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  • Clinton Camp’s Explanation for Her Misleading Immigration Statement About Her Grandparents
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 11:25 am by Fred Lucas

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    Hillary Clinton made what appears to be a misleading comment about her ancestry when talking about immigration to a gathering in Norwalk, Iowa.

    She told a group of Iowans that, “all of my grandparents, you know, came over here.”

    Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    AP Photo/Seth Wenig

    But BuzzFeed checked Census data and found that only the Democratic presidential candidate’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Rodham Sr., was born in England and came to the United States as a young child. Her paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, and two maternal grandparents were born in Illinois.

    “Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a Clinton campaign spokesperson said in response. ”As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”

  • Here’s the Audio From the 911 Call a Citizen Made After He Saw ‘Free Range’ Kids Walking Unaccompanied for 20 Minutes
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 10:31 am by Liz Klimas

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    On Sunday, a citizen who spotted two children walking alone in a Maryland neighborhood called 911.

    These weren’t just any children though. They were 10-year-old Rafi and 6-year-old Dvora Meitiv, the so-called “free range” children of Alexander and Danielle Meitiv who are now filling a lawsuit to protect what they believe are their parental rights.

    Danielle Meitiv waits with her son Rafi, Meitiv, 10, for Danielle's daughter Dvora Meitiv, 6, to be dropped off at the neighborhood school bus stop in Silver Spring MD, Friday January 16, 2015. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are being investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their children walk home alone from a playground. (Photo by Sammy Dallal/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    Danielle Meitiv waits with her son Rafi, Meitiv, 10, for Danielle’s daughter Dvora Meitiv, 6, to be dropped off at the neighborhood school bus stop in Silver Spring, Maryland, Friday, January 16, 2015. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were  investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their children walk home alone from a playground. (Sammy Dallal/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    “I’m walking my dog. Two kids that are unaccompanied and they’ve been walking around for probably about 20 minutes by themselves,” a man relayed to a 911 operator in the audio released by the Montgomery County Police Department to the Washington Post.

    The man told the operator Sunday afternoon he didn’t see any parents with them.

    “They came up and asked to pet my dog. I let them and that was it,” he said, telling the operator that he was walking behind the children at the time. “I didn’t want to scare them.”

    Listen to the full seven-minute call:

    After the call, a police officer picked the children up. Danielle Meitiv said earlier this week that her children told her the officer said he would take them home.

    Instead though, the officer took the children to Child Protective Services where they remained for some time before the Meitivs were notified of their whereabouts and where they stayed longer afterward as the Meitivs worked to get them back. The parents signed a safety plan with CPS in order to have their children released back in their custody late Sunday night.

    Earlier this week, the Meitiv’s lawyer Matthew Dowd said in a written statement that the parents were “rightfully outraged” at the situation.

    “We must ask ourselves how we reached the point where a parent’s biggest fear is that government officials will literally seize our children off the streets as they walk in our neighborhoods,” he said, according to the Washington Post.

    The Meitiv’s were in the spotlight for their parenting style that allows their children to roam unaccompanied, within reason, in December. This latest incident on Sunday though has brought the debate back into national news.

    Check out this report from WNEM-TV in Michigan:

    (H/T: Daily Mail)

  • German Jew Recounts How He Survived the Holocaust Disguised as a Member of the Hitler Youth and Even Crossed Paths With Hitler Himself
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 10:04 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    For four years, Shlomo Perel didn’t dare go by his real name.

    A German Jew by birth, Perel managed to survive the Holocaust as a teenager concealed as a member of the Hitler Youth and serving as a young translator for Nazi soldiers.

    He even once saw Adolf Hitler up close.

    In an interview with Israel’s Ynet, Perel, now 89, recounted how he took a photograph of Hitler from some 200 feet away when the German leader visited the Nazi division that had invaded the Soviet Union — and marked the beginning of Perel’s double life he took on to survive.

    Image source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Image source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    “I looked him in the eye,” Perel said. “I was 16 years old then, a translator in the German army, with uniforms and a swastika, and I didn’t know who I was at all.”

    Perel was born in Germany, but his parents took him and his three siblings to Poland after the Nuremberg Laws, which severely limited the rights of Jews in Germany.

    The Germans invaded Poland three years after the Perels relocated to Lodz and forced the Jews of that city to move into a ghetto. Instead of going to the ghetto, Perel’s parents sent their 14-year-old son and his older brother Isaak to eastern Poland, then controlled by the Soviet Union.

    “Before we left my father told me in Yiddish: ‘Don’t ever forget who you are.’ Meaning, ‘Stay a Jew.’ Mother added in Yiddish: ‘Go, you must live,’” Perel told Ynet. “When a mother sends her children away knowing she’ll never see them again – that’s the greatest love of all.”

    The brothers made it to Grodno, now Belarus, where Perel was taken in by a Jewish orphanage.

    But in 1941, the Germans invaded the Soviet Union.

    Perel recalled that on the morning of the invasion, the children tried to flee to the approaching Nazis. He remembered his mother’s words.

    “The German[s] surrounded us in an open field and ordered us to stand in a line, and then it was my turn. The German soldier who stood in front of me ordered me to put my hands up and asked: ‘Are you a Jew?’” Perel told Ynet.

    During that selection, Jews and Communists were murdered by Einsatzgruppen units.

    While he was waiting for his turn, Perel surreptitiously destroyed his identifying documents. His answer to the Nazi’s question was that he was a German named Josef Perjell who had lost his documents during the bombings.

    “And then a miracle happened — for some reason he believed me,” Perel recalled. “All of the men had to pull down their pants and those found circumcised were executed, but not only did that soldier not order me to take off my clothes, he called me a ‘Volksdeutscher,’” an ethnic German living outside Germany.

    The German soldier took Perel back to his unit, where he was appointed as a Russian and Polish translator and was given the nickname Jupp.

    He crossed paths with Hitler on one of the German leader’s visits to the front lines.

    “Only the high-ranked generals approached him and were allowed past his wall of bodyguards. I was hiding with a camera,” Perel said.

    “After the war, I was asked many times: ‘Why did you photograph Hitler instead of killing him?’ And I tell the truth: Had I shot Hitler, I’m not sure I would’ve hit him, but I would’ve surely been killed on the spot. And I didn’t want to get into the history pages as a hero, I preferred being an anti-hero and survive,” Perel told Ynet.

    Identifying document for Hitler Youth member "Josef Perjell" (Shlomo Perel). The document states that he was a Catholic of pure German nationality, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Image source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

    Identifying document for Hitler Youth member “Josef Perjell,” the name Shlomo Perel took on. The document states that he was a Catholic of pure German nationality, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Image source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

    Perel described the lengths he went to in order to avoid being discovered, including making sure nobody ever saw him undressed and reveal that he was circumcised. He said he tried pulling on his foreskin every night in a futile effort to reverse his circumcision.

    The survivor recounted that an army doctor who was secretly homosexual – considered criminal by the Nazis — tried to rape Perel while he was showering. After seeing that Perel was circumcised, the doctor realized that he was Jewish.

    “He didn’t inform on me so as to not expose himself as a homosexual. I knew his secret and he knew mine, and after that incident he took care of me until he was killed,” Perel told Ynet.

