Monday, October 16, 2017

Free Bitcoin Just for Signing Up


I found a really good offer for those of us in the cryptocurrency space. Qoinpros looks like they are giving away a varying number of altcoins in combination with the standard BTC or Bitcoin. Simply open up an account here and you will be sent to check your email for verification purposes. Now as far as I saw there are some regions where this service cannot be used for altcoin wallets. I had no problem with that since I’m only there for using the service for the goodies. I do my trading in bitcoin on the BDAX exchange so there is no issue there. And when the minimum withdraw limits are reached I’ll simply transfer all of my coins to my GDAX and Exodus wallets. Go ahead signup here and get in on some free coins of your own.

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Steemit Has Its Own Group of Censors

RAW pastbin:

The Steemit @Blacklist uses a range of metrics to determine who’s a repeat offender of plagiarism, hate speech, bullying, ongoing power-abuse and so on. The Blacklist is computer-generated and is updated irregularly to make sure bad behaving accounts get a quick flag so that other upvote-bots can avoid upvoting the blacklisted accounts and simply skip to the next post. The @blacklist-project is a much wider and further stretching authority than any of the singular up or downvoting guilds currently running on steemit, it is also complimentary to current projects in the same genre which are to keep the steem-blockchain unattractive for scammers, spammers and miserable trolls who are caught bullying or go after steemians in a power-abusive behaviour and so forth and so on.

The @blacklist account is a very serious project who aim to grow over the years with supporting bots and guilds respecting the black flag as the black flag is computer-generated by a popular opinion from a wide range of always active members of the community.

There are one way to get off the blacklist once you are on it, and that is to change your behavior from evil to good over your next 40 posts. Once you have reached that number you must send 40 STEEM to the @blacklist account with “REVIEW” in the memo. Someone from our staff will then manually look at your blog within the next 24-48 hours and remove you from the list if your account now qualifies for it.

The Blacklist contains between 200-500 accounts at any given time. The list grows or shrinks depending on user behavior (1) and user-reaction (2).

The above pastebin script comes from the group of Steemit blockchain users calling themselves “blacklist-a” And as you can see at the lower end of the script their is an extortion payment you must make to be removed from said blacklist. This is even worse than a damn Facebook or twitter ban. At least with a ban of those two platforms you can usually find another platform to voice your opinion without any “financial” damage.

I never thought I would see this but yes it’s there and it’s real because I saw these assholes downvote an innocent video that I posted from my own computer. And with those downvotes and dislikes, there was no money for curation rewards on my post. Along with the blacklist asshole group you are also kicked in the teeth by a bot called “cheetah” and another called “steemcleaners”. The issues with these other two are they attatch themselves to your posts as comments and they upvote your posts with very little to no “Steem Power”. This will keep your post from really generating a good value of curation rewards.

If you’re interested in joining the steemit blockchain, I suggest doing a Google Search and watch some of the videos and get a much clearer understanding of what you’re jumping into.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

2017 Presidential Politics for 10/3

In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the Donald Trump Administration and Presidency. This thread will refresh daily and appear above the Open Discussion Thread. President Trump […]

via October 3rd – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #257 — The Last Refuge

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Secure the Best Possible Deal For Your New Domain

How to find a great domain deal

You’ve set up your new business and everything is ready to go. You’ve got your trademark and your LLC and everything else you need to jump into the arena. There’s only one more thing that you need to take care of. You need to get an official company website for your new business so that all of your potential customers can quickly and easily find you. This is the most important aspect of 21st century business strategy, so it isn’t an area that you can skimp or cut corners on. The sooner you get your business on the web, the sooner you can expect the profits to roll in.

You’ll First Need to Reserve a Name For Your Domain

The first thing you need to do is get a quality domain name for your site. This is a move that takes in several aspects of modern business operation. The thing that you most need to keep in mind at all times is that the name you give to your new domain will do more than simply furnish the name of the URL that people will type into the search bar to find you on the web. It will also be the cornerstone of your public reputation. The name that you give to your domain will name and consequently define your brand in the eyes of people who are now getting their first impression of you.

Reserving a Name For Your Domain Is Easier Than Ever

As far as the mechanical operation of reserving a name for your new domain goes, it’s easier to do than ever before. This is largely due to the recent proliferation of service providers. These providers come in all sizes, shapes, and levels of reliability and professional. The trick will be to sign on the dotted line with the provider whose offer will best meet your personal needs. You’ll need to do a bit of research on the web to find out which one this will be. Once you do, it’s time to weigh a number of further considerations so that you can be sure your needs are met.

What Qualities Should You Look For in a Hosting Services Provider?

There are a number of very important qualities that you need to look for in order to be sure that you are getting the best possible deal for your dollar. Reliability and availability are the first order of business. You will need to be able to contact your provider at a moment’s notice – at any and all times of the day or night – when you spot a nasty glitch or security error. Whether they are big or small, these glitches will affect the quality of your website. If they are noticed by the public and your provider does nothing to fix them, they can lead to serious damage for your brand.

The Time to Reserve a Name For Your Domain Is Now

The sooner you choose a name for your domain and reserve it as your own, the better. This is the first step in getting your business on the web and establishing your brand. You can rely on professional aid and counsel from a reputable provider in order to help you meet this goal.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

How to get the most out of an online e-commerce shopping application

Using Your Shopping Cart

Effectively When you go to your favorite grocery store, little is more annoying than getting a shopping cart with wobbly wheels and one that squeaks like a laughing hyena. Such an occurrence really puts a damper on the entire shopping experience. The same can be said for online shopping carts. If they are clunky and lacking in functionality, the entire shopping experience is cheapened to the point that all but your most loyal of customers will go elsewhere. Consider the following ways to use your ecommerce shopping cart software more effectively and gain customers as a result.

Provide Vivid Descriptions and Pictures

If your site contains few to no pictures, it will be difficult to convince consumers to take you very seriously. Consumers want to see what they are purchasing. Since it is not possible to feel the physical merchandise being offered online, pictures are the next best thing. Your shopping cart should contained vivid descriptions and digital quality pictures that encapsulate the true essence of what it is that you are selling. If you can do that right within your shopping cart, visitors will just need to click a simple button to add it to the cart. It really is that simple, and then you will see your sales increase as a result.

