Monday, July 18, 2016

'Pakistan Kim Kardashian' Murdered in Honor Killing as Brother Brags: 'Yes Of Course I Strangled Her'

A 26-year-old woman dubbed the “Pakistan Kim Kardashian” for her many social media postings of herself in sultry poses, was strangled to death by her brother, who told police and press conference attendees he carried out the honor killing to protect his family’s name and reputation.

Fouzia Azeem, known in celebrity circles as Qandeel Baloch
The woman, born Fouzia Azeem, went by the Instagram and Facebook celebrity name of Qandeel Baloch and also advocated for women’s rights in Pakistan.

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“Yes of course I strangled her,” said Muhammad Wasim, to reporters during a press conference after his arrest, the Daily Beast reported.

He then described how he allegedly committed the crime, beginning with feeding her a sleeping pill and waiting until she fell asleep.

“She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top,” he said, citing her “intolerable behavior” as the motivating force and decrying how her many media postings were bringing “dishonor” on the family.

And he wasn’t the least bit contrite.

“I am not embarrassed at all over what I did,” Wasim said, the Daily Beast reported.

Baloch’s photos, posted on the Internet – and followed by thousands – are tame compared to Western standards. While the real Kim Kardashian might post nudes of herself, Baloch was fully dressed, even wearing full-length pants and a black top in one.

But in Muslim-dominated Pakistan, where Shariah law adherents have been trying to block legislation that would protect women from violence, the photos were racy enough to warrant outrage. As the Daily Beast reported, the nation’s Human Rights Commission has recorded almost 1,000 so-called honor killings and crimes against women in the last year alone.

In September, for instance, a man in Sargodha shot and killed two of his sisters for displaying what he deemed “bad character,” the news outlet reported, citing Human Rights Commission findings. And in that same time period, another man shot and killed three of his cousins in the Punjab province for the same “honor” reasons.

Outraged social media followers posted angry comments beneath Baloch’s photos on Facebook, saying her poses were too risque for a proper woman to adopt.

“What’s ur goal? U want to [be] most insulted person in the world?” wrote one.

And another: “If u closely look at her face, u can see clearly she looks just like a prostitute.”

Baloch was more than a social media celebrity, however. She also spoke out strongly for women’s rights and against Pakistan’s patriarchal system, referring to herself as a “one-woman army,” the Daily Beast reported.

In one July 4 post, that included a link to a BBC news report about her, she wrote: “At least international media can see what i am up to. How i am trying to change the typical orthodox mindset of people who don’t wanna come out of their shells of false beliefs and old practices.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Republican Freedom Caucus Moves to Impeach IRS John Koskinen, Saying He 'Lied' on Scandal

Members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill, made up entirely of select members of the Republican Party, pushed forward with a resolution seeking to impeach John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner.

The group, led by Reps. John Fleming and Tim Huelskamp, filed the resolution to impeach late Wednesday evening, Fox News reported. The resolution isn't "privileged," and therefore must wait its turn in line for vote – an often lengthy process that can drag for months.

But GOPers in the caucus said they're tired of waiting on leadership to give the thumbs-up to try and impeach Koskinen, even though doing so would move the resolution to the front of the voting line and onto the House floor for a quick pass or fail decision.

Koskinen has been in the crosshairs of Republicans – and many Americans – for years, due to a 2010 IRS scandal that saw many tea party-type and conservative organizations seeking non-profit status placed on hold. Later investigation revealed officials within the IRS unduly delayed the permit applications of groups that leaned ideologically right.

Republicans who called Koskinen to Congress to explain the agency's actions accuse that he intentionally ignored and "lied" about goings-on at the IRS in the non-profit application division.

The resolution to impeach will most likely force leadership to make a decision about its outcome this fall, Fox News reported.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Man Dressed as Woman Arrested for Voyeurism Tied to Picture-Taking in Pro-LGBT Target Dressing Rooms

A man named Sean Patrick Smith who identifies as a woman by the name of Shauna Patricia Smith was arrested on charges tied to taking photographs of women inside a dressing room at a Target retail store in Ammon, Idaho.