    Perel was later taken under the wing of one of the unit’s commanders who enrolled him in a Hitler Youth school back in Germany.

    “I felt like any other Hitler Youth and I was so convinced, that no one suspected I wasn’t,” Perel said. “I stopped eating kosher and believing in God, but I believed I’ll stay alive. I felt immortal, like ‘it won’t happen to me.’”

    “I was schizophrenic. During the day, I was a German youth who wanted to win the war, I sang songs against Jews and yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ — and at night, in bed, I cried out of longing for my family,” he said.

    “When talking about the Holocaust, there’s a clear division: The victims were Jews, and the perpetrators were the Nazis, while I was both,” Perel told Ynet. “From the moment I wore the uniforms with a swastika on, I became my own enemy and I had to escape myself to survive.”

    According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Perel was singled out during a lesson on racial science where the teacher pointed to the secretly Jewish youth as a “model of a typical eastern Baltic, ethnic German.”

    He was later armed and sent along with his fellow Hitler Youth to the front to fight U.S. troops.

    “When the American army came, I was taken hostage, but the lie was so deeply ingrained within me that I didn’t even tell the Americans I was a Jew,” Perel told Ynet. “I sat in captivity like everyone else, but for me it was a surreal situation: A Jewish youth wearing a Nazi Army uniform in American captivity.”

    After the war, Perel learned that his family had been killed except for the brother with whom he had originally escaped. Perel moved to Palestine where he joined the Haganah – the pre-state Jewish defense force – and fought in Israel’s War of Independence.

    Perel later wrote his memoir which was adapted into the 1990 film “Europa Europa.”

  • Young Black Boy Goes Off on Al Sharpton: ‘You’re a Waste of Human Flesh’
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 10:02 am by Billy Hallowell

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    C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old kid from Georgia who recently gained attention for posting viral videos about President Barack Obama and the American social and political landscape, is at it again, releasing a recent clip in which he called Al Sharpton a “waste of human flesh.”

    Pearson, who wasted no time before diving into his harsh critique of the civil rights leader, said in a YouTube video uploaded on April 11, that Sharpton doesn’t “care about black people.”

    “You don’t care about me, you don’t not care about Michael Brown, you don’t care about Walter Scott, you didn’t care about Trayvon Martin,” he proclaimed. “You don’t care about us.”

    He continued, “If you think you’re doing anything good for us, you are a twisted little individual.”

    Pearson accused Sharpton of doing “nothing but spur hatred” in the black community, making it look as though African Americans are victims.

    “We are not the victims,” he said, saying that Sharpton should be encouraging people to stand up for themselves without spurring hatred. “Not everyone is a racist.”

    Watch the clip below:

    And the kid commentator’s proclamations didn’t end there, as he chastised Sharpton for turning Scott’s death into a “twisted, race-baiting little scenario,” saying, instead, that the man’s shooting death at the hands of former police officer Michael Slager was “stupidity at the highest level.”

    “If you cared about our race, our color and our group of people, then you would help us,” Pearson said. “You don’t care. You’re a phony. You’re only in this business to make money, to achieve fame. We don’t want you Al, we don’t want you Jesse Jackson. We don’t want any of you, because you’re not for us and you’re not right.”

    Pearson said that he’s “sick and tired” of people like Sharpton being the perceived voices of the black community.

    “You’re a waste of human flesh,” he concluded.

    As TheBlaze previously reported, Pearson released a separate clip earlier this year outlining the reasons that he believes President Barack Obama has “downright hatred” for the United States.

    (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

  • Lincoln Chafee on 2016: ‘I’m Running’
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:56 am by Fred Lucas

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    Lincoln Chafee, a former independent governor and Republican senator from Rhode Island, said he is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

    His made the statement Thursday on CNN, one week after he announced he had formed an exploratory committee.

    “Yes, that’s why I’m running. Because I feel strong about where we’re going as a country,” Chafee told CNN, when asked why he’s been so critical of Hillary Clinton, the only Democrat to formally declare for 2016.

    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee talks with The Associated Press during an interview at his Statehouse office in Providence, RI. Chafee has announced he decided not to run for reelection in 2014. AP


    But Chafee spokeswoman Debbie Rich told CNN that Chafee did not formally declare himself as a candidate for president, despite saying “I’m running.”

    “We are still in the exploratory committee phase,” she said. “We will file the proper papers to be an official candidate, but that has not happened yet.”

    Chafee also told CNN, “There’s no doubt I’m the underdog.”

    Other Democrats that could challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination include former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden has not yet ruled out a run.

    Last weekend, Chafee was critical of Clinton’s vote on the Iraq war in 2002. As a GOP senator, he voted against it.

    “That was a moment where the premise for going to Iraq was so false that there were weapons of mass destruction, she didn’t do her homework. We live with the ramifications,” Chafee told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “You may say that’s 12 years ago — that’s a big motivator for me running. If you show a lack of judgment, lack of doing homework then, what can we expect in the future?”

  • Meet the 27-Year-Old Who Left a Swanky Job at Google to Make a Living Doing What He Loves…Hunting
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:20 am by Liz Klimas

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    It was 2013 and the beginning of hunting season in southern Ohio when Mark Kenyon’s obsession began. Little did the 27-year-old lifelong hunter know at the time, but a 6 1/2-year-old buck he named Jawbreaker that October would develop into a predator-prey relationship that would span two seasons and ultimately end in heartbreak.

    Jawbreaker pictured in 2013 on the land in southern Ohio where Mark Kenyon, who lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, hunts. (Image source: YouTube)

    Jawbreaker pictured in 2013 on the land in southern Ohio where Mark Kenyon, who lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, hunts. (Image source: YouTube)

    “I’m gonna go in there and I’m gonna kill Jawbreaker,” he said in a video taken a year after his first sighting.

    Kenyon explained that he had been watching where the buck bedded and he was waiting for the perfect weather conditions. Though it would take more than a day of staking out the area, the Wired to Hunt writer and podcaster’s hunch for where and how he would find Jawbreaker was correct.

    He took the shot and the arrow flew. It hit, but Jawbreaker didn’t go down.

    “Oh my God, I just got a shot at Jawbreaker, but I hit back,” Keynon said in the video, his voice shaken and his eyes wide in disbelief. “Oh my God. Oh my God. I think he’s a dead deer.

    Kenyon would describe his saga with Jawbreaker heartbreaking. (Image source: YouTube)

    Kenyon would describe his saga with Jawbreaker as heartbreaking. (Image source: YouTube)

    “I hit him. He ran off a few steps,” Kenyon whispered. “Oh my God. It happened so fast.”

    “Oh my Lord, please let him be OK,” he prayed a moment later. “Please, Lord, let him go down.”

    Kenyon’s shot deflected off a tree limb and hit Jawbreaker further back than he would ever want. The deer didn’t drop. He didn’t die — at least not right away.

    “I knew I had wounded the animal and he was going to suffer, and that’s the worst thing that can happen as a hunter,” Kenyon told TheBlaze. “I have such a respect and appreciation for those animals. To know that I’ve caused that kind of suffering is a horrible feeling.