Make Payment a Snap

Imagine filling your cart up in the grocery store only to get to the checkout line and find no cashiers available to help you. Perhaps they are all on break or they just did not show up for work. Whatever the reason, you will be tempted to leave the store without your items given the level of frustration that you feel. Likewise, your online customers will leave a full online cart of items without paying for them if you do not provide them with an easy checkout option. This means that you need to have a payment channel that is simple to use and does not require a lot of time. The quicker and more seamless you can make the process, the better off you will be in the end.

Integrate the Cart Into the Site Itself

Visitors to your site need to be able to find the shopping cart easily, no matter what page they might navigate to. The best way to do this is to make sure the software that you use actually integrates the cart right into the website itself. This will enable the consumer to click on the cart at any time and see what they have put in there. This should be easily updated so that visitors can change the quantity ordered on the go, as well as delete any items that are no longer needed. Again, the key here is to make this entire process as easy as possible. Do not make consumers go to a third party website in order to checkout. It is not professional and will cost you customers in the long run. These are just four of the many ways that you can use an online shopping cart to your advantage. Remember that the key is to make the cart functional and easy to use. This is a tool that you have at your disposal as a business owner, so make sure that you use it wisely. If you do, your business will almost certainly grow as a result.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Who else has the same thoughts about mundane tasks

I’m not necessarily the type of person to point out my faults to others, but in this case I’m going to make an exception. I’m lazy. I mean really lazy. I’d prefer if someone else could take all my mundane work and just do it for me.

I know I’m not the only one – that’s why there’s so many different applications out there for automating work. And I think that’s a good thing, because if you want to focus on growing your business (and your bottom line), you need to be spending your time wisely.

While we’ve done everything we can to make fast and easy to use, today you have the opportunity to take it that last step and go completely hands off. When you select the Lazy option, you literally don’t do anything at all other than put in the links you want shared. That’s it. Other users will push your links out to the social media sites, and you collect the social buzz.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Nintendo Swings positive Thanks to Switch Console

Japanese video game giant Nintendo returned to the black for the quarter ended in June thanks to the success of its new Switch console.

Nintendo recorded an operating profit of $144.95 million (5.13 billion yen) for its fiscal first quarter, compared with a year-ago loss of 24.5 billion yen. Revenue jumped 150 percent to $1.37 billion (154.07 billion yen), the company said Wednesday.

The Kyoto-based company sold 1.97 million Switch consoles in the quarter, taking its total sales to 4.7 million units. Nintendo has been unable to keep up with demand for the hybrid home-portable console, and stores in Japan have been operating lotteries for customers to get the chance to purchase one.

The success of the console, along with that of mobile game Pokemon Go, have helped push Nintendo’s stock price up 60 percent over the last year. Its market value exceeded that of Sony Corp. last month. However, Sony stock has also been on a tear — the company has more recently pushed its market capitalization to around $51 billion, compared with $45 billion for Nintendo.

Read more: Nintendo Sets Price for Switch Game Console, Stock Dips

Nintendo is forecasting sales of 10 million Switch consoles for the full fiscal year to March 2018 and operating profit of 65 billion yen ($580 million at current rates).

The company was late to move into mobile gaming, but revenue from titles including Super Mario Run, along with IP licensing, rose 450 percent to $80 million (9 billion yen) for the latest quarter.

Nintendo’s stock closed up 1.3 percent at 35,770 yen ($320) in Tokyo before the earnings announcement.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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Zoo Visitors Spot Eerie Sight in Sky Above Elephant… Horrified to Learn Truth — Conservative Tribune

Despite a clear record of horrifying failure throughout history, some still insist socialism and centrally-planned economics is a viable form of governance that merely needs a few tweaks here and there to make a society flourish. The latest example of that flat-out falsehood is Venezuela, a once prosperous and beautiful oil-rich nation in South America that……

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Saturday, July 22, 2017



  • General Tony Thomas has blamed leakers for the apparent survival of ISIS leader
  • Says US and allies have killed 60,000-70,000 ISIS soldiers in Iraq and Syria
  • But leader al-Baghdadi apparently remains alive despite conflicting reports
  • Now Thomas blames 2015 New York Times report for giving away US advantage

By Keith Griffith For, 22 July 2017:

A top US general has blamed leaks to the New York Times for giving ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the ability to evade American forces seeking to kill him.

General Tony Thomas, who leads Special Operations Command, said Friday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that his teams were ‘particularly close’ to al-Baghdadi after a 2015 raid, Fox News reported.

That operation, a Delta Force commando raid in eastern Syria, killed ISIS oil minister Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, yielding a trove of information about the terror group’s operations and logistics.

‘That was a very good lead. Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,’ said Thomas, in an apparent reference to a New York Times report about the raid from June 2015.

General Tony Thomas, who leads Special Operations Command, blamed this 2015 report in the New York Times for tipping off al-Baghdadi to the insights gained from a Delta Force raid

The ruins of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, where al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate, are seen earlier this week. A US general is blaming leaks for allowing the ISIS leader to escape

That report read in part: ‘New insights yielded by the seized trove — four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official — include how the organization’s shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces.’

The New York Times report even detailed knowledge gained about al-Baghdadi’s security precautions for meeting and communicating with his lieutenants, including the use of wives to pass messages.

‘The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly,’ Thomas said.

‘There’s a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job,’ he continued.

President Donald Trump seized on the remarks early Saturday morning, tweeting: ‘The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security’.

The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment from

homas offered a ‘conservative’ estimate that US forces and allies had killed 60,000 to 70,000 ISIS fanatics, saying of al-Bagdadi that ‘everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone’.

Meanwhile, amid conflicting reports last month that Russian forces had killed al-Baghdadi, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said he believes the ISIS leader is still alive.

‘I think Baghdadi is alive, I think he’s alive and I’ll believe otherwise when we know we’ve killed him,’ Mattis told Pentagon reporters on Friday.

‘We are going after him, but we assume he is alive.’

Asked whether al-Baghdadi still plays a command role in ISIS, Mattis mused: ‘To define that role, is it operational? Is it strategic? Is it propaganda? Is it spiritual? Is it physical? I can’t define it, but until I see his body, I’m going to assume he is alive.’

