to run for president, then represent all of the people of the United States,” she added. “I wanted to come by to lend my voice to all yours and I wish you well in these efforts.”

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    Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    Clinton’s visit wasn’t announced ahead of time and came as a surprise to many, CNN reported.

    “I think you have a right to organize, you have right to safe working conditions, you have a right to a living wage,” she said, according to BuzzFeed. “And you have to say yes to all of that and you have to say no to efforts to prevent you from organizing to prevent you from having the kind of working conditions you deserve.”

    “And that means saying no to Donald Trump.”

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  • Playboy Makes Bombshell Decision That Will Forever Change the Magazine
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women.

    Yes, you read that right. According to a Monday report in the New York Times, the magazine famous for publishing sexually provocative images of woman, sans clothes, will make the change next March as part of a redesign.

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    The dramatic shift to eliminate nude photos in the magazine’s print edition was proposed by top editor Cory Jones last month and approved by founder and Editor-In-Chief Hugh Hefner, the Times reported.

    The dramatic move caught many off guard, with individuals turning to Twitter to react with shock.

    The move comes as the magazine tries to regain the cultural relevancy it has lost in the Internet-dominated era where nude photos and pornography are widely available for free online. As the Times noted, citing Alliance for Audited Media, Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to approximately 800,000 now.

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  • Brandishing Knife, Muslim Cleric Gives Disturbing Instructions to Palestinians: ‘Cut Them Into Body Parts!’
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    A Muslim cleric instructed the Palestinian people to “stab” Israelis Friday during a sermon at the Al-Abrar Mosque in the Gaza Strip.

    Sheikh Muhammad Sallah “Abu Rajab” said in a video clip highlighted by the Middle East Media Research Institute that the world must be “constantly” reminded about something “everyone has forgotten.”

    “This is Gaza! This is the place of trenches and guns! This is the West Bank! This is the place of bombs and daggers!” he said, according to MEMRI’s translation.

    Image source: Screen grab via MEMRI-TV

    Image source: Screen grab via MEMRI-TV

    “Today, we realize why the [Jews] build walls. They do not do this to stop missiles, but to prevent the slitting of their throats,” the cleric added.

    Then, brandishing a knife while making stabbing motions, the cleric ordered violence.

    “My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother is the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!” he instructed.

    “Do not fear what will be said about you. Oh men of the West Bank, next time, attack in a group of three, four, or five. Attack them in groups. Cut them into body parts,” he later added.

    The call for violence comes during a series of stabbing attacks. Earlier today, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter that a terrorist had been “shot and killed” after stabbing a soldier in Jerusalem.

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  • When Did Columbus Discover America?: Americans At Columbus Day Parade Answer That Question
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm by Josiah Ryan

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    In what year did Christopher Columbus sail the ocean blue and discover America?

    We asked that elementary-school question (the answer: 1492) to a handful of the half-million spectators who are estimated to have attended New York City’s annual Fifth Avenue for the Annual Columbus Day parade Monday.

    There is a short cameo from Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at 45 seconds in.

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  • Farrakhan Associate at Million Man March: RFK Jr. Told Me CDC Poisoned ‘Black and Latino Boys’ with Genetically-Modified Vaccines
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Shortly before Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke to a massive crowd gathered on the National Mall in D.C. Saturday, one of Farrakhan’s representatives, Reverend Tony Muhammad, accused the Centers for Disease Control of intentionally doctoring vaccines to injure black and Hispanic boys.

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    Image: C-Span

    In a brief, but fiery address, Muhammad, the Western Regional Representative for the Nation of Islam, laid out shocking charges about the CDC. He claimed the information was given to him by Robert Kennedy Jr.

    “Four months ago, Bobby Kennedy, the son of Robert Kennedy, met with me in Los Angeles to give me some shocking, revealing and I mean, terrible information on what’s going on at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.

    It had been brought to our attention that the senior lead scientist for the Center for Disease Control has admitted that the MMR vaccine and many of the vaccine shots have been genetically modified to attack black and Latino boys.”

    Rev. Muhammad continued:

    “And the pharmaceutical industry, along with the American Medical Association have found a way, like Pharaoh did — doing the children of Israel when it was time for them to make an exit — Pharaoh said, ‘Let us kill all boy babies, two and under.’
    Now, they are trying to force vaccines on baby boys…At least 80 shots before they are three-years-old.”

    The Nation of Islam representative followed this news by announcing the NOI’s plan to protest outside the CDC in Atlanta, later this month.

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    Image: cdctruth.org

    TheBlaze reached out to both the CDC and Robert Kennedy Jr. for comment. Late Tuesday afternoon, Kennedy spoke with us by telephone.

