Mark & Mack Show Prep content 10/26
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:06 Topic A: Trump: Campaign video shows Clinton coordinated with Liberal Group
Donald Trump’s campaign charged Monday that new undercover video shot by a conservative activist proves Hillary Clinton “directly” coordinated with a liberal group that’s been accused of inciting violence at Trump rallies.
The latest video from Project Veritas allegedly showed a Democratic operative – who previously had been linked to individuals accused of planting provocateurs at Trump events – bragging about receiving orders from Clinton to deploy Donald Duck-suited protesters to Trump events.
“In a totally disqualifying act that is a violent threat to our democracy, Hillary Clinton directly involved herself in inciting violence directed at Trump supporters,” Trump senior communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement, demanding an investigation.
The third Project Veritas video, released Monday, shows how the plan came together to have an activist in a duck costume follow Trump with a sign reading, “Donald ducks releasing his tax returns.” The footage features Democracy Partners head Robert Creamer suggesting the plot came from the Democratic presidential nominee herself.
“And in the end, it was the candidate, Hillary Clinton, the future president of the United States, who wanted ducks on the ground. So, by God, we will get ducks on the ground,” Creamer says in the video.
He quickly adds: “Don’t repeat that to anybody.”
There’s no evidence that the duck stunt incited anyone to violence, despite the Trump campaign statement.
However, the video points to alleged collaboration between the Clinton camp and the group tied a separate purported incitement scheme disclosed in the first two Project Veritas videos released last week.
“It’s what we would call unethical, illegal, dirty tricks,” former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. “It’s like paying people to break up Trump rallies and beat people up, and then have the press report for two months that Trump has violent rallies when in fact they people were paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.”
Democrats reject such claims. Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change who was shown in a clip from the recent video, told Fox News the groups coordinate – but it’s completely legal.
“Oftentimes when these videos are released, they reflect not a true representation of that person’s views but rather distort that person’s views in a way that make it actually more difficult to understand what they’re talking about,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
The Clinton campaign in a statement to Fox News rejected the assertion it was behind any so-called “dirty tricks.”
“Regardless of context, the campaign does not condone inciting violence and rejects the discussion of it even as a theory or proposal that was never executed,” spokesman Zac Petkanas said.
Democratic National Committee interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile also distanced the party when the first videos were released, saying the practices discussed “do not in any way comport with our long standing policies on organizing events, and those statements and sentiments do not represent the values that the Committee holds dear.”
The fallout from the earlier Veritas videos has claimed both Creamer and one of his cohorts. Creamer announced last week he was “stepping back” from efforts to elect Clinton. National Field Director of Americans United for Change Scott Foval, a sub-contractor of Creamer’s group who eagerly described ‘bussing’ practices and placing agitators at Trump events in the first video, was booted from his job as well.
In Monday’s video, Creamer is shown twice describing how the Donald Duck plan was conceived – and supposedly approved by Clinton. Creamer said he was initially not wild about the concept, given that “it’s not easy to find Donald Duck costumes for adults.” But once he got his marching orders, he got his ducks in a row.
“Hillary just loved it,” Creamer says during another point in the video.
The videos were produced by James O’Keefe, a controversial activist who’s come under fire in the past for heavily editing and manipulating his recordings. Some of his tactics have also been called into question. O’Keefe was arrested trying to gain access to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in Louisiana in 2010 and later sentenced to three years’ probation after being charged with a misdemeanor.
“James O’Keefe is a discredited right wing fringe activist, paid by Donald Trump’s sham foundation, with a history of offering misleading video out of context,” Petkanas said.
Topic B: Tim Kaine holds rally…for 30 people
Tim Kaine Holds Rally and ONLY 30 PEOPLE Show Up!
Jim Hoft Oct 24th, 2016 10:59 pm 1707 Comments
THIS IS JUST EFFING INCREDIBLE!
Hillary’s VP pick Tim Kaine Held a Rally today AND NOBODY CAME!
There were literally like 30 people there — in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump Street Team FL
BREAKING: #TimKaine rally only about 30 people show up. Her campaign is dead in #Florida nobody wants #HillaryClinton Serial Liar Corrupt
A tale of two campaigns. Today, Trump: 20,000 in Tampa. Tim Kaine: 50 or so West Palm Beach. #MAGA #ImWithHer #TrumpTrain #Hillary
Topic C: WOMAN GETS MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SENT BY HER FATHER 56 YEARS AGO
A message in a bottle sent out to sea by a New Hampshire man more than five decades ago has been returned to his daughter. The bottle was discovered by Clint Buffington of Utah while he was vacationing in the Turks and Caicos. He found a Coke bottle half-buried in the sand. The note inside the bottle said, “Return to 419 Ocean Blvd. and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber.” The Beachcomber was a Hampton, New Hampshire, motel owned by the now-deceased parents of Paula Pierce in 1960. Pierce’s father had written the note as a joke and cast it into the Atlantic Ocean, in New Hampshire. Buffington flew to New Hampshire to deliver the message to Pierce. She gave him the $150.
:22 Topic A: Obamacare Truth
You probably know somebody like Jay Wells in your town.
He’s a hardworking family man. He goes to church on Sunday. He owns a small business. He’s an all-around good guy.
And he’s also become a national symbol for the complete and utter failure of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Wells, of Colquitt, Georgia, is facing a massive (and I do mean massive) increase in his monthly health insurance premiums, according to a letter he received from BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia.
“Your current monthly premium is $711.83,” read the letter. “Starting in January, your monthly premium will be $1,872.17.”
The sticker shock was shocking.
“It was really tough to play the $700 per month,” Mr. Wells told me. “With this new increase, I don’t see any way we can do that.”
BlueCross BlueShield explained that the insurance coverage he currently has won’t be offered in 2017 – so they found another plan to meet the needs of Mr. Wells, his wife and their three children.
“This isn’t a Marketplace plan,” the letter read. “This means you won’t get any financial help lowering your monthly premium or out-of-pocket costs if you enroll in this plan.”
And that doesn’t even take into account the family’s $5,000 deductible.
“My goodness — $1,800 – that’s a deal breaker,” he said.
It could be a deal breaker for many American families.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across 39 states served by the federally run online market. Some states could face even steeper increases.
And since many major national insurance carriers have scaled back their participation in ObamaCare, many American families will only be able to choose plans from a single insurer.
“The letter we received stated the policy we had had been grandfathered in and all the grandfathered plans were eliminated due to ObamaCare mandates,” Mr. Wells said.