There have been persistent rumors that Baghdadi has died in recent months.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime conflict monitor, last week said it had heard from senior IS leaders in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province that Baghdadi was dead.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bomber Pilot Knew Exactly What to Do

It’s a nightmare scenario out of a movie: Over 150 passengers are sitting on an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet. Without warning, the pilot slumps over from a heart attack. That unlikely scenario is what happened aboard a 737 jetliner headed across the country… but then the veteran pilot of Air Force B-1 bombers stepped……

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

80 Good Samaritans Band Together to Save Family From Dying in Water — Conservative Tribune

When things go wrong, sometimes all you need is the helping hand of a stranger — or 80 of them. Roberta Ursrey and her family were swimming at Panama City Beach, Florida, when she noticed her two sons caught in a rip current, according to the Panama City News Herald. Ursery, her husband, her mother……

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Monday, July 10, 2017

transformer actor locked in various arrest jurisdictions

Authorities in Georgia arrested Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf early Saturday morning on suspicion of obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after he reportedly harassed a random stranger for refusing to give him a cigarette, then berated the police for asking him to stop.

“He became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language in front of the women and children present,” police said in a statement. “He was told to leave the area and refused, becoming aggressive toward the officer.”

The statement added: “When the officer attempted to place LaBeouf under arrest, LaBeouf ran to a nearby hotel. LaBeouf was arrested in the hotel lobby, where his disorderly behavior continued.”

shia lebouf has gone all in to being a huge douchebag when it came to electing president trump. he and his monies are like little kids that refuse to give up the ball after getting their asses kick.


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This was not the first brush with the law for the actor, whose behavior seems to have grown worse since the election of President Donald Trump, whose agenda he strongly opposes.

Authorities arrested him about six months ago when he tussled with a man outside of an anti-Trump art exhibit he had set up in Queens.

When the man approached the exhibit, LaBeouf reportedly pushed him away and then pulled on his scarf, scratching the victim’s face in the process.

He was arrested shortly thereafter.

The art exhibit had been part of a now-defunct project where LaBeouf broadcast a live video stream and encouraged participants to congregate around the camera and repeatedly chant, “He will not divide us.”

Four months later, the Hollywood actor was sued by a Los Angeles bartender who he had reportedly accosted at a bowling alley a month prior..

h/t – western journalism

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Illegal teens accused in violent rape, home invasion

From left, rape-home invasion suspects Francisco Palencia, 17, and Josue Ramirez, 19. Ramirez has an immigration hold from ICE at the Gwinnett County Jail near Atlanta. GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – It’s easily one of the most horrific crimes of the year in the Atlanta area, and now WND has found that the lead suspect is an…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Nets trying to throw money at 3 targets after Redick rejection — New York Post

MoneyApparently Nets free-agent target J.J. Redick trusted the Process more than the Strategy. Redick, whom the Nets were willing to offer a two-year contract and a key role off the bench, opted for a one-year, $23 million deal from Philadelphia. “Trust the process,” Redick tweeted. ESPN, which had reported the deal seconds earlier, quoted the…

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watch – SWEDISH WOMAN TELLS IT LIKE IT IS regarding refugees/immigrants

This is a video made by a Swedish woman. She is being straight up honest
She is a very brave and patriotic woman.
I wish i knew her name to credit her.
She deserves all the credit in the world for her bravery.
People can only put up with so much.

Let a German citizen tell you just how bad its gotten there.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

congressional black caucus is really flooring a bill for a white tax


congressional black caucus photo on capitol stepsDelusional Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus have reportedly renewed their ill-conceived efforts to force white Americans to pay for the sins of some of their ancestors.

Specifically, Michigan Rep. John Conyers and his fellow CBC members have “re-introduced legislation that would set up a commission to consider whether reparations should be paid to black Americans for slavery,” according to the Washington Examiner.

Conyers has reportedly been proposing the bill every year for at least two decades. As noted by the Examiner, the bill would also consider the prospect of the federal government issuing a formal apology for the “racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans.”

This despite the fact that slavery was outlawed over 150 years ago and not every white American’s ancestors partook in the hideous trade — or were even in the country at the time.

Moreover, according to The Root magazine, known for its usually unapologetically pro-black stance on the issues, even some free black Americans “bought and sold other black people, and did so at least since 1654, continuing to do so right through the Civil War.”

And even one of the most leftist papers in existence, The New York Times, admitted two years ago that were a reparations bill passed into law, payments would “have to come from taxpayers, who have no culpability for those past crimes and little, if any, of the benefit.”

Unless the government were to use only the funds of white taxpayers, which would be inherently racist, reparations would therefore be funded by Americans of all races, including black Americans.

The bill was to all intents and purposes economically unfeasible, historically inaccurate and a royal waste of time — one likely rooted in animosity as well as ignorance.

Over 150 years have passed since America’s darkest days, and within that time frame, the nation has become one of the most tolerant countries on Earth, as reported three years ago by The Washington Post:


As bad as slavery was — and there’s no arguing that it was a horrific national sin — the time has long since come to let the issue go. That would certainly be better than flogging a dead horse — one that ought to be long buried in this day and age.

Please share this story on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think about the Congressional Black Caucus renewing its efforts to impose reparations on the nation!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

candice wiggins was harassed by the wnba lesbians during her career

candice waggins was harassed as a straight person in the wnbaCandice Wiggins was a college star at Stanford, the third pick of the 2008 WNBA draft and a 2011 champion. And at the mountaintop of her basketball career, her sexuality marred the moment.

There is a “very, very harmful” culture running throughout the WNBA, she says, which saw her get bullied during her eight-year career because she is heterosexual.

Wiggins, who last played in the league in 2015, said she retired prematurely to leave a league that she estimated — wildly — is 98 percent lesbian, and which is played in such isolation that it weighs on the people on the court.

“It wasn’t like my dreams came true in the WNBA. It was quite the opposite,” Wiggins said in an extensive San Diego Tribune story published Monday. “… I wanted to play two more seasons of WNBA, but the experience didn’t lend itself to my mental state. It was a depressing state in the WNBA. It’s not watched. Our value is diminished. It can be quite hard. I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. … My spirit was being broken.”

The 30-year-old couldn’t take it anymore — being harassed for being straight and fighting for attention in a league that is starved.

“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they [the other players] could apply.”