    Mr. Kennedy confirmed the Los Angeles meeting with Muhammad did occur, approximately four months ago, “at a church.” Kennedy told us Muhammad’s comments were “not an accurate characterization” of that meeting, adding, “Reverend Tony was conflating the issue.”

    When asked if there was ever a discussion with Rev. Muhammad about the CDC altering vaccines to injure blacks and Latinos, Kennedy emphatically stated, “No, no, no.”

    We asked if there was any proof the CDC ever genetically modified vaccines, “There is no proof of that,” Kennedy stated, adding, “Absolutely not.”

    The “senior lead scientist” at the CDC referenced by Rev. Muhammad, was likely Dr. Bill Thompson, a 17-year-employee of the federal agency. Back in 2014, Thompson (who was mentioned by Kennedy in our conversation) came forward with data the CDC reportedly told him to conceal. That data showed African-American babies who received the MMR vaccine before the age of three, were more than 3.3 times as likely to be diagnosed with autism.

    A pro-vaccine person, Kennedy stressed to TheBlaze his interest in getting mercury removed from all vaccines, especially “pediatric vaccines.” Citing a host of statistics about mercury and some of the devastating long-term effects the metal has on pregnant women and babies, Kennedy talked at length about the need for greater “transparent science” at the CDC.

    Earlier this year, Kennedy published an open letter about the CDC’s past problems in accurate reporting of data relating to pediatric vaccines, their connection to a spike in Autism and some overlooked or omitted data connecting race to elevated rates of Autism in African American boys.

    Watch Rev. Mohammad’s address here.

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  • Jindal Recounts Response He Received When He Asked Obama Question in Closed-Door Meeting: ‘Listen to the Arrogance…’
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal described to TheBlaze TV Monday a reply he received from President Barack Obama when he suggested in a closed-door meeting a way to lower student debt.

    Jindal, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, revealed what happened during an appearance on “The Glenn Beck Program.”

    “The president meets with the governors once a year,” he explained. “Every president does this. … Democrat and Republican in a private room with him. No press — they kick the press out after a few minutes.”

    “I ask him a question,” Jindal continued. “I said, ‘Mr. President, you are so worried about rising student debt, rightfully. And you brag about the power of the pen and the phone.’ I said, ‘There’s something you can do about this without spending more money. What if you broke up the accrediting monopolies, because you are limiting competition in higher education?’”

    “Listen to the arrogance of the president’s answer.”
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    Jindal added that another governor “asked a similar question on health care.”

    “Behind closed doors, there are a lot of Democratic governors, they wouldn’t say this publicly, they would say, ‘Look, if you took away the red tape and bureaucracy, you could cut 10 to 15 percent and I could run these programs more efficiently,’” the Louisiana governor explained.

    Jindal, however, wasn’t pleased with the reply he received back from Obama.

    “Listen to the arrogance of the president’s answer,” he said. “Now, he’s talking to a room full of governors — Democrats and Republicans. He goes, to me and the other governor, ‘Well, if we did that, there would be people dying in the streets, they wouldn’t get the health care that they need, and there would be students getting ripped off because they wouldn’t get the education that they need.’”

    “So what he is basically saying is, you guys, these states, you aren’t smart enough … you all aren’t smart enough to do this,” Jindal continued. “You need the federal government to protect you from yourselves.”

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  • Authorities Look Into Teen’s Claim He Stumbled Upon Fuselage ‘Full of Skeletons’ With Malaysian Flag
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Malaysian authorities were investigating on Monday a teenager’s claim that he stumbled upon a fuselage “full of skeletons” with a Malaysian flag in the jungle of a Philippine island.

    According to the New York Post, the supposed wreckage was found during a teenager’s September hunt for birds on the island of Tawi Tawi.

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    MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

    Government officials were only notified recently by the teenager’s uncle, Jamil Omar, because the teenager, who lacks access to television or newspapers, didn’t realize the possible significance of the find, the Post reported.

    “There was a skeleton still in the pilot’s seat. The pilot had his safety belt on and the communication gear attached to his head and ears,” Omar told police, according to Free Malaysia Today.

    “There was a skeleton still in the pilot’s seat.”
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    The uncle reportedly added that the teenager said “many skeletons” were also discovered in the fuselage, some still belted into their seats. A Malaysian flag was also found at the scene, the teen claimed.

    Malaysia’s Transport Minister said that he had directed the country’s Department of Civil Aviation to look into the claim.