    “From a selfish standpoint, I had worked so hard to accomplish this goal, and then I botched in this last step,” he said.

    Afterward, Kenyon was in mourning. The months spent waiting, tracking, planning and plotting were over and in the worst way possible. Kenyon tried to track down Jawbreaker for two days but didn’t find him, not then.

    “It was a very low point for me as a hunter and as a person,” he said.

    After he first saw Jawbreaker at the beginning of hunting season in 2013, Kenyon would spot him several times on trail cams. Eventually, he had his shot, but his target was off. (Image source: Wired to Hunt/Facebook)

    After he first saw Jawbreaker at the beginning of hunting season in 2013, Kenyon would spot him several times on trail cams. Eventually, he had his shot, but his target was off. (Image source: Wired to Hunt/Facebook)

    After two days, he pulled himself out.

    “It made sense to me that best therapy was to go back out there and get back into it,” he said. “Back out in woods, I came to terms with it.

    “Later, I was able to analyze the situation, look back on what happened and think ‘what can you learn from this?’”

    Kenyon made some action items, things he could improve upon.

    “I think that’s the only way you can get over something like that, whether it’s hunting or screwing up in your job,” he said.

    And it’s this try-try-again mentality that’s brought the man who arms himself with cameras as well as his bow to a position that many would envy. He’s living the dream of supporting his family doing something he loves.

    From Google to the Tiny Town of Hillsdale, Michigan

    Though being an outdoorsman was always a part of his life, you might be surprised to learn that for four years, Kenyon worked at one of the country’s most prominent tech companies: Google.

    But he left that job of his own choosing in 2013, something that might be hard to imagine for Google outsiders who often hear about the swanky employee amenities. Kenyon confirmed that it’s just as swanky as everyone says.

    “I knew after not too long that this wasn’t going to be for me,” the Michigan State University grad said of his time at Google as an online marketing account manager. “I needed to be outside, chasing those adventures that I was dreaming about.”

    “That first fall when I started working for Google, I buckled down,” he said.

    And so Wired to Hunt was born. It started as a hobby, but by 2013 Kenyon was on his own making a living off of sponsorship for his website and podcasts and by freelancing articles.

    Kenyon hunts first and foremost to feed his family. He joked that with all the tracking grocery stores do to target customers with coupons, they probably assume he and his wife are vegetarians.

    “But I’m the furthest thing from vegetarian,” he said.

    The second reason he hunts is still to fill a need, albeit an intangible one.

    Image source: Wired to Hunt/Facebook

    Image source: Wired to Hunt/Facebook

    “Some people look down on hunting; they think it’s savage. I understand the reality of death and life. I think it helps me become more aware of what my impact is and become more appreciative of my impact,” Kenyon said of the connection hunting gives him to nature.

    ‘There Is Another Way’

    Like Kenyon, many 20-somethings say  they don’t like their 9-to-5 desk job, but that complaint about as far as it gets them. Kenyon said he hears this among his peers as well and offered this advice: get outside your comfort level and don’t be afraid of failure.

    “So many people, whether it be where we come from or where we grow up, they develop this game plan of going to high school, college, find a job, get the job, keep the job, have a family, get a house. I kind of blindly followed that because that seemed like what you did.

    “Then I discovered resources that there is another way. I think the biggest thing is surrounding yourself with people or finding resources that can help you realize the possibilities available to you.

    “Have confidence that you really can chase these things. The confidence thing for so many people … they think it’s just not possible; it’s too risky. Look for people or resources that can help establish that confidence within yourself,” Kenyon said.

    Once Kenyon knew what he wanted to do — to tell hunting stories and how-tos in a compelling way using new age mediums — he set “a very clear goal and keep on grinding at it.”

    Which brings Kenyon to his next point on failure.

    “If you talk to enough entrepreneurs, they’ll tell you you’ll fail more times than you succeed. People who succeed are the ones who failed the most,” he said.

    Going forward, Kenyon said he wants to continue to help hunters from a tactical side of things. Though he doesn’t claim to be an expert, which is actually what so many people probably like about him. He’s honest, real and shares his failures as much as his successes.

    Then he’d like to find a unique way to reach the non-hunting community.

    “I want to talk about why hunting is a good thing and why it can be a sustainable part of our society,” he said.

    All the while, he plans on doing this with the latest “it” thing.

    “I always want to be on that next medium,” Keynon said. “I think always paying attention to what’s next [is important].”

    And, as he’s shown with the popularity of his Wired to Hunt podcasts that being ahead of the curve in an industry that, let’s face it, isn’t the most tech-savvy when it comes to social sharing, obviously has its benefits.

    “There aren’t many good podcasts covering deer hunting and what it takes to be successful at it. Check this podcast out to learn more about what you can do to become a better and more effective hunter,” the user going by Cmruikka wrote on Apple’s app store about the podcast. 

    “Mark Kenyon just keeps improving and improving on his hunting blog ‘Wired To Hunt,’” huntandskate chimed in as well among the other more than 200 5-star ratings given to the podcast. “The podcasts are fun and have great whitetail information in them too. Mark makes you feel like you’re right there at home with him. Great podcast! Keep ‘em coming, Mark!!”

    Earlier this month, Outdoor Life called Kenyon a “new media star.”

    That’s true. But at the heart of it, he’s just a passionate hunter, which is probably what has turned him into such a star.

    Find out how to subscribe to the Wired to Hunt podcast here. Check out more stories from Kenyon on his Wired to Hunt website.

    And if you’re wondering how the story of Jawbreaker ended, officially, read how Kenyon finally found his No. 1 buck in March.

  • Cops Left Searching for a Mystery Man Who Did the Right Thing After a Driver Was Left Dangling on the Edge of a Canyon
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am by Liz Klimas

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    A good Samaritan is being credited with potentially saving a man’s life, as he was pictured pulling a driver from the passenger-side window, the other side of the SUV leaning precariously close to the edge of a canyon.

    Shortly after 23-year-old Mathew Sitko was rescued by the unknown man, he disappeared.

    “He said he had to go, and he left,” Lewiston police officer Eric Olson told the Lewiston Tribune.

    Sitko lost control of his 2000 GMC Yukon Wednesday morning, veering off the road and crashing into the chain-link fence around 8 a.m. local time Wednesday, a news release from the police office stated. The fence was the only thing that kept the vehicle from going over into Bryden Canyon.

    KHQ-TV reported that the male pedestrian broke Sitko’s window with a rock and pulled him from the car.

    Sitko suffered only minor injuries, and a police investigation found “some type of mental episode may have been responsible for the collision.”

    The newspaper reported that no citations were issued.

    On his Facebook page, Sitko wrote, “I am truly blessed by God today!! Thank you God & Jesus for taking care of me!! I love you!”

    (H/T: Daily Mail)

    Front page image via Shutterstock.

  • Journalist Asks Marco Rubio If He’d Ever Attend a Gay Wedding and Here’s His Answer
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 8:56 am by Billy Hallowell

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    Republican senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made it clear that he’s a supporter of traditional marriage, though he said during an interview on Wednesday that he would have no problem attending a friend or loved one’s gay wedding.

    “If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events,” Rubio told journalist Jorge Ramos during an appearance on “America.”