Wiggins, who played for the Lynx, Shock, Sparks and Liberty, claimed the issues revolve around the lack of attention the league has garnered as the WNBA struggles with ticket sales and TV ratings. For the 2016 season, the WNBA said its average attendance was 7,655 — its highest since 2011.

“There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs,” Wiggins said. “The way I looked, the way I played – those things contributed to the tension.

“People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.’ “


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

some female teachers have too much fun with their students

Here is a list of the teacher ‘sexpidemic’ cases WND has documented where female teachers have been accused, or convicted, of assaulting students:


Abbie Jane Swogger

Abbie Jane Swogger, 34: Teacher’s aide at Highlands Senior High School in Harrison, Pa., was arrested Feb. 22, 2008, for renting a hotel room where police found beer, marijuana, an open condom wrapper and at least four teenage girls and boys, including several of her 15-year-old son’s friends. Though categorically denying rumors she was having sex with students from the school, Swogger was quoted as saying, “I was stupid, very stupid. I already know I was and I can understand you looking at me wrong. It’s the biggest mistake I ever made in my whole life.” Police allege Swogger “asked or encouraged” two 15-year-old runaway girls to have sex with her. According to a police papers, Swogger admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy and asked police, “How serious is that?” The one-time exotic dancer resigned Feb. 25, 2008. Swogger accepted a 3- to-6-year jail term that included a 36-year probation on May 26, 2009. “I’m sorry I was not the role model I should have been. I’m really sorry,” she told the judge.


Abigail Holloway

Abigail Holloway, 33 The former gym teacher at the Christian prep school, Kings Academy, in Sunnyvale, Calif., was arrested March 5, 2009, at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado, where she was working, on charges stemming from an alleged sexual relationship with a female student lasting from 2001 to 2005. The girl, now a student at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., told a school counselor about the relationship that had occurred in California beginning when she was 13. During that time, according to the girl, she and Holloway were intimate “over 100 times.” “We have a very special relationship. It is a gift from God,” states an alleged e-mail from Holloway to the girl in March 2003. “Not many people are going to understand that, but we know in our hearts that God made us for each other!” Holloway is fighting extradition.


Adrienne Laflamme

Adrianne Hockett: Accused of having sex with a 16-year-old special-needs student in a Houston apartment she rented for the get-togethers. The boy has testified the pair would “have sex, drink beer and smoke weed.”

Adrienne Laflamme, 60: Science teacher at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center in Cocoa, Fla., was arrested June 25, 2008, for having a four-week heated affair with an inmate student, 17, within days of his release. The boy’s mother said the teacher regularly picked him up from their home to have sex at her own residence. Laflamme had sex with the student at least 15 times, including one threesome with a 14-year-old boy. She has been charged with 15 counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of filing a false police report.


Alexandria Vera

Alexandria Vera, 24: Middle-school teacher for the Aldine Independent district in Houston, Texas, accused of having sex with her eighth-grade student – an act that led to her pregnancy and later, abortion – turned herself in to Montgomery County police in May 2016 to face charges of sexual abuse. According to local media and court documents, Vera admittedly engaged in a long-running sexual relationship with the boy with the knowledge and support of his parents. Vera, an English teacher, allegedly told authorities she first met the boy, then 13, during summer school and gave him her phone number when he asked. She also allegedly said the boy asked her to hang out, and she agreed, and that over the course of a couple of days, kissing led to a sexual relationship. As Click2Houston put it: “Vera said the student’s parents not only knew about the relationship, they approved of it and allowed the teen to spend the night at Vera’s home … where they engaged in sex on a regular basis, according to court documents. She told an investigator that she would drop him off at home in the morning so he could catch the bus to Stovall Middle School, prosecutors said.”


Alison Mosbeck

Alison Mosbeck, 33: History teacher at Dueitt Middle School in the Spring, Texas, school district was arrested Oct. 26, 2007, for allegedly having intercourse at least three times with one of her students, a 14-year-old boy. The mother of one of the students’ friends saw text messages from Mosbeck on the student’s cellphone and alerted authorities.


Alison Peck

Alison Peck, 23: Former teacher at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Mo., was charged May 22, 2009, in Green County with statuatory rape after convincing two friends to help her spend a night at a motel in Springfield with a 16-year-old boy who used to be her student. Peck had already been charged in Dade County on May 14 with having sexual relations with the boy at a park in that county sometime between January and March. On the day after receiving that citation, she arranged with friends to meet the boy at the Springfield motel. On May 17, she was charged with statuatory sodomy and statuatory rape because the boy told the detective that he had liaisons with Peck at her home in Mount Vernon. Judges have set bonds of $2,500 in Dade County, $10,000 in Lawrence County, and $200,000 in Greene County and Leo has been issued a no-contact order, told to stay 1,000 feet away from the boy’s home and school and to surrender her passport.


Allenna Ward

Allenna Ward, 24: Minister’s daughter from Laurens County, S.C., was a second-year teacher at Bell Street Middle School in Clinton, S.C., when she was fired Feb. 28, 2007, for allegedly having sex with at least five boys. Some of the purported victims, ages 14 and 15, were students at Ward’s school. Authorities say the married woman had sex with the boys not only on campus, but also at a motel, in a park and behind a restaurant. On Sept. 6, 2007, Ward pleaded guilty to six charges – three second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three lewd acts on a minor. “Today, I publicly admit my guilt and would like to apologize. I sincerely apologize for the effects of my actions,” she told the court. On Feb. 19, 2008, she was sentenced to six years in prison.


Amanda Athey

Amanda Athey, 27: Charged Aug. 8, 2007, in Huntersville, N.C. with three counts of indecent liberties with a female student and one count of sexual activity with a female student. The relationship came to light when the girl’s father became suspicious of the Hopewell High School English teacher’s friendship with his daughter. She had told the father she was married to a man named Cal but after her arrest, it came to light she lived with another woman named Callie.

Amber Jennings, 31: Though Jennings was initially charged with having sex with a 16-year-old, the counts against the Sturbridge, Mass., woman were reduced to a single charge of disseminating harmful materials to a minor. She reportedly admitted e-mailing naked photos of herself to a former student. She received no jail time, only two years of probation after pleading guilty in September 2005.


Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall, 23: Northwest Indiana woman allegedly had sexual contact, including intercourse, with several students at Hebron High School, and turned herself into authorities, telling police she knew what she did was illegal.