Suspect Smith, who claims to be a woman
Target, which recently opened its bathrooms and dressing rooms to both genders, allowing users to visit the facility that most corresponded with their chosen sex – so men could use women's facilities, and vice versa – has caused widespread outrage among shoppers. The American Family Association, for example, launched a petition signed by more than 1.3 million demanding a reversal of open-door policy. Shareholders concerned about falling stock prices confronted CEO Brian Cornell at a June meeting in California and asked him to consider a return to single-sex bathrooms. And Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, issued a scathing criticism of Target over what he called a policy that "encourages sexual predators and puts women and children in danger,."

Now Graham's prediction seems to have come to pass.

Smith, a 46-year-old Idaho Falls man, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a felony count of voyeurism after a woman reported to deputies how a man, dressed in women's clothing, entered the female dressing room at Target and started snapping pictures. East Idaho News reported he took pictures of the woman in the stall next to his, while she was changing.

"The woman was begging for help as she chased the man out the door," a witness said, the local newspaper reported. "She kep saying she wanted those pictures deleted."

Detectives located Smith some time later, at a location outside of Target. Bonneville County Sgt. Bryan Lovell said investigators are trying to determine if there were other victims.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NeverTrumper Brags He 'Humiliated' Trump Campaign, as Judge Tosses Law Binding Vote to Billionaire

In a win for the never-die wing of the Never Trump crowd, a federal judge in Virginia said the state could not force delegates to support the state’s primary winner at the coming national convention.

The case involved a Republican delegate, Carroll “Beau” Correll Jr., who supported Sen. Ted Cruz for president, but not Donald Trump. Trump won Virginia’s primary, however. And according to state law, as well as party rules, that meant GOP delegates had to vote for Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month, else face possible fines.

But Correll didn’t want to, so he went to court and challenged the party regulations.

The judge just sided with him, tossing the rule as antithetical to the First Amendment – and sending Correll into very public expressions of glee.

“[Trump’s campaign got] morbidly humiliated,” he said, NBC News reported. “They put all their chips on the table and they lost all of them. If I were them I’d go hide in a closet in Trump Tower.”

Correll then issued a written plea to others in the party who don’t want to vote for Trump.

“To national political figures that are on the sidelines and awaiting your calling,” he wrote, “I implore you to take a step forward from the darkness and into the light. Show us that you have the courage to stand for leader of the Free World, appeal to the better angels of our nature, and to deliver this Republic from the abomination of a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency.”

Legally speaking, the judge’s ruling only affects Virginia delegates. It also doesn’t change RNC rules – rules that Correll agreed to abide when he accepted the appointment as delegate. And one rule? Party delegates have to vote for the candidate who wins the primary, something the Trump campaign said the judge actually reinforced in his ruling.

As such, the billionaire businessman’s political operatives aren’t seeing the judge’s decision as a loss at all – rather a “fatal blow to the anti-Trump agitators,” the campaign said in a statement.

“The court has confirmed what we have said all along: Rule 16 is in effect and thus delegates, including Correll, are bound to vote in accordance with the election results,” said Trump campaign attorney and former FEC chairman Don McGahn, NBC News reported.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Republican-Controlled Senate Rejects Defunding of Sanctuary Cities

The Republican dominated Senate failed to pass a couple of bills that would have stripped funding to cities with sanctuary policies sheltering illegal aliens from deportation.

The Senate, with 54 Republicans versus 44 Democrats and two Independents, both of whom generally caucus with the Democratic Party, voted 53-44 in favor of the bill that would have stripped funding. But because the vote didn't meet the Senate's own self-imposed filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to act, the measure died.

"We are failing to adequately deter deported illegal aliens from illegally re-entering the country, especially those with violent criminal records," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News reported.

Cruz sponsored one of the bills; his would have granted the courts the right to sentence illegals caught re-entering the country to a 10 years in prison. It failed on a 55-42 vote.

Sen. Pat Toomey sponsored the other; his would have prevented federal tax dollars going toward cities with sanctuary policies. Toomey's stemmed from the widely reported 2015 public shooting death of Kate Steinle as she walked a California pier with her father. An illegal immigrant with a felony record who was deported on several prior occasions was charged in her murder.

"Sanctuary cities are Orwellian in their logic," Toomey said, after his bill failed on a 53-44 vote, Fox News reported. "They give extra protection to dangerous criminals, just because they happen to be in the country illegally."