    When Ramos sought a firmer answer to the question, Rubio again made it clear that he would have no problem attending a same-sex ceremony.

    “If it’s somebody in my life that I care for, of course I would,” the GOP presidential candidate said. “I’m not going to hurt them simply because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.”

    Rubio added, “Ultimately, if someone that you care for and is part of your family has decided to move in one direction or another or feels that way because of who they love, you respect that because you love them.”

    Watch Rubio’s response below:

    He also said that he believes that citizens live in a free society and that people who wish to change the definition of marriage should go through the proper channels to do so.

    “If people want to change the definition of marriage they should petition their state legislature, and they can have that debate in the political arena,” he said. “Who I don’t think should be redefining marriage is the court system.”

    Rubio, a Catholic, likened attending a gay wedding with going to a divorced individual’s second wedding, which can end up running afoul of Catholic theology if the conclusion of the first marriage was not handled in accordance with church teaching.

    (H/T: Mediaite)

  • ICE Director’s Brazen Answer on Whether Agents Should Follow the Law, or Obama’s Immigration Directives
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 8:48 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that she has no problem telling her agents to follow President Barack Obama’s orders when it comes to immigration, even when those orders violate the law as passed by Congress.

    ICE Director Sarah Saldana attended a hearing held by a subcommittee of the House Budget Committee. In that hearing, Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) said he was worried about reports that some ICE officials aren’t sure whether to enforce the law as it’s written, or enforce the White House directive to relax deportation efforts against what they call low-priority illegal immigrants.

    “If I had policies or directives that were contrary to the law, I would understand if they didn’t want to follow them. I would expect them to follow the law first,” Young said.

    To that, Saldana replied, “And that’s where you and I probably have a fundamental disagreement.” (The exchange begins at the 1:25:30 mark in the video above.)

    In a radio interview with Simon Conway in Iowa later that day, Young admitted he was floored by Saldana’s statement, and said he couldn’t believe her answer.

    “We have a senior administration official, the director of ICE, saying that guidelines, directives, trump the law,” he said. “This is pretty serious.”

    The back-and-forth began when Young asked Saldana to respond to Obama’s comment in February, when he said ICE officials needed to follow the White House’s orders to relax enforcement against immigrants it has deemed to be a low priority for deportation. “If somebody’s working for ICE, and there’s a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it,” Obama said then.

    Those “consequences” have been widely interpreted to mean ICE officials could be fired for not following Obama’s new instructions on immigration.

    Young asked Saldana if Obama’s comments concerned her in any way, given the implication that Obama was asking ICE to enforce his own directive, and not U.S. law.

    “I’m trying to be honest with you, sir,” Saldana replied. “No.”

    She then equated Obama’s directive to any normal directive that a company or congressman might send out to their staffs. “I imagine you have staff that you expect to comply with your directives and your policies,” she said. “I imagine the typical employer in the United States has employees who they expect to follow their directives, their policies.”

    After telling Young that they have a “fundamental disagreement” over whether directives or the law are controlling, Young then asked if she sees Obama’s comments as a threat to ICE officials.

    “A threat?” she laughed. “I am here of my own volition and will. I’m just trying to help the United States of America and our country on issues that are so divisive.”

  • ‘Shut Your Mouth!’: When a Woman Launched Into a Tirade Against a Muslim Couple on a Crowded Train, a Fed-Up Passenger Stepped Up in a Big Way
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 8:21 am by Billy Hallowell

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    When a woman decided to boisterously berate a Muslim couple on an Australian train, a bystander decided that enough was enough, and boldly spoke up to defend them against the “horrible and hurtful” things she was saying about their faith.

    Stacey Eden defended a Muslim couple on a recent train ride in Australia (Facebook/Stacey Eden)

    Stacey Eden defended a Muslim couple on a recent train ride in Australia (Image via Facebook/Stacey Eden)

    Stacey Eden, 23, jumped in to speak up for the couple, using her cellphone to record a short portion of her clash with the unnamed, middle-aged woman who had reportedly launched an anti-Islamic tirade, according to the Daily Mail.

    Eden posted the video to her Facebook page on April 15, explaining that she sat for 10 minutes and listened to the woman “bad mouth Muslims” before responding.

    The breaking point for Eden came when the woman reportedly said that all Muslims support the Islamic State and then went after the Muslim woman’s clothing.

    “She wears [a hijab] for herself, OK!” Eden can be heard telling the woman in the clip. “She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.”

    Eden went on to defend the woman and her husband against the woman’s Islamic State claims, saying that it isn’t the Muslim couple’s fault and that terrorists are “a minority of people.”

    “Have some respect, have some respect,” Eden continued, as the woman’s tirade forged on. “What’s that got to do with this poor lady? What’s that got to do with her?”

    The woman also reportedly told Eden that she would be “stoned to death” in a Muslim country over the fact that she was wearing a dress.

    Eden battled back and forth with the ranting woman, with both telling the other to “shut your mouth.”

    “You’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything. Simple,” Eden countered.

    She later wrote on her Facebook page that the woman also told her to “go join ISIS,” because she defended the couple.

    “People like this make me sick,” Eden wrote. “People who are so ignorant and disrespectful to other people who were clearly sitting there minding their own business.”

    Watch video from the clash below:

    So i sat there for a good 10 minutes before i started recording this, while i listened to this woman bad mouth muslims and call the lady sitting opposite me an ISIS supporter because she wore a scarf, then she told me to go join ISIS because i was sticking up for her. People like this make me sick. People who are so ignorant and disrespectful to other people who were clearly sitting there minding their own business. She was saying some pretty horrible and hurtful things before i spoke up then as soon as i started defending them she stopped. People need to stop judging and putting others down over religion! EVERY RELIGION HAS GOOD AND BAD but if you take it back to the foundations, every religion is also built on LOVE. To LOVE one another.The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others.

    Posted by Stacey Eden on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    The Muslim couple was grateful that someone spoke up for them. As for Eden, she has been surprised by an outpouring of support over her standing up for the couple, taking to her Facebook page to thank the public for the kind response.

    “Wow, I’m so overwhelmed with appreciation. Thank you to all who have commented the video or sent me private messages of thanks, and love. I didn’t realize how something so small would end up becoming so important,” she wrote. “I genuinely have tears in my eyes at the messages people have sent me. You are all so lovely and kind.”

    (H/T: Daily Mail)

  • Army Reservists Allegedly Sold Armory Guns, Ammo to a Man They Thought Was Part of Mexican Cartel. Turns Out He Wasn’t.
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 7:52 am by Liz Klimas

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    Two Army reservists were arrested Wednesday in San Diego County for allegedly selling guns, ammunition and more to an undercover agent they believed to be part of the Mexican cartel. Some of these items were from a U.S. military armory.

    Two Army National Guardsmen in California were arrested this week for allegedly selling guns, ammo and body armor to an undercover agent who said it was destined for Mexico. Some of these items were from a U.S. armory. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

    Two Army reservists in California were arrested this week for allegedly selling guns, ammo and body armor to an undercover agent who said it was destined for Mexico. Some of these items were from a U.S. armory. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

    Jaime Casillas and Andrew Reyes were both accused of selling firearms with out a license, and Reyes allegedly purchased and transported firearms across state lines without a federal license, according to court documents posted by the New York Daily News.