Amira Sa’Di, 30: Clayton County, Ga., math teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a student in November 2005. She reportedly remarked she didn’t think her relationship was inappropriate based on her Internet research, learning Georgia’s age of consent is 16.


Amy Beck

Amy Beck, 33: Teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank, Calif., surrendered to police March 8, 2010, apparently overcome by guilt, according to authorities. She allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of her male students, who was 14 at the time, from March to September 2009. Beck was charged with five counts, including four counts of unlawful sex with a person under 16 and one count of oral copulation with a person under 16. She faces up a maximum sentence of up to seven years in state prison.


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Why we should be thanking President Trump for Paris Agreement pullout

Paris accord is a money grabbing political farce

After riding out the 45 day ban that I was given on Facebook. The Paris accord or agreement has been on many people’s minds. I wholeheartedly agree with President Trump’s actions and reasoning behind removing our country from this heinous redistribution of our country’s tax dollars. I wasn’t alone in these thoughts. One of the people on Facebook that I follow wrote a dynamic post on the diabolical actions of the previous administration and why obama attempted to get the United States bogged down in another self-deprecating accord. Read below in its entirety the post that I woke up to on June 4, 2017 on Facebook.

This was just posted by a friend so I thought I would share it! Yes, Obama attempted to screw America and Pres. Trump is reversing a bad decision. Read on.

In December 2015, nine months before the end of his presidency, Barrack Obama signed the Paris Accord. The United States did not. In order to ratify it as a treaty 2/3 of the Senate had to approve it. Obama told us it was not a treaty, but an executive agreement between himself and other nations. The Paris agreement was an agreement only with the Obama Administration, and an unratfied treaty in which case it had no effect. The Constitution’s separation of powers prevents the President from binding the country unilaterally. Our system does not divide authority into spheres controlled exclusively by the Senate, House and President. It requires combinations of offices to work together.
Obama’s counterparties in Paris knew he lacked the support to bind our country. In fact, they watered down the wording of the agreement to support Obama’s agreement that it does not require ratification. Examples: they changed the word “shall” to “should” in many places in order to avoid calling it a treaty. The negotiators choose between a treaty that would bind the United States and the promise of an outgoing president. Any claims that Trump or the United States “is going back on it words” is disingenuous. Only Obama gave his word and the other parties in Paris helped design the agreement to throw our Constitution out the window. Obama ignored his constitutional duty to submit treaties to the Senate. In fact, a statement from the Obama White House said it all when the White House signaled it would bypass the Senate no matter what by saying ” I think it’s hard to take seriously from some members of Congress who deny the fact that climate change exists, that they should have some opportunity to render judgement about a climate change agreement.”
Under the agreement Obama signed, the UN would have called the shots on what we did within our own borders to protect the climate. They would have also had the power to punish us through embargoes and trade agreements.
Under Obama’s agreement, China, the world’s major polluters are ALLOWED to increase their emissions where the United States cannot. India is hinging it’s participation on billions of dollars of foreign aid.
The agreement was less about the climate and more about other countries gaining financial advantage over the United States.
This was a United Nations program that gave foreign leaders in Europe and Asia more say with respect to the United States economy then we do. It would have handicapped the United States economy – it was a deal that would have punished the United States, while imposing no obligations on the world’s leading polluters. China would be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants, but we can not, according to the agreement. India would be allowed to double it’s coal production by 2020, but we have to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants, but we can not.
Obama’s requirements in the Paris Accord would cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion.
By 2040 our economy would lose 6.5 million industrial sector jobs including 31 million manufacturing sector jobs.
It would decapitate our coal industry which now supplies one-third of our electric power.
It imposed unrealistic targets on the United States for reducing our carbon emissions, while giving countries like China a free pass.
China would actually be allowed to INCREASE emissions until 2030.
Obama committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund – which is about 30 percent of the initial funding – WITHOUT being authorized by Congress.
We are $20 trillion in debt, US taxpayers should not be paying to subsidized other countries energy needs.

The United States is already a Clean Energy and Oil & Gas Energy Leader. We can reduce our emissions and continue to produce American energy without the Paris Accord. America has already reduced it carbon-dioxide emissions dramatically (who remembers those yearly emission tests).
The United States is the leader in oil and gas production.

For anyone that thought the Paris Accord was all about clean river and air, it is not and never was.


h/t Sheryl Preston Tumey on Facebook

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester’s Morrisey has the will to call it like it is

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.
For what…

Posted by Morrissey Official on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And because I continue to ride out my Facebook ban of 45 days. I cannot voice my own support on the Morrisey Facebook Fan Page. However, many of the well-known conservative twitter army has made it possible for me to vent my appreciation.

Tuesday Group Chairman MacArthur Resigns Over Healthcare Fallout

Rep. Tom MacArthur on Tuesday resigned as chair of the Tuesday Group — moderate Republicans — over fallout from the healthcare legislation that bore his name, The Hill reported.

House Republicans passed the MacArthur amendment of the American Health Care Act, crafted by the New Jersey Republican along with the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows.

Moderate Republicans were not thrilled. Come Tuesday, MacArthur had had enough.

“While some embraced my efforts as co-chairman, others have bristled. Clearly, our group is divided. Many in the Tuesday Group are eager to live up to our ideal of being problem-solvers, while others seem unwilling to compromise. The recent healthcare debate was illustrative,” The Hill quoted MacArthur on Tuesday.

“It’s clear that some in the Tuesday Group have different objectives and a different sense of governing than I do,” MacArthur said.

Source: newsmax – Tuesday Group Chairman MacArthur Resigns Over Healthcare Fallout

California's Single-Payer Healthcare Would Cost $400 Billion

A single-payer healthcare system in California would cost approximately $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released ahead of the proposal’s hearing in a key fiscal committee, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

Questions about the cost have been up to now one of the largest and most important unanswered questions about the plan to overhaul the state’s healthcare coverage.

The bill would get rid of health insurance companies, include coverage for those in the country illegally and have no out-of-pocket costs for residents, the Washington Examiner reported.

The analysis found that although the price tag is $400 billion per year, the new costs would be less, in the range of between $50 billion and $100 billion annually.

This is so because some $200 billion of existing funds would be repurposed to go towards the new system and projections estimate that universal healthcare would also reduce spending by employers and employees statewide, according to the Times.