    “I have told the [Department of Civil Aviation] to look into the report. We don’t know if the report is true, so we need to verify it first … Let’s not speculate and give space to the DCA to conduct its investigation,” he said, according to the Post.

    The news comes after Malaysia’s prime minister said experts determined a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on Runion Island was from the doomed jetliner. A fuselage has yet to be recovered.

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  • ‘Wow’: Take a Look at What Happens When an Egg Is Cracked Into Liquid Nitrogen
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    A new video posted online Sunday shows a man “cook” an egg by cracking it inside a container of liquid nitrogen.

    After an unknown period of time boiling, the egg appears to end up in a solid state resembling one that is hard-boiled. However, while it may resemble a cooked egg, it isn’t. Instead, the egg achieved a similar appearance after undergoing denaturation as a result of the liquid nitrogen.

    Nevertheless, viewers reacted in awe upon seeing the science experiment.

    “Wow,” commented one person.

    “Eggcellent,” echoed many others.

    (H/T: Gizmodo)

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  • This Iranian Filmmaker Survived Assassination Attempts and Torture, but He’s Still Working to Tell Stories That ‘Change the World’
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm by Sharona Schwartz

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    HAIFA, Israel — Though exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has been jailed, faced torture and survived assassination attempts, he refuses to be intimidated into censoring his work or abandoning his truth.

    “All my life I was in danger,” Makhmalbaf told TheBlaze in an interview on the sidelines of last week’s Haifa Film Festival, where he served as the head of the jury judging festival entries. ”In Iran, I was in danger because of my films, because of my work, because of my honest and free dialogue.”

    That an Iranian director would travel to Israel and even shoot a film in the Jewish state — which he has also done — is unheard of and could land him a five-year jail sentence should he ever return to his motherland.

    The life story of the 58-year-old artist and opposition activist has been as dramatic as the wildest film plot.

    “When I was 17, I was arrested and went to political prison. I was tortured a lot. My left leg is destroyed completely,” Makhmalbaf said.

    Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has survived terrorism, torture and Iranian jail. On a visit to Israel, illegal under Iranian law, he said he wished there were more displays of courage in the world. (Photo courtesy: Haifa Film Festival/Galit Rosen)

    Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has survived terrorism, torture and Iranian jail. On a visit to Israel, illegal under Iranian law, he said he wishes there were more displays of courage in the world. (Photo courtesy: Haifa Film Festival/Galit Rosen)

    After leaving Iran, the filmmaker traveled to Afghanistan where “Iran sent terrorists to kill me … [detonating an] explosion bomb in our [film] shoot. One person died,” he said.

    In fact, the director survived two assassination attempts while shooting his anti-Taliban film “Kandahar” in 2001.

    In 2009, he began serving as an overseas spokesman for Iran’s Green Movement that sought to create a true democracy, establish real freedoms in Iran and remove then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from power. The movement asserted that the 2009 vote count declaring that Ahmadinejad had won a second term was fraudulent.

    Those challenges have cemented Makhmalbaf’s strong beliefs about heroism, faith, freedom and the universality of the human experience.

    Makhmalbaf lamented that, while access to knowledge and information has expanded thanks to the Internet, the display of bravery and conviction among individuals is rare.

    “We need bravery; we need people to follow their beliefs,” he said. “We’re not rubbish. The meaning for our life is more important than the life itself.”

    While he said he admires the spirituality and morality that organized religion can offer, Makhmalbaf worries about religion-fueled violence, especially that plaguing the Middle East.

    “I’m not a religious person, but I respect all religions, because religion has power and the majority of the world today are religious,” he said. “Religion by its power can rebuild the world, [but also] could destroy the world.”

    It’s remarkable that Makhmalbaf even went into filmmaking, given his strict Shiite Muslim upbringing.

    “I was born into a very religious family, and I grew up in the guide of my grandmother who believed if someone goes to cinema, God puts him or her in hell,” he said.

    “All my childhood I didn’t go to cinema and I didn’t hear music. I even used to put my fingers in my ears to not listen to music because I believed my grandmother,” he added.

    His most recent film, “The President,” is a scathing takedown of tyrannical rule, following a fictional dictator who is deposed in a popular uprising. While wandering the countryside with his grandson, both disguised as peasants, he discovers the heart-wrenching suffering he has caused his subjects.

    “I try to use my film ‘The President’ as a mirror in front of society” to encourage social change, the director said. “Cinema is not my goal. It’s a tool to change the world.”

    Among the countries in which he has made films, Makhmalbaf chose to travel to Israel to shoot a film about the Baha’i faith, a persecuted minority in Iran. The Baha’i world headquarters are in Haifa, where he filmed “The Gardener.”