Both bills were subject to the Senate's 60-vote standard to move forward – a threshhold described by one legal mind as "artificial" and an outrage to the constitutional process.

"Since the Senate operates under a self-imposed filibuster rule requiring 60 votes to act, senators representing 11 percent of the national population can veto laws supported by senators representing 89 percent of the population," wrote New York University School of Law professor Burt Neuborne said in an April 2913 written opinion for the Hill. "That's not democracy. It's more like being governed by the British House of Lords. Actually, it's more like being governed by the American House of Cowboys."

Neuborne at the time had been criticizing the failure of Democrat-pressed gun background checks passing through the Senate, despite a vote of 55-45.

The White House had already indicated disapproval with both measures, saying in a statement neither bill provided "comprehensive reforms needed to fix the nation's immigration laws."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sarah Palin Blasts Stubborn '#NeverTrump Traitors' as Hillary Clinton's Biggest Supporters

At this point ... she has a point.

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, took to Facebook to react to FBI Director James Comey's recommendation to not indict Hillary Clinton and ended up blasting those in the Republican Party who still, after all the former secretary of State's scandals and deceptions, refuse to support presumptive GOP White House pick Donald Trump.

Her all-capped headline read: "GOP #NEVERTRUMP TRAITORS – HILLARY DELIGHTS IN YOU, FOR SHE CAN'T WIN WITHOUT YOU."

Palin also linked to the statement from Judicial Watch about Comey's findings.

"Ironic, tragic, but not unexpected – amidst America's Independence Day celebrations the Ruling Class put another boot on our neck to snuff liberty's life out of We the People," she wrote. "It's a farce that 'no one is above the law' and my heart goes out to all who've been unjustly accused and destroyed over much lesser crimes than Hillary's."

Palin then appealed for patriotic Americans to take heart – to not give up the fight for a just government.

"We MUST redouble efforts to restore the rule of law that had sustained the most exceptional nation on earth, with everyone doing their part," she wrote.

And among her recommendations: "Don't put blind faith in any politician ... Teach your children American's foundation built on the rule of law ... United behind those who have no part in the corrupt political machine that would mock, silence and destroy the outsiders committed to serving for the right reasons ... Get your boots on the ground and work for what you know is right for our country's survival. Don't just preach to the choir – infiltrate and influence outside your comfort zone to empower others to take a stand."

Palin then called the FBI "forgiveness of tyrants' illegal acts" an example of why patriots ought to "rise up and tear down this tyrannical system that is destroying America from within," and said bluntly: "Truly, you're either with us or you're against us."

And to Republicans who still refused to endorse Trump, Palin had the harshest words.

"Message to all the 'Republican' elites throwing in for Hillary, boasting they'll stay home instead of vote because their particular weakened good ol' boy is not the GOP nominee (the R.A.T.s suffering chappedass because their power and purse are threatened by the grassroots movement to destroy their failed politics-as-usual), Hillary thanks you. She knows she can't win without you," Palin wrote.




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fireworks Deception: 'Milli Vanilli' PBS Fields Fire For Fake 4th Show Billed as Live

Is nothing sacred anymore??? This is why the media cannot be trusted.

PBS came under heavy social media fire for its broadcast of the Washington, D.C., Independence Day fireworks' show – a broadcast billed by the publicly funded television station as "live," but which actually contained splices and clips of previous years' displays.

The station defended its actions by saying in several messages the cloudy weather and overcast conditions made it tough to see the fireworks.

"With the weather being overcast we showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. #July4thPBS," the station said, on it "A Capitol Fourth" Facebook page.

And on Twitter, PBS wrote: "We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS."

But it was the deception more than the actual deed that angered and outraged PBS viewers.

It wasn't until 10 p.m. Eastern Time, well into the show that was being billed as a "live" broadcast, that PBS admitted the images its station was beaming were taken in part from past years' shows, NBC News reported. And that admission only came after angry viewers pointed out the scene PBS was broadcasting was of a clear and beautiful evening – rather than the overcast and cloudy skies that dotted Washington, D.C., on Independence Day.

One Twitter user wrote, NBC News found: "@July4thPBS Only in DC could a PBS show become a scandal."