The extra funds needed for the system could be raised by a new 15 percent payroll tax on employers, the analysis proposed.

But for that to happen, two-thirds of California’s Assembly and Senate must approve it. However, even if the bill was signed into law in the state, President Donald Trump would also have to approve the waivers, because Medicare and Medicaid would be expected to pay for about half the program.

The Examiner pointed out that attempts by other states at a single-payer system have failed because of concerns about costs, such as in Colorado and Vermont.

Source: newsmax – California’s Single-Payer Healthcare Would Cost 0 Billion

Rep. McCaul: Muslims Must 'Step Up to the Plate' in Fight Against Terrorism

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Tuesday, in response to the attack in Manchester, U.K. Monday night, that Muslims must do more to fight against radical terrorists.

Moderate Muslims “have to step up to the plate and clean up their own religion, which has been perverted by this radical Islamist terror,” McCaul said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” pointing to President Donald Trump’s Sunday speech in which he urged Middle Eastern countries to wipe out “Islamic extremism” in the region and framing it as a “battle between good and evil,” rather than between Islam and the West.

“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive them out,” Trump said. “Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this Earth.”

The president addressed the attack on Tuesday, calling the perpetrators “losers” while in Bethlehem, according to CNN.

“So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are,” he said. “They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers, just remember that.”

McCaul said that despite Trump’s attempts to build bridges between Muslims, Christians and Jews, that “This ideology’s way too strong. And we’re going to see more of these attacks in the future.”

Source: newsmax – Rep. McCaul: Muslims Must ‘Step Up to the Plate’ in Fight Against Terrorism

The Daily Beast Compares Japan PM Abe to Hitler

A new report compares Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to that of Nazi Germany’s dating back to World War II.

The Daily Beast outlines its case by listing several reasons that it believes draw comparisons between Abe and Adolf Hitler. Among those are:

Abe will replace Japan’s Democratic Constitution instituted after the war with one that takes pages from Nazi Germany’s.

Abe’s party will pass a surveillance bill this week that the Daily Beast says could punish people for speaking out against the government. A similar policy was in place from 1925-1945 during Japan’s imperial days.

Abe has brought what the Daily Beast reports were racists into his administration.

Abe’s Cabinet ministers support bringing the “Imperial Rescript on Education” back to classrooms across the country, which was used as a reason to deploy kamikaze pilots during World War II.

“The administration has demonstrated repeatedly its inclination to be more like the Nazis, at least in certain respects,” The Daily Beast’s Jake Adelstein and Mari Yamamoto wrote. “In fact, sometimes the party manifesto seems like one big throwback to those imperialist days when the superior Yamato race, descendants of the gods, ruled over Asia and used lesser Asian men for slave labor, and the women for pleasuring the soldiers.”

Japan’s new Constitution would, in part, grant the federal government the power to institute a state of emergency. That, the Beast reports, would allow Abe’s administration to circumvent certain laws and avoid having to receive Parliament approval to take certain actions.

Critics of the aforementioned surveillance bill claim it will give Japan’s government too much power.

“Abe and the [ruling Liberal Democratic Party] want to dramatically change the balance between protecting individual rights and police powers,” said Lawrence Repeta, an expert on Japan’s legal system.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Source: newsmax – The Daily Beast Compares Japan PM Abe to Hitler

NY Attorney General: $18.5 Million Settlement With Target

Target Corp. has reached an $18.5 million settlement over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas in 2013, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday.

The agreement involving 47 states and the District of Columbia is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said. The settlement, which stipulates some security measures the retailer must adhere to, resolves the states’ probe into the breach.

Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck said in a statement that the company has been working with state authorities for several years to address claims related to the breach.

“We’re pleased to bring this issue to a resolution for everyone involved,” she said.

Target had announced the breach on Dec. 19, 2013, saying it had occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 of that year. It affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers.

The breach forced Target to overhaul its security system and the company offered free credit reports for potentially affected shoppers. Target’s sales, profit and stock price all suffered months after the disclosure as shoppers were nervous about their security of their credit cards. The breach also contributed to the departure of Target’s then-CEO, chairman and president Gregg Steinhafel, who resigned in May 2014.

An investigation by the states found that in November 2013, scammers got access to Target’s server through credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. They used those credentials to take advantage of holes in Target’s systems, accessing a customer service database and installing malware that was used to capture data, including full customer names, telephone numbers, email and mailing addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates and encrypted debit PINs.

The settlement requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps. Reck said the costs of the settlement are already reflected in the reserves that Target has previously disclosed.

Source: newsmax – NY Attorney General: .5 Million Settlement With Target

Justice Department Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Pollution Controls

The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of using software to bypass emission controls in diesel vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Justice Department suit is a procedural step that may ramp up pressure on Fiat Chrysler. The suit could ultimately help lead to a settlement, as in an earlier probe of rival Volkswagen AG that will cost VW up to $25 billion, but which affected a much larger number of vehicles.

VW admitted to intentionally cheating while Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing. It did not immediately comment on Tuesday.

Fiat Chrysler shares fell 3 percent in the minutes after Reuters’ report of the suit and were last down 2.4 percent at $10.50 in midday U.S. trading.

The lawsuit says the Italian-American automaker placed undeclared “defeat devices,” or auxiliary emissions controls, in 2014-2016 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles.

In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California accused Fiat Chrysler of illegally using undisclosed software to allow excess diesel emissions in 104,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.

EPA said in January the maximum fine is about $4.6 billion.

Fiat Chrysler said on Friday it plans to update software that it expects will resolve the concerns of U.S. regulators about excess emissions in those vehicles.

The January notice was the result of regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen’s excess emissions, which prompted the government to review emissions from all other passenger diesel vehicles.

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software allowing its cars to emit up to 40 times legally-allowed pollution levels.

In total, VW has agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the United States to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler has applied for certification to sell 2017 diesel models from U.S. and California regulators and said it was in talks to win approval for a software update to address regulators’ concerns about emissions in vehicles on the road.

The software update would begin rolling out once the EPA and California Air Resources Board approved it, Fiat Chrysler said Friday. The company said it does not anticipate any impact on performance or fuel efficiency.

Reuters reported on May 17 that the Justice Department was preparing to file a civil lawsuit against the automaker.