    An undercover agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency began interacting with the men who worked at the Army National Guard Armory in La Mesa in August 2014. The document reveals that 1,600 rounds of ammunition were sold for $700. Over several meetings, they also allegedly sold a .40-caliber pistol for $800, an AK-47 for $1,700, several AR-15s and more ammunition and body armor. On several occasions, the agent made it clear that the items would be taken to Mexico.

    U-T San Diego reported that during one of the transactions the men wore their military uniforms.

    In March, Reyes allegedly offered a .50-caliber rifle for $15,000, but that transaction was not completed, court documents said. The DEA used a search warrant this week to enter the homes of Reyes and Casillas, but the rifle was not found. The newspaper reported that Casillas was arrested in a traffic stop and Reyes was taken into custody from his home.

    The document states that Casillas admitted to selling ammo and arms to the undercover agent, but he claimed he was only coordinating the sales for Reyes and didn’t profit from them.

    Watch KGTV-TV’s report about the arrests:

    Meredith Davis, the public information officer for the San Diego field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco, told the news station that the “undercover agent plainly and repeatedly informed both men the firearms and the military equipment were destined for a fictitious drug trafficking organization in Mexico.”

    The men will appear in court Thursday.

    (H/T: Associated Press)

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    This story has been updated to correct the incorrect description of the men as National Guardsmen. The men are reservists who worked at the Army National Guard Armory. 

  • MRI Shows What Actually Happens When You Crack Your Knuckles
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 6:54 am by Liz Klimas

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    You probably fall into one of two camps: the one that enjoys the sweet relief of a well cracked set of knuckles or the one that can’t stand to be near someone as they bend back their fingers one by one, crack by crack.

    The sound is one thing, but how about what knuckle cracking looks like on the inside?

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Researchers at the University of Alberta published a new study that settles the debate on what’s happening inside your fingers once and for all — and they filmed an MRI of it.

    “We call it the ‘pull my finger study’ — and actually pulled on someone’s finger and filmed what happens in the MRI. When you do that, you can actually see very clearly what is happening inside the joints,” Greg Kawchuk, a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

    Here’s a video of the cracking from the outside:

    And here’s what it looks like in an MRI:

    According to the university’s news release, the idea for the study was born when chiropractor Jerome Fryer brought Kawchuk a new knuckle-cracking theory. The pair and Kawchuk’s university colleagues wanted to put all the various theories out there to rest and went straight to the source, looking inside the joint.

    This involved finding someone willing to crack their knuckles on demand. Fryer ended up volunteering for the job because he can pop the knuckle on each of his fingers and can do it over and over again after a “standard recuperation time,” the news release stated.

    MRI of the joint during a knuckle crack.( Image source: YouTube)

    MRI of the joint during a knuckle crack.( Image source: YouTube)

    “Fryer is so gifted at it, it was like having the Wayne Gretzky of knuckle cracking on our team,” Kawchuk said.

    In conducting this research, Kawchuk said the MRI revealed something that hadn’t been known before. When Fryer cracked his knuckles, the MRI revealed a flash just before the crack. According to the news release, Kawchuk believes this is water being drawn together.

    Here’s more details from the abstract of the study published in the journal PLOS One this week:

    As traction forces increased, real-time cine magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated rapid cavity inception at the time of joint separation and sound production after which the resulting cavity remained visible. Our results offer direct experimental evidence that joint cracking is associated with cavity inception rather than collapse of a pre-existing bubble. These observations are consistent with tribonucleation, a known process where opposing surfaces resist separation until a critical point where they then separate rapidly creating sustained gas cavities.

    Kawchuck believes the research could do more than just show what’s happening to the joint from the inside. He said it could provide insight into whether cracking knuckles is good or bad for you and could someday be used to assess overall joint health.

    “It may be that we can use this new discovery to see when joint problems begin long before symptoms start, which would give patients and clinicians the possibility of addressing joint problems before they begin,” he said.

  • If Missing MH370 Plane Isn’t Found in the Next 15 Days, Search Area Will Double: ‘We Will Find It’
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 6:16 am by Liz Klimas

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday.

    Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters that Malaysia, Australia and China, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are “committed to the search.”

    He told reporters after meeting with his counterparts from the other two countries that so far 61 percent of the 60,000 kilometer (23,000-square-mile) search area has been scoured off Australia’s west coast. The remaining 39 percent would have been searched by the end of May, he said.

    Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantan (R) speaks as Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (C) and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (L) listen during the MH370 joint press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on April 16, 2015. The search zone for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the huge undersea area now being scanned for wreckage, government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China said on April 16. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantan (R) speaks as Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (C) and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (L) listen during the MH370 joint press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on April 16, 2015. The search zone for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the huge undersea area now being scanned for wreckage, government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China said on April 16. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    “If the aircraft is not found within the 60,000 square kilometers, we have collectively decided to extend the search to another 60,000 square kilometers within the highest probability area,” he said. However, searchers are hopeful that they can find the plane in the current search area, he said.

    Liow said the two areas together would cover 95 percent of the flight path of the plane, which went missing while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Most of the passengers were Chinese. It dropped off the radar, and investigators using satellite data later figured out that it made a series of turns and headed in a completely opposite direction from where it was going before crashing into the Indian Ocean.

    “We are confident we are searching in the right area,” Australian Transport Minister Warren Truss said at the news conference, alongside Liow. “We are confident we have the best search equipment .. if the plane is in the area we will find it.”

    A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares for landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on July 21, 2014. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares for landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on July 21, 2014. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    He said Malaysia and Australia will continue to fund the cost of the next phase of the search. He or the other ministers did not say how much it would cost.

    “Australia and Malaysia have been sharing the cost and we will continue to do that,” he said. “We are confident we will be able to fund whatever is necessary.”

    In the first phase, a total of 120 million Australian dollars ($93.6 million) was spent by the two countries, split equally, and Liow said the next phase is estimated to cost A$50 million ($39 million).

    The next phase will cost less because the equipment has already been purchased.

    The two ministers said they expect the second phase of the search to take the rest of this year. But the search is likely to be hindered by bad weather as winter sets in soon in the southern hemisphere, where seasons are opposite that of the northern hemisphere.

    In late January this year, Malaysia’s government formally declared the plane’s disappearance an accident and said all those on board were presumed dead. A comprehensive report into the disappearance found no significant anomalies in the flight, except that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane’s data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished.

    A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 reacts as she walks out from a hotel ballroom after attending a news briefing organize by the airlines' officials in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 reacts as she walks out from a hotel ballroom after attending a news briefing organize by the airlines’ officials in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP/Andy Wong)

    That still does not explain what caused the plane to veer so off course in what has become aviation’s biggest mystery that continues to confound experts and investigators alike. At the same time, the relatives of the dead have got no closure and many still believe that their loved ones may be alive amid a host of conspiracy theories including one that the plane was hijacked and landed somewhere safely.

  • Officer, Case Worker Help Homeless Man Make Incredible Discovery: ‘I Think We Were Both Stunned’
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 2:18 am by Oliver Darcy

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    A Florida officer and a case worker helped a homeless man regain his identify — and make an incredible discovery on the way.