Another referenced a pop singing duo busted for lip-synching during a concert billed as live: '@July4thPBS the Milli Vanilli of fireworks #shame."

And yet another tweeted: "@July4thPBS How is using stock video patriotic? If I wanted that, I'd watch YouTube. #fakee #July4thPBS."

You decide ... these are screen shots from the PBS broadcast ....

The fireworks as PBS showed them.
The skies as they really were.

Monday, July 4, 2016

ChristianMingle.com Dating Site Ordered by California Judge to Admit Gays

ChristianMingle.com, one of the nation's best known dating sites for those seeking partners of the same faith, was ordered by a judge to open its online access to gays, and allowing men seeking men and women seeking women the same search abilities as heterosexuals.

The suit was filed by two gay men seeking to capitalize one California's law requiring businesses to provide "full and equal accommodations" to those of all sexual preferences. A state judge found in their favor and now Spark Networks, a Los Angeles based company that operates ChristianMingle. com, as well as SilverSingles.com, BlackSingles.com and CatholicMingle.com, must open dating doors to all.

ChristianMingle.com now must allow gays to use the site.
Specifically, the judge said the option buttons on the sites that force users to register as "man seeking woman" or "woman seeking man" violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act and that the businss must allow for some option for homosexuals to join.

The judge also ordered Spark to pay the plaintiffs' $9,000 each, along with $450,000 in attorney fees.

Vineet Dubey, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said in LGBTQ Nation: "I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation."

ChristianMingle.com bills itself as a match site for those on the same "faith spectrum" seeking long-term Christian relationships. As LGBTQ Nation pointed, the site opened in 2001 and has grown to be one of the largest communities for Christian singles seeking to date.

ChristianMingle.com reacted to the ruling with a Facebook post of an article entitled, "Why a Test of Faith is Something to Be Thankful For," alongside a photo and caption that read: "Trials are never fun, but it's helpful to know that God is working through them."




Elie Wiesel's Death Sends Shockwaves, as World Remembers 'Ray of Light' Holocaust Survivor

We should probably all go buy "Night" in his honor ... one of the most important books ever written.

The world grieved Monday as news of Elie Wiesel's death spread, with heads of state from Israel to America to Britain to France sending out sentiments that recognized the Holocaust survivor for his spirit "to overcome the darkest of evils," as one said.

"We bid farewell to a hero of the Jewish people and a giant of all humanity," said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, NBC News reported. "Elie Wiesel, of blessed memory, embodied the determination of the human spirit to overcome the darkest of evils, and survive against all the odds. His life was dedicated to the fight against all hatred and for the sake of man as created in the image of God, he was a guide for us all. One of the Jewish people's greatest sons, who touched the hearts of so many, and helped us to believe in forgiveness, in life, and in the eternal bond of the Jewish people. May his memory be a blessing, everlastingly engraved in the heart of the nation."

Wiesel, who overcame the Holocaust and went on to pen a poignant memoir about the horrors of the concentration camps and dedicate his life to fighting against inhumanity the world over, died at the age of 87 over the weekend at his home and was memorialized in a Sunday service in Manhattan.

"This is really the double tragedy of it, not only the loss of someone who was so rare and unusual but the fact that those ranks are thinning out," said Rabbi Perry Berkowitz, the president of the American Jewish Heritage Organization and a former assistant to Wiesel, said during the Fifth Avenue Synagogue service, to Politico. "At the same time anti-Semitism, Holocaust revisionism keeps rising. The fear is that when there are no more survivors left, will the world learn the lesson because those voices will be silenced."

Wiesel's book "Night" touched the world with its raw power, becoming one of the most widely read and discussed books of the 20th century.

President Obama called Wiesel, who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, "the conscience of the world" and "a living memorial."

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wiesel "served as a ray of light" in a dark world.

"The state of Israel and the Jewish people express sorrow over the death of Elie Wiesel," Netanyahu said. "Elie, a master of words, gave expression to the victory of the human spirit over cruelty and evil with his unusal personality and captivating stories. In the darkness of the Holocaust when our brothers and sisters perished, the six million, Elie Wiesel served as a ray of light and an example of humanity that believes in the goodness of man."