    “I’ve made films in 10 different countries in 10 different languages, but little by little, I understood that humans are like each other,” Makhmalbaf said.

    “We fall in love like each other; we get depressed like each other; we are afraid like each other,” he said. “If you go a little deep, you reduce culture and language, and you will see the same human being,”

  • Texas Congressman Is the Latest to Jump Into the Race for House Speaker
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores officially announced his candidacy to replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday, his spokesperson confirmed to TheBlaze Monday afternoon.

    Andre Castro, Flores’ communications director, confirmed the GOP lawmaker’s planned candidacy in an email to TheBlaze Monday but said there’s one caveat to his race — Flores is prepared to withdraw his candidacy should Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) decide to run. If Ryan runs, Flores will “step aside and support him,” Castro said.

    UNITED STATES - JULY 16: Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, speaks during the Republican Study Committee news conference to 'call on the House and Senate to support the First Amendment Defense Act' on Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

    Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

    Ryan has repeatedly insisted that he doesn’t want the leadership post, despite that fact that others who have held the position have said he would be their choice to take over the position.

    The Texas Tribune reported that Flores, a third-term congressman, announced his bid for the leadership position in a Monday email to fellow House Republicans. He also announced his decision to attendees of a Texas Oil and Gas Association meeting, two sources who were there confirmed to the Tribune.

    The Dallas Morning News reported that Flores made his decision after toying with the idea last week. 

    “I don’t think [Ryan] has burned one bridge in this place since the time he has been here,” Flores told the Morning News last week. “I have been asked by some of our colleagues to do it. But I think that’s a decision that takes a lot of prayer and consultation.”

    Flores is chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, which includes more than a majority of House Republicans. 

  • Obama Ends Up Asking the Questions During Sit-Down With Novelist — and His Inquiry About Christianity Is the One Grabbing Attention
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm by Jason Howerton

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    After years of being on the receiving end of endless questions, President Barack Obama seemingly took control of a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson that will appear in the upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books.

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    It was Obama’s line of questioning about Robinson’s Christian faith was grabbing people’s attention on Monday.

    “How do you reconcile the idea of faith being really important to you … with the fact that, at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them?” Obama asked.

    “Well, I don’t know how seriously they do take their Christianity…I mean, when people are turning in on themselves—and God knows, arming themselves and so on—against the imagined other, they’re not taking their Christianity seriously,” Robinson replied. “I don’t know—I mean, this has happened over and over again in the history of Christianity, there’s no question about that, or other religions, as we know.”

    President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Prior to that exchange Obama noted how the author has “struggled with the fact that here in the United States, sometimes Christian interpretation seems to posit an ‘us versus them.’”

    “But Christianity is profoundly counterintuitive—‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’—which I think properly understood means your neighbor is as worthy of love as you are, not that you’re actually going to be capable of this sort of superhuman feat,” Robinson later said. “But you’re supposed to run against the grain. It’s supposed to be difficult. It’s supposed to be a challenge.”

    Read part of the interview here.

    (H/T: Washington Post)

  • 6 Things to Look Out for in the First Democratic Presidential Debate
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Fred Lucas

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    For months, Hillary Clinton stood in the position of looking down on the rest of the Democratic field. On Tuesday night, she’ll face them on equal footing on the national stage.

    Here are six things to watch for when the Democratic presidential candidates face off on the debate stage for the first time.

    1. Hillary vs. Bernie
     Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a rally, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a rally, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Although there are five candidates, expect the former secretary of state and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to dominate the debate, said Terry Michael, a former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.

    “Clinton is criticized for a lack of authenticity and Sanders is known for igniting energy and this will be the first time they will engage on stage,” Michael, now the executive director of the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism, told TheBlaze. “His supporters want to see him draw a contrast. Money is not a problem for either. The problem for both is history. For her, Bill Clinton, for him, that he has identified himself as a democratic socialist.”

    Most national polls show Clinton with a significant lead over Sanders, but the polls that typically count in a presidential race are in early states; Sanders leads Clinton in several New Hampshire polls, while he’s close to her in Iowa.

    Michael believes that Sanders could win the nomination based on his populist appeal, in contrast to the lack of trust even many Democratic voters have for Clinton.

    Other candidates in the race – former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. James Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee – are all at 2 percent or less in most polls.

    “Sanders, because he is posing more of a threat, a lot of eyes will be on him,” Alan Schroeder, a journalism professor at Northeastern University and the author of “Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV,” told TheBlaze. “Others aren’t going to be plotted plants. O’Malley has signaled he sees this as an opportunity to gain leverage.”