A federal judge in California set a Wednesday hearing on a series of lawsuits filed by owners of vehicles and some dealers against Fiat Chrysler.

A “defeat device” is any motor vehicle hardware, software, or design that interferes with or disables emissions controls under real-world driving conditions, even if the vehicle passes formal emissions testing.

Automakers around the world are facing diesel scrutiny.

German prosecutors searched Daimler AG sites on Tuesday as part of a fraud probe related to false advertising and the possible manipulation of exhaust-gas after-treatment in diesel cars, the German carmaker said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the German automaker dropped plans to seek U.S. approval to sell 2017 Mercedes-Benz diesel models.

Source: newsmax – Justice Department Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Pollution Controls

Ed Klein: The Democrats' Evil Twin

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s losing presidential campaign, is notorious for his hot temper. When he blows his fuse, people in Washington say he turns into his Evil Twin Skippy.

Skippy surfaced the other day.

In an interview with Politico, he dumped all over Donald Trump. He called the president “absolutely crazy,” and “incapable of doing his job.”

Trump, he said, is worse than Nixon. “Nixon, for all his flaws…was serious.”

Skippy is like most Democrats. They can’t stand the idea that Donald Trump is in the White House. It drives them crazy and warps their judgment.

When Skippy sounded off the other day, it reminded us that the Democrats have an alter ego, too— their Evil Twin Dippy.

Dippy doesn’t act like a serious political party. Dippy doesn’t have an idea in its head.

The only thing Dippy has going for itself is the hope that Trump will be impeached.

But for that to happen, Dippy has to take back control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

According to the Constitution, the House initiates impeachment proceedings.

That’s what’s motivating Dippy these day.

Until then, Dippy will continue banging on Trump, coming up with conspiracy theories, obstructing Trump’s political agenda, and acting in an asinine and harebrained way.

Source: newsmax – Ed Klein: The Democrats’ Evil Twin

Poll: Most Say Saudis Not Tough Enough in Fight Against Islamic Terror

Despite President Donald Trump’s glowing praise of Saudi Arabia during his visit there over the weekend, only 9 percent of likely U.S. voters say the Saudi government has been aggressive enough in its efforts to fight radical Islamic terrorism, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday.

Seventy percent of those polled said the Saudis have not been aggressive enough in combating radical Islamic terrorism, which is up from 63 percent two years ago. Twenty-one percent said they are not sure.

Other results from the survey include:

  • Only 21 percent of likely U.S. voters view the country as an ally of the United States That compares to 17 percent who considered Riyadh an ally in January 2016 and 26 percent in January 2015.
  • Eleven percent of likely U.S. voters consider the Saudis an enemy, which is down from the 29 percent of Americans who felt that way six years ago. Fifty-nine percent say the Saudis are somewhere in between an enemy and an ally.
  • Even among those who consider Saudi Arabia an ally, only 18 percent said they are doing enough to fight radical Islam.

In a breakdown among parties, 77 percent of Republicans say Riyadh is not aggressive enough in combatting Islamic terrorism, while 65 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of unaffiliates say the same thing.

Eighty percent of those polled consider radical Islam a serious threat to the United States.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on May 21-22. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Source: newsmax – Poll: Most Say Saudis Not Tough Enough in Fight Against Islamic Terror

Report: Dem Aide Suspected of Major Security Breach Leaves for Pakistan

A former aide to several House Democrats currently under criminal investigation for breaching security has left the United States for Pakistan, The Daily Caller reports.

Hina Alvi and her husband, Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal, worked as IT support staffers for multiple Democratic members of Congress.

Most recently Alvi worked for Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York and Awan for Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, though they were fired at the beginning of May after they were accused of stealing computer equipment and data theft, according to Politico

Unnamed sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that the family have abruptly left for Pakistan, where Alvi’s family hold “significant assets and VIP-level protection.”

The couple recently pulled their children out of school and listed their homes in Lorton and Springfield, Virginia for sale.

“I came to know from one of their relatives that Hina Alvi and her daughters are moved to Pakistan, Hina Alvi saying ‘we have moved here in Pakistan permanently,'” Samina Gilani, the Anwans’ stepmother, told The Daily Caller.

When moving out of their Lorton home, Imran Awan told his neighbor that they were moving into the home of his father, who died in January.

“They lived there nine years,” the neighbor told The Daily Caller. “I saw a moving truck a month ago, and he said he was moving to his dad’s house.”

According to Gilani, Imran moved into his father’s house with Abid’s family, but a third family already rents a portion of the 2,400 square foot house.

One tenant who rents property from Hina Alvi said she’s been unreachable lately.

“All contact with her turned off,” the tenant told the Daily Caller. “The switch off [to dealing with Imran instead] was odd.”

Source: newsmax – Report: Dem Aide Suspected of Major Security Breach Leaves for Pakistan

Trump Budget to Include $1.6 Billion for 'Bricks and Mortar for a Wall'

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal includes $2.6 billion for border security, of which $1.6 billion is for “bricks and mortar for a wall,” according to Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget director.

The money would cover a few dozen miles of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a source familiar with the budget justification said in a Tuesday CNN report.

In addition to money for the wall, another $1 billion would pay for aircraft, weapons, roads, and equipment for communications, surveillance, and inspections, according to budget documents, the CNN report said.

The budget proposal would only support 500 new Border Patrol agents and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the report said. The president had asked for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new immigration officers.

Mulvaney said in a Tuesday briefing with reporters that the budget shows that the Trump administration’s priorities are more money for defense and border security.

On Monday, Mulvaney said the budget is focused on taxpayers.

“This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes,” Mulvaney said, according to The Atlantic.

Source: newsmax – Trump Budget to Include .6 Billion for ‘Bricks and Mortar for a Wall’

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: US Caught Russian Spy Boasting of Election Meddling

U.S. intelligence officers intercepted a conversation last May of a Russian spy bragging Moscow “was getting ready to pay [Hillary] Clinton back” by meddling in the November election, according to news reports Thursday.

“In May 2016, a Russian military intelligence officer bragged to a colleague that his organization, known as the GRU, was getting ready to pay Clinton back for what President Vladimir Putin believed was an influence operation she had run against him five years earlier as secretary of state,” Time magazine reported.