Remember the promise made by President Obama?
“If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan – period,” he said.
That’s what he promised to folks like Jay Wells.
Mr. Wells liked his health care plan – but because of ObamaCare he won’t be able to keep his healthcare plan.
“In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year,” he said.
But thanks to ObamaCare, the Wells family’s premiums will increase by $13,200 per year.
Instead of delivering on his promises to the Wells family, the president handed them and the American people a wheel barrel full of Grade-A fertilizer.
That could be why the policy selected for Mr. Wells is called the “POS 5500.”
And if you think your insurance premiums are too expensive now, just watch what happens if Hillary Clinton gets the keys to White House.
That’s one of the reasons Mr. Wells plans on voting for Donald Trump on Election Day.
“I’ve been a lifelong Republican – never supported Trump – but certainly plan to vote for the Republican nominee,” he told me. “I think Mr. Trump has a good opportunity here to show this is a legitimate concern for people.”
Regardless, fixing ObamaCare is not going to happen overnight.
“It’s going to be an absolute nightmare and it’s going to take some time to get this worked out –but my goodness – we’ve got to do something,” he said.
So before you cast your ballot on Election Day, take a long, hard look at your looming insurance premiums and ask yourself, “Who can make America’s healthcare affordable again?”
Mr. Wells has already figured out the answer to that question and he plans to vote accordingly.
Topic B: Obama Version of “Start-Up” losing $32 million
Obama administration’s version of a high-tech startup losing nearly $32M
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s “18F” program to create its own version of a high-tech startup for government digital projects has foundered since its launch in 2014, losing nearly $32 million as its staff spent most of its time on unbillable work, according to a new inspector general report.
The comparisons to some Silicon Valley startups were stark: Senior 18F managers overestimated the amount of money their projects would recoup; increased hiring using special rules every three months since April 2014; and devoted less than half the program’s staff time on projects for which it could bill other federal agencies, said the report released Monday. It noted the 18F program has “struggled financially” and “has not developed a viable plan to achieve full cost recovery.”
In one case, 18F hired a full-time head of state and local government practice at an annual salary of $152,780, even though at the time, 18F was not authorized to work directly for state and local governments.
The program, named after its Washington street address, was intended to create an elite branch of the General Services Administration with creative, tech-savvy employees who could quickly re-engineer any government agency’s website or improve other digital projects. At a time when federal departments were cutting budgets, it was funded under a model that envisioned it would earn back more money than it cost to run. The 18F unit was informally related to the administration’s new U.S. Digital Service, which helps manage government technology projects.
In internal discussions, some senior 18F managers appeared cavalier about recouping costs, the report said.
It cited an exchange with the 18F director of operations, who told a GSA regional administrator, “To be frank, there are some of us that don’t give rip about the losses.” The administrator, identified as Andrew McMahon, responded, “Sure, in the end, I could care less.” McMahon declined to comment.
18F’s acting executive director, Dave Zvenyach, said in a statement that like any startup, 18F grew quickly and is learning how to scale. In his comments defending the organization’s work, Zvenyach cited examples that appeared hard to tangibly account for since they dealt with government practices and culture.
Zvenyach said 18F has worked on 250 projects with 37 federal government agencies — for example, helping the Treasury Department increase transparency on federal spending. He said the organization is working to address the report’s findings and has brought in an independent third party to review its financial processes and controls, and added more controls on unbillable work
The 10-month investigation by the GSA’s inspector general found that 52 percent of 18F’s work was unbillable and included an internal project to change its logo by altering its font, alignment and background color. In all, 727 staff hours, or $140,104, were spent on developing the brand, including that logo change.
Staff spent 13,989 hours, worth $2.34 million, promoting their work through blog posts, websites, social media and speaking events.
The program also spent $235,950 on its internal timekeeping system. The report found that in half of 202 projects it reviewed, the staff frequently started work before the creation of a required agreement, which is supposed to ensure that taxpayers aren’t overcharged for work that could be more easily or cheaply provided by a private vendor and that the office is actually reimbursed for its work.
The report said 18F spent about 20 hours or $4,148 on two customized “bots” for Slack, an online messaging application. One of the automated programs would monitor users’ messages for the words “guys,” ”guyz” and “dudes,” which could have been perceived as being not inclusive for women. It prompted users to consider replacing those words with 21 options that included buds, compatriots, fellow humans, posse, team, mateys, persons of any kind, organic carbon-based life-forms living on the third planet from the sun, comrades and cats.
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:36 Topic A: Principal Beaten after telling teen to remove headphones
Principal brutally beaten after telling teen to remove headphones
The principal at a lower Manhattan high school was beaten to a pulp by a student on Monday when he told the teen to remove his headphones, sources said.
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Principal Matthew Tossman of Manhattan Early College School for Advertising, which is in inside Murry Bergtraum HS, spotted 18-year-old Luis Penzo with his headphones blasting in the hallway around noon, according to police sources.
Tossman asked Penzo to turn down the music, and Penzo refused. Then, when Tossman tried to remove the headphones, the 18-year-old student cold-cocked the principal.
Penzo continued to pounce on Tossman, socking him several times in the face, causing swelling and lacerations around both of the principal’s eyes.
Tossman was taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital for treatment. He was later released.
Penzo was arrested at around 1 p.m. Monday and charged with second-degree assault, a felony.
He was awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday night.
Tossman’s wife refused to comment at their home and referred questions to the Department of Education.
The DOE released a statement that said the NYPD “immediately responded to a concerning incident” that took place at the school.
Topic B: Fed promised bonus for Re-Enlistment during Iraq war, wants it back
Feds promised soldiers big bonuses to re-enlist during Iraq War. Ten years later, Uncle Sam says never mind
A U.S. Army veteran is being forced to pay back thousands of dollars she received as a bonus from the military a decade ago — but she’s not the only one facing a broken promise from Uncle Sam.
“I gave my time that I will never get back, and now they want their money back,” retired Master Sgt. Susan Haley, who spent 26 years in the Army, told KTBC-TV.
Haley now lives in central Texas but lived in California at the height of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the time, the California National Guard was struggling to re-enlist enough troops to meet its demand, so the state added a $15,000 financial incentive for those willing to sacrifice it all in service to their country.
“I volunteered for my first deployment because they needed me. I volunteered for my Afghanistan deployment because they needed me,” Haley said.
But a federal investigation in 2010 found the funds were awarded improperly, and the Pentagon is now asking the more than 10,0000 soldiers who received the incentives to pay the money back — with interest. That means Haley and her family now owe the government more than $20,000, an egregious amount she says they just can’t repay.