    Schroeder said he doesn’t anticipate Sanders will have a strategy of pushing Clinton to the left, but thinks the senator will point out differences between the two of them.

    “There is bound to be contrast, substantive contrast, but there is danger in going too far left for him should he actually become the nominee,” Schroeder said.

    2. The Biden Dynamic

    Of course, the elephant — so to speak — in the room is Vice President Joe Biden, who is polling double-digits without even having announced his candidacy.

    CNN is giving Biden up to the last minute to decide whether to join in on Tuesday. While he’s not expected to, there is literally an empty podium waiting for him just in case.

    Still, whether physically or just in spirit, Biden’s presence will certain be felt.

    “He will definitely have a presence,” Andy Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, told TheBlaze. “It will almost be like there is an empty chair. There will be Joe Biden questions in this debate about what that means for the race. It will be like Joe Biden’s spirit is hovering over the stage.”

    If Biden does run, skipping the first debate won’t harm his candidacy, Republican strategist and Dallas talk show host Debbie Georgatos told TheBlaze.

    “Joe Biden’s absence will not hurt him,” Georgatos said. “He has virtually 100 percent name recognition and apparent backing by President Obama. He is seen as an Obama loyalist and his recent floating of Elizabeth Warren as a potential VP choice will add to his credentials among the further left-leaning Democrat voters who might be considering supporting Bernie Sanders.”

    3. The Moderator

    Analysts also agree that the moderator, in this case CNN’s Anderson Cooper, can have an impact on the debate.

    “How significant this debate is in the presidential race could depend on how aggressive the moderators are at pulling the candidates off their talking points as they did with Republican candidates in the Fox News and CNN debates,” said Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa. “One job will be to show how these candidates disagree.”

    Schroeder thinks Cooper and other CNN panelists might refrain from being too prominent.

    “Anderson Cooper is one of CNN’s big personalities and they want him in that role, but we saw Jake Tapper in the last Republican debate hang back,” Schroeder said. “That may be the thought process of CNN. But sometimes the moderator becomes the story anyway, whether they mean to or not. Look at Megyn Kelly.”

    4. Email Questions

    The scandal over Clinton’s private server has dogged her for much of the year. While she has answered questions before, on Tuesday she’ll face not only journalists but also Democratic opponents who might have their own questions.

    “How she handles the email questions will depend on how well she does in the debate,” Smith said. “She has been given an opportunity with [House Majority Leader] Kevin McCarthy’s comment to say ‘This is all Republicans out to get me again.’ That can help her in front of a receptive Democratic crowd, and it has worked for her in the past. But the difficulty is still explaining why she had a private serer to begin with.”

    Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Clinton is in the midst of one final round of visits to the key primary states ahead of the Oct. 13 debate in Las Vegas and, nine days later, her testimony before the Benghazi committee. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2015. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    5. Who Will the Winners and Losers Be?

    Clinton has the most to lose Tuesday night; Sanders has much to gain; and the other three candidates have nothing to lose.

    “It could help some of these candidates get a boost in fundraising and polling, as we saw from the Republican debate with Carly Fiorina, who was nowhere before the first debate and now everyone is talking about her,” Hagle said.

    However, the Democratic contest is so lopsided that a strong performance might not be enough.

    “These other candidates can do well, but it would have to be vis-a-vis Hillary Clinton doing poorly because she already towers over everyone on the stage, with Sanders being the possible exception,” Hagle added. “Someone would have to stand out as a viable alternative.”

    Georgatos, the Republican strategist, believes Webb has a chance to stand out.

    “His military background, coupled with service in the United States Senate, along with a hint of the erudite — he taught literature at the Naval Academy and was a Harvard Institute of Politics Fellow — may cause some to give a fresh look at his candidacy,” she said.

    Michael, the former DNC spokesman, doesn’t foresee the lagging three candidates making a breakthrough.

    “I can’t see any advantage for any of the other three candidates unless Clinton and Sanders crash and burn, which isn’t gong to happen,” Michael said.

    Based on his record of drawing enthusiastic crowds, Sanders could be the big winner, Smith said.

    “People who have seen him up close have liked him,” Smith said. “This is a real opportunity for him to widen his base to Democrats that may not know him.”

    6. Does the Debate Really Matter?

    One debate doesn’t determine a nominee, though primary debates can winnow the already comparably small pool of Democratic candidates.

    “The fact that there were 24 million viewers for the first two Republican debates means that debates are a big deal so far,” Schroeder said. “There are only six Democratic debates scheduled, so there aren’t many more chances for people who are interested.”

    Also, no Donald Trump could produce a more sober tone, Schroeder said.

