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Melissa Howard posed with FAKE diploma in marketing says Miami University in Ohio debunks Florida GOP candidate’s degree claim

Miami University in Ohio says Florida Republican candidate who posted photo of herself with her diploma in marketing, is forging the lines regarding the degree she purportedly obtained from the college

The school says the college diploma that Melissa Howard posed with online must be fake because they don’t offer that major

Howard, 46, who is running for the Sarasota-based seat, claimed that she had completed a Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 1994  Continue reading Melissa Howard posed with FAKE diploma in marketing says Miami University in Ohio debunks Florida GOP candidate’s degree claim

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What a coincidence: Former NY fed attorney, Preet Bharara, was investigating stock trades, by health secretary,Tom Price when he was fired by Trump administration #FriendsinHighPlaces

 Former fed prosecutor for southern NY, Preet Bharara [Right], was investigating health sector stock trades, by  health secretary,Tom Price [Left], when he was fired by the Trump administration 

Former US Attorney for NY, Preet Bharara was investigating Trump cabinet member before he was sacked

Fed prosecutor Bharara was investigating allegations that Tom Price, the health and human services secretary improperly traded health care stocks while he was in Congress

In congress Secretary Price was former chair of the powerful House Budget Committee

He also sat on the Ways and Means Committee’s health panel

He’s the Trump administration’s point man on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act ‘ObamaCare’

 

Continue reading What a coincidence: Former NY fed attorney, Preet Bharara, was investigating stock trades, by health secretary,Tom Price when he was fired by Trump administration #FriendsinHighPlaces

61 to 20:  Dilma Rousseff, ousted as Senate cast Impeachment Vote – Brazil’s first female president out!!

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Dilma Rousseff, 68,removed as Brazil’s President in Impeachment Vote

The Senate votes 61 to 20 to convict Ms. Rousseff on charges of manipulating federal budget in an effort to conceal nation’s mounting economic problems

Vice President Michel Temer launches successful power grab, ending 13 years rule by the left leaning Workers’ Party

Temer’s centrist Democratic Movement Party,  benefited as much as Rousseff’s Workers’ Party from Brazil’s rampant graft and illicit campaign financing

Rousseff was suspended in May to face trial

Brazil’s 81-member Senate, Wednesday impeached Dilma Rousseff, the country’s first female president, for the rest of her term , which ends mid to late 2018.

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This was the the culmination of a protacted power face-off between a leader accused of arrogance and procedural misdemeanours by her opponents and protagonists, many of whom are deeply emeshed in the current  graft and campaign finance scandals in Brazil. Ironically Ms Roussef harself has never been accused of enriching herself ilegally.
The power struggle and impeachment process which commenced with Rousseff’s  suspendin May to face trial, has consumed the nation for months and toppled one of the hemisphere’s most powerful political parties, the left leaning Worker’s Party.

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President Dilma Rousseff defends, Monday herself before the Senate, during her impeachment trail

By a majority of 61 to 20, the Senate voted to convict Ms. Rousseff on charges of manipulating the federal budget in an effort to conceal the nation’s mounting economic problems. The ouster itself is seen as less of a judgment of guilt on any charge, It was rather a verdict on her highhanded leadership style and the price of overseeing the slipping fortunes of Latin America’s largest country.

Brazil’s sweeping public sector corruption scandals, the worst economic crisis in decades and the government’s tone-deaf responses to the souring national mood opened Ms. Rousseff to withering scorn, leaving her with little support to fend off a power grab by her political rivals.
“She lacked it all,” said Mentor Muniz Neto, a writer from São Paulo who described Ms. Rousseff’s final ouster as a “death foretold,” asserting that she lacked charisma, competence and humility. “We deserved better.”

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To her many critics, the impeachment was a fitting fall for an arrogant leader at the helm of a political movement that had lost its way.
Rousseff found herself increasingly isolated in recent months, with many in her party quietly withdrawing their support. But some in the party defended Ms. Rousseff as she made her last-ditch effort before the Senate this week.
“You veered from the narrative when you were elected president of the republic as a woman, from the left, a former militant against the dictatorship, without a husband to pose by your side in the photographs,” said Regina Sousa, a Workers’ Party senator from Piauí in northeast Brazil.

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Friends now protagonists. Former Vice President and Acting Preisident, Michel Temer steps in. Opponents have accused he and his supporters of stage managing the ‘coup’

You never fit in the cute little dress designed by the conservative elite of this country,” Ms. Sousa added.
Heated tempers marked the trial in the Senate. Crying as she spoke, Janaína Paschoal, the law professor who was an author of the impeachment request, said she had been inspired by God and that she was seeking impeachment for the good of Ms. Rousseff’s grandchildren.
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Ms. Rousseff’s lawyer, José Eduardo Cardozo, said he was stunned that her opponents had dragged Ms. Rousseff’s family into the acerbic debate, pointing out that Ms. Rousseff was never accused of embezzling public funds to benefit her family.
“If you want to condemn her, go ahead, but don’t mock the honor of a dignified woman,” said Mr. Cardozo, also crying as he spoke. Ms. Rousseff and her supporters call her ouster a coup that undermines Brazil’s young democracy. Thirteen straight years of governing by the leftist Workers’ Party, an era during which Brazil’s economy boomed, lifting millions into the middle class and raising the country’s profile on the global stage, scince the days of former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, came to a whimpering halt, wednesday.
Some opinions is that her removal may not restore public confidence in Brazil’s leaders, or diminish the corruption that pervades the country’s politics. On the contrary, many Brazilians believe, it transfers power from one scandal-plagued party to another.

Michel Temer, 75, the interim president who served as Ms. Rousseff’s vice president before breaking with her this year, is now expected to remain in office until the end of the current term in 2018.
The centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, the party of the new president – Paul Temer, has been a crucial coalition partner in the Workers’ Party’s government for more than a decade. It is also deeply enmeshed in the colossal web of ggovernment and public sector graft schemes under investigation.It arguably benefited as much as the Workers’ Party from huge bribes and illicit campaign financing.
Since becoming interim president in May, Mr. Temer has had approval
ratings nearly as dismal as Ms. Rousseff’s. Shifting the government to the right, he named a cabinet without any female or Afro-Brazilian ministers, outraging many in a country where nearly 51 percent of people define themselves as black or mixed race, according to the 2010 census.
Several of the men named by Mr. Temer have already resigned under the cloud of scandal, including his anti-corruption minister and his planning minister, amid claims that they were trying to stymie investigations into the bribery engulfing the national oil company, Petrobras.