“We are literally broke,” Haley told KTBC-TV. “We don’t have any more savings. We’re using our emergency savings fund to pay this bill every month. If this continues, we won’t be able to make our house payment.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Monday, asking that Congress intervene in the Pentagon’s debt collection efforts after the Nov. 8 election. The letter stated:
These brave Californians were willing to give everything to serve our country, and they earned every penny and benefit given to them. The overpayment of enlistment signing bonuses by the Department of Defense should not be the responsibility of our service members or veterans to pay back, years after the fact.
California’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, also requested that the military forgive the debt, which amounts to millions:
These men and women voluntarily reenlisted with the understanding that they would receive substantial bonuses. The Department of Defense should use its existing authority… to waive the repayment of these enlistment bonuses” and “help those service members who have already fully or partially repaid these incentives.
The California National Guard said it doesn’t have the power to forgive the debts but told soldiers they can legally appeal their cases to the National Guard Bureau, the federal agency that oversees the 50 state Guard organizations. But that requires them to spend even more money for an outcome that is all but certain.
“They’re just playing these games to try and get out of it. So yea, we’re responding. … We’re hoping that somebody in Congress will stop all of this before we have to keep going through court and stop it for soldiers across the whole U.S.,” U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Robert Richmond told KTBC.
Topic C: Shaq Owns Krispe Kreme in Atlanta
SHAQ NOW OWNS A KRISPY KREME FRANCHISE
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has always been a lifelong fan of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Now, he’s officially the owner of a downtown Atlanta Krispy Kreme franchise. To celebrate O’Neal joining the Krispy Kreme brand, the company announced a “Shaq-or-Treat” social media promotion for Halloween. Krispy Kreme fans who tag their Halloween social media posts with #ShaqOrTreat between Oct. 28 and 31 will be eligible to win Shaq-autographed prizes or other surprises from the doughnut chain.
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Topic A: Woman who stashed $235,000 from UA sorority in shoe box sentenced
Update 3:19 p.m. Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan has been sentenced to six months prison; 18 months home detention and fined $50,000.
A South Carolina attorney, who pleaded guilty to defrauding her sorority at the University of Alabama of hundreds of thousands of dollars, says she didn’t use the money for personal enrichment.
Instead, she placed $234,000 of in a shoe box inside a closet to use for a scholarship program and other sorority expenses, according to sentencing memorandums in her case. It’s a claim a federal prosecutor says isn’t credible.
Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan is to be sentenced today for defrauding Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at the University of Alabama of money meant for furnishing a new house for her sorority sisters.
Federal prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala to sentence Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan to 20 months in prison, according to a sentencing memorandum from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan, 39, Meehan, who was tasked with furnishing the University’s new Gamma Phi Beta house, was arrested last year on eight charges.
Meehan’s attorneys, however, are asking for no prison time with three months home confinement, 400 hours of community service, 2 years of probation, no fine, and no more than 1 year of supervised release.
In July Meehan pleaded guilty to bank fraud, one count of an eight-count indictment. The other counts are being dismissed under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In that plea agreement prosecutors agreed not to recommend a sentence above 20 months and Meehan agreed to pay the outstanding remainder of the restitution at sentencing, according to the prosecutor’s sentencing memorandum.
Meehan was president of the House Corporation Board of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority in an unpaid, a volunteer position. She was tasked with furnishing the $14 million sorority house between September 2013 and March 2015. The new house was the largest in the sorority’s national history.
According to the plea agreement, Meehan executed a bank fraud scheme to illegally obtain money from First Citizens Bank & Trust Company and the Bank of Tuscaloosa. Gamma Phi Beta’s account was at the Bank of Tuscaloosa and Meehan opened an account at First Citizens Bank under a fraudulent business name.
In September and November of 2014, Meehan submitted fraudulent furniture invoices totaling about $375,000 to Greek Resource Services, a contract company that handles the finances for fraternities and sororities at UA. GRS drew money from Gamma Phi Beta’s account at Bank of Tuscaloosa and gave Meehan two checks totaling about $375,000. She deposited that money into the newly opened First Citizens account, authorities said.
Meehan wired money from that account into her personal business account at Bank of America for her personal use, according to her plea agreement.
Under the plea agreement, Meehan agreed to forfeit, as proceeds of illegal activity, $234,648, and to pay additional restitution of $34,815 to GRS. The government also had frozen money in her bank accounts.
The accused, an attorney in South Carolina, is charged with 8 crimes related to the fraud.
Meehan’s offense involved an ongoing fraudulent scheme that amounted to the theft of over $500,000 in monies that were contributed by the members of the Sorority, according to the federal prosecutors’ memorandum.
According to the sentencing memorandum from Meehan’s attorney last week: Meehan accepts responsibility for her misconduct; the offense is an “aberration”; she will be further penalized with the loss of her ability to practice law; she has for many years prior to the crime engaged in extensive community service and works of charity; and she did not profit from the crime, “but was simply trying to do her best for her sorority”;
“Ms. Meehan genuinely regrets the misconduct which led to her plea; she recognizes the consequences of her actions and the wrongfulness of her conduct,” according to her attorneys’ sentencing memorandum.
Her sentencing memorandum admits Meehan made mistakes.
“However, she did not do so to personally enrich herself,” her memorandum states. “Instead, Jennifer intended to use the funds to purchase furniture and accessories that were anticipated but not included in the original furniture budget; for expenses related to the grand opening ceremonies; and to begin a scholarship fund that had been approved by the Board for need and merit based members of the local chapter.”
Meehan kept a ledger of the money and placed it in individual labelled envelopes in a boot box she kept in her closet, according to her memorandum. “After she was indicted, through counsel, Jennifer turned in the handwritten ledger along with all funds stored in the labeled envelopes to the government,” according to her memorandum.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David H. Estes found that explanation hard to believe in his sentencing memorandum. “The idea that the defendant has all along had the $234,648.00, but only chose to turn it over on April 4, 2016, some nine months after her arrest is not credible,” he wrote.
“Essentially the defense states that even before the date of her arrest, while this fraudulent scheme was ongoing, the defendant was holding approximately $235,000.00, for safe keeping, in a shoe box in her closet so that she could later establish a scholarship fund for the Sorority,” according to Estes’ memorandum.