    “There will likely be a more serious feeling to this debate because there is no Trump circus,” Schroeder added. “On the other hand, that could mean the audience isn’t as big or the audience doesn’t stay.”

    So few debates have been a point of contention among several candidates who charge that the Democratic Party is trying to protect the frontrunner.

    There is potential for that to backfire, given that Clinton’s campaign has had more trouble than expected, Smith said.

    “The DNC has gone with Clinton’s wishes, but now, she might need more debates,” Smith said. “With only six debates scheduled, people will wonder, why not have more?”

  • Actress Leah Remini’s ‘Eye-Opening Insider Account’ of Her Battle Against Scientology
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm by Billy Hallowell

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    Two years after very publicly splitting from the Church of Scientology, actress Leah Remini is preparing to once again make headlines with the coming release of a new memoir titled, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.”

    Actress Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology and reportedly filed a mising persons report on its leader's wife, Shelly (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    Actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology and is preparing to release a new book about her departure (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    And the book’s publisher, Ballantine, an imprint of Random House, isn’t backing down from the ongoing controversy surrounding the 45-year-old actress’ past association with the controversial religious group.

    In addition to throwing “Scientology” into the book’s title, the religious group is also being used in marketing materials to help drum up interest in the book, which the Daily Mail called a “blistering exposé.”

    Just consider that the official description of “Troublemaker” promises that the book includesan eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.”

    Remini is reportedly expecting some repercussions for so openly discussing and writing about what unfolded.

    “Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined,” read press materials for the book. “As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists.”

    Joining other actors like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Remini was among the Hollywood elite who are in the inner ranks.

    But that all came to a close, according to press materials for the book, when she started to question actions taken by Scientologist leaders. Before long, she was booted by the church and her friends and loved ones who still take part were told to sever ties.

    The book, which releases on November 3, follows the “King of Queens” star’s open proclamations about her departure from Scientology. She said in a 2014 interview that leaving her faith behind brought her and her family closer together.

    Balantine Books/Random House

    Balantine Books/Random House

    “I think now that we’re gone we’re learning new ways to … reconnect with each other so it really has brought us closer together,” she told TV host Ellen DeGeneres at the time. “I think we’re stronger and we’re having so much fun together and this is something that the family loves to do.”

    Past claims from Remini also include being subjected to something called “security checking,” which includes behavior modification and interrogations — and a $300,000 bill — after she questioned the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology head David Miscavige, who has only been seen once since 2006, the Daily Mail reported.

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  • Kansas City Officer Says He Thought Olive Garden Employee Was Kidding With Comment — but She Wasn’t
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm by Jason Howerton

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (TheBlaze/AP) — The president of the Olive Garden restaurant chain has apologized to a Kansas City police officer after a restaurant employee asked him to leave because he was armed.

    Officer Michael Holsworth says he was on duty and in uniform Sunday when the employee at the Olive Garden in Independence, Missouri, asked him to leave because guns aren’t allowed in the restaurant.

    Holsworth says he was there to celebrate his birthday with his family. He says he thought the employee was kidding, but she wasn’t.

    He posted about the incident on Sunday on Facebook — and it quickly went viral.

    Please share this….So I was going to eat lunch with my family today (10-11-2015), we had decided to go to the Olive…

    Posted by Michael Holsworth on Sunday, October 11, 2015

    Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers told The Kansas City Star that Olive Garden president Dave George called to apologize to Holsworth later Sunday.

    “It’s unacceptable, that’s what it is. Olive Garden welcomes members of law enforcement all the time in the restaurants. We love serving them. They serve our community. The least we can do is provide them a great meal,” Jeffers said.

  • Body Cam Footage Shows Moment Texas Councilman Is Tased After Repeatedly Ignoring Officer’s Commands
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    A recently released body camera video shows the moments leading up to a Texas city councilman being immobilized with a stun gun and arrested in front of his home Thursday night — the same community where Sandra Bland was arrested and died.

    In the video obtained by KHOU-TV, newly elected Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller, 26, can be seen talking to Prairie View police officers who said they were questioning three of his fraternity brothers outside of Miller’s home.

    “There’s been drug activity, little girls and little guys in the car doing whatever, so when we see this, we come investigate,” a female police officer, whom KHOU identified as Officer Goodie, told Miller.

    Image source: KHOU-TV

    Image source: KHOU-TV

    According to KHOU, the men were outside of Miller’s house practicing a step routine for an upcoming homecoming performance. When police arrived, the men were standing around a car to change shoes.

    In the video, a male officer, whom KHOU named as Officer Kelley, repeatedly asked Miller to stand apart from the group so that the law enforcement officials could continue with their investigation.