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Brazilian Leaders Vote on Impeachment – Senate President Renan Calheiros  announces the verdict
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Senators for and against President Dilma Rousseff spoke at her impeachment trial. Rousseff was voted out of office with a 61-20 vote

Temer himself was recently convicted on charges of violating campaign finance limits, a conviction that could make him ineligible to run for office for eight years. Beyond that, a construction executive has testified that Mr. Temer was the beneficiary of a $300,000 bribe, an assertion Mr. Temer disputes.
The impeachment effort has divided the nation and stirred passions on both sides. Toussef becomes the second of the four Brazilian presidents elected since Brazil’s democracy was re-established in the 1980s, to resign due to the impeachment process, after Fernando Collor de Mello, in 1992
“It’s painfully obvious that Temer is a slap in the face to Brazilian democracy,” said Creuza Maria Oliveira, the president of the National Federation of Domestic Workers, which represents millions of maids who benefited from the strengthening of labor laws by Ms. Rousseff.
“Dilma is a champion of the poor,” said Ms. Oliveira, who was among the supporters of Ms. Rousseff who accompanied her to the Senate this week. “Temer is a champion of his own political class, which he wants to shield from justice.”
Some prominent business and political figures in Brazil counter that Mr. Temer, a former speaker in the lower house, has the political skills needed to muster support in a fractious, discredited Congress for ambitious measures aimed at increasing investment in the economy and easing a major pension crisis.

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Ballots are counted. Final scores was 61 – 20

The business class see it differently. ‘Mr. Temer’s administration has “all the conditions needed to embark on a new route,”’ Philipp Schiemer, the head of Mercedes-Benz’s operations in Brazil, told reporters in recent days. “We need to decide if we want a Brazil like Venezuela or a Brazil inserted in the new world.”
Still others, including Ms. Rousseff, contend that the ease with which the political elite shunted aside the president will bring more divisiveness and political tumult in Brazil.
“This is serious because other presidents of the republic will have to deal with this,” Ms. Rousseff said this week in her testimony in the Senate, comparing her ouster to the coups toppling Brazilian leaders throughout much of the 20th century. “If that isn’t political instability, then I don’t know what is.”

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Rousseff’s predecessor, President  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, watching Monday’s impeachment hearings unfold

Unlike many of the pro-impeachment politician, Ms. Rousseff, has not been accused of illegally enriching herself. Instead, her trial revolved around a contentious legal question of whether she committed an impeachable offense by employing budgetary tricks to conceal yawning deficits.
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Ms. Rousseff repeatedly insisted that she did nothing illegal, pointing out that her p=edecessors also manipulated the federal budget. Opponents argue that the scale of her administration’s transfers of funds between giant public banks, to the tune of about $11 billion, seriously eroded Brazil’s economic credibility and helped her get re-elected unfairly in 2014.
She expressed defiance throughout her trial, insisting that Brazil’s economic crisis was largely the result of shifts in the global economy that cut commodities prices.
A bureaucrat from Brazil’s energy industry thrust into the limelight , Ms. Rousseff had not held elected office until her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, anointed her as his heir after other leaders in the Workers’ Party were tainted by a vote-buying scandal.

Berated a victim of violence: Judge Jerri Collins of Seminole County is reprimanded on TV for ‘intolerable’ conduct after she jailed domestic violence victim

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The state of Florida has an agency that polices judges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) charged Collins with violating several rules that spell out how Florida judges are to behave. They are to be patient, dignified and courteous and Collins was not, during a domestic abuse case that was in docket according to the JQC.

The findings, giving a voice to the people: The Chief Justice Jorge Labarga stated during the judicial admonishment of Judge Jerri Collins

“You berated and belittled a victim of domestic violence,” said Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. “You were discourteous and impatient … You raised your voice, used sarcasm, spoke harshly and interrupted the victim.”


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Labarga also admonished Collins, a former prosecutor, for appearing to favor the state.

Collins also failed the woman that day, Labarga pointed out, because no one told her she was entitled to defend herself.

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…Judge Terri Collins

Judge Jerri Collins  had held a woman in contempt and ordered the woman to jail for three days for failing to come to court and testify against the man she accused of abusing her.

The victim tried to explain, saying, “I’ve been dealing with depression and a lot of personal anxiety since this happened. … “

Judge Jerri snapped at her, “You think you’re going to have anxiety now? You haven’t even seen anxiety.”

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Judge Jerri Collins berated the crying, pleading woman – who said she was ‘too anxious’ to face the man who allegedly strangled her at knifepoint in front of her baby, showed no sympathy and threw her into jail for being anxious about testifying against her tormentor.

The woman had accused a man  of grabbing a knife and strangling her in front of her one-year-old child. She didn’t appear in court to testify for the trail

Due to this non appearance, he was found guilty of a lesser battery charge – and she was called in on contempt of court.


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 Dilma Rousseff, Suspended Brazilian president,  faces ‘Coup Plotters’ – as Senate weighs impeachment, her supporters riot in the streets

Brazil’s suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, speaks at her own impeachment trial, in Brasília on Monday. ‘I fought against dictatorship. I have the mark of torture on my body,’

The Senate will votes on whether to depose, Dilma Rousseff,Brazil’s first female president

She confronts her accusers in a marathon hearing on Monday

‘We are one step away from a genuine coup d’etat,’  Rouseff said

Accused of having taken illegal state loans to patch budget holes

Her supporters have lit fires and rioted in the streets

Senate likely to vote in favor of impeachment

Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff faces judgement on Tuesday in a Senate vote expected to remove her from office despite her dramatic claim of being the victim of a coup.
The Workers’ party leader could be ejected from power by the senate within days but the former Marxist guerrilla told her accusers the process amounts to a coup
Brazil’s suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, spoke at her own impeachment trial, in Brasília on Monday.

The country’s first female president confronted her accusers in a marathon session on Monday, telling the Senate that she is innocent and warning that the Brazilian democracy is in danger.|
‘We are one step away from a grave institutional breakdown, a genuine coup d’etat,’ she said.
She is accused of having taken illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014, masking the country’s problems as it slid into its deepest recession in decades.

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Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff presents her final arguments in the impeachment process to the Senate, in Brasilia, Brazil, on Monday

Testifying in her own defence before a predominantly opposition senate, Rousseff the Workers’ party leader said she had withstood torture in her fight for democracy and would not back down even though she is widely expected to lose a final impeachment vote likely to occur within days.
“I fought against dictatorship. I have the mark of torture on my body,” she reminded senators of the abuse she suffered during imprisonment by the military government. “At almost 70 years of age, it’s not going to be now, after becoming a mother and grandmother, that I will abandon the principles that have always guided me,” she said.
Invoking the spectre of military tribunals that sent her to prison 4 decades ago was in consistent with her long held claim that the almost year-long impeachment debate is tantamount to a coup.

Her opponents, however, reiterated their claim that President Rousseff is undergoing a constitutionally approved trial overseen by the supreme court to assess whether she committed a “crime of responsibility” by indulging in creative accounting to balance  government accounts, ahead of the last election.
The political crises, so far has dogged political and socio-economic life of the nation. The seemingly itractible stance of either side for the political soul of Brazil has led to paralysis in government, almost derailing effotys to stage the Olympics. For now, there is no evidence of a comprehensive plan to halt the alarming slide of Latin America’s biggest economy.

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Former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva listening to the hearing

The Senate is set to hear closing arguments from lawyers for the two sides,  Tuesday before holding a final debate ahead of voting – with the session possibly stretching into Wednesday. Two thirds, or 54, of the 81 senators must vote in favor of impeachment to strip Rousseff of the presidency. Allies said there was little chance the president would survive the final impeachment vote.
Recalling how she was tortured under Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, the leftist leader urged senators during her testimony to ‘vote against impeachment, vote for democracy… Do not accept a coup.’

