[FOX] The Justice Department’s internal watchdog reportedly is looking into memos containing classified information that James Comey gave to a friend last year, putting the former FBI boss in the crosshairs of a probe just as his former deputy faces the possibility of a criminal investigation over a separate leak.
The Wall Street Journal reported that at least two of those Comey memos had material now deemed classified, prompting the inspector general investigation.
A broader set of memos, documenting Comey’s conversations with President Trump, were handed over to Congress Thursday evening.
Comey has maintained he didn’t release memos containing classified material.
But the Journal noted that Comey himself redacted classified elements in one of those memos, and another memo had material later upgraded by the FBI to "confidential" (a low classification level).
[Daily Caller] Three men were asleep inside their Glen St. Mary, Fla., mobile home when five young intruders claiming to be police broke down the front door at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, News 4 Jax reports.
The first intruder wore a mask and shouted, "Sheriff’s office!" from outside the trailer before breaking the front door down and shooting a single round.
Upon hearing the break-in, two of the three men staying in the mobile home ‐ one armed with an AR‐15 and another with a handgun ‐ confronted the criminals with open fire in self-defense.
The armed victims shot about 30 rounds, killing the gunman who wore a mask ‐ Corey Lauramore ‐ and wounding two others ‐ William Lauramore and an unidentified 16-year-old.
Mobil home (a.k.a. 'Redneck Mansion')? DEFINITELY not a high value target. The third guy in the home who did have a gun should be tied to the trailer hitch and flogged in front of the whole Trailer Park.
[FOXNEWS] A former 911 operator who hung up the phone "thousands" of times on people attempting to call in emergencies in Harris County, Texas has been sentenced to jail time.
Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls Wednesday after "systematically" hanging up the phone on residents of Harris County, KTRK reported.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months probation.
Williams reportedly had an unusual number of "short calls," which were no longer than 20 seconds. Prosecutors, according to the Houston Chronicle, determined she hung up on "thousands" of calls.
In one instance, emergency caller Jim Moten told KTRK he called 911 in 2016 after he spotted two vehicles speeding on a highway where people had been killed from speeding weeks earlier and thought his call had dropped after a few seconds.
Williams had taken Moten's call and, before he could finish explaining his emergency, she reportedly said: "Ain't nobody got time for this. For real."
Court documents, according to the news station, stated that Williams had taken Moten's call and, before he could finish explaining his emergency, she reportedly said: "Ain't nobody got time for this. For real."
The dispatcher also hung up on a caller who tried to report a violent robbery, according to the Chronicle.
Williams reportedly spent a year and a half at the Houston Emergency Center taking 911 calls. She was caught in August 2016 and fired.
"The citizens of Harris County rely on 911 operators to dispatch help in their time of need," Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said in a statement. "When a public servant betrays the community's trust and breaks the law, we have a responsibility to hold them criminally accountable."
Around here 911 operators are county employees at county pay scales with county benefits. With this conviction on her record, Ms Williams will never find that kind of employment again, which means she’ll be working a good deal longer than she intended.
[NOLA] Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath. "Mmmm! Junk food! My favorite!"
A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! on burglary and property damage charges. "Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! And put some clothes on!"
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found "a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub." How do you half eat a Cheeto?
Washington told the homeowner and police that an unknown male had told her to break into the house. "Yeah. Dat's right. It ain't my fault! Somebody told me to break into a house and eat Cheetos while I was takin' a bath!"
Police found a tall ice chest under a broken window. "Ahah! A clue! Quick, Legume, my French horn!"
Ummm... first ya suck off dat ernge stuff, then ya crunch the object itself? Of course I'm just guessing. Also, I coulda sworn that the term "chee-wee dreads" (or variant spelling thereof) went national back in the '90s? Looks like maybe not.
[FoxNews] Just off the Las Vegas Strip, a large tract of land resembles an army barracks replete with tanks, Humvees, and a parked helicopter. But this is no official military installation. Instead, the grounds are a sort of war theme park for civilians clamoring to experience a day in the life of a soldier.
Battlefield Vegas opened in 2012 and has amassed an arsenal of hundreds of weapons dating back to World War I for customers to choose from. The indoor gun range is the highlight of the shooting experience. Fox News was allowed to shoot a minigun. This multi-barrel machine gun can spray 200 rounds in 1.3 seconds.
RENTON, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) - Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence.
Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were just sitting down for lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida, when a lone gunman approached the window and fired two shots ‐ killing them instantly.
Bullet holes could be seen in the window where the man without a motive opened fire. They were ambushed with no chance to return fire, investigators say, murdered in cold blood. The gunman was found dead in the parking lot.
There's always some kind of motive. Even "crazy" is a motive. Ideology? Retaliation or vengeance? The man without a motive only fired two shots through the restaurant window? Head shots? No witnesses to the shooting, no reports on a description of the shooter? There are a lot of blanks in the story. Not much help to the public.
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04/20/2018 16:51 Comments ||
Deacon Blues that is a Southern Black Racer. They are not an easy to handle snake they are harmless but very prone to bite! They also can move very fast. If it was a rat snake I would say the photo is staged but unless that snake was really cold there is no way you could get a racer to poise like that! Also we don't have black rat snakes in FL. Since the pic was taken at Elgin AFB the rat snake from that area would be a Gulf Hammock Ratsnake or what is called a "white oak snake".
[NBCNEWS] Cuba has a new president, and for the first time in over 40 years, his last name is not Castro.
Miguel Díaz-Canel officially became president on Thursday morning after Raúl Castro stepped down and Díaz-Canel was confirmed by the National Assembly.
Castro, 86, will remain head of the Communist Party, the most powerful governing body on the island, but his departure from the presidency represents a symbolic shift in an aging leadership.
The transition is an effort to guarantee that younger leaders like Díaz-Canel ‐ who has served as Cuba's first vice president since 2013 and turns 58 on Friday ‐ can maintain the power of the Communist-run government put in place by the party's now octogenarian founders.
Among Díaz-Canel's immediate challenges are Cuba's economic stagnation and a younger generation's disenchantment with its limited opportunities.
Compañero Raul Castro ...Fidel's little brother... served two five-year terms as president, succeeding his brother, Fidel, in 2006 after Fidel fell ill and transferred power to Raul (Fidel died in 2016.)
[KCNAWATCH.CO] With the approach of the north-south summit meeting and talks to be noteworthy in the history of the national reunification movement, all Koreans are full of conviction in rosy future of the nation that holds the respected Supreme Leader Kim Pudge Jong-un ...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished... in high esteem.
The north-south summit meeting and talks are unthinkable without his rare wisdom, firm will for national reunification, broadminded magnanimity and noble compatriotism.
On the summit meeting and talks to be held thanks to the steel-strong will for reunification and broadminded and compatriotic steps of Kim Jong-un, all Koreans at home and abroad praise him as the peerlessly great man taking the helm of the history and steering the trend of the world. They are convinced that the bright future is always in store for the nation when they value and maintain the good atmosphere of the north-south relations provided by him.
Immensely rosy is the future of our nation holding Kim Jong-un, heaven-sent great man of Paektu, in high esteem.
No persistent move of the anti-reunification forces can block the Korean nation vigorously advancing along the road of independent reunification under his leadership.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/20/2018 00:00 ||
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"...steering the trend of the world."
I was thinking of how stale these things were getting but every once in a while they come up with a pretty good new phrase.
PARIS (Reuters) - French police swooped before dawn on Friday to clear out around 100 people who had occupied a Paris university premises in protest against student admissions rules.
It was one of a dozen blockaded campus sites in the country and the clear-out was accompanied by a government message that law and order would be restored as the exam period approaches.
Paris police said one person had been arrested in what was otherwise an evacuation that had happened "calmly and without any incident."
The head of the university had requested police intervention more than a week ago, saying protesters, at least some of whom are believed to be anti-government activists rather than people studying there, had seriously damaged the premises.
"Law and order will be restored everywhere," Collomb said in a statement.
[BREITBART] After a sustained campaign against the influence of left-wing billionaire George Soros ...either Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger come true... by the Hungarian government, Soros’s Central European University has announced its plans to move from Budapest to Vienna.
The Central European University (CEU) has come under fire from the Hungarian government which had previously claimed it was unfair that the institution was allowed to give out both Hungarian and U.S. diplomas while not operating a campus in the USA.
Now, the university has announced that it has plans to leave Budapest and move to neighbouring Austria where a new campus will be set up, Swedish radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.
Éva Fodor, Deputy Rector at CEU said that the university had already signed an agreement with a landlord in Vienna but some were still hopeful the university would not have to move as the administration had set up a branch in New York state, as requested by the Hungarian government.
Ahhhh, my country of birth has the distinction of being the only country in Europe to- 1) physically fighting the Soviets, 2) thwarting Islamic colonialism and 3) militating against the leftist-Soros cancer.
Posted by: jack salami ||
04/20/2018 20:57 Comments ||
[The Hill] Senate Democrats are demanding that the Trump administration explain its ties to GOP megadonor brothers Charles and David Koch after the brothers' network took credit for some policies passed during President Trump’s first year in office, McClatchy reported.
The letters come after a report was sent to a group of Koch donors called the Seminar Network that took responsibility for roughly a dozen new policies passed by the Trump administration, including the new GOP tax law and the repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.
"Americans have a right to know if special interests are unduly influencing public policy decisions that have profound implications for public health, the environment, and the economy," the senators write in their letters obtained by McClatchy.
Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Edward Markey (Mass.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Tom Udall (N.M.) all signed the letters.
[Breitbart] Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced his decision to join President Donald Trump’s legal team as the Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues.
"I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller," Giuliani said in an interview with the Washington Post.
Counsel to the President Jay Sekulow confirmed the news in a statement to reporters.
"I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Giuliani for many years, and we welcome his expertise," he said.
The former New York City mayor, who was a key Trump supporter during the 2016 election, will leave his law firm Greenberg Traurig to join the president’s legal team.
"Rudy is great," Trump said in the statement. "He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country."
Giuliani was a rumored candidate to serve as Trump’s attorney general, but the job went to Sen. Jeff Sessions instead, who recused himself from the ongoing Russia investigation.
[DAWN] There are no Moslems left in the village of Rasana, which has become a symbol of India’s rape crisis after the brutal murder of an eight-year-old Moslem girl blamed on Hindu men.
Police say the girl was raped and killed as part of an attempt by some of the village’s majority Hindus to evict Bakarwal Moslem nomads, who graze their cattle in the hills in the summer months.
It seems to have worked: the girl’s family have headed for India-held held Kashmire hills under police protection. Other Moslem families in the community of around 100 people all left after the rape in January.
At the empty home of the dead girl’s family, five armed police kept guard half asleep in chairs outside.
Police say the child was drugged, held captive in a Hindu temple for five days, and repeatedly raped before being beaten to death.
Her anonymous grave in orange earth partially covered by weeds is in a nearby village in Kathua district, about 60 kilometres from the region’s main city Jammu.
Media reports said Hindus in Rasana refused to allow the girl to be buried there.
In Rasana, the village’s few remaining inhabitants are reluctant to speak to outsiders.
"Since all this happened, the village has emptied," according to 39-year-old Yash Paul Sharma, a rare resident willing to talk.
[DAWN] Three female university students suffered burns in an acid attack carried out by three men in Gujrat on Thursday morning, DawnNewsTV reported.
According to the police, the students ‐ two sisters and another girl ‐ were at a bus stop when three men on a cycle of violence threw acid on them. The victims have been taken to Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital where they are being treated for the burns on their faces.
Danga cop shoppe's SHO Ameer Abbas speaks to DawnNewsTV. ‐ Photo by author
Danga cop shoppe SHO Ameer Abbas told DawnNewsTV that the primary suspect was the uncle of the two sisters who were attacked. Another accused was identified as the uncle's friend. The SHO's statements were seconded by one of the victims.
The uncle and his friend managed to escape, Abbas said, while the third suspect has been tossed in the slammer Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! According to the police, one of the girls had refused a marriage proposal which was the reason behind the attack.
[Indpendent] Three US Air National Guard members have been disciplined, and one of them fired, for an incident involving a children’s dinosaur puppet.
Master Sergeant Robin Brown, a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) with the Air National Guard, was removed from her position at the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office after video circulated of her taking her enlistment oath with a tyrannosaurus rex puppet in hand.
In the video, an unnamed colonel administers the oath while holding back a smile. Ms Brown repeats each line of the oath back, moving the sock puppet’s mouth along as she speaks. It was not immediately clear why she chose to employ the puppet.
Three US Air National Guard members have been disciplined, and one of them fired, for an incident involving a children’s dinosaur puppet.
OK, she was a senior NCO when this was filmed. It couldn't have been the oath taken at entry, so evidently they were doing a gag about people taking the oath.
So she lost her gig in the PA office; back to recruitment and training.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
04/20/2018 9:56 Comments ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.