Meehan stated in her memorandum that “I became caught up in my own fantasy,” Estes noted. “That is what this entire assertion is…..fantasy. It strains credulity to believe that anyone in her position, and considering all of her fraudulent conduct over the course of this scheme, was keeping that amount of cash, all of it stolen, in her closet for an eventual scholarship program,” he wrote.
Federal prosecutors have fully taken the return of the nearly $235,000 into consideration in making its sentencing recommendation and have given credit to Meehan for the remaining amounts that were frozen and returned to the sorority, Estes stated.
The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.
Topic B: Christian fundamentalism is a ‘malignant form of Christianity’ more dangerous than Islamic terrorism, scholar says
Christian fundamentalism is a ‘malignant form of Christianity’ more dangerous than Islamic terrorism, scholar says
A humanist scholar has declared Christian fundamentalism more dangerous than Islamic terrorism, the Chicago Maroon reported.
Catherine M. Wallace, an author and faculty member at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told an audience last week near the University of Chicago that a Christian fundamentalist “in control of nuclear codes was a much, much greater threat” than Islamic terrorists who “need to put bombs on their own children and send young men in to kill themselves” in order to “blow up a concert,” the paper said.
Wallace — a historian and “Christian humanist,” the Maroon said — noted that Christian fundamentalism has roots in the American South: “The religious right in its most contemporary form has an origin in Southern opposition to desegregation and to the Civil Rights Movement … a transparently racist appeal.”
She added that radicalism comes from a literal interpretation of the Bible. “Nobody in the ancient world would have read the Bible literally,” she said, the Maroon reported, adding that a literal reading of scripture is a modern construct.
“Christian fundamentalism is a malignant form of Christianity,” Wallace said, according to the paper, noting that such a point of view stirs hatred and conflict with the rest of humanity.
Wallace added that she wants her writing to be “absolutely welcoming and accessible to anybody whether they have any religious background or interest. We’re gonna meet on open, shared, common historical grounds,” the Maroon said.
And how would Jesus react to the present political climate?
“Jesus was first a Jewish prophet reciting the Jewish rant in its standard edition, which is social justice, socioeconomic justice,” she said, according to the paper. “Care for widows and orphans, which is to say the unemployable. People who can’t earn their own living. And the just sharing of the world’s resources.”
Show Prep HOUR TWO
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:06 Topic A: Clinton Email scandal: “Clean this up”
One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides urged colleagues to “clean this up” after President Obama claimed in March 2015 he only learned of Clinton’s private email system from news reports — a statement the aide pointedly challenged by noting the president “has emails” from her non-department address.
The directive from Cheryl Mills, one of the Democratic presidential nominee’s most trusted aides, was revealed Tuesday in the newest batch of Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails posted by anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks. It is one of several showing how Clinton’s inner circle scrambled to correct the record after Obama’s initial remarks.
The hacked Mills message stems from a discussion on March 7, 2015, the night Obama told CBS News he found out about Clinton’s email system “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
“We need to clean this up – he has emails from her – they do not say state.gov,” Mills wrote to Podesta just before midnight.
The next day, Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri also confirmed that Obama was aware of Clinton’s personal account, during a discussion with senior Clinton adviser Philippe Reines on how to handle the president’s remarks.
“One of us should connect with the [White House] just so they know that the email will show his statement to not make sense,” Reines wrote to Palmieri at 12:40 a.m.
Several hours later, Palmieri answered, suggesting Reines talk with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest or someone else in the communications department.
“They know POTUS and HRC emailed,” Palmieri wrote, using acronyms for president of the United States and Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Josh has been asked about that. Standard practice is not to confirm anything about his email, so his answer to press was that he would not comment/confirm. I recollect that Josh was also asked if POTUS ever noticed her personal email account and he said something like POTUS likely had better things to do than focus on his Cabinet’s email addresses.”
Earnest, during his March 9 briefing, sought to clear up the seeming disconnect between Obama’s statement and his past practice of emailing with Clinton.
“The point that the president was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address, he did,” Earnest said. “But he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.”
The WikiLeaks disclosures also show how early aides began planning to shield the Obama emails from being released.
Podesta emailed Mills on March 4, the same day the House Benghazi Committee subpoenaed Clinton’s emails, to ask if her communications with Obama should be claimed as executive privilege.
“Think we should hold emails to and from potus?” Podesta wrote. “That’s the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I [sic] seems like they will.”
Whether Mills answered isn’t yet known – WikiLeaks has released just over 30,000 of a purported 50,000 Podesta emails. But by October 2015, the White House was using the executive privilege claim to stop the release of the Obama-Clinton emails.
Topic B: 12 weeks of Trump Bashing
MRC Study: Documenting TV’s Twelve Weeks of Trump Bashing
In the twelve weeks since the party conventions concluded in late July, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has received significantly more broadcast network news coverage than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but nearly all of that coverage (91%) has been hostile, according to a new study by the Media Research Center (MRC).
In addition, the networks spent far more airtime focusing on the personal controversies involving Trump (440 minutes) than about similar controversies involving Clinton (185 minutes). Donald Trump’s treatment of women was given 102 minutes of evening news airtime, more than that allocated to discussing Clinton’s e-mail scandal (53 minutes) and the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals (40 minutes) combined
For this study, the MRC analyzed all 588 evening news stories that either discussed or mentioned the presidential campaign on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from July 29 through October 20 (including weekends). The networks devoted 1,191 minutes to the presidential campaign during this period, or nearly 29 percent of all news coverage.
Our measure of campaign spin was designed to isolate the networks’ own slant, not the back-and-forth of the campaign trail. Thus, our analysts ignored soundbites which merely showcased the traditional party line (Republicans supporting Trump and bashing Clinton, and vice versa), and instead tallied evaluative statements which imparted a clear positive or negative tone to the story. Such statements may have been presented as quotes from non-partisan talking heads such as experts or voters, quotes from partisans who broke ranks (Republicans attacking Trump or Democrats criticizing Clinton), or opinionated statements from the reporter themselves.
Additionally, we separated personal evaluations of each candidate from statements about their prospects in the campaign horse race (i.e., standings in the polls, chances to win, etc.). While such comments can have an effect on voters (creating a bandwagon effect for those seen as winning, or demoralizing the supports of those portrayed as losing), they are not “good press” or “bad press” as understood by media scholars as far back as Michael Robinson’s groundbreaking research on the 1980 presidential campaign.
The results show neither candidate was celebrated by the media (as Obama was in 2008), but network reporters went out of their way to hammer Trump day after day, while Clinton was largely out of their line of fire.