Her lawyers argue the charge is more political than legal. Similar fiscal irregularities went unpunished in previous national and regional administrations, but these were being used as a pretext to remove a leader who had struggled to assert her authority.
The claim appears to have some merit as prominent senators , close to likely successor, Vice president Temer – have also been secretly recorded plotting to remove Rousseff in the hope that it will kill off a wide-ranging corruption investigation, known as Lava Jato [Car Wash]  that has implicated many of them in the infmous kickback scheme involving the state-run oil company Petrobras.
However, momentum to push her out of office appears unstoppable, fueled by deep anger over razil’s devastating recession, months of political paralysis and a vast corruption scandal centered on the state oil giant Petrobras.

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Likely successor Vice president Temer – His supporters have also been secretly recorded plotting to remove Rousse

Roussef told the senate ‘Today I fear only for the death of democracy, for which many of us here in this chamber fought,’ Rouseff said in her emotional speech
Folha, one of Brazil’s main newspapers, published a running count of senators’ voting intentions and had 52 declaring themselves pro-impeachment by late Monday, with 11 undecided.
Rousseff would be replaced by her vice president turned bitter enemy Michel Temer. He said he was watching the process with ‘complete calm.’
If Rousseff is expelled, he plans to fly to China for a G20 summit as soon as he is sworn in.
Despite her strong words in the Senate, public reaction to Rousseff’s impeachment trial has been characterized by widespread indifference, as Brazilians struggle with rising inflation and unemployment

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Protesters demand the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
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Social media is in the forefront of the anti-impeachment movement. Collage of demonstrators marching  towards the National Congress in support of Rousseff on Monday Some 2,000 flag-waving supporters rallied to support her near the Senate building in the capital Brasilia – a fraction of the crowds her Workers’ Party has drawn in the past.
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Protesters also gathered in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where they lit fires and riot police fired tear gas to disperse them

Although the Workers’ Party under Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is credited with raising around 29 million Brazilians out of poverty, ordinary citizens have turned on the government, blaming them for the country’s multiple ills, accusing Rousseff of mismanagement in particular.
Vice President Temer, of the center-right PMDB party, has already served as acting president since May, using his brief period in power to steer the government rightward.
Although that has earned plaudits from investors, it remains uncertain whether he will have voters’ support to push through the painful austerity reforms he promises.

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Demonstrators march holding a banner that reads in Portuguese ‘Temer Out’ during a rally in support of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff and against acting President Michel Temer in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Vice President Temer, of the center-right PMDB party, has already served as acting president since May, using his brief period in power to steer the government rightward.
Although that has earned plaudits from investors, it remains uncertain whether he will have voters’ support to push through the painful austerity reforms he promises.
Rousseff has barely double digit approval rating, but Temer is hardly more popular, according to opinion polls. And, unlike many high-profile politicians, Rousseff has not been accused of trying to enrich herself through embezzlement or bribes. There is also lingering sympathy for her suffering under the dictatorship.

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The Workers’ Party under Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) is credited with raising around 29 million Brazilians out of poverty

Although she spoke mostly in a measured tone on Monday, her voice cracked and she appeared close to tears while recalling her suffering as a young leftist guerrilla and during a battle with cancer.
‘Twice I have seen the face of death close up,’ she said. ‘When I was tortured for days on end, subjected to abuses that make us doubt humanity and the meaning of life itself, and when a serious and extremely painful illness could have cut short my life.’
‘Today I fear only for the death of democracy, for which many of us here in this chamber fought.’The Workers’ Party under Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is credited with raising around 29 million Brazilians out of poverty
Rousseff has not been accused of trying to enrich herself through embezzlement or bribes
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Rousseff has not been accused of trying to enrich herself through embezzlement or bribes

Rousseff has barely double digit approval ratings. But Temer is hardly more popular, according to opinion polls.

Unlike many high-profile politicians, Rousseff has not been accused of trying to enrich herself through embezzlement or bribes. There is also lingering sympathy for her suffering under the dictatorship.
Although she spoke mostly in a measured tone on Monday, her voice cracked and she appeared close to tears while recalling her suffering as a young leftist guerrilla and during a battle with cancer.
‘Twice I have seen the face of death close up,’ she said. ‘When I was tortured for days on end, subjected to abuses that make us doubt humanity and the meaning of life itself, and when a serious and extremely painful illness could have cut short my life.’
‘Today I fear only for the death of democracy, for which many of us here in this chamber fought.’

 

Was that self talk?: Bishop Kenneth Adkins, 56, anti-gay pastor who said LGBT community ‘deserved’ Orlando massacre arrested for child molestation

Bishop Kenneth Adkins, 56,  anti-gay pastor who said LGBT community ‘deserved’ Orlando massacre arrested for child molestation

 Adkins, long term opponent of the LGBT community, and vocal opponent of a bill extending anti-discrimination protection to gays and lesbians in Jacksonville,

The pastor allegedly abused a boy under 16, in the teen ministry of his congregation

Conservative Florida pastor, Bishop Kenneth Adkins,  who gained notoriety when said that the victims of the Orlando massacre got “what they deserve” is being charged with child molestation.

Adkins, 56 was arrested by Georgia authorities on Friday after allegations that he molested a boy under the age of 16. The anti-gay clergyman, who runs churches in Jacksonville, Atlanta and Brunswick, Ga., tested the nation’s mood on the subject in the immediate aftermath of Omar Mateen’s shooting at Pulse nightclub in June. He posted on Twitter that he had “been through so much with these Jacksonville homosexuals that I don’t see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve.”
The enormous backlash after the comment led him to later tell one newspaper that his remarks were directed at those in northern Florida rather than the victims.

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Bishop Adkins is leader of a flock spread through Jacksonville, Fla., Atlanta and southeastern Georgia


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Long known as an opponent of the LGBT community, Adkins was a vocal opponent of a bill extending anti-discrimination protection to gays and lesbians in Jacksonville, having
previously said that he believes homosexuality is “vulgar” and “pornographic.”
He is now in the spotlight over the recent allegations of molestation of a child, which his lawyer says stemmed from encounters in 2010.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Stacy Clarke said that agents investigated suspected molestation of the child at the victim’s home, in a car and at Adkins’s church. Investigators did not identify a gender for the victim, though Adkins’s wife expressed concern for the “young man” that made the allegations.
Adkins, turned himself over to Glynn County authorities Friday morning on charges of aggravated child molestation and child molestation stemming from allegations made by a young male former member of his congregation.