    “Go back over there and stand. You’re always causing problems,” Kelley said.

    When Miller didn’t comply, Kelley can be seen moving toward Miller and the video feed goes blurry. KHOU reported that the two men scuffled on the ground for a bit, causing the camera to fall off.

    Later in the body camera footage, Goodie can be heard telling Miller to “put your hands behind your back” multiple times. Miller was kneeling on the ground with his hands by his side — but not behind his back.

    “OK, he’s going to have to tase you. You’re not doing like you’re supposed to,” Goodie eventually said.

    Miller immediately falls to the ground after being tased and is heard in the video crying out in pain.

    NBC News reported that Goodie, who is also black, was involved in the arrest of Sandra Bland, the black woman who was arrested and found hanged in her jail cell three days later. According to the New York Daily News, Miller was one of the city councilmen who recently voted to name a street after Bland.

    “We have six police officers. The probability of having the same officer involved in multiple types of incidences is probable,” Prairie View Chief of Police Larry Johnson told NBC News. “I haven’t seen anything that gave me any cause for concern as far as this officer’s conduct at this point.”

    Miller spent one night in jail as he was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with police. Johnson told KHOU that the department will investigate the incident, but no officers were placed on leave as deadly force was not involved. Miller, who is able to return to his city duties, told KHOU that he was looking forward to “having a conversation” with the arresting police officers in the future.

    “Usually, I would think, if you’re tasing somebody, it’s somebody that’s running from the cops, somebody that’s trying to inflict harm on somebody, not somebody that’s on their knees with their arms by their sides,” Brandon Wilson, a friend of Miller’s who shot his own video of the tasing incident, told KHOU.

    When speaking to KHOU, Wilson was wearing Omega Psi Phi apparel.

    (H/T: KHOU-TV)

  • Netanyahu Angrily Accuses Country’s Arab Leaders of Inciting Violence Amid Wave of Stabbings: ‘Kick Out the Extremists Among You’
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Jason Howerton

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    JERUSALEM (TheBlaze/AP) — Palestinians carried out three stabbings Monday in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily accused the country’s Arab leaders of helping incite weeks of violence. Two of the attackers, both teenage boys, were killed.

    In a fiery speech at parliament, Netanyahu accused Arab parties of “undermining” the country. He called on Israel’s Arab citizens to “kick out the extremists among you.”

    “We must understand once and for all, terror does not come from frustration because there is no peace process,” Netanyahu said. “Terror comes from the desire to annihilate us.”

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    The prime minister also said MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) “did not limit herself to settlers. She justifies acts of terrorism everywhere. She said, with great concern, to a Hamas newspaper two days ago that ‘actions by individuals are not enough, you need a full Intifada.’ It’s unbelievable. An MK in Israel is calling for mass terrorism against Israeli citizens. There is nothing more justified than a criminal investigation against her “Whoever calls for murder or justifies it is not worthy of being a member of this House,” he said.

    Netanyahu called on Israeli Arabs to choose between incitement or coexistence and peace.

    “You cannot…enjoy all the rights and at the same time undermine the state. I ask you to choose the right way,” he said.

    His comments caused some shouting inside the parliament. Watch below:

    Netanyahu spoke on another bloody day, the latest in a monthlong wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. In a new setback for efforts to restore calm, a Palestinian official said a delegation of Mideast peace envoys had called off a trip to the region.

    Israeli police reported three separate stabbings across the city, including an assault by two attackers in the east Jerusalem area of Pisgat Zeev. Police said the pair seriously wounded a 20-year-old man before attacking a teenage boy on a bicycle.

    The boy was critically wounded before police shot and killed one of the attackers, while the second was run over by a car. Abdel Nasser Manasra, a relative of Ahmed, 13, and Hassan, 15, said both were cousins. He did not know which had been killed.

    Other attacks occurred in Jerusalem’s Old City, where a 17-year-old assailant was killed, and outside the national police headquarters. The attacker, identified as a 16-year-old girl, was shot and wounded, while a police officer was lightly hurt.

    The unrest began last month with clashes at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site and quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Five Israelis have been killed in stabbings, a shooting and a stoning attack on a moving vehicle, while at least 25 Palestinians, including 10 attackers, have been slain. Several Palestinian children, including a 2-year-old girl killed with her mother in a Gaza airstrike, have been among the dead. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank.

    The stabbings have rattled Israel. The attackers, many of them teenagers, have had no affiliation with militant groups, and the seemingly random nature of the stabbings has made it difficult to predict or prevent them.