    WFTS-TV reported that John Helinski was homeless, sleeping on a cardboard box in downtown Tampa for three years.

    “I just managed on my own,” he told the news outlet. “Sleeping underneath the benches there and no one would see me.”

    He currently resides in a community housing solutions center, but won’t be there for long. That’s because of a discovery made as case worker Charles Inman and officer Dan McDonald helped Helinkski with his case.

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    Case worker Charles Inman (Image source: WFTS-TV)

    Image source: WFTS-TV

    Tampa police officer Dan McDonald (Image source: WFTS-TV)

    “He needed to have an identification, but we couldn’t get an identification without a birth certificate,” Inman told WFTS. “There was no other option to succeed. You know, the thought of putting a 62-year-old man back on the street wasn’t acceptable.”

    After some paperwork, they helped get Helinski a driver’s license and Social Security card.

    That’s when he made a big find at a Tampa bank — an old, forgotten bank account.

    “At that time, it was Landmark Bank. Then it became Bank of America,” Helinkski told WFTS.

    As it turns out, the account had been sitting for a while — and had accumulated money in it. WFTS reported that the man’s Social Security checks had been pilling up inside it for years, leaving enough money for Helinkski to purchase permanent housing.

    “I guess I’m exhilarated, excited, you know,” he said.

    The officer and case worker were left astonished.

    “I think we were both stunned. We weren’t quite sure what to say,” McDonald said.

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  • Hannity Confronts Dem. Congressman Who Said ‘It Feels Like Open Season on Black Men in America’
    Posted April 16, 2015 at 1:19 am by Oliver Darcy

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    Fox News host Sean Hannity confronted the Democratic Congressman who said this week on the House floor that “it feels like open season on black men in America.”

    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said earlier this week that he is “outraged” over recent cases of police brutality.

    Hannity confronted Johnson with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics Wednesday evening.

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    Image source: Fox News

    “It’s 123 deaths,” the Fox News host said. “The last year that we have, 2012, from the CDC.”

    Hannity then pointed to FBI figures which signaled black-on-black murders resulted in far more deaths in recent years.

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    Image source: Fox News

    “Your comments are against the police department and militarization — isn’t it a bigger issue, black-on-black crime?” Hannity asked.

    Johnson responded, saying his comment about it feeling like “open season on black men in America” was in reference to the recent killing of Walter Scott by a South Carolina officer.

    “But I can’t think of another instance that is similar to that,” Hannity said.

    “You can’t think of one other instance where there has been an unjustified killing?” Johnson asked, seemingly in disbelief.

    “No, not like that,” Hannity answer. “That looked like an assassination. That looked like an assassination.”

    “But the Michael Brown case wasn’t like that,” Hannity continued. “The Trayvon Martin case wasn’t like that.”

    Johnson stuck to his talking points.

    “What we have seen is a revelation, a cascade of black males being killed at the hands of law enforcement,” the Democratic representative said.

    “But can you name one other example?” Hannity asked.

    “Well, I can tell you that according to the Department of Justice figures, for 2013, 420 deaths. And out of that 420 deaths Sean, black males were four times more likely to face death after being taken into custody,” Johnson shot back.

    The two battled for a few more moments, ultimately coming to agreement that they both want to help kids exit impoverished neighborhoods.

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  • Tears, Anger Mark First Anniversary of S. Korean Ferry Disaster
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 11:50 pm by Associated Press

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tears and grief mixed with raw anger Thursday as black-clad relatives mourned the 300 people, mostly high school kids, killed one year ago when the ferry Sewol sank in cold waters off the southwestern South Korean coast.

    In contrast to the near universal shock and outrage in the weeks following the sinking, the first anniversary of one of the nation’s worst disasters saw more complicated emotions.

    A relative of the victims of the Sewol disaster weeps during a ceremony on the eve of the first anniversary of the ferry sinking at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    A relative of the victims of the Sewol disaster weeps during a ceremony on the eve of the first anniversary of the ferry sinking at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    There’s widespread frustration among many South Koreans who see their government as having failed to meaningfully improve safety standards and hold high-level officials accountable for a disaster blamed in part on incompetence and corruption. Some also express fatigue with the continuing focus on the sinking.

    Flags in public buildings were lowered to half-staff and a minute of silence was observed in Ansan, the city that lost nearly an entire class of high school students on a doomed field trip to a southern resort island.

    The city was expecting thousands of visitors at an afternoon memorial service at its mourning site, where Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo visited in the morning, only to be turned back by angry relatives protesting the government’s handling of the sinking.

    Relatives of the victims threatened to cancel the service if the government didn’t announce firm plans to salvage the ship and promise a new investigation into the cause of the sinking, according to Pil Kyu Hwang, a lawyer representing the families.

    The estimated cost of raising the ferry is between $91 million and $137 million, and it could take as long as 1½ years.

    Many relatives gathered in Ansan. Some wept and touched pictures of their lost loved ones as they recalled helplessly watching on television as the ferry slowly sank into the sea.

    Hundreds also gathered at a small port on a southwest island near the site of the sinking. Dressed in black, they walked to a lighthouse where hundreds of yellow ribbons were tied to handrails in memory of the victims.

    A candle light vigil was planned in downtown Seoul, where relatives of the victims have been holding protests for months.

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye was expected to meet grieving relatives before leaving for a trip to Colombia later in the day. A total of 304 people died when the ferry Sewol sank.

    Also Thursday, South Korean lawmakers adopted a resolution urging the government to salvage the ferry.

    Of the 165 lawmakers in the National Assembly session, 161 voted to adopt the resolution, two voted against it and two abstained.

  • ‘That Is One of the Finest Catches I Have Ever Seen’: Announcers Stunned By Home Run Robbing Play
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    “That is one of the finest catches I have ever seen.”

    Those were the words a sports broadcaster moments after seeing Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar rob Rays player Tim Beckham of a certain home run.

    As put it, Pillar turned the ballpark into his “personal jungle gym” to make the impressive catch — all the the shock of the two announcers.

    “Oh my! He’s got it!” one said. “Oh my goodness.”

    “No, he didn’t! No, he didn’t!” the other said in disbelief.

    The Blue Jays ultimately won the game 12-7.

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  • The One-Word Problem George W. Bush Says His Brother Jeb Faces as a Potential Presidential Candidate
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    The one problem Jeb Bush faces as a potential presidential candidate?

    According to his bother George, it can be summed up in one word: “me.”

    The former president, speaking to an audience of approximately 7,000 health IT experts Wednesday, talked about a potential third Bush in the White House.

    “It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” he said, according to Politico.

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    “That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me,” the elder Bush continued. “The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’”

    “So I said to Jeb, ‘Hang in there; you can do the job. Will you win? I hope so but I don’t know. But if he does he’d be a damn good president I’ll tell you that.”

    Speaking at the annual conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Bush added the campaign will be tough on all the candidates.

    “It’s going to be a hard test for everyone, but it should be,” he said, according to Politico. “You want to see these candidates under pressure, see them fail and succeed so you have a better idea how they’ll handle the pressures of the job. Jeb has actually run something, called a state. That’s a skill that comes in handy where you’re in charge of a very complex multifaceted organization.”