“The GRU, he said, was going to cause chaos in the upcoming U.S. election.

“What the officer didn’t know, senior intelligence officials tell Time, was that “U.S. spies were listening,” Time reported, quoting top U.S. intelligence officials.

“They wrote up the conversation and sent it back to analysts at headquarters, who turned it from raw intelligence into an official report and circulated it.

“But if the officer’s boast seems like a red flag now, at the time U.S. officials didn’t know what to make of it,” the magazine said.

“We didn’t really understand the context of it until much later,” the senior intelligence official said.

The boast is now considered “the first indication U.S. spies had from their sources that Russia wasn’t just hacking email accounts to collect intelligence but was also considering interfering in the vote,” Time reported.

In 2011, Putin publicly accused Clinton and the State Department of fueling protests in 70 cities that threatened his re-election bid.

The demonstrations were organized on social media by a popular blogger named Alexei Navalny.

The State Department retorted it only financed pro-democracy organizations.

According to Time, a Russian soldier in Ukraine “successfully infiltrated a U.S. social media group by pretending to be a 42-year-old American housewife and weighing in on political debates with specially tailored messages.”

Moscow also created a Facebook profile to spread stories on specific issues that sought to influence particular reporters, the U.S. officials said.

Source: newsmax – Time: US Caught Russian Spy Boasting of Election Meddling

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Author: Trump Pressured Flynn to Be National Security Adviser

A historian and political analyst who cowrote a book about battlefield intelligence with Michael Flynn said Flynn was reluctant to join the Trump administration, but that the president “insisted” he serve as national security adviser, reports say.

President Donald Trump’s pressure on Flynn came even as Trump’s transition team was warned that the retired lieutenant general was under investigation, The Daily Beast reported.

“He did not want to be national security adviser,” Michael Ledeen, who co-authored the book “The Field of Flight” last year with Flynn, told The Daily Beast. “He didn’t want to be in the government. He wanted to go back to private life. But Trump insisted on it.”

“He likes him, he trusted him, he was comfortable with him,” Leeden said.

According to the New York Times, Flynn told Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign. And despite the warning, Trump picked Flynn for the national security post.

Ledeen told ABC News that Flynn is “a very talented man” who made major contributions to military intelligence.

“He revolutionized U.S. military battlefield intelligence and was attempting to do the same thing at [the Defense Intelligence Agency] when he was fired for telling the truth under oath,” Ledeen told ABC News.

Source: newsmax – Author: Trump Pressured Flynn to Be National Security Adviser

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Chelsea Manning Photo Shows Freshly Freed Whistleblower

Chelsea Manning has posted the first photo of herself on social media a day after leaving prison, where she served seven years for releasing 75,000 documents to WikiLeaks.

“Okay, so here I am everyone!!” the photo was captioned Thursday, showing Manning wearing makeup and and low-cut top.

When she entered the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2010, Manning was a 22-year-old Army Private named Bradley Manning, convicted by a military tribunal under the Espionage and Computer Fraud Abuse Acts and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Manning came out as transgender just after her sentencing in August 2013.

Although the military at first refused to provide any accommodations for her gender dysphoria, a settlement was reached after she filed a lawsuit in 2014, and Manning received hormone therapy and grooming items provided to women in custody.

Manning had her sentence commuted by President Barack Obama three days before he left office. Still, she served more time than any other whistleblower in U.S. history.

Manning is still on active duty while she appeals her 2013 conviction and is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

“After so many years of government control over her body and gender, I know she is eager to grow her hair, express her gender and negotiate decisions on her own terms,” ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said, NBC News reported.

Manning, who seems to be quickly acclimating to social media, also tweeted a few other photos celebrating her release and a new start.

Source: newsmax – Chelsea Manning Photo Shows Freshly Freed Whistleblower

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Ruddy: Ailes 'Loved America,' Helped Trump

Newsmax founder and CEO Chris Ruddy lauded Roger Ailes for not just changing the face of cable and television news, but also for impacting America’s “political transformation.”

In an interview with Newsmax TV‘s “America Talks Live” host Miranda Khan, Ruddy recounted a personal relationship with Ailes that spanned two decades. The former Fox News CEO died Thursday at 77.

“Roger loved America,” Ruddy said. “He was a guy that really loved the country; he had a passion for America. I think he dedicated his life to helping America.”

“Whether that was in politics as a Republican strategist or doing the Fox network, I think he really wanted to champion these things,” Ruddy said.

“If Roger hadn’t created Fox News with the help of Rupert Murdoch and [the] $1 billion check that Murdoch provided, I think that Donald Trump would never have been elected.”

And though Ailes “once told me he had never worked for a campaign that lost,” it was his creation of Fox News that was his proudest accomplishment, Ruddy said.

“He changed the face of cable news and television news,” Ruddy said. “Before that, we had ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN all doing the establishment line, Roger came in and said, ‘Hey, there’s millions of people in the heartland of America that don’t like the news they’re getting, they’re underserved, they’re not served at all in some cases. Let’s create a network that represents them in Washington, New York, and Hollywood.'”

Not only was his idea prescient, Fox “became the No. 1 ratings juggernaut,” Ruddy said.

“Fox does about $2.4 billion in revenue,” he noted. “It’s a huge audience out there that wants news that they’re not getting from the mainstream media. I think Roger showed that.”

“Roger Ailes has impacted the political transformation we’re seeing in America,” Ruddy said, adding Ailes remained a “driving force” at Fox for his entire career.

“He didn’t really have aback bench of lieutenants that you would need normally to run a business like that, or run a network,” he said. “It was Roger, he was the mastermind, he was pulling all the strings so to speak . . .”

“One of the things he always told me was that if he left Fox, the place would fall apart,” Ruddy recalled.

Ruddy said he believes “Newsmax is going to be a continuation of some of the things that Roger was trying to start.”

“It’s a huge audience out there that wants news that they’re not getting from the mainstream media,” Ruddy said. “I think Roger showed that, and Newsmax has done very well as a digital media company . . .”

Ruddy said he once tried “to work with Roger to bring him over to Newsmax.”

“He was interested for a while, and then he renewed with Fox, but I think we certainly are carrying the legacy of having more fairness and balance in the media, which is the important thing,” he said.

Source: newsmax – Ruddy: Ailes ‘Loved America,’ Helped Trump

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