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Lindsey Graham To U.S. Consumers: 'Accept The Pain' Of Trump's Trade War

Lindsey Graham To U.S. Consumers: ‘Accept The Pain’ Of Trump’s Trade War

The Trump administration has repeatedly claimed its tariff battle with China isn’t hurting Americans.

By Amy Russo



“The Democrats for years have been claiming that China should be stood up to,” he said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Now Trump is and we just got to accept the pain that comes with standing up to China. How do you get China to change without creating some pain on them and us? I don’t know.”

The senator ― who has become a close ally of the president ― said that his South Carolina constituents would have to withstand “some” consequences of Trump’s escalating tariff battle, including a hike in consumer prices.

“We’re now at that part in the trade war where you feel increases at Walmart,” he said. However, just last week, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro claimed on CNN’s “State of the Union” that that there has been “absolutely no evidence in the price data” of the effects of the trade war, and that it is “not showing up in the consumer price index.”

In fact, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the CPI crept upward by 0.3% in July, after rising by only 0.1% the previous month. Further, a recent JPMorgan analysis obtained by CNBC estimated that the fallout from the trade war will cost each American household $1,000 each year, wiping out nearly all of the effects of tax breaks included in Republicans’ recent tax code overhaul.

And it appears the administration is well aware the situation could worsen.

Earlier this month, the White House announced it would postpone roughly half of its 10% tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods, pushing the effective date from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15. Speaking to reporters, Trump described it as an effort to delay potential impacts on the Christmas shopping season.


“I’d tell you, Mr. President, listen, you’ve got more bullets than they do. They sell us a lot more stuff than we sell them, and the goal is to get them to change their behavior,” he said. “Until they feel the pain, they’re not going to stop.”

Leningrad Lindsey Graham doesn't realize his party's love of deficit spending ends when China stops buying T-notes.

Store Clerk Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Of Black Teen Who Stole Beer

Store Clerk Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Of Black Teen Who Stole Beer
Anwar Ghazali faces up to 25 years in prison for killing 17-year-old Dorian Harris outside a corner store in Memphis, Tennessee.

By Hayley Miller



Police say 17-year-old Dorian Harris had walked into the Top Stop Shop where Anwar Ghazali, 29, was working around 10:20 p.m. on March 29, 2018, swiped two beers and left. Security footage of the incident played during Ghazali’s trial shows the clerk grabbing a handgun, running outside and firing several shots at the teen as he walked away, reported local NBC affiliate WMC5.

The clerk returned to the store and told a witness, “I think I shot him,” according to an arrest warrant for Ghazali. No one, including Ghazali or witnesses in the store, called the police to report the shooting.

Two days later, police discovered Harris’ body a few yards away from the store. He was shot at least three times, including in his left leg.

“This defendant took it upon himself to be the judge and jury and the executioner over a $2 beer,” prosecutor Lora Fowler said, according to WMC5. Harris’ “life was cut short when he was ... left to bleed out and die.”

Ghazali was initially charged with first-degree murder, which involves a suspect acting on a premeditated plan to kill someone.

Blake Ballin, Ghazali’s defense attorney, told CNN that his client had acted recklessly but did not intend to harm Harris. He said he was pleased that the jury rejected the prosecutors’ argument that the murder was premeditated.

Ghazali faces 15 to 25 years in prison for Harris’ murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23.

He showed depraved indifference and laughed about it, he needs the full twenty-five years.

What do we want from our police?


I Called 911 On My Neighbors. The Police Showed Up In My Home With Guns Drawn.

I'm not posting the first part of this story. Its harrowing and it'll make you as angry as it made me. Its a too common of a type of story From Houston, Harris County, Texas, the South, the whole of the US. All the details change all over the country, but this is one exception no one got shot in. The one common takeaway from all these stories is what this woman writes about what she wants, what we all should be insisting on from our law enforcement.

<snip of the precipitating events>

At one point in the conversation, the lieutenant suspiciously asked me, “What do you want?” which I interpreted to mean, “Yeah, we made a mistake, but you won’t get any money from this if that’s what you’re thinking.”

Money? I thought to myself. You think I spent a week tracking you down to demand money? Your officers could have killed me, my son and my dog and that’s all you think I want? Money?

I wanted to say, You know what I really want, lieutenant?

I want the police to protect and defend my life and my son’s life. How is it that I, caught off guard and violated in my own home, was still able to quickly assess the situation, protect the officers from my dog, protect my dog from the officers, keep my son safe, and deescalate everything while staring down two guns using just my words and, admittedly, a little black girl magic?

Do you see how that works, lieutenant? Want to know what else I want?

I want accountability. And I do not want you to throw the two constables involved in the incident under the bus for good PR. That is literally a cop-out. How about, instead, you acknowledge that the six-week training they and other officers received from your department was apparently so subpar that it resulted in my family being placed in grave danger? How about a thorough examination of that training program and making the changes that obviously need to be made to ensure that this doesn’t ever happen again?

What do I want?

I want you to be different than the generations of cops that have come before you. I want you to have enough fortitude to uphold the law even when you and your officers break it. I want you to report and correct crimes committed by your officers. I want you and all of the officers who report to you to honor the badge you so proudly wear by exercising the utmost care and self-control when handling a firearm. I want you and your officers to be an example of what to do instead of what not to do.

That is what I want.

I want what I deserve ― what we, as parents, as African Americans, as immigrants, as members of the LGBTQIA community and as citizens deserve ― which is infinitely more valuable than any monetary compensation or even an apology could offer.

I want change ― and I want it now.

Too many “mistakes” have been made. Too many innocent people have been killed. Too many police departments have looked the other way and refused to take accountability for what their officers have done and who they have done it to. Too many mothers have had to grieve the loss of a child at the hands of a police officer. Too many fathers have been murdered during “routine stops.” There has been too much news coverage of police brutality, too many articles written, too many documentaries released for anyone to claim ignorance on how race and socioeconomic status factor into these deaths. These crimes.

This has gone too far. Enough.

But I didn’t say that to the lieutenant. I couldn’t find the words. I was too angry. Too hurt. But I have them now.

It’s been over six weeks since I submitted my official complaint. So far, the only response I’ve received is from the sergeant in charge of the investigation, who happens to also be the sergeant on the scene that day, which certainly seems like a conflict of interest to me. He has assured me he is investigating the matter and will follow up with me.

I don’t know what will happen now or if I’ll actually hear anything. I don’t know what I’ll be told when all is said and done, but I do know that unless it involves more training and accountability for the police department, it won’t be enough.

A representative from the Harris County Constables Office declined to comment on Lynnette Bradford’s complaint, citing the fact that there is an active investigation into the incident.

Lynnette Bradford is a blogger, freelance writer and speaker based in Houston, Texas. Her blog, Living Out Loud with Lynnette Bradford, explores a wide array of topics including inclusivity, faith and food. Find her online at LynnetteBradford.com or connect with her on Twitter at @out_loud_life.

Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein

Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein

The notorious jail in Manhattan was a sharp departure from his formerly gilded life. Here’s what happened inside.

CreditCreditHaruka Sakaguchi for The New York Times

By Ali Watkins, Danielle Ivory and Christina Goldbaum
Susan C. Beachy, Katie Benner, William K. Rashbaum, Ashley Southall and Benjamin Weiser contributed reporting.

Aug. 17, 2019


Jeffrey Epstein, inmate 76318-054, hated his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. It was cramped, dank and infested with vermin, so Mr. Epstein, long accustomed to using his wealth to play by his own rules, devised a way out.

He paid numerous lawyers to visit the jail for as many as 12 hours a day, giving him the right to see them in a private meeting room. Mr. Epstein was there for so long that he often appeared bored, sitting in silence with his lawyers, according to people who saw the meetings. While they were there, he and his entourage regularly emptied the two vending machines of drinks and snacks.

“It was shift work, all designed by someone who had infinite resources to try and get as much comfort as possible,” said a lawyer who was often in the jail visiting clients.

Outside the meeting room, Mr. Epstein mounted a strategy to avoid being preyed upon by other inmates: He deposited money in their commissary accounts, according to a consultant who is often in the jail and speaks regularly with inmates there.


But in his final days, Mr. Epstein’s efforts to lessen the misery of incarceration seemed to be faltering.

He was seldom bathing, his hair and beard were unkempt and he was sleeping on the floor of his cell instead of on his bunk bed, according to people at the jail.


A few hours later, on the overnight shift, only 18 workers were guarding a jail with roughly 750 inmates, according to records released by the Bureau of Prisons. Ten of the workers were on overtime.

One post was actually vacant, the records show.

On 9 South, the special unit where Mr. Epstein was housed, there were two guards, one of whom was a former correctional officer who had volunteered for duty.

The two guards were supposed to check on Mr. Epstein every 30 minutes, but failed to do so for about three hours. At some point, the guards fell asleep, according to two Bureau of Prisons officials.

By the next morning, Mr. Epstein, 66, was dead. At 6:30 a.m., at least one of the guards discovered him in his cell, unresponsive and tinged blue, after he had hanged himself with a jail bedsheet, a prison official and a law enforcement official said.


It is notorious for miserable conditions, particularly in the higher-security units. Mr. Guzmán and the mob boss John Gotti, who were housed in the most secure wing, often complained (garnering little sympathy in response).

The staffing problems at the jail are emblematic of a larger shortage of correctional officers in federal jails and prisons across the country.


The wing where Mr. Epstein was housed, 9 South, is the less restrictive of the jail’s two most secure units, holding dozens of inmates, usually in groups of two in small cells.

There, he was allowed one hour of recreation per day and could shower every two to three days, according to prison officials. Aside from meetings with lawyers, his contact with the outside world was severely limited.

Beyond its isolation, the wing is infested with rodents and cockroaches, and inmates often have to navigate standing water — as well as urine and fecal matter — that spills from faulty plumbing, accounts from former inmates and lawyers said.


It was clear early on that Mr. Epstein was desperate to leave 9 South.

After his arrest, he asked a judge to release him on a substantial bond, pledging to put up his Manhattan mansion and his jet as collateral. He would hire round-the-clock security guards, he said, who would “virtually guarantee” that he would not flee.

The judge denied the request on July 18, and Mr. Epstein stayed in 9 South.


Five days later, Mr. Epstein was found unconscious in his cell, with marks on his neck.

His cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, a former suburban New York police officer accused of a quadruple homicide, summoned guards, and Mr. Epstein was revived, according to Mr. Tartaglione’s lawyer, Bruce Barket.

Prison officials investigated the incident as a suicide attempt, and Mr. Epstein was removed from 9 South and placed in the jail’s suicide prevention program.

Some workers and inmates were skeptical, according to prison officials and people who spoke with inmates in the wing. They questioned whether Mr. Epstein was faking his injury to gain sympathy from Judge Richard M. Berman, who was presiding over his case.

That skepticism grew when Mr. Epstein accused Mr. Tartaglione of assaulting him, an allegation Mr. Tartaglione denied and some guards doubted.

A prison official said that within the facility, Mr. Epstein’s story was seen as an attempt to avoid being put on suicide watch.


LOOOONG read well worth the effort.

Rep. Steve King Says He Deserves Apology Over Coverage Of His Rape, Incest Comments

Rep. Steve King Says He Deserves Apology Over Coverage Of His Rape, Incest Comments

The congressman from Iowa defended his bizarre remarks and suggested he was the victim of a “vibrant left-wing media.”

By Hayley Miller



The congressman, who has a long history of espousing white supremacist beliefs, faced renewed calls for his resignation after he made the controversial remarks at his town hall in Urbandale, Iowa, on Wednesday.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King said on Wednesday. “Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

King made the bizarre statement while defending his belief that anti-abortion legislation that makes exceptions for victims of rape and incest doesn’t go far enough. The remarks drew heated backlash from Democrats and some Republicans.

During another town hall event on Saturday in Buena Vista County, King defended his rape and incest comments and suggested he was the victim of a “very active and vibrant left-wing media.”

Iowans “know it’s a misquote and they know that [the Associated Press] has, I’ll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register who did the same,” he said.

He continued: “And so when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote ... all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership. I don’t expect that’s going to happen because egos are a little too strong in this business.”

The “misquote” King mentioned was a reference to a correction the AP made to its story about the rape and incest comments. The news outlet, citing the Register, originally quoted King as stating, “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”

King, referring to other members of the House who support banning abortion, actually said, “I’ve got 174 people who say they don’t want exceptions for rape and incest because they understand it is not the baby’s fault, to abort the baby, because of the sin of the father, and maybe sometimes the sin of the mother too.”


Other members of the GOP bashed the comments, with Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann called them “outrageous” and “not reflective of the Republican Party of Iowa.”

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking Republican in the House, described King’s remarks as “appalling and bizarre” and once again called on him to resign.


He wants an apology over a difference without distinction. You know you hit bottom when Liz Freaking Cheney calls you out.

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany

How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany
The soda was made from apple fibers and a cheese by-product.


Matthew Blitz

Retro bottles released by Coca-Cola for Fanta’s 75th anniversary. Photo from SKopp, cropped from the original, CC BY 4.0.

It’s February 1944, and Berlin is attempting to recover from American aerial bombing. But life and industry continues on the city’s outskirts. In farmhouses, bottles clang and a mix of ex-convicts, Chinese laborers, and other workers fill glass bottles of what was likely a cloudy, brownish liquid. This is one of Coca-Cola’s makeshift bottling operations, and they are making Nazi Germany’s signature beverage. Even during war, Germans want their Fanta.

The soft drink Fanta was invented by Coca-Cola, an American company, inside of Nazi Germany during World War II. Developed at the height of the Third Reich, the new soda ensured the brand’s continued popularity. Fanta became a point of nationalistic pride and was consumed by the German public, from the Fraus cooking at home to the highest officials of the Nazi party.

The drink was technically fruit-flavored, but limited wartime resources made that descriptor not wholly accurate. Its ingredients were less than appetizing: leftover apple fibers, mash from cider presses, and whey, a cheese by-product. “[Fanta] was made from the leftovers of the leftovers,” says Mark Pendergrast, who, as the author of For God, Country, and Coca-Cola, revealed this hidden past. “I don’t imagine it tasted very good.”


In 1933, right when Hitler and the Nazi Party were assuming power, German-born Max Keith (pronounced “Kite”) took over the company’s German subsidiary, Coca-Cola GmbH. Keith was an imposing figure: tall, intimidating, possessing a “little whisk-broom mustache” (not unlike Hitler’s), charming but quick-tempered, and utterly devoted to Coca-Cola. “[Keith] valued his allegiance to the drink and to the company more than his allegiance to his own country,” says Pendergrast. For that reason, he saw no quarrel with boosting sales by tying Coca-Cola to every aspect of German life and, increasingly, Nazi rule.

Back in America, the Coca-Cola Company—led by Robert Woodruff—did not discourage this. The company sponsored the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which Woodruff attended, and made banners featuring the Coca-Cola logo alongside the swastika. Keith used a 10th anniversary party for Coca-Cola GmbH to order a mass Sieg-Heil (Nazi salute) in honor of the dictator’s 50th birthday. He declared that this was “to commemorate our deepest admiration for our Fuhrer.”


Hitler’s invasion of Europe in 1939 didn’t faze Keith or Atlanta-based Coca-Cola either: The company continuously supplied its German subsidiary with syrup and supplies. In addition, Keith followed German troops into conquered countries—such as Italy, France, and Holland—to take over their respective Coca-Cola businesses. By 1940, Coca-Cola was the undisputed soft drink king of Nazi Germany. According to legend, there’s a photo in the Coke archives of military leader Hermann Göring chugging a bottle of Coca-Cola. Hitler was rumored to enjoy the caffeinated beverage while watching American movies like Gone with the Wind. Then, on December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

The U.S.’s entrance into World War II meant that American companies had to immediately stop all business activities with the enemy. In addition, the German government was threatening to seize “enemy-owned” businesses. General Motors pulled out of Germany (though, Opel, a fully owned subsidiary of GM, still operated there). IBM’s operations were seized by the Third Reich, though controversy exists on how much they contributed to the German war effort. Coca-Cola HQ in Atlanta also cut off communications with Keith in Germany and halted the export of Coca-Cola’s 7X flavoring (the long-mythicized, top secret formula for Coca-Cola syrup).


Working with his chemists, Keith patched together a recipe within the limitations imposed by wartime rationing. It was basically made from the leftovers of other food industries: fruit shavings, apple fibers and pulp, beet sugar, and whey, the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained during cheese production. To name this concoction, Keith told his team to use their imagination. Joe Knipp, a salesman, pitched “Fanta,” shorthand for the German word for “fantasy.” It stuck.


For Pendergrast, there’s little doubt that Keith worked with the Nazis, but he sees Keith as a corporate man rather than a Nazi ideologue. “You could not do business inside of Nazi Germany unless you collaborated with them,” says Pendergrast. “There’s no question he was a Nazi collaborator. [But] he was not a member of the Nazi party. His allegiance was to Coca-Cola, not to Hitler.”

One couldn’t blame Keith for being confident that this odd, carbonated, sort-of-cheese tasting drink was his ticket to ascension in the world of Coca-Cola. Says Donovan, “Maybe in the back of [Keith’s] mind, he had this vision that if Germany wins, then [he would] become the head of Coca-Cola International.” Of course, Germany did not win the war. As the liberating American troops rode into Germany in the summer of 1945, legend has it, they found Keith in a half-bombed plant still bottling Fanta. Production of Fanta ceased before the end of the year.


In April 1955, Coca-Cola reintroduced Fanta with a new recipe, this time as an orange-flavored drink. It debuted in Italy, before making its way to the United States in 1958. According to Pendergrast, they revived the name largely because it was convenient. After all, Coca-Cola already had the copyright. “I don’t think anyone [at Coca-Cola] cared that [Fanta] had roots inside of Nazi Germany,” says Pendergrast, “I think they thought no one would pay attention.”

Ohio Legislators Accidentally Legalized Pot, Say Law Enforcement Experts What were they smoking?

Ohio Legislators Accidentally Legalized Pot, Say Law Enforcement Experts
What were they smoking?


By Mary Papenfuss

State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being.

That’s pretty much the conclusion of legal experts and the state attorney general. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors.

The state passed a law July 30 legalizing hemp by changing the definition of marijuana to exclude hemp, based on the amount of THC, which is the chemical that gets people high. A THC level of 0.3% or less is legal hemp, while a THC level over 0.3% is marijuana, which is still illegal in Ohio — though medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in the state.

But who can figure out those THC levels? Police can’t.

“Now we have to be able to distinguish the difference between hemp and marijuana,” Jason Pappas, vice president of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, told WBNS-10TV. “That ... has to be done through crime analysis.”

But most crime labs in Ohio can’t detect the quantity of THC in marijuana.

“Until these testing requirements are fixed ... it’s going to be very difficult to go after any marijuana cases in Ohio,” Pappas said. “You legalized marijuana in Ohio for [the] time being.”

The head of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association agreed that the hemp law in effect “legalizes marijuana in Ohio ... for a time.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent a letter to state prosecutors warning them that it could take “several months” before the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation establishes a reliable system to determine THC levels, according to WBNS.

In the meantime, the bureau is recommending prosecutors “suspend identification of marijuana testing” and not indict “any cannabis-related items.”

Tucker Carlson's Commercial Breaks Tell The Real Story Of His Advertising Problems

Tucker Carlson’s Commercial Breaks Tell The Real Story Of His Advertising Problems
Last year, Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” would feature more than 30 paid ads. In his Thursday show, there were only 13. Friday, there were just 11 ads.
By Jenna Amatulli


After Carlson told his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” viewers that white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America” and that the suggestion it is a problem is “a hoax” spread by the mainstream media, his commercial breaks on Thursday and Friday have featured as few as 13 and 11 paid ads, respectively. As of last year, he had about 36 paid ads per show.



The Hollywood Reporter analyzed Carlson’s advertisers after the radio show comments were uncovered and found that in the nine programs that aired after it, “ads for Fox programming have made up 34.8 percent of the show’s advertising spots in that period, compared to just 3.7 percent in the period leading up to his December comment about immigration.”

As of the end of March, Carlson’s ad load per show fell from about 36 to about 18, and it’s remained pretty stagnant since then. A typical show features anywhere from 18 to 21 ads.

However, that number has decreased again in the last two weeks.

The sudden uptick in Fox house ads comes on the heels of Carlson announcing he would be taking some time off for a vacation until Aug. 19.

Despite the planned vacation, advertisers have been releasing statements that they are cutting ties ― marking the third mass exodus of brands in less than a year.

This week, Long John Silver’s said it will no longer advertise on Fox News as a whole, and Nestlé, HelloFresh and Stein Mart confirmed that they are no longer running ads on Carlson’s show.

Muskegon officer on leave after KKK item found at home


Anderson was cleared in the 2009 fatal shooting of Julius Johnson during a chase in Muskegon. According to FOX 17, investigators said Anderson used all available forms of non-lethal force during a physical struggle before firing the single shot that killed Johnson.


MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Police officer injured in Wednesday’s altercation that led to the
fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Muskegon man

has been unable to provide investigators with details of the incident, authorities said.

“He is not able to be interviewed because of his injuries,” said Michigan State Police Grand Haven Post Commander Lt. David Roesler,
whose post is investigating the incident.

Julius Allen-Ray Johnson, 23, of Muskegon, was shot dead around 1:30 a.m. behind 1705 Pine after a foot chase and confrontation with the 38-year-old Muskegon Police officer. Police said Johnson, a recent parolee, fled from a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Posted by marble falls | Fri Aug 9, 2019, 11:52 AM (2 replies)

Monster: the drink from Hell!

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