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  • Tim McGraw to Headline Concert for ‘Sandy Hook Promise,’ but There’s a Reason Some Fans Are Upset
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Country music star Tim McGraw is set to headline a July concert for a group called the “Sandy Hook Promise” – and it’s leaving some of his fans upset.

    That’s because the organization has been accused by some conservative-leaning news websites of pushing a gun-control agenda.

    The group’s website says the non-profit was established by family members of the victims and “supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence.” The group specifically says it focuses on mental wellness programs and advocates for firearm safety and security and aims to be an “above-the-politics organization.”

    Image source: Sandy Hook Promise

    Image source: Sandy Hook Promise

    Fans expressed their displeasure on McGraw’s Facebook wall.

    “Never will buy another CD,” wrote one person. “Never will see another concert.”

    “What the hell is wrong with you Tim?!” wrote another.

    “There is no such thing as ‘gun violence.’ Until people stop blaming objects and taking accountability for their own actions nothing will change,” chimed in one more.

    Others, however, applauded McGraw’s efforts.

    The country star said in a statement he is excited to help the group.

    “Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation,” McGraw said. “Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise—as a father and as a friend.”

    The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left 20 children and six adult staff members dead in December 2012.

    The benefit concert is set to take place on July 17 and promises to be a day of “music, remembrance and love.”

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  • ‘Disgusting’: Vile Comments Sent to Hunter for Taking Photo With Slain Giraffe — Here’s Her Response
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    Controversy was ignited this week after a comedian and animal rights activist posted a five-year-old photo of a Utah hunter smiling as she posed next to a slain giraffe.

    “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?” Ricky Gervais asked his 7.5 million Twitter followers Monday.

    The hunter, Rebecca Francis, was featured on the show “Extreme Hunting” and hosted the show “Eye of the Hunter.”

    “I prefer bowhunting, and the animals I have taken with a bow include: a 10 1/2 ft. brown bear, black bear, shiras moose, alaskan moose, dall sheep, stone sheep, desert bighorn ram, rocky mountain bighorn ram, mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, mountain goat, antelope, arapawa ram, kudu, zebra, black wildebeest, giraffe, springbuck, blesbuck, lynx, badger, and squirrel,” her website says.

    After Gervais tweeted the photo, Francis was immediately attacked online, with many posting about how they hoped she was painfully killed.

    “Disgusting human being,” one Twitter user wrote.

    “Pure human evil…disgraceful,” wrote another.

    “I would love to permanently erase that smile,” one user wrote. “May she get all the cancers and diseases she deserves.”

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    Image source: Facebook

    Francis responded to the vile comments in a Facebook post on Hunting life’s page, explaining that she was asked to kill the giraffe:

    When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival. He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good.

    This is not the firs time that a hunter has been attacked for posting next to dead wildlife online. In 2013, hunter Melissa Bachman ignited controversy after posting a photo of her over a dead lion.

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  • ‘Phony Politics as Usual’: Beck Says the American People Are ‘Absolutely Starving’ for an Honest Politician
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Glenn Beck on Wednesday said the American people are “absolutely starving” for an honest politician, and voters in 2016 will care far more about authenticity than they have in the past.

    “People are absolutely starving for something or somebody that’s real. We don’t even have to agree with them all the time!” Beck said on his television program. “We just have to believe that they’re real. If anyone starts smelling like a focus group or you can tell they’re just going after polling numbers … it is over that fast.”

    Beck said politicians on both the left and the right have succumbed to “phony politics as usual.”

    “Nobody’s buying into the organic grassroots Jeb Bush campaign,” Beck said, and Hillary Clinton “can’t even be honest about the fans on her social media sites.”

    Glenn Beck speaks on his television program April 15, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Glenn Beck speaks on his television program April 15, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    “Can we return to the authenticity that made us great, or have we reached the point of no return?” Beck asked. “The 2016 election is going to come down to one word, and that word is ‘authentic.’”

    Beck said he would love to see the presidential election come down to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), since they are both so honest about their political beliefs.

    “Wouldn’t you love to have a debate … where Ted Cruz is like, ‘This is the Constitution and this is what I believe. I believe in these founding principles and here’s why.’ And she says, ‘OK, that’s fine and everything, but it doesn’t really work. … I believe in Sweden, and we should be more like Sweden. And this is why it works.’”

    “To tell you the truth, I think the Sweden argument would probably win at this point in this country,” Beck continued. “But I could at least live with it because we’d have an honest debate. And everybody right now is just sick of these lies.”

    Beck concluded by saying it is time for politicians on both sides “to grow up and start treating us like adults.”

    “And quite honestly, it’s time for the American people to grow up and start acting like adults,” he added.

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  • What Darrell Issa Thinks of State Department’s Response to His Question on Hillary Clinton’s Emails
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm by Fred Lucas

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    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called the State Department’s response to a congressional inquiry about Hillary Clinton’s private emails a “cover up, either by commission or omission,” adding it’s tough to believe someone at the department didn’t know Congress was misled.

    Issa was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when he wrote the Dec. 13, 2012 letter to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other cabinet secretaries asking about private email use for public business. The department did not respond until March 27, 2013, more than a month after Clinton left office. The response stated a general email policy.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs hearing, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington, investigating the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations. (AP Photo) AP Photo

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    A Clinton aide told the New York Times “her usage was widely known to the over 100 department and U.S. government colleagues she emailed, as her address was visible on every email she sent.”

    “If, as the Hillary Clinton campaign, said, that 100 people knew how she used email, it’s conceivable that none of those 100 knew about the very public letter that was sent, but there is a very slim chance,” Issa told TheBlaze.

    Though sent in December 2012, the letter was not in response to Benghazi or a Clinton-related controversy. Rather it emerged from the probe of the Energy Department’s $500 million loan to the bankrupt solar energy firm Solyndra, where a government employee was found to be using private emails to subvert Freedom of Information Act.

    The March response from the federal agencies was nearly identical, signed by different government staffers, Issa said. Issa believes the White House coordinated the collective response.

    Issa’s December 2012 letter to Clinton and other cabinet secretaries asked, “Have you or any senior agency official ever used a personal email account to conduct official business. If so, please identify the account used.”

    The departments responded only that if an employees use a personal email account, they “should make it clear that his or her personal email is not being used for official business.”

    Issa said it is a problem for Clinton that no response was provided until after she left office.

    “It is pertinent that it happened after she left office,” Issa said. “Not providing this information during her tenure would be a violation. After her tenure it could be taking government property.”

    Issa added that a bigger issue is at stake: the public’s right and Congress’s right to obtain information about the executive branch.

    “The American people have the right to know what their government is doing. After 9/11, you government knows more about you and you know less about your government,” Issa told TheBlaze. “The Freedom of Information Act is useless if government only provides the information they want you to have.”

  • Comedy Central Panel Goes After MSNBC Host for Boston Marathon Bomber Death Penalty Position: ‘What Should Be Done With Him Then?’
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    MSNBC host Alex Wagner got into a heated debate Tuesday night during a segment about the death penalty on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show.”

    The panel, also featuring comedians Dan Soder and Keith Robinson, was discussing whether or not Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty.

