Christine Rousselle - Another Hate Crime Hoax On Campus
Posted: 4/28/2016 5:15:00 PM EST

In mid-April, Salisbury University students reported finding a picture of a noose drawn on a whiteboard along with the hashtag "whitepower" and a racial slur. Emails sent out by the university's president pledged to find out who was behind the "act of intolerance."

Stop me if you've heard this one before: it turns out the whole thing was a hoax, and the students who drew the offensive drawing were black. No charges are expected to be filed, but the students (who are not being named) may face penalties at the university.

The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

This information was first reported in the university's student newspaper, The Flyer.

Since the incident, Salisbury University Police Department has completed its investigation, Culver said. In consultation with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, the department has decided to not file criminal charges at this time.

The investigation is being turned over to the university and will be reviewed for any possible university policy violations, Culver said. If charged, those students who were involved could face disciplinary action.

First things first: let's all be glad that there are no racists writing graffiti on whiteboards at Salisbury University's library. This should be celebrated. Secondly, why on earth would someone fake a hate crime and expect to get away with it? College administrators aren't stupid, and one would think they'd dedicate considerable effort to catch the perpetrator of an act that would bring a substantial amount of bad PR to the school. Staging fake hate crimes doesn't make anyone sympathetic to a cause, and instead it just creates more friction. (Although it's probably a positive if hate crimes are so rare on campus that they have to be invented.)

Like I said in my post about another hate crime hoax, incidents like these make it harder for actual victims to be believed--and that's terrible. Nothing positive comes out of faking a crime.

Justin Holcomb  - Trump Mocks Obama's Plan to Heighten Wall Around the White House
Posted: 4/28/2016 4:15:00 PM EST

The U.S. Secret Service is planning to heighten the fence surrounding the White House after numerous attempts by fence jumpers to breach the property.  Republican frontrunner Donald Trump reminded Obama that building walls helps keep people who do not belong out.

“President Obama understands that you build strong, tall, beautiful walls to keep people out who don't belong,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “People who get permission can enter the White House LEGALLY!”

The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation.  

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence in the coming year.

Christine Rousselle - Look How Ted Cruz Signed This Copy of The Communist Manifesto
Posted: 4/28/2016 4:15:00 PM EST

At a campaign stop, someone asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to sign a copy of the Communist Manifesto. Cruz obliged--with a bit of a twist.

"Millions have suffered because of this."

Well, he's not wrong.

This is actually a pretty clever retort to a person who was trying to pull a fast one on the candidate--and it's always a good idea to give a misguided young person a history lesson.

Guy Benson - Establishment: Team Trump's Strange New Respect for Boehner, McConnell
Posted: 4/28/2016 3:40:00 PM EST

Over the last 24 hours, Donald Trump and his allies have giddily quoted and cheered on two unlikely figures: Former House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump cited McConnell on the stump, attacking Cruz for antagonizing many of his colleagues in the US Senate. And Trumpworld is reveling in on-the-record comments from Boehner, who called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," and a "miserable" SOB. The Trump train is ostensibly fueled by anger at Washington's various betrayals, and a rigged system that benefits insiders and elites at the expense of average Americans. But the billionaire's bandwagon is more than happy to embrace card-carrying, central-casting members of The Establishment, so long as they're saying or doing things that are deemed helpful to the 'Trumpstablishment.' Trump supporters angrily rail against Beltway fat cats who "go along to get along" in political fights, then prance from one lavish cocktail party to the next, toasting their own superiority. Then they'll turn around and applaud bona fide establishment fixtures -- from Rudy Giuliani, to New Gingrich, to Boehner and McConnell -- while applying that now-meaningless term to conservatives who oppose Trump on policy and ideological grounds. Suddenly "go along to get along" is a necessary and laudable dealmaking virtue, and policy arguments are for uppity, weak-kneed nerds. Perhaps nothing better encapsulates the anti-intellectual, emotive phenomenon at play than this exchange between Rush Limbaugh and a caller on yesterday's show.  Take it away, Sean in Philly:


Here's a seemingly bright and relatively articulate guy who's listened to Limbaugh since the very beginning breezily explaining that supporting Trump "isn't about conservatism...I know he's not a conservative." Trump is so appealing, he says, because he'll "fight dirty" against the Democrats, unlike the emasculated losers who've populated the GOP for years. As an example of that problem, the caller cites the Obamacare repeal fight:

"We have a landslide victory. We give [Republicans] the House. Do they repeal Obamacare? No! They do nothing. They say, 'well, we can't do anything because we don't have the Senate.' Okay, we give you the Senate. What do you do? 'Oh, we're not going to do anything because we're going to take our only weapon off the table before, you know, we do battle with these people.' We're sick and tired of fighting with people who won't fight."

First of all, if you agree with every word of this indictment, you should be very upset with...John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, freshly-minted allies in the fight to crush Cruz, who gave both men headaches over political tactics. Secondly, despite Sean's palpable frustration, his version of events (shared by many right-leaning voters) is just flat-out false. House Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety and on a piecemeal basis literally dozens of times. They've been mocked for it by the Left, who never point out that some of those votes succeeded and were signed into law. And after Republicans captured in the Senate, what happened? McConnell and company didn't take their "only weapon" off the table. They used it. They employed a process called 'reconciliation' to force through an Obamacare repeal vote that was not subject to a Democratic filibuster, using the very same tactic Harry Reid used to pass the law in order to get a repeal bill onto the president's desk. And then what? Obama vetoed it, and neither House had a two-thirds majority to override the veto. That is how the system works under the constitution, a document that conservatives claim to revere. Republicans did literally everything within their power to eradicate this unpopular, failing law -- including a very controversial government shutdown in 2013. That strategy, which ultimately failed, was spearheaded by Ted Cruz, who Sean from Philly goes on to criticize for, uh, not fighting. This represents near-total detachment from reality, yet he and many others vigorously believe all of it.

Is the GOP partially at fault for this? Yes, they've made promises that couldn't be kept and made it seem like winning midterm elections would be sufficient to stop the Obama agenda in its tracks (partially true) and reverse much of it (much less true). Nevertheless, the notion that Republican majorities have "done nothing" or "surrendered" in every fight is simply not the case.  The kicker?  In addition to conceding that Trump isn't a conservative, Limbaugh's caller admits that he "disagrees with probably 80 percent of what he believes." Yet he's given his vote to Trump because at least he the billionaire will engage in hard-nosed political fisticuffs -- even if he's fighting on the wrong side in four out of every five battles.  There is no reasoning with this mentality, which prizes belligerence and emotional score-settling over all else.  We're told that rejecting this petulant, sophomoric justification both on principle, and with an eye toward the fall, is an "establishment" ploy.  We're living through the official demise of that term.  In fact, since everyone's just tossing it about based on fleeting feelings, one could easily argue that as backers of a big government, tax-hikin', McConnell-quotin', Planned Parenthood defendin', Boehner textin', repeat Hillary donor who brags about buying pols, and golfs with virtually every powerful insider in the country, Trump and gang are the establishment.  We must resist the sellout GOPt. I'll leave you with left-wing California Senator Barbara Boxer effectively going to bat for Trump...at least for now:



Leah Barkoukis - Wow: Former Speaker John Boehner Calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the Flesh'
Posted: 4/28/2016 3:30:00 PM EST

It’s been quite clear that Ted Cruz is not a popular guy in Washington—from extreme examples like Sen. Lindsey Graham joking about how to get away with murdering him, to benign statements expressing discontent with the Texas senator like former President George W. Bush saying ‘he just doesn’t like the guy.’

Enter John Boehner, former speaker of the House, whose latest comments about Cruz suggest he not only doesn’t like him—he loathes him.

When asked about Cruz at Stanford University on Wednesday, Boehner reportedly made a face of disgust before saying, “Lucifer in the flesh.”

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life," he added.

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”

His friendship with Ohio Governor John Kasich, however, was a little more ambiguous.

“[Kasich] requires more effort on my behalf than all my other friends … but he’s still my friend, and I love him,” Boehner said.

Boehner said that if Trump becomes the Republican nominee he would vote for him, but added that he would not do the same should Cruz get the nomination.

Cruz used the comments in a Twitter response on Thursday, painting Boehner and Trump as part of the establishment.  

Matt Vespa - Man In A Panda Suit Threatens To Blow Up Fox45 Building In Baltimore
Posted: 4/28/2016 2:47:00 PM EST

Editor’s Note: The original post said the thumb drive contained information relating to astrology–it’s really astronomy. I apologize for the mix up. The post has been corrected.

There’s a man in a panda suit who is occupying the Fox45 building in Baltimore. Based on reports from the station’s news team, the person claims to have an explosive device, along with a thumb drive that supposedly contains information that is similar in nature to the Panama Papers. Prior to the building’s evacuation, he wanted to get this information on air. The news director at Fox45 wouldn’t allow him to do that, but said he could leave the thumb drive with them–he refused. He was reportedly upset with the government, and set a car on fire in the parking lot prior to entering the building (via FoxBaltimore):

The man broke into the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate at about 1:20 p.m. demanding the news station cover a story about some sort of government conspiracy. The man was wearing a surgical mask, sunglasses and a bizarre outfit described as an animal "onesie." The building was evacuated and security measures taken. Outside, a dark colored sedan was burning from its gas tank. The car belonged to the suspect who is also believed to have started the fire before walking into the lobby.

According to the station's security guard an unidentified suspect threatened to "blow up" the building. The suspect walked into the station's vestibule area and demanded to be let inside. The two conversed for about 45 minutes.

[…]

"Someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said that they had some information they wanted to get on the air," FOX45 News Director Mike Tomko told reporters. "I came down at one point not knowing the person was in the lobby, near the vestibule area. He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses. He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, 'I can't let you in, you're going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.' He wouldn't do that. Apparently he had made some threats before."

Updates to follow.

UPDATE: Bean bag rounds reportedly fired, suspect possibly down.

UPDATE II: Bomb squad is on the scene, trying to use a robot to get the suspect to show his hands. A Baltimore Police sniper shot the suspect, a 20-year old male, when he refused to comply with orders from law enforcement. Suspect still has hand inside pocket.

UPDATE III: The suspect was shot several times by three Baltimore police officers. He’s in stable, but serious condition. The thumb drive containing what was suppose to be information as sensitive as the Panama Papers turned out to be related to astronomy. The “bomb” turned out to be candy bars wrapped in foil. 

Matt Vespa - Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Oppose Lawsuits Against Gun Manufacturers Over Gun Violence
Posted: 4/28/2016 2:05:00 PM EST

Well, there appears to be a consensus among American voters when it comes to lawsuits filed against gun manufacturers and dealers over gun violence: they don’t support them. That’s right. The overwhelming majority of Americans do not support suing the gun industry over mass shootings; therefore, they don’t support repealing the wonderful Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act (PLCAA) that gives firearms manufacturers much needed legal protection against anti-gun liberals (via NSSF):

Seven of 10 American voters do not support allowing crime victims to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers when firearms they made or sold lawfully after background checks are used illegally in crime. Instead, voters from across political parties and geographic regions back the defense that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) provides the firearms industry.

More than 70 percent of voters disagree with a position one presidential candidate has made a centerpiece of her campaign. Like that candidate, others running for federal office have chosen to run against and misrepresent this decade-old law that prevents crime victims from suing firearm manufacturers and retailers who have not broken any laws.

These findings were among the results of a national scientific poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted in mid-April by Harper Polling and released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

[…]

A majority of voters in all regions of the country say the statement about keeping PLCAA more closely reflects their opinion (Midwest: 70 percent, Northeast: 64 percent, South: 73 percent, West: 75 percent). This holds true even for a majority of those who cast a vote for President Obama in the last election (53 percent) and for a majority of non-gun owners (56 percent).

“The concept that an entire industry should not be held liable for the criminal or negligent use of products made and sold legally clearly makes sense to the overwhelming majority of the American public, as these poll results demonstrate” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Unlike the lies peddled by Hillary Clinton, the PLCAA isn’t an absolute legal shield. If a gun manufacturer, or dealer, allows a firearm to fall into the hands of a known criminal, and that felon subsequently uses the firearm in a crime that results in a fatality, then the victim’s family can rightfully bring those parties into court. In 2015, a jury awarded two Wisconsin police officers $5 million after they suffered severe injuries from being shot by a handgun sold during an illegal transaction. The dealers who sold the gun were found to be negligent in picking up signs that the firearm was part of a straw purchase.

When Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy, bought an AR-15 rifle, it was never intended to be used in a mass shooting that left 20 school kids dead in 2012. Lanza murdered his mother and essentially stole her firearms to commit his heinous act. That’s not the fault of the dealer. That’s not the fault of Remington Arms, which is at the center of a pivotal legal battle that could create the foundations for lawsuits against any manufacturer that makes the AR-15; a rifle that is owned by millions of Americans. The trial date is set for 2018.

Friendly Reminder: Support for gun rights is at a 25-year high; gun homicides are at record lows; and support for so-called assault weapons bans has flipped, with more Americans opposing this frivolous gun control policy than supporting it. Progress is beautiful.

Christine Rousselle - ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Illegal Immigrants In 2015, Including 208 Murderers
Posted: 4/28/2016 1:50:00 PM EST

In 2015, ICE released nearly 20,000 illegal immigrants who were convicted of crimes. This number includes over 12,000 who were convicted of drunk driving, 900 who were convicted of sex crimes, and 208 who were convicted of murder.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving, according to new government numbers.

Overall, those released into virtually every state and territory of America had a total of 64,197 convictions among them, for an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. ICE also said that the group were convicted of 8,234 violent crimes.

ICE is also making far fewer arrests than it has in recent years.

Murderers and criminals should be deported, not released. Two hundred and eight murderers is 208 too many.

Justin Holcomb  - Bobby Knight: Trump and I are "Going to Try and Beat Your A** Every Time We Can"
Posted: 4/28/2016 1:00:00 PM EST

In a great exchange between a World War II veteran and legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight on Fox News Wednesday night, the veteran was comforted and reminded that there are still those of us who put a premium on winning in this country.  

The mood was set by a World War II veteran standing next to a microphone in the audience wearing his black World War II service hat and softly asking, "Mr. Trump, how would you compare your successful career and philosophy with coach Knight?"

Knight interjected after Trump answered and said, "Let me say another thing about Mr. Trump."

"I think we're a little bit alike in that regard.  If we're involved in something where we want to win, and particularly something that's necessary, if there's something out there where we need to win, we're going to try and beat your a** every time we can."

This exchanged highlighted a truth that conservatives and Republicans have been missing for years.  The collective party has become so settled with attempts, tries, good efforts, and almost that they have completely forgotten what it means to win.  

Leah Barkoukis - Caitlyn Jenner Uses Ladies' Room at Trump Tower, Tells Cruz "Nobody Got Molested"
Posted: 4/28/2016 11:30:00 AM EST

Staunch conservatives may have criticized Donald Trump’s position on the LGBT bathroom issue, but Republican Caitlyn Jenner sure seems pleased with it.

The GOP frontrunner said last week that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” including at Trump Tower, so Jenner decided to take him up on the offer.

"A trans woman in New York, I gotta take a pee,” Jenner says in a Facebook video filmed near Trump International Hotel and Tower.

“Last week Donald Trump said I could take a pee anywhere in a Trump facility,” she added. "I am gonna go take a pee in the ladies' room.”

Before Jenner signs off she thanks Trump and informs Ted Cruz that “nobody got molested.”  

Cruz has voiced his support for North Carolina’s bathroom law, saying, “men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls.” Furthermore, not having such laws on the books is "opening the door for predators," he added.

Jenner said last month that she liked the Texas senator, but also acknowledged that he's "one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues."  

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