Netanyahu also said he was "grateful for the honor" of knowing Wiesel and "learning so much from him," and called for his "memory [to] be blessed forever."

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, sent out a Twitter message expressing sorrow.

"Elie Wiesel spent his life in service to humanity, keeping the memory of the Holocaust's horror alive," he tweeted. "It is for us all to carry this torch."

French President Francois Hollande, meanwhile, spoke of the special bond between Wiesel and France.

"This universal man had a special relationship with France, where he studied after the war, where he published the first edition of 'The Night,' thanks to Jerome Lindon, where he created the Universal Academy of Cultures in 1992. France honors the memory of a grand humanist, tireless defender of peace."

Others weighed in similarly:

* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wiesel "one of our most poignant and passionate voices for justice, for remembrance and for applying the lessons a dark past to shape and inform a brighter future."

* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: "Rest in peace Elie Wiesel. Thank you for your stories of triumph of the human spirit in the face of evil. The world will never be the same."

* Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and her former presidential husband, Bill Clinton, issues a joint statement: "We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life. ... As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference.

* Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said: "We have lost the most articulate witness to history's greatest crime. Without Elie Wiesel in the world, it is up to every one of us now to stand up to the deniers."

* And even Hollywood took notice, with actor George Clooney writing: "We had a champion who carried our pain, our guilt and our responsibility on his shoulders for generations. Now he's gone. It's hard to fathom. So I guess it's up to us now. To fight for the disenfranchised. To speak truth to power and to never forget how cruel man can be to man."

Friday, July 1, 2016

Gun Control? Try Prescription Pill Control First

Chicken or egg -- violence or medication?

There’s a cycle in this country that goes like this: Shooting, call for gun control, Democratic rail against Republican refusal to pass senseless gun control, and brief lull and calm before the next shooting and gun control storm.

The latest in this scene, of course, played in Orlando. Barely had the dead and injured been carted from Pulse when President Obama was making his anti-Second Amendment case, pulling at liberal heartstrings while entering classic scold mode: “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well,” he said.

But actively doing something that’s useless is a decision, too – and one that seems more political back-patting than truly helpful. Not to state the obvious, but once again, guns don’t kill people. People carrying guns kill people. And denying the main reasons why people carrying guns kill people won’t solve the killing problem.

Orlando’s shootings seem based in radical Islamism. Obama doesn’t like to admit that, so for a time, the nation has to suffer another round of Who-Dunnit, a game involving the White House, a complicit media and a grouping of equally dopey left-leaning bureaucrats who all join in the reindeer fun and act like passing gun control laws and censoring 9-1-1 emergency calls will stop the jihad. So it goes; the Team Obama version of the war on terror.

But deceptions run deeper when it comes to gun control. For instance: The anti-Second Amendment crowd may slide this under the radar, but according to Linda Lagemann, a former licensed clinical psychologist with 23 years of experience who presently serves as a commissioner with the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, dozens of recent cases of high-profile shooters have shared more than an affinity for guns – they’ve shared a pill-popping background that included the taking of psychotropic drugs, some at least which were medically and legally prescribed.

There was James Holmes, who was taking Zoloft as he murdered 12 and wounded 70 during an Aurora, Colorado, massacre in 2012, Lagemann said in an email. There was Ivan Lopez, the Army soldier who killed three and injured 16 at Fort Hood in 2014, all while taking prescribed doses of Ambien, the blog DC Clothesline reported.

Others are tracking the ties, as well. As CBS News reminded, there was Dylann Storm Roof, the 2015 South Carolina church shooter, found with the anti-pain Suboxone. As Western Journalism pointed, there was Elliot Rodger, the 2014 Isla Vista, California, college shooter on Xanax and Vicodin. And as the Washington Post reported, there was even Eric Harris, from way back in 1999, whose dead body after committing the Columbine High School shootings was found to contain the anti-depressant, anti-anxiety Luvox.

There are more – plenty more. So rather than using every instance of gun-related murders in this nation as a jumping point to push more gun control, wouldn’t it seem worthwhile – after ruling out radical Islamism, that is – to at least take a look at psychotropic prescriptions and research whether they’re precursors to violence? Even medical experts admit these drugs aren’t always helpful.