    “I just think there are certain people that just need to die,” host Larry Wilmore said to open up the segment, adding “I have no problem with Tsarnaev getting executed.”

    “I just think there are certain people that just need to die.”

    After Robinson jokingly argued he’d rather force Tsarnaev to undergo a sex change operation and then be used as a “virgin” in jail, Wagner entered the debate.

    “I think once you say, this crime is more heinous because of the kids who died than another crime where a little girl has been raped and killed, or several little girls have been raped and killed—,” she said.

    Wilmore interjected, “I am happy to kill them for that.”

    “So then you’re not really against the death penalty,” Wagner responded.

    “No, I’m not against the death penalty in that instance,” Wilmore shot back. “You’re correct.”

    “You can define what constitutes the correct punishment,” the host added. “And I’m happy with making that definition.”

    “Well, then how do you define that?” Wagner asked.

    Wilmore offered a quick rebuttal.

    “That’s how you come up with laws,” he said. “You come up with a process of defining it. We’ve already defined it with other laws. Look, our government already sponsors us killing people. We send drones to kill people. And I don’t see anybody marching against that. We send soldiers off and there job is to kill and it’s sponsored by the state.”

    Robinson then jumped into the debate, asking Wagner, “What should be done with him then?”

    “I mean, I think life in prison is a fairly [inaudible] … I mean, what they’re talking about is putting him in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day,” she answered.

    Wilmore asked Wagner why she opposes the death penalty when there is “unmistakable evidence,” like in Tsarnaev’s case, that the individual was responsible for the crime.

    “There is no chance that he didn’t do it,” Wilmore added.

    “Sure, but in all death penalty cases you want to be sure that the guy did it, right?” Wagner said.

    “We are sure that he did it,” Wilmore fired back.

    “Again, if you are arguing this in the abstract,” the MSNBC host said.

    “No, I’m not,” Wilmore doubled down. “I am arguing this in the specific.”

    After being grilled for a few more moments by the panel, Wilmore cut to break. When the program returned, Wanger had left and a member of the audience had replaced her. Wilmore only said that the MSNBC host “had to run.”

    Media-news website Mediaite reached out Comedy Central and the network said it was “established prior to the taping” that Wagner would “only participate in the first panel segment.” An MSNBC representative told the website the same thing.

    (H/T: Mediaite)

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  • Chaffetz Plan to Fire Federal Workers With Big Tax Debts Fails in the House
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Employees of the federal government dodged a bullet Wednesday, as the House failed to pass legislation that would require federal workers to be fired if they fail to pay their federal taxes.

    Republicans called up the legislation just weeks after the IRS reported that more than 100,000 federal workers owed about $1.1 billion in unpaid taxes as of last year. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), said Congress needs to send the message that it’s a privilege to be a federal worker, and that all of them must pay their taxes.

    Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Says GOP Leaders Like Desperate Parents Threatening to Shoot Their Children if They Don’t Get What They Want

    House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was one of several Democrats who opposed legislation on Wednesday to fire federal workers with large outstanding tax debts.

    “If you’re a federal worker thumbing your nose at the federal government, not paying your taxes, then you should be eligible to be fired by the supervisor,” he said.

    But Democrats opposed the bill, and said that despite the IRS’s own report, there is no problem at all with delinquent tax debts.

    “This measure is based on ideology rather than facts, and will perpetuate a negative image of federal workers,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

    “I remain opposed to this legislation because the purpose and intent of the bill is the same as the measure from last Congress,” he added. “It would require federal agencies to fire, fire federal employees who are delinquent in paying their taxes.”

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the IRS already has the authority to seize the wages of federal workers who don’t pay their taxes, and said the bill goes too far. He said if any company imposed a similar policy on their workers, those workers would “all quit, and the company would go bankrupt.”

    Democratic opposition in the House wouldn’t normally be enough to sink any bill, since the House is controlled by Republicans. However, GOP leaders brought up the bill under a faster process for considering legislation, one that requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage.

    The House voted 266-162 in favor of the bill, and only a few dozen Democrats supported it. That tally fell short of the two-thirds majority needed, and the bill failed.

    Under the bill, federal workers would be ineligible for employment with the government if they have a “seriously delinquent tax debt.” It would give those workers access to due process, and it also said a debt would not be considered delinquent if the worker had a plan in place to pay back any owed taxes.

    Additionally, anyone with a seriously delinquent tax debt couldn’t be considered for federal employment.

    While Democrats clearly opposed the idea of firing workers with tax debts, they didn’t flinch at the idea of punishing government contractors with tax debts. The House voted 424-0 to prohibit companies from winning federal contracts if they owe back taxes.

    The votes came after a full day in the House of considering various tax-related bills, which Republicans have routinely done on or around tax day, April 15.

    In a series of easy voice votes, the House passed bills to create a taxpayer bill of rights, prohibit the targeting of groups based on their political believes, and stop IRS workers from using their personal email for work.

    Last week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told his colleagues that “America is fed up” with the lack of accountability at the IRS, and said these reforms are needed.

    On Thursday, the House is expected to pass a few remaining tax bills, including one to eliminate the estate tax.

  • Female Comic Recalls Story for ‘Wage Gap’ PSA. Then the Man She Accused of Paying Her Less Came Forward.
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm by Jason Howerton

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    In a gender “wage gap” public service announcement for Levo League, comedian Sarah Silverman recalled the time she was paid $10 for a 15-minute spot at the New York Comedy Club when her friend and fellow comic Todd Barry was paid $60.

    Silverman said she went back inside the club to confront the owner, Al Martin, who seemed to be caught off guard.

    “It was symbolic, I didn’t need $60. But it’s, um, you know, it’s pretty s****y,” Silverman said in the PSA. Watch the video below (Warning: strong language)

    That incident occurred roughly 15 years ago. Shortly after the video featuring Silverman was published online, Martin called out the comedian in a scathing Facebook post:

    Are you kidding ? You come in to my club 15 years ago and ask me for a guest spot , I did not ask you to perform and you were not booked, and Then you ask me for pay ? You asked to work out some material ..
    Then you make this a gender pay thing ? Sarah great cause I am with it, but I did not pay you less cause of gender …..I paid you less because Todd Barry was booked and you weren’t…It was a GUEST SPOT, so I gave you some car fare, which actually is more than almost any club would have given for a GUEST Spot…Funny how in your attempt to become a super hero with a noble cause, you forgot that little fact…GUEST SPOT ….GUEST SPOT



    Well, after Martin spoke up, Silverman eventually apologized for mentioning the club owner by name and admitted her story was not a good example of the “wage gap.”

    “This is also HARDLY an example of the wage gap and can only do that very true reality a terrible disservice if I were trying to make it one. To Al, I truly am sorry to bring you into this as you employ women and pay them the same as the men I’m sure. To the maniacs who want to use this as a chit against women’s issues, I ask that you please don’t,” she wrote in a statement to Salon.

    Giving her the benefit of the doubt, Martin later wrote that he “fully” accepts Silverman’s apology in another Facebook post.

    I thank everyone who believed in me throughout this past week, Those of you who wrote on my behalf and those of you…

    Posted by Al N Carolyn Martin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    (H/T: Mediaite)

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