    Netanyahu has come under heavy criticism for failing to stop the violence, and an opinion poll this week showed that more than 70 percent of the public is dissatisfied with his handling of the crisis.

    JPost Video

    JPost Video

    The violence erupted over the Jewish New Year last month, fueled by rumors that Israel was plotting to take over a site holy to both Muslims and Jews. The rumors ignited clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian activists who hurled stones and firebombs at them from inside the mosque, and the violence has spread.

    Israel has dismissed the rumors as slanderous and repeatedly said there are no plans to alter a longstanding status quo at the spot, revered by Jews as the site of the biblical Temples and today home to Islam’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

    Israel captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem, including the Old City, from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war. Since then, under an agreement with Jordan, non-Muslims have been allowed to visit the hilltop compound, but not pray there. Jordan retains custodial rights over the Muslim holy sites.

    In his speech, Netanyahu dismissed the Palestinian accusations as a “total lie” and accused the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, the militant group Hamas and Israel’s own Islamic Movement of incitement. He called on President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority, to condemn the violence.

    But Netanyahu also went after Arab lawmakers in the chamber, accusing two of them of supporting the violence against Israelis. “It is unbelievable that an Israeli member of parliament calls for terror attacks against Israelis,” he said.

    In a message to the Arab public, he urged them “to kick out the extremists among you,” and said he was committed to coexistence.

    Israel’s Arab minority makes up about 20 percent of the country’s 8 million people. While they have full citizenship rights, they often suffer discrimination in such areas as jobs and housing. Mistrust of Netanyahu remains high following his election day appeal for supporters to go to the polls, warning them that Arabs were voting “in droves.”

    The unrest has also exposed divisions in the Arab community itself. In an exchange broadcast on Israeli TV, the mayor of the Arab city of Nazareth scolded Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Arab party in parliament.

    Mayor Ali Salem said harsh rhetoric by Arab lawmakers had kept Jewish tourists from visiting his city, hurting residents’ livelihoods.

    “Ayman, go look someplace else. You’ve ruined the city!” he screamed as Odeh was about to be interviewed by a TV station. “There wasn’t even a single Jew here today. Not even one!”

    Both Netanyahu and Abbas have been unable to contain the violence, and both men have been constrained by outside pressures.

    Netanyahu is under intense pressure from his hard-line coalition partners to launch a crackdown. Israel has already deployed thousands of police and soldiers across Israel and the West Bank, and Netanyahu is considering a ban on the Islamic Movement.

    But taking even tougher action could risk provoking even more unrest. Netanyahu has coupled his tough rhetoric with calls for resuming peace talks. In an attempt to ease tensions, he has banned Israeli lawmakers from visiting the holy site in Jerusalem.

    While Abbas has spoken out against violence, he is deeply unpopular at home due to the failure of peace talks and lack of hope for ending nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation. He also cannot be seen as abandoning what the Palestinians view as their defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.

    The Palestinians had been hoping an upcoming visit by envoys from the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers might soothe tensions. But a Palestinian official said Wednesday’s meeting had been postponed at Israel’s request. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not been made. Netanyahu’s office had no comment.

    The Quartet includes the U.S., European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

  • Boeing Studying How This Insanely Light Metal Could ‘Save a Lot of Weight to Make Airplanes More Fuel Efficient’
    Posted October 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Boeing showcased its research with what it’s calling the “Lightest. Metal. Ever.” in a recent video. While it might be airy enough to sit on top of dandelion fluff without crushing it, the company says its “ record-breaking lightness” packs a strong punch.

    Image source: Boeing/YouTube

    Image source: Boeing/YouTube 

    The microlattice metal being studied by Boeing’s innovation arm is something it hopes could be used on planes and cars someday.

    “The entire structure was basically 99.99 percent air,” said Sophia Yang with HRL Laboratories, which is in a joint venture with Boeing.

    Yang explained that the metal — ”one of the strongest and lightest materials known to science,” Boeing wrote — is similar to bone in its structure.

    “In your bone structures, the outside of your bone is very rigid, but on the inside, it’s actually mostly hollow,” she said.

    The microlattice design was introduced a few years ago, but Boeing and HRL are looking into how it could be applied to structures now.

    “In the future, the material can help Boeing to save a lot of weight to make airplanes more fuel efficient,” Yang said.

    Watch this video from Boeing to learn more:

    HRL Laboratories announced another possible application for the microlattice metal last year, that being inside football helmets as padding. HRL’s company Architected Materials, Inc., and the University of California, Los Angeles, were awarded a $500,000 grant to test the material in helmets.

    (H/T: SlashGear)

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