In January, the Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Adzenys XR-ODT, an amphetamine extended-release oral tablet to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in patients aged six or older. Part of its labeling, as described on RxList, warned of its potential to “exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance” in those with a “pre-existing psychotic disorder,” as well as its chances to cause a “manic episode in patients with bipolar disorder.” Worse, the label cautioned that even “at recommended doses, [the pill] may cause psychotic or manic symptoms,” including “hallucinations, delusional thinking or mania in patients without prior history of psychotic illness or mania.”

But guns are the problem? Seems like pill control might be the better argument.


'NeverTrump' Virginia Delegate Seeks Court OK to Break State Election Law

Do establishment-minded Republicans not get how this attitude is what brought Donald Trump to the forefront in the first place??!!?

A Republican leader in Virginia is heading to court to see if he can receive protection from prosecution if the vote he casts at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, is not for the presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, but rather for someone else.

Virginia election law states that party delegates have to vote for the winner of the primary, else face a fine of $2,500 and up to a year in jail.

But Carroll Boston "Beau" Correll, Jr., a Republican Party delegate who dislikes Trump for president, wants a judge to save him from that law, and has filed a federal lawsuit set to be heard on July 7, NBC 12 reported.

His argument?

Correll says his First Amendment rights, as played through his right to select the candidate of personal choice, trumps Virginia's election law.

"Correll believes that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president of the United States and that voting for Donald Trump would therefore violate Correll's conscience," the lawsuit states, NBC 12 reported. "Accordingly, Correll will not vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot, or any other ballot, at the national convention."

If Correll wins, the message sent to other Virginia delegates would be they could follow suit and vote for their candidate of choice, rather than for the candidate who won the primary, based on state voters' selection. Trump won Virginia with nearly 35 percent of the votes. Seventeen of the state's 49 GOP delegates are bound by election law to vote for Trump in the first ballot.

Trump, in previous statements reported by NBC 12, has dismissed the "NeverTrump" move.

"Number one," he said, in a past interview, "they can't do it legally. Number two, I worked for over one year, and we won all of those delegates."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

House Gun Control Sit-In Gets Fiery as Republicans Grow Weary of 'Anti 2nd Amendment Jihad'

Democrats are nuts ... not to mention taking a playbook from Occupy Thugs movement.

A sit-in on the House floor staged by Democrats to press gun control votes grew fiery overnight, with angry Republicans telling their liberal counterparts as they headed for recess that their efforts were little more than a publicity stunt that would fall on deaf majority ears.

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, for instance, wrapped a heated discussion with Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown by telling her, with raised voice, NBC News reported: "Radical Islam killed these people and you know it."

Gohmert was speaking of the 49 killed and 53 injured by Omar Mateen at an Orlando gay club, Pulse, all while making an emergency 9-1-1 call to pledge his allegiance to an ISIS chief.

Rep. Steve King, meanwhile, tweeted out this blunt message around 3 a.m. about the sit-in that started about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, and continued through the night: "I've had it with the gun grabbing Democrats and their sit in anti 2nd amendment jihad. I'm going to go home and buy a new gun."

Hashtags on Twitter underscored the parties' division, with Democrats using the #NoBillNoBreak tag and Republicans, the #StopTheStunt label.

And while Speaker Paul Ryan called for a formal Fourth of July recess, Democrats – drowning out the recess announcement with their own rendition of "We Shall Overcome" that used the words "We shall pass a bill, someday" – vowed to keep on sitting. More than a dozen were still occupying the floor by 4:30 or so Thursday morning, NBC News reported.

Democrat Rep. Barbara Lee tweeted: "Your adjournment will not silence our voice. #NoBillNoBreak #NotOneMore #EnoughIsEnough."

And Democrat Rep. John Lewis, known for his civil rights leadership in the 1960s in the South, compared the gun control battle to desegregation during Jim Crow years.

"A little more than 50 years ago, I crossed a bridge not just one time, but it took us three times to make it all the way from Selma to Montgomery," he said, shortly after Ryan announced the House adjournment, NBC News reported. "We havee other bridges to cross."

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took advantage of the sit-in to fundraise, sending out an email signed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that read, in part: "This is an historically important moment. John Lewis has been leading a sit-in on the House floor for 11 long hours now. We're fighting to prevent gun violence. The Republicans refuse to lift a finger. It's shameful. I need your help to defeat them once and for all."