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Kenneth Adkins charged with child molestation in Brunswick

Charlotte Stormey Adkins told the Times-Union that the boy was mentored by her and her husband, and that she believes the pastor will not be convicted.
“We are disappointed with what appears to be a rush to judgment by law enforcement authorities in this case,” said his wife, Charlotte Stormy Adkins. “We are confident that Kenneth Adkins will be found innocent of all charges.”
Referring to the incidents that possibly occurred in 2010 and would have had to involve someone younger than 16 for child molestation charges to be brought, Charlotte Adkins said she and her husband, despite the allegations, share a concern for the mental health of the accuser who the couple has mentored.
“This young man was part of our teen ministry,” she said. “Ken and I have treated him like family, as has our church. He is a deeply troubled young man, to be sure, but our thoughts and prayers remain with him even now.”

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Adkins has asked to be placed on unpaid leave from The Greater Church Brunswick. The Greater Church also has congregations in Jacksonville and Atlanta — while his case is adjudicated. His wife said she will serve as acting pastor
Beyond his recent national attention, Adkins was known locally for making inflammatory statements.
In 2012, it was reported that a Georgia magistrate ordered the pastor to stop making Facebook posts insulting a school board member he called a “runaway slave” and a county commission candidate who he called a “child molester.”

True colors: Reason to screen political aspirants – Maine Gov. Paul LePage threatens state rep Gattine calls him ‘c–ksucker’ in voice message, challenges him to armed duel

Gov Paul LePage on Maine’s war on drugs: “You shoot at the enemy, don’t you?” ‘

“  the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority right now coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin…those are the facts”

State rep. Drew Gattine says Gov Lepage is being ‘racist’ in his messaging

LePage calls Gattine ‘c–ksucker’ in charged voice message, challenges him to armed duel

National Drug Intelligence Center 2003 report, ‘white dealers mostly to blame for the Maine’s heroin and prescription drug problem’

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Maine’s governor Paul LePage told a room full of reporters that people of color are the “enemy” in his state’s war against drugs.
“You shoot at the enemy, don’t you?” LePage said during a tense press conference, Friday. He had left a highly charged voice message for political rival state Rep. Drew Gattine, just a day earlier, in which he called Gattine a ‘c–ksucker’ in the message after the liberal leaning democrat had labeled him a racist.Gattine, denies calling him a racist but told television reporters that LePage’s “racially charged” remarks about Maine’s heroin and prescription drug problem weren’t “helpful.”While apologizing for his gay slurs and cursing, LePage reiterated his controversial statement that people of color are to blame for Maine’s drug epidemic.

Sunny Health and Fitness Pink Magnetic Recumbent Bike“Look, a bad guy is a bad guy, I don’t care what color it is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red, don’t you?” he said.
“You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority right now coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin. I can’t help that. I just can’t help it. Those are the facts,”LePage said, using a binder full of drug offenders’ mug shots to bolster his bogus claim
LePage also repeated his mantra that  90% of drug offenders in Maine are black or hispanic from out of state.lawmakers-13.jpg

Maine Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook) – ‘Governor Lepage’s messaging is racist’

Ironically, the governor’s position flies in the face of the last report done by the National Drug Intelligence Center on drug trafficking in Maine in 2003, which concluded that white dealers are mostly to blame for the state’s heroin and prescription drug problem.
Maine’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, took the governor to task, pointing out that if black or hispanic offenders are getting arrested more often than white offenders (in a state that is 95% white), that is  hallmark of racial profiling.

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The ACLU , cites studies that black and white people use and sell drugs at similar rates.
“According to the governor, Maine police are nine times more likely to arrest people of color for selling drugs than whit e people, even though we know white people are just as likely to commit drug offenses” .

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“This alarming disparity in arrests raises significant concerns that Maine law enforcement is participating in unconstitutional racial profiling,”  Alison Beyea, executive director of the state’s chapter of the ACLU, said.
Maine Democrats have called for the governor to resign after a recording of the voice message left on Gattine’s phone surfaced. LePage bristles at the notion of his resignation. He said  “that’s what they would love to have me do,”
“The fact of the matter is, I will resign if Gattine resigns.”

 

At War!: Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s new minder, seems to ‘Bailing out water with a teaspoon’ while he is at war with the Morning Joe co-hosts, Joe and Mika – no more ‘personal insults’ you said?

He wages war with NBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski hurling personnal insults a day after his campaign manager disavowed his descending to ‘personal insults’

Donald Trump hurls Twitter attacks at ‘Morning Joe’ co-hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski, to go with his morning cup of coffee

Trump wrote: ‘Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika’

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Scarborough responds: “@HillaryClinton is targeting key swing states today while Trump starts his day obsessed with cable news hosts while channeling Gawker. SAD!”

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$650million in debt?: Trump’s companies have at least $650million in debt – some of it to the Bank of China, Trump also connected to three companies with passive debt of $2billion

Why is Donald Trump dismissing mounting pressure to disclose his tax returns or allow an independent valuation of his assets?

The New York Times using a property information firm to search publicly available data found he is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe $2billion

The search reveals more than 30 US properties connected Trump’s real estate empire have at least $650million in debt

This is contrary to the claims of the billionaire tycoon on the campaign trail  that he is a ‘Pokemon Gold
very, very rich’ and  successful real estate investor, worth over  $10billion

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Donald Trump: Is he really a business maverick or a truth spinning huckster?  He rails against the very countries and institutions who lend him money and own his debts

It would seem that the newly minted politician who boasts of debt, is really a debt king, afterall. Donald J Trump on CBS “This Morning” in June said,  “I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt”.
“Nobody knows debt better than me. I’ve made a fortune by using debt. And if things don’t work out, I renegotiate the debt. That’s a smart thing, not a stupid thing.”
A new York Times expose, Saturday,  reveals that companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $650million in debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his presidential campaign.

The Times hired property search firm RedVision Systems to delve into Trump’s opaque maze of real estate holdings and help sort out his stakes in commercial and residential properties, including 30 propertiees –  hotels, golf courses, office buildings and a vineyard. The investigation sifted through Federal Election Commission filings, information provided by the Trump Organization and public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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In addition to the $650million liabilities, ‘a substantial portion of his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an additional $2billion to a string of lenders’, the Times said this last debt could significantly affect the size of Trump’s wealth.
Significantly, while Trump has railed against China during his bid for the White House, the highly leveraged businessman owns 30% of an office building on Sixth Ave. in Manhattan that counts Bank of China as one four lenders securing a $950 million loan, the Times reported

Also listed among the four lenders is the wall street bank, Goldman Sachs, the financial firm that Trump says his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is beholden to because it paid her $675,000 in speaking fees.
In a 104-page federal financial disclosure form submitted earlier in the campaign, Trump had said his businesses owed at least $315 million to a relatively small group of lenders and listed ties to more than 500 limited liability companies. Though he answered the questions, the form appears to have been designed for candidates with simpler finances than his, and did not require disclosure of portions of his business activities.

A New York Times investigation into more than 30 US properties connected Donald Trump  revealed his companies owe at least $650million  up from the $315million he claimed in his financial disclosure form

The billionaire tycoon campaigns on what he says is his spectacularly successful real estate record. Whereas he claims to be worth $10billion and citing his business acumen as his major qualification for the presidency, he indicated in the financial disclosure form he filed in connection with this campaign that he was worth at least $1.5 billion. He also publicly stated that the figure is actually greater than $10 billion. Recent estimates by Forbes and Fortune magazines and Bloomberg have put his worth at less than $5 billion.


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However, he has dismissed mounting pressure even from within his own party to disclose his tax returns or allow an independent valuation of his assets.
Trump’s campaign filings show his businesses owed at least $315million, the Times noted, saying they appear to be accurate and that Trump was not required to disclose all of his business activities.

Although the paper does not accuse him of any wrongdoing, the investigation ‘underscored how much of Mr Trump’s business remains shrouded in mystery’.
The probe ‘also found that Mr Trump’s fortunes depend deeply on a wide array of financial backers, including one he has cited in attacks during his campaign’, the Times said.
His lenders include one of the largest banks in China – which the Republican candidate accuses of being a US economic foe – and the investment bank Goldman Sachs, which he says influences his Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton.As president, the Times said, Trump would be able to make decisions that would have a major influence on his business empire and net worth.

The Times hired property search firm RedVision Systems to delve into Trump’s opaque maze of real estate holdings and help sort out his stakes in commercial and residential properties, including hotels, golf courses, office buildings and a vineyard.

 

Debbie Warsserman Schultz : Knowing when to leave the stage – Email leaks and the speech that shouldn’t have taken place

…a case of knowing when to make a call. Ms Wasserman Schultz and her crew were in denial for too long after the party was over. When your own delegates boo you off the stage, it is time to go. Not a time to make a speech that no-one wants to hear or flex imaginary muscles testing the waters. This envelopment has marred any great achievement you may have achieved in your lifetime. An apology to your people and the affected parties will go a long way to making you whole. Quite a sad way to ending a career.

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Wasserman Schultz finally dumped from gaveling Democratic National Convention after she is booed by her own delegates 

DNC chair announced Sunday she’ll be stepping down by the end of the week – but got booed Monday by her own Florida delegation

She wanted to keep her role gaveling the convention into and out of order 

She addressed home-state delegates Monday only to face angry shouts and signs referencing the email scandal

Leaked emails did her in, as they revealed staff members discussing efforts to shape coverage against Sanders – even raising issues about his faith 

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A statement from the FBI confirmed that it is ‘investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC,’ adding that ‘a compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously.’

Wikileaks posted emails Friday that suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton over her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary season, prompting Clinton’s campaign to point to a massive hacking of DNC computers in June that cyber security firms linked to the Russian government.

The Trump ‘Connection’?

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta added fuel to the debate Monday, saying there was ‘a kind of bromance going on’ between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump.

The Clinton campaign says Russia favors Trump’s views, especially on NATO.

Donald Trump on Monday dismissed as a ‘joke’ claims by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that Russia is trying to help Trump by leaking thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee.

‘The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should have never been written (stupid), because Putin likes me,’ Trump wrote as part of a series of Tweets. ‘Hillary was involved in the e-mail scandal because she is the only one with judgement (sic) so bad that such a thing could have happened.’

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Bernie Sanders and his supporters have always maintained that Debbie Wasserman resign from her position in the interest of fairness and justice. This finally took place but not in the manner anyone planned. Wikileaks did her in. Ms Schultz had become a lightening rod for herself and the party.

Bernie backers believe she carried water for Clinton during her tenure at the DNC and viewed the emails as proof

The hacking enraged die-hard Sanders supporters who have long claimed that the DNC had its finger on the scale throughout the primaries.

The disclosures prompted the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the eve of the party’s convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton is expected to officially accept the nomination for president.

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Part of the leaked emails

‘Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage,’ the message said.

 ‘I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,’ it continued.

Amy Dacey, the committee’s CEO, responded in all caps: ‘AMEN.

Marshall later apologized. 

Other emails exposed in the leak showed the ousted Wasserman Schultz mouthing off.

Writing from a Gmail account that reportedly belonged to the exiting chairwoman she called Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver ‘an ASS,’ after he suggested that the Vermont senator would stay in the race through the convention. 

 DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ’ STATEMENT – ‘WE HAVE PLANNED A GREAT AND UNIFIED CONVENTION THIS WEEK’

‘I have been privileged to serve as the DNC Chair for five and a half years helping to re-elect President Obama and Vice President Biden, strengthening our State Party Partnership in all 50 states, leading a vigorous primary election this past year while preparing for the general election and representing millions of Democrats across the country. I couldn’t be more excited that Democrats are nominating our first woman presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, a friend I have always believed in and know will be a great President.

‘We arrived here in Philadelphia with the most inclusive and progressive platform the party has ever proposed and a unified recommendation from the Rules Committee on our path forward as Democrats. I am proud of my role in leading these efforts.

‘My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come. As the mother of my three amazing children and the Representative of Florida’s 23rd congressional district, I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.

‘Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans. We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had.

‘I’ve been proud to serve as the first woman nominated by a sitting president as Chair of the Democratic National Committee and I am confident that the strong team in place will lead our party effectively through this election to elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president.’

 

Who ‘owns’ resulting mayhem?  “If you know of any drug addicts, go ahead and kill them” New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, declares war on drug cartel

New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who recently declared “a bloody war” on drug cartels, has called on willing Filipinos to “go ahead and kill” drug addicts, amid concerns that “getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

The 71-year-old president, who said during his campaign that some 100,000 criminals would die in his crackdown, their bodies dumped in Manila Bay, has been conspicuously deaf to criticism that he was promoting a culture of death”
After taking his oath inside the Malacanang presidential palace, Duterte continued his defiance and threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of some 500 people gathered in a Manila slum Thursday night.
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“These sons of whores are destroying our children. I warn you, don’t go into that, even if you’re a policeman, because I will really kill you,” the outspoken Philippines leader told the crowd, AFP reported
If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful,” he added, noting that setting up funeral parlors would help earn some money.
“I assure you [that] you won’t go bankrupt. If your business slows I will tell the police, ‘Do it faster to help the people earn money.'”
During his speech, Duterte said that some of the major problems Philippines is facing, includes,  “corruption, both in the high and low echelons in government, criminality in the streets and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippines society and the breakdown of law and order.
 
He warned that his fight against crime would be “relentless and sustained,” pledging that it will remain within the boundaries of the law.
“As a lawyer and former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not. My adherence to due process and rule of law is uncompromising,” Duterte vowed.
According to Manila Bulletin, local drug lords had they raised the bounty they had put on the president. Over $1 million has now been promised for the assassination of the new leader.
Duterte, however is not deterred as he in turn offered a reward of 5 million pesos ($108,000) for a drug lord “if he is dead,” urging the public to join his far-reaching anti-crime fight.
Duterte, a lawyer who earned a reputation as an authoritarian figure as mayor of the southern city of Davao over most of the past two decades, said these problems were symptoms of eroding Filipino faith in their leaders.
He had previously outlined a vision for his anti-crime program that included reintroducing the death penalty, with hanging his preferred method of execution.
He said he would issue shoot-to-kill orders to the security services and offer them bounties for the bodies of drug dealers. He also urged ordinary Filipinos to kill suspected criminals.During the campaign, Duterte said 100,000 people would die in his crackdown, with so many dead bodies dumped in Manila Bay that fish there would grow fat from feeding on them.
He has been accused of links to vigilante death squads in Davao, which rights groups say have killed more than 1,000 people.
Such groups are concerned that extrajudicial killings could spread across the Philippines under him, with a police crackdown following his election already leaving dozens of people dead.
During the election campaign, Duterte picked fights with the envoys of key allies the US and Australia after they criticised his joke about wanting to rape a “beautiful” Australian missionary who was sexually assaulted and killed in a Davao prison riot.
After his election win, Duterte also launched a seemingly unprovoked attack against the United Nations.
“Fuck you UN, you can’t even solve the Middle East carnage … couldn’t even lift a finger in Africa [with the] butchering [of] the black people. Shut up all of you,” he said.
On Thursday, Duterte offered a muted message of friendship to the international community.
“On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honour treaties and international obligations,” he said.

He took the Night: Jesse Williams of Grey Anatomy speaks on Black Lives Matter after receiving Humanitarian Award at 2016 BET Awards

Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, 34,  after accepting the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards Sunday evening, seized the opportunity of the speech time to break down the essence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Jesse began by thanking BET and the technical crew of the video that preceded his appearance, his wife and his parents “for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, they made sure I learned what the schools are afraid to teach us.

“This award is not for me,” he continued. “This is for the real organizers all over the country, the activist, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kinda basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mobilize.

“This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves — we can and will do better for you.

“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours. [Standing ovation.]

“I got more, y’all. Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich.

“Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner, Sandra Bland.

“The thing is though, all of us here are getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back to put someone’s brand on our body — when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies?

“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There is no job we haven’t done, there is no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we have paid all of them.

“But freedom is always conditional here. ‘You’re free!’ they keeping telling us. ‘But she would be alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.’  Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but the hereafter is a hustle: We want it now.

“Let’s get a couple of things straight. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander — that’s not our job so let’s stop with all that. If you have a critique for our resistance then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression.

“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down.

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil — black gold! — ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.

“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real. Thank you.”

 

 

  Michael Sandford, British teenager, arrested after grabbing officer’s gun at Vegas rally – tells cops ‘I wanted to kill Donald Trump’

…results of stoking the fire?

British teenager arrested in Las Vegas tells police ‘he wanted to kill Donald Trump’

Michael Sandford, 19, tried grabbing cop’s weapon after asking for Trump’s autograph at Las Vegas rally

The teenager told investigators he had been planning the assassination for a year, including spending time on a firing range in recent days, and was convinced he would die in the attempt.

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Donald Trump at the Vegas rally on Saturday
 

A British man has told investigators he wanted to kill Donald Trump after being arrested at a campaign rally for trying to grab an officer’s gun.
Court papers detail how Michael Sandford, 19, approached a police officer at the event in Las Vegas on Saturday, saying he wanted the Republican candidate’s autograph.
“Sandford then attempted to seize the sidearm of Officer Jacob by grabbing the holster and handle of the firearm with both hands,” according to court documents, which also said Mr Sandford had earlier visited a gun range in order to learn how to shoot.

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Michael Sandford being removed from Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas

He was due to appear in court later on Monday to face a charge of “an act of violence on restricted grounds”.
Mr Trump’s rallies have frequently attracted angry protests and occasional violence. Saturday’s event at the Treasure Island Casino seemed typical, with reporters describing how a protester had been led out of the event.
Mr Sandford, who was identified by his British driver’s licence, later told officers he had been living in the US for about 18 months, first in New Jersey and then California.

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The audience at the Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas, Saturday June 19, 2016

From there he said he travelled to Las Vegas on Thursday and had visited the Battlefield Vegas gun range, where he fired 20 rounds from a Glock 9mm pistol.
“Sandford claimed this was the first time he had ever fired a gun,” read the complaint.
When asked why he had tried to grab the weapon from the officer, he replied simply: “To shoot and kill Trump.”
About 1,500 people attended the rally, which was held in the Mystere Theater inside the Treasure Island Casino. Attendees had to pass through metal detectors manned by Secret Service, police and casino security officials.
If his attempt failed, he said he planned to travel to Phoenix, Arizona, for another rally there. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.”
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Excalation of Drug-Related Killings in The Philippines After Duterte’s Election. What happens to the innocents victims Mr

The incoming president has repeatedly reassured police they would have his full support if they killed criminals who resisted with violence

Philippine police killed 11 suspected drug dealers during operations at the weekend, police said on Monday, adding to a surge of drugs-related killings since Rodrigo Duterte swept an election last month on promises to wipe out crime.

Duterte’s single-issue campaign of tackling illegal drugs and other crime within six months, and his staunch advocacy of extrajudicial killings, struck a chord withFilipino voters. However, rights groups have rebuked him over concerns that, as president, he would live up to his nickname of “the punisher”.

The more than 40 drug suspects killed since Duterte’s May 9 election victory compares with the 39 deaths recorded in the four months before it, said NationalPolice spokesman Wilben Mayor.

Duterte takes office on June 30 and has repeatedly reassured police they would have his full support if they killed criminals who resisted with violence. He has also warned that police found to be involved in the drug trade would suffer the same fate.

Speculation has been rife in Manila that some police involved in the drugs business were clearing the decks before Duterte takes office by eliminating criminals who could implicate them.

However, incoming national police chief Ronald dela Rosa said drug peddlers were killed in legitimate operations.

“I would know if these people were killed in rub-outs,” he said in a radio interview.

Philippines media reported on Monday that drug dealers were killed when they resisted arrest during operations in Manila, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, Bohol and Cebu at the weekend.

Police said many of those killed in those raids and undercover stings had chosen not to go quietly.

“Our undercover agents killed two known drug peddlers in sting operations,” Adriano Enong, police chief in Rizal province just to the east of Manila, told reporters.

“There was a shootout between undercover police officers and drug peddlers when the men sensed they had sold 500 pesos ($10.80) worth of drugs to policemen,” he said.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle gave special prayers on Sunday urging incoming state officials to avoid a culture of death and reprisal. Those prayers will be read each day before the new government takes office in the deeply religious, predominantly Catholic Philippines.

Catholic bishops have been disturbed by statements attributed to Duterte warning of killings, and by his plan to seek the return of the death penalty by hanging.

Duterte has also said some journalists were killed because they were corrupt.

In southern Davao City, where Duterte was mayor for more than 20 years, rights groups documented a total of 1,400 unsolved murders from 1998, most of them petty criminals and street-level drug peddlers. Duterte denies any involvement.

Donald Trump is likened to a Nazi following bizarre Orlando response by Stephen Colbert – message was Reich there all along – video

Stephen Colbert, connected the dots on the Donald Trump’s  “nativism” and “fear-mongering” following Orlando’s terror attack — and wound up sketching a giant swastika.

“First of all, before I figure this out, I’ve got to think like Trump, so first, I’m not going to take my meds,” Colbert , tossing a bottle of prescription pills. “Woo! I see patterns where none exist.”

 “Trump is saying Obama is not smart because he won’t say ‘radical Islam,’” he said, sarcastically forging a diagram in chalk. “Trump then says this is inconceivable so something must be going on, probably because Obama is a Muslim, and that’s a bad thing.”

Colbert  mused over a blackboard bearing the presumptive GOP nominee’s name Donald Trump and the many buzzwords he has used in the wake of the Orlando massacre: “Muslim,” “Bad Thing,” “Obama,” “Not Smart,” “Inconceivable,” “Something Going On” and “Radical Islam.” resulting with a the Nazi symbol

 

Trump repeatedly cast aspersions on President Obama since the massacre in Orlando by the terrorist Omar Mateen, suggesting “there’s something going on” with the commander-in-chief’s reluctance to utter the phrase “radical Islam.”

 

 

Democratic party computers hacked by  Russian groups seeking ‘oppo’ research on Trump: Kremlin denies involvment, admit hackers have deep ties in Moscow. Clinton and Trump campaigns also targeted

Democratic National Committee hacked by proxy of Russian government

Hack lasted over 1 year, Trump oppo research, internal emails and chat communications breached

Hackers also targeted the Trump and  Clinton campaigns

Experts consider issue normal espionage – data mining for leaverage over a potential president

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Democratic National Committee officials on Tuesday confirmed affiliated with the Russian government have been tapping into the files of the DNC for nearly a year, targeting in particular the party’s opposition research about Republican presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
A cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which the DNC brought in to harden its system detailed on its website how it had traced the intrusion back to the Russian government. They identified that the DNC’s research on Trump had been accessed by the hackers, as well as,  internal emails and chat communications.
In a related development, it was revealed that the hackers had targeted the Trump and  Clinton campaigns, also.

 

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Democratic National Committee chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Reacting to the revealation, Sec Clinton called the incident “troubling.” Adding that her campaign was not aware of any breach of their systems, but “we’re obviously looking hard at that,” she said, adding that the security breach at the DNC was another warning that such threats are on the rise.
DNC said sensitive donor information was compromised, rather, the hackers rifled through thousands of pages of research compiled to use in general eclection campaign gainst Donald Trump. Staff though initially found the choice of target files puzzling since the information for the most part,  was gathered for the express purpose of being made public. However security insiders said extensive files on a potential U.S. leader would be the sort of information that foreign spy agencies would devote considerable resources to obtain.
“Donald Trump is probably not someone the foreign intelligence services had too much of a dossier on, unlike Clinton,” who has been in public life for decades, said Paulo Shakarian, a cybersecurity scholar at Arizona State University. “What better database to get for someone who wants to know his dirty secrets?”

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Hillary Clinton: Her campaign was also targeted

A cybersecurity analyst noted that foreign security and intelligence agencies have always seen gathering as much information as possible on serious candidates as part of their mission, dating back to before the prevalence of computers for campaigns.
“Russia is doing exactly what we’d expect them to do: looking for information on the major candidates in preparation for dealing with either of them come next year,” he said.
“I would not be surprised if the Russians are looking for information on Donald Trump that they could use as leverage for extortion should he assume office. If that’s the case, what better resource could there be than the other side’s opposition research?”
It will be recalled that in the last presidential campaign, Chinese hackers took aim at the systems of both the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns
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President Purin (left). His government has denied any knowledge of the hack

“The capabilities of these hackers are very well defined and continue to increase,” said CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry, who headed computer crime investigations for the FBI. “Their ability to hide themselves, their ability to maintain a presence on the network, and their ability to move throughout the network are regularly increasing.”
On her part, the DNC chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, said in a statement:
“The security of our system is critical to our operation and to the confidence of the campaigns and state parties we work with.”
“When we discovered the intrusion, we treated this like the serious incident it is and reached out to CrowdStrike immediately. Our team moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
These cyberattacks follow a traditional pattern of e-espionage. The Russians have been aggressively probing U.S. government and political data systems in efforts to collect any information that can help them better understand the inner workings of Washington and the motivations and vulnerabilities of the people who run it.

dnc_clyde-williams4.jpgThe Russians are generally regarded as being some of the best in the world at breaking into the systems, they do things a lot more stealthy and with a lot less notice than others. If they find something about a particular candidate of value that they can exploit, they will do it.
The Russian government has denied any involvement with the hacking incident. However,  in its report, CrowdStrike identified the culprits as two hacking organizations who have deep ties to Moscow – Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, both considered among some of the best globally, in the world of numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups.
The latter group is believed to work for the Russian military intelligence agency, the GRU, while the Cozy Bear group may work for the FSB, the successor agency to the KGB internal security agency, which President Vladimir Putin once headed. The two groups it is believed, are more likely competing than cooperating with each other.  Both adversaries engage in extensive political and economic espionage for the benefit of the government of the Russian Federation and are believed to be closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.

Obama slow jamming with Jimmy Fallon -‘Orange Is Not the New Black’ must see video

Obama was at Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon  show on Thursday night – for a  slow-jam of the news, touching on everything from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Trump.

 

“There will be no third term,” sang Obama. “I can’t stay forever. Besides, Daddy’s got a Hawaiian vacation booked in about 223 days, but who’s counting? That being said, the American people face an important decision this fall. The entire world is watching and they look to us for stability and leadership. Now, I know some of the presidential candidates have been critical of my foreign policy. I don’t want to name any names”—“he’s talking about Donald Trump,” added Black Thought of The Roots.

Trump ‘I’ll have it both ways ‘– ‘ I don’t want teachers to have guns in class rooms …ehm, I mean in some cases, teachers should have guns in class rooms’ ???

‘…What does  Donald J. Trump actually want teachers to do in the fight against school shootings?

Shift the security and protection of schools to teachers, allow them to be armed against potential fiends coming to shoot up school rooms?
Avoid the double shift of security guard and educators, leaving it to the professionals?

When will the presumptive nominee stop his double talk on important issues and take a definitive stand.  Every thing does not have to be a pronouncement of political convenience and expediency. Mr Trump is either for or against the presence of firearms in the school roomTrump has every right to hold his views on gun control. He should just own it and move on

Donald Trump on guns in classrooms – ‘I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms’
Early 2016, Trump repeatedly pushed for arming teachers.
“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools.”  “My first day, it gets signed … My first day, there’s no more gun-free zones.”

Donald Trump was caught waffling regarding his stance on the presence of firearms in the classroom. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee suggested in an interview with FOX news on Sunday that he was against allowing teachers to have guns in the classroom to fight gun violence in schools, before walking back his position in the next sentence.
“I don’t want to have guns in classrooms. Although, in some cases, teachers should have guns in classrooms,” Trump said in a baffling telephone interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m not advocating guns in classrooms,” Trump continued. “In some cases, and a lot of people have made this case, teachers should be able to have guns, trained teachers should be able to have guns in classrooms.”

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Trump during a phone-in to FOX and Friends blamed gun massacres on shooters who are “geniuses in a certain way.” They’re masterminds, he said, who can “break the system.”

“No matter what you do, you’re gonna have problems,” “Because you have sick people. They happen to be intelligent. And, you know, they can be sick as hell and they’re geniuses in a certain way. They are going to be able to break the system.”

However as the blowback from his views gathered, Trump has reversed and contorted his views sideways, trying to distance himself from his views while maintaining his relationship with the NRA. By Sunday, he had shifted the blame for his reported stance on to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic frontrunner had condemed the latest iteration of Trump’s views on gun control as ‘pandering to the NRA’

Crooked Hillary said that I want guns brought into the school classroom. Wrong!

“He says that also on his first day in office, he’d mandate that every school in America allow guns in their classrooms,” she said at a Florida event sponsored by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. “That idea isn’t just way out there. It’s dangerous.””Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby,” Clinton said. “We will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated.

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Hillary Clinton Democratic frontrunner: “Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby,”

“Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby, and we will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated.”
“As long as children anywhere are being killed by gun violence, we will keep fighting for our kids, because they deserve a president who stands up for them and stands with the mothers here. Their lives are valuable.”
Trump’s vision “isn’t just way out there, it’s dangerous,” while Trump wants to allow guns in schools, I believe “parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms, just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way.”

Giuliani, Trump, Santorum And Scott Address Citadel Republican SocietyTrump suggested in a FOX interview Sunday that he was against allowing teachers to have guns in the classroom to fight gun violence in schools, before walking back his position in the next sentence.

As early as October and as recently as January, Trump repeatedly pushed for arming teachers.
“I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools,” he said in January. “My first day, it gets signed … My first day, there’s no more gun-free zones.”
And in 2000, he said that he backed a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period for gun purchases.
Meanwhile, despite having emerged as the party’s presumptive nominee and despite running even with Clinton in a slew of national polls, a number of high-profile Republicans remain nonplussed with their standard-bearer.
“I have concerns about some of the things Trump has said,” former Utah governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York. “The campaign is just ramping up, and he has a long way to go, and I believe the candidates grow and develop during the course of a yearlong campaign and voters are able to see them for what they are and then make an informed decision.”

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For GOP candidate George Pataki. ‘Trump yet to define his policy positions’

Former New York Gov. George Pataki said he thought “Trump needs to articulate a number of thoughtful positions on the issues for me to be able to endorse him.”
“He has yet to articulate … a very strong policy towards how he’s going to keep America safe and go after radical Islam,” Pataki said on the same program

Kathryn Robb’s mission: What is so difficult about passing a law to protect children from Predators?

Kathryn Robb, a sex abuse survivor, had a recurring nightmare when she was younger.

She opened up to her mother in the dream, revealing that her oldest brother would slip into her bedroom late at night and sexually abuse her. And then — still in the dream — her family’s Long Island home promptly burst into flames.

Robb, 56, says she doesn’t need Sigmund Freud to tell her that the dream represented inner turmoil. She was deeply traumatized by the years of sexual abuse, but she also feared that telling her parents would rip her family apart.

“The family, like the church, is a sacred institution,” Robb said. “That’s what makes it so hard to come forward.”
Robb, now a lawyer and victim advocate, has a meeting in Albany on Monday with Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) to discuss a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for pursuing criminal charges or filing lawsuits in child sex abuse cases.

Robb and two other child sex abuse survivors tried to meet with DeFrancisco on May 4, but he brushed them aside and instead attended a pizza party for the Syracuse University women’s basketball team.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) declined sitdowns and will send staff members to meet with advocates instead.

Gov. Cuomo also opted not to meet with the sexual abuse survivors and will dispatch Assistant Counsel David Perino to meet with Robb and others.

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Sen John DeFransico – Refused to meet with victims
Robb returns to Albany with her sister Dorothy Robb Farrell, 50, and other activists to lobby state lawmakers. The law bars victims from seeking criminal charges or pursuing civil litigation after their 23rd birthday.

The sisters say they were sexually abused by their brother George Robb, a former Wall Street mogul once married to supermodel Veronica Webb.

“If you slam the doors of justice on the victims of sexual abuse, you effectively allow predators to continue to rape and abuse children,” Kathryn Robb said. “The most important thing is exposing child predators.”

DeFrancisco has agreed to meet Monday with Robb and other supporters of the Child Victims Act, a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) and Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) that would eliminate the statute of limitations and give past victims a one-year window to file civil lawsuits against predators and institutions that cover up sexual abuse.

Long Island priest suspended amid ‘credible’ child sex-abuse rap
DeFrancisco is opposed to the bill, but at least he agreed to a face-to-face meeting with sexual abuse survivors.

“How many perpetrators could have been identified if this legislation had been passed 10 years ago?” Robb Farrell said she will ask lawmakers. “How many kids have been victimized in the past 10 years because this bill wasn’t passed?”

Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-S.I.) has a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for the prosecution of child sex abuse cases. It would also allow victims to file civil lawsuits until their 28th birthday, up from the current 23rd birthday. Cusick’s bill does not include a one-year window for victims whose time to seek recourse has run out under current law.
A third bill, sponsored by Hoylman and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), would do away with the criminal and civil statutes of limitations in child sex abuse cases and provide the one-year window for victims who under current law can no longer bring a civil case.

Their bill would also eliminate the 90-day requirement from the date of the incident to notify a public entity — like a school — of their intent to sue.

The current legislative session ends June 16.

More than a third of sexual abuse victims in the United States, like the sisters, are abused by family members, according to a 2010 report to Congress presented by the federal Health and Human Services Department.
“If you are abused by a coach, a priest or a Girl Scout leader, you can hopefully come home and tell Mommy or Daddy,” Robb Farrell said. “But what happens when you are already home?”

George Robb, the oldest boy in an affluent family of eight, did not return requests for comment from the Daily News. His sisters say he would sneak into their bedrooms in the middle of the night to abuse them.

Both women say the sexual abuse they endured for years led to depression, suicidal thoughts, eating issues and other problems decades later. The sisters say they were emotionally unable to tell their parents — never mind authorities — about the abuse until many years after it stopped.

Gov. Cuomo is flanked by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. The three are still sitting on sidelines in fight to reform child abuse laws.Gov. Cuomo is flanked by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. The three are still sitting on sidelines in fight to reform child abuse laws. (TIM ROSKE/AP)
“You can’t say anything because you feel like you are going to destroy your family,” Robb said. “I still have a hard time talking about it because I don’t want to hurt my mother.”

Robb and Robb Farrell sued their brother in Connecticut in 2008 because they both lived there at the time and the state’s statute of limitations was more favorable to sex abuse victims than New York’s, which victim advocates say ranks among the worst in the nation. The lawsuit was dismissed after a judge ruled her court lacked jurisdiction over their brother.

The legal setback hasn’t stopped the sisters from seeking protections for children.

Robb is an official with Massachusetts Citizens for Children, a group that helped persuade Bay State lawmakers to extend the statute of limitations there from three years to 35 years. Robb Farrell is a social worker who works with children in foster care.

Despite the recurring nightmare, Robb Farrell said her sister was lucky in one respect — she was able to sleep during those years when their brother was abusing her.

“I never slept,” she said. “So I never dreamed.”

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