Our analysts found 184 opinionated statements about Hillary Clinton, split between 39 positive statements (21%) vs. 145 negative (79%). Those same broadcasts included more than three times as many opinionated statements about Trump, 91 percent of which (623) were negative vs. just nine percent positive (63).
Even when they were critical of Hillary Clinton — for concealing her pneumonia, for example, or mischaracterizing the FBI investigation of her e-mail server — network reporters always maintained a respectful tone in their coverage.
This was not the case with Trump, who was slammed as embodying “the politics of fear,” or a “dangerous” and “vulgar” “misogynistic bully” who had insulted vast swaths of the American electorate. Reporters also bluntly called out Trump for lying in his public remarks in a way they never did with Clinton, despite her own robust record of false statements. [For a flavor of the kind of coverage Trump has been receiving from the Big Three networks this year, watch the video embedded below.]
As for those “horse race” assessments that we excluded from our “good press/bad press” measure, those were decidedly anti-Trump as well. Out of 569 such statements about the health or prospects of Trump’s campaign, 85% (486) were negative, vs. 15% (83) that were positive. For Clinton, the spin was reversed: out of 432 assessments of her status in the race, 62% (268) were positive, vs. just 38% (164) that were negative.
Thus, judging by their own coverage, network reporters have consistently painted Clinton as the most likely to win, but they have inexplicably spent most of their time trying to dismantle the underdog in the race while giving the frontrunner much lighter scrutiny.
Overall, the networks spent about 40 percent more airtime covering Trump (785 minutes) than they did on Clinton (478 minutes). Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received just over nine minutes of coverage, while Green candidate Jill Stein and independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin each received less than one minute of airtime.
As noted above, more than half of Trump’s coverage (440 minutes, or 56%) focused on the various controversies surrounding his candidacy, while only about 38 percent of Clinton’s airtime was spent on her controversies (185 minutes).
By far, the top topic since the party conventions has been the issue of Donald Trump’s treatment of women, especially the 2005 Access Hollywood tape (which received nearly 50 minutes of evening news coverage) and the unproven allegations from several women that he engaged in inappropriate conduct in the past (26 minutes).
Add it all up, and Trump’s alleged sexist behavior or rhetoric has totaled 102 minutes of news coverage since the conventions. In contrast, references to Bill Clinton’s past treatment of women, and Hillary Clinton’s role in covering up her husband’s wrongdoing, amounted to less than seven minutes of coverage during this same period, a roughly 15-to-1 disparity.
Other Trump controversies were given robust coverage: the issue of his tax returns (33 minutes), his concern that the November election could be “rigged” (27 minutes), and suggestions that Trump and his aides are too close to Putin’s Russia (22 minutes).
In contrast, controversies involving Hillary Clinton received far less attention. Her “basket of deplorables” comment received just seven minutes of total coverage, while barely two minutes (134 seconds) was spent talking about her handling of the 2012 attack in Benghazi when she was Secretary of State.
Bill Clinton’s crack that ObamaCare was a “crazy system” was limited to just 140 seconds of evening news coverage, even though it signaled the kind of intra-party split that would surely have received far more coverage if it had been a Republican vs. a Republican.
Just last week, a Quinnipiac poll found that more than half of all voters (55%) thought the media’s coverage had been biased against Trump. With coverage like this, the question is, what are the other 45 percent thinking?
Topic C: MAN RUNS ACROSS U.S. IN 42 DAYS
29-year-old Pete Kostelnick has landed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest man to ever run across the country. Kostelnick started on one side of the U.S. – on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall on Sept. 12, and just kept running. He hit the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge on Monday, exactly 42 days and 2,900 miles later, setting a record. The previous record was 46 days. He ran about 70 miles a day, at a consistent nine minutes per mile, occasionally walking up hills or slowing toward the end of the day to let his muscles cool down. And, just like Forrest Gump, along the way he gathered fans who started running with him. When he finally stopped running, Kostelnick said, “All I want is a beer and my wife.”
:22 Topic A: Gadsden Heroin Trafficking
Three people are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on charges of heroin trafficking.
Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Randall Johnson said Freedom Beal, 35, of Birmingham, Stacey Ray, 35, of Trussville, and Stephen Johnson, 41, of Selma, have been charged with one count of trafficking in heroin.
Deputy Commander Phil Sims said agents received a tip that a “sizable amount of heroin” was being delivered to a Gadsden motel on Oct. 20. Sims said the heroin was being brought to the area from Birmingham in a car carrying the two men and one woman.
When the vehicle pulled into a motel parking lot, agents were waiting to arrest the trio. The heroin was found inside the vehicle.
The three are being held on $50,000 cash bond each. Beal is also on probation in Jefferson County for drug possession.
Gadsden Police, the Marshall County Drug Task Force, Boaz Police, Alabama National Guard Counterdrug Program and the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force participated in the case.
Topic B: TRUMP WINNING THE HALLOWEEN MASK COMPETITION
Each election year, the Spirit Halloween costume chain takes note of which candidate masks are selling. This year, says the company, Trump masks are currently outselling Clinton masks by 55 percent to 45 percent. In asking their customers why they chose the mask they did, the number one reason Americans chose the Trump masks is to be funny. The top reason they chose Clinton masks was because they like her. Although you should know this: the store claims that their best-selling Halloween mask has correctly forecast the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. (Play clip below)
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:36 Topic A: Obamacare Spike has Republicans crying out loud
Republicans blast ObamaCare after premium hike announcement
ObamaCare premiums set to rise sharply
Republicans blasted the White House on Monday after President Obama’s administration announced premiums for his signature health care law will rise sharply next year and many consumers would be down to just one insurer.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while campaigning in Tampa, Fla., emphatically declared ObamaCare “over.”
Trump added that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, “wants to double down and make it more expensive and it’s not gonna work. … Our country can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.” He promised his own plan would deliver “great health care at a fraction of the cost.”
Trump’s running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence echoed his partner’s words, saying on Twitter “Higher premiums, less competition & fewer choices lie ahead for ObamaCare. Hillary Clinton wants more of the same.”
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
“Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period,” said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health care law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., accused Democrats of only wanting to double-down on ObamaCare instead of fix it and vowed that Republicans would “replace it with real, patient-centered solutions that fit your needs and your budget.”
“The president recently compared ObamaCare to a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and he’s right: this disastrous law is blowing up. But at least you can return the phone,” Ryan added.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., urged the White House to admit that the health care law wasn’t working.
“We’ve reached this point because ObamaCare is built on the lie that Washington’s bureaucrats are smart enough to plan health care for millions of Americans. At every turn — whether it’s CO-OPs collapsing, premiums skyrocketing, or big insurers bailing — the American people have paid the price. More spin won’t solve this — it’s time for the White House to admit that this law isn’t working.”
HHS essentially confirmed state-by-state reports that have been coming in for months. Window shopping for plans and premiums is already available through HealthCare.gov.
Administration officials are stressing that subsidies provided under the law, which are designed to rise alongside premiums, will insulate most customers from sticker shock. They add that consumers who are willing to switch to cheaper plans will still be able to find bargains.
“Headline rates are generally rising faster than in previous years,” acknowledged HHS spokesman Kevin Griffis. But he added that for most consumers, “headline rates are not what they pay.”
The vast majority of the more than 10 million customers who purchase through HealthCare.gov and its state-run counterparts do receive generous financial assistance. “Enrollment is concentrated among very low-income individuals who receive significant government subsidies to reduce premiums and cost-sharing,” said Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health
But an estimated 5 million to 7 million people are either not eligible for the income-based assistance, or they buy individual policies outside of the health law’s markets, where the subsidies are not available. The administration is urging the latter group to check out HealthCare.gov. The spike in premiums generally does not affect the employer-provided plans that cover most workers and their families.
Overall, it’s shaping up to be the most difficult sign-up season since HealthCare.gov launched in 2013 and the computer system froze up.
Enrollment has been lower than initially projected, and insurers say patients turned out to be sicker than expected. Moreover, a complex internal system to help stabilize premiums has not worked as hoped for.
Topic B: Flashback: Media attacks claim Obamacare premiums will rise
FLASHBACK: LEFT-WING MEDIA ATTACKS CLAIM OBAMACARE PREMIUMS WILL RISE
Media attacks 2010 “right-wing” claims that Obamacare will cause premiums to skyrocket
Several prominent left-wing media outlets attacked claims that the Affordable Care Act would cause premiums to rise years before it indeed happened.
A 2010 tweet from White House mouthpiece Media Matters was circulated widely Monday just moments after the Obama administration confirmed that premiums were set to rise by as much as 116 percent.
Media Matters ✔ @mmfa
Right-wing media falsely claim that health care reform will increase premiums: http://bit.ly/a6Zi7e #p2 #noisemachine #hcr #health
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“Right-wing media are using an exchange between President Obama and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to falsely claim that the Senate health care bill would cause individual health insurance premiums to increase,” Media Matters wrote at the time. “In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Senate’s version of health care reform would result in lower premiums for most individual enrollees.”
A similar article from Politifact, “a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials,” also “debunked” concerns over rising costs.
OFA TruthTeam @OFATruthTeam
Fact checkers: No, health insurance premiums will not rise under Obamacare. http://OFA.BO/pFAbf8
6:56 PM – 16 Oct 2012
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Rick Scott says health insurance premiums will increase under health care law
Add this to the list of qualms Florida Gov. Rick Scott has with the nation’s health care law. He says it will lead to increased premiums. How? Through the part of the law that creates an online…
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As noted by the Associated Press Monday, premiums are set to rise by an average of 25 percent while states such as Arizona prepare for as much as a 116 percent spike.
Topic C: RESTAURANT OFFERS CHEESESTEAKS FOR LIFE IN EXCHANGE FOR CUBS TIX
Baby’s Cheesesteak, a restaurant in Orland Park, Illinois, is offering free food for life – two cheesesteaks per day, to be exact – in exchange for two tickets to see the Cubs play the World Series at Wrigley Field. As of yesterday, the least expensive listing on StubHub was $1,800 per ticket – and that was for standing room only.
:46 Tease:____________Start bed, pitch to sports
Topic A: Brittney Woods Mother Pleads Guilty
The mother of a missing south Alabama teenager believed to be a victim of a family child sex abuse ring has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment.
WPMI-TV reports that Chessie Wood on Monday pleaded guilty to the lesser misdemeanor offense. Wood, who has maintained her innocence, was one of several relatives charged in what prosecutors described as a sex abuse ring.
Chessie Wood told The Associated Press in 2014 that she didn’t know what was going on in the family until after her daughter’s disappearance.
Brittney Wood, 19, was last seen in 2012. Authorities believe she was among the victims of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children.
Brittney Wood was believed to have been with her uncle the night she disappeared. He later committed suicide.
Topic B: Man Made Climate Change Hoax
UPCOMING EVENT: GLOBAL WARMING – AN INCONVENIENT LIE
Learn why the globalist push “man-made climate change” hoax
Climate of Freedom: December 2-4, 2016, Phoenix, AZ: be there or be square!
Freedom Force International is hosting its third open-to-all annual congress December 2-4 at the stunning Marriot Tempe at the Buttes, in breathtaking mountain country just three miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I shall be there. Will you?
The subject: Global Warming – an Inconvenient Lie.
The organizer, Ed Griffin, author of the international best-selling Creature from Jekyll Island, which exposes the rottenness of the monetary system created and run by the Federal Reserve Bank ($1 today buys you what a cent bought you when the Fed was founded a century ago), calls the congress “a weapon of mass instruction.”
The all-star lineup of speakers includes –
Dr Will Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor Physics in the University of Princeton and all-round good guy. Will is a specialist in atomic physics, optics, and spectroscopy, a pioneer in the development of adaptive optics, and a former Director of Science in the Department of Energy. He will make a major announcement about climate change in his talk.
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, an autodidact mathematician, global-warming expert and professional public orator who will also make a major announcement about the “how-much-global-warming” question at the heart of the climate debate.
Tim Ball is an emeritus professor at the University of Winnipeg. He was chairman of the Canadian Committee on Climatic Fluctuation, and calls manmade global warming “the biggest deception in history”.
Patrick Wood, author of Technology Rising and the go-to source for information on the Trilateral Commission, will show how the thirst for global domination now lurks behind pietistic adjectives such as “environmental”, “green” and “sustainable”, but it remains an all-out attack on private property, personal wealth, national independence and democracy.
Dan Happel, a former Counter Commissioner for Madison County, Montana, will describe Agenda 21 as a blueprint for tyranny that hides under the guise of “sustainable development” but is really aimed at bringing all human activity under the control of an international governing elite.
Jim Lee is a private geoengineering investigator who will provide proof of weather modification for warfare, geoengineering for profit, steering tornadoes, and adding sulfur, biofuel, aluminum, barium, strontium and carbon dust to jet fuel.
Alex Newman, journalist and co-author of Crimes of the Educators, will show how the global-warming deception has been inflicted on innocent schoolchildren, and will also reveal the real purpose behind Agenda 2030, the final phase of the Agenda 21 global takeover.
Debbie Bacigalupi will also look at Agenda 21 and its ambition to inflict massive taxation on developed countries, allegedly for the benefit of poor nations but in fact for the profit of politicians, bureaucrats, and military, in the name of fighting global warming.
Michael Shaw is an environmentalist who helps people defend their property from government confiscation in the name of sustainable development. He will show how Agenda 21 is creating a totalitarian system in California that will eventually be rolled out worldwide.
This is your chance to hear the hard facts and meet all the speakers in person. Be there or be square!
Show Prep HOUR Three
:05 Weather bed, with sponsor and pitch to wx. After wx do current conditions
:06 Topic A: Internet Crashes Will Be Hard To Stop After Obama’s Internet Giveaway
Someone successfully shut down many websites Friday, attacking a crucial part of the internet that has been made more vulnerable due to an Obama administration decision to surrender American control, according to experts.
Websites like Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and many others were not working for a large portion of U.S. citizens Friday, after unknown hackers breached the servers of Dyn, a major domain name system (DNS) host. Essentially the “yellow pages” of online addresses, DNS is the technical network that converts web address names into numbers.
“We began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time,” Dyn announced in a published update.
The cyber-crime, which was likely conducted by a syndicate, issued a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which renders certain networks and websites inaccessible to users. The hacker(s) bombarded part of the internet’s infrastructure by directing several devices and the respective unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (the numerical label assigned to every device) to targeted online systems. Dyn’s DNS became inundated with so much traffic, it could no longer facilitate the navigation of the web.
Electronic devices that were likely taken over could be anything with internet capacity, like smartphones, cameras, TVs, and PCs (maybe even toasters).
The perpetrators probably “hijacked the devices by installing the malware and then conscripted them into a ‘botnet,’ which is essentially an army of electronic devices unwittingly controlled by an unauthorized individual or entity,” Jeff Baron, a web pioneer who owned an accredited domain name registrar business, told The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).
The botnet is then commanded to simultaneously send data to its target “to disable it like a tsunami flooding and oceanfront building,” Baron continued. The targets here were Dyn’s “authoritative nameservers,” which are machines that oversee the mapping of IP addresses. These nameservers are required for connecting users to the websites they are requesting to access.
“Think of your GPS being shut off while you are traveling to an unfamiliar location in a foreign city,” Baron explained. “Dyn’s nameservers are responsible for over 170,000 domain names and websites including Twitter and Paypal.”
Sites like Google, Yahoo and thousands of others were unaffected because they do not use Dyn’s nameservers. And the online shutdown was only seen in certain parts of the world (mainly the Northeastern United States) because nameservers segregate internet traffic by region.
It is not yet known who is responsible for the attack. But what is clear is that such attacks could become a serious and constant problem for America’s internet infrastructure, which is absolutely critical for a number of things like the country’s electoral process, national security, and system of commerce.
President Barack Obama and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) essentially recently relinquished control over a vital part of the internet. They let the contract between the American-based nonprofit, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) expire on Oct. 1 so a transition of internet DNS stewardship to a global organization could occur.
While such attacks were possible (and did materialize) under IANA control of the DNS, giving up internet power to a global multistakeholder offers other nations a direct stake in management.
“The biggest concern is that countries who don’t value internet freedom, who silence online speech and censor the web, will be able to directly shape internet policy,” Drew Johnson, national director of Protect Internet Freedom, told TheDCNF.
Countries like Russia and China, which not only censor the internet for its own populace, but also have been accused of hacking U.S. government institutions, will likely have a significant say in the administration of the international internet system.
It is not yet known where the attack on Dyn originated, “but DDoS attacks are often coordinated from out of the United States, so the U.S. government’s power is very limited in these circumstances.”
Topic B: MAN DRESSED AS TREE BLOCKS TRAFFIC
Portland, Maine, police were called to the downtown area Monday afternoon for a report of a man dressed as a tree standing in the street. Asher Woodworth (* or so he says) was charged with obstructing traffic. Police removed the tree outfit and gave it to Public Works to take care of.
Topic C: MARRIAGE LASTS TWO HOURS THANKS TO SNAPCHAT
A Saudi marriage broke down in just two hours because the wife started sharing pictures on Snapchat. The couple had a binding prenuptial agreement not to share pictures of the ceremony over social media. But soon after the ceremony, the bride sent some pics out over Snapchat. The groom found out, and canceled the marriage and called for a divorce.
:22 Topic A: $20,000 raised to replace bullet-riddled sign honoring Emmett Till
A center dedicated to the memory of slain black teen Emmett Till has raised over $20,000 to replace a bullet-riddled sign commemorating the 1955 Mississippi killing that helped propel the civil rights movement.
The Emmett Till Interpretive Center has raised about 10 times the amount it will cost to replace the historical marker, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
Center director Patrick Weems said the new sign will cost between $1,400 and $2,000. He said the extra donations will be used to commemorate Till in other ways.
“In doing this work for 10 years and now seeing this outpouring from people who want to see Emmett Till’s memory sustained, that is incredible,” he said about the donations.
The sign commemorating Till’s slaying has been a repeated target of vandals, and was recently found to be damaged with bullet holes.
It was put up by the Emmett Till Memorial Commission in 2008 near the Tallahatchie River, the site where Till’s body was found 61 years ago.
The 14-year-old Chicago teen was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta in August 1955 when witnesses said he whistled at a white woman working behind the counter of a store in the tiny town of Money.
On Aug. 28, he was kidnapped from his uncle’s nearby home. Three days later his body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River, gruesomely disfigured. Barbed wire was wrapped around his neck and he was weighted down with a cotton gin fan.
Till’s mother insisted on an open-casket funeral, and Jet magazine published photos of his corpse. It generated outrage that gave momentum to the civil rights movement.
In 1955, an all-white jury acquitted two white men of murder in Till’s slaying.
Months later, the two told Look magazine they had in fact killed Till.
Topic B: Shrine to Jesus in Israel ‘robbed and vandalised’
A church in Israel built where Christians believe the transfiguration of Jesus took place has been vandalised, with chalices stolen, icons damaged and a donation box robbed, an official said Tuesday.
Church officials believe the motive for Monday’s incident was robbery and not Jewish extremism, which has been blamed for previous vandalism at Christian sites in Israel, said Wadie Abunassar, a spokesman for bishops in the Holy Land.
Abunassar could not say how many chalices were stolen from the Basilica of the Transfiguration or how much money from the donation box had been taken. Communion bread had also been thrown on the ground.
No graffiti was painted on the church as usually occurs with vandalism by extremists, Abunassar said. A report has been made with police.
The church is located on Mount Tabor in the Galilee region of northern Israel, where Christians believe Jesus became radiant and spoke with Moses and Elijah.
Gospels in the Bible’s New Testament include the story.
Tourists and pilgrims regularly visit the church built on the site.
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:36 Topic A: Racist Liberals at Berkeley, block footbridge
Berkeley protesters blocking footbridge let people of color pass. White people? They’re given a two-word command.
Protesters at the University of California, Berkeley were seen on video blocking the entrance to a high-traffic footbridge on campus as part of a demonstration for transgender safe spaces, among other demands.
The protesters — who linked arms across Sather Gate starting on Friday, Heat Street said — reportedly let people of color through their human chain.
But white people were apparently out of luck.
Their option? “Go around! Go around!” the group chanted.
And apparently the white pedestrians obeyed the protesters’ detour command:
Later in the clip, a mock eviction notice was placed on buildings, Heat Street reported:
You are hereby notified by the students of the University of California, Berkeley to vacate the premises immediately. University administration wrongly allocated this two-story facility to a third-party corporations, keeping in line with its intensifying legacy of prioritizing financial profit over student needs.
The notice, the outlet said, added that “the work that these student-run spaces produce to recruit and retain students of color and provide support for the LGBTQIIA+ student community is invaluable and must be affirmed by the university.”
Topic B: National “mincemeat” day
“National Mincemeat Day celebrates a sweet and tasty meat treat. For those of us that have had it before, we can revel in the great taste. For those of us who have never heard of Mincemeat, don’t you think today would be a good time to get introduced to it!? Mincemeat dates back to medieval times. It was a way to preserve food. It was also a treat, mixed with sweet fruits. Somewhere in the last half of the 1900’s, it lost its popularity. A whole generation has grown up not knowing what it is, or having ever tasted it. Today, it is most often served as Minced Meat Pie. Over the years, the amount of meat in the recipes was reduced. In older recipes, you will find meat and/or suet among the ingredients. More modern recipes contain little or no meat, and it is largely a fruity pie. It remains a traditional pie at Thanksgiving for many families. So, just what is mincemeat? It is a mixture of minced (or chopped up) meats, suet, and fruits. The meat is usually beef, either ground up or sirloin. Fruits include raisins, apples, pears, and others. Sometimes liquor is added, most commonly brandy or rum. It’s easy to enjoy this day … have a slice of Mincemeat Pie. Then you will most definitely have a happy National Mincemeat Day!”
Topic C: M&M Trivia
1. 1 in 6 married men do not know THIS. What is it?
Their wife’s weight
2. 31% of married men say they have never done THIS. What it is?
Sent their wife flowers
3. Married men are 7 times more likely to do THIS than single men. What is it?
Follow the speed limit
:46 Tease:____________Start bed, pitch to sports
Topic A: College threatens to call police over “offensive costumes”
College threatens police response for students wearing ‘offensive’ costumes
Tufts University has sent out a letter that is sure to spook Greek life students ahead of Halloween weekend.
Students involved in fraternities and sororities at the Massachusetts school are being told to not wear anything that could offend others during Halloween celebrations – or risk getting investigated by campus police and being slapped with “serious disciplinary sanctions.”
The order came in a note written by the leaders of the four Greek life councils on campus. It contained few specifics.
“The costumes that people choose to wear have an effect on everyone around them whether they realize it or not,” the letter says.
It goes on to state that “outfits relating to tragedy, controversy, or acts of violence are also inappropriate. We need to set a precedent that people’s customs cannot and will not be our costumes.”
Tufts was far from the only university calling out costumes it deemed offensive. The University of Florida offered counseling for students “troubled” by incidents involving Halloween costumes. And the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Bias Incident Team last year claimed some students’ “Three Blind Mice” costumes mocked the disabled.
The Dean of Student Affairs at Tufts, Mary Pat McMahon, is urging people who feel offended to file reports to campus authorities.
“The range of response for students whose actions make others in our community feel threatened or unsafe, or who direct conduct towards others that is offensive or discriminatory, includes OEO and/or TUPD investigation and then disciplinary sanctions from our office that could run a wide gamut depending on what is brought to our attention and the impact of these actions on others,” she is quoted as saying in the letter.
The existence of the letter was reported by Students Advocating for Students, an organization advocating for free speech on college campuses.
Topic B: Sweden bans Christmas Street Lights to avoid offending muslims
SWEDEN BANS CHRISTMAS STREET LIGHTS; TO AVOID OFFENDING MUSLIM MIGRANTS?
Authorities claim it’s for “security” reasons
Towns across Sweden have banned Christmas street lights in the name of “security,” but the real reason is almost certainly because the country has completely capitulated to Islam after importing countless Muslim migrants over the last two years.
According to an SVT report, The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) will not allow municipalities to erect Christmas street lights on light poles that the authority manages, meaning that many towns will have no festival lights at all on major streets.
According to Speisa, “The change is a victory for those who want to tone down the reminder of the country’s Christian traditions, but according to the Swedish Transport Administration, the decision for the drastic change is “security”.
“Poles are not designed for the weight of Christmas lights, and we have to remove anything that should not be there,” said Eilin Isaksson, national coordinator at the Swedish Transport Administration.
The argument that the lights are too heavy and pose a safety risk sounds like complete baloney.
Swedes are being asked to believe that lights normally held up by tree branches are now too weighty to be supported by metal poles.
Despite there being no safety issue with the street lights for decades, this new rule has been instituted right after record numbers of Muslim migrants flooded into the country – just a coincidence I’m sure.
In reality, the Christmas lights ban is almost certainly an effort to avoid offending Muslim migrants who are causing chaos in cities like Malmo, where the firebombing of cars and businesses in or near Muslim ghetto ‘no-go areas’ is becoming a routine occurrence.
As we previously reported, a top Swedish Bishop advocated removing crosses from a Christian church and replacing them with Islamic symbols in order to please Muslims.
Last Christmas, it was also announced that a Christmas Eve special broadcast on public television would be hosted by a Muslim woman.
Some areas of Sweden are even capitulating to returning ISIS terrorists by offering jihadists free driving licenses and housing benefits to help them “reintegrate into the job market”.