The message, sent in various forms several times during the sit-in, then asks for 6,000 donations between the amounts of $1 and $250.

The sit-in grabbed the attention of even those on the West Coast. As NBC News noted, reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian tweeted: "After Orlando, Congress hasn't done anything and now they're going on vacation. I say #NoBillNoBreak."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Senate Republicans Poised to Defy NRA on 'No Fly, No Buy' Gun Control

Why are Republicans following the Democrats' playbook on gun control???

Thanks in large part to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who leans centrist, GOPers in the Senate seem set to go against the caveats of the National Rifle Association and consider a bill that would block those on government-compiled terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns – a provision loosely known as "no fly, no buy."

The Collins bill specifies two terror watch lists, but the NRA and other Second Amendment groups have warned such regulations could prove backdoor dings at gun rights. The line of argument is that since bureaucrats are the ones in charge of making and overseeing the lists, the opportunity presents for these same bureaucrats to exercise a little gun control outside the arena of proper legislation.

As WND has previously reported, mistakes can be made with these lists, as well. Now-deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy was once on the list; so was Fox News contributor and Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes.

On top of that, some in the legal world warn taking gun rights absent the judicial branch is a government overreach that is unconstitutional.

Republican presumptive presidential pick Donald Trump has said he's supportive of certain "no fly, no buy" provisions. And sources in both parties said the Collins bill is gaining steam in part because the idea of doing nothing in the face of Orlando – where Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 and wounded 53 in an act that's becoming increasingly clear was aligned with radical Islam – is untenable.

"I think you're seeing in real time the vice grip of the NRA loosening in this place," said Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, speaking of the aftermath of this week's Senate rejection of four other gun control bills, including his own, to the Hill. "This is a watershed moment whether this gets to the finish line or not. You have Republicans scrambling to try to find a way to remedy their no votes [on the other four bills]."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to walk the line between controlling his chamber and readying his vulnerable colleagues for a new election in November, and has reportedly adopted a more conciliatory attitude over gun bills.

"He will not be dictated to," said one Capitol Hill members, speaking of the NRA's pressure on McConnell, the news outlet reported.

Meanwhile, up to 10 Republicans in the Senate have reportedly jumped aboard Collins' bill, with more, like Sen. Marco Rubio, the Hill reported, considering a co-sponsorship.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who's already cosponsored, said this, the news outlet reported: "I hope we get a strong bipartisan showing. Here's what you're betting as a politician. If somebody on this no-fly list goes out and buys a gun tomorrow and kills a bunch of people, you're in a world of hurt if you vote against this."

And fellow Republican Sen. David Purdue expressed similarly: "We all want to preclude terrorists from getting guns. From what I've seen so far, I might very well be able to vote for it."

A vote on the bill, which lets the attorney general halt sales of guns for those on the no-fly list or on the selectee list, could come as soon as Thursday.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, Dodges Questions of Bias Against Conservatives

A shareholder at the most recent meeting of Facebook executives said he tried to ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg for further explanation about his social media site's perceived bias against conservatives, but got the cold shoulder.

The question, from National Center Free Enterprise Project director Justin Danhof to Zuckerberg: "Whether you're willing to admit the company has a bias problem or if you think bias is merely a matter of perception, the face is that perception is very often reality. Facebook has an extra duty to overcome this problem now that the company ha[s] been called out by former employees for targeting conservatives. My question is this: what affirmative steps are in place to increase transparency regarding Facebook's news section and its removal of pages and posts?"

Danhof also asked for Zuckerberg to issue a statement to those conservative groups and individuals who've been "harmed" by Facebook's "bias actions," he said, according to a written statement from the National Center for Public Policy Research.

Zuckerberg's response?

As Danhof said: nothing.

"When I confronted Zuckerberg over Facebook's mistreatment of conservatives, he sat mute and deferred to another company executive," Danhof said. "That gentleman claimed that Facebook's own internal investigation had exonerated the company, saying that there is no bias against conservatives on the company's platforms. In his next breath, though, he admitted that Facebook is making changes to its trending news platforms. Why is Facebook making the change [if] there is nothing wrong?"

Danhof also described the shareholders' meeting as lacking in professionalism.

"It was amateur hour as chaos and disorganization ruled the day," he said, telling how the investors had been handed a book at the outset of the gathering outlining the rules of conduct for speaking, but that Facebook managers then completely disregarded their own policy. "From the beginning, when the meeting didn't even start on time, to the company's inability to follow its own guidelines and agenda for the meeting, it was clear that Facebook's management team had little respect for its investors in attendance. And the company's continued denial that it has ever been biased against conservatives flies in the face of reality."

He also slammed Zuckerberg taking an "elitist" approach to his business.

"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg clearly moves in an elitist Silicon Valley circle in which conservative thought and opinion is verboten. While it's totally fine for him to engage in extreme left-wing politics and public policy issues in his personal life, as the CEO of a company whose role in the media landscape is growing, he should be aware that his personal actions are often applied to Facebook's brand," Danhof said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New York City Spends $265,000 on Pro-Transgender Ads for Open Bathrooms

A new New York City ad campaign valued at about  $265,000 of taxpayer dollars is aimed at reminding residents and visitors alike: Biology aside, our bathrooms are open to those of either sex.

Called "Look Past Pink and Blue," the ads tell readers to "use the restroom consistent with who you are," regardless of birth "gender," Breitbart reported.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a statement announcing the new campaign, said the open-door bathroom policy is basically a right, and that the city was taking the lead in the nation to show proper LGBT regard and respect.

"While other cities and states are legislating intolerance and taking away individuals' rights to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, we are proudly standing with our transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers," he said.

The campaign consists of strategically placed posters and advertising images around the city, including spots on subways, bus stops, and social media, that show models described as transgender in nature.

The ads come even as the city faces significant financial pressure, including a projected $3.8 billion budget shortfall by 2019, according to the city controller's estimates.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Nancy Pelosi: Steve Jobs Didn't Invent iPhone -- the Federal Government Did

More attacks on American ingenuity -- more bolstering of government as great, as the problem-solver, and the individual as needy and woefully inadequate. (It's government, not the individual -- as infused by God -- with all the knowledge, power, authority, talent, etc.)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a Democratic National Convention Platform-gathered crowd in Washington, D.C., that unbenownst to most, it was the federal government – and not Steve Jobs – that invented the iPhone.

"Anybody here have a smartphone?" she said, holding up her own iPhone and waving it toward the audience, Tech Worm reported. "In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research. GPS came from military, flatscreen, digital camera, digital data compression, voice recognition ... The list goes on and on. If you want to learn more, look at the Association for the Advancement of Science in America, and they have a full list."

She then spoke directly to the idea that Jobs, as commonly regarded, invented the iPhone – the technological device that triggered the whole smartphone movement – and scoffed: He was little more than an assembler, she said.

"They say Steve Jobs did a good idea designing it and putting it together," she said. "Federal research invented it."

A spokesperson for Pelosi also said the California lawmaker considered herself a friend of Jobs and wasn't trying to disrespect him.

"But the point she was making is a valid one," Drew Hammill said to CNET. "Leader Pelosi believes that Steve Jobs and his colleagues at Apple deserve enormous credit for taking federally-backed innovations off the shelf, refining them, commercializing them and turning them into a beautiful device that changed the world."

Jobs may not have designed all the components that made the iPhone, but his  company did design, develop and assemble both the hardware and software that goes into the phone, and maintain all the IP rights to it, Tech Worm reported.

Pelosi's comments are similar to notions touted by President Obama, who in 2012 said from the campaign trail in Roanoke, Virginia: "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something, there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelieveable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

Former vice president Al Gore fielded political fire for comments he made in March 1999 during an interview on CNN about his presidential aspirations and how he differed from his Democratic primary challenger, Sen. Bill Bradley. Then, he told host Wolf Blitzer that had it not been for his own work and efforts, the Internet may not have been invented when it was.

The question that fueled this claim, from Blitzer, went like this, Christian Science Monitor reported: "Why should Democrats, looking at the Democratic nomination process, support you instead of Bill Bradley?"

And Gore replied: "I'll be offering my vision when my campaign begins. And it will be comprehensive and sweeping. And I hope that it will be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will be. But